El Buda

3.8
58 reviews
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$30 and under
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Latin / Spanish
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A Latin-Asian Fusion restaurant with a great bar program, personalized service, plates to share, and a customized spin on fresh attractive food with lots of flash.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Latin / Spanish, Fusion / Eclectic, Asian
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Hours of operation
Monday – Closed
Tuesday – 11:30a - 10p
Wednesday – 11:30a - 10p
Thursday – 11:30a - 1a
Friday – 11:30a - 1a
Saturday – 11:30a - 1a
Sunday – 3p - 10p
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Phone number
(407) 203-8171
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Andrew Lewis
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Private party contact
Ricatdo Garcia: (407) 276-0399
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Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wine
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2.0Dined on August 5, 2018

They were out of all wine less than$70/bottle and all vodka. They had multiple events during the week, but disappointing nonetheless. My server was also the bartender so got limited service. Food was good but service lacking on a Saturday evening.

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1.0Dined on August 4, 2018

Do yourself a favor and don't even bother! This restaurant will be closed soon enough. We should have left when we stood for a while at the host stand with no greeting, but we were intrigued by the food so we waited. Finally a server walked up to help us (we had a reservation), but had to do something else before he could seat us, so we waited by the stand a little longer. The hostess finally appeared, with what seemed to be a foot injury. She didn't make eye contact with us or say hello. She just sorted a bunch of tattered menus and generally looked annoyed at life.
We were finally sat by the server and again we waited. Finally another server showed up and proclaimed how glad she was that we found the restaurant. I felt the same way about her finding us. Since we had been sitting for a while we immediate gave her our dimsum and drink orders. They had none of the beers my boyfriend wanted (he asked for 2 different brands). She said she would bring another similar one that wasn't on the menu. Again, we waited...

When she came back, it was to inform us that the they were out of the merlot she recommended and the cab our friends ordered -- basically they had no red wine. Oh, and they also didn't have the beer she was going to bring my boyfriend. I felt like I was in the Twilight Zone! We decided to leave and she said she didn't blame us. Good grief, I hope they at least had food. The manager met us in the lobby telling us that this was his fault and held the door open for us to leave...zero recovery options for 4 locals (in the hospitality business ess) who could have come back again. The reason I say that this place is short-lived is due to the ineptitude of this manager and the others that run that business. They made poor hiring choices and obviously can't manage their inventory or don't have the cash flow to keep it stocked. Adios El Buda...namaste!

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2.0Dined on August 4, 2018

The service was disappointing. Food was excellent. Drinks were pricey but good.

The server failed to fill our water glasses throughout the hour and a half dining experience, and though the food was prompt, he was not. I paid for a drink I never received because we had to run to the theatre to catch the show. If he had communicated the situation better, we may have had a better experience. My husband and I have been servers ourselves and know how communicating with the customer can go a long way.

The food was an inventive blend of Asian and Latin, as advertised. We ordered the blistered peppers and dumplings for appetizers, both delicious. Churrasco for my meal and it delivered. No complaints about the food but the poor service called the whole experience.

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1.0Dined on August 4, 2018

Awful service. Terrible. Party of 4 and 1 person got their food 15 minutes before everyone else. Ordered drinks as soon as seated and didn’t get them until after food brought out, almost 40 minutes later. Food was mediocre. I’m surprised this place has good reviews

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5.0Dined on August 3, 2018

The food was amazing and Christian was an amazing server who did a great job of helping us choose some fantastic food. We will be back!

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5.0Dined on July 14, 2018

Very unique food. The combination of Latin and Asian cuisine brought such flavor to my pallet, that makes me keep coming for more!

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4.0Dined on July 12, 2018

The appetizers were great and the meals were very good. I would call it “Chino-Latino Gourmet”. The duck and maduros fried rice, and the dumplings, WOW. Not the easiest place to find (Waze and Google Maps had problems locating due to train tracks and buildings nearby), but beyond that worth the short walk (parking everywhere and inexpensive).

It’s in a great spot, near the activity in Church st.

Worth it!

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2.0Dined on June 26, 2018

It was interesting food but way over priced. Lo Mein with chicken for $22 is just crazy for what you get. It comes with a small container of mole sauce (which was delicious) but it really didn't go with the subtle flavors of the lo mein. Dining partner had a ban mi (also good) which came with the same mole- why??? Same flavor disconnect. Yucca fries were so so. The dining room was dark ("baroque" my friend called) with a lot of red. Very few people. The waiter tried really hard- a little too hard actually. Won't be back.

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

We enjoyed the food and the service was wonderful. Everything we tried was very well presented and delicious.

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

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.
Cheers

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1.0Dined on June 10, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Anniversary

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Food and service were both amazing!!

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Awesome food and ambiance. Definitely worth it!

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

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

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3.0Dined on June 1, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on May 31, 2018

Chef Roberto Trevino and his team never disappoint. Marie our sever was amazing. The food was excellent.

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5.0Dined on May 23, 2018

I invited some friends that came to visit from Puerto Rico and everyone was amazed by the quality and flavors.

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4.0Dined on May 23, 2018

Great change of pace on a Disney vacation. Eclectic menu very welcoming.

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1.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Cold food, slow service, did not have 4 items of the already small menu, and lacked all type of attention.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

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

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3.0Dined on May 12, 2018

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.

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3.0Dined on May 10, 2018

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.

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3.0Dined on April 24, 2018

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

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1.0Dined on April 20, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

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!

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

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.

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

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!!

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4.0Dined on April 3, 2018

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.

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1.0Dined on March 24, 2018

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.

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1.0Dined on March 3, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

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!

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4.0Dined on February 22, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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.

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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!

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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!

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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.

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1.0Dined on February 10, 2018

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.

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