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Buddakan - Philadelphia

4.7
9753 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 9753 people are saying
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4.6
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LisaD
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was the greatest. She was very knowledgable and gave us suggestions since we were visiting Philly. The food was delicious and the ambiance was first rate. Great choice for us in the few days we had here.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated my wife’s birthday and it was a great time.

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vipRickbuilder
Orlando
36 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The food was very good but the restaurant was extremely loud even to have a one in one conversation. Beautiful restaurant!

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BrianA
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall3food3service3ambience2

I have gone many times years ago and loved it. I didn't expect the same food. I thought the food definitely lost some luster. Tasted one step better then a regular Chinese restaurant. Not impressed this time.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was excellent, the food was even better, nice ambience, very enjoyable experience.

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MKelly
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, great service and not rushed at all! Lovely evening!

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JiveyR
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The food was just as great as I have remembered it to taste. Our server was kind and helpful. Overall a great experience!

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vip3GradFamily
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent, attentive service. Loved the Asian Caesar Salad and Vegetable Fried Rice. Nice special occasion place.

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vipchaneld
Baltimore
24 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went here for 28th Wedding Anniversary! Our waitress Susie was excellent, food was delicious.


Will return

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FoodieVish
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service2ambience5

Service was slow. We were celebrating 2 birthdays and my wife made sure that they send out 2 desserts with candles but they brought only one. Was a bit disappointing. I’ve been coming to this place for 10+ years and it’s the 1st time we were disappointed with food and service.

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AJMendez
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We absolutely love this place!! The waiter was great and the food was amazing to say the least. Drinks were also very good. It’s been a awhile since we had dinner here. We knew coming back that it was going to be a good time but then we forgot how good it actually was immediately. From the Edamame Dumplings, the Sashimi, Spicy Rock Shrimp Bao Buns, to the delicious Sea Bass and the doughnuts. We couldn’t have asked for a better anniversary date. They also gave us a coconut sorbet complimentary for celebrating our 9th wedding anniversary. We will definitely be dinning back here again!!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was out 10 year anniversary and our meal was excellent. When our server brought our desert he made it special for us with a candle. It was great all around.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was AMAZING!! I can’t wait to go back.

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Karma
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter was absolutely amazing! Will definitely be back!

JD
vipJosephD
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a flawless experience! The dining room is beautiful! Every dish was excellent and innovative with a stunning presentation. The service is efficient, but the waiters are busy so they don't have time to establish a relationship with diners. The composition of diners is one of the most diverse I have experienced in Philadelphia. Overall Buddakan is for me one of the top 5 restaurants in the city!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time for my husband’s birthday!!

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andread
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been wanting to go for years, but finally made reservations for my friend’s birthday. Joseph was our server and made the evening extra special. He gently guided us, when we were unsure, and managed that balance of being attentive without being intrusive. It really was some of the best service I’ve had in ages. The food was amazing, as well. My friend and I shared the tuna pizza and the Cantonese spring roll. And then we ordered the Dry Aged beef and Crab fried rice. Those dishes paired fantastically. We were too full to get dessert, but will be returning, for sure, for those donuts. And, I’ll see if I can ask for Joseph!

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DawnC
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappointed coming here!! Love the good snd Lychee Martjnis!!!

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vipThomasM
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

My wife’s birthday dinner. Everything was delicious and well presented. Fun restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and atmosphere was amazing and our waiter Giuseppe was awesome and super attentive. We will be back for sure!

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vipJCox
Philadelphia
40 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It has a while since we dined at Buddakan … what a great come back visit! Appetizers and entrees were outstanding … pork loin and sea bass. Lively ambience and beautiful people. Will return soon!

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RosalieA
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Would highly recommend and I can’t wait to go gain.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time at Buddakan the food was great, loved the decor. Would definetly return

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vipredrabbit
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

This is a beautiful resturant. Server was knowledgeable and prompt. Food was amazing. Great for a special date.

JC
vipJosephC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Have been dining there for 5 years and this time it was very underwhelming.

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DavidL
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was amazing!!! Food was delicious!!!

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MLSC
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Service was amazing, ambiance is always my favorite in philly. Tried some new food items and would say there were pretty decent. Dim sum sampler was amazing. Drinks were delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food was absolutely fantastic. Ordered a vodka martini and we got charged $1 for added ice, which was upsetting. The music wad also very loud and we had to shout at each other and our waitress to hear each other. The korean fried rice and lemon chicken were both delicious, and dessert was fantastic. Everything was great, except the loud music and being charged for ice.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday party

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Lilmomma
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner with Hubby for my birthday. Everything exceeded our expectations! Food, drinks, service and especially my dessert. I have a sweet and it did not disappoint. Was pleasantly surprised of the display of my dessert, very nice touch! Thank you for making my day special. We will revisit this place again soon.

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DavidB
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Nice night out with our daughter for a belated anniversary dinner. A little pricey but delicious!

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vipStaciW
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience5

Busman took my dish before I was finished- a $60 entree. I asked him to have it boxed up and he instead piled all the dirty dishes on top. Without even an offer to replace it or remove it from the bill.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service & food

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SharonM
Atlantic City
12 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday for my son who turned 18. Everything was top not h

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vipOpenTable Diner
Baltimore
21 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service amazing food.

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vipNatashaD
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Buddakhan is easily one of my fave eateries. Food always fresh & delicious. The ambience is vibrant & just makes you feel good. Our waiter seemed to be a bit lackluster which happens sometimes in the restaurant industry. Nevertheless, looking forward to coming back time & time again.

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PDIDDY
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Waitress was great. The young girl seating us was snotty. Asked politely not to sit near the kitchen, then my wife asked to confirm that it was my daughters birthday and hostess gave her an attitude. It was very unpleasant. Luckily our waitress made up for it.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good and service was great…like usual.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We went for a double date night and absolutely loved the food. The four of us shared everything from appetizers to dinner and it was phenomenal

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 9753 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.