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Buddakan - Philadelphia

4.8
9702 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 9702 people are saying
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vipKristenH
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food and service were excellent as always and I would have given 5 stars but the restaurant was super cold.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was amazing. The mangers were accommodating when an extra guest arrived at our table. I enjoyed the food but the lamb chops and dumplings sampler were my favorite. The decor was an added bonus for those who love a good ambiance.

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LisaE
Atlantic City
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a wonderful time here! I was celebrating my birthday this time! Our food was delicious! Our waiter Jeffrey was great! Another waitress named Melanie that we haven't seen since she was 1 st hired-came over to say hi & remembered our whole order- she is amazing! Can't wait to come back!

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PBJ14
Atlantic City
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service great and food was exceptional. Sea Bass melts in your mouth. The dumplings are perfectly prepared, and the donuts for desert are a perfect way to finish.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant in the city. Never a bad meal. Menu gets better every visit

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner!

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vipPaulB
Seattle
19 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience4

We have been to Asia at least 10 times. Nothing we ate in Buddakan resembled anything we ate in the Far East. They had a lot of fancy names to describe dishes that were pedestrian. Buddakan is very overpriced for people who know nothing about Asian food.

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MatoumaD
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience1

Tables that I was sat at was chipped and scratched up, service was poor, waiter was on his phone. Entrave way floor was dirty with leaves and dirt.

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Peter
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is great every time we come to this restaurant!!
Great food and great service!!

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vipPatrickM
New York Area
44 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and great service. My ONLY complaint is that it was quite noisy. In every other way it was perfect.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Requested a booth and got the most beautiful table. Service and food were on point.

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JohnR
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic! Food prepared so well it’s a religious experience

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lmg1
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delish food, attentive staff, yummy drinks, cool/moody vibe.

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anosmimi
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Always a great dinner but the noise level sometimes makes it impossible to hear others at the table. The addition of loud music to the conversation of customers doesn’t help.

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MEW2961
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Wonderful food, spotty service and very very loud. Could not hear our table mates speak.

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vipDavidP
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

5pm reservations for three. Establishment opens at 5pm. We arrive at 5:05. Three or four tables already seated. They take us to the worst table in the house. Right in front of kitchen. Servers constantly walking by. We ask to be seated elsewhere and their reaction in priceless. So our punishment is to be seated upstairs!
Never understand why restaurants try to fill worst tables first. Plenty of available tables. Just sets the wrong tone for the evening. Hopefully my daughter will not want to go back anytime soon! As for meal. Server was very nice and attentive and food was good.

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Wtvd
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always delicious. Never disappoints! Looking foward to the next visit!

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SherryLP
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My 2nd time there and still fantastic food. I would recommend to anyone. We had the chicken and ginger dumplings, lobster egg rolls, lamb chops entree, and short ribs entree. My husband was so impressed that he then ordered their calamari salad WHICH WAS SOOOOOO TASTEY!!! We also had 2 margaritas 🍹🍹 each and split a tiny dessert.

WE WILL BE BACK.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing dinner!!

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vipMICHAELD
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my 'go to' place, and they don't disappoint.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second time coming will be back

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vipDane
Philadelphia
23 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience2

Jus too darn noisy to enjoy our meal. Food was delicious and service was outstanding, but not a pleasant experience.

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KelseyG
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Most delicious Sea Bass ever. Everything that came out was delicious and service was very quick, possibly a little TOO attentive though. I would rather hang onto my silverware and napkin between plates then have someone grab each piece individually with four people at a time, halting our conversations. I know some people who pay the prices they charge expect that type of service but I think if you motion that you're fine they should leave the choice up to the diner.

Other than that petty and slight annoyance, everything was spectacular. Would definitely come back for another special occasion.

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AngelaK
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience, great chargrilled aged beef

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Let me first start off by saying there was no wait we sat right down the food was amazinggggg omgggg I had lobster fried rice and bbq ribs shessshhh and for desert I had the donuts with the variety dipping sauce

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vipOpenTable Diner
Wilmington
5 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and cuisine. My all time favorite restaurant in Philadelphia.

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Nina
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything from the moment we stepped in was incredible! Would absolutely recommend!

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Slezo
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Excellent Asian dishes. Dinner for 6. Dim Sum was outstanding. Every entree was delicious and desserts were perfect. Great service, however, coffee after dinner was served cold.

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Goddess
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My partner & I went here for the first time !! This is now our favorite Asian restaurant ! Authentic cuisine, friendly atmosphere, and very fast service ! The Buddha statue is huge, and fascinating !

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PaulM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every dish, from the Dim Sum to the Peking Duck was delicious and really enjoyed by our group.

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ElizabethM
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambiance, service and food were all 5 star!
A fabulous experience!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Cleveland
4 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was spectacular. Great overall environment. And our waitress Katie was amazing. Can’t wait to go back. Highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Buddakhan was excellent. Something on the menu for everyone. The crab fried rice was fantastic as were tuna spring rolls and general Tsao dumplings

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LandonW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Great waitress, great environment!! Would totally recommend

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Been eating here for over 15 years. Always a hit never a miss. THE SEABASS WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE!!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Consistency always for food quality and service. We’ve been coming here since they opened 20+ years ago and am never disappointed

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great!

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vipGervasi
Atlantic City
10 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service!! What a great night!! Thank you

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LisaL
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous in every way!

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JonyWest
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great service! Good food, nice portions, Great ambience
….I will be back! Good experience

FAQs

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

Buddakan - Philadelphia is rated 4.8 stars by 9702 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.