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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
  • "I love the food at Buddakan, but they are certainly not generous with the cocktails. I ordered one of their specialty drinks and my glass was only a little over half filled. Would have ordered a second except not worth the price."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "A little disappointed with our server. Three of us went to dinner and 2 meals came out together. My meal took an extra 5 minutes or so. In between time, couldn't find our server or anyone else to ask to check on my food. Our server only came to the table to refill drinks, however never asked if we were ok or needed anything. Overall, the experience was good and the food was even better. I would go back in hopes of getting a better server."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "We I love this place. Do not over order. Great place. Problem : Hard to get a reservation. Butifyou can? Go. Go. Go. Go."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "MY EXPERIENCE WAS DYNAMIC !!! There were two in our party, we had Asian Caesar salad, Cantonese egg rolls, aged beef, dungees crab sticky rice and for dessert, dim sum doughnuts with ginger cream and blackberry sauce. Everything was good! There was no complaint with our service!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Being from NYC I was told by a friend that the food at Philadelphia Buddakan is better than in NY. I have to say I think I agree. The decor is also minimalistic but beautiful. And the service by Michael was amazing. It's great to have a real foodie with a passion for the restaurant tell you about the dishes what goes in them and guide your experience which is what Michael did. The chocoloate bento box is a MUST ORDER. And I'm not ordinarily a dessert person."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Our waiter was way off his game. First, we had to ask for a black napking instead of one being offered; then we had to ask him for it again after the meal was served. They did not clear appetizer plates before bringing the entrees, so the food runner was trying to juggle placement of the dishes and spilled sauce on the floor. As he brought dessert, the waiter dropped one of the donuts and said he would have the chef make another. After 15 minutes, I had to go find him (he was busy chatting with the hostess) and ask for the donut and the bill. A rather disappointing service experience, especially embarrasing as I had three guests with me and had raved about the restaurant."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Always great food, service and experience. Edamame Dumplings are a must. Two per person."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "this is a great restaurant---------there is not a bad thing on the menu. but you have messed up my profile . please contact me!!!"
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "I'm not sure why this place gets the reviews it does, but the food is decidedly average. I've had much better Asian cuisine at other restaurants in Philadelphia that don't get nearly the hype this place gets. Having said that the ambience is nice and the server was polite and attentive."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "We always enjoy the dining experience at the Buddakan! Excellent food, service and ambiance!"
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "I just love the Starr restaurants and Buddakan is no different. This was our first visit to the Philadelphia location. Very quiet (it was a monday), quick service, and delicious. The Wasabi filet was buttery and tender. The small Calamari salad was huge and surely enough for 4 people. But my new favorite- the Edamame Dumplings! If you've never been to Buddakan or any of the Starr restaurants, do it! You won't be disappointed!"
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "The servers were knowledgable and professional, but lacked personality. I don't remember my server's name. That said, the food and drinks were excellent. The edamame dumplings and wasabi mashed potatoes, which everyone recommends, were both good, but the duck breast was exceptionally prepared. My wife loved the Buddhas Cup cocktail. Also, for visitors, it was easy to get a table, and the neighborhood lends itself to post-dinner walks."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Not too expensive, yet feels very fancy. Warm waitstaff, not fussy or intrusive. The ambience is the thing. I'd come back here for the ambience, but everything else was great too."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "My boyfriend and I would come back here for the dumplings alone! Everything was delicious and the service was excellent... A great spot to celebrate an anniversary!"
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Tremendous experience at Buddakan -- birthday celebration and the staff was wonderful and accommodating. As always, the food at Buddakan is the absolutely OUTSTANDING.....this was first time experience for 5 in our party and they all had a wonderful time! Thank you Buddakan!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "I can't wait to to back and try other items on the menu."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Great edamame, and my friend loved her cashew chicken - said it was the best she'd ever had. Also enjoyed the selection of Asian beers. They were great about accommodating vegetarians, but unfortunately the accommodations left off some of the best parts - my veggie fried rice came without the curry foam because it's made with chicken broth, so it tasted like any other veggie fried rice."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Our recent lunch took place on a hot summer afternoon after my daughter and I had gone crib shopping. We both ordered variations on the Bento box and were completely delighted by the wonderful tastes and lovely presentation. The sounds of the indoor waterfall next to our table made us feel refreshed and calm."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "I thought I had the worst seat in the place so that didn't help. Sever was ok and the food wasn't as great as normal."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "I visit Buddakan twice a year and I'm always satisfied! The food, the ambiance and service are top notch!"
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Our first time at Buddakan was during Restaurant Week. This gave us a nice overview so we decided it was worth another visit. We were not disappointed! Every dish was excellent from the crispy calamari salad to the hot and sour scallops. We had a vegetarian in our group and she was thrilled with the choices she was offered. We'll definitely be back."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "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
  • "Great food. Lovely ombiance. Great service. Perfect for birthday/anniversary/special occasion"
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "This restaurant is still great after so many years it's amazing..."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "I had such a great first experience here! The restaurant was very accommodating and the service was great!"
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "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 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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "We picked this spot in a whim and we're more than happy with our choice. Great Resturant!"
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "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
  • "Angry lobster was terrific; very nice to share. Unique dish."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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