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About Buddakan - Philadelphia
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.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 12:00am, Sunday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
Between 3rd & 4th on Chestnut
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Valet parking is available at $18 per vehicle after 5:30pm. Parking lot available during lunch on 3rd & 4th between Market & Chestnut Streets.
Private Party Facilities:
Buddakan is the perfect venue for corporate or social events. Whether you want to take over the entire facility, overlook the action or be in the midst of it, there are many options for groups to experience Philadelphia’s most highly sought after dining destination.
Private Party Contact:
Diane Farina firstname.lastname@example.org: (267) 238-3650
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Buddakan - Philadelphia Ratings and Reviews
Had a reservation but still had to wait 40 min to be seated.
I ordered the duck and asked for more pancake which comes with the duck but was informed the kitchen was closed, which was unfair since its their fault that we were eating so late.
The waitress never checked in with us. Drinks took too long to come. Overall nightmare.
We came for Chinese New Year’s brunch and I was disappointed. Food & service were fine. My issue comes with in all of Buddakan’s social media blasts & advertisements for the brunch they said there would be performances and the red envelopes during the brunch and there was none of that . Our reservation was at 11:30 and when another patron in the restaurant asked when the performances would begin the manager was not sure 🤷🏻♀️ Im assuming several people booked as I did because they thought that the performance would be fun to see during brunch. Now I recognize their was a fire that day and if our server had made mention to the fact that that would be delaying things I could’ve completely understood but alas no one said anything so I can only assume that was not a factor as it was never even mentioned. Needless to say we left & went to Chinatown to see the parade and at 2:33 on our way back when brunch was from 10:30-2:30 they were finally having a performance not several performances during the brunch hours. Us & another couple on their way back to their car heard the drums inside. We chatted about it bc they had eaten brunch there earlier as well and were disappointed by the experience. We also never received the red envelopes. We could’ve just gone into Chinatown to eat & next time will. Deliver what you say you are going to or don’t advertise it if its shaky details or your not sure its possible. Misleading, a lil tacky & although in the grand scheme of life not earth shattering it was still disappointing :/
Delicious food, great service. The vegetable portions were large which was nice because they were delicious. I had the Kung Pao lobster and I wish it hadn’t have been battered- but the coating was light and it was very good. We also had cocktails which were good and not strong. We shared everything and did not feel rushed at all. I didn’t think it was too loud. I will probably dine there again because it’s a nice walk past the liberty bell to the theaters.
Tables jammed too close together. Seats with faces of models on them...yuck!!!! ...comes off as very contrived..very Urban Outfitters. The faces on the seats sends an unconscious message that the real people sitting there aren't good enough..I don't like to sit on a Calvin Klein face..music too loud and clublike.Went to Buddakhan a couple years ago..thought the ambience a lot better then!!!..not sure I would eat there again.
We went to buddakan for the first time for my husbands 30th birthday and it was fantastic. We were a little confused on how to order at first but our waiter was awesome and patient and directed us in the right way. The food was incredible. We reccomend the spicy shrimp bou buns and the peppered beef. If you haven't been before, go!
Overall, our experience was above okay, but not great. I scheduled the dinner for my 51st birthday for 6 people. They tried to put us upstairs in a corner? The next table they gave us was literally on the line where food is picked up from the kitchen. Basically the 2 worst tables in the house. When they called to confirm my reservation, I mentioned it was my birthday and we wanted to be in the main dining room and to please choose a good table. Obviously, that did not make an impact. My daughters literally were on fire from the heat of the kitchen through the whole dinner. I am not happy about that. It would have ruined our dinner, had it not been for us deciding not to ask to be moved again and we were going to make the best of it since it was such a special occassion. My daughter had to tell them again it was my birthday, since that also did not make it to our server. The food was really good, the drinks were just okay, and our server was good as well. I have been here several times before and with groups of 6 to 8, and would have rated the restaurant and A in the past. Buddakhan, you were at best, a C+
Went here for the first time for anniversary, the ambiance was very nice and romantic, however it was quite crowded and loud. We were seated quite close to another couple who was talking very loudly unfortunately. The food was delicious though, and the service was great. Overall the only thing that would have made it better was more privacy.
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