Buddakan - Philadelphia
Buddakan - Philadelphia

Buddakan - Philadelphia

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.buddakan.com/
  • Phone: (215) 574-9440
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 12:00am, Sunday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Asian
  • Executive Chef: Jason Goodman
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), 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: Buddakan is the perfect venue for corporate or social events. Whether you want to take over the entire facility, overlook the action or be in the midst of it, there are many options for groups to experience Philadelphia’s most highly sought after dining destination.
  • Private Party Contact: Diane Farina 2672383650x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between 3rd & 4th on Chestnut
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet parking is available at $18 per vehicle after 5:30pm. Parking lot available during lunch on 3rd & 4th between Market & Chestnut Streets.
A word from Buddakan - Philadelphia
Stephen Starr’s Buddakan is a spectacular restaurant featuring exotic flavors of modern Asian cuisine with creativity and drama. Bon Appetit notes, "The mostly white space is striking, with a lit-from-within communal table in the middle of the room, a waterfall & a ten-foot, candle-bedecked Buddha. The religious icon watches over hip customers indulging in pan-Asian cuisine that far surpasses the fare usually found at hot spots like this." Newsweek reports, "Design also serves as a signifier for cuisine. You walk into Buddakan, one of the hottest new restaurants in Philadelphia, past a shimmering waterfall & Japanese river stones & you say to yourself, 'ginger-miso everything' even before you see the magnificent 10-foot Buddha dominating the dining room." Named one of “America's Top 50 Restaurants" by Travel & Leisure and 'Top Restaurant for Fun' by Gourmet, Buddakan has become one of the country's most talked about restaurants.
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Buddakan - Philadelphia reviews from OpenTable diners
535 reviews since July 28, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelEnergetic
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (360)special occasion (354)hot spot (251)good for groups (227)romantic (198)vibrant bar scene (101)neighborhood gem (98)great for lunch (83)late-night find (54)notable wine list (49)scenic view (20)kid-friendly (13)great for brunch (9)great for outdoor dining (3)Show More
  • Worth checking out
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/23/2014
    Overall dining at Buddakhan in Philadelphia was an enjoyable evening. Initially we were seated next to the bar but they moved us to a much better table with nice ambiance. The service is pretty good and the food is just above average with excellent presentation. The pepper steak entree is very tasty and tender and the second entree was boneless spare ribs which was very tender but way too much fat instead of meat. The highlight is seeing the big Buddha Statue and the prices are reasonable but nothing stands out as being exceptional.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still one of the best in Philadelphia
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    Hadn't been to Buddakan in several years but the food was just as wonderful as I remember. Every dish we ordered was perfect from Dim Sum to dessert. The flavors were incredible and portions were ample. Our server was also wonderful. The decor and menu haven't changed over the years but you forget about that as soon as you take your first bite.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • overall good but some dishes not great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    Excellent service, friendly staff, food was pretty good. ...dumplings were great, pork belly was excessively fatty and mushy. We mentioned to staff and they agreed and offered to replace it bit inauspicious took if off the bill. They were very gracious about it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday dinndr
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    All the food was amazing ESP the sea bass. Only thing that was not good was the green beans. But everything else was great! Great atmosphere for a special occasion and great service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Old Gem
    LanceRomance
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Fun place to go in a good location. Atmosphere was pleasant. Seabass was wonderful. A happening place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing!!
    bbogrylls
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Food was top notch. would love to try the whole menu. The ambience was also tops. Will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exotic experience
    scott
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Buddakan exhibits an ambience that takes you to a far away place, they make every effort to transport you to the far east and the food quality is exemplary. I ordered a special dish, skate wing, and it was served to an impeccable liking to filet mignon that falls apart in thin slices. We were out celebrating various achievements and got their banana soufflé type dish that was to die for. The beer and single malt scotch listings were excellent, and even our appetizer of dumplings was cooked to a tender texture. Overall gem of a place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding High-End Asian Cuisine
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    Buddakan lived up to its apparently well-deserved reputation. Every dish was remarkable. We had the mixed dim sum platter, which included the astonishingly terrific edamame dumplings. We also had the Peking duck buns (fantastic), five-spice duck breast (fantastic), and pan-seared sea bass, which was ethereal. And the service was polite and attentive, all the wait staff appearing perfectly on cue, The place is elegant in every way. What more need be said?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 5 stars for our 5 month celebration!
    Boush
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    We made a reservation through OpenTable and I mentioned in the comments section that the dinner was for our special occasion. I also mentioned that we would prefer seating in a more private and quiet area. We arrived a little early for our reservation and waited it out at the bar. The bartender was very friendly and knowledgable. At the time of our reservation, we were greeted by a hostess who carried our drink over to the table set right behind the waterfall wall by the front of the restaurant. I was worried about sound but it was not a problem at all. Our server was also extremely friendly and answered any question we had with expertise. This was nice since it was our first time dining at Buddakan. The food was delicious and we ordered way too much for the two of us. Though it was great to be able to get a little taste of everything. We had the much recommended edamame dumplings, general tsos dumplings, duck buns, beef fried rice, wasabe mashed potatoes, and the pad thai with chicken subbed in for the shrimp. I was a little disappointed with the taste of the general tsos dumplings but it was only because it was not the flavor I was used to from tradition take out restaurants. Same goes for the pad thai but there are plenty of other entrees to choose from next time. There will certainly be a next time! Due to our special occasion our server mentioned that they would do "something special" for dessert. I am not sure what that would normally entail at Buddakan because we had a show to catch. Our server gave my girlfriend a little carry out kit of chocolate which was a very nice gesture. The atmosphere was very romantic and we were able to hear each other's conversation easily.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch was delicious and affordable!
    KManari
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    My husband and I had a wonderful time at lunch! I was expecting things to be outrageously priced, but lunch was just right. Everything was cooked very well and while I didn't like it all (my personal preference) I would not hesitate to recommend it to a friend or go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved it!
    SushiLoverVIP
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    It was everything I hoped it would be- I've been to the other two locations and actually think this one is the best! It's the original buddakan and maybe as a function of it not being too crowded, I really enjoyed myself here. It was spacious (the AC one is very cramped) and not too noisy, and the setup was simply beautiful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Recommended destination
    Eatzgood
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Much smaller than it NYC location, not as dramatic yet still beautiful. Food well prepared, nice presentation, Server was knowledgeable, recommendations were a hit, attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • great vibe
    angiemc
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    I had high expectations, as I have been to Buddakhan NY recently. The food was just as good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great night
    wickeddream
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Luckily I've been there a few times so I had an idea of what to expect. First time diners, I recommend the edamame dumplings, the lamb chops, and the wasabi mashed potatoes. The
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Impressed by food....
    CNowVIP
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Service was somewhat lacking.... Sat at a table upstairs which wasn't quite as lively as the downstairs section. Appetizers were fantastic, as was the Aged Beef. Lo Mein was good but a bit salty. Dessert donuts were out of this world - overall a great evening!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hot ticket but food suffering
    Alexsnood
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Been to Buddakan several times in Philly and Atlantic City and it's still pretty good. Noise level is actually uncomfortable at times, and the diners screaming to their companions to be heard certainly doesn't help matters. Noticed some dishes I'd had before were not as well prepared (different texture on the Kung Pao Monkfish, Daily special Pork and Chestnut dumplings served luke-warm even after returning them once and getting a new order, etc). Otherwise, still a good concept professionally operated.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasting menu well worth it!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    This was our first visit to Buddakan. There were so many selections we opted for the tasting menu. Excellent preparation of all the items. Monkfish was to die for. Plenty of food but since dishes are light and not greasy, you still can enjoy there phenomenal dessert selection. Wine list was extensive and reasonably priced for such a fancy place
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, lively spot
    travellerVIP
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Food and service were excellent, but noise a little high. Hard to have a conversation. Otherwise, great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Amazing!
    CraftsteakRocks
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    If you are in Philadelphia you must eat here. The edamame dumplings and the sea bass are a must.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Buddakan
    NoWWtoday
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    This restaurant remains one of my favorites. There's a coat check at the door. The food was amazing. What pleasantly surprised me was the affordability of the lunch menu. I ordered the standard bento box for only $15. Also surprising was the speed of service. We were in and out in just over an hour, which is miraculous for Center City lunch rush, especially considering the quality of the food. My companion had three special requests: two items to add to her salad, and a swap of her beverage choice, and the waitstaff were very accommodating. I would definitely return for lunch, and budget allowing, dinner!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Consistently great service and food
    CarolineInTheCity
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    I've been going to Buddakan for the last 15 years and any time I go the service is impeccable. The food is always delicious and presented as if it's taken from Food & Wine magazine. It's a great place to dine with friends when you have a lot of tiime (and money). We spent $300 for three of us, but it was well worth it! I highly recommend Buddakan as a place to enjoy excellent food, drinks and ambiance with friends or family.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • First timers at Buddakan
    Datenight06
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    The restaurant was louder then my husband and I expected, and alot busier then I expected for a Monday night. But we soon found out why! The food was great and the service was great. This was our first visit. I took my husband to celebrate his birthday. The bill was kind of pricey but we left full and satisfied.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great choice
    solid
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    fun vibe, eclectic menu done with high quality ingredients and creativity. excellent service, both at the bar and table side.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • sat night meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Overall happy with experience but food was not hot, maybe luke warm at best..kind of disappointing for $180 meal for 2....
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Buddakan - Philadelphia
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Food was outstanding, service was top notch. Excellent experience.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Much better in New York
    FoodloverVIP
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Doesn't compare to Budakkan in New York in size, design or food. Very disappointing after being to New York restaurant. Food was extremely salty. Wouldn't recommend if you are in Philadelphia.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just "ok"
    Welovefood
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    My husband and I never been to Buddakan and were very excited. The ambiance and music were perfect, but the food wasn't all that great. The waiter failed to tell us that some dishes were shareable items and we ended up with too much food that we didn't even like. I really was disappointed. The dessert however, was amazing. We won't be returning to this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Buddakan
    jean
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    6 of us went for a special occasion Sun, 26 OCT. Right after the first entrée came out, we were dropped into oblivion- in the meantime ordering a total of 3 bottles of wine while we politely waited for food delivery to resume. The waiter avoided and never checked on us. Finally we called a manager. By the time we got our next mains, 35 mins had passed. The waiter came up with some lame excuse we didn't understand (something about ordering a custom-cooked steak???) and the manager flat out said the kitchen messed up. Inconsistent stories and services. To the manager's credit she credited us the entrees but only after a failed attempt to offer dessert. None the less, she tried to make good so I wont say a hard no to going back someday.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • DINNER
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    EXCELLENT DINNER - CALAMARI SALAD WAS DELICIOUS AND RED SNAPPER WAS A GREAT PRESENTATION AND TASTED GOODTOO.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent
    Phillyguy
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Had a GRRREAT dining experience. Enjoyed the Chilean sea bass and red snapper. Will definitely like to dine here again. A true gem in Philadelphia.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always Fantastic!
    ajbinusa
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    For several years now, I have been celebrating my birthday with a dinner at the restaurant. Dumplings are always flavored well, scallops were delicious and Phad Thai was excellent. Service was great and chocolate bento box was a great surprise of variety.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointing
    gjan
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    I have been to Buddakan many times since its opening in Philadelphia. My last visit was so disappointing! Despite having reservations we were seated at a small bar table. People were standing over us while we ate, we could hear full conversations of people on either side, waitress's backside was in our face anytime she went to the other tables. The food has also really gone down hill. The calamari salad was so salty I couldn't eat it, the pad thai portion has shrunk w/ too much cilantro, and the crispy shrimp was just 5 regular size shrimp on a plate w/ a walnut and piece of pepper - so not worth the price. Then to top it off they took my favorite dessert off the menu - no chocolate banana tower. The desserts were mediocre at best.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • My favorite restaurant!!
    Iluvfood
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    I love Buddakan my favorite things are the calamari salad and pan seared sea bass!! Both to die for!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    Club619
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Our favorite place to eat. Wasabi mashed potatoes are the best! And the best Cosmo and Martini's we've had.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a gem!
    SallyVIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Always accommodating; great food; great service; a fun atmosphere; we always enjoy dining here and so so about once a week! One of our favorites!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Another wonderful birthday
    Surpriselunch
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    I made the reservations without telling my wife. This has been one of our favorite restaurants for many years. We have never had anything less than a very good dinner. We take out of town friends, business associates and family here. Reservations were on time, they remembered her birthday and she was smiling all night. What else could I ask fit?
    Special Features:
    hot spot, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    Marbanana
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    The food was very good. Like the family style environment, allows to try several options. The overal ambiance is good, but it was loud and the constant, same beated music was very annoying.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    Fabulous flavors, every item was exceptional and we highly recommend Buddaken. We has spicy pork dumplings & crispy rock shrimp boa for appetizers and had shrimp and ahi for the mains. The Vegetable rice was delicious with a wonderful sauce. Our servers recommendations were very helpful. Rarely do we feel every dish was excellent. The dining room is attractive but can be loud as the room gets crowded. Highly recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday dinner
    Intlove1522
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    A perfect birthday dinner experience. Food was good, service was good. My only complaint would be that the staff always seems to be hawking you to see if you're finished eating to clean off the table.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never Disappoints!
    Laurak
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    We haven't been to Buddakan in almost two year, but some things never change - in a good way! The food was amazing from start to finish. We overindulged, but we were three happy people when we left! Kobe Beef Satay is a must every time, and the Red Snapper was delicious and such an awesome presentation!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic