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Ray's Cafe & Tea House

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Neighborhood: City Center East
Asian, Chinese, Coffee Shop, Dessert
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Ray's Cafe & Tea House
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141 N 9th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107-2410
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141 N 9th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107-2410
215-922-5122
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8:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Hours:
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
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  • 8
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  • 7
    Very good
  • 3
    Average
  • 0
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  • 0
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
For a serious cup of coffee

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 23, 2014
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Delaware
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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 

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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!!!!!

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Hagerstown, Maryland
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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??

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Philadelphia, PA
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105 reviews 105 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 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 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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19 reviews 19 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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 

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Down Under
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18 reviews 18 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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 

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Princeton, New Jersey
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73 reviews 73 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 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 

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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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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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3 reviews 3 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2012

I have the absolute pleasure of eating at Ray's Cafe monday thru Friday because I'm employeed directly across the street. First things first. Grace, who is the owner of Rays Cafe is the best hostess in town. Besides having the best selection of coffee,tea and food, she always serves it up with a smile. Grace's has coffee from all over... More 

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Reading, Pennsylvania
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2012

Best fried rice I've ever eaten!! The service was friendly and fast, and the prices were very reasonable. Plus, you received a lot of food for your money!

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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 1 - 20
  • Cuisine: Asian, Chinese, Coffee Shop, Dessert
Open Hours
Monday
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Tuesday
8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Wednesday
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thursday
8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Friday
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?