Buddakan - Atlantic City
Buddakan - Atlantic City

Buddakan - Atlantic City

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.buddakanac.com/
  • Phone: 6096740100x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Mon – Thurs
    Lunch 12noon – 3:30pm
    Dinner 5:00pm – 11:00pm

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

    Sunday
    Dinner all day 12noon – 10:00pm

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


    **HOLIDAY HOURS**
    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 x

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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Buddakan - Atlantic City reviews from OpenTable diners
395 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.7
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (282)romantic (229)fit for foodies (213)good for groups (208)hot spot (140)late-night find (58)notable wine list (37)great for lunch (31)neighborhood gem (24)vibrant bar scene (22)scenic view (21)great for brunch (11)kid-friendly (10)great for outdoor dining (2)Show More
  • Amazing.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    We went to Buddakan to celebrate my best friends engagement, as just a small group of 3 girls. We ordered the spring rolls appetizer which was delicious, and then we ordered three entrees: salmon, crab fried rice, and pepper steak, along with the eggplant side dish. The salmon was delicious as was the peppered steak, however the crab fried rice was nothing special. The eggplant was also absolutely delicious. Dessert was the best part-- we ordered the donuts and the banana spring rolls. The spring rolls were okay, but the donuts were SUPERB. The waitress was very accommodating and friendly. She even gave us each a glass of champagne when I told her what we were celebrating. Overall amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FoodieVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    it seems that no matter how many times we frequent this restaurant we are almost always given a horrible table - when perfectly good ones are still open. And yes they do reseat us (after checking with the powers that be while you are left standing in the middle of the restaurant) after we ask for another table. But food keeps us coming back (although quite frankly not as often as we used to as it does get tiresome when you are repeatedly given a lousy table (upstairs in the back next to the stairs or at one in the center of the room when the place is empty and there are numerous booths to be had).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Last minute Dinner
    5harts
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    My family and I had a great dinner. OpenTable reservation process worked perfectly.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overpriced Small Apps
    BuddaCon
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The size of the appetizers was laughable for the price, along with the drinks. Entree portions were a decent size, but still pricy, even for AC.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great experience!
    smitty
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    First time there, the waiter was knowledgeable and very enthusiastic. The food was incredible, especially the edemame ravioli and the Chilean Sea Bass! We will be going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome food and high energy
    SashiVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Went on a Friday night with a group of 6 friends. They gave us a table for 4 but after some discussion they found us a bigger table. So though we were off to a bad start, once we settled into the new table we had a great time. Everything we ordered was excellent, the service was impeccable, and the sake and cocktails were great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always delivers
    Jack
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    When in AC, we always try to stop at Buddakan for dinner and it never disappoints. We strayed from the tasting menu this time. We enjoyed the calamari salad, file mignon, sesame tuna, and crab rice. Wonderful. As always, great food, nice atmosphere and wonderful service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always excellent
    calukaVIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    We have been here many times and have never been disappointed. The food is outstanding, Asian pork, cashew chicken, ginger chicken pot stickers, lobster fried rice... All fantastic. The flavors are spot on and unique. One of our favorite spots in AC.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of my favorites
    PetworthVIP
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Stephen Starr can do no wrong. I have been to all his restaurants in Philly and love them all. This was my first time at Buddakan in AC and it was just as good as the Philly location. We had the chicken & ginger dumplings, lobster fried rice, sweet/crispy shrimp, 5 spice duck breast, char grilled beef and we would order it all again. The beef was especially good. Waiter was good but a little ditsy - he could have been new because service is always impeccable - highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • RuthieVIP
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Th food was outstanding. Every appetizer was delicious and the sea bass and wasabi crusted filet were more than delicious. Also...the waiter was exceptional!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • WOW!
    foodsnob
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    It was wonderful. We live close to NYC and dine everywhere. Having said that, the meal at Buddakan was superb.We tried the tasting menu, and every bite was a delight.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent..if you stay in AC, gofor
    Andre
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Very good taste. Nice meals, with amazing spices. Harmony and friendly!! Go for!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyed our anniversary
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We went here to celebrate or anniversary and had a great time. The moose level is a little loud; but not intolerable. Our server was great in suggesting our menu items as well as what drink my wife should order. The food was great; with the Tuna Spring Rolls and chicken & Ginger Dumplings being the high point of appitizers and the Wasabi Crusted Filet the entree clincher. The place is great for sharing food with your partner or a group. They topped it all off with a glass of champagne to celebrate our abbiversary.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • has been better
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Food very good as usual. Server seemed disinterested. Server slow coming to table, then tried to rush ordering-never asked about drinks, didn't keep table clean or change plates (as is customary there). Food was good especially edamame ravioli, though lobster fried rice was 'overfried' with little lobster. Perhaps somewhat of an off night on a holiday? Have been there numerous times before and will probably return.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food.
    gigiandfamily
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    great food at a great price. we did the price fixe menu where you get 4 apps, salad, 4 entrees and 4 desserts. so worth it! and ALL the food was delicious. great way to go b/c the menu has everything that looks good
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • good as usual
    nightoutVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Service and atmosphere great s usual. Some new items in the menue just OK. Skip the crab spring rolls, get the shrimp ones. Crab fried rice was great, protion smaller?? Not sure. Expensive for what it is, but we enjoyed the night.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food Great Service
    PBJ14
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Enjoyed the special. Sea Bass is incredible! Service was fantastic (ask for Brian). My wife had a fantastic birthday dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Impressed
    Hefefresh
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We were very impressed that our waiter knew all of the specific ingredients to the dishes. Since my wife is Vegan, this was really helpful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fabulous food selection and service
    Fullbelly
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    The menu options were plenty to choose from and the food was phenomenal!! Everyone was very pleasant and helpful with any questions we had. I love that it's family style and portions are big enough to share and food is brought out as soon as it's ready! The drinks were very tasty as well! The ambience was very romantic and great for couples dinners. We will definitely be returning to Buddakan!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fanat333
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Food is great, but everything very expensive We order tuna rolls for 14$,waiter brought. Plate with only 3 small rolls
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome
    PolskamodelVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    I just love it here. The food and service are consistently very good. Nothing crazy inventive, yet not too traditional. Just a hip place with dim lighting and good energy. Love love love the cashew chicken...
    Special Features:
    hot spot, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bob
    BobbyVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    I noticed a drop in the no of people dining, this might be because of the casinos closing and economy. The staff came by too much to ask if everything was ok, if only our waiter meant it. Perhaps he had too many tables to take care of. This is an area that pulls this restaurant down a notch. I had crab egg rolls that tasted like paste ( I admit I watch ALL the restaurant tv shows). I questioned if they even made them well for sure they were made in advance as the center of the mush was cold. My dinner was fried rice w/lobster good! I think the thing that bothered me the most was our res was made several weeks in advance. Our request was to be near Buddha. We were seated next to the kitchen no view. We changed our seats.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful and Delicious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    I came here for a bachelorette with a group of 8. We were running late, and they were incredibly accommodating--pushing our meal out as fast as possible. Every single thing we ordered was incredible, and the cocktails were inventive and delicious. Our bride-to-be loved it. Would absolutely recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome food!
    JSandKS
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Got the bento box which is a sampler of 3 apps, a salad, 3 entries, and 3 desserts. Filet minon and sea bass were delicious.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great meal before a concert
    JeffinshVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We ate at this A/C outpost of Buddakan before a concert recently at Caesar's. Whole the food come out at you rapid-fire, it is all delicious and the order in which you receive things shouldn't deter you from the enjoyment of your wonderful meal. The shrimp, dumplings and beef dishes we ordered we all off the charts and I'd highly recommend a meal here for any occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner for three
    ereview
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We have eaten at buddakan a number of times in Philly and a couple of time in NYC. Theirs was the first and last in AC. Buddakan is always a bit of a higher priced mid quality Asian, but the s. Starr service and experience always made it enjoyable. Not this time however. The food was bland, the portions skimpier than typical and the service fair.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Have not been back for a while
    MartySVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    But I should have gone sooner great meal. Next time I will bring more people and enjoy with everybody,
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always perfect
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    A great restaurant. Great food. Been many times. Never disappoints. Ever
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Magnificent Decor!
    FineDiner3
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    My husband and I dine at this restaurant whenever we go to Atlantic City. The huge Buddha and star lit sky are breathtakingly beautiful. We opted for the tasting menu at $60 each. We began with a spicy margarita which tasted fabulous. We had pork/mushroom dumplings, Edemame ravioli, Chilean Sea Bass, Wasabi encrusted filet mignon, vegetables, Creme Broulee, banana egg rolls, and fried doughnuts. The manager gave us champagne to celebrate our anniversary. She also sat us at our own private corner after our original table was near a crowded table where there was a stroller nearby. Our waiter made excellent recommendations and the service was superb!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Top notch
    Rickjacoby
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    One word can describe this restaurant, phenomenal Food and service is absolutely top notch all the way. Everything I have ever ordered at budakkan was out of this world. Hands down my favorite restaurant. It's a little on the pricey side but in Atlantic city, it's quite comparable in price to let's say, margerettaville, which isn't even in the same league. You can't go wrong here! Over this past summer, I must have ate here close to ten times.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • foodloverVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    We've visited the AC Buddakan on four ocassions. The first 3 times, our food and service were outstanding. On our 8/27 visit, the restaurant was extremely busy and the service was HORRIBLE! We were there around 9PM for coffee/tea and dessert. We were seated and it took almost 20 minutes for someone to come to our table to take our drink order. It wasn't even our waiter who came over to the table, it was the manager. She had walked past our table and few times and realized that our waiter hadn't been to the table yet. She was the one who took our drink and food order for us. She brought our drinks and desserts to us within 5 minutes. As usual, the food was excellent. It took almost 30 minutes for our waiter to come back with our check.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A great highlight to our AC visit
    JamestownSteve
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Outstanding restaurant on the third floor of the beautifully renovated pier on the boardwalk! Dining under the darkened ceiling with simulated starlight above and the watchful gaze of the great Buddha lent a relaxing feel to the experience. Food was excellent, definitely five star with enough of each of the entrees we ordered to share around the table (cashew chicken, sweet & crusty shrimp, shrimp and chicken lo mein. My wife and I raved about the salad as the dressing was out of this world! Compliments to your fine chef! Kudos to our waiter as he was outstanding, attending to our needs and questions but not intrusive. Well worth the cost! We will definitely return to the Buddakan again when we can return to AC!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome !
    Luv2Eat4Fun
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    We had one of the Best Dining Experiences of our Lives ! Truly Memorable !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Enjoyed!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    We had a wonderful time. Always enjoy our experience at Buddakan! We will be moving to the west coast and will miss it!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Great dining experience. Everything was perfect and the chefs dinner was fantastic. We cant wait to come down again and dine here.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best meal ever
    Glen
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    This was our 3rd time eating ere and this was by far the best meal we've ever had! The Chilean Sea Bass is to die for! Thank you again for an amazing anniversary dinner!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • very disappointed not first timer
    ffergVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Drink was bad and food was bland. The service was slow and the overall cost was not worth it. I have been here before and it was much better experience. Not sure I will return.
    Special Features:
    romantic, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Go-to resteraunt in AC
    Ciao
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Great food and ambience. Good menu selection, definitely will return next time in A.C.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent service
    Mimi
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Our waiter was so vibrant and passionate about the good he served. He even had awesome little anecdotes about our desserts. Great food. Great service.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • mike
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    wonderful time, easy reservation, waitress most helpful as we had someone who was gluten free, great food
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.