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
379 reviews since May 5, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.7
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (271)romantic (223)fit for foodies (202)good for groups (202)hot spot (128)late-night find (59)notable wine list (33)great for lunch (30)scenic view (21)neighborhood gem (21)vibrant bar scene (19)great for brunch (11)kid-friendly (9)great for outdoor dining (3)Show More
  • Great Food Great Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    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
  • Fabulous food selection and service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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.
  • 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!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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
    • Food
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Top notch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • foodlover
    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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • End of an Era
    NYCFoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    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...
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for small plates
    gr8fdlvr
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loud and noisy
    dineout
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always good
    Raymond
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Service impeccable as usual. Food was great. Always a great meal.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GREAT service
    Tourmama
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BEST FOOD EVER!!!!
    EatEatEat
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AMAZING!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding
    Foodie101
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Buddukan was a great experience overall. The service was outstanding and the food was spectacular.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food!
    Master1234
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • top AC restaurants
    midway
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • lorraine
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Time!
    Luv2dineoutVIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect Birthday Celebration Spot
    NJShoreDiner
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Interesting dining
    gina
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Keeper!
    muttdr
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Meal
    DessertFirstVIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very noisy
    Kate
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    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 .
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great chef's menu
    Brian
    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!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Location for Dinner in AC
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate