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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.

325 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Asian

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

Cross Street:
Between 3rd & 4th on Chestnut

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(215) 574-9440

Website:
http://www.buddakan.com/

Parking Details:
Valet parking is available at $18 per vehicle after 5:30pm. Parking lot available during lunch on 3rd & 4th between Market & Chestnut Streets.

Executive Chef:
Jason Goodman

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 diane@starr-restaurant.com: (267) 238-3650

Additional:
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

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4.6

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4.6

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4.5

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4.2

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Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (105)
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Fit for Foodies (88)
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Romantic (75)
Good for Groups (62)
Hot Spot (59)
Fun (53)
Worth the Drive (49)
Business Meals (42)
Authentic (36)
Great for Lunch (32)
Pre/post Theatre (31)
Handcrafted Cocktails (27)
Good Vegetarian Options (27)
Casual (26)
Neighborhood Gem (26)
Tasting Menu (26)
Vibrant Bar Scene (26)
Late-night Find (20)
Spicy (20)
Cozy (19)
Happy Hour (19)
People Watching (19)
Bar Seating (18)
Healthy (14)
Notable Wine List (14)
Comfort Food (12)
Scenic View (10)
Quiet Conversation (9)
Tapas (9)
Sunday Lunch (8)
Great for Brunch (6)
Kid-friendly (6)
Gluten Free Options (6)
Great Beer (5)
Organic (5)
Quick Bite (5)
Vegan (5)
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 3 days ago

Favorite spot in Philadelphia. Make reservations early!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 3 days ago

Great food and service! If you haven’t tried Buddakan you haven’t had the best Asian Fusion!

Tags: Authentic, Creative Cuisine
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 3 days ago

I wanted a meal with a lot of wonderful tastes. I got it. Be sure to have appetizers.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 4 days ago

Wonderful! Great food, service and ambience!

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·Dined 4 days ago

The ambiance is perfect, as well as the food ofcourse! The waiting staff was very courteous and attentive and service was swift. I never had better BBQ lamb chops than I had at Buddakan :)

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Romantic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 5 days ago

Three friends got together for a reunion dinner and Buddakan was the perfect venue. All of us had eaten there previously and wanted to go back. We weren’t disappointed. From the dim sum starter for the table through 3 delicious entrees and the wasabi mashed potatoes and curried cauliflower as sides, we had a great meal!

Tags: Special Occasion, Fun
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·Dined 6 days ago

Superb
Delicious
Exquisite!
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Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Casual
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 6 days ago

Another amazing experience, one of the top restaurants in center city, absolutely amazing

Tags: Cozy, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Quiet Conversation, Handcrafted Cocktails, Comfort Food
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·Dined 6 days ago

Celebrated my son's 18 th birthday. We have visited this restaurant on multiple occasions and have been very satisfied with the food and service. This experience was not great! All of our appetizers were delicious. 2 out of 3 entrees were very good. Desert was amazing. Service was blah! Seating was poor. Nothing special.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined 7 days ago

Great ambiance, good food, knowledgeable staff. Will return!

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 (New England)·Dined 7 days ago

It is quite loud in there but absolutely everything else was stellar. The dishes were imaginative, beautifully presented, and delicious. The wine list was extensive, and I was pleased that they serve all their sake chilled! Our server, the hostess, and the others who waited on us were polished, pleasant, and went out of their way to offer suggestions. They even put a sparkler on our dessert!

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·Dined 7 days ago

Great vibes and great food!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Always great, try the Lobster and the Tuna Tartare

Tags: Hot Spot, Spicy, Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 3, 2017

I always recommend Buddakan to friends visiting Philly. I haven't been here in awhile. It"s as busy as I remembered it. The food was great but a little on the salty side this time around. Great date night restaurant

Tags: Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Good for a Date
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 (Tampa)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Josh, the bartender was very personable. Food is excellent. Food was brought out quickly.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 1, 2017

My daughter had an amazing birthday dinner thank you so much buddakhan

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·Dined on December 1, 2017

Awesome place! Great service and great food. Great location (literally a block from independence hall). Nice ambiance and wasn't too bad on pricing for being in the city. Will be back for sure.

Tags: Live Music
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Once again, the food is ‘worth writing home about’ with regard to diverse and appealing menu and excellence of execution from the kitchen. Peking Duck was particularly superb. Waiter Andrew is top drawer. Looking forward to our return, and worth the round trip from Lancaster.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Birthday for my son
As Always the best !!!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 26, 2017

We took our daughter and husband there to celebrate her birthday. The food is always amazing! Service was a little off but it was a Sunday evening...Still good but not the usual
top notch service we usually receive.
The hostess is awesome and always knows the table we love best. Definitely one of our favorite places to dine!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Authentic, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 26, 2017

We have been to here several times and are never disappointed. Ingredients are fresh. The Tuna Pizza and the short rib scallion pancake are misnamed, however. Both items had somewhat tough bread-like bottoms, where we were expecting something much more delicate. Delicious nonetheless.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Great food, service and atmosphere. Will go again!

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 (Miami)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Ok food, terribly loud. The seating was awkward. Service was the best part. Music playing was that of being in a club.

Tags: People Watching
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Delicious food and attentive service. Looking forward to returning soon.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Still terrific.

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·Dined on November 25, 2017

When you open the door, you already know this place is going to be great. Excellent service starts with a nice friendly welcome. The room is fairly dark, but lighting is well focused on the tables. Great open space with more private tables or communal seating in front of the Buddha. What a sight! Food selection is good. The food is great. I am a vegetarian and my wife is not. We both found what we wanted. Service is quick, but not overwhelming. You will get what you need when you need it. Drinks, wine, appetizers, main courses... each worth a trip.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Excellent food and service, filet with wasabi mashed potatoes, edamame dumplings, shrimp bao buns - everything is very good

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·Dined on November 24, 2017

Haven't been to Buddakhan in many years and it is no longer the hot spot that I remember it to be. That said, the Spicy Rock Shrimp Bao Buns and the sea bass were excellent. Some of the other menu items that we sampled were good but not great. We were seated at a round table downstairs and the ambiance was festive and perfect for our large group. The hostess and servers were professional and accommodating without being overbearing. I would return but with lower expectations.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fun, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 24, 2017

I was entertaining an out of town relative for lunch and I’m glad I chose Buddakan. The bento box lunch is delicious with ample, diverse choices and the price is modest. I highly recommend the bento box. My guest needs gluten free food and yet there were some gluten free choices, there could have been more, but overall it is delicious, high quality and a great value.

Tags: Fun, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 22, 2017

It was very loud playing Latin music in an Asian restaurant...
our servers dropped silverware on us and the table, spilled water...
Most importantly the food was not good let alone exceptional..overpriced

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Beautiful space. Good food - good value. Large portions. Friendly, professional servers.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Romantic, Good for Groups, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 19, 2017

We try and come here every time we go to Philly. Tried and true. This time, though, there were issues. The bar was a mess. It took nearly 15 minutes from order to reception of 5 drinks (2 of which were pre-made). That is nuts. After we sat down, our server, Mark was a true professional and understood our table and the menu. We will probably come back, but skip the bar.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Food delicious as always. I live the tuna spring rolls and the tuna pizza. Calamari salad always a favorite. I have an issue with the saki they offer and the pricing. There are no reasonable bottle choices. Nothing under $99. I find that offensive. Their sommelier or liquor buyer could do a better job finding product in the $40 or $50 range.

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·Dined on November 18, 2017

Celebrated my 36th Birthday here with friends. Best meal of my life! Cocktails were made perfectly as well. Highly recommend.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 17, 2017

I️ was really disappointed with this place especially because of the price. The most enjoyable menu item was the dim sum sampler. The main courses lacked flavor. I️ know I️ can get better food in Chinatown for much less so left not going to return. The location is very unique but not worth the cost. The survive was also very slow the entire night ordering and getting the check took about 15-20 minutes each. Would not recommend this place sadly. I️ really wanted to like this!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Pre wedding

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Dinner was delicious! Buddakan is always good but tonight it was great. They have changed up the menu a bit with some new wonderful items. The thing that just made the night amazing was our waiter, Marc. He was amazing! He was very attentive and made great suggestions that we just loved. We ordered some things we might not have if not for Marc's suggestions. So glad we listened, enjoyed the whole meal. I have had good waiters but Marc was great, he made our whole night.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Orlando)·Dined on November 17, 2017

The Miso black cod is absolutely amazing! Amazing!!!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Late-night Find, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Casual
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 17, 2017

We had a great experience, the excellent food was accompanied by friendly service. Some of out best choices were the interpretations of standard dishes (beef fun chow and beef rice), the difference being the quality of ingredients and flawless preparation. Any one can make an overly complex dish; true excellence is delivering a relatively simple dish at the highest level, and that was achieved.

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·Dined on November 17, 2017

As out -of-towners who first visited about a year ago, we were excited to return. Our initial visit was well worth the cost of the excellent food and service.

When we returned ( 2nd visit) this past weekend, we were really disappointed. The dumplings and wine selections were good. We ordered the $40 lobster dish and expected something quite different than what we were served: I would describe it as a weird and very salty hash-type dish made of chopped vegetables and lobster "bits". There was nothing remarkable about it and, it is the type of recipe that could have been cooked ( from frozen?) well in advance of being served.

At no point did the waiter visit our table afterwards to see if our food was enjoyable. The four of us were engrossed in conversation so, we let it go. It wasn't worth ruining our visit with one another so we all agreed to tip the waiter the standard 20% and agreed that we won't return.

Total bill before tip was $340.

Ouch!

Tags: Happy Hour
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