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
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4.6
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4.6
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Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined 17 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is amazing as always went for my son’s birthday dinner.

M
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always , everything was yummy . The sea bass , the vegetable fried rice, the Edamame dumplings and of course the dessert ( crème brûlée) .

KC
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful! One of my favorite restaurants that never fails to provide great food and service. It’s pricey but still great. Drink prices are high.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We got together to celebrate my engagement

f
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service2ambience2

Frequently go to this restaurant for business dinners as I have employees with dietary restrictions. Not only are there many options for all to enjoy, the staff are all very knowledgeable about the menus and make great recommendations accordingly. Makes for a much more enjoyable evening that we do not have to hunt through the menu trying to figure out who can eat what. Great tasting food as well.

JE
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food1service3ambience5

The ambiance was nice but the food was not great! I have gone frequently but it was my boyfriends first time. We didn't care for the food but the atmosphere was good!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

My daughter said she liked the quick service. “ t’s like fancy fast food”!

B
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family get- together

OT
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience5

We were celebrating the family being back together for the Thanksgiving break, as well as a Masters Degree!

The food was incredible, the tuna tartare spring rolls and edamame dumplings were amazing!

The service was okay. The waiter said he was going to stagger the dishes; however everything arrived at once. The staff circled the table like a hawk and cleared plates as soon as the last bite was placed in your mouth. It was a very rushed meal. In and out in an hour.

Will definitely be back, but hope for a slower meal!

F
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great! The kids loved it. It was there first time there. Our server was excellent. Highly recommend it.

BW
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service Lamb Chops was amazing. Service was outstanding recommendations was spot on. I will refer all my friends here.

JC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Solid food. Nothing extraordinary though. Soup dumplings were good, cashew chicken? good. tuna tataki? Good. Nothing great, and fairly expensive

LR
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We had a wonderful experience. The food is out of this world. Looking forward to returning

m
New York Area
134 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

limited number of side by side seats. marathon weekend so place packed to the rafters bar was pleasant and drinks were quite good and refreshing dinner: dumplings great, black cod good, crab rice more rice than crab. not too overpriced by nyc standards. good for a younger crowd, or someone with a hearing aid.

d
Philadelphia
29 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service2ambience4

Consistanly good for the last 30+ years..it's noisy but then again it was a Saturday night..our server was just ok..too busy with other tables but the food...so good! Started with Asian Ceasar Salad, schrimp rolls, we alsoate family style ..had the cashew chicken , the duck and pork...of course Dim sum donuts for desert. It is pricy but good for a special occasion,

J
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My only little problem was that I requested to sit near the water. When we arrived where I wanted to sit was empty and as we waited they sat another party that arrived later than we did at the table I requested to sit for dinner.

ER
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Never disappoints...food is always great!

KJ
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Love the food and ambiance! Great environment and customer service.

OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything is great on the menu but the Peking Duck is out of this world good.

C
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So great! Our server was great (forgot his name but wish we had it!). We celebrated a birthday and it was the perfect place.

OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Superb food, expertly prepared and presented.

V
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great as always! Got a chance to try some new things. Love the food even more.

j
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First I’d like thank our amazing server Brandon for the best experience we’ve ever had at Buddakan, it was our very first time there and he was so knowledgeable and helpful with us when we were ordering from the menu. The ambiance of the entire restaurant was so beautiful and clean from the flowing waterfalls at the front entrance to the beautiful historic statues around the building. The staff was very professional, the food was probably the best asian style food I’ve had in a long time. It was my girlfriends birthday and they gave her a nice birthday desert with a sparkler inside of it which was creative. Once again thank you so much Brandon for serving us with your energetic and professionalism. I’d rate this place a 100/10 if it were possible.

NY
Montana
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The bar area was really crowded. We were seated near the bar so people were constantly brushing up against us. The cocktails were forgettable.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food was excellent ,service impeccable

OT
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience2

We have been to Buddakan over 25 times over the years. This was by far our worst experience from waiting 20 minutes to be seated after our reservation time to the 8 minutes before a server came to our table. This isn’t what we have come to expect. Also the wine we ordered wasn’t available the special that the server pushed was sold out after we tried to order it. The menu hasn’t changed much in years and isn’t as good as portions have been decreasing while prices have increased. I think we will take a break for a while!

SA
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Clint our server was terrific! Great food and atmosphere. Wish it was a little brighter.

JM
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience, attentive service, and the food was excellent. Not our first time dining at Buddakhan, continues to impress time after time.

OT
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience with great food

OT
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food

CC
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

It was a nicely lit restaurant and the service was very good. The bento box dessert was sub par didn’t think it was worth the 18. There was a fried bass that was amazing and the ribs fell of the bone .

DL
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food has been consistently awesome for 15+ years

A
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Everything was excellent! From the dim sum sampler, to the sweet rock shrimp, the tuna tar tar spring rolls, and the lobster fried rice, all of it was super tasty! The fun cocktails were also very good!!!!

JR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience5

Everything was amazing except the service received from the server. He was not attentive and avoided us at all cost. I couldn’t tell him it was my partners birthday to give him a surprise him with something. Hopefully, my next experience will be different. But the place is amazing!!

M
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was great! The restaurant was very crowded the night we went. We asked for a tucked away table as quiet as possible, and they were able to accommodate us with what we asked for. I would definitely go back

OT
Salt Lake City
20 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

I are her a year ago and had an amazing meal and experience. So, when in town again, I was anxious to go back and repeat. Sadly, the food seems to have slipped a bit.

The dim sum/dumplings were still amazing, but the entrees lacked. Hopefully they were just having an off night and it isn’t a sign of overall decline.

VF
Philadelphia
30 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Buddakan has an awesome lunch special that is great for a business lunch. We also loved our waiter, he was very personable and funny.

OT
Tampa
16 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to have some quality food and nice conversations. It was quiet enough to have a business conversation and food was good as always!

CS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience4

Husband and I were visiting Philly over our anniversary, and having enjoyed SS restaurants in our hometown of DC, figured we’d give this a shot. Food was delicious and definitely met our expectations (though I wouldn’t say it exceeded expectations). Biggest downside is that this restaurant is posh and busy - we felt incredibly rushed through all our courses and were put off by the managers constantly roaming the floor checking on tables they could count would leave soon. I was also a bit disappointed that after noting in our reservation (and mentioning it when we got there) that nothing was made of our special occasion. Not the end of the world whatsoever, but at a restaurant of this caliber it’s been my experience that they make note of those things. Lastly, be aware if you have food allergies. Menu descriptions were limited, and we were never asked if we had any allergies. Unfortunately all the dishes we ordered came out with bell peppers in them (which husband is allergic to). Kudos to the service team for getting us new pepperless dishes when it was mentioned to them. Overall I’d go back if asked, but wouldn’t go out of my way.

OT
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What you would expect from Buddakan...excellent from start to end. Every course was excellent, drinks were delicious, service was great. I don’t think Buddakan needs a good review from me to succeed! Great spot