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Permanently Closed - Budatai

4.1
338 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Asian
Perfect For:
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  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic

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This restaurant is permanently closed. As soon as you enter Budatai you are enthralled by the charm of its exotic, lavish atmosphere. A collection of Buddha statues and oriental colors help create the special atmosphere that go well beyond your expectations to ensure a relaxing yet exciting experience. An incredible energy and unique ambiance – 3-in-1 (restaurant, bar, terrace) venue is an exceptional restaurant concept. The bar mezzanine, looks out over the dining area where the most beautiful view of San Juan"s "La Ventana al Mar" frames swinging palm trees and ocean waves. Chef Roberto Treviño has successfully merged in his menu oriental inspired delicacies with traditional elements of Puerto Rican cookery. Your taste buds travel to far away lands and inventiveness nests in your plate. Chef Treviño calls upon his charms and endless creativity to create a culinary art score that skillfully combines exotic delicacies with high-class cuisine.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Asian, Latin American
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Hours of operation
Monday - Saturday: 5pm - 11:00pm .. Sunday: 10:00am - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(787) 725-6919
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Roberto Treviño
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Calle Delcasse
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch
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4.1based on all time ratings
4.2
food
4.1
service
4.2
ambience
3.6
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85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined on March 21, 2017

Awesome view of the ocean. Food & service were good

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1.0Dined on March 9, 2017

This was the worst dining experience my date and I have ever had. We chose this restaurant because we had seen good reviews on the internet and read that Chef Trevino was a respected chef. If he is, I can't imagine he would want his name associated with this place. You arrive in a dingy hallway and ride an elevator up to the restaurant. It deposits you in a dark entrance area and the only reason you know you're in a restaurant is the annoyingly loud music. There were very few guests on this Thursday night which should have tipped us off, but we soldiered on. We ordered the pork dumplings to share as an appetizer. They arrived barely warmed through and rubbery with no flavor whatsoever. We did not finish them after our first taste. For an entree, I ordered the "Crispy" Crab Roll and my date ordered the short ribs. Our waiter returned to the table and said they were out of the short ribs so my date ordered the pork loin. My Crispy Crab Roll was terrible. It was not crispy at all. It was soggy with no flavor whatsoever. If there was crab in it, I couldn't find it. The soy dipping sauce was overwhelmingly salty and the wasabi looked old, like it wasn't very fresh. I took one taste of the Crispy Crab Roll and that was it for me. It was that bad. My date's pork loin was overcooked. He described it as dry and chewy. He said the only flavor in it came from the sauce which was overly sweet. We complained to the manager and she apologized and comped us on the appetizer. Fair enough, we just wanted to get out of there and save the rest of our evening somewhere else.

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4.0Dined on March 5, 2017

Upstairs dining off of the street. Fusion cuisine Asian & Puerto Rican. No tuna in sushi restaurant! Large portions. Pork belly sliders very good. Noisy.

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3.0Dined on March 4, 2017

Ambiance and service male this an enjoyable experience. Pork dumplings and braised short ribs are recommended dishes.

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1.0Dined on February 20, 2017

Don't bother. Greeted with list of what they didn't have. What they did have wasn't much better. Very disappointing.

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1.0Dined on February 18, 2017

Used to be a great place. Not anymore. Waiter was lousy, the food was worse! Everyone is saying the same which is sad because we always loved Budatai. Beyoncé terrible now

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4.0Dined on February 18, 2017

Second time here when visiting PR. Excellent dumpling appetizer, ahi tuna was very good as a main. Two of three tacos in second appetizer were a little bland but did not skimp on the seafood. The tuna one was slightly spicy and flavorful, would have liked three of them! Will definitely return on our next trip!

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2017

This was our favorite meal of our vacation week and we ate in many upscale places that were all excellent. The creative menu options were a treat to our tastebuds! The pork dumplings, duck egg rolls, calamari and shrimp pad Thai all had very unique twists on the more common version of these dishes. The mai tai was also awesome! I wish we would have discovered it earlier in the week so we could have come back for another meal! It will be a sure stop on our next visit!!! Highly recommended!!!

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5.0Dined on February 11, 2017

Excellent experience!! We really liked all the dishes we tried. The view is spectacular also!

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1.0Dined on February 5, 2017

A complete rip-off. Chefs think that by calling something asian-caribbean fusion they can get away with anything. Food was bad and the prices really high for what you get. I went to Budatai about 8 years ago and it was something completely different.

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2.0Dined on February 5, 2017

Service was very slow and the music was extremely loud and not appropriate for the place.

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5.0Dined on February 3, 2017

This restaurant was recommended to us by a friend when we visited PR and I have to say it did not disappoint at all! the ambience was great and the service was spectacular. Our waiter recommended a few cocktails and they were very well made. We had and appetizer but the main course was to die for. Absolutely delicious. My wife and I had a great time at Budatai.

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5.0Dined on February 3, 2017

We were blown away by how good the food was. Everything was absolutely delicious, from the cocktails on. I would recommend this place to anyone.

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4.0Dined on February 3, 2017

Lobster mashed potatoes!

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5.0Dined on February 2, 2017

Was great, good service and food

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3.0Dined on February 2, 2017

We read about this restaurant and realized that it was just across from our hotel in on the third floor of a quiet block of stores/bank. We were glad we tried it for dinner. The downstairs entry was not attractive and the small elevator was not promising, but we got off on the third floor and were surprised by the nice decor. We were given a window seat overlooking the pretty, lively, park and street opposite. We were confused that the menu we read online did not match what was actually being used. Also, one of the items on the actual menu that we wanted to try was not available. We shared duck egg rolls which were very good. My pad tai noodles with shrimp was excellent. I think it had 11 shrimp, all perfectly cooked! My husband's fish was good, but seemed a little overdone. We had a bottle of slightly overpriced wine. All in all, a good meal.

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2.0Dined on February 1, 2017

We had high expectations, which were not met. The service is slow and casual, considering everyone in the restaurant was clearly at a business dinner. The menu is small. If you're avoiding carbs, then you'll have very little selection. Even the veggies offering is like carrots only...in a sugar sauce. The carpaccio was excellent. I had the Ahi Tuna as did my companion, and it was over-cooked. The burned side of the taro tots was face-down. Our other 2 companions had the filet, and both were way over-cooked to well done. The duck fat papas had little flavor, but weren't over-cooked, at least.

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5.0Dined on January 29, 2017

The brunch menu was a bit limited but everything was delicious.

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4.0Dined on January 28, 2017

Excellent service, good food at a fair price. Will definitely visit again.

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2.0Dined on January 28, 2017

I heard great things about the restaurant but we waited a long time and then Food was cold when it got to table. We told the waiter they just warmed it up never apologized

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3.0Dined on January 26, 2017

Great appetizers but the noodle and rice dishes way too salty

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4.0Dined on January 26, 2017

Budatai was very nice
The fusion of the Puerto Rican Asian was a great taste.
Our favorite dish was the pork dumpling appetizer they were stuffed with shredded pork and topped with black truffle and cavier with a light Asian flavored sauce.
Our entire meal was very good but the dumplings were a stand out.

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4.0Dined on January 14, 2017

Order the dumplings. So good!

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2.0Dined on January 11, 2017

Appetizers we're good, entrees not so much. Fish was way over cooked, no local ingredients when asked.

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2.0Dined on December 30, 2016

The menu that is posted on the open table site is far more expansive then the actual menu . Many choices we were looking forward to we were told we're not available .

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2.0Dined on December 29, 2016

Highly anticipated this iron chef restaurant. Terrible service (our server disappeared for 1/2 hour) Entrees were all flavored the same, noodles very undercooked.

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5.0Dined on December 28, 2016

Truly enjoyed our dinner. Menu was creative and diverse. Service was excellent. Props to the chef for making our first night in San Juan perfection!

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5.0Dined on December 25, 2016

Great evening! We live it there!

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5.0Dined on December 25, 2016

Superbe , nous avons adoré, nous avons eu une attention exceptionnelle, tout était parfait

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1.0Dined on December 24, 2016

Appetizers came quick but entrees took well over an hour . Sea bass was incredibly overcooked. Staff was very nice, but the kitchen was not on their game tonight.

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3.0Dined on December 24, 2016

Duck nachos were our favorite! We sampled several other items. Appreciated the variety. Was loud. Drinks were OK in pour & flavor.

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4.0Dined on December 24, 2016

Service was excellent. Pad Thai and fried rice were the highlights. Sushi was uninspired. Pork dumplings needed to be lighter

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2.0Dined on December 22, 2016

Not as expected. The food was very average and the service was not exceptional....even thought the restaurant was almost empty. Certainly, my last time there.

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2.0Dined on December 15, 2016

Across the street from our hotel. Up several very narrow flights of metal stairs unless you are brave enough to enter a tiny tiny very old elevator. All the diners there were seated at the window to give passersby the impression that the place is full. Every other table was empty. Went at night so did not see the ocean across the park. The sushi rolls were fair. The tuna entree was fair. The pad thai noodles with one skewer of shrimp across the top was fair. The server was friendly but it was difficult to understand what he was saying. Will not return.

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5.0Dined on December 14, 2016

It was one of the most memorable meals I have ever had! I'm so sad I may never have another culinary experience like that again:(

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4.0Dined on December 9, 2016

The food was good except the sear tuna plate. Everything in the plate was good except the tuna it was not cooked properly.

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4.0Dined on November 26, 2016

Always very good food and excellent service.

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4.0Dined on November 25, 2016

I've been to Budatai a few times in different occasions. The food is good and rich. The service was great as always. I'd recommend to go for dinner and sit on the top floor.

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4.0Dined on November 21, 2016

Delicious food - highly recommend spicy tuna roll, duck fried rice, and short ribs.

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5.0Dined on November 19, 2016

Amazing food as always. I visit at least once or twice a month. Highly recommend.

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