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Buddakan - Philadelphia

4.7
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9329 Reviews
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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.

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
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 9329 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.6
service
4.6
ambience
4.3
value
Noise · Moderate
94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Welcoming friendly staff and romantic setting.

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MelissaJ
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for our 5 anniversary, something different and enjoy everything! Plan to go back!

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vipMattB
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience3

They do a very good job doing everything they can to create a safe environment.

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Bill51
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great server and great food like coming there would love if you could keep an outdoor type setting in the future

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Rich
Atlantic City
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Buddakan, excellent food and service. We have been to Buddakan a number of times, and have never been disappointed. Noise level was low due to the table spacing and the bar being closed. I am a little hard of hearing, and have been there when it was difficult to hear the server. Our server couldn't have been nicer. A great dining experience.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Birthdays dinnee

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Joseph
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My only complaint was the cold weather. Although they have a heating system in the outdoor tented area, it was not very effective. The temperature was about 50 degrees outside. The tented area wasn't an improvement to being in the open.

But the food and service was amazing as always.

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DENNEICA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was phenomenal!! I would definitely go back !

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Lilmiznormal
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everytime I go here for dinner it has always been a great experience and the food is always outstanding. I will be back.

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vipHopeP
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food and service at Buddakan is consistently great. We had a delicious dinner - eating outside under the heat lamps on a clear night. They have done a great job with COVID protections and do not seem to have missed a beat!

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MartyM
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the unique presentations and flavors. Adds up to a great dining experience!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience5

Food was just average food a place this expensive. Our martini was not filled to the top. Service and atmosphere were good.

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KyleC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

The service is good. The face shields and masks make it hard to really connect.

The food is good but portions are small and expensive.

There is way cheaper Asian food to be had in Chinatown but the ambience won’t come close to that offered at a Steve Starr spot.

With that being said - I would pick Chinatown over this.

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Rover
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great! Diners should be spaced a little better: it's not the tables that should be set up 6 feet apart, it's the diners! Once seated, you are back-to-back with another diner only about 3-4 feet apart.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very great. Food was delicious

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Birthday party. Food came out quick...staff did a great job despite Covid safety precautions

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time great food

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Most amazing food all the time !!! Never dissatisfied

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful space to dine if you get a reservation indoors. All the dishes we had were well made and beautifully presented. The calamari salad was an unexpected combination that works really well. Tuna tartare spring rolls were lovely. The short ribs were tender and fell off the bone, very delicious. The wasabi mashed potatoes were another unexpected combo and was fantastic. The service was excellent as well, I believe the server's name was Isaiah.

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DanetteB
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

All COVID safety precautions were in place. Arrived on time for reservation and was promptly seated. Food was delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and excellent food. Great place to take a significant other for a special occasion.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything at this restaurant from the decor to service and the food were excellent. Everything was absolutely delicious definitely will come back whenever I’m on Philly.

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TinaW
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The one in Atlantic City is by far why better, so I was very disappointed

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

25th anniversary. Our waiter was great!!

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vipkaryou1964
Philadelphia
34 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The food is mediocre at best it's not like it used to be

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great night!

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Jackpak90
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall3food4service5ambience3

We booked late do only outdoor seating -

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MaryR
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was delicious and priced fairly. I love the décor but the music was too loud and repetitive. That would be my only complaint.

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vipLoriH
Charleston
14 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun vibe and food was great. Salad was huge! Definitely enough for two people......Sea Bass was our fave!

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BeeDuck
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Very nice place, quiet & romantic. The food was very high priced & lacked flavor, the crab fried rice was unseasoned.I wish the food tasted good, it would’ve been a much better experience.

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vipTom2
Baltimore
28 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific dumplings. Sublime duck. Georgous room

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vipfoodie
Philadelphia
94 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

They did a great job arranging with the virus, felt very comfortable. Service was exceptional food was delicious
I had the lobster which I had to force myself to stop eating. The portion was generous and it was so amazing, flavors and vegetables blended perfectly together. I didn’t want to over eat But I had to force myself to stop

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vipRich
Philadelphia
32 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Inside or Outside, food is excellent. Highly recommend

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RichardP
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was enjoyable, I will be back alot. My favorite place 😍

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was to die for. I would recommend getting the appetizers. They were so delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Our server was really nice. The restaurant hand the COViD guidelines very professional.

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vipAliC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is still amazing. Their COVID19 measures were excellent and made me feel comfortable dining indoors.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

For Covid if was great

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MichelleL
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall1food2service2ambience2

We scheduled under open table for restaurant week. When our party arrived they then tell us they are not participating in restaurant week. I'm not clear as to why they were listed at all then. So after spending $389.88 for a party of four.. We were not impressed. And this is not my first time at this restaurant. I will not be coming back .

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Mrknowhisfood
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite restaurant in Philadelphia. I’ll try to go at least 3 to 4 times a year when I’m in Philadelphia

FAQs

Buddakan - Philadelphia does offer delivery in partnership with Caviar. Buddakan - Philadelphia also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (215) 574-9440.

Buddakan - Philadelphia is rated 4.7 stars by 9329 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.