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Buddakan - Philadelphia

4.7
9768 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 9768 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.6
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4.7
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4.4
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Noise · Moderate
91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipjayh
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience2

After several attempts, I booked my reservation about two weeks in advanced. Our table was in the corner- against the window with no view to the outside and limited view of the inside. The food was delightful - particularly sea bass was superb - as always .

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vipResturantqueen1
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The atmosphere was great and the food was amazing! Our server was also very attentive.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Phenomenal

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Outoftown
Seattle
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service and food! Love the menu options and hospitality

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vipnjp103
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience4

We have been eating at Buddakan intermittently since it opened, and I have to say the thrill is gone after all of these years. The calamari was limp in the "crispy" Calamari salad, the crispy fish with black bean sauce was more "crisp" than fish, and as we were finishing our entrees, the wine arrived. In all, it had the feeling of a casino restaurant where the focus is on volume, not quality. There are so many options for dining in Philadelphia; for residents, there isn't a reason to eat at Buddakan.

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Splash
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Not traditional Chinese food but fun
As a group to go

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outdoor seating was excellent . The hostess was pleasant. Our waiter was one of the best waiters I’ve ever experienced. He was extremely attentive, patient, and he knew the menu and wines very well, to make excellent suggestions! And finally, the food!! Wow! Buddakan never disappoints! Every dish was delicious!

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vipNalphilly
Philadelphia
74 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall2food3service3ambience2

I have been here often but this visit was quite disappointing. We had 9 guests and were seated upstairs. While it was fine there was little ambience especially as the larger tables downstairs seemed to be open and would have been nicer. We ordered 3 different groups of wine - one red and one white before we could find a pair they had in stock. The fist gentleman who came to tell us our wine was not available did not seem at all familiar with the list. Joseph our server was great and tried very hard maybe it was the kitchen but our appetizers were a mess. Half of them came out easily 10 to 15 minutes before the others. The whole evening just seemed off. The food while fine was not at its usual level standard. Again, our server was great and they did comped up dessert but overall it was a disappointing meal.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was amazing. I have been several times and have yet to be disappointed, from the service, all the way to the food, it was amazing!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Everything was top notch…we had to change our reservation time due to a business call that came up unexpectedly, the hostess changed it immediately, and told us to call if it ran over. We were greeted and seated immediately. It was in a thru area, we asked to switch, it was no problem. The service began w/in minutes and continued to be attentive throughout. The food was delicious as were the cocktails.

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vipAliM
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was amazing!! As always.

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JoeM
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

While the food was good, it doesn't seem to be quite worth the price that they charge.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and good vibes

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phillygirl
Houston
14 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The food was amazing as always. A bit loud and a bit too dark, but a wonderful restaurant that I always love to visit when I'm in Philly.

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JONC
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2021
Overall1food3service2ambience1

Very loud atmosphere last night and i do not think that was unusual. Service was weak.
not many personal touches ..help seemed really over whelmed. food was delivered like we were at Popeyes take out. food was good though.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2021
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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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was incredible!

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viptaylor
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
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 on July 24, 2021
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 on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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Delish
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Awesome place for an intimate celebration!

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ShawnH
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great outdoor dining experience. Our server was awesome and had great recommendations.

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Jess
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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DanaB
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
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 on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food well served. Always enjoy dining there.

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vipSean
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipwinx
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
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 on July 21, 2021
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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Debbie
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2021
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 on July 20, 2021
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 on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome as always!

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SamanthaF
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2021
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 on July 19, 2021
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 on July 19, 2021
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.

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 9768 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.