Buddakan - Philadelphia

4.7
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$31 to $50
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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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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
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4.5
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4.6
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OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great family dinner. Never disappointed.

OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

My family went for the Chinese New Year Celebration. As always the food and service was perfect. Although was disappointing when the restaurant ran out of 2 Chinese New Year’s brunch options. I am not sure how you run out of this when the restaurant should expect all tables will order the dishes.

T
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chinese New Year celebration featuring lion dancers!

B
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always wonderful! Food and service! One of center city’s gems!

OT
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Dave, our server was wonderful. Dave was very knowledgeable of the menu and made great suggestions. The food was delicious, my favorite was the lamb chops.

DO
Philadelphia
60 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

This is still a reliable go-to for Asian Fusion food in Philadelphia.

AL
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The place just delivers every time.

KS
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

David our server was wonderful and attentive for how busy it was. Food was excellent!

s
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The food and service were excellent. We selected Dim Sum Sampler, Crab dish and Beef Satay with Tempura veggies and shared all 4 small dishes. Service was very good and food arrived quickly. Only drawback was a loud and crowded Saturday night that made conversation with a friend I had not seen in months a bit difficult. Would recommend trying on a weekday evening instead if you want to talk, but it might be just as popular then.

RM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was incredible, staff was wonderful. Would have preferred a more exciting seating location. We were seated in a corner by the bar. Hopefully next time we can see a different area of the restaurant.

A
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great food, great service a little noisy but that is part of the ambiance

DR
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice. Food was hot.

p
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food3service1ambience2

The food felt overpriced for what was essentially mediocre-quality food. Dessert was great, but the main courses were lacking in flavor and size. Waiter was also a bit abrupt and unfriendly. Wouldn't recommend.

OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good, worth the ride to Philadelphia. Me and my husband got the restaurant week lunch bento. Service was great!

FC
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Considering it was restaurant week and the restaurant was very busy the staff was very attentive and very helpful with explaining what they suggested on the menu , this is why I gave them 4 stars. Portions were small , even ordered off the regular menu which was very over priced but the food was ok nothing to rave about .

OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

AMAZING ❤️❤️ Definitely a place to revisit..the customer service MARC was thee BEST..

d
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Wonderful experience the only problem was the server was a little slow, however he was very busy. I would definitely recommend wonderful people, food and great prices

FH
Philadelphia
68 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience3

1st time there, went for lunch during restaurant week. Will go back

OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience4

It was good not great. Waited at least 30 mins for our food and was almost served someone else’s meal until we notified the delivery person that was not what we ordered. Service was adequate. i prefer the dinner here over lunch.

JM
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Delicious food! Excessively long wait for food to arrive (but it was restaurant week, so it was pretty crowded!). Upstairs seating was pretty loud. Would definitely go back, just not sit upstairs!

OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Food was very soyty service not that good

JG
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was my third visit to Buddakan and once again it was a hit. Service, food, drinks and ambiance are always exceptional. My only issue was the cold draft blowing into the restaurant and easily felt since we were sitting at a table in direct line with the front door.

LM
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent dinner with great company! Buddakan never disappoints!

RD
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great ambiance

OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience4

I don't see the hype in this restaurant. It was packed with a lot of millennials. The look is nice. The food was okay. With a party of 5, no one was impressed. Not worth the money. Glad it was restaurant week because the bill would have been at least $350. On to the next.

FA
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Wished duck wings we actually crispy. But my boyfriend loved! all of the food. He was in heaven. Donuts are a must!

B
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The food was delicious. I ordered a bottle of wine that was on their by the glass list. They came back and told me they were out of it so I chose another bottle. After a while the waiter come back and said they had a manager looking for it. They finally found it but 3 of us were sitting for 30 minutes waiting for a glass of wine. And no offer to make it up to us. Left me feeling that my business wasn’t that appreciated.

J
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience3

The miso soup was too salty. The chicken was tough and chewy. Atmosphere was nice and the service was good.

LK
Philadelphia
37 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Buddakan and, our ladies lunch group, always go for birthdays and Restaurant Week lunch. The service is always good and the food never disappoints. If you go, get the donuts.....trust me!

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, food was great! Would definitely go again

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was amazing. The service was fantastic and the food was all delicious.

T
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for anniversary

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took my parents and my boyfriend out to dinner and it was perfect!!

VD
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

went with my bf for restaurant week because we are broke college students that still occasionally like to indulge in some of the pleasures in life. the food was well worth us splurging a little. the vibes are incomparable here.

SD
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, service, ambiance, etc. You won't be disappointed.

OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Restaurant week meal. Excellent value and quality

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had great service at the bar during restaurant week. It was fairly busy for a Monday night and everything came out promptly and tasted great. Service was superb.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing!!! No complaints at all. Food and service was amazing and the ambiance was outstanding.

MB
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great dining experience. Professional staff and excellent service. Our food was delicious.

s
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and romantic modern ambiance. The cocktails were intriguing and the entree choices were unique and tasty.