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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.

325 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Asian

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

Cross Street:
Between 3rd & 4th on Chestnut

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(215) 574-9440

Website:
http://www.buddakan.com/

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.

Executive Chef:
Jason Goodman

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 diane@starr-restaurant.com: (267) 238-3650

Additional:
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

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Overall Rating

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food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.6

value

4.2

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Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (103)
Creative Cuisine (92)
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Fit for Foodies (85)
Good for Birthdays (79)
Good for Anniversaries (76)
Romantic (63)
Good for Groups (58)
Hot Spot (57)
Worth the Drive (53)
Fun (48)
Business Meals (42)
Authentic (36)
Great for Lunch (28)
Good Vegetarian Options (26)
Handcrafted Cocktails (26)
Neighborhood Gem (25)
Pre/post Theatre (25)
Vibrant Bar Scene (23)
People Watching (22)
Casual (21)
Cozy (21)
Bar Seating (18)
Happy Hour (16)
Late-night Find (15)
Spicy (15)
Tasting Menu (15)
Quiet Conversation (12)
Notable Wine List (11)
Healthy (10)
Comfort Food (9)
Tapas (8)
Gluten Free Options (7)
Scenic View (7)
Organic (6)
Quick Bite (5)
Seasonal (5)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Great for Brunch (4)
Kid-friendly (4)
Vegan (4)
Local Ingredients (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
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Disabled Access (2)
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Live Music (1)
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 17 hours ago

Delicious food in a trendy atmosphere, perfect for a date night or with a group of friends. The meal was amazing for the restaurant week special, but I’d return to pay full price. Mildly disappointed by the “Zen-gria”, but otherwise 5 stars all around. The Dip Sum dumplings were especially fun, and whimsically plated.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 2 days ago

Very bad service. Food was delayed and the chair had bread and sugar crumbles from previous customers.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 2 days ago

The sea bass is superb!

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·Dined 3 days ago

The food was great. I took a friend for his birthday. He love everything.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 4 days ago

We have been coming here for years. The food and service have always been top notch. This time was no different. Great place!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Romantic, Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 4 days ago

Excellent Asian food! Tastefully prepared and nicely presented.

Tags: Hot Spot, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Spicy
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 4 days ago

I really enjoyed my dinner. My waiter was very helpful with dinner recommendations

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Romantic
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·Dined 4 days ago

Wonderful! Everything came out in a timely manner and tasted amazing!

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 (Chicago)·Dined 6 days ago

The food was delicious!

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·Dined 7 days ago

Fantastic business meal. Great food. Everyone loved it

Tags: Business Meals, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 7, 2018

One of our favorite places to eat.. Asian Caesar Salad perfect .. the duck is tender and almost like filet .. lobster fried rice had chunkx of lobster .. the dim sum donuts are the end to a perfect meal .. our waiter was attentive without being intrusive and gave great service

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Fun, Good for Birthdays
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 6, 2018

My wife and I went there for our one year anniversary. The atmosphere was really fun and the food was amazing, a bit pricy but well worth it. Our server, Mark, was spot on and very attentive. Offered his opinion on the menu and shared his favorites. Make sure you get the dim sum donuts for desert. Easy valet service and coat check made everything even easier and convenient. Would definitely go back to try some of the other entrees.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Tasting Menu, Good for Groups, Spicy, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Late-night Find
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 6, 2018

We had dinner here while visiting Olde City. The ambiance is cool, and the the food was very good. I was seated along an isle and was bumped by patrons and waiters several times during my dinner. The Chilean Sea Bass was served a tad underdone for my liking, and the service was good but just a little slow.

Tags: Special Occasion, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Entire staff was professional and accommodating given our last minute change in party size. We had several specialty cocktails which were interesting twist, e.g. Geaux East - like Sazerac with an herb essence - very tasty. Dumplings and Edamame great to share. Filet is our favorite - go for the double. Beignets are the favorite dessert - get a few orders. Service was attentive and very hospitable to all in our party.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 1, 2018

We came for NYE and they run a tight ship! The ambiance was NYE ready and the staff were very attentive. The food was great as always!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 1, 2018

We were seated at our reservation time. The waiter was VERY attentive and the food was excellent!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We’ve been dining at Buddakan since it opened in 1998 and have never been disappointed but our New Years Eve dinner was by far the very best experience we’ve ever had there! The atmosphere was dynamic, the crowd was eclectic, the service and cuisine were on point and there were absolutely no flaws! The perfect evening!

Tags: Good for a Date, Late-night Find, Seasonal, Good for Groups
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 31, 2017

New Year's Eve

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·Dined on December 31, 2017

I have to say I was very disappointed. I love this restaurant and I usually love the food but on Saturday December 30, 2017 it made a liar out of me. I wanted to take a friend of mine out for his birthday and since I brag about Buddakan being my favorite restaurant I took him here.I was so disappointed and surprised that the house salad that I order along with the crab sticky rice was so salty and oily I could not taste the food so therefore I didn’t eat it. I didn’t return it because I didn’t want to ruin my friend birthday but I was so disappointed and I save my whole appetite for that evening because I knew I was in for a treat and I knew it would be a great portion and on top of that expensive that I saved my appetite however I went to Wawa for a sandwich. So I just wanted to let you know I was so disappointed in Buddakan.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Great food, great atmosphere, and great drinks! We will be back!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, People Watching, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on December 30, 2017

Food was okay but the service was horrible. Asked for the waiters recommendation for something Spicy and he just would recommend whatever is the most expensive on the menu. Took 15 min to get a drink menu. Maybe I just over hyped this place.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Lamb chops are out of this world

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·Dined on December 30, 2017

3-year anniversary

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·Dined on December 29, 2017

Great night and amazing flavours especially the pad Thai

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Initially we were seated at a table near the front door where there was a lot of traffic as well as cold air every time someone open the door. We requested a different table and the hostess moved us to the back near the bathroom. And this treatment was with a reservation for two that we were in time for!! We had three appetizers , two main courses and two speciality cocktails . None of the dishes were memorable - dumplings and salad were damp and mushy, scallion pancake was hard and did not seem to have scallions . Drinks were over iced

Only decent part of the evening was the attentive service of the waiter.

Not sure what all the hype is about — Philly has so many better restaurant experiences so this one can be missed.

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 (Miami)·Dined on December 28, 2017

great food !

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·Dined on December 28, 2017

They keep taking all my favorites off the menu. I enjoy the appetiters but entres are not the best. The sides are good. They need to bring back the lamb chops with mint cream and eggplant. The angry lobster was great but also gone

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Very nice atmosphere. Great service. Had a very nice experience for my first time there.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on December 27, 2017

Amazing food and service was great

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 27, 2017

I feel like the server tried to rip us off. We were leaning towards splitting a $14 order of dumplings for our kids. She offered to have the chef make an order of buttered noodles with chicken for the kids to share. Wgen the bill came, it was entered as a $24 shrimp low mein. When I pointed out that was an error she said it was correct. I challenged it as she never said it was $10 more than what we were planning to order. She immediately acted like we were beggars off of the street and made a big deal about correcting it. Veey poor customer service.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Our server was pretty good, although he never told us his name and I only found out by looking at the receipt (Larry). However, he was very attentive to our meal choices and made us aware of a pork ingredient in two of the dishes we were looking to order (I am thinking that he figured I was Muslim by my attire). Very thankful for this , however I would suggest that Buddakan remove the ingredient from the dish. IF Larry did not tell me, I would have been consuming something that is TOTALLY against my religion and diet.

Remove the pork from the seafood-based dishes.

Tags: Quick Bite
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·Dined on December 27, 2017

The best meal I’ve ever had. Great experience and will definitely be visiting again.

Tags: Cozy, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 26, 2017

First time there. Had previously been to POD but never here. Nice menu. Wound up getting Bento Boxes because the wife and I wanted to try a few different things. Everything was excellent. The vegetable rice was really unique with some kind of foamy buttery sauce that was really tasty. Our only regret was that we couldn't try more of the menu choices.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fun, Good for a Date
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Haven't been to Buddakan in awhile, and looked forward to going. The restaurant was almost empty, since it was the day after Christmas. Despite this and having a reservation the hostess tried seating us in front of the kitchen. After my request for another table we were seated very close to the front door. We might have done better just walking in. The food was OK, it took a LONG time for lunch to arrive. Our server was fun and had a great attitude. Probably our last time at the restaurant. We have better food and experiences at other establishments.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Slow service tonight

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 25, 2017

It was just okay to me some reason. But the Lamb Chop was really good

Tags: Late-night Find, Fun, Good for a Date
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Fabulous as always. The wait staff is exceptional and the food is delicious.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 24, 2017

My wife and I returned to Buddakan after a 3 year hiatus and enjoyed our dining experience as much if not more. The dim sum sampler and calamari salad were exquisite. For entrees we enjoyed the grilled lamb chops, sweet and crispy shrimp and crab sticky rice. The dim sum donuts were divine. The service was very good with food arriving at our table after only a short interlude between courses. The convenience of the valet service is worth the price ($18).

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on December 23, 2017

Everything about this restaurant is enjoyable. The atmosphere, the crowd and most importantly the food. Great for sharing and every morsel is like having a party in your mouth!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 22, 2017

I was thoroughly pleased with my dining experience. My party was escorted to the best seat on the second level overlooking the entire venue. The presentation of the food and the selections we made were impressive. The food was delectable. It was awesome to celebrate the holidays at Buddakan. Buddakan is definitely a place I would recommend for any occasion. The restaurant is cozy, with flair and ambiance. It's classy and a happening place to dine.

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