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Buddakan - Philadelphia

4.6
7813 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Asian
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Asian
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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
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Phone number
(215) 574-9440
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Jason Goodman
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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.
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Private party contact
Diane Farina diane@starr-restaurant.com: (267) 238-3650
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Between 3rd & 4th on Chestnut
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Parking details
Valet parking is available at $18 per vehicle after 5:30pm. Parking lot available during lunch on 3rd & 4th between Market & Chestnut Streets.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 7813 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.6
service
4.6
ambience
4.2
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Though loud, the atmosphere was very exciting and fun. It was a very nice spot with amazing food for our anniversary. Definitely would go again.

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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Anniversary dinner. Food was amazing! Little loud but to be expected. Fun evening.

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4.0Dined 2 days ago

The Dumplings were superior to any I’ve had in the past. Staff were very knowledgeable about the dishes. I’d say the food itself was ok, the sauces are what made a dish in this occasion. I’ve had better meals for the value.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

No matter how full you are, you'll make room for the Dip Sum Donuts!

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Awesomeness, every item was over the top delicious!

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

The food was amazing! The noise level was very high and, as we were a 2 top, we were kind of stuck behind a column. Overall, though, I would go again and recommend.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

I've had the pleasure of eating at several of Stephen Starr's restaurants, but Buddakan is now my favorite. I get to Philly about twice a year and this time I was finally able to get a table at
Buddakan. My sister and I shared the Dim Sum Sampler which was exquisite. I ordered the Char Grilled Aged Beef and she had the Sweet and Crispy Jumbo Shrimp. Simply divine! This is a restaurant where the staff wants you to have the best possible experience eating great food. Our waiter was very attentive and he was terrific at helping me order drinks, yes drinks, to enhance the meal. Leave room for dessert. We didn't and should have. Next time....

This trip we also ate at The Love., another of Stephen's restaurants. The menu presents foods that might sound familiar to you, but it's the unique ingredient or preparation that makes the food unforgettable. Again, we enjoyed a lovely meal in a beautiful setting.

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2.0Dined on May 13, 2018

We were disappointed in our Mother's Day visit to Buddakan. First, our table was wobbly and was fixed to a point, but not really. (Actually I think the floor dipped every time someone walked by, which was quite distracting..) The food was tasty, but very heavy. But the worst was when my drink glass arrived, it had very clear lipstick imprints on it. There were apologies but honestly, how someone could have overlooked that was astonishing. It pointed to a clear lack of care, I fear.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

There is nothing to say except. . . Eat!

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3.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Kitchen messed up our order and the noodles were over cooked. Our server, Chelsea, was a doll. She really tried to make up for the error by the kitchen. She absolutely deserved the tip we left.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

This restaurant is a must. I’m absolutely in love with the calamari salad. Waitress knew that we were celebrating mother’s day and offered me a great dessert. Highly recommend.

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

Great service from Mark. He recommended some dishes across the apps and entrees and all of them were excellent.

Would come back in a heartbeat

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

WOW...the lamb chops, curried cauliflower and miso cod were out of this world! Great service; just really hard to hear given the noise level!

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

This place never fails to impress. Food is always great and so is the service. It is our go to place. Price is high but certainly justified.

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2.0Dined on May 11, 2018

The food was not very good, considering the buzz of the place

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5.0Dined on May 10, 2018

I have been planning to visit Buddakan for a while, and was pleasantly surprised that my expectations and experience were closely matched. The ambiance consisted of a high energy buzz, and was very nice for meeting a friend for dinner. We had appetizers, entrees, dessert and wine. The wine we ordered was not in stock, so the host was gracious enough to take care of our first two drinks and an appetizer. (without us even asking) I really enjoyed the sea bass, and look forward to visiting again.

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5.0Dined on May 9, 2018

This restaurant was exceptional in taste and variety of menu.

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5.0Dined on May 9, 2018

Buddakan is always a treat. With a calming waterfall feature, giant golden meditating Buddha and tables spaced far enough away from one another to NOT hear "their" conversation, it's a great place to talk...and understand. Everything I've ever eater there is really good, though the edamame dumplings are heavenly and favored...sometimes two helpings!!!

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5.0Dined on May 8, 2018

Jay was so nice.
GF MENU. THANK YOU!! My ceilac daughter got to try Pad Thai with shrimp for first time. She is 44 been on gf since thirty years old. One of my favorite Thai food. I got to watch her live it like I do!! Very grateful

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5.0Dined on May 7, 2018

Had a great meal to celebrate a birthday. Food and staff were outstanding. I heartily recommend.

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5.0Dined on May 7, 2018

Food delicious as always. Wait staff is always efficient

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Buddakan is always a delight. We ended up enjoying a few appetizers and got so full we skipped dinner which is a shame but in a good way. We’ll be back!

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Great cocktails - Strength with Tito was fresh and tangy. Dumplings were al dante, light, flavorful, esp. edamame. Aged Filet and Black Cod so good. Beignets were great. They were packed on Fri night and service fought thru and managed to provide good service. Outstanding and consistent dinner.

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

It was the first time I’ve been back to buddakan in years and I can say it was the best meal I’ve had since then. I went with four of my girlfriends to celebrate two birthdays and I’ve already told my husband I want to go for mine! It was such a great experience which is hard to find these days where the restaurant holds up to have amazing food, service, and surroundings.

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

food so tasty and service was exceptional. loved how server knew the product and not afraid to make recommendation. she was spot on and her name is Voula-Susan in Philadelphia restarant.

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4.0Dined on May 4, 2018

Service was excellent. Food was good but not as good as in previous visits.

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5.0Dined on May 4, 2018

Sorority Anniversary

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5.0Dined on May 3, 2018

Our waiter introduced us to the menu with recommendations. We had the dumpling platter as an appetizer and the lamb along with some Sake. Everything was cooked to perfection and service was excellent.

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5.0Dined on May 3, 2018

Get the ribs.

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5.0Dined on May 1, 2018

Absolutely tremendous food. Service was amazing, drinks were delicious.

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Wonderful experience
The manger even came by to check on us.

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4.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Went for our anniversary the service was great so was the food

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Everything we have ever ordered has been delicious. Our favorite is the Dip Sum donuts -- warm and delicious, right out of the oven, with 3 dipping sauces -- chocolate ganache, seasonal jelly and gingered cream cheese.

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5.0Dined on April 27, 2018

Fabulous food in a fun atmosphere!

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5.0Dined on April 26, 2018

service was excellent, not rushed but always there. Food was excellent and filled with flavor.

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5.0Dined on April 25, 2018

Great food and amazing, attentive service. The atmosphere and ambience was just how we liked it. Definitely going back there the next time I'm in Philly!

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3.0Dined on April 25, 2018

A noisy happening place good for 20 -35 year olds. Excellent menu. Steer clear of specialty drinks.

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5.0Dined on April 24, 2018

Love the group dining menu. Waiters are very attentive. Most importantly, GREAT FOOD!

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5.0Dined on April 23, 2018

Great service with full bar and excellent choices for appetizers to group meals - order the 2nd choice in the group menu and you will be more than satisfied

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3.0Dined on April 23, 2018

The food, as always, was delicious. The difficulty arose wit the ordering with the waitress. Usually the waitstaff helps my friend choose gluten free items that are on the Bento Box menu and it works out perfectly. This time however, I think the waitress misunderstood and we were charged al la Carte pricing for my friends lunch, so the price for our lunches was 70.00. Normally it would be 38.00 for two Bento Boxes-a substantial difference. My friends food came out right away and mine took 30 min or more. We asked what was taking so long and she kept saying it was coming out after my friends items. We were totally confused and at the end of lunch I realized that the waitress did not put in the order for the second Bento box. She was not helpful.

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