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Buddakan - Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA
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Buddakan - Philadelphia

4.8
4.8
9666 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.

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Booked 119 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Asian

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (215) 574-9440

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Nery Hernandez

  • 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 diane@starr-restaurant.com: (267) 238-3650

  • Neighborhood

    Old City

  • Cross street

    Between 3rd & 4th on Chestnut

  • Parking details

    Valet parking is not available at this time. There is a garage on 4th Street, Bourse Parking, as well as on street parking in the area.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 9,666 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Philadelphia

    Most Booked

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  1. G

    daphneG

    Montreal

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food3service1ambience5

    Buzzy fun atmosphere with good food. Service was distracted and they forgot part of our order and we couldn’t get their attention for over 15 minutes. Lots of apologies when they delivered the bill but we weren’t impressed.

  2. SS

    StaceyS

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This place has only gotten better since the last time I was there (pre-pandemic). The dim sum sampler was fantastic and the combo peppered ribeye and lobster fried rice was a perfect surf 'n turf combo (side of Gai lan rounded out the meal!

  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic City

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food2service3ambience4

    The chicken was spoiled unfortunately. Very surprising for a Starr Restaurant

  4. DB

    DanielB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience3

    I would have appreciated a lower volume to the background music. Other than that everything was amazing.

  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Unforgettable, as always

  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    It’s hard to explain how great our experience was without an essay, so safe to say, everything was amazing. The food to the service to the ambience was perfect.

  7. KP

    KaityP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful time with my best friend. We splurged and decided early on to make sure to have left overs. Best decision. Make that decision. Staff was out of this world friendly and on top of things. Thank you for making this a magical, delicious experience.

  8. A

    Ashley

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We celebrated our anniversary and they made us feel so special and celebrated. Our waiter was very friendly, knowledgeable and gave excellent service. Definitely recommend the dim sum sampler.

  9. CG

    CliffG

    New England

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food3service4ambience3

    Frankly, the food is overpriced and the place is way too loud.

  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Always a good choice

  11. RM

    RafaelM

    Baltimore

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    All perfect

  12. HG

    HannahG

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 16, 2022

    overall4food2service4ambience5

    The food was alright, though dish sizes were considerably smaller than expected for "family style" service as advertised on the menu. The dishes were flavorful but lacking in robustness. Many could have easily been prepared at home or acquired in much better quality, quantity, and price at other venues (Chinatown and throughout). Ambiance was nice and our server was really attentive. Cocktails and sake were delicious, but I was generally underwhelmed by the food.

  13. PG

    PhilipG

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3

    Excellent food and very good service but very dark and noisy. Unfortunately they took apart their outdoor dining which had far less of the problem with light and noise. I don't see why they don't up the lighting--many people including myself had to use their phones to see the menu and bill.

  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Went to Buddakan last night for my 1-year anniversary with my boyfriend. The food was outstanding, just as I remember it from before! This restaurant never disappoints! Also got a complimentary appetizer and dessert from our server since we came for our anniversary. It was wonderful! I’ll definitely be back again next year for our 2-year anniversary!

  15. M

    Momdukes

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    It’s was my husband birthday the service was great the food was awesome and our waiter Vince was the best I

  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    My Sons 15th Birthday

  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great service! Great food! Great drinks!

  18. H

    Heather

    Philadelphia

    118 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    118 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience4

    On Saturday, May 14, we dined at Buddakan with another couple and enjoyed our meal. It was funny to be seated at the same table where we dined 5 years ago with this same couple. What we didn't expect was the fair service. Our server, Isaiah, really didn't seem like he had time for us. I get that it was a very busy night, but he was constantly helping other tables and not filling our water glasses as often as he should have or seeing if we needed anything. When he did help, he was pleasant, but that was after constantly trying to seek his attention. At one point, I asked him to take our picture when he finished serving another table. He went and took another table's order and gave me a look that I needed to wait. Thank goodness the company and the food were good. If we return, hopefully our service will be better.

  19. m

    miles55

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fantastic venue. Great food. Always great to go and enjoy this place

  20. E

    Ency

    New England

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3

    Great food, great menu, definitely an amazing dining experience

  21. KB

    KimB

    Philadelphia

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3

    Debbie our server was awesome. Meal was very good, but just a little pricey.

  22. NS

    NancyS

    New York Area

    45 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall2food3service5ambience5

    Doesn’t compare to the NY restaurant. Over priced, average food. I would not recommend it. After enjoying the NY restaurant many times, this was a huge disappointment

  23. g

    gloribiroman

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Have not been here for over 15 years and it is still as amazing as it was then. Service was great and food was wonderful.

  24. EW

    EstherW

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    It was excellent. The server was excellent. The food was excellent as always. Music a little loud.

  25. A

    Angelaf

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had a “fancy” dinner date with our 3 young kids (7, 5, and 3 yo). They loved it. We loved it. We had a great big table. Food came out quick. You must try the edamame dumplings.

  26. h

    howard

    Philadelphia

    47 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4

    Food excellant. Service a little slow. Still worth the trip

  27. AQ

    AntonioQ

    Philadelphia

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4

    Ambiance (despite of the high level of noise) and service remain outstanding, however food was just good.

  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5

    Our server Larry was the best! Will definitely return, our experience was wonderful because of Larry.

  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food great staff great service! Loved the vibe , definitely would recommend and go again !

  30. AP

    AprilP

    Las Vegas

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food was delicious

  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4

    The food was a phenomenal 10 out of 10. The server could have been a little bit warmer and attentive. We had to wait a couple minutes too long for him to take our drink and food orders. In the very beginning he kept saying I’ll be right with you guys, he was overall knowledgeable about the food and pitched it pretty well. We have been going there for over 10 years. The overall quality is still top-notch, however this time they forgot our birthday, even after telling the host stand twice and calling it in. When I quietly confronted the server he told me that they never even mentioned it to him. The front of the house needs a lot of work. They also never listen to our request for upstairs seating; when I initially called in earlier prior to arrival, they said will take care of you for upstairs seating in the birthday – neither one of the request got filled automatically without me asking twice, the birthday was finally made up for after having to say something directly to the server. When I confronted the front of the house on the way out they showed no remorse were concern at all what so ever. It was kind of disappointing to be honest. Will be back though because of the food.

  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This place never seems to disappoint, I have been coming here for years and the food remains consistent to taste. The staff is always extremely friendly and the food is prepared to perfection.

  33. K

    Karly

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience2

    We loved everything we ate—so good!! However, the upstairs area where we were seated felt like a hotel conference room. It was disappointing because the downstairs area is SO cute. I’m hoping we caught them on a busy night because our server seemed upset with us every time they came to our table and the upstairs bathroom was pretty yucky. I would totally recommend this place for the food but at the price point, I expected a nicer atmosphere.

  34. BJ

    BobJ

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Overall wonderful, but it was so noisy that we couldn't hear each other at the table!!

  35. Q

    kellyQ

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Took my mother and she loved the place.

  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing experience as always. Everything was delicious

  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall2food3service3ambience3

    Our experienced felt rushed. The drinks were amazing but the food was just o.k.

  38. R

    Rose

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Graduation

  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food, great concept, great service. New top spot in the city.

  40. LB

    LarryB

    New York Area

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on May 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Among one of the best meals in memory, the edamame dumplings were exquisite, as were the tuna tartar spring rolls. The server was knowledgeable and engaging, making this a memorable night.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

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 9666 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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Booked 119 times today

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Google Map for Buddakan - Philadelphia

325 Chestnut Street Philadelphia, PA 19106

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Between 3rd & 4th on Chestnut

  • Neighborhood

    Old City

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Asian

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Valet parking is not available at this time. There is a garage on 4th Street, Bourse Parking, as well as on street parking in the area.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Nery Hernandez

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (215) 574-9440

  • 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 diane@starr-restaurant.com: (267) 238-3650

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