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Buddakan - Philadelphia

4.6
7668 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 7668 People Are Saying
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4.6  based on recent ratings
4.6
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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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined 3 days ago

We had an exceptional dinner with the best service (Mark)...attentive and he gave us such good suggestions for our sharing of appetizers. We had a wonderful experience. I highly recommend this wonderful dining experience!

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TasiaL 
3.0  Dined 4 days ago

I have heard so many things about this 0lace but never really anything about their food. A name and a chef behind it does not make a restaurant great, the food does. The dumplings fell apart. The pad thai was so dry and bland, i sent it back and ordered a new dish. I had the duck and it was good, not great. Very disappointed and will never recommend or be back again.

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debweb1242 (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

Just one word. AMAZING.

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

The food was fantastic! I ate until I couldn’t eat any more. However as soon as I got home I heated up my left overs and finished eating my meal .

I can’t wait until my next outing at Buddakan 😊

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

Great Birthday Lunch. Food was good and creative It was a little pricey

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vipcj93 (New York Area)
2.0  Dined 5 days ago

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.

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DamonK 
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

My wife and I had a wonderful experience. The food, service, and ambiance were all outstanding.

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

This is one of the best restaurants I’ve ever been to! The decor is beautiful, the service was great and the food was absolutely amazing! My husband and I will definitely be back!

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vipTCBC (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

Very pleasant dining experience! I was a little surprised at the overall bill, but it is in line with other restaurants in the area. Even saying that, I would definitely return again!

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RenardaL 
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

The service was great and the food was delicious.we all enjoyed the Chinese New Year festivities.

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Jess (Philadelphia)
3.0  Dined 6 days ago

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 :/

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OpenTable Diner 
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

Duck sublime

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

Seafood was fresh and yummy! Try the sticky crab fried rice.

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Jadeblu 
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

1st time dining. We loved it. Went to celebrate a loved ones birthday. Food was great. Staff was on point. We'll definitely be back.

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Candice (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

Service was great, food was delicious and came out in a timely manner. Very good place to eat!

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DavidW 
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

Love this place we go all the time and I live almost 100 miles away

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

Great food and great ambience. Overall nice place take someone on the date.

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MelissaK 
5.0  Dined on February 16, 2018

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.

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on February 16, 2018

As always, we loved our dinner, the food the service and the atmosphere were great. Only down side is we ate too much.

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MsSmitty (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

We had a lovely dinner after a theatre performance. I believe our server was Harry and he was excellent!

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