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Buddakan - Philadelphia

4.8
9778 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 9778 people are saying
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4.7
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 21 hours ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was great, we waited a long time to get the dishes and to get service.
The restroom was so dirty, not something I expect from a restaurant at that level.
Overall great restaurant

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viptaylor
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ordered multiple rounds of dumplings and enjoyed each one. Highly recommend the General Tso’s dumplings!

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vipmadsmom257
Philadelphia
79 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went here to celebrate a birthday - first time back in over a year due to the pandemic. It was a great meal - everything we had was wonderful (the general tso’s soup dumpling were amazing) and service was excellent. The restaurant was crowded but did not feel unsafe inside (there is an outdoor option if you prefer).

Will definitely be back - we missed the city!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

10/10 experience. I think our server was Suzie? Really great service.

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Delish
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Awesome place for an intimate celebration!

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Jess
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great evening. The service was great and ambience.

DB
DanaB
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I really only wanted to rate overall experience and service. We arrived on time for our reservation. Strangely, we were sat alone, upstairs in a part of the restaurant that clearly wasn’t open. After waiting 15 minutes, we decided to leave and a waiter showed up to our table. I asked if there was a dress code (we were in shorts, but so were others) or another reason I was unaware of for the seating and neglect. He was unable to give an answer.. He did apologize, but overall, it was a weird interaction. We left, and I would not return.

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MaxineD
Philadelphia
39 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food well served. Always enjoy dining there.

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vipSean
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great. Service was excellent and food was good as usual.

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vipwinx
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food2service4ambience2

I was very disappointed with the crowded conditions at Buddakan, in light of COVID. The tables in the dining area were entirely too close together. The strategic removal of a few tables would have created a much more comfortable dining experience. I was also surprised that the wait staff were not wearing masks.
I know restaurants lost a lot of money, due to the pandemic, and are striving to get back on track financially; however, this effort should be made responsibly and not in a manner that puts the health and well being of patrons at risk.

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Alyssa
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience4

This was our second trip here. The atmosphere is great, though it is quite loud even for a weekday. The food is great especially the appetizers. Get the dim sum! The entrees are good, but I would not say worth the price. Wish there was more drink options, feel like they are lacking in that area. Lastly, the tables are quite close to each other and can hear everything the table next to us is saying. We will be back, but there is certainly room for improvement.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Our server didn’t know we were celebrating a birthday so I had to ask him for the dessert, other than that food was great, ambiance was great, hostess and other staff members were really friendly.

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CandiceC
Atlanta
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience3

We chose outdoor for safety and table and chairs were rickety and uncomfortable. It was really warm and we had to request fans to be turned on, there were also little biting flies swarming us so overall not a fine dining experience at all. Our waitress seemed tired and overworked, just overall not what I am used to from this restaurant.

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AmyA
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome as always!

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SamanthaF
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Edamame dumplings were to die for! Great spot to split a copious amount of things, mostly because you can't decide on one! Loved the sparkler for the birthday dessert as well. Great special touch.

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vipSusanb
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate outside in an isolated table with a fan. Service was great, food was, as always, fabulous. Love this restaurant!!

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MelodyT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first time there for all 5 of us and we LOVED it! We will be back for sure.....a great experience for all.

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lindat
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service and the food was delicious
Our waitress was great

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
21 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really knowledgeable waitress- guided us on quantity as well as her personal favorites. Edamame dumplings were delicious- Peking duck was also a standout, as was the kimchee fried rice. Dining outside was great, separate booths with fans were very cool.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Awesome atmosphere!! Great food!! Server just forgot our second round of drinks until we were almost done.

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JenniferH
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was so delicious!! The tuna pizza never dissapoints. seabass is perfection. The waitress was so kind and attentive.

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Eburgdiner
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We were on a weekend vacation and were excited to try Buddakan. We had to make some last minute adjustments to our reservation and the restaurant was very accommodating. The restaurant had dim lighting but the ambiance was good. There was a buzz and it was perfect for a date night. We had the lobster egg rolls, Szechwan dumplings, lamb chops and short ribs. All of the food was fantastic and there were very large portions. Service was good and our waiter was attentive. We were very happy with the meal and will defiantly return.

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vipFoodluvr
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Scrumptious food and outstanding service. Can’t wait to go back!

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vipLauren
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

This was not my first visit to Buddakan, but it was my first time dining there post covid and it will be a while before I go back again.

I took two friends who were visiting from out of town, and while we had a good meal, it wasn’t as good as I’ve come to expect from this restaurant. We ordered a bunch of dim sum, the crab fried rice and eggplant. The only thing we ordered that I wasn’t thrilled with were the lobster egg rolls.

We were there on a busy Saturday night, and the people watching was on point. It also seemed like every table was celebrating something, as we felt like we were the only table that didn’t have receive a sparkler laden dessert. Our table was also up against a small walkway and packed in to the dining room and we constantly had people bumping into our chairs the entire meal. We also sat for 20 minutes before our waiter picked up our cards/check only to have him return 20 minutes later acknowledging that he had misplaced our bill/cards… not something you want to hear in a busy restaurant, particularly when you’ve previously been the victim of credit card fraud. Bottom line was that our bill paying process was over 45 minutes, and no real apology or visit from the manager.

As it was pouring outside when we went to leave, we decided that we would have one last drink at the bar before leaving. We were not impressed in the slightest with the attitude from the bar staff.

Disappointing experience. Food was good, but I’ve had better.

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ShelleyC
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ambiance was hip and sexy, just right for a dinner date before a concert. Service was exceptional, with delivery of our appetizers and food very quick after ordering. Tuna tartare spring rolls had delightful flavor. Loved the dim sum sampler. The sea bass entree was so flavorful and melted in my mouth. The evening special of steak was equally flavorful, tender, and mouth-watering. Drinks and cocktails complemented all so well! Definitely recommend!

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Ebonyhue01
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Just hanging out with my granddaughter while she is home from college. Every month I take her to a different restaurant, she had never been to Buddakan. I love your Resturant I had a slight reaction to my meal. My meal was the lemon sesame chicken. Everything else was great as always.

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MICHAELD
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are regulars. Sat outside. Service and food were excellent.

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khs7375
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great experience at Buddakan! Each course was delicious!
We thoroughly enjoyed our evening and will hope to return again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was amazing! Great service and amazing food. Kicking myself for not getting an order of dumplings to go!

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DNice
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

The ambience was great, the service was fantastic. Our server was very knowledgeable of the menu. We found some of the signature dishes to be lacking in amazingness. Overall, it's an above-average spot but did not live up to the hype. The edamame dumplings were brilliant!

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NoahB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a great meal. The food was delicious. In fact, we went back several times in the same week and ordered out.

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MariaT
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my niece here for her birthday- really enjoyed the food and atmosphere.

TM
vipTooMuchHoumus4me
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Atmosphere, reliably good fusion food

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vipjamesm
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always wonderful

MB
vipMichelleB
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I would like to thank our waitress Chelsea she was warm and pleasant and made my Birthday dinner special. We were escorted to our table which was upstairs, were it seemed to be a girl’s night out, there were several tables of just ladies enjoying their friends and food. The food was served in a timely manner and was to die for. Chelsea surprised me at the end with a Birthday dessert which completed my dinner experience with a bang. My guest tried a couple of specialty drinks which she said was delicious and would try again. Overall the night was great and we would definitely return.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was excellent!!!

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Josie1
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience5

It was my birthday dinner and I waited 45 minutes for Lobster fried rice that was cold, everything seemed to take forever to come out except the check and the carry out container. Very disappointed

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Georgia
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was really good. Restaurant was extremely loud.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful. The sea bass may have been the best fish entree we have ever had. My peppered beef was quite delicious as well.

DD
vipDinerDude
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience2

Delicious meal and good drinks. Service was disappointing.

FAQs

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

Buddakan - Philadelphia is rated 4.8 stars by 9778 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.