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Budatai Details

  • 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: Asian, Latin American
  • 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, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View

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.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Diner Reviews
  • "Very poor ambience , noisy. Service was excellent and food was incredibly outstanding."
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Second timehere, a must in Puerto Rico. Be sure to try the Roca sushi and the pulled pork."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Just excellent... from start to finish ! Always a delightful experience that will be remembered for a long time... until next time !!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Definite winner if you are looking for unique menu with local flare. Staff was excellent an good was really good. "
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "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. "
    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."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/5/2014
  • "Excellent atmosphere, Excellent food, Excellent Service"
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "I eat every visit to PR. Amazing!!! My favorite restaurant for sushi. "
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "The meet was fatty and everything tasted greasy. "
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "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.,"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Wonderful use of Asian spices infused into tropical island dishes. The ambiance is nice but is also place you can laugh and enjoy friends"
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Long walk up the stairs, but worth it. Dumplings to due for."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "Very creative with outstanding presentation and quality."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "Everything was solid or better. Worth checking out while in San Juan."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "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."
    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"
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "Having read a great deal about Budatai, it was on our "must due" list for a recent trip to San Juan. We were totally WOWED! The food was extraordinary ... delicious, innovative and generous. We ordered three items from the dim sum menu are were told by our server that they were large portions and we probably didn't need an entree as well. She was correct and we very much appreciated her honesty. DO NOT miss the pork belly profiteroles with the salted caramel sauce! Truly extraordinary!!! Any future trip to PR will include dinner at Budatai!"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "This was my favorite meal in Puerto Rico. Everything was delivered. Definitely get the dumplings for an appetizer. Also they have an upstairs with an outdoor patio."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "The view here was fantastic. The food not so much. I found it uninspired for the price. I would not return to this restaurant."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "For the price if probably never go back. Of the four apps we got I only really loved the duck croquettes. The Herame was pretty good but the garlic and carrots overpowered the delicate flavor of the fish. The potbelly profiteroles had way too much profiterole and the pork belly while well cooked was just ok. The pork dumplings were a huge disappointment. Last thing we ate and really put a damper on the whole meal. The pork was not flavorful the roe had no flavor and the sauce was one note and worst of all because there were truffle shavings on it ,which did nothing for it, it was the most expensive dish we are."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "One of the best spots on the island....Beautiful atmosphere and an amazing staff. Interesting sushi and delicious cocktails. Make sure you hit this spot while your down here."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "Great little find and all plates were well presented and all taste sensations within them selves. Staff was very friendly and all around great experience and night. A wine pairing recommendation for each dish would be a great enhancement, as the flavours are all unique and a wine pairing for each would be fantastic."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "Great ambiance, great food, great location. Our second time and we love this place!!! Terrific service."
    Dined on 2/20/2014