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Buddakan - Philadelphia

4.7
9397 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
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 9397 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.7
service
4.6
ambience
4.4
value
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MarrantzA
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Suzanne was amazing! I enjoyed my birthday despite the new normal of the world. She managed to get a hint from my significant other that I was my birthday and I really enjoyed the surprise that came out with dessert. I can say that she pays attention to details, and her service was impeccable.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Much slower than past visits but it looked like there was only one waiter...we were outside

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JesusG
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Took a while to get our drinks and waiter had no personality

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vipBethI
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall1food3service1ambience1

We sat outside in one of the pods that are supposed to be heated. Ours wasn’t. It was freezing. Friends of ours were sitting in another pod and when they were leaving they told us their waitress brought them a space heater. Our waiter never offered us a heater. Our waiter also messed up our bill. I understand that the times we are living in are very tough but I thought Buddakan would have had it together better.

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vipjim41
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

It was great to be able to eat at a restaurant albeit outside. Little cold and it appeared that the menu was shortened due to covid restrictions

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner - a bit cold outside tonight even with a heater but we enjoyed ourselves and the staff was great
One of our fave places to eat but can’t wait to get back indoors (as I’m sure the staff prefers too!)
Highly recommend the chicken, the edamame dumplings and the filet

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megm
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

So good..quality never changes! Their ceaser salad adds a touch of just the right spice.

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Review
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Please bring back the Five Spice Duck w/Scallion spoon bread. :)

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vipa123
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Service not as good as previously. Flat experience

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outside tent was good. Food was delicious-prices are high but overall a great dinner.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely Amazing! Not enough words to explain how outstanding the food and experience was, even for being outside in the COLD!

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02Jan2021
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious as always! They did a great job setting up the outdoor dining.

JD
JoanD
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as usual.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary dinner...sat outside in a pod and it was a great experience. Service was impeccable and the food was delicious!

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vipAnnaK
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience considering limited operating options. Love the chalets!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2020
Overall2food3service3ambience1

The outdoor set up was very disappointing. The Chalet’s lacked heat. The additional space heaters barely worked and with very few patrons we could not understand why we could not get additional space heaters. The chalets at Parc were so warm and comfortable, I expected a similar experience here. It was very disappointing.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Our server was amazing and the food always excellent

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MishelT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Besides being rather cold, everything was fantastic. Service was quick, hosts were great at managing take out orders and seating. Very accommodating with portable heaters as it was cold and windy.

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vipC8175
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had Christmas Day dinner during pandemic. Since indoor dining was not allowed, we ate in the structure that was divided into 'rooms' by plastic partitions and the entire structure was open on one side. There was small heater in each 'room.' Although not ideal and was it freezing by the end of the meal, we felt safe and were able enjoy a good Christmas meal. The staff was very attentive and friendly, trying to make the best of the situation. The food was good and what you expect at Buddakan since the menu has not changed in 20 years.

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vipDanS
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We were seated outside on a freezing night.
The menu was Vintage Buddakan "You cant go wrong"

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vipEthanS
New England
5 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Not the warmest outdoor setup, but good food and quality service

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Jonny
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Good food even though I was outside and it was cold.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience2

Outdoor dining very cold!!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Christmas dinner with Amazing Friends!!!

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vipRob1
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was excellent! However just a suggestion because we were outdoors the food got cold quickly so I would suggest covers for the serving bowls etc. Edward is a fantastic waiter, attentive and friendly.

JD
JoanD
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the outdoor hut!! Room and food was delicious

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vipLeslieA
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Date night disaster: Our Caesar salad arrive before our predinner cocktails, unceremoniously dropped at the table, before the silverware and appetizer plates. I’ll be generous and say the Caesar flavoring ruined our taste buds for what came next... but that’s only half true.
The waiter was awful, running between a few too many tables, paying closer attention to larger parties, presumably because of the tipping potential.
The outside area, although seemingly more attractive than others in the city, is unsuitable for eating warm menu items during cold winter nights.
Both the lobster fried rice and halibut main went cold almost immediately.
We left with what felt like $175 (before tip) wasted, not quite satiated enough, but both suffering heartburn and bloat.

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robinj
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful outdoor dining experience. Definitely different from dining inside the restaurant but very comfortable. Our server was polite and friendly. The host was also. The food was amazing as usual. I could have not asked for a better experience. Thank you for being available.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience4

Our server Isaiah could be one of the worst servers I’ve endured. Few highlights. My fiends wife wine glass was completely dirty. He acknowledged later (it was so noticeable I don’t know how the bartender or he didn’t see it) and got her a new glass eventually. We ordered a lot and food was great as always. They forgot our crab fried rice. They forgot to bring out silverware. We were looking at our entrees for a good 5 minutes before we received silverware. Eating outside in the winter it’s not ideal as our food got cold by the time they brought some. Wanted a second round of drinks which he never brought out(even asking twice). And the cherry on top was dessert. We were all excited for the doughnuts and the waiter comes out and hands us the check. His response after all of these issues was “I just thought you guys wanted to get out of here”. The waiter was making an excuse about his other tables being chatty and needy. We spent over $400 and the service would’ve been better if I was at Applebee’s. Food still great might get take out again but will never dine in person

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Klondike
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Wine by the glass is a joke with the price of entree’s

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Lex24
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Very enjoyable but somewhat cold; Covid pandemic only permits restaurants to serve outdoors. setup felt safe with tables within plywood structure separated by plexiglass. Very happy for our restaurants who can survive. Food was very fresh and flavorful.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outdoor seating setup. They did a great job investing in heated stalls outside and they have the best outdoor seating I’ve seen. Well done adapting for the Covid regulations

LM
vipLisaM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was delicious and the outside dining was so nice.

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vipShonta19125
Philadelphia
47 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place never cease to amaze me! Even post holiday, in mist of COVID-19 restrictions for outdoor dining and the power for that block was out our delicious food kept coming! They had duct work for heat inside the dining space which is a nice touch, extremely expensive considering made by the company to ensure our comfort. It was impressively amazing and outstanding service delivery. The waiter and service team worked well as a team and my hats off to the chef!

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nikkay716
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outdoor dining included a nice tent with heat. Lovely lanterns hung overhead to add to the ambience. Tables spaced far enough apart for social distancing. Temperatures are taken of everyone who dines there. Masks worn by all employees. I have been going to Buddakan for over 2 decades and even during this pandemic they managed to keep the experience amazing.

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vipPoppers742
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Buddakan rocks, consistently. It never disappoints. The food is unique and delicious (love, love, love the curried cauliflower and Szechuan pork dumplings!!) The cocktails are scrumptious and the service is awesome. What more could one ask for on a date night, or any night?!?!?!

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vipkat4
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious as usual 😃

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RachelShavit
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s always so fabulous.

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StaceyB
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Nice interior! Great service! Delicious 🥘 food!!!

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Worley
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stunning atmosphere, accommodating service, the food was ammmmazing. Especially with soy allergy accommodations at an Asian restaurant! Kudos to the chef!

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 9397 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.