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Buddakan - Atlantic City
Buddakan - Atlantic City

Buddakan - Atlantic City Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.buddakanac.com
  • Phone: (609) 674-0100
  • Hours of Operation: Mon – Thurs
    Lunch 12noon – 3:30pm
    Dinner 5:00pm – 11:00pm

    Fri and Sat
    Dinner all day 12noon – 12:00am

    Dinner all day 12noon – 10:00pm

    Happy Hour Sunday through Friday 3:00pm until 6:00pm (in the bar area only)

    Christmas Eve: Dinner Only, Served 12pm-10pm
    Christmas Day: Dinner Only, Served 5pm-10pm
    New Year's Day: Dinner All Day, Served 12pm-10pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Asian
  • Executive Chef: Nery Hernandez
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: With delectable cuisine and stellar service, Stephen STARR Events brings the experiences of the wildly successful STARR Restaurants to the world of catering. “Re-inventing” the traditional event, Stephen STARR Events prepares unique chef-driven creations as well as signature selections from the restaurants with menus tailored to each client. For more information on full-service catering for small and large private, social and corporate functions, as well as, quick-service options, please contact Stephen STARR Events at 215.923.2675.
  • Private Party Facilities: Please call for details.
  • Private Party Contact: Cara Rice (609) 271-0549

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Arkansas & Boardwalk
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Please Park in the Caesars Parking Lot. We provide $ 5 parking vouchers.
A word from Buddakan - Atlantic City
Buddakan has been called “a temple of modern Asian cuisine.” But it’s also a testament to the possibilities of inspired design. Upon entering, the first thing one sees is the surreal Asian garden surrounded by multi-level archways and 25-foot trees that seem to grow through rocks, footbridges and the ceiling itself. The dramatic atmosphere and enchanting karma is enhanced by the presence of a gigantic Golden Buddha that watches over the entire restaurant from a head of a 24-foot communal dining room table. The menu portrays an innovative interpretation of Asian Cuisine that matches the ambience in terms of creativity, inspiration and its capacity to satisfy. A delectably imaginative fusion of Chinese, French and Asian styles that results in dishes that exotic yet comforting – all prepared with perfectionist attention to the smallest detail.
Buddakan’s spectacular yet dreamlike ambience adds a new dimension to the array of destinations at the Pier at Ceasars.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Diner Reviews
  • "I've been coming to Buddakan for almost 7 years. That being said, my recent food experience was not the best that I've had. Possibly chef/management change. The service however was great as usual and the drinks phenomenal. The food came out way too quick after our order was placed (5 mins) and the rice was cold and hard and the crab tempura was so starchy and gooey. Not the way it used to be. The sashimi was drenched in oil and the texture hard and almost crunch like. The quality is deterioting and I'm afraid it has now been influenced by the surrounding AC properties that have let success slip through their fingers. It was tradition and something to look forward to coming here for dinner, but now it may be the time to say goodbye..."
    Dined on 8/18/2014
  • "This is a great find in Atlantic City. I think the appetizers and small plates are really good. Plus, the ambiance is romantic and really different. The sashimi was amazing and the ravioli was very good as well. The main meals needed more flavor. The sea bass was okay but it was a big piece of bland fish. I am such a foodie that I search out places that are different. I would go back to try the chefs tasting menu and other small things. The Harmony drink was so good and refreshing."
    Dined on 8/18/2014
  • "Went for a special occasion. Although had a curtained booth we were seated near a very loud bachelorette party and difficult to hear. Other than that have been here numerous times and it never disappoints."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Service impeccable as usual. Food was great. Always a great meal."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "As usual, service is superb. Service staff here are always knowledgeable, pleasant, well-attuned to our interest in eating really good food without being interrupted every 5 minutes to ask how we are, or without reciting their personal favorites on the menu"
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "Nothing to say except GO THERE!! You will not be disappointed. Everything we ate was magic in my mouth. We had the Chef's Pick or whatever it's called. So much food we couldn't finish."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "The chef's tasting menu is the way to go. Plenty of food and you get to try all the good stuff. Highly recommend this one!"
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "Buddukan was a great experience overall. The service was outstanding and the food was spectacular."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "Great location and fantastic food. Get the special and you will be more than happy and leave with a full stomach. Wasn't expecting to get so much food for the price. Waitress was very friendly and helpful. Most definitely will return when in the Atlantic City location."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "Was not sure what to expect but LOVED our dining experience here! Helpful, friendly, efficient wait staff. Food was terrific! Have to say, as good as the dinner was, the desserts were outrageous! There are cheaper places to eat in AC for sure but I never mind paying for excellent food and terrific service! Will definitely eat here again!"
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "A great place; the fish (sea bass) was absolutely fantastic, well cooked and the filet mignon also perfectly cooked. The asian touch was in every plate. Perfect service also. We were at the Buddakhan in New York a few days ago and both of them are excellent."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "Went for a retirement celebration. Service was excellent and the food was remarkable. I enjoyed the monk fish which was prepared just as I like it. We also found a great bottle of wine to complement the meal."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "We were greeted by the staff with a Happy Birthday and immediate escorted to our table. Service is impeccable; several servers assist you at your table. Along with a manager/floor host coming around to make sure all is up to your standards. Sizes are perfect for sharing. We had wasabi encrusted filet, lobster fried rice, sweet and spicy shrimp and finished it off with the Zen Donuts (came with a birthday candle - very elegant and simple touch). All was cooked to perfection and presented quite well."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "Budakkan was a very interesting dining experience for our 24th Anniversary. We enjoyed the different methods of preparing foods different then your average restaurant. Very delicious! As well I'd like to note that our waiter Edwin was very informative about our dining experience and was a very gracious server. He's a find, I wouldn't let him go! ;) Over all a very pleasant first time and we will be back in the near future."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "The ups: Eclectic, well-executed menu with fantastic mood lighting that sets the tone for a romantic/sexy night out. The downs: pork dumplings are saltier than the Atlantic, and portion size does not lend itself to sharing. Bottom line: a definite date-night keeper!"
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "The food was fantastic. Third time we dined at Buddakan. Would recommend if you want to try unique, interesting flavors and combinations. Good for groups which can lead to spotty service as our server had several large tables. The pace of the meal was also "off" we had three of four entrees and informed the fourth entree would be out shortly. Shortly?? Last comment - extremely noisy, need a level above Energetic."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Friday nights or Saturdays has to be the busiest time for the restaurant . So crowded and the very high noise level. In turn the service isn't up to standard. We love the food but stay a way from the weekends ."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Great time at Buddakan - we went with the chef's tasting menu... more than enough food and a good value for the price. Delicious!"
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Terrific dinner; ambience, service and food were all excellent. Definitely recommend saving room for the zen-ful donuts for dessert - Server was outstanding; friendly and very accommodating."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Celebrated our daughters 31st birthday Fri night and everything was perfect! Food, service and atmosphere were so special. Couldn't have been more perfect!"
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Generally speaking you to a restaurant and you either like it or you don't for one or more reasons. The staff was friendly and attentive but could use a little more training in taking orders. The waiter asked if it was a special occasion and I replied it was my daughter's 16th birthday and pointed to her at the head of the table. When it came time to take the order the waiter should have focused on my daughter first then followed with the rest of the young ladies followed by the gentlemen. When the food arrived in a reasonable period of time the waiters had no clue which meal went with which diner. This is pretty basic stuff even in a greasy spoon. The food by no means was bad but lacked any wow factor and was a bit pricy for the quality."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "Having been to the Buddakan in Philadelphia many times it was an easy choice to take my date to Buddakan AC this week while in AC for a couple nights. The Asian Fusion menu was a new and enjoyable experience for her. We had the Sample for Two at $60 each. Portions were very generous and we had difficulty finishing off the entrees. After a brief rest we did find room for the three delicious dessert samples though 😊"
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "Recommended by my niece...this was a great place to eat. All around a great dining experience. We ordered the dinner for two @ $60 per person and it was worth every penny! Delicious!!"
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "Waiter tried to up sell everything. He was at our table 50 % of the time. Pretty annoying when you want to spend time with your family."
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "We always enjoy a great meal at this restaurant. The ambiance is great and the food very tasty and a little different. We will make a return visit when we are in AC again."
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "Food was long coming out, and our server apologized but we really didn't mind as we were enjoying a night out with friends. Happily they offered us comp desserts which we enjoyed, so all and all a successful evening!"
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "The sweet and crispy shrimp and the crab fried rice are the best things I've ever had in my mouth. If I'm ever on death row, that's what I would have as my last meal. The fortune drink is also delicious."
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "I've been here many times & will definitely come back because the food is consistently excellent. I love this place!!!"
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "We went there for a party with 11 people, and we were running about 15 min late, but the host staff kept our reservation and we had a really great meal and great time."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "This restaurant is a very cute place. The ambiance is nice and wonderful for a date. I went with a group of five for a bachelorette and we had our own separate area to dine. The food was wonderful and the prices were decent. Only complaint was that the pitcher of sangria was overpriced. Other than that it was a very great time and we left feeling great about the experience."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Excellent food, compelling menu. Buddakan is consistently great! Lunch bento boxes are delicious and hard to beat in value!"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "I took my girlfriend here for our 5 month anniversary and we both loved it, we did the chef's dinner for two which was amazing, loved it all and would definitely go back again and definitely recommend it to a family member or friend"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "What a find... This place is definitely the best restaurant I've ever been to .... The food is amazing the service and the drinks .... We ordered from the chefs set menu and everything from apps to dessert just got better as it came .... Can't wait to go back !!!! Highly recommended ...."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "This is my husband and I favorite restaurant in South Jersey. The food is superb and the environment is hip and contemporary."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "As many times as I have eaten at Buddakan and other Starr Restaurants, I have never had a meal I didn't love. This time, I had the pleasure of dining there with my family and one of my daughter's picky eating friends. They ALL LOVED it! We had lamb chops, ponzu chicken, pork and sea bass along with appetizers and everyone got to try a bit. Even though they had not had lamb chops or sea bass, they were willing to try and glad they did!"
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "Visit resturant during my stay in Atlantic city .. Choose $70 dollar menu and it was a lot if food"
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "This was a great Restuarant but it was way to loud. We sat on top and had to yell at each other. The food was fab."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "We have been to this restaurant whenever we visit Atlantic City, NJ. The food, service and atmosphere are always on point. Everything about this restaurant is exceptional -"
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "Server was great, checked on us when necessary but wasn't overbearing. Cocktails were amazing, food had great presentation and flavor. Ambience is always great here mood lighting and the sound track create a great vibe."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "Great food as always great service one of the best restaurants around been coming here for 8 years and they are always spectacular"
    Dined on 7/27/2014