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Permanently Closed - Budatai

338 reviews
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$31 to $50
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • 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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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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Cross street
Calle Delcasse
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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4.1  based on all time ratings
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85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipDean (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on March 21, 2017

Awesome view of the ocean. Food & service were good

RVaDiner (Richmond)
1.0  Dined 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.

vippWk1 (Baltimore)
4.0  Dined 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.

vipGrille620 (Baltimore)
3.0  Dined on March 4, 2017

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

vipMrsShorts (New England)
1.0  Dined 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.

vipDisappointed (Cleveland)
1.0  Dined 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

vipf00d1e (New York Area)
4.0  Dined 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!

vip1Kitty (Chicago)
5.0  Dined 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!!!

Adiazjr15 (Caribbean)
5.0  Dined on February 11, 2017

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

vipOpenTable Diner (Vancouver)
1.0  Dined 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.

vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
2.0  Dined on February 5, 2017

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

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 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.

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined 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.

vipCVJF (New Orleans)
4.0  Dined on February 3, 2017

Lobster mashed potatoes!

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 2, 2017

Was great, good service and food