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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.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
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
Between 3rd & 4th on Chestnut
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Valet parking is available at $18 per vehicle after 5:30pm. Parking lot available during lunch on 3rd & 4th between Market & Chestnut Streets.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org: (267) 238-3650
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
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.
I went there with my husband during the restaurant week for lunch on Monday (Martin Luther King’s Day). We made reservation so there was no waiting time. Th front desk and coat-check were nice, but the lady lead us to the seat looked very unhappy and angry...
The foods were pretty good and our server was pretty friendly.
Overall it was a nice experience and highly recommended to check it out during the restaurant week. It would be nicer to go there at night!
Overall disappointing- we were seated near the front door, which had a front hall area to help block the wind but with the cold temperatures we still had artic blasts of air coming our way here and there. We had a small table by some steps which our waiter stood on often and so was like towering over us. The dumplings were good, just not a wow. Actually the edamame dumplings were the best. We sent the lobster egg roll back due to it not being cooked enough- like the wrapper was still doughy and the inside was clunky and not impressive at all. We had to almost argue with our waiter that we STILL wanted the crab sticky rice- once he was convinced that we still wanted an actually entree or side to share , I was not impressed. I know it was just sticky rice- but not much flavor going on...no ginger, garlic, scallion, Mirin...just what seemed to me like canned claw meat on some slightly sweet soy sauced rice. I had two cocktails which were VERY good, But for my 30th birthday I sure wish I had picked somewhere else.
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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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