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Buddakan - Philadelphia

4.7
9616 Reviews
$31 to $50
Asian
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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 9616 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.8
food
4.7
service
4.6
ambience
4.4
value
Noise · Moderate
94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food4service4ambience4

It was a quick birthday dinner and it was perfect we visit buddakahn a lot in the last and haven't been in 4 years it was a pleasure to know we're coming back again

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NatalieS
Denver
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

A delicious dinner, but don't believe the hype about the edamame dumplings. The real winner is the shrimp bao buns! Great service, lovely ambiance, and yummy food with great service.

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vipCujoDiner
Dallas
58 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great job managing both inside and outside dining.
Great table as requested by the Buda.
Waiter fun, engaging and professional.
Did special things for our 9-year old niece.
Every dish was amazing — so much better food quality and service than at a TAO.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
27 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We arrived a bit early, were listed as outdoor seating(my error) and hostess arranged indoor accommodations.
Our server was wonder, the food excellent and the dining experience overall very good.

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Pennylane
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

College graduation

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Chicago1sttimrvisitor
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We dined at Buddakan on a Monday to celebrate my cousins Birthday. This was her first time there. The table we were sat at had an awesome view of the entire restaurant. The food and drinks were great. They also followed all Covid protocols and we felt extremely safe!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere. Great food . Great service

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OnyObame
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a great time at Buddakan last Sunday, the atmosphere at this place is outstanding, I enjoy every single minute

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They did an amazing job with making everyone feel special including the birthday boy ! They did forget to bring out the appetizer but then immediately addressed it and brought out a round of drinks ! Definitely appreciate the tentativeness.

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vipPaulinaF
Philadelphia
41 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the new menu. Missed the shrimp with pecans though.

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ShanlariaM
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The atmosphere was amazing and the food was great

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat outside so no ambiance.The noise level was next to none.

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StephanieI
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Lovely! Service was especially outstanding and the food was great!

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vipAshley
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always 5 stars! Our favorite restaurant!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Horrible service, food wasn’t good, I won’t never go back.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The wait was a bit long but the food, service and vibe made up for it. Love it here.

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vipthemimmer
Philadelphia
38 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

So excited to celebrate being vaccinated by eating at one of my favorite restaurants. I am gluten free but we still can find plenty of delicious food to share with those who are not. As always a great meal!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The food is always amazing here and the service is exceptional. I can’t wait for my next visit!

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vipMillie
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My immediate family and I came in to enjoy an early birthday dinner, and this place did not disappoint. Their host team allowed me to select my seating preference and instantly were greeted by our server. The food was served host, incredibly fresh and delicious! I recommend the Shanghai Lobster, Sashimi and their lemonade mocktail!

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vipNilkaR
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love it here! Great service from the moment you are greet until you are done.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always amazing
Must get the edamame dumplings and tuna rolls

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PatriciaS
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was nice to sit outside, but the people in the booth next to us were extremely loud and disruptive to our conversation. I guess being outside made them think they could be louder. I don’t know if you can do anything about this.
Otherwise, we really enjoyed everything else.

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JodiS
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The food is amazing! Great atmosphere. Close to parking garage and great place to walk in the city after.

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JamieM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Our table was located in the back so a lot better f service traffic by kitchen so that was disappointing but overall great

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LeahN
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff at Buddakan are absolutely incredible, and the food is outstanding!

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SharonL
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

For starters, the Lobster Egg Roll and Crab fried rice were both delicious. I had the Shanghai Lobster Entree which is enough food for two dinners. You can't go wrong with anything at this restaurant. Everything from the starters to the wine list is perfect.

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vipmicheller
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a blast! The food was delicious. The service was impeccable! The ambiance was beautiful! We will definitely dine here again!!

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SteveS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Buddakan is our go to for family celebrations. I truly think this is the best restaurant in the city for flavor especially if You love Chinese food. However for the third time in a row, our meals came out 10 minutes apart. The last two times I let it go and said nothing. This time however I decided to address it. Not because I am looking for a “free meal” but rather because if they don’t know, it doesn’t get fixed. We will absolutely be back since our daughters birthday is next month. Crossing our fingers the delivery glitch is fixed by then. The servers, greeters and food quality are deserving of 5 stars!

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OpenTable Diner
Naples
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing atmosphere, outstanding service, and as always the food was delicious. Buddakan never disappoints.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The experience was great as always, just wish that the music was a bit higher because of the Covid restrictions it felt very quiet! Other than that, we felt very safe, food was delish and service +++

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Jess
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great service and food. One of my favorite places to go.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great overall food very tasty

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MICHAELD
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

WE ATE INSIDE THE RESAURANT. ALL WAS GREAT. RECOMMEND WITHOUT ANY RESERVATIONS.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

I had to send back my martini. Tasted like water. Ordered a second one. Tasted like water. Tuna tartar spring rolls were tiny and flavorless. Shanghai Lobster was excellent. Service was great. Asian-fusion dining has run its course.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We opted to dine outdoors. It's was perfect every felt safe. The food was the highlight. We definitely has all the dumplings.

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DianeP
Detroit
6 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Overall, I would give it 4 stars out of 5.

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KatieM
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

David was outstanding!
Comfortable booth, delicious BBQ pork tenderloin, lobster springrolls is a must!

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TJ55
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great drinks, great service and very covid aware. Top notch

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service!

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

EXCELLENT meal! We took our server’s recommendations and ordered two of his top dishes! The peking duck (served 2) and the steak.
Both meals were delicious! The duck was the best I’ve ever had! The steak was perfectly prepared and as tender as it could be.
To top it all off we had the most amazing desserts: a combination of 3 sorbets - all delicious - not too sweet, great textures, not heavy at all; and a chocolate dessert topped with edible gold shavings!
We can’t wait to go back!

FAQs

Buddakan - Philadelphia offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (215) 574-9440.

Buddakan - Philadelphia is rated 4.7 stars by 9616 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.