Buddakan - Philadelphia

4.7
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$31 to $50
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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.
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
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4.5
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4.6
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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M
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined 5 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always outstanding!

OT
Atlantic City
3 reviews
Dined 5 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chelsea our server was amazing. The food came out quickly and most importantly it was delicious.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall3food5service5ambience5

Good overall, hated our seating. We sat near the walkway and the front entrance. It was freezing. Food was amazing. Our waitress Ann was a sweetheart.

OT
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Get the filet!!!!

K
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always have an amazing experience at Buddakan. The food and service are consistently perfect. One of our absolute favorite restaurants in the city

OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friend was in from Denver. It was her first time and she enjoyed it immensely. This is one of my favorite Philadelphia restaurant. Service and freshness of food keep me coming back.

JC
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Outstanding menu. Food did not disappoint. A little loud so hard to hear server.

JR
Miami
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my second visit to the restaurant. Everything was delicious!

JK
Philadelphia
24 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been to Buddakan several times the past 6 months and it has always been excellent. I am never disappointed in the food or service. I am looking forward to return again soon. One of my most favorite restaurants in Philly.

AS
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Buddakan is FABULOUS. I had such a great time I will definitely return.

C
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The food was amazing. I recommend the lamb chops. The service was great and I will be returning

K
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything was great! The service, food, and ambiance was amazing. My only complaint would be, the music was so loud it was hard to hear my server and my husband. It was very hard trying to have a conversation during dinner.

BK
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Fun atmosphere to meet for an early family dinner on a Sunday. All of our waitress's recommendations were excellent.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall1food5service1ambience2

Worst service I’ve ever experienced.

S
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience5

I can’t say the food was above and beyond any other I’ve eaten. It was fine but not over the top interesting or imaginative.

SC
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

I've dined at Buddakan several times, and have always been happy. On this particular instance, which may have been a factor of it being Sunday night, the food was not nearly as good as usual. The lobster was overdone and the chicken was rubbery. On a positive note, the service was wonderful as always. I will be going back, I'm sure, just a bit disappointed this time around.

CL
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Waited over 30 minutes for our table. Food was great but very salty.

W
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Trendy restaurant. Interesting people watching and cool decor, but food was not as good as it should have been for the price.

MT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3food4service5ambience5

Way over priced for what you get. Then again, Steven Starr restaurants are over priced and over rated anyways.

GN
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience4

We arrived early for our dinner reservation for 3 people and were seated promptly. The food was very good, and the noise level is what we expected - sufficient to have a conversation.

Our food arrived quickly after ordering, but our waitress /server could have been more helpful. We asked for food paring suggestions for our entrée selections but ended up (unnecessarily @ $28) ordered lobster fried rice to only later find out that (white) rice was included with one of the entrées selected. The server we had at a previous visit was much better.

FYI – If you are celebrating a birthday and inform the restaurant in advance, they will include a “free” sparkler in a desert you order and pay for.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Food was quick and individually prepared.

K
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience3

50th wedding anniversary

EL
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service and ambiance. The service is always impeccable! We love it every visit we make.

JH
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I like Buddakan a lot. The food is delicious and well presented. However, the Manhattan that I had at the bar while waiting to be seated was somewhere between ordinary and poor. It didn’t meet the standards that I expect. But this was the only disappointment.

LA
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service is great. Must try the Peking Duck, crispy and succulent. Made reservations on open table and was seated immediately.

P
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Overall experience was excellent except for me i felt the level of noisewas too loux to have a quiet conversation

OT
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

awesome unique asian style food . plan to share dishes family style and try multiple items in multiple courses

OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great family dinner. Never disappointed.

L
Philadelphia
116 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Made reservations for the special Chinese New Year menu. My husband and I were very disappointed to find they had run out of the special menu items. We were especially looking forward to the whole crispy fish. We did receive the complimentary appetizer sampler, which was tasty. We ended up ordering shrimp dumplings, lobster egg rolls, shrimp lo mein and Peking duck. Everything was delicious and the duck was outstanding! Finished with the Buddhist temple which was a perfect ending to the meal. Despite the disappointing beginning, we had a wonderful dining experience!

OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

My family went for the Chinese New Year Celebration. As always the food and service was perfect. Although was disappointing when the restaurant ran out of 2 Chinese New Year’s brunch options. I am not sure how you run out of this when the restaurant should expect all tables will order the dishes.

T
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chinese New Year celebration featuring lion dancers!

d
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The food was delicious as always! Unfortunately two of the New Year specials were sold out , so our Chinese New Year experience was not as we had hoped. Our wait staff was excellent and very knowledgeable advising me about items that included my shellfish allergy.

B
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always wonderful! Food and service! One of center city’s gems!

OT
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Dave, our server was wonderful. Dave was very knowledgeable of the menu and made great suggestions. The food was delicious, my favorite was the lamb chops.

DO
Philadelphia
60 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

This is still a reliable go-to for Asian Fusion food in Philadelphia.

AL
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The place just delivers every time.

KS
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

David our server was wonderful and attentive for how busy it was. Food was excellent!

KR
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely! Love the place and the food is excellent

s
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The food and service were excellent. We selected Dim Sum Sampler, Crab dish and Beef Satay with Tempura veggies and shared all 4 small dishes. Service was very good and food arrived quickly. Only drawback was a loud and crowded Saturday night that made conversation with a friend I had not seen in months a bit difficult. Would recommend trying on a weekday evening instead if you want to talk, but it might be just as popular then.

RM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was incredible, staff was wonderful. Would have preferred a more exciting seating location. We were seated in a corner by the bar. Hopefully next time we can see a different area of the restaurant.