Buddakan - Philadelphia

4.7
8472 reviews
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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.
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New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Such an amazing meal! The environment and flavors were perfection, truly a treat for all senses.

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GC
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent as always — just a bit noisy...

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CM
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated a special birthday with friend. Food was amazing, service was excellent!

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RS
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

Great place to eat if you want to go out for special occasions or events. The food tastes great and is flavorful. I was quite disappointed with the sashimi.. paper thin and honestly looked as though they took one piece of sashimi and sliced it into 8 super thin slices. For the price of the sashimi I was greatly disappointed. I will never order the sashimi again. The black pepper beef was good, nicely cooked and seasoned to perfection. The portions are generally smaller. If you are someone who eats a good amount of food I would not recommend this restaurant, go somewhere where you get more for your money and still tastes just as good.

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JB
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 1

It was my birthday and my wife took me here for dinner. From the start it wasn't good. We was sat and we waited and waited for someone to come over to us. After we started looking around frustrated our waiter finally came over to us and gave us water. He was very short with us and was rushing. But he was over the top...nice.....attentive...friendly and helpful to the 2 couples near us. A lot more happened which made myself and wife feel very mistreated and uncomfortable. I can only think of one reason we were treated this way because the other couples around us were also black but heterosexual. Food was great but definitely will not be back. EVERYONE should be treated the same regardless of race gender or anything else. I called and spoke to a manager about this and she basically said she would talk to him. Very disappointed

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S
Atlantic City
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The dim sum sampler and black pepper beef were great! I would highly recommend this restaurant for special events.

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R
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I can’t believe it was still so good after all these years!

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OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great time and service.

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S
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a nice start for a fantastic evening. Overall our dining experience was wonderful!

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LP
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful decor - fantastic food. So many great flavors ! Thoroughly recommend !

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OT
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Server was amazing! The peeking duck was even better. Wonderful place for birthday celebration.

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GV
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious meal me and my wife enjoyed our one year anniversary here!! You will Definitely see us soon!!

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RB
Baltimore
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter was amazing. He was seriously the best we’ve ever had. Food was incredible

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a
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everyone loved it

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P
Orlando
18 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Server was very knowledgeable and helpful with our selections re: portion size. The only complaint was the size of the table. 5 ppl at a small table was not very comfortable.

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JW
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Birthday celebration

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J
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great menu and cocktails. Service we awesome and they were flexible with our reservation. Will definitely return.

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PC
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was excellent I would recommend the bento box for lunch. the flavors were unique and delicious. Two men sitting next to us were talking very loud that was the only negative, but Buddakan
can not control this. You must get the donuts for desert your taste buds will thank you.

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New England
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Came here for lunch. I found the food to be very rich. Like first 2 or 3 bites were delicious but soon overloaded the taste bud with many strong and sweet flavors. In this spirit there was way too much sauce on the eggplant. Also we ordered crab sticky rice and got something that looked like fried rice. Our waiter assured us that was it was not fried rice; however it was doused in soy sauce, and had bits of peas, eggs, onions, and it wasn’t sticky at all so... idk! I guess when you’re big like buddakhan you can redefine things like that. Overall it wasn’t terrible but it just wasn’t that good.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrific service and atmosphere. Great place to go after work to unwind. Food was astounding will return.

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M
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hands down my favorite Philadelphia restaurant! Never disappointed as Buddakan provides a taste sensation throughout the meal. Highly recommended!

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WL
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a wonderful experience. The food was absolutely amazing, and our waiter was fantastic!

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SB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had another nice time At Buddakan. David our waiter was knowledgeable and a joy. He knew so much about DimSum that my friend and I can say we are certified DimSum experts. Also the host Greg went above and beyond to make our evening comfortable and romantic. Great team work! We will be back again.

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ML
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dining at its best. My meal of pepper steak and curried cauliflower was out of this world. Thank you for a great dining experience!

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TH
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The menu is very creative and everything we tried was excellent. The fire grilled edememe was a game changer.

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LM
New York Area
105 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

It was a Saturday night and extremely loud and crowded. I felt like I was shouting at my friend across the table but the food was absolutely delicious! Very creative and interesting. The edamame dumplings are unbelievable!

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AD
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service every time we come here. Looking forward to our next visit!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

The food was awful! We were disappointed. Have been here without kids a long time ago and it was amazing. Now the reviews are right- it’s gone way down hill.

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OT
Jacksonville
4 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This was an excellent dining experience. The one small issue was not knowing the size of several of the dishes ordered. Sone were enough for four people.

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S
Philadelphia
110 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Buddakan is the place to go when you want an old fashioned celebration or just want to feel like you do. Good food, ritzy atmosphere and a very hip vibe for the well healed. Had the Asian Cesare salad, dry aged steak and lobster fried rice with coconut sorbet for dessert. All shared by two people and delicious. Prices fair for all this. Nice to have manager going around to every table asking if all is alright.

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WD
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere and amazing food!! The service is also very good.

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B
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 3

Delicious food and wonderful service! Edamame dumplings are my favorite!!!

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OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always top notch there food and service wise!

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my friends that was with me has a food allergy to oranges. The server went above and beyond to make sure that everything that was ordered was safe to be at the table. Great food and service!

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RA
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Cool atmosphere. Amazing, creative food. A true institution, going strong.

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w
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friend and I meet in Philly every year for the flower show and always try to hit one or two highly recommended restaurants. This time we stayed in the vicinity of Buddakan and saw that it had good reviews so we tried it... EVERYTHING about our visit was wonderful... ambiance/decor, food selection and quality, drinks, service, etc... we highly recommend !

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J
Philadelphia
62 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our favorite restaurant in Philly. Always great! Pricey, but you get what you pay for here. The staff is also always great. This time our waiter was perfect.

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MS
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We arrived early and were seated rite away, greeted by our server John who was very knowledged with both food menu and the drink menu. Even got us to try sake #yummo the meal was full of FRESH bold flavors that excited my palate in more ways than one. Go! You will fall in love

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OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The overall experience was amazing!!!! The service alone was exceptional.

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KH
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and drinks do not disappoint. Never had a bad meal here. Waited a little longer than usual with a reservation,but it was worth the wait.

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