Budatai
Budatai

Budatai

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.budatai.com/
  • Phone: (787) 725-6919
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Wednesday: 11:30am - 11:00pm, Thursday - Saturday: 11:30am - 12:00am, Sunday: 11:30am - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Latin American, Asian
  • Executive Chef: Roberto Treviño
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Calle Delcasse
  • Parking: Valet
A word from Budatai
As soon as you enter Budatai you are enthralled by the charm of its exotic, lavish atmosphere. A collection of Buddha statues and oriental colors help create the special atmosphere that go well beyond your expectations to ensure a relaxing yet exciting experience. An incredible energy and unique ambiance – 3-in-1 (restaurant, bar, terrace) venue is an exceptional restaurant concept. The bar mezzanine, looks out over the dining area where the most beautiful view of San Juan"s "La Ventana al Mar" frames swinging palm trees and ocean waves. Chef Roberto Treviño has successfully merged in his menu oriental inspired delicacies with traditional elements of Puerto Rican cookery. Your taste buds travel to far away lands and inventiveness nests in your plate. Chef Treviño calls upon his charms and endless creativity to create a culinary art score that skillfully combines exotic delicacies with high-class cuisine.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
Budatai reviews from OpenTable diners
42 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.4
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (18)romantic (18)fit for foodies (16)good for groups (14)hot spot (14)neighborhood gem (12)scenic view (11)vibrant bar scene (5)late-night find (4)notable wine list (3)great for lunch (2)great for outdoor dining (2)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Consistently great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Have been going to buddha thai since they opened. every trip to Puerto Rico has us going back. Consistantly the best Asain Fushion food, anywhere. Attentive professional service, nice attmosphere, and great food. the dumplings are a must. The filet minon is prepared in a great asain style sauce. Any of the noodle dishes will have you coming backfor more.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Patriciamia
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    My favorite dishes were the Halibut sashimi and the Tuna plate. Do not order the grilled octopus if you don't like salty food. The service was below average in my opinion. I will go back exclusively for the food. Thanks
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place
    FWtravels
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Took my wife here for her birthday dinner. 1st time in PR so wasn't sure what to expect. Came highly recommended by hotel staff. Very nice ambience, nice view, played lounge music. Definitely get the Cuba Libre (spelling) their speciality mojito! Food was good as was the staff. Excellent service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good, but overpriced
    JacquelineS
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Good Asian-fusion food and drinks. I felt the menu was slightly limited and a bit overpriced when compared to other restaurants in San Juan with much better food.
    Special Features:
    romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Highly recommended!
    gemini
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Outstanding as always! We like to sit and eat a the bar. last night the bar wasn't crowded so we spent a nice and relaxed time at the bar while drinking several creative and delicious cocktails. we ordered several appetizers, including the Dumplings and the Calamari and everithing was amazing! Service was superb.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Who knew?
    LuisVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Live in NYC, but originally from Puerto Rico. Thanks to a good friend, decided to join them at Budatai. Wow! Loved the creative Asian-latin cuisine, the service and the ambiance. Greeted with a smile. Great drinks. Server made some great suggestions. The whole evening was a great experience! Will definitely be back...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food great flavors
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    The building entry is a bit sketchy but once you take the lift to the second floor you find great setting/ambiance. Awesome dumplings and tuna . Scallops prepared perfectly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Very poor ambience , noisy. Service was excellent and food was incredibly outstanding.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love it here
    winefoodie1
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Great food! Felt rushed towards the end and sever did not mention that she was out of the dessert we ordered. Overall always a solid and consistent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Absolutely awesome!
    Ally
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    First time here but can't wait to go back next time in Puerto Rico. I loved everything about this place. Food was delicious. Restaurant was clean. Friendly staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best in Puerto Rico
    TexasGleek
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    This restaurant was by far, the best I ate at in Puerto Rico. I ordered a ribeye and it melted in my mouth. Best steak ever. The appetizers and drinks were out of this world. Wish I had eaten there early during my trip instead of the last night because I would have gone back several times. Service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome fusion food restaurant
    RickZamora
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Second timehere, a must in Puerto Rico. Be sure to try the Roca sushi and the pulled pork.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 30 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 29, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 147 reviews are from the Budatai reviews archive.
  • It wasn't memorable
    LesliedcVIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    The sushi wasn't bad, the selection was poor. This restaurant always comes up as a sushi restaurant online but they only have a few rolls. Take the longer cab ride to old San Juan and go to dragonfly. The atmosphere is better and the sushi selection is much better.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My fav Latin-Asian restaurant
    Rickysunbeach
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Budatai is just exceptional! The food is great; the service is awesome. Food has a unique mix of flavors. Have to try the Cubano Viejo, a mojito like drink but with champagne!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Good, But . . .
    visitors2013VIP
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    The food is very good, and it feels like you are going to a secret club when you enter. Appetizers were all interesting, and everyone's entrees were tasty. The only hitch is that two of the chicken dishes (both appetizers -- the one with the endive cups, and the dumplings) contained bones. Not sure if this was due to negligence on the part of the kitchen, or if it's a Puerto Rico thing. Other than that, a lovely meal and a recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Puerto Rico gem
    Luv2Brunch
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    My experience at Budatai was amazing. The food was fantastic, the service was impeccable and the ambience was amazing. My only suggestion would be to open later and to clean up that dingy staircase leading to the restaurant upstairs. Everything else was fantastic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Delightful
    eirpr
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Just excellent... from start to finish ! Always a delightful experience that will be remembered for a long time... until next time !!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Fusion Great Food
    Litty
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    Definite winner if you are looking for unique menu with local flare. Staff was excellent an good was really good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not Impressed
    nycfoodie321VIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Our server brought us the wrong drinks and insisted that they were what was ordered. Was argumentative and blatantly wrong. The brisket in the noodle dish was incredibly unappetizing. I couldn't cut through it, it was so tough and fatty. Drinks were okay. Ambiance was dark, and mellow but nice. Wouldn't recommend it.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Could have been perfect...
    AngieMG
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    My husbands noodles tasted as if they'd been lying around for hours, my foi gras was over-cooked and my stake was really REALLY cold. Other than that, the food did taste great, drinks were awesome & the dessert was incredible!! Hopefully, next time (if my husband decides to go back) they'll get the cooking part right.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • excellent
    roman
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    outstanding is the only way to talk about budatai's! excellent service and food and not overwhelming. this is a gem in conadado and a must place to visit you will not be dissappointed at all. will be going back again, and again
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent and Original
    Hame
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    My second time at the restaurant and I was not disappointed. We split delicious duck croquettes to start. My dinner companion found the duck confit excellent. I had a lamb loin special - beautifully cooked to medium rare were three generous thick slices. Accompanying was a surprising and scrumptious sweet potato ravioli with an intriguing grilled flavor, smothered in a delicious dark sauce with crumbled peanuts. Neither of us had room for dessert, regretfully. Buddatai is a little jewel in San Juan worth a pilgrimage each time I visit the city. I'll go again before I leave for home.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A gem of fusion cuisine in San Juan
    genemd48VIP
    Dined on 5/5/2014
    I have been at Budatai many times and always have been surprised with the great and diverse menu. This is the place to go for great fusion of Asian and Caribbean cuisine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Excellent atmosphere, Excellent food, Excellent Service
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Don't waste your time
    AFoodE
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Our waitress came over and greeted us and brought our drinks. My husband ordered a rum and coke, very watery and I ordered some speciality drink that was not good. We ordered edamame and calamari for an appetizer.For dinner I ordered a Geisha roll which was mediocre. I could get the same thing at the grocery store stand. My husband ordered the tuna steak which was cut up and was obviously previously frozen and was cooked too much. We never saw our waitress after she took our order. When we left I stopped and told the hostess about our experience and asked her to let the manager know since we never saw one, and she stared at me like I just cussed her out and was the rudest person ever. Horrible experience with bad food, very disappointed!
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  • Excellent food and service
    FriendfromAtlanta
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    I eat every visit to PR. Amazing!!! My favorite restaurant for sushi.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Asian and Caribbean paradise
    Thephb
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    Right when you walk in, the restaurant feels intimate and special. The menu is also comprehensive, and everything you order blows you away! The service is also friendly and not intimidating. I could seriously eat the pork dumplings and duck fried rice every day.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Late-Night Find, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Skip it.
    Honest2ruthVIP
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    The meet was fatty and everything tasted greasy.
    Special Features:
    Scenic View
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Thai done right
    WbernzVIP
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    This place was good. The decor was sexy. The service was prompt and focused. Food presentation was awesome. Definitely a nice place for a posh dinner while vacationing.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Service & Food
    JimToz
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    Visited Budatai with some friends after finishing the San Juan Puerto Rico half Ironman. The food was delicious and the service was very good. The Herame and Geisha were excellent appetizers. Our main dishes were equally well prepared and delicious. We had a great time and would recommend this restaurant if visiting San Juan.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Spicy with a twist
    MikeVIP
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    You know you're in for a treat from the ambiance, the menu and the attentiveness of the staff. Innovative food, exotic ingredients and unexpected luxury, that's what our fifth evening at Budatai felt like.,
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great use of many exciting flavors
    bnmystr
    Dined on 3/24/2014
    Wonderful use of Asian spices infused into tropical island dishes. The ambiance is nice but is also place you can laugh and enjoy friends
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ok but not great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    The restaurant was very nice but I admit I am a bit of a foodie but other than the filet mignon I was a little disappointed.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Long walk up the stairs, but
    Thomas
    Dined on 3/20/2014
    Long walk up the stairs, but worth it. Dumplings to due for.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Fantastic
    HeatherVIP
    Dined on 3/18/2014
    Very creative with outstanding presentation and quality.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Solid
    smky81387
    Dined on 3/18/2014
    Everything was solid or better. Worth checking out while in San Juan.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Service and Food
    TnRvrKing
    Dined on 3/11/2014
    If you enjoy a blend of Puerto Rican and Asian food, this is the restaurant for you. A nice change from traditional preparation techniques. Flavors abound in the dishes. Excellent wine! Customer Service was outstanding!! Will definitely eat here again on our next trip to San Juan!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous top to bottom
    Bravo
    Dined on 3/10/2014
    My husband & I made a reservation based on reviews I read here on Open Table. The restaurant has warm tones but still feels upscale. The food was dynamite, not to mention the specialty cocktails! I wish we had one at home! Highly recommend egg rolls w/sausage & cheese filling, duck fried rice and geisha roll. Our server Gloria was superb. Just really loved the unique fusion of flavors.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Big girls do cry
    Waffler
    Dined on 3/10/2014
    This kind of dining experience is out of the norm for both my daughter and I, although I would like to dine like this always. We were very comfortable here and the menu was exciting yet not frightening. We ordered a few appetizers, dim sum, but our favorite was definitely the pork profiteroles(pork belly with caramel sauce-yummy). My daughter had a geisha roll as an entree and she remarked" this is the best sushi roll I've ever had. It's so good I want to cry". Enough said
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Major Disappointment
    nsciacVIP
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    What a disappointment! For starters, their "signature cocktail" (can't recall name) tasted like a lemon soda. I was expecting an Asian inspired mojito but the tiniest specks of mint that added no flavor. My wife and I each ordered an appetizer, salad and entree. We were so surprised when three of the above arrived very quickly (did we need to ask that the courses be separated?), however my wife's sushi order arrived much later. Compounding matters were the pork dumplings that were absolutely dreadful, so heavy and saucy I was barely able to finish. Both entrees were also very disappointing, and in a rare event left unfinished. The scallops on my Budatai noodles tasted like they had been overheated in a microwave. I won't be back
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