Buya

4.5
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189 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Japanese

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A new Japanese restaurant in Saint Petersburg.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Japanese
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(727) 202-7010
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Dr MLK Jr St N
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4.5based on all time ratings
4.5
food
4.4
service
4.3
ambience
4.2
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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NM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Definitely one of the top restaurants I have ever eaten at. Amazing flavors.

OT
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great broth and fresh ingredients!!
Would return!!!

EA
Tampa
7 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice staff

d
Tampa
29 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Love the food..great flavors. Service is excellent, knowledgable and happy to provide suggestions. Had an incredible Japanese whiskey.

OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome place, great service, great food

TW
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What can I say, thinks really hard.
Hhmmmmmm, this place is pricey but is worth it.
Food was great.

OT
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome place

TT
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Buya is place to go for excellent Ramen .Server Taylor explained questions regarding drink list and lunch specials.Buya is definitely worth a visit especially if you want something a little different.

MF
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Air conditioning was busted and I sweated through my shirt. Yay! Everything else was great!

LS
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall4food4service3ambience3

We didn't know what to expect so we were pleasantly surprised by 1) the bourbon selection, and 2) the outstanding appetizers.

DC
Tampa
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great with original cocktails. Will be going back for more.

JT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall1food1service1ambience3

The food and service was substandard. While the dishes we ordered (duck, pork belly and mushroom ramen) were beautiful, they were all flavorless at best. The pork belly bowl actually tasted like it has days old pork belly in it. The service was terrible: the server was pleasant enough but rarely visited our table. We all ran out of water (two large glass bottles placed on the table) and she didn't attempt to offer more or ask if any other beverages were wanted.

G
Baltimore
11 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ramen is so delicious! The shisito peppers are yummy! Awesome place with delicious food and drinks!

DP
Tampa
14 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding restaurant all the way around. Great food, service and ambiance. This isn’t. Your high school or college ramen!

KB
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our service was really attentive and knowledgeable. The Time after Thyme cocktail was wonderful. And the noodles had a really nice buttery quality to them. Very comforting type food.

D
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I am obsessed with ramen. Not the ramen of college days (!) but honest-to-goodness homemade ramen, with delicious, complex broth and fresh vegetables. Buya Ramen delivers! And in a terrific, low-key and deeply stylish spot on Central Avenue in St. Petersburg. We love the appetizers, too--this is the first place I've seen to offer buns that had something other than pork in them: soft-shell crab! (Amazing.) There's a blistered peppers dish that comes with smoked salt and a touch of sugar, and it's totally addictive. My husband and I enjoyed the seafood ramen, replete with perfectly-cooked shrimp and huge scallops, plus edamame, greens, and a soft-poached egg. AND THAT BROTH! *sigh* My sons had the pork-belly and chicken ramen entrees, which they reported were similarly delicious. There's a small but flawless wine list; lots of exotic beers; and ginger crème brûlée for dessert. We will be back. Soon.

T
Minneapolis
9 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite is the seafood ramen

JP
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cool place with a laid back vibe. Really friendly staff and attentive service. I always have the pork belly ramen which is delicious. Make sure to ask for the oils, I use all three at once. So good!

NN
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our favorite restaurant in Downtown St Pete! It is nothing short of spectacular in every way. The food is so delicious and their selection of Japanese whiskies alone makes the trip worthwhile.

OT
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Definitely recommend it for the lunch special! Tried the seafood ramen, shisito peppers and seaweed salad. All of it was absolutely delicious! The ambiance and service is outstanding as well. Extensive liquor menu!

KG
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first visit simple but excellent menu. The shishito peppers were amazing we will definitely go back. I had enough leftovers for lunch the next day an it was just as good as the night before

B
Louisville
8 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply Outstanding.

n
Western NC
12 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience3

It was our first time at Buya. It was loud. Perhaps 80% full. The service was spot on. The drinks were excellent; we had two of their special drinks. The appetizers and entrées were excellent. The gyozas were a little big but otherwise superb. The dipping sauce was too. Both of our entrées, Ramen from the menu, were excellent. The desert, a crème brûlée, was disappointing. Ginger or something on top; was not flavorful. The custard was runny.

We will go back. Overall a very enjoyable dining experience. We will order more of their special drinks. We will Order a different dessert.

SS
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience3

It’s loud and the paintings are creepy but the ramen was so delicious! I also love that you can customize your order. Would definitely come again and bring my ramen loving friends

S
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were visiting from the Northeast and found Buya by googling places near Tropicana Field. We love ramen and were super excited it was a whiskey bar, too. Everything was perfection! So glad we went!

C
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service and food, will go back next month.

OT
Tampa
61 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2018
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Great food. Amazing bar. Service lacked both attention and attitude.

MA
Tampa
16 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We had a great evening. Brian is the quintessential host. He makes sure everyone is having a great experience. My husband had the seafood ramen and I had the duck. Both were tasty and satisfying. Armando was a terrific server; he took great care of us. Thanks for a great experience.

JA
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time there . Loved the hostess when you walk in ! Helped us for other things as well . Everyone was awesome . The manager or owner came to our table which was very nice. My hard to please teenager loved it ! Will be back !

MA
Tampa
16 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a very nice time. The food was delicious. We heard some interesting background on some of the dishes. It was very helpful too! Our server was very attentive too. We'll be back again!

FD
Tampa
92 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Lots of food and reasonably priced wines.

DE
Tampa
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2018
Overall4food5service5ambience2

Enjoyed the food and the service was great but it became extremely noisy.

EM
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious. I’ve had ramen at many different places. Buya was a little overpriced, but if you love ramen try them out.

OT
Tampa
61 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food was good. Ramen was great.

BW
Tampa
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Truly a gem on central!
Incredible service, great craft cocktails, and best of all, ramen that is out of this world!

S
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service! Drove from Orlando and would do it again!

H
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love Buya.. The Duck and pork belly is my favorite

GR
Jacksonville
11 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food! Great service. Really delightful!

OT
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2018
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Was ok ramen was bland unfortunately i loved the pork belly taco and the dumplings

D
Orlando
7 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2018
Overall3food3service2ambience3

It was chilly so I was in the mood for some nice hearty ramen. I ordered a cocktail - The Godzilla - which was delicious. My friend and I ordered the Gai Lin (broccoli) to share. I ordered the seafood ramen and she ordered the chicken.

Despite it being chilly outside, the air conditioning was on in the restaurant (with the doors open??). A draft was blowing right on my head. When I asked the waitress about turning the AC down, she said they couldn’t because it was for the whole restaurant (?) and offered to move us. The other table had the same problem. You don’t need to run the AC when it’s cold, folks.

The broccoli never came, was never mentioned and didn’t appear on the bill. It was as if we had never ordered it (but we did). The ramen came out fast so we just went with it. The ramen was fine. My friend was underwhelmed by hers.

Given that two bowls of soup plus one cocktail set us back $50 (incl tax and tip), I agree with her: the ramen should have been spectacular (and I’m not even sure how you make ramen spectacular). It’s a very high price point ($15 - $18) for soup.