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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.

325 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Asian

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

Cross Street:
Between 3rd & 4th on Chestnut

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(215) 574-9440

Website:
http://www.buddakan.com/

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.

Executive Chef:
Jason Goodman

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 diane@starr-restaurant.com: (267) 238-3650

Additional:
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

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Overall Rating

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food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.6

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (132)
Good for a Date (113)
Creative Cuisine (89)
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Good for Anniversaries (86)
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Fit for Foodies (79)
Romantic (77)
Good for Groups (73)
Hot Spot (68)
Worth the Drive (55)
Fun (54)
Business Meals (42)
Cozy (35)
Authentic (35)
Great for Lunch (35)
Neighborhood Gem (29)
Pre/post Theatre (28)
Handcrafted Cocktails (28)
People Watching (27)
Bar Seating (26)
Casual (25)
Good Vegetarian Options (24)
Vibrant Bar Scene (21)
Tasting Menu (19)
Late-night Find (17)
Quiet Conversation (16)
Notable Wine List (15)
Happy Hour (14)
Healthy (14)
Spicy (13)
Scenic View (9)
Comfort Food (8)
Gluten Free Options (7)
Great for Brunch (5)
Sunday Lunch (5)
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Vegan (5)
Kid-friendly (4)
Quick Bite (4)
Seasonal (4)
Local Ingredients (3)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 2 days ago

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

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·Dined 2 days ago

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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 3 days ago

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

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

Awesome service, courteus and professional staff from the minute you walk in. Great food, prepared and presented beautifully.

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·Dined 3 days ago

The restaurant was nice

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 3 days ago

It was a lovely lunch, wonderful service and relaxing. The be to box is a good value.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 3 days ago

The "box lunch" offers a varied selection at a very good price - worth while

Tags: Great for Lunch
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·Dined 4 days ago

I have been to this restaurant at least 20 times. They never disappoint. Everything is the same as when they first opened. I recommend the pan seared Chilean sea bass. It is done to perfection always!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Cozy
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 4 days ago

Always a good experience at every Buddakan that we dine in

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·Dined 5 days ago

The service was top notch And the food was A-1

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 5 days ago

Remains my favorite restaurant in the City. Always a good time

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 5 days ago

We had an amazing experience at Buddakan. I think everyone who loves Philadelphia should go at least once and check it out. Our server was kind and extremely helpful. We took his recommendations on drinks and on our meals and were not disappointed.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

This is a great special occasion resturant. Food is interesting , delicious , and expensive. We went to celebrate our sons 25th birthday so worth the splurge.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 6 days ago

Fantastic!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 7 days ago

First time at Buddakan. Excellent service and great dishes! I will go back. Thanks to all at Buddakan.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 7 days ago

Excellent meal, service and ambiance.

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·Dined on February 11, 2018

I was on time for my reservation and it stillTook a little time for them to set our table about 30 min wait. but overall the food was great and the mood was lit !!! Great birthday dinner

Tags: Cozy, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Good consistent every time we come. Food is always great and the service is impeccable

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Tables jammed too close together. Seats with faces of models on them...yuck!!!! ...comes off as very contrived..very Urban Outfitters. The faces on the seats sends an unconscious message that the real people sitting there aren't good enough..I don't like to sit on a Calvin Klein face..music too loud and clublike.Went to Buddakhan a couple years ago..thought the ambience a lot better then!!!..not sure I would eat there again.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 9, 2018

The miso black cod was great!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 6, 2018

Server was very nice. Most food was fantastic. The pad Thai, which has always been a good standby dish, was just ok. Not hot enough (temperature) to begin with.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 5, 2018

Excellent service and the best zen-sangria

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·Dined on February 5, 2018

Buddakan was a fantastic experience! The waiter was very attentive, took time out to explain the menu to us, and accommodated and requests we had. Looking forward to returning!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Overall the experience was great. My only issue was having a reservation and being told on arrival just 10 minutes or so and then waiting 40 minutes for a table. However the rest of the evening was impeccable from service to dessert.

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·Dined on February 4, 2018

We went to buddakan for the first time for my husbands 30th birthday and it was fantastic. We were a little confused on how to order at first but our waiter was awesome and patient and directed us in the right way. The food was incredible. We reccomend the spicy shrimp bou buns and the peppered beef. If you haven't been before, go!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Fun
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Overall, our experience was above okay, but not great. I scheduled the dinner for my 51st birthday for 6 people. They tried to put us upstairs in a corner? The next table they gave us was literally on the line where food is picked up from the kitchen. Basically the 2 worst tables in the house. When they called to confirm my reservation, I mentioned it was my birthday and we wanted to be in the main dining room and to please choose a good table. Obviously, that did not make an impact. My daughters literally were on fire from the heat of the kitchen through the whole dinner. I am not happy about that. It would have ruined our dinner, had it not been for us deciding not to ask to be moved again and we were going to make the best of it since it was such a special occassion. My daughter had to tell them again it was my birthday, since that also did not make it to our server. The food was really good, the drinks were just okay, and our server was good as well. I have been here several times before and with groups of 6 to 8, and would have rated the restaurant and A in the past. Buddakhan, you were at best, a C+

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·Dined on February 3, 2018

Went here for the first time for anniversary, the ambiance was very nice and romantic, however it was quite crowded and loud. We were seated quite close to another couple who was talking very loudly unfortunately. The food was delicious though, and the service was great. Overall the only thing that would have made it better was more privacy.

Tags: People Watching, Romantic, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Dinner was excellent as was the service.
The noise level could have been better, but overall it was a very nice dining experience.

Tags: People Watching, Business Meals, Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Healthy, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 29, 2018

I treated my husband to Buddakan for his birthday and we had a very nice time. He had been to the restaurant once in the past but it was my first time. Our reservation was met quickly and we were escorted to our table. It is dimly lit but creates a beautiful ambiance. Our waitress, Chelsea, was very nice and explained the menu and recommendations. We ordered the chicken and ginger dumplings for our appetizer which were fresh but a little overpriced for 5 dumplings, in my opinion. My husband got the duck breast and I got the pad Thai as an entree. Both were delicious and more than enough to take home. We ordered the Mandarin Fudge Cake for dessert which was extremely chocolatey and rich. The mandarin oranges on top & sorbet cut the richness slightly. With our meals, I had the passion fruit lemonade which is tart and delicious but the amount is small for the price. My husband got the sake flight which he enjoyed. Overall our bill was less than I expected for all that we received. I would definitely go back in the future and I believe my husband enjoyed his birthday meal.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Good for Groups
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vip
·Dined on January 28, 2018

This was a birthday dinner. Servers were helpful and suggested excellent dishes for our dietary restrictions.
Food was outstanding- the beef tenderloin was out of this world. Service was just above average.
Will definitely return.

Tags: Good for a Date, Late-night Find, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Fun, Pre/post Theatre, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Vegan
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Rushed out

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 27, 2018

The food was outstanding!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 27, 2018

This was my first time @ Buddakan and I wasn't disappointed. The food was excellent and the portions were large enough to share. I'll be going back again when in Philly.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Spicy, Casual
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Food took a while longer than i anticipated but overall the food was excellent

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 26, 2018

My waitor larry was outstanding and the hostess accomodated my seating from upstairs to downstairs because my 81 year old grandma could not go up the stairs ...it was her her birthday and Budakkan was very accomodating to our needs I recommend this place to everybody.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 26, 2018

I haven't been here in awhile...I've enjoyed in the past but this experience was my least favorite. I felt rushed by my server and the food was mediocre. Maybe because it was restaurant week.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 26, 2018

The food was excellent and the service was great. Try the Wasabi Tuna

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Service was slow. Food average and not worth the money.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 25, 2018

A little noisy but just goes to show how excited everyone is to be there in a restaurant that was thoughtfully decorated with amazing food.

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Mark (our server) was very pleasant & supremely professional. The Edamame dumplings were phenomenal

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