Buddha Bar - Washington DC
Buddha Bar - Washington DC
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Buddha Bar - Washington DC

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.buddhabardc.com/
  • Phone: 2023775555
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday-Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Sunday-Thursday: 5:30am - 10:30pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 12:00am Sunday and Thursday: Bar and Lounge Open until 1:00am Monday-Wednesday: Bar and Lounge Open until 12:00am Friday and Saturday: Bar and Lounge Open until 2:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Sushi, Pan-Asian, Asian
  • Executive Chef: Executive Sushi Chef No Won Park
  • Dress Code: Formal Attire
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: Mingle with the hippest clientele in DC at our 200-seat dining room which includes a spacious 20-seat bar and 50-seat lounge awarding guests the opportunity to kickback and enjoy an array of seasonal cocktails. A huge outdoor patio is available (weather permitting) which can accommodate up to 80 guests. Enjoy relaxing to our eclectic international music...or get your groove on with our live DJ spinning world class sounds starting at 8pm nightly.
    ******Proper Attire Required******
    ******WE DO NOT PERMIT:****** Tennis Shoes/Sneakers OR Athletic White Soled Shoes of any kind
    Flip-Flops
    Hats
    Shorts or Sleeveless Tops
    Heavily Torn/Ripped Clothing
    Athletic Wear/Jerseys/Athletic Logos
  • Special Events: Please email events@buddhabardc.com for special event inquiries.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 5th Ave
  • Public Transit: Five blocks from the Mt. Vernon Square-7th Street-Convention Center Metrorail accessible on the green and yellow lines; five blocks from the Gallery Place-Chinatown Metrorail accessible on the green, yellow and red lines.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet and Garage Parking
A word from Buddha Bar - Washington DC
Paris’ World Famous Buddha Bar has come to Washington DC. Buddha Bar is the original icon of world culture, style, haute cuisine and spiritual music offering an eclectic array of Asian/Pacific Rim with a touch of French Infusion and world class Sushi. **For parties of 10 guests or more please contact the restaurant directly.
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Buddha Bar - Washington DC reviews from OpenTable diners
  • The variety of the menu options
    DininginOldTown
    Dined on 6/16/2012
    The variety of the menu options were great. The waitress was very helpful in helping us. My only complaint is with the reservation. I always book through OpenTable without problems. It's the restaurant's handling of it. They require a credit card, follow up with email and a phone call (how many reminders does one need?) and then failed to check my party in. I received an inquiry from OpenTable as to why I didn't show up. I stayed there for nearly five hours and left with a nearly $200 bill. It was frustrating with the many steps they take to ensure I'm coming and then fail to do their part in checking me in. With that said - it was still a positive experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Add to your must go list
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/15/2012
    Beautiful environment, lots of attention to the detail of the decoration, seats were high and tables were lower, which didn't bother me, but it bother people seating near by. Food and drinks were fabulous, service was impeccable, loved how every employee that crossed our path greeted us. I wish I had known that in DC the night scene gets going later cause the place was just getting going when we were leaving:(. We'll make reservations a bit later next time. The dress code wasn't as uptight as some reviews make it sound. I definitely appreciate that people dress up to go out, it brings the experience to a different level.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • If you're going to spend that
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/14/2012
    If you're going to spend that much money... Tons of places with much better food.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We had a great time and the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/13/2012
    We had a great time and the staff was very attentive. Will definitely be back, the food was awesome.
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  • Beautiful AND Delicious!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 6/11/2012
    I love Buddha Bar! This was actually my second time going, and the sushi is just superb! We had a wonderful waiter who was both informative and humorous, which was great. We started with the potstickers and calamari, and ended with the chocolate cake and the creme brulee trio. Absolutely delicious! Plus the ambiance is gorgeous..the decor and the huge golden statue. Love it! Highly recommend
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Diaphanous sushi!
    SusannettaVIP
    Dined on 6/10/2012
    Never tasted better sushi, so fresh and airy, and main dishes, Singapore noodles, black cod and green chicken curry, were far above the usual standard.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I have never written a review
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 6/8/2012
    I have never written a review before, but felt it was warranted in this case. One word: Tacky. As soon as we ordered drinks, we had to pay for them before they were even made- all drinks have to be "prepaid". When you actually go to the table, you have to prove that you closed out the bar. This is really embarrassing (for them) and I pointed this out the manager. Turns out, a large group of women came in, spent thousands, and skipped out on the bill. This is too bad, but makes the rest of us suffer. Truth be told, the location is terrible, and the vibe of the customers reflects that. They could have avoided this all and headed to NW DC
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Check it out
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/8/2012
    Good food, good ambience...good drinks...good service...what more could u ask for.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It seemed to us this Resturant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/5/2012
    It seemed to us this Resturant has peeked and is just resting on a past reputation.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Overall the experience was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/2/2012
    Overall the experience was pretty good, but the service was not.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful spot. Great food,
    Kat50VIP
    Dined on 5/25/2012
    Wonderful spot. Great food, service, atmosphere. Would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great ambiance disappointing servic
    Zozi
    Dined on 5/21/2012
    BB has been THE favorite restaurant of ours, where we met 2 years ago, and came here for all major events (birthday, anniversary). This was our 2-year anniversary. Boy, did this place change! First, it was like a ghost place as there might have been a handful combined total other guests (certainly outnumbered by service personnel by a large margin). That in itself wouldn't bother me, but says something. Our waiter was a bit too into our face and somehow did not click. There were multiple small blunders with the biggest one my GF ordering tuna "rare" and they serving it medium (almost well) done. Overall, this relatively pricey place did not live up to the hype. Besides the fancy decor, more attention to service personnel would be welcome.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice evening out
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/19/2012
    My husband spent our 11th anniversary weekend at Buddha bar. The ambiance and food were great. Good place for a date night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Loved it. However we were
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/18/2012
    Loved it. However we were seated next to service station which led to a lot of activity close to us and waiters bumping into my wife's chair a couple of times.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We had a great time. The
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/18/2012
    We had a great time. The food and drinks were excellent The music was also great.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • every dish was fantastic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/10/2012
    Fabulous food and lively atmosphere. First-time diner at this restaurant. Took a group of 7 here for a work-related event. We all got the family-style tasting menu which was a) fantastic, every dish was very tasty, and b) voluminous, more food than 7 people should possibly eat (although we definitely made a dent).definitely a do again. Only downside was that the entire set of appetizers were so good we had to finish them, leaving little room for the 'real' food.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food was good. Nice setting.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 5/5/2012
    Food was good. Nice setting. Place was noisy and being over age 35 seemed a disability.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Rice paper rolls are good
    Ceci
    Dined on 5/5/2012
    Rice paper rolls are good and different. The sushi rolls are expensive with nothing extraordinary that cannot try in another fine restaurant.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bad Service at the Buddha Bar :(
    VeganFoodie
    Dined on 4/28/2012
    The food is always fabulous!! There is something on the menu for everyone. Service was lacking on this last visit but was very good on previous visits to this establishment. The waiter seemed to busy to stay at our table for more than a second and were weren't made to feel welcome. As a vegan I usually get many recommendations from wait staff for tasty options. I was only given one choice from this waiter. He also didn't bring out the guest of honor's meal until the rest of us were done eating. We asked for it twice and the third time I had to ask the manager. We were given some excuse that the Sashimi bar was backed up however another of our guests had ordered sashimi and she received it on time. Would return though for the excellent food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent food. Attentive,
    Winendine
    Dined on 4/28/2012
    Excellent food. Attentive, friendly waiter, Andrew. Got a bit noisy as the dining area filled, but still able to hold personal conversations. A bit dark for reading the menu but otherwise good ambiance.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, late-night find, romantic, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • MUSIC WAS TOO LOUD AND BORING
    Sotay
    Dined on 4/28/2012
    Service and food were very good. Liked the ambience very much apart from the overly loud and tedious electronic music. When we arrived at 7.30 the music was at a comfortable level and remarkably well balanced. Also the choice of music was interesting and in keeping with the Asian themed space. Then the volume crept up, the bass was cranked and the choice unvarying. Great pity. Understand that this is a hot spot and the crowd was young in the main. But why not throttle the 'boom, boom, boom' back until the bar fills up later in the evening. That said we enjoyed the evening but not sure that we'd return.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Buddhalicious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/28/2012
    We went to Buddha Bar for our anniversary dinner and really enjoyed it. Because we were working with a babysitter that cannot stay very late, we had a relatively early evening planned. We arrived at around 6:45 for a 7:00pm reservation. The place was almost empty, but had an interesting, fun decor. It's huge, but somehow they managed to make it feel warm. The hostess and bartender were great and did not rush us to our table. Our waiter was fun, knowledgable and had good timing. The sushi was melt-in-your mouth good and so was dessert. At around 8:15, a DJ showed up and started playing some typical Buddha Bar tunes. We are fans of the Buddha Bar CDs, so for us it was a plus. The only down side was the location - not much else there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Give it a try....
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 4/23/2012
    The bartenders were great! I was expecting bad service based on other reviews that I've read and was pleasantly surprised! The bartenders on Monday night were excellent! Humourous and attentive. The sushi was ok...nothing special...which was kind of a let down considering it was a little pricier than usual. Overall, I would tell friends to try it out!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • What's going on Buddha Bar?
    Va2DcVIP
    Dined on 4/21/2012
    I was disappointed with the service this go round. We sat for at least 20 minutes before our appetizers came out and another 30 minutes for our sushi only to find out that our order was messed up. I love Buddha Bar but lately it seems like the service is going downhill. As with most restaurants, when its new everything is great but after a while it gets worst and worst w/each visit.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was high priced but nothing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/21/2012
    Food was high priced but nothing special. We were totally unimpressed by this restaurant.
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  • Buddha Bar's ambiance is the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 4/19/2012
    Buddha Bar's ambiance is the reason why I suggested to meet a "friend" there. It was a Thursday evening and I wanted something chill and relaxing, not too loud or crazy busy. We were able to sit for hours in a relaxing environment and talk without having to yell to be heard. The food was delicious as usual and the bartender mixed a few Hendricks Gin Gimlets just perfectly.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service was a bit slow (only
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/13/2012
    Service was a bit slow (only 4 tables seated in the restaurant at the time) and food was a bit pricey for the quality. Presentation and ambience were great. With so many awesome restaurants in DC, probably won't make a repeat visit.
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  • Beautiful interior, great
    ycomedyVIP
    Dined on 4/11/2012
    Beautiful interior, great food--I love the Bento Box for lunch. The cocktails are inventive. Wait staff is slow--it's European style but that doesn't work when you are on your lunch hour or living the stressed out DC life.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • It's a good restaurant for
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 4/10/2012
    It's a good restaurant for lunch. If the food improved, it would be a GREAT place for lunch! It is very different for the evening crowd/
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
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  • Love love love this place.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 4/9/2012
    Love love love this place. Food was amazing as well as the service. Will def. go back!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
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  • During the lunch hour no one
    eatguru
    Dined on 4/9/2012
    During the lunch hour no one was in the restaurant except me and my two guests. A little strange for such a large restaurant. Otherwise the experience was ok.
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  • I've been to Buddha Bar several
    ALMad
    Dined on 4/7/2012
    I've been to Buddha Bar several times, always for a special occassion. The food is delicious and the service is exceptional. I'm not a big fan of the club-like atmosphere though-- DJ playing club/trance music way too loud, the dress code on Friday and Saturday nights, etc. It's pretentious and very un-buddha-like. If you're with a loud and rowdy group, it's great fun. But forget about having a conversation. :). Overall, a great place for a celebration.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The food was amazing. service
    nicknameVIP
    Dined on 4/5/2012
    The food was amazing. service by solongoo was great. They were always very helpful. The only thing I would say to improve would be when you have an open restaurant don't sit your only 5 tables right on top of each other. That felt a bit odd.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful spot to have dinner!
    Dinnerluv
    Dined on 3/31/2012
    Wonderful spot to have dinner! Great food! Great ambience!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A nice place to take a date
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/31/2012
    The food was really good. The waitress was nice. It still seems like they have a few kinks to work out, but overall, it was a good experience.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, service but WAY $$$$$
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/24/2012
    This was are second visit to this place. Last time was 1 1/2 years ago in the summer. The food is still fanstastic but way over priced. Service was excellent. Azmi did a great job of suggesting and introducing us to menu & Drink items that we otherwise might have over looked. We had the Buddha Bar roll, tuna tataki & seaweed salad as starters. The Black Cod & a Hot Pot for dinner. Both were tasty. For drinks we had the Lichee martini followed by a cold sake. They don't have the machine for the hot saki but their premium sake is good. However the price is just way over the top for the quantity of food even for sushi. The general population has gotten older (we are mid/late thirties) and we felt we were about the average age.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Ambiance and good food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/24/2012
    This place has been on my list for some time to visit. Great ambiance and decor. We went for dinner and had the Viet Spring rolls as appetizer (average). My husband had the Filet Migneon and I had the organic chicken. Both were excellent. The sautéed vegetables were excellent as well. We didn't care much for the drinks and perhaps we chose the wrong drinks but tasted too medicinie to us (the manager graciously took it off of the bill without us even asking). Overall great place.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not a great experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/24/2012
    Service was below par for the prices of the meals. The food portions could have also been a bit larger.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I thought the food was disappointin
    KeithVIP
    Dined on 3/24/2012
    I thought the food was disappointing...the Peking Duck was greasy and poorly prepared...but the space was great. Go to look, not to eat.
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  • Very interesting drink and
    DessertPlease
    Dined on 3/17/2012
    Very interesting drink and food menu! I loved my sushi order and would definitely go back!
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic