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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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerAsian
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Diner Reviews
  • "Waitress was perfect and Caleb made sure out experience was perfect!!"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "I really liked the menu selection and enjoyed the food I ordered. Perhaps the server had too many tables but we had to wait way too long for drink refills and our final bill."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "Buddakan is hands down my favorite restaurant in Philadelphia. Therefore, when I had to entertain some VIPs for work, I didn't hesitate. We were a party of 5 and 4 of us arrived timely but 1 person in the party was stuck in traffic. We told the hostess that we would wait in the bar. She said that was fine. Our 5th arrived 1/2 hour late and the hostess came over shortly after to seat us(she checked on us 1 time). When she came over, she said that since there was another party coming in after us, we will only have 1 3/4 hrs to eat. This has never happened to me. I was embarrassed and appalled! So although the food was fabulous and our waitress was top notch - I can't imagine that situation was handled as such. It saddens me greatly!"
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "Food fair, family style confusing. Some plates were not enough for everyone to get adequate tasting."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "The ambiance was great. However, the food was very disappointing for the price. The king crab tempra was tasteful but our dinner entrées which were: shirmp tai, which was lacking flavor & the peanuts threw it off & the crab sticky rice which had a burnt (not smokey) taste to it. I would NOT recommend unless a person is looking for a place with modern chic decor. However, I will recommend the POD for all the features just less expensive prices."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "Always a great choice.Daytime Parking is not easy but not too far away unless you can find a place on the street."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "Made reservations and expected a table in the dining room. We were seated in the lounge area at a small bar table right next to traffic. Why bother making a reservation? We were moved to a better table. I guess the hostess didn't think we were 'hip-worthy'...A note: food was great, but you certainly won't leave over full....."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "presentation of food was good, taste was as expected. $180 for four people and we didn't get drinks. Pretty underwhelming, didn't think infants would be allowed on a saturday evening--we thought there was a dress code, but shorts t-shirts and backpacks were omnipitous. Staff was pleasant, we made reservations (early dinner--515-700pm)--didn't need them, honestly expected more. Korean Beef very good, dim sum, not so much. Kobe beef appetizer, tasty but wouldn't order again. No where near what my first experience was, which is why we went again--probably won't go back though."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "We had an early reservation prior to a show in Philly. Food was excellent. Was slightly over-priced. Biggest issue was slow/unattentive service. For a place like this, I had to ask 2-3 times to a manager to find our waitress - who just vanished. Of note, at 5:45, the restaurant was not really crowded.....had no clue where she disappeared to."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "we had not been there for about 4 years and thought the food was great, delicious and exquisitely prepared then. This time we thought they called china town for take-out and served it for 3 times the price to us. The only difference was it didn't come on a paper plate. Terrible and will NOT go back"
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "I have been a fan of Buddakan for years....and it hasn't lost a thing. The Sea Bass and Scallops were outstanding as was the King Crab Tempura. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone who enjoys good food. The service was great....me and my girlfriend enjoyed a great night...Thanks Again!!!"
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "It was one of the best meals I've ever had and I eat out a lot. We had the angry lobster and the lamp chops. Great!! The appetizers were equally great!"
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "We love having lunch at Buddakan. In fact, we love having dinner at Buddakan as well. The food is delicious, creative, plentiful and attractive. What more could one want?"
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "From the time I valet parked I am always greeted with a smile. Once entering the restaurant we were early but was seated right away of what was requested when I made the reservation. I ordered the pan seared sea bass and it was absolutely delicious!"
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "This was my first time at any Buddakan restaurant. I thought it was very nice. The food was very good (I had the wasabi encrusted filet which was excellent) and our server really knew his stuff. It was very very dark throughout the restaurant. I understand that they are setting a mood, but it was a little too dark, particularly for the walk to the restrooms. My wife has also been to the Buddakan restaurants in Atlantic City and NYC. She thought this location was nice, but not quite as nicely designed as the others. She was disappointed that the edamame ravioli that used to be on the menu was replace with edamame dumplings. The dumplings were good but she thought the ravioli was better."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "Buddakan used to be great. I remember eating here years ago and the drinks and food were excellent. Times have changed. First off the cocktails we had (served up) were too sweet, did not have enough liqour and the glasses weren't topped off. We had a number of appetizers, some dim sum and shared an entree. Of the dishes, the duck buns were good and the sea bass was good. However, for the price you can get way better food in Chinatown for 2/3 less. Actually, if you want Asian fusion, Sampan has similar food that is better, cheaper and their drinks are better. Sampan has better service too. I expect more from a Starr restaurant (like the still excellent Butcher or Continental). This is a Starr resto, right?"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "consistantly great food and service. Been here so many times and never disappointed."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Here for hubby's birthday. Drinks were just ok. Had better had worse. Little over priced but your also paying for the ambiance. Cantonese rolls and wasabi glazed beef were amazing! The beef melts in your mouth. Doughnuts were larger then we remember but still good. Loved the raspberry dip for it. Server was nice and service went quick."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Nice evening, however, not as I had hoped. We were shocked by another noisy disruptive table during our evening. We were there to celebrate our engagement and the service felt hurried. The waiter, knowing that we were sharing some appetizers did not offer the additional piece of food on the plate (as a previous waiter did) so we shared the odd number. The dessert was brought with a sparkler with Happy Anniversary written on the plate. Not much attention to our special details. But we may come again only because the food is wonderful."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Very neat restaurant that is great for groups and/or special occasions, but the food is nothing special. I ordered lamb and I had to send it back because half of it was fat that I could not eat. However, the manager was extremely accommodating and took the lamb off the bill. She sent me home with a new order of the cashew chicken which was fabulous. Had fun with a few of my friends."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "We went there for my boyfriends birthday. It was not our first time there and we both loved the spot. I know it is a busy place. However I was disappointed because when making reservation I wrote that were celebrating a birthday and to bring out champagne when we get seated. Did not see that champagne at all that night. Disappointed that the request got overlooked. Food and service otherwise was very good."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "took someone else's advice on website sea bass was excellent"
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "We started out with the dim sum sampler. Each was delicious. Next, we tried a Pepper beef dish. The meat was very tender, perfectly cooked, and the sauce was a wonderful blend of spicy and sweet. We also tried the 5 spices duck dinner. It was good and the sauce was good. We both thought it was served a little too rare, especially since we told her we did not want it rare. The side of coconut rice was delicious and worked well with both dishes. The place was beautiful. The prices were high but I would recommend for a special night. I would say the prices are a bit high but we did not walk away unhappy. The place is beautiful and the service was great. Based on the prices, I would consider this a good option for a special occasion."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Buddakan is a very upscale place. The staff is pleasant, the atmosphere is comfortable and the food is amazing... Not to mention the wine! Love it!"
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "Fantastic food and great service - order lots of different stuff so you can share - pretty pricy so good for special celebrations but totally worth it for the good food and good times."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "Birthday dinner for my wife, we've been trying to get to this restaurant together for over 4 years. Well worth the wait and we arrived early to see the wait staff have a pre-service pow wow. Our server was amazing and the menu tells you to ask alot of questions for selections. She guided us on what to order and what we could share. The Lobster Fried Rice was wonderful and enough for two to share at $21 a bowl. Chucks and ribbons of lobster with saffron and thai basil-wow. We decided on the bento box for dessert-again six selections of thier best-and a birthday sparkler for another great touch."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "This is one of my favorite restaurants and again it proved why. The service was phenomenal from the hostess all the through the servers who bought the food out. Scott our waiter was amazing. He has a perfect understanding for the food that is served and is happy to make recommendations that of course lived up to his every description. If you want good food for a special occasion or just because this is definitely the place to go!"
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "Food was excellent. I would go again. The ambience was good. Bit too noisy."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Dear Mr Steven Starr....the food at Buddakan was awesome. However, we may not be so quick to return. My party of 4 spent well over $100 per person....we ordered A LOT of food. But instead of spacing out what could have been an amazing 2-3 hour meal, it became a race to how quickly the servers brought out the food and then how quickly we could eat it or make room on the table. It was not an enjoyable experience I am sad to say."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "I've been to the restaurant a few times over the years but just brought my new husband for the first time. The food was delicious and service great. I was pleased and he was impressed."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Oppressive noise interferes with beautifully plated, textured, nuanced food."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Very attentive and courteous staff. The food was terrific in presentation and taste. Very expensive but very much worth it. I will be back."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "We were rushed on a Thursday evening, almost late for a performance at Verizon Hall. Our server assured us that he would be able to serve us quickly, and he lived up to his promise. Delivered to us as they were prepared, our entrees were outstanding in every respect, to say the least. I liked mine soo much, I actually woke up craving it the next day. Additionally, the presentation of each plate was functional, and visually pleasing. The service was friendly and welcoming. If it were not for soo many other great restaurants in Philadelpia, I would easily say that I'd never eat anywhere other than Buddakan again! Nevertheless, a permanent impression has been made on my wife and I, and we will certainly be back."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "My husband and children treated my for dinner on my birthday. We ordered monkfish, lamb chops and chicken. I like the taste if lamb chop . I have not tasted lamb chop as good as this in any other places we have been. We all like the lamb chops."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Difficult to hear conversation at table, it was so loud the group at the next table had to shout to be heard further contributing to the noise level."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "Being a vegetarian is always a challenge even in comparable restaurants as Buddakan. We were pleasantly surprised by not only the decent variety of vegetarian offering but also the taste was great! Service was awesome as well! Would definitely go back!! A little too noisy for a romantic dinner though."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "We dined on a Tuesday @ 5:00; the noise level was very quiet, the service dedicated and attentive. The food is consistently world-class, the dining experience atmospheric; my guests and I have enjoyed dining here many times over the years when we want to "kick it up a notch." My most recent meal: Buddakan Style Sashimi, Red Dragon Tofu, and Coconut Mousse."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "I gave the noise level a three because it was happy hour, but I was able to hear my mate at the same time."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "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
  • "The food was outstanding. Although it was a very busy night, our service was excellant. Our only criticism was the music. It seemed to be dance music, with a heavy bass beat. The restaurant was full so it already was noisy. The music, both it's style and volume, made it difficult to talk during dinner. There's no dance floor there - play some "listening" music."
    Dined on 7/19/2014