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Ray's Cafe & Tea House

City Center East
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141 N 9th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107-2410
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8:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Mon 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Tue 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Wed 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thu 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Fri 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Sat 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Seating

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Good cooking, low key, great selection of coffee and tea

Ate here at the recommendation of my tai chi teacher. Ordered the sweet and sour fish, a cucumber salad, and a pot of green tea. They even have brown rice. The cucumbers were delicious and when the fish arrived I thought I would end up bringing half home. It was so tasty and delicious I ate the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 7, 2015
Trish M
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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74 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

Ate here at the recommendation of my tai chi teacher. Ordered the sweet and sour fish, a cucumber salad, and a pot of green tea. They even have brown rice. The cucumbers were delicious and when the fish arrived I thought I would end up bringing half home. It was so tasty and delicious I ate the whole order even... More 

Thank Trish M
Milwaukee, Wi
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37 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

Went here for a quick lunch Ambience- don't come here for an elegant setting. It is realtively utilitarian, open containers on the floor etc Food- ordered pan fried dumplings. These were good Tea- was very good Price- very reasonable Service- very pleasant and efficient

Thank BarbiBooS
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34 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

Stumbled upon Rays after enjoying a delicious meal around the corner, I came in to have a cup of coffee. This is the spot, dont hesitate if you are in the area and need a real cup of coffee. I had the Sumiyaki coffee, roasted over charcoal. Served with bone china delicate cup and saucer with a butter cookie. It... More 

Thank LittleUkie
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

Just that! Most Value Coffee (Malaysian) in Philadelphia and very, very, very tasty dumplings!!! Curried Chicken Dumplings the best!!!!!

Thank Ezequiel C
Hagerstown, Maryland
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12 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013 via mobile

We saw the other great reviews and thought we would give them a try. We were not impressed. The food was just ok. My husband tried the siphon coffee and enjoyed it. I had the jasmine tea. It was $4.50 for a tea bag. Really??

Thank Wickedqueen64
Philadelphia, PA
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122 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013

My family has been going to Ray's for years. We have always enjoyed it and look forward to returning. It is small and informal, however the owners are very friendly and gracious. It is a BYOB and there are no State Liquor stores or Beer distributers nearby so if you want alcohol with your meal plan ahead. The food is,... More 

Thank RoverPhiladelphia_PA
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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32 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2013

Ray's Cafe and Tea House is a superb spot in Philadelphia's Chinatown. The soups, dumplings and entrees are fresh, plentiful and delicious. Be sure to check out the daily specials as they offer seasonal specials. The coffee and tea offerings, served in lovely cups, are wonderful and are accompanied with excellent tea cookies. The service is friendly, professional and knowledgeable.... More 

1 Thank abs0219
Down Under
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2013

Ray's Cafe has been there since the 90s, and after eating there, or drinking their syphon filtered coffee, you can see why. I had a pleasant lunch there after a 10 year hiatus - they still have the best pan-fried dumplings in town, with many varieties! Shrimp, chicken curry, pork and leek, pork and cabbage, vegetable - all of these... More 

Thank eac1
Princeton, New Jersey
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86 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

Siphon coffee. I guess I am a country bumpkin, as i had no idea how much better this coffee is than just about any I have EVER had. I had the Kona, friend had the Philly blend and another the vanilla. I say again....fabulous!! thank heavens I don't live here. All my money and nerves would be spent of their... More 

1 Thank bestiswest
Baltimore, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2013

I first found this place when visiting Philadelphia for a conference, after asking the local fire depo about a good, non-touristy, restaurant. And im so glad that i did. I go back every year for my birthday with my family and its the best treat. the food is wonderful, and the coffey, tea, and deserts are just heavenly. Grace, the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 141 N 9th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107-2410
  • Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Philadelphia>  > City Center East
  • Neighborhood: City Center East
  • Phone Number: 215-922-5122

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20
  • Cuisine: Chinese, Cafe, Asian


Open Hours
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
8:00 am - 7:00 pm
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
8:00 am - 7:00 pm
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm

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