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Buddakan - Philadelphia

4.7
9740 Reviews
$31 to $50
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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 9740 people are saying
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LeeL
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a reservation for 10 people and they couldn’t have been more accommodating. We order a ton of food and it was all served hot and delicious. Service was spot on. Made for a great night.

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vipMairis
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My birthday dinner. It was so nice and clean , super fancy. I loved the food.

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SHAHRANS
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely phenomenal!!! Isiah our waiter was very kind, accommodating, and you can tell he was smiling even with a mask on. The host and hostess were equally friendly. Food was the bomb!!! Wish you had a restaurant in Chicago.

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vipYKevin
London
129 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food2service3ambience4

I do not understand the hype???

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Table a bit cramped for 6 adults but over everything was delicious and enjoyable.

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MeganP
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anish was a fantastic server. He was kind, knowledgeable, and efficient. Food was out fast and everything tasted better than expected. Drinks were great and timely. Hosts were courteous and friendly.

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donnaf
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great environment with cool music and vibe, these dishes have a Chinese, Thai and I don't know what else feel to excite your palate. We sampled the mashed potatoes and were delighted and surprised by the intense flavor. The portions were generous enough for us to bring home left-overs for lunch the next day. The drinks were also very good. I'd go back.

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vipHappyGirl
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

What a wonderful experience celebrating our wedding anniversary over dinner at Buddakan two years in a row! Like last year, we had a phenomenal evening, in large part due our extraordinary waiter Dave D. Dave first waited on us last year and we were blown away by his outstanding service! We requested a table in his section again this year and he didn’t disappoint! He actually remembered what we ordered last year!! Dave is incredibly knowledgeable, friendly, and accommodating. He made such excellent recommendations two years in a row and his food descriptions were spot on! Thank you, Dave! It looks like we will be returning next year! :)

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vipRShea
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super experience!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing!!! Yum

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kellyQ
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious and service was impeccable

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vipSandy
Philadelphia
46 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I think the food is so good. The service is wonderful. The entire evening is great. Had not been there for awhile but can’t wait to go back

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JasonO
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great! kitchen staff was on point despite being quite busy food was flying out

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EdwinS
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A Friend of mine, whom I used to work with in the restaurant business, reconnected after 11 years and I asked her if she had ever been to Buddakan. She had not, and neither had I. So I made the reservation and so glad I did. Everything from the service, to the cocktails, appetizers, main course, and desert were phenomenal! I am much looking forward to returning soon! I suggest the tuna tartare/lobster spring rolls, the rack of lamb and lobster entree, and the donut dumplings for dessert! I wasn’t adventurous enough to try one of their signature cocktails, because after working/bartending in a restaurant for many years, I wouldn’t have the audacity to send a drink back that I didn’t like, so I kept it simple and classic with a cosmopolitan and it was delish! Happy dining!

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vipRosemaryC
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was spot he made our night special

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vipKbrown4748
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall2food3service5ambience1

It was a terrible experience. No social distancing what so ever! They ask for vaccine cards as if you can get COVID with being vaccinated or like some can get fake cards.. They literally had us sitting on top of one another, the group right next to us was super loud everyone was staring so embarrassing, then they were coughing loud n covering it with loud laughter as if you couldn’t hear the mucus in their throats, the other couple to the left of us were so rude as well because it was so loud and crowded so they were being loud n rude on purpose smh, I got my food to go service was good it was pretty in there, but not worth it plus food made my stomach hurt. Shrimp was good tho.

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Gladwynegal
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service & ambiance. Can’t go wrong with anything Stephen Starr.

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ScottNShawn
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience. Great food. Great service. Fun atmosphere. Will definitely go again

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JamieB
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, the service and the drinks were all excellent!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2022
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Overall the food was really good. The appetizers were the star of the show! For appetizers we got the dumpling sampler. The edamame ones we soo good, the pork was also good, the chicken and shrimp were just alright. We also get the build your own pork bao bun special. For entree i got cashew chicken in a plum wine sauce. It had broccoli and these cool mushrooms ive never had. My guy got this thinly cut short rib with a potato puree sauce. We got korean beef fried rice on the side to share. I think the rice was my favorite thing, the bao buns were his. The drinks were pretty underwhelming, we both got lemon lychee martini with vodka and the dessert looked awesome but i didnt love it

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
15 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best friend come to town and had to give her the Buddakan experience in Philly!

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RalphF
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The entrance needs to be more insulated to prevent cold winter drafts from coming in

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michelel
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent.
Service was exceptional.
Highly recommend.

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NathanS
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was impeccable and the food was fantastic. Looking forward to going again on our next visit to Philly.

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SS0313
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Amazing as always!

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vipNicoleG
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great! Table was a little close to the door making it very cold. Other than that it was perfect.

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vipDanielleB
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We were sat near the entrance and had to keep coats on because cold air kept coming inside. However the food was awsome!

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vipmadsmom257
Philadelphia
86 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went to celebrate our daughter getting into graduate school -- it was a great meal! Our waiter was very good, very personable and just the right amount of attention given. The process of reviewing vaccination documentation and ID was done quickly and efficiently -- there were diners complaining at the door, but honestly if you didn't know the policy that was on the diner; the website is clear, when they call to confirm reservation it is made clear again. The process did not take anything away from the experience of dining here.
We started with the rock shrimp appetizer and dim sum sampler -- both were excellent! Drinks were made perfectly!! Our meals were the filet (rare and done perfectly), lemon sesame chicken (delicious!) and pad Thai -- all done wonderfully and very good. Dessert was of course the doughnuts with dipping sauces, creme brûlée, and the trio of sorbet -- all were excellent!
The only down side was we were seated close to the kitchen area so it was quite busy around us, but again it did not distract from our dining experience. Wikll definitely be back.

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vipWTHopeful
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Coming early on a cold winter night really paid off. We had a great table and the restaurant filled up quickly. Service was experienced and friendly. Meals were excellent from apps to Peking Duck. This was our first visit and we’ll be back.

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PaulL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Great service. Very attentive. Great atmosphere.

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stevew
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Haven’t been back since COVID but great to know the food and service was how we remembered it. A great night out and many thanks to all at Buddakan that worked to make that happen.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

absolutely amazing💜

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ElizabethJoy
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

David was an excellent waiter! made it an awesome experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2022
Overall2food2service1ambience4

The 2lb. lobster ended up being less than 1lb., sure the seaweed tasted good but the main attraction was over cooked, rubbery, and hardly any was there. Literally 5 small bites.

What made things so much worse, after explaining my disappointment with the main dish, our server was quick to get us a box for the rest of our meal but took over 20 minutes to get us the check and get us out of there. Ridiculous joke of a restaurant, it should be called a night club first, bar second since it hardly passes as a restaurant

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NellieV
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my first visit to the Philadelphia Buddakan. I was very happy with the visit.

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TomC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2022
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Place was very cold which made it uncomfortable. There are high ceilings and I get why it is likely hard to heat but they need to do better based on what it costs for four people to eat.

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MarkM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was perfection. Absolute perfection. And for a dinner for 2 over $150 you really want that. It was an experience we will not forget. The only 2 things that could be an issue were handled immediately and with care. I am very impressed and will be back.

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Kayla
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The food was delicious! The only thing I wouldn’t recommend is the lobster egg rolls just because they’re mostly full of vegetables. I didn’t think that particular item was worth the money. However, our entrees and our dessert were fantastic and the cocktails were very good. I recommend the Mindfullness and the Joy cocktail. And our server David was so attentive.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
3 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Steven really made our anniversary special! He was very thoughtful and provided very quick, excellent service! We will DEFINITELY be back to see him and enjoy the delicious food and drinks!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New Years was amazing at Buddakan. The service the food the staff made us feel great and party of a safe and healthy celebration it’s always our yo go too place especially New Year’s Eve

FAQs

Buddakan - Philadelphia offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (215) 574-9440.

Buddakan - Philadelphia is rated 4.7 stars by 9740 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.