Buddakan - Philadelphia

4.7
8517 reviews
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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.
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San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Dinner was amazing! Dim lit and very romantic, it was a perfect venue for my girlfriends birthday. Service was above average but not outstanding. The sparkler in the dessert was very thoughtful but did not last long enough to even get a picture. Other then this, I highly recommend!

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RP
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great drinks! We went for lunch and it was amazing😊

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JG
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and conversation

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DH
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

we were seated right next to the kitchen during a very not busy lunch hour where servers were constantly going back and forth.

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JA
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our dinner reservation was Sunday night at 8:30. We were 8 people celebrating a birthday. I asked to not have a seat in the center of the room because when full, it is hard to hear. We were accommodated. Drinks and our food came in a timely fashion and as our meal went on, tables began to clear out making it much easier to hear. We ended up being close to the last table out, but never felt pushed to leave which was amazing. Everyone enjoyed their food. Portions were great both as apps and as meals. We go here several times a year and it never fails to please all. Thank you. oh, and the sparkler in my sons donuts celebrated him perfectly. Thanks again.

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Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was amazing. I really enjoyed hosting a surprise dinner there. The service was nonetheless perfect

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KG
Atlantic City
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a wonderful experience!

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JB
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We originally had a poor location for a table, but they were very willing to change our seats after just a 5 minute wait. The waiter at our table was incredibly kind and made sure we had menus which allowed us to eat with our limited diets (vegan + gluten free - they also have a celiac menu) The drinks were smaller for their price- a lot of ice- but they tasted great! Dragon tofu was VERY spicy, so if you do not like spice, ask them to go light on the sauce or see if they can change it out for something else. Would go again!

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

It was great! My one suggestion would be to open the blinds to the street. It was very dim inside and would have been nice to see the street

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C
Atlantic City
40 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 5

Attended Buddakan for dinner with my best friend for her birthday dinner. Food and drinks were incredible but was very disappointed by the service. We sat for 10-15 minutes after being seated without even being acknowledged. When our server finally came it took long periods for drinks to be served. My friend sat facing the bar and could see her socializing with bar staff for long periods instead of waiting tables. I sat with an empty drink for a long period. After being served our meal by other staff she didn’t check on us till we were nearly finished. I’ve eaten at most of the Steven Starr restaurants and at this Buddakan over a dozen times and never received bad service. I was appalled and very disappointed that the service was nowhere near up to par with my past experiences. Hopefully this review will make my next experience more enjoyable.

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Baltimore
32 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were visiting Philadelphia to celebrate our grandson’s 1st birthday. We had dinner on a Friday night. We have been to Buddakan many times before, and this meal was no different than any of our others- over the top great food and service!

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DR
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and accommodating staff (for our seemingly constant changes of our numbers). It worked out great!

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My second time here, food as always is excellent. Service is impeccable.

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SB
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous! Phenomenal service, excellent service, beautiful ambiance. Next time I am in Philadelphia this is will be on our stop again.

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l
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good restaurant. Very good food .

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OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Food - Peking duck and pork buns were great. However, the Shrimp Lomein and Lobster Fried Rice can be improved (Not enough flavor, more lobster needed.
Service- was very good.
Ambience- good, however nice level is too high. Tables are too close to each other.

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JM
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and overall experience were really traffic.

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AF
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

you are guided thru the unique menu with pairing of plate options which maximized our Buddakan experience. Seamless service.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I honestly wanted to sum up our experience with one word, but I thought two words was more suitable, “FU&@$ng AWESOME!”

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DD
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

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HP
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food. Great drinks. Always a great experience.

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KB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

The waitress sometimes took too long coming back to address our needs. The food was delicious and the atmosphere was always pleasant clean with friendly staff to greet you. My daughter enjoyed herself for her very first at this restaurant.

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JD
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always a great dinner at Buddakan! Great food and atmosphere!

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K
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! Pricey but worth every dollar. The filet was sooo amazing. The king crab tempura was also amazing. Loved it!

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SG
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Tofur, edamame, and sea bass were perfect. We got an awesome table upstairs which was quiet. The tartar spring rolls were not good and the waitress failed to take them off the bill even after she asked about the food and we commented on it. The old fashion was also very average. Overall, 5 star experience though and I would definitely go back. Last thing, good bang for your buck.

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TH
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 5

Dark ambience, very romantic and soothing. Service was ok, polite and not overbearing but could have been more attentive for the price. Appetizers of crab leg tempura and pork dumplings were incredible. We hoped that the Peking duck would steal the show but it was greasy yet tough. The Dip Sum donuts definitely helped rebound the meal. Great for an occasional date but not sure we would return until the menu or weather changes.

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SJ
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service and food was absolutely amazing! Would recommend to anyone that loves good food and a good time!

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OT
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Buddakan is a longtime favorite for our family. It is where we often choose to go to celebrate special occasions. We always get the bao buns, sea bass, crab rice, and doughnuts. They accommodate children by modifying dishes to suit younger tastes. We had a gracious and helpful server in Gabriel this week. Our only complaint wasn’t about him but about the length of time between finishing our appetizers and receiving our entrees. There was a very long wait for the main dishes.

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LC
New England
14 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant and ambiance. The service was terrific. The food was good, but underwhelming given the price. A good place to try.

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MW
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The food is always good but the service was very slow yesterday. One of our colleagues actually had to leave before we were done because it took so long.

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Cleveland
29 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have wanted to visit Buddakan for years (was living out of state) and finally got there this week. It was all I hoped for and more, beautiful interior, great service and excellent food. The curried cauliflower was particularly delicious. Will be going back soon.

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BD
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food, as always, was perfect...service was a bt slow this time...looked like some of the managers were helping out more then usual.

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N
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I always enjoy eating here. Took people there for the first time and they loved it.

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BR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a family dinner to celebrate my Wife's Birthday and the staff did an outstanding job of accommodating our requests. After 20 years, the food is still outstanding and the calamari salad is the best in the city. Our waiter was excellent!

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m
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

some of the food was good, some was very good, some not so great. overall good experience and great service!

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DK
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our family went to celebrate my mom's birthday. We've been here before and this is one of my mom's favorite restaurants. The food was outstanding as usual. The service was great too. We always enjoy coming to Buddakan and will be back again.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious! Never disappoints!!

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TK
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was our first of many dining experiences to come at Buddahan. We love fine dining and have enjoyed countless five star dining experiences. All the others pale in comparison to your exquisite dinner and desert menu. truly. Not only is your menu uniquely diverse, but each dish is complete with deep layers of flavors. Simple yet complex. We’ll be enjoying Buddakhan on a regular basis. Many thanks!

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JB
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I waited 3yrs to return here. And, it was even better than I remembered. On this day, I was the Lucky One!

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CH
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a wonderful culinary experience!

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