El Buda severely disappointed. It took 15 minutes after being seated to even get a server's attention for water. The kitchen was out of several items despite it being only 7 pm and with a nearly empty restaurant. The food came promptly after we ordered, and at first we thought that would be El Buda's one redeeming quality. Unfortunately, the beef was cold and tasted like it had been pre-cooked then microwaved for a minute too short before it was brought out to the table. Our server did his best, but the whole experience was just subpar, especially for a restaurant in this price range.
Came to El Buda for a get together with friends and little history and ghost tour! The location can’t be better. Right in downtown Orlando but in the back of a building so you the sounds from Church Street don’t interfere. The ambiance is great and the menu is insanely good. I loved the combinations of Spanish and asian foods! My only TINY complaint was that service was a bit slow. A bartender explained that they were stretched thin that evening so I understand it can be hard but the food really isn’t cheap so I feel I shouldn’t have had to walk around the restaurant looking for a hostess when I arrived. Food came out quick except for my entree but it was still delicious. Will definitely be back!
We read earlier reviews about the restaurant and were taken aback by the harshness of the reviews. We came to see for ourselves and had a thoroughly enjoyable time. The restaurant falls short of an outstanding rating but only just. The food and service were excellent. The ambiance was very good but needs to be worked a little tighter. Its simply requires a higher level of attention to detail.
In another month or so, our expectation is that this restaurant will be one of the real go-to places for the fine dining experience in Orlando.
Chef Roberto Trevino and his staff have dedicated themselves to creating a superlative dining experience. His creativity belies his respect for the Latin and Asian traditions in flavors and execution. Enough good cannot be said about the quality of service at El Buda, and it perfectly compliments the elevated level of the cuisine itself, by one of the great chefs creating original and sublime excellence in the culinary world.
Food and service was amazing the only issue was it seemed our food took a while but there weren't a lot of tables around for it to take while. They did send us a small app and apologized for the wait which was awesome and drinks were great too so I will definitely be back!
After looking for a reservation on Opentable at 6pm on Valentines Day I was shocked to find El Buda had a lot of reservation slots available. We quickly booked one at 7pm and made our way to the restaurant only to find there was a glitch in the open table system and no actual reservation or table was booked. Once the host realized she became apologetic and offered a place at the bar. Luckily we are easy going so it worked perfect for us; not to mention, the bartender was very helpful answering all our questions about the food and was there whenever we needed anything. The food was delicious, it was presented beautifully and the portions were very shareable. If can get a table I will visit this place again!
Another Amazing evening at El Buda. Visited the restaurant on Valentine's day with my 2 kids. We had an Amazing experience. We had the Pork Belly, Short ribs and the Lomein with Pollo. The chef had an outstanding chocolate molten cake for dessert. We will be back soon.
Well....considering I made a reservation a month in advance, called to confirm, and received a text the day before, to only show up with 16 people and no reservation, we NEVER ate!
I took my wife to dinner on our anniversary, we had a terrible experience at this restaurant. We order an appetizer and two entrees. The drinks took at least 10 minutes to arrive at the table. One of the entrees came before our appetizer. Then after the appetizer, came the second entree a churrasco that was ordered medium came totally well done and ruined. Our waiter never communicated that the kitchen was busy and our food was backed up. We did not ate the churrasco. We asked our server to take it out of our bill. Which he did. Long story short, the employees were very unorganized, for example there was a server taking plates to the wrong tables. He came to our table at least three times with the wrong meals. He did the same to other tables as well. Our other two meals were good, it just took forever for the meals to come to the table.
What can I say other than I won't be going back. The place has potential, but they failed on so many levels. They've been open for a few months so you'd think they'd have everything worked out. Here's a summary:
Menu - The menu did not have descriptions. We had to ask about everything and what was in it. For a place serving fusion food on small plates, descriptions are a must. The Drink Menu had descriptions which was nice.
Chimichanga Eggroll - This was the only "good" thing we received. Was also the first so we started out on a high note. 3 good sized egg rolls. Nice and hot which we didn't realize was such a luxury.
Peking Duck Nachos - The duck on the first round was refrigerator cold. They weren't bad, but we asked if they're supposed to be that way and the waiter checked and said no. He took them back and they just kind of disassembled and re-heated the meat to the point that it was crispy and dry. They should have provided a "fresh" order, but instead, sent back the plate with some fresh chips on the side.
Pork Belly Char Su Mole - Was a very tiny piece of Pork Belly with no Char. Tasty, but underwhelming. The fusion part got lost with the Mole I guess.
Pork, Sweet Plantain Dumplings - The flavor was good but came out lukewarm at best. Again, hot food would have been nice
Chicken Potstickers w/ Chimichurri - The chicken inside was RAW (See Picture). We even verified with the waiter. This prompted a manager visit. They asked if we wanted another order and I said no thank you. No more food please!
The waiter was very apologetic and hoped our next visit would be better. We told him we wouldn't be back and to check out Ceviche across the street to see how it's done right. They asked if we wa
The manager (tall woman also working as the hostess) came over with a translator and we expressed our concerns. They apologized and took off every item we complained about which seemed fair. Should have done more to encourage to try again.
The atmosphere at El Buda is a "wow!" This new Latin Asian restaurant seamlessly mixes the historic vibe of its building with modern yet luxurious colors, furnishings, and art. Lots of reds and black alongside exposed brick.
Our server was friendly and well versed on the menu. He even went the extra mile to make a mocktail for my friend who's expecting.
After reading several reviews of the restaurant headed by celebrity chef Roberto Trevino, it seemed the pork & sweet plantain dumplings were a must for an app. They were super flavorful and ended up being my favorite dish of the night!
Perhaps it's the new restaurant kinks that still haven't quite been worked out, but unfortunately our kale stir fry side dishes arrived before our main courses instead of with them, and they were lukewarm. Later my main dish arrived before everyone else's. Seems to have been a timing issue?
For my main dish I got the beef short rib with yuzu papas bravas, which I'd also read good things about. The meat was great; it was wonderfully tender, and I really enjoyed its outer crispness. However, like our previous two dishes, it was served in a sauce, and the papas bravas (potatoes) next to it were drenched in a different sauce. At this point, I was kinda sauced out, to be honest. But that could just be me.
Great potential here, and I hope they'll continue to streamline their timing and dishes, because the staff and atmosphere were on pointe, and I'd like to see this place stick around!
Excellent food, service and ambiance. Creative and innovative menu with great flavors.
What a wonderful restaurant! The food was exceptionally different, a blend of Asian and Latin. Lovely presentation with tentative service and an eagerness to ensure that you enjoyed your selections for dinner. Don’t miss it!
An enjoyable dining experience. There were six of us and we each ordered at least two different dishes - and every one of them were delicious. Creative interpretations that were well conceived and executed. A diverse series of taste profiles on the menu - each dish unique and pleasing to both the eye and the palette.
Service was friendly with a detailed knowledge of the menu items - which is necessary since there is no descriptions on the menu. This (and the music being too loud for conversation) were the only detracting elements to the experience. Listening to the server explain every dish on the menu was exciting to start with but became tiresome by the end. I would hope they update the menu with the item descriptions.
Looking forward to a return trip soon.
Great service, food and ambiance. Definitely coming back.
El Buda has a ton of potential, but I think they should have ironed out the kinks prior to opening.
Food - The food is actually really good, but due to the somewhat small kitchen it took far too long for the food to come out.
Service - This is by far my biggest gripe. We sat for nearly 15 minutes before anyone even acknowledged we were there. What’s worse is that multiple waiters/managers walked by us numerous times seemingly trying to avoid us. I basically had to grab one to get their attention. From there the attentiveness of the staff improved but that’s about it. It took so long for food to come out that we were able to order 3 rounds of drinks before our food arrived, which says a lot because the bar service was slow as well.
Ambiance - We weren’t able to go to the bar downstairs but the upstairs dining area needs a major make over. It felt homey in a bad way. Best way I can describe it is that it looked like something that you’d see on Kitchen Nightmares.
Value - Good food and portions, but it’s a little overpriced in my opinion.
Overall - Again, El Buda has a ton of potential, but I think they have a lot of work to do if they want to stick around.
Great dining experience! Wonderful service, delicious food and good vibes! Can’t wait for the speakeasy to open next month.
The only good thing our friends had was the fried rice.
Other meals like the pork loin and the bibimbap did not turn out as expected
This place is absolutely amazing! You must try it if you're visiting Orlando.
Awesome food and terrific ambience.
I took a look at some of the reviews posted about the restaurant and immediately realized one of the big issues with people posting reviews in most platforms, they post reviews after one visit.
To start, since opening I have visited the place five times. Four of those times I sat down at the bar. My interaction with Nicole, Victor and Jamie it's been great.
When seating at the bar you have the opportunity to see the kitchen staff doing what they do. Really cool stuff!!! The cocktails on the menu are well balanced but the spirit selection is limited, I know they are still building the bar. I can see the improvements in my last two visits. The space it's Amazing, the brick walls, the wood details, the baseman, you can feel the history every time you walk into the space.
At this time beer and wine selections are also limited, but the selections available are great quality.
The only way to describe the food is... Creations from Chef Trevińo are the new High Standard in Central Florida's Culinary Spectrum.
The creativity and the fusion of cultures is really Amazing.
I haven't been able to choose a favorite from the Menu.
I enjoyed the latin/asian fusion flavors throughout the dishes. Must haves are the Plantain Dumplings and the Duck Fried Rice...comfort food
Amazing restuarant with a great culinary experience!
Very interesting and flavorful fusion dishes...!!! Love the ambiance & decor, as well as the service, Heriberto and his staff are very attentive and the chef Treviño also accessible and familiar. Definitely a place to keep coming to...! Thank you...!!!
Food tasted really good. Service was a little slow, but picked up then I told them I had a concert to go to. I would go again.
We enjoyed the Cubano and the ceviche (but it was definitely not in coconut milk). The duck nachos were fair and the ropa vieja was very salty and not a bimipbap. The service leaves a lot to be desired- no refills on water, asked to clear our plates right after we got them, confusion over the beer because it had the word bourbon in it. Too far too long to get cocktails and no refills. Waitress was overwhelmed. The food is good but the service leaves a bad taste in your mouth. The amount of time it took would never work for a downtown business lunch but if you have plenty of time for dinner and are patient check it out.