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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4.6
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4.6
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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful birthday dinner for my son. Food & service was fabulous

AD
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service2ambience4

Always amazing food!! This time we weren’t happy with our server. No personality. Very dry humor, too serious. Made for an awkward experience.

CR
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience! We had a wonderful dinner. Our server was amazing and the food was exceptional.

D
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Always enjoy myself when I visit buddakan but i think it’s a little overpriced. The fire edamame and lamb chops are my FAVORITE.

R
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Very overpriced

AS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another awesome experience. Great food, service and location.

N
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience from start to finish. The waitress was very attentive and gave awesome recommendations!

MG
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

the food and service were very good, it is very loud there though.

DS
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed our dinner so much and our waiter Mike was awesome. The appetizers,entrees, and dim sum donuts were delicious. We will definitely be back!

P
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter, Craig, was fantastic! Super knowledgeable and fun and friendly. We will be back again soon.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and service. Would go again and recommend to anyone!

BM
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We booked online and I included a note about my wife's garlic intolerance. On arrival the staff showed us to our table and handed her a garlic-free menu! That's never happened before. Needless to say we were impressed.

Buddakan has a large tabled area, plus a very nice bar at one end of the space. The chic decor and subtle lighting and furnishings all help to create a very friendly and relaxed ambience, which is perfect for sharing a special meal or drinks with friends or loved ones.

We were very pleased to have such a knowledgeable and helpful waiter who guided us through the menu, which offered an excellent choice.

We had cocktails with our starters while still trying to make our minds up about the wine.
The wine list was extensive, with fine wines from the US, plus some superb options from the major wine-growing countries around the world. We plumped for a very nice US pinot. It was light enough to go with my sea bass and my wife's cashew chicken.

After the mains, I plumped for the trio of sorbets and my wife went for her favourite: crème brûlée. In the 35 years or so we've been together she's tried crème brûlées in dozens of restaurants around the world. She's quite particular about how she likes them to be made and tells me she they have been somewhere near perfect on only three occasions. So she was very excited to tell the waiter and manager that Buddakan was one of those three occasions. The manager was so excited that she asked us to wait for a few minutes after our meal and she brought us another crème brûlée to take away with us! That was so kind of her and we really appreciated it.

Now, Buddakan isn't a run-of-the-mill eatery. It's certainly up there in price – we paid more than $250 US - for our 3-course meal, a number of cocktails and our wine. But it was so worth it. We can't recommend Buddakan enough and look forward to taking other family members there when we next return to Philly, hopefully in the not-too-distant future.

OT
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, ambiance and the food exquisite... not too expensive
Our waiter Mark was excellent great suggestions

G
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good

s
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

They were from out of ton and loved it! Was great and noise level was lower than in the past!

AN
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always one of my favorite restaurants in Philly

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great, staff was friendly, and this was a great overall experience. I will definitely dine here again!

j
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Clint was great. Warm, welcoming, and friendly.

P
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We had a party of 5 that spanned 60 years and there was something for everyone. The teenagers really liked the food and the scene and the senior citizen also found it to be a great experience.

We’ve been here numerous times, but it had been awhile. It was nice to see the ambiance and service hasn’t slipped. The space is visually stunning and the menu is diverse and expertly planned. It was helpful to have an extensive vegetarian menu — ask for it when you make reservations.

The food was very good, but as other diners noted, some of the sides can be a bit on the salty side. The ginger soba noodles that we with my tuna were definitely on the salty side. But everything else was prepared perfectly. The Asian Caesar salad, though simple, was a great start. The Crab and Lobster dumplings were also nice and light and flavorful. Everyone really had a fun night and left very full and happy!


Overall it’s still a great destination restaurant that knows how to make for a perfect night out.

IE
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Buddakan has spectacular food. We enjoyed all food and desserts. Pad thai, black cod and tuna tataki were a bliss.
We arrived on time for our reservation and still had to wait around 15 min to be seated. The restaurant, unfortunately, was a bit too loud. It was hard to communicate with our server, though, he was amazing.
While I do recommend Buddakan to everyone, I am not sure if we would be going back simply due to the noise levels.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Overall it was great! The only complaint would be was that there was too much tempura on the King Crab Tempura appetizer and it took away from the crab. But it was minor!!

NO
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really nice place, awesome food and great service.

PM
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another amazing experience at Budhakkan . Always incredible. Special dinner out with the family. Amazing service.

T
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing server and meal . Spot on ..

OT
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mind-bendingly delicious food, and wonderful attentive service. One of the best dining experiences I’ve had in a long time.

m
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always we’re never disappointed!!! Spectacular venue and surroundings are awesome

C
New England
12 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter was excellent, service was great. All the food was terrific except the lobster fried rice which was bland
All else fantastic

ND
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently good food for 20 years!! The crab tempura is the best I have ever had!! The sea bass is delicious! I can go on & on...excellent!

A
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

First, the service was perfect... thank you! The food was very good: I loved the Chilean Sea Bass and the snow peas. The combination dumpling appetizer was very good... but I did not care for the edamame dumpling. The environment is, to me, very beautiful... clean, elegant... and i loved being in the presence of BUDDA! I am an older guy... I would have loved it to be a little bit quieter... however, maybe my sound issue was that the table next to us was two very loud spoken guys... that never stopped talking. Still, a wonderful meal and experience!

C
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Too loud to have a business dinner, but overall a great meal!

G
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent and service too!

E
Philadelphia
125 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious meal. My husband and I shared the edemame appetizer, it was delicious. We both had the shrimp entrée and it was excellent. We shared the lobster fried rice and we also shared the lobster dumplings. Everything was delicious and the service was wonderful. We had a two table by the waterfall and it was very nice. I also enjoyed a glass of Veuve Champagne, my favorite. Not a lot of restaurants have that selection on their menu. I love the different appetizers, entrees etc that are available.
Would highly recommend Buddakan.

N
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent. Can’t believe I have never been before. We had the bento box for lunch where you pick 3 choices and it was the perfect amount of food, so reason and most importantly it was delicious. Will definitely go back.

L
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Buddakan is one of my favorite restaurants. The service and the food is always exceptional!

J
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

I would recommend if you don’t have a shellfish allergy. If you do have a shellfish allergy, the menu selection is small. They also can’t make changes to items (like the chicken) to make is shellfish free.

OT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great atmosphere. Service was really good without being over bearing.

PV
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic evening out. Wine was delightful and a great suggestion, food portions were surprisingly large. Ribs and pork belly buns were enough for us but we order more to taste the food.

I'd definitely recommend this place to friends looking for an energetic night out.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great food and ambiance and our server Brandon was subtly attentive and seemed knowledgeable about menu items. My only complaint is he didn’t offer us a dessert for our anniversary, though we ordered desserts ourselves nothing was brought out to celebrate our wedding anniversary and I noted the occasion on or reservation. But overall it was a romantic dining experience. Oh the downstairs bar makes better cosmos than the upstairs bar!

ZS
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was amazing and the service was outstanding! The only issue I had was we were seated upstairs and there was a table of what seamed room be drunk people that were yelling their conversation and screaming things repeatedly so that kinda ruined the mood/atmosphere