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Buddakan - Philadelphia

4.6
7773 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 7773 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.6
service
4.6
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4.3
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined a day ago

Love the group dining menu. Waiters are very attentive. Most importantly, GREAT FOOD!

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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Great service with full bar and excellent choices for appetizers to group meals - order the 2nd choice in the group menu and you will be more than satisfied

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3.0Dined 3 days ago

The food, as always, was delicious. The difficulty arose wit the ordering with the waitress. Usually the waitstaff helps my friend choose gluten free items that are on the Bento Box menu and it works out perfectly. This time however, I think the waitress misunderstood and we were charged al la Carte pricing for my friends lunch, so the price for our lunches was 70.00. Normally it would be 38.00 for two Bento Boxes-a substantial difference. My friends food came out right away and mine took 30 min or more. We asked what was taking so long and she kept saying it was coming out after my friends items. We were totally confused and at the end of lunch I realized that the waitress did not put in the order for the second Bento box. She was not helpful.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

This has now become my 'Go-To place for dining. They are consistently excellent. With the outstanding sauces & seasonings they incorporate into their food; the results are AMAZING!

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Chelsea was an amazing server. We went for our anniversary and she went out of her way to make sure we had an amazing experience. Can't wait to go back

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

2 year anniversary

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5.0Dined on April 19, 2018

My overall experience was wonderful! It was a good friend of mines’ birthday and i decided to go to a place we’d never been and i can honestly say the service, food and experience was worth every penny !

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5.0Dined on April 17, 2018

Waiter was informative. Described all dishes Was not Pushy .And even took our picture by the Buda after we paid the bill!

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5.0Dined on April 17, 2018

Had a blast!

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5.0Dined on April 17, 2018

Absolutely excellent dining experience. The service was top notch. The waiter was very knowledgeable and the food was outstanding! I highly recommend!

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5.0Dined on April 16, 2018

The service was quick and so friendly. The menu selection was great and we enjoyed everything we had! (Including the cocktails!)

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5.0Dined on April 16, 2018

Great place!

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Amazing. Amazing. Amazing. Can’t get enough. Best restaurant.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

We ordered the dim sum plate and shared it. Loved the edamame dumpling. I was surprised how great it tasted. It was so creamy and buttery. The barbecued pork plater was fantastic. We had it done medium-well. It came with two onion rings that were so crispy I couldn’t believe it. The waitress was very attentive. The prices are a little high, but once in awhile it’s nice to splurge a little. Definitely one of our favorite places to eat.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Upper level seating was nice since we were at the glass to see the entire restaurant and people watch while we chatted and ate. Little right but that is to be expected when dining in center city. I dont know if the experience would have been the same with different seating. But for my evening it was very nice.

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4.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Buddakan food and service are great, but the venue is much too noisy when busy. I will not again go there for a Friday lunch.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

The food and service were amazing. The Buddakan Bubble Tea drink was unique and yummy. We would have eaten here all vacation if we could have avoided the splurge.

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4.0Dined on April 10, 2018

This golden buddha has legs! Still going strong after all these years, and nearly filling the house on a recent midweek visit, but there were a couple shortcomings to note that were a bit surprising.

Service and ambiance were nearly impeccable, thankfully. The cocktails were fine, tasty and prompt, and similarly no problems with our appetizer and dim sum selections, which were up to par. The Pad Thai entree was good but not great, unfortunately off balance with nam pla (fish sauce) predominating. The Beef Chow Fun was a balanced taste extravaganza, but as interpreted (via slow-braised short rib), at least for this diner, it was bit too velvety and rich to stand in for the real thing, losing a bit in translation.

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4.0Dined on April 10, 2018

it's always a treat to go to Buddakan. This was to celebrate our anniversary and it was noted upon being greeted at the door. my wife was a little disappointed at her favorite meal, the wasabi crusted filet, as she felt it was noticeably drier and less juicy than on previous visits. However, I'd always recommend this place for special occasions. It is too pricey to be a frequent dining spot.

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

25th wedding and 65 birthday
Wouldn’t go anywhere else!

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4.0Dined on April 9, 2018

Great food. Good service. Very uncomfortable chairs.

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1.0Dined on April 8, 2018

service is not to the level of the other Star restaurants

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

We have been to Buddakan twice and it is incredible. The food is excellent - each bite you taeke is packed with tremendous flavor. Options for all types of eaters. The edamame dumplings and rock shirmp bao buns are phenomenal. Would highly recommend it!

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Very posh spot for dinner. Great for dates or parties! Food was on point, and service was impeccable.

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Always a hit! I dine here with colleagues for special occasions such as, retiring, leaving the company etc. We always get in and out in a timely fashion. Great food at a good price for lunch!

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Never disappointed

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4.0Dined on April 3, 2018

I love this place for lunch!
The dish holding my food had several large chips in it! Please, Steven Starr, do not allow this!

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4.0Dined on April 3, 2018

The food was delicious. The waiter was wonderful. The atmosphere is great. I have 2 complaints. 1) The person who brought the food out shoved it across the table and spilled the soup all over. He said sorry but did not clean up. I would have marked service as "excellent" if it weren't for him. 2) They need new boards for the bento boxes. Both of ours were warped. When we tried to cut the food the soup splashed all over (again!).

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Best. Asian. Food. Ever.
Cannot add much more. Exceptional!!!

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

The place is very nice has a cool vibe. The food was delicious and had a variety on the menu. The servers were all efficient & professional. Will definitely go again.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Went for Easter dinner and the food and service was excellent!

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Great lamb

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Waitstaff is excellent. Food presentation is so pretty I hate to mess it up when eating.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Excellent meal - every bite was exceptional. Loved the atmosphere. This was a family meal - mom dad teenage daughter. We ordered 3 apps & 3 entrees and shared all which made it fun. The giant Buddha, lighting, & music vibe were fun too! Very expensive but worth it.

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Scott , our server, made the meal a very enjoyable experience.

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5.0Dined on March 27, 2018

I came here with my family, and my whole family loved it. They especially liked Edamame Dumplings and Sweet Crispy Jumbo Shrimps.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

I brought a friend for her 1st time and she was awed by the décor (especially the faces on the chairs) and the incredible menu choices. Service is probably the finest in the city...3 different people waited on us (ordering, serving, clearing the table) & all made us feel welcomed. The eggplant, which I have ordered in other restaurants, is the best tasting of them all. Enough left over for dinner the next night.

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2.0Dined on March 24, 2018

It was my boyfriends birthday and I told them that when I made the reservation. They never acknowledged it. My lamb was burnt. The edamame dumplings were mushy.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Was so wonderful for my birthday dinner!

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Buddakan never disappoints. A favorite place of ours. Waitstaff very cordial and accommodating. Food delicious!

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