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Buddakan - Philadelphia
Buddakan - Philadelphia

Buddakan - Philadelphia Details

  • 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, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Asian
  • Executive Chef: Jason Goodman
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, 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 (267) 238-3650

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.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAsian
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Diner Reviews
  • "Great food. Lovely ombiance. Great service. Perfect for birthday/anniversary/special occasion"
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "I had a great time treating my girlfriend to a birthday dinner here. The service was friendly and attentive. The birthday candle in the dessert was key! Great food too! Got the sea bass, lobster fried rice and cantonese spring rolls."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "This restaurant is still great after so many years it's amazing..."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "We went with friends to celebrate each of our wedding anniversaries. Our server was very attentive and helpful. Our food- especially the curry cauliflower with cashews and scezchuan eggplant were delicious. We enjoyed the vegetable and shrimp dumplings best. The edamame dumplings had a pasty texture that we didn't enjoy, but our friends enjoyed their short ribs with chow fun noodles. At the end we were given little gold Chinese takeout boxes with truffles to celebrate our anniversaries. It was a nice touch."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "One of the best restaurants in Philadelphia. Great food and great service. Expensive but it's worth it"
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "I had such a great first experience here! The restaurant was very accommodating and the service was great!"
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "I was probably most disappointed by our table. It was a small 2 top near the kitchen and there was a steady parade of waiters, busboys and managers whizzing by when inches of my shoulder. It was extremely annoying. The food and service was good, ...just good!"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "I've been here twice. Once with a big group for a friend's birthday where we got a prefixed menu and the second time for my father's birthday where we ordered off the menu. The prefixed menu was amazing. There was so much food and we were allowed to order more of the same dish which doesn't happen too often. Because it's Stephan Starr it is a bit pricier, but the food is amazin!! well worth it"
    Dined on 8/25/2013
  • "Great birthday weekend celebration My friends enjoyed!!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "For the money you spend, they should give people more time to enjoy the food. Food was good but a year ago was better, some changes were introduced to the menu and those classic entrees are no longer outstanding."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Angry lobster was terrific; very nice to share. Unique dish."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "The food was outstanding! The food melts in your mouth and makes you want more. There was not one bad thing we tried off the menu. The service was very tentative and helpful with recommendations but not too much that you feel overwhelmed or watched over during your meal. They were excellent in helping us choose a wine to go well with our meal and suggestions on the appropriate amount of food and selections to ensure we were able to try a variety of their choices. I would recommend anyone to try this restaurant especially for a special occasion!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Four of us went to Buddakan on Friday evening. The restaurant was very noisy, but that was mostly due to one table with loud people. The atmosphere is beautiful; there was one large table lit from underneath that was set for a crowd. It was spectacular. Our meal was good; service was excellent. The noodle dishes were much saltier than our taste, but we'd go there again."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Love this spot. Hip, great cocktails, cool bar. Be warned: no sushi!!! they say they don't want to compete with Morimoto. Asian fusion, and it's awesome!"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "We picked this spot in a whim and we're more than happy with our choice. Great Resturant!"
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "This is way more than just fancy Chinese food. The food is very unique and unlike any menu I've seem before. The short rib is amazing. Best of all, the service is spot on. I normally don't ask for recommendations, but I did here and the server knew just what to tell us."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Buddakan had some of the best food that I have gotten in Philadelphia. It is a must if you are eating in Philly."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "Great restaurant- Asian infused, fabulous food. One of favorite restaurants. Have tried everything on the menu and it's all wonderful. Make reservations, it's always busy. Great bar upstairs and downstairs."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "The food is always amazing. The atmosphere comfortable if a little loud. The choices on the Bento boxes are wonderful."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "Added to the list of my favorite restaurants in Philly!"
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Really outstanding evening. Management was overly accomodating with my dietary restrictions due to celiac disease. The room was beautiful, food absolutley stellar, and the Zengria was to die for. A little too noisy for a romantic date night, but otherwise one of the best meals I have had."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Have been to all of the Starr Resturants now. And I must say, saved the best for last. The service and food were just wonderful. The waitress was knowledgeable about the menu choices, and welcoming to all at the table. Great dining experience, two thumbs up!!!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "I have been to Buddakan at least twenty times over the years, probably more now that I think of when I lived and worked in the area. I've hosted business meetings, enjoyed meals with family and friends, and chosen this as a perfect spot to show my wife a favorite spot in Philly. Each and every time the food and service do not disappoint. Sandy, our server this last visit, was exceptional and this was truly the best service I have received from anyone in all my years at Buddakan and all other restaurants. She was attentive, informative, accommodating to my vegetarian lifestyle, and generally sweet. The young gentleman working alongside her was equally proficient and attentive."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "A great birthday celebration! Very accommodating to special orders."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Visiting from out of town, we were looking for a special evening for my wife's big birthday. She loves Asian, and this spot hit all the right notes. From the happy birthday text the morning of our reservation, to the sparkler on the dessert, this was a perfect evening. We went with the Asian Caesar salad, the lamb chops with eggplant and the curry cauliflower, topped off with the chocolate and coconut sorbet. It was plenty of food for two average appetites (the small salad was enough for four). Each dish was delicious, with just the right amount of spice. Service was attentive but not annoying. I'd return in a minute. Je"
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "After 15 or so years Buddakan still gets it right!"
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Really disappointed by this meal. I had such high hopes. At this price point, I expect perfection. An explosion of flavors in my mouth. Instead I got middling food at best and an icy, but polite and professional, waitstaff. Extremely disappointed. Main course was sent back for being overcooked (medium well when ordered medium rare). It really should have been sent back the second time too (it came out medium), but people were hungry. It absolutely did not live up to the hype. There are WAY better places to eat in Philly for a fraction of the price."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "The food is amazing, you just can't go wrong! The service is good and no long waits for the food. You get a very relaxed feeling and the noise level is not to high so you can have a normal conversation. We loved it!"
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "My travel mates and I visited Buddakan upon the recommendation of a friend. The waterfall upon entry is breath-taking. We had reservations but were seated right next to the kitchen. The menu, although pricey, was an interesting mixture of food. We were told that meals were meant for sharing. Not true...portions were small (maybe we misordered). We got lobster fried rice (bland and gummy...really quite unremarkable), aged beef (good, but bland...the saving grace was the bed of watercress and wasabi frites...sublime), the crispy shrimp was good. Overall, for the price, I'd skip this place. After about an hour and a half, the pulsating music was enough to make me want to leave. For an excellent meal, head two blocks down and get Han Dynasty."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Not much to say except if you want a memorable dining experience .....go"
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "This was my first visit to Buddakan and I was dissapointed. We were seated at a table in the bar area. There was no ambience. I felt like we were tucked away in a corner. The main dining area looked nice but I didn't get to experience it as we were seated directly across from the bar. The only entree that we throughly enjoyed was the Five Spice Duck. The Spicy Rock Shrimp were boring and the Shrimp Dumplings had no flavor. I will not go back. The design is cool but I was dissapointed in the food."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "My girlfriend and I did a girl's night out dinner here on a Friday evening. We were promptly greeted, and we had a drink at the bar while waiting on our reservation time (we showed up a little early). Once seated, our server introduced himself, took our drink orders, and made some great recommendations. We ordered the Edamame Dumplings to start (yum!), and we also ordered the Wasabi Tuna, the Lobster Fried Rice, and the Sweet & Crispy Jumbo Shrimp. Everything was beyond amazing! Definitely exceeded our expectations, and I will certainly be back!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "I took my mother here for lunch on her birthday. The service was great and the food was delicious. They even brought her sorbet as a birthday gift."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "By far my favorite restaurant in the city. Everything on the menu is great and never disappoints. Always great service and never have had a long wait."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "I had heard so many great things that I expected a really fantastic experience. Instead, I had a nice meal -- but, really I have had equally good (if not better) meals at some of our good, local asian restaurants."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "A lovely experience from start to finish. My put of town guest was impressed :)"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Great meal, great setting, great fun. Celebrated our son graduating high school and everyone loved the food. The bartender was great too, making me a mixed drink that was amazing when I described a few things I like in a drink. I now have a new drink to ask for when I go out."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Food was exceptional except sodium level was a bit high especially on Pad Thai. Presentation was excellent and beautiful. The noise level was unacceptable - we were at a small table for four with a party of 3 screaming across the table to make ourselves heard to the point we were exhausted by the end of our meal. We have eaten here before and not had such a bad experience. We came back in 2012 and thought maybe it was just where we were seated. We liked the food so much we risked a return this visit to Philly. We will not return, we will not recommend."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "The food was excellent and our waiter was quite personable and provided excellent service."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Buddakan is an enigma. It was once one of the crown jewels of Starr's empire and the food is still first rate. But why are the furnishings starting to look so drab? Why was the service brusque (although capable and efficient)? Why were we first steered to a table stuck in the waiting area when there were plenty of others available in better locations? Why were the tables so close together that my neighbor's elbow almost ended up in the calamari salad? That said, Buddakan still offers perhaps the best lamb chops I have ever eaten, great spring rolls and lobster fried rice and not (completely) outrageous prices. Still worth it but are its best days behind it?"
    Dined on 6/16/2014