We enjoyed the food and the service was wonderful. Everything we tried was very well presented and delicious.
So the Puerto Rican cuisine fell in love with the Asian cuisine and they had a kid named El Buda Latino. Pleasantly surprised by how well those tastes went together. And the drinks... Awesome as well. Music was right on point. Highly recommend a visit to El Buda.
Most excellent dinning experience by far in the Orlando metro area (including the Disneyzone)
The ambiance of the oldest brick & mortar building in old town Orlando (formally the Masonic Hall) lends a inviting warm glow to the open layout of the kitchen & bar area as you enter this gorgeous space.
However the LatAsian fusion taking place in Chef's kitchen is a palate bending pleasure to an epicureans delight, along with some of the most intoxicatingly unique house blended fruit & flower infused cocktails.
Set a reservation for Sunday brunch. It's clearly offered on their website from 11-4 and I was obviously able to book a reservation on the app. I got a confirmation email AND text message prior to my visit. But when I showed up on Sunday for my 2pm reservation, they were closed. Seriously? Confirmed the reservation TWICE and they're closed? Luckily Artisans Table was more than happy to seat us and our Sunday wasn't completely shot, no thanks to El Buda.
Food and service were both amazing!!
Awesome food and ambiance. Definitely worth it!
From start to finish the experience was excellent. Maria was an outstanding server with personality Plus! The food was delicious 😋. The place has fun energy & cool design. Would go back again soon. Avoid parking in SunTrust garage on event nights...$12 fee. Park in 55 west for 1/2 that price
I am (at least was) a fan of Chef Treviño, one of his restaurants was my favorite for quite some time back in PR. Unfortunately the food was not to the level I was expecting from him. Flavors are not quite there, I hope they do some tweaks and get it there. I will give it a try once for happy hour since I dont think the price for the food is worth paying for what you get although I would pay if it was excelent food). On a good note, the beers were really cold.
Chef Roberto Trevino and his team never disappoint. Marie our sever was amazing. The food was excellent.
I invited some friends that came to visit from Puerto Rico and everyone was amazed by the quality and flavors.
Great change of pace on a Disney vacation. Eclectic menu very welcoming.
Cold food, slow service, did not have 4 items of the already small menu, and lacked all type of attention.
Food was excellent, staff was attentive and very helpful, overall atmosphere was perfect. Would definitely recommend to anyone looking for a spin on Asian/Latin food
We have been to El Buda twice. Originally we went during opening week. At that time the service was poor and several menu items were unavailable. However, the food that we did order was delicious. Still being interested in the overall fusion aspect, we decided to give this restaurant another chance. We experienced similar confusion among servers, including needing to move our table, incorrect items on the bill, and an item being unavailable to order. The menu also seems to have been reduced since opening, which is fine, however, it makes it difficult if you do not eat particular types of meat. Nevertheless, some of the staff were quite helpful and polite. Above all the concept and food was consistently good.
I have been twice now. The 1st time we had appetizers only, the 2nd was a work lunch thing. Very selective menu. Pork sandwich was just ok. Mufongo soup was banging though. Our server took so long considering it was empty. Will go back and try something else on the limited menu.
Our experience started off rocky. There was no host/hostess and when I asked the server that sat us to please check our reservation so I could get my Open Table points, he ignored me. The bartender was super slow - it took 25 minutes to get our drinks. My boyfriend's drink order was messed up twice, which is weird since he ordered vodka on the rocks. The server made a couple food suggestions and that's when things took a turn for the better, although he didn't really know a lot of detail about the menu. However, everything was incredible!! We got the edamame frito which was quite tasty. The chicken katsu bao was really good as well. The mongolian beef tostones were our least favorite but still not bad. The pork & sweet plantain dumplings were so delicious that my tummy hurt from being so full. I couldn't stop eating! So overall, they need to work on staffing fully because service was so slow due to being undetstaffed. Especially on nights where there is a concert or event. The food did make up for it in my opinion. I still want my Open Table points though! Haha
I was exited to try a new restaurant that has an iron chef at the helm. Was expecting excellence all around. Got there before our reservation and seated us promptly. Waitstaff seemed co fused as to who table was our so we seem to have 2 servers. Who would ask the same question. Order Drinks my wife ordered a white walker and and I a draft. We also put in an order of the chimichanga egg rolls. The egg rolls came out before out drink but we had water so not a big deal. Should have know this would have been the best part.
Onto dinner I order the Roopa viejo bibimbap and m wife the churrasco steak and udon.
Roopa viejo came out and is was an average meal at best. Wife’s meal was no were to be found. After a few minutes my wife told me to start eating as we assumed her dinner would follow quickly. 10 minutes later. I thing called over waited to question, he checked with kitchen and said there are still a few tickets in front of hers? Waaaa how does that happen why do I have my food? He said other in the restaurant order the same so they just made a large batch. Not the answer I was expecting um restaurant 101 you serve the table as a whole. I asked how long, he was not sure and left the table. Another 5-10 passed I asked different waiter for the manager, was told he couldn’t come because he was the chef. At this point I asked for the check and left. Won’t be going back.
We think this location is cursed as every restaurant there fails in 6 months. I dont see this lasting much longer with the service.
Marie was amazing! She went above and beyond with us! Explain the menu with details. The food was delicious! My husband and I have never had a meal with so much amazing flavors. Honestly we would go again and would be requesting Marie as our server.
Try finding a seating for 8 in walking distance to the shuttle buses for the Jimmy Buffet/Eagles concert! But we did at El Buda! Service (Victor) was terrific -- good advice, timely, frequent check-ins. The food was wonderful. We came close to skipping because we had a hard time figuring out what Latin-Asian Fusion would be like and SO GLAD we didn't. It is a true fusion done by Iron Chefs -- surprising, unusual and delicious. The duck nachos were fantastic!
El Buda was a 10/10 for food, drink, atmosphere, and service. They have unique takes on food fusion. Attention to detail is noted in everything while at the same time keeping a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere. The restaurant could hold its own in Chicago or NYC, (I can qualify this from living in these places). One of my favorite spots in Orlando.
Before you make a decision to come or not to come to this restaurant, please read this in its entirety. If you are looking for a quick meal, do not come here. If you’re looking to be served within 15 minutes, do not come here. If you want to be in and out of this establishment in one hour, do not come here. BUT... if you are looking for a memorable meal, please make a reservation right now. If you are looking for an orgasmic mixture of flavors that will entice your tongue for minutes, please come here. If you are not afraid to experiment with new flavors, new combinations of ingredients, and aromas that will make your mouth water, please come here. If you want to be served by one of the finalists in the Iron Chef, Roberto Treviño, please come here. El Buda has been without a doubt one of my most amazing meals I’ve had in a long time. Yes, it is not a perfect restaurant. The service WAS slow but the food was worth the wait. Our waiter, Diego, was phenomenal and pleasant and very apologetic of the wait. We were there for dinner and came back the next day for brunch. Once again, the food was amazing. We had the plantain and pork dumplings as well as the churrasco on a sesame seed and oil mixture. The arroz Congri was to die for, and the different flavors in the mix kept coming and coming and evolving as the minutes passed. Truly a great dish. Reasonable wine list, would have preferred my red wine served at 57-60 degrees as I like. Had it not been for the service, I would have given this place five stars. We will come again. Good luck, Roberto!!
We arrived just before my scheduled reservation and was sat promptly. We were told the waiter would be right over by the hostess. Wr waited 20 minutes for the first person to stop by my table and ask if we had been helped. I told him no, he said I’m sorry would like something to drink. We ordered a drink which took only a few minutes to come. While waiting to order the food about 25 minutes had passed since anyone came back around to see if we were ready to order. Finally our actual waiter shows up and says he apologizes he didn’t know we were sat at his table. We were offered nothing for our inconvenience nor asked for anything. While we understood you are still a new restaurant, keeping your guests waiting 45 minutes total for food and beverage is a unacceptable and not a good way to start off the opening.
After enjoying a good 1st visit, we went a second time and our food was not nearly as good. Seems they have a consistency problem. Decided to give it another chance and went a 3rd time with a couple friends. This was a mistake as waiters were quite drunk. One was obnoxiously flirting with the hostess in front of us on check in. Hostess yelled at waiter for giving her the wrong name to check in (he didn’t). Waiter told us to follow him to table, while hostess argued and told us to follow her. Very uncomfortable start. If this was our first visit we’d have walked at that point, but we were jonesing for their dumplings...
At the table, the waiter asked for our order no less than 4 times, never writing it down and always repeating it back wrong. When he brought drinks, he sloppily landed them on the table despite taking 20 seconds to drunkenly align the glass to table relationship.
We got fed up, and talked to the first new person we found, who happened to be the bartender, who kindly stepped in and took over and everything went well after that. Not worth going back. Too uncomfortable and inconsistent . Shame, as I really like the concept.
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.