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About Buddakan - Philadelphia
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.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 12:00am, Sunday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
Between 3rd & 4th on Chestnut
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Valet parking is available at $18 per vehicle after 5:30pm. Parking lot available during lunch on 3rd & 4th between Market & Chestnut Streets.
Private Party Facilities:
Buddakan is the perfect venue for corporate or social events. Whether you want to take over the entire facility, overlook the action or be in the midst of it, there are many options for groups to experience Philadelphia’s most highly sought after dining destination.
Private Party Contact:
Diane Farina firstname.lastname@example.org: (267) 238-3650
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Buddakan - Philadelphia Ratings and Reviews
My wife and I went to Buddakan the other night to celebrate our anniversary and picked the right spot! We were there a couple times before and everything from the service to the food was top notch. Expect to have a fantastic meal because their menu is creative and delicious. We did go during restaurant week, as expected it was busy, but had plenty of time before to grab a drink at the bar before being seated; even though it was busy we did not wait long for our food. Will definitely be going again!
This meal was highly disappointing. We go to Buddakan every year for our anniversary (and frequently throughout the year) and this was the worst experience we have had. We were rushed through the meal - our meal came out literally a minute after our dim sum - we were crammed in to the table next to us, and we were charged for the wrong drinks, which when pointed out we were told that they just rang it up as a different item but it was the same cost - it wasn't. On top of that the overall ambience was extremely frenetic and we could not hear each other over the din.
We enjoyed a delicious lunch at Buddakan during restaurant week. Excellent professional service. Beautiful presentations. Well laid out restaurant - great job at keeping noise levels down. Nice wine list.
I have major food allergies. This is the first restaurant ever that had actual menus just for people with my particular annoying allergies. This alone would keep me coming back!
We’re kind of fussy and maybe a bit demanding. At Buddakan we found nothing to complain about.
We’ll be back for sure!
I went to lunch with a coworker during Restaurant Week and we ordered from the specials offered. We LOVED everything we ordered from start to finish. We enjoyed a great cup of tea with our desserts and we cannot wait to return. Fabulous food and wait staff.
Buddakan was amazing. Went for the first time as part of restaurant week and it was so worth it!
Great sized portions and most things are made to share. Dumplings are delicious and the pan seared Bass I had was just falling apart (in a good way).
Staff was really friendly and very attentive. The only complaint I have is that they sat us near the door and the draft from outside was freezing!
Otherwise, I'll be back. Still dreaming of the Pepper Beef now...
I went during restaurant week and it was a real bargain. The bubble tea cocktail was delicious and the best bubble tea since I was in Hawaii! The sea bass was perfectly cooked and the chocolate tart divine. Would go back with a larger group without food issues so plates could be shared - everything we ordered was definitely large enough for sharing. But don’t share the chocolate tart - keep it all for yourself. And if you don’t like Asian food, don’t worry. The food was Asian-inspired, with just a hint of Asian flavors.
We decided to have a girls' night at Buddakan in downtown Philadelphia as part of restaurant week. We sat at the large table in front of the Buddha statue. Good service. Some dishes were better than others. We especially enjoyed the Caesar salad, fish and beef entrees and of course desserts. Would come here again in a heartbeat.
It's always a treat to be at Buddakan during restaurant week -- there's no stinting on quantity, quality, and the staff couldn't be nicer. Our waiter -- a new dad with a two-week old at home -- was a delight. Though must of us go to Buddakan at other times of the year, one group of us has made a tradition of a restaurant week lunch. Thank them for us.
Delicious food in a trendy atmosphere, perfect for a date night or with a group of friends. The meal was amazing for the restaurant week special, but I’d return to pay full price. Mildly disappointed by the “Zen-gria”, but otherwise 5 stars all around. The Dip Sum dumplings were especially fun, and whimsically plated.
I went there with my husband during the restaurant week for lunch on Monday (Martin Luther King’s Day). We made reservation so there was no waiting time. Th front desk and coat-check were nice, but the lady lead us to the seat looked very unhappy and angry...
The foods were pretty good and our server was pretty friendly.
Overall it was a nice experience and highly recommended to check it out during the restaurant week. It would be nicer to go there at night!
The food was ok: for example, the Pad Thai was harder than what is usually served at other places. I think they tried too hard for the Asian culture vibe. The music did not go with the decor which was a bit amusing; however, overall it was ok. Not the best Asian cuisine and certainly not the worst.
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