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Buddakan - Philadelphia

4.7
9538 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
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 9538 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.7
service
4.5
ambience
4.4
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Baquino1
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My boyfriend and I celebrated our 2 year anniversary at Buddakan - our first time there! We enjoyed every second of it! The food was ABSOLUTELY amazing — we started with the dim sum sampler, then tried a few of their entrees: Char Aged Beef, Smoked Ribs, and Chicken Pad Thai. We finished with one of the most unique Creme brûlée’s! Thank you to our server, Edward, for the constant attention to make sure our night was nothing short of perfect. We look forward to coming back!

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Jamie
Atlantic City
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated a birthday and a graduation.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing!!!!! Food was great

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very pleasant food was delicious service was spectacular.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was my birthday, no special acknowledgment

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vipMichaelH
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time dining indoors since the beginning of the pandemic. We felt very comfortable and it was a great experience going back to one of our favorite restaurants. Joe our server was great.

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AndreaG
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outdoor spot, very safe and intimate booths built out.
Delicious food and exceptional service!

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RandomThoughts
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great. Friendly and knowledgeable wait staff.

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happydiner
Birmingham
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food. We dined outside. The Mushroom Potstickers and Black Pepper Beef were delicious. The Creme Brûlée was yummy. Great evening.

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vipMaland
Columbus
14 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Food was good. Service was very good. Design of restaurant is cool.

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RobertS
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food , service , and company . I couldn’t have asked for a better evening .

JC
JenniferC
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Buddakan's outdoor dining experience was incredible, safe and delicious. We were amazed as how wonderfully Stephen Starr and his team adapted to the pandemic restrictions.

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Mmjo
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We brought our teenagers with us for the first time and one is a picky eater. They went out of their way to make sure that he had dishes that he wanted to eat. My other child loved her food as well.

JB
JudiB
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall experience was delightful from waiter service down to dessert, great for date night or girls night out...etc

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

My friends and I dined here over the weekend to celebrate her 23rd birthday and everything was absolutely fabulous! Although it was pretty cold and our heater kept going out, our waiter was amazing. He constantly came to check on us and did everything he could to keep us warm. He accommodated my friend with her food allergies and did the best he could to make sure she enjoyed the experience. He sang beautifully to my friend for her birthday and gave us a great time! We had a wonderful night and most of it was because of our waiter. I can’t remember his name but His partner does the drinks & he said i reminded him of his idol...he’ll remember us! <3

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vipOpenTable Diner
Sydney
7 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great date! It was my boyfriend’s birthday. Edward was our server. He was awesome and made our experience fantastic! He was super knowledgeable about the drinks and menu and made our desserts extra special with sparklers to celebrate. We’ve been here a bunch of times before! The ambiance was great and we felt safe and spread out from the other surrounding tables. Our fav items are the general tsos soup dumplings, the cashew chicken, crab fried rice, and the wasabi mashed! The dessert donuts were recommended to us as well and they’re a must have! We’ll definitely be coming back soon! Huge thanks to Edward and the buddakan staff for making it a great experience!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and atmosphere was excellent. My waiter was super nice and patience.

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vipajoym
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience3

Every visit to Buddakan will have food that is absolutely delicious. For the first time in many visits, we had sub-par service (first visit post pandemic) which was disappointing for such a high-end establishment. Maybe understaffed - who knows? A vegetarian dish came with no accompanying rice so we ordered a bowl that never arrived. Finally just asked for a box to pack the dish and take it home. When the bill came, the server said "I didn't charge you for the rice" - ummm, thanks so much!
Still, it remains an all time Philly favorite - Enjoy!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience! Food was everything!

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TimeraK
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

The overall experience was good. The drinks and food were good however I do feel like the lobster fried rice that I ordered could have been a little more seasoned.

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vipPaigeM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I wish they would open a location in DC. I actually make the drive to eat here. Amazing dumplings.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience as always. The waitress was very helpful as one of the guest has a shellfish allergy. The team was very transparent on what could be substituted and what other options we had in stead of shellfish

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Birthday dinner. Service could of been better.

JM
JMfoodie
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the lobster egg rolls and tea smoked ribs. Drinks were also amazing. Great service !

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Jazz
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience5

Food was delicious. I didnt like being right by the front door. Due to covid restrictions I ddint ask for a different table. Service was great. The Saki is awesome.

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PeaceN
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Hubby and I had a great time! We loved the food and will definitely be back with friends and family!

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vipDorian
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The lamb chops and shrimp lo mein were the bomb. We will definitely be back

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DanaL
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We made a reservation for 7:30 and we were sat on time. Tables were not close together at all which was really nice. Our waiter was excellent and so was the food!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There is nothing bad to say about Buddakhan! The food is always amazing and food arrives quickly.

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vipShelby
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Went for my boyfriends birthday (I’ve been here before), had a 6pm reservation and showed up like 20min early and they sat us early which was nice. Our server was great and super knowledgeable, recommended the lamb for us as I was stuck between which meat to get and it was fantastic. The edemame dumplings were also really good as well as the donuts they make for dessert. We got the general Tso soup dumplings and they were just okay as well as the shrimp lomein. Drinks were all good. I will say it is a bit pricey here for the food quality but the overall experience is always good, so it’s not a deal breaker for me. Note:(we were there for about 2 hours which is 30min more than their Covid time limit and we didn’t feel rushed at all which was nice)

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JaclynM
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always the best experience and the best food!! Loved the new outdoor tables on the road and they even were accommodating to our pups that joined us. Dumplings are always so good, especially the edamame ones!

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Mimi
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place was an excellent choice for my fiancé’s birthday dinner. The food
was exceptional. Worth every dime!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We just keep coming back because their food & superb service never disappoints. Our favorites are Caesar salad, their sashimi is outstanding, edamame dumplings are to die for, the char grilled aged beef is always cooked to perfection. Oh and don’t forget the donuts for dessert!!

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Jackie
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Everything was delicious ad everyone was very congenial.

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vipMillie
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always enjoy dining at Buddakan. Our server,
Chelsea W. was AMAZING. We will request her for future dining’s. Thank you so much!

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vipLorD
Philadelphia
24 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Did great job outdoors, making everyone’s feel safe. Excellent service

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brandong
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience2

It's been 8 years since I have been to this restaurant. Two apps, two drinks, lo mein, and pad thai should never come to $165. I understand paying for ambience a bit, but the ambiance of this place hasn't been impressive for years. And the bathrooms were dirty. Pretty big letdown.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience5

Chicken had a bit too much salt & tasted like it was reheated or stale - 2nd time I have experienced this here.

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vipJimbo
Philadelphia
93 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2021
Overall3food1service3ambience4

The food was good in portions but my partner had a reaction to the tuna. It looked and tasted fine but she was sick the next day.

There were times when I had to wave down our server to get our plates removed and to order desert. That may be a result of the use of individual cubes for eating but every other restaurant has adapted to them. After I waved the server down he was surprised that we needed his attention. No a good response.

FAQs

Buddakan - Philadelphia offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (215) 574-9440.

Buddakan - Philadelphia is rated 4.7 stars by 9538 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.