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Buddakan - Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

Buddakan - Philadelphia

4.8
4.8
10915 Reviews
$31 to $50
Asian
Stephen Starr’s Buddakan is a spectacular restaurant featuring exotic flavors of modern Asian cuisine with creativity and drama. Bon Appetit notes, "The mostly white space is striking, with a lit-from-within communal table in the middle of the room, a waterfall & a ten-foot, candle-bedecked Buddha. The religious icon watches over hip customers indulging in pan-Asian cuisine that far surpasses the fare usually found at hot spots like this." Newsweek reports, "Design also serves as a signifier for cuisine. You walk into Buddakan, one of the hottest new restaurants in Philadelphia, past a shimmering waterfall & Japanese river stones & you say to yourself, 'ginger-miso everything' even before you see the magnificent 10-foot Buddha dominating the dining room." Named one of “America's Top 50 Restaurants" by Travel & Leisure and 'Top Restaurant for Fun' by Gourmet, Buddakan has become one of the country's most talked about restaurants.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 94 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Asian
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (215) 574-9440
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Executive chef
    Nery Hernandez
  • Private party facilities
    Buddakan is the perfect venue for corporate or social events. Whether you want to take over the entire facility, overlook the action or be in the midst of it, there are many options for groups to experience Philadelphia’s most highly sought after dining destination.
  • Private party contact
    Diane Farina diane@starr-restaurant.com: (267) 238-3650
  • Neighborhood
    Old City
  • Cross street
    Between 3rd & 4th on Chestnut
  • Parking details
    We are happy to be offering Valet Parking again! There is also a garage on 4th Street, Bourse Parking, as well as on street parking in the area.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Philadelphia County

    Most Booked

  • Philadelphia

    Good for special occasions

  • Philadelphia

    Most Booked

10,916 Reviews
  1. FatimahA

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was quite an experience the setting was nice the noise not loud I was able to hear myself talk….the waiter was very nice and attentive. The food was amazing. I would recommend this place to my family and friends

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  2. RoyD

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We hadn’t been in about 10 years… it’s just not the same quality of food anymore…service was nice an the vibe is always cool, but the food isn’t that good…

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  3. Karenk

    New York City

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was excellent. The food and service were top notch. Peking duck is to die for, one of the best I have ever had. Crispy and cooked to perfection. The birds nest potatoes were outstanding, the mustard flavor really came through but not overwhelming a great combination.. a must try

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  4. MariaGayer

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was amazing. Our waiter was excellent, very attentive and fast.

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  5. Schmidbo

    Coastal Georgia

    31 reviews

    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    We had not been to Buddakan in a long time but with a favorite relative visiting we decided to return. Everything was wonderful, especially the selection and the service. It was Saturday night and we could only book an earlier table, such was the demand. It was loud but our party of 3 was seated in a quieter 2nd level space which enhanced the experience. We loved all our dishes but a highlight was the classic dessert donuts with 3 separate toppings. If you go, make reservations well ahead of your visit.

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  6. BillW

    Greater Boston

    24 reviews

    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As always- everything was superb! Start with the lychee martini- it’s so tasty! Everything I’ve eaten here has been wonderful. There isn’t anything (and I’ve eaten through much) on the menu I haven’t enjoyed.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food is always delicious and the service was awesome

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  8. Kathleen

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    The food was delicious last night. Unfortunately it was extremely loud and service was slow. For four people or dinner lasted three hours.

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  9. Lauren

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very great experience!!!!!!!! Would go back again!!!!!!

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Aneesh was amazing as well as the food. Always a great night out

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Buddakan was very good! I loved everything about it , The service was excellent.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was fantastic! Service was patient perfection!

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  13. cherylM

    Philadelphia

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love this place! Love the food too! Would absolutely come back

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  14. VinayT

    New York City

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Very noisy. The music makes it even nosier. The Pantry is right beside a few tables, customers do not want to hear spoons and cutlery wiping noises, chatter from the kitchen, etc. Some items were top-notch (really top-notch), while some were not up to the mark. Overall the food was good. Food came to the table fast, but there was a lot of wait for us to take the order. We were not given a table until all the members arrived, it took me 15 min to park and come, but my other family members had to wait at the entrance for me to join.

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  15. realhairgirl

    Philadelphia

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This place never disappoints! Amazing food amazing service!!! Omg the edamame dumplings are to die for!!! The cashew chicken and the steak w crispy fried potatoes w this amazing sauce wow!! The donuts for desert are delicious!! Can’t wait to go back!

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  16. Phillygal

    Philadelphia

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was fabulous, as always. Our waiter was friendly and helpful.

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful dining experience. Exceptional service from arrival to departure. Food is incredible!!! Always had water glasses refilled. It was a lovely evening celebrating a birthday. Can’t wait for another special occasion to return! Thank you!

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  18. Jason

    Denver

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Sensational meal and service! We shared a few items to start. We had the edamame dumplings and a wagyu steak skewer appetizer. The dumplings and the steak melted in your mouth. For dinner, we had the sea bass, cashew chicken and shrimp pad tai! All was sensational! Couple it with Stephen Starr’s proprietary Pinot noir and it made for a wonderful meal!

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  19. FraydyA

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was amazing the drinks the food and the service!

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  20. LaShauntaG

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I love Buddakan. My wife and I goes there every chance we get.

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, server Ariel was exceptional. All the items we ordered tasted great.

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  22. AmiraD

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    For my first time being here (two other people were with me) I had an excellent time!!! From the moment we walked in, until the time we left the experience was a 10/10. Olga was our waiter and she was amazing!! She was very patient with us, as none of us have been here before. The manager even came over to see how everything was going at our table. The food was delicious and we made fresh and hot. I recommend everyone coming here !!! I can’t wait to go back. ❤️

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  23. RachaelR

    Philadelphia

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious meal and great service, as always. We ordered a ton of food: shrimp lo mein, shrimp pad Thai, cashew chicken, wasabi mashed potatoes, 2 sampler dumpling platters, among others. All of the food was excellent. We went for my husband's 40th birthday and our server made sure to make it special for him. Will always recommend Buddakan. And for those wondering, there is a parking garage right around the corner and they also offer valet.

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  24. SabrinaM

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food, the best drinks. Our favorite place to dine

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  25. FredD

    Minneapolis

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The waiter, Mark, was great and the food was great!

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  26. Sophia

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server Katie was amazing! Can’t wait to return for my graduation dinner.

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    The food took an extraordinary amount of time to bring out, once it was brought out it was only served to one guest, the other guest was made to wait 30 minutes before the general manager addressed the issue. When expressing dissatisfaction, the general manager was blunt, abrasive, impolite and appeared unsympathetic to the issue at hand. It was only when informing the general manager about their unsatisfactory demeanor did they become the slightest bit respectful. At this time the first guests dinner had become cold, requiring a send back, and it was necessary to wait another 20 minutes for both guests to receive their food at the same time. At this point it is difficult to say if the food was unappetizing or we had lost our appetites from such a poor experience. This was thoroughly disappointing and has now associated a location once filled with a multitude of great memories to now be associated with an overwhelming terrible memory.

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  28. LauraC

    Salt Lake City

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It has been a while since I have eaten with you. It was all DELISH!!! I always do a Galentines with my daughter and niece because my husband is usually traveling and love it!! Will be returning in the near future!

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I believe the place is wonderful but for the price of food , presentation needs to be worked on . The food is great but presentation is everything . I want my eyes to an appreciate the wonderful art that was made not just my taste bugs .

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time here and Luca was an incredible server for our (early) Valentine's day dinner. Food was excellent, as was the ambiance.

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Buddakan has been a stalwart in the Philly food scene for years and for good reason! The ambiance is still trendy and fun, the food was amazing, and the service was wonderful. We will be back!

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  32. AriC

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Gorgeous atmosphere and delicious food. The Dim Sum sampler and Wasabi mashed potatoes were wonderful. It was a great date night!

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  33. ajn12

    Washington DC

    42 reviews

    4.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Way too loud to have a conversation with anyone Servers distracted. Food was excellent but for the themed dinner would have preferred having less food on the table instead of having them bring everything at once, felt rushed

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  34. Carsonm

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I came to dinner with my wife and it so happened to be that the restaurant was celebrating lunar new year. Each table was decorated with oranges as a symbol of good fortune (that's what our waitress told us). Although the restaurant was packed, my wife and I were able to have a conversation and enjoyed the dimmed lighting and ambiance. We had a lovely evening and the food was absolutely delicious! We ordered the spicy rock shrimp bao buns and the general tso dumplings and let me tell you those were absolutely delicious! For our main dishes we ordered the char grilled aged beef which comes with the Szechuan fries and salad and just wow! The combination and flavors just wow. The cashew chicken's sauce went perfectly with the Jasmine rice it came with. I am ready to go back again and order this entire meal again!

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food! Great drinks! Our waitress was amazing and such a sweet woman! Highly recommend the lemon chicken, lobster rolls, wasabi, mashed potatoes, and the black pepper beef!

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  36. LashiaR

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Buddakhan was AMAZING as always!! The Shanghai lobster is my favorite!

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  37. Emcee

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a wonderful Chinese New Year brunch. Our table for seven ordered à la cart rather than off the special tasting menu due to food allergies/dietary restrictions. Nice touches were the mandarin oranges presented with the place setting (for luck and prosperity), the provision of a shellfish allergy alternative menu when an allergy was mentioned, frozen dragonfruit macarons at the end of the meal, and hong bao (red envelopes) presented with the check. Great cocktails, attractive decor. Every dish was beautifully presented, authentic in spirit yet creative, and delicious. We ordered Yusheng, Dragon’s tail spring rolls, chicken dumplings, vegetable fried rice, Peking duck, longevity noodles, crispy whole fish, eggplant, and gai lan. The Peking duck came with enough pancakes for each person to have multiple portions. The use of pinenuts in the eggplant was reminiscent of roasted garlic texture without throwing off the balance of flavor in a subtle and brilliant way— we couldn’t stop talking about it. The spring rolls had me double dipping in the sauces. So often dumplings are phoned in, but these were scrumptious. Our server was knowledgeable about the menu, suggested we add extra dumplings to the order to make sure each person got one, and paced her visits back to our table perfectly. The highlight of the afternoon was the performance of the Penn Lions dance troupe, specially arranged for the holiday. This was an event, not just a meal.

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  38. Steve

    Philadelphia

    53 reviews

    5.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was a lunch celebrating the Chinese New Year and it was spectacular. The tasting menu was one course after another of culinary and taste sensations that tickled the pallet and delighted the eyes. With all of that, they also had a group of folks that played instruments and there were two dragons that would go around the restaurant and entertain everybody there. This was truly an amazing experience we will book again in 2025.

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  39. Tuulbox

    Philadelphia

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We’ve been attending Buddakan’s Lunar New Year event for the last five years. The food was fantastic, and we really appreciate the consideration of the management and staff for our family (with two small children). My son LOVED the dragon dancers and drummers, and my wife and I loved the food (especially the longevity noodles and pork dumplings). The Peking duck was perhaps not as fantastic as in years past, but nevertheless, the experience was amazing.

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  40. MLons

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We enjoyed a special brunch on lunar new year to celebrate my daughter’s birthday! Seabass, dumplings and tuna tartare along with vegetable rice with coconut foam were all delicious. Fancy and fun, cocktails and mock tails were enjoyed! Entertainment by dragon dancers made it fun. Though we had no room for dessert. Our waiter kindly brought a delicious vanilla ice cream with sparkler to make my daughter’s day extra special! Much appreciated!

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Buddakan - Philadelphia offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (215) 574-9440.

Buddakan - Philadelphia is rated 4.8 stars by 10915 OpenTable diners.

Buddakan - Philadelphia does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 94 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Buddakan - Philadelphia

325 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Between 3rd & 4th on Chestnut
  • Neighborhood
    Old City
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Asian
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    We are happy to be offering Valet Parking again! There is also a garage on 4th Street, Bourse Parking, as well as on street parking in the area.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Nery Hernandez
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (215) 574-9440
  • Private party facilities
    Buddakan is the perfect venue for corporate or social events. Whether you want to take over the entire facility, overlook the action or be in the midst of it, there are many options for groups to experience Philadelphia’s most highly sought after dining destination.
  • Private party contact
    Diane Farina diane@starr-restaurant.com: (267) 238-3650
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