Buddakan - Philadelphia

4.7
9358 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
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 9358 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.6
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4.6
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4.4
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipPoppers742
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Buddakan rocks, consistently. It never disappoints. The food is unique and delicious (love, love, love the curried cauliflower and Szechuan pork dumplings!!) The cocktails are scrumptious and the service is awesome. What more could one ask for on a date night, or any night?!?!?!

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vipkat4
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious as usual 😃

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RachelShavit
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s always so fabulous.

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StaceyB
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Nice interior! Great service! Delicious 🥘 food!!!

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Worley
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stunning atmosphere, accommodating service, the food was ammmmazing. Especially with soy allergy accommodations at an Asian restaurant! Kudos to the chef!

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DwightL
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience2

The outdoors dining would have been more enjoyable with a bit of heat. Ordered the crab and rice dish. The entree lack taste. A side sauce would have been nice. The creme brûlée was excellent as well as the service.

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Alyssa
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Went here with my boyfriend for date night. As far as precautions, they took your temperature before entering, all servers were wearing face masks, face shields and gloves which was nice and the tables were decently spaced out. Our server was excellent, very attentive and answered all our questions accordingly. The restaurant overall was quite dark and a little noisy for our liking with the amount of people there. When it comes to the food: the dumpling sampler is a must, the edamame dumplings were something else. We also got the lobster egg rolls which were just okay, not much flavor overall. For our mains we got shrimp pad Thai and black pepper beef. Both were large portions. The shrimp pad Thai was okay, probably wouldn’t get again. The beef was juicy and very flavorful. Overall, would come back again to try some other dishes!

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vipMichaelR
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Family style eating at its best, with multiple flavors made with fresh ingredients.

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vipELDM
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a lovely evening and we ate outdoors. Food was great as always. So was the service.

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Charlotte
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I have dined at Buddakan for many years; the food and service have never disappointed. During COVID-19 we have enjoyed the outside dining option. Buddakan is one of our favorite Philly restaurants - it is consistently excellent!!

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vipKristinF
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious from start to finish. Spring rolls, tuna pizza, pork dumplings for appetizers. Peking duck, tuna tataki, wasabi crusted filet, sea bass. All fantastic. Creme brulee and must-have dim sum donuts. They even presented the donuts with a sparkler for my mom's birthday. Great service, nice ambience despite COVID-19. Felt very safe - temp check before entering, all the staff was wearing face shields and masks, great social distancing. Fantastic experience! Can't wait to return.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service and excellent food choices.

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RobertG
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was great, definitely going back.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always! Our favorite!

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douglasd
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I am not one that likes to eat in the street, however Buddakan did it right.
Our waiter was outstanding(Clint) and to top it off he can sing. Well at least a birthday song. lol

Food was great and for being on the street it was very enertaining yet we were enclosed.
Five *

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WilliamM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice atmosphere good fresh meal tuna tartar roll, and Lobster Shanghai yummy.

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BreannaM
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved everything

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vipdiannar
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding, interesting cuisine. Many, many choices, all of which we wanted to try.

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Phillyangel215
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

We made a 5PM reservation on a Sunday so the number of dining guests socially distancing was perfect. The servers and waitstaff wore masks and face shields to protect themselves and the patrons.

Our drink and food order came out in record time in comparison to pre-COVID.

Myself and dining companion both ordered the same items of Cantonese spring rolls which are shrimp and chicken spring rolls served with a mustard dipping sauce that has a horseradish base so you will get that kick in your nose with each bite (at least that's what happens to me). For dinner we ordered the Lobster Fried Rice.

I love rice based dishes so I can not speak to other items on the menu as my go-to when I dine at Buddakan is something with fried rice.

For dessert, we had the very delicious donuts that include 3 dipping sauces (a chocolate, a cream cheese, and raspberry).

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
5 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food. Great service. Quality of food just like before covid. They haven't skipped a beat with the food quality.

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RobertL
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You can never go wrong at Buddakan. The entire menu is phenomenal and the service is top notch.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall2food1service5ambience5

This used to be my favorite restaurant until my fiancé and I got sick after our last meal there. So sad.

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viplindah
Atlantic City
8 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great outdoor option quieter on east side of Broad

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SamanthaG
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappoints...love this place!

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vipFoodie609
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food and drinks were absolutely amazing. Always consistently impressed with Buddakan's food and service.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was great

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MarivioliR
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Like always excellent
Because of the pandemic only 4 people per table

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Welcoming friendly staff and romantic setting.

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MelissaJ
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for our 5 anniversary, something different and enjoy everything! Plan to go back!

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vipMattB
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

They do a very good job doing everything they can to create a safe environment.

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Bill51
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great server and great food like coming there would love if you could keep an outdoor type setting in the future

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Rich
Atlantic City
3 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Buddakan, excellent food and service. We have been to Buddakan a number of times, and have never been disappointed. Noise level was low due to the table spacing and the bar being closed. I am a little hard of hearing, and have been there when it was difficult to hear the server. Our server couldn't have been nicer. A great dining experience.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Birthdays dinnee

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Joseph
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My only complaint was the cold weather. Although they have a heating system in the outdoor tented area, it was not very effective. The temperature was about 50 degrees outside. The tented area wasn't an improvement to being in the open.

But the food and service was amazing as always.

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DENNEICA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was phenomenal!! I would definitely go back !

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vipFoodie
Philadelphia
24 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Covid19 has changed things, but excellent food

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Lilmiznormal
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everytime I go here for dinner it has always been a great experience and the food is always outstanding. I will be back.

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vipHopeP
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food and service at Buddakan is consistently great. We had a delicious dinner - eating outside under the heat lamps on a clear night. They have done a great job with COVID protections and do not seem to have missed a beat!

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MartyM
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the unique presentations and flavors. Adds up to a great dining experience!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience5

Food was just average food a place this expensive. Our martini was not filled to the top. Service and atmosphere were good.

FAQs

Buddakan - Philadelphia does offer delivery in partnership with Caviar. Buddakan - Philadelphia also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (215) 574-9440.

Buddakan - Philadelphia is rated 4.7 stars by 9358 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.