Buddakan - Philadelphia

4.7
8171 reviews
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$31 to $50
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Asian
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 12:00am, Sunday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(215) 574-9440
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Jason Goodman
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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.
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Private party contact
Diane Farina diane@starr-restaurant.com: (267) 238-3650
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Between 3rd & 4th on Chestnut
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Parking details
Valet parking is available at $18 per vehicle after 5:30pm. Parking lot available during lunch on 3rd & 4th between Market & Chestnut Streets.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 8171 People Are Saying
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DA
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I was there for my birthday and the waiter was phenomenal! He was very attentive to me and my guest!

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JB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 2

Seated at a deuce two tables from the kitchen serving area which was my view. Significant flow of server traffic was distracting and disappointing. Noise level from the kitchen combined with the venue and server foot traffic was unacceptable. Impeccable service and excellent fare was a saving grace. Your establishment was highly recommended by a frequent customer for a special occasion which it was.

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h
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Pork belly in steamed buns was entirely pork fat. Duck was served with tiny pancakes - was good, but too much meat relative to pancakes and shredded cucumber and onions. We split between 2 - perhaps better to slit among 4

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YD
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is no surprise this restaurant is one of Philadelphia's ten most popular. The food is fun, and the bento box at lunch is a great way to sample some of the menu's best (like the lamb chops and edamame dumplings). Whatever you do, DO NOT MISS DESSERT! I usually forego sweets, but WOW, these were WORTH IT. We tried the blondie, chocolate ganache, and my personal favorite: the poached pear with milk chocolate foam. WOW. Pastry chef Ian Perazelli hits it out of the park!

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OT
Sacramento
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous experience. Worth the wait.

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s
Philadelphia
70 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, drinks and service. We had rock shrimp bao buns, general Tso's dumplings and the dumpling sampler. By the time we got to the fried rice, we decided no enter was necessary. All we're delicious!

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MM
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chelseas was wonderful and made some nice food reccomendations!

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K
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Have dined here many times; food is always good. Nice atmosphere.

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MS
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I spent my birthday evening here and the atmosphere and the food were incredible!

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OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 3

service was great...

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M
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

First time experience was terrible.
I wouldn’t recommend this restaurant. It was over booked on a Saturday. Seating took 30 mins after reservations were made. Over crowded. However food and drinks were good. And service was satisfactory. Could have been better. Music too was good. Management should have offered complimentary drinks to customers waiting to be seated. Overall rating 3 stars.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time at Buddakan in Philadelphia. Food was absolutely amazing! Friendly staff, amazing food, and a great environment! 10/10!

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OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I went for our anniversary. It was our first time to this restaurant and definitely will not be our last. I can't say enough about our experience except that it was excellent. Staff very friendly and our waitress was very informative and helpful. For our appetizer we had King Crab Tempura and the Dim Sum Sampler. They were delicious and now we couldn't wait till we got our dinner which was the Pan Seared Sea Bass and the Wasabi Crusted Filet. My wife said that was the best piece of fish she ever had and my filet melted in your mouth and we shared the Beef Chow Fun which is a mix of noodles, short rib, mushrooms and bean spouts. All of our food was prepared perfectly. We shared a desert which was the Poached Pear another excellent dish. I wanted to take a photos of all of our food but only remembered when we got to our desert. Thanks for a wonderful evening.

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OT
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Food amazing as always and our waiter was great

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w
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, uniquely wonderful!

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S
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to wine and dine. Great portions. My wife was very happy for her birthday dinner. Highly recommend for business dinners or cocktails.

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N
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful view and delicious food! I will definitely be returning again soon. ❤️

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NN
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful dinner. Harry was an excellent waiter.

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RF
Seattle
38 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food! Quality is exceptional! Service was phenomenal!

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E
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Amazing food and great ambiance. Would have to say that it’s one of our Top 3 favorites in Philly! The level of detail to the food and the flavors was exceptional. Nothing disappointed - it was all wonderful. Highly recommend ~ especially for foodies!

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely Fabulous !

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WR
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a fine dining experience, enhanced this visit by the Poached Pear dessert.

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CB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food is amazing and an overall wonderful experience. I am hoping next time we will be sat at the main dining floor.

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KG
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place GREAT place and the food is outstanding.

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MD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 5

Food, drink & ambiance were fabulous as always. Service was horrible. Waiter was not attentive. Had to beg for drinks. Tab would hav been higher if we were able to get his attention. Tres annoying.

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NE
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a happening restaurant to be on a Saturday night. Everything we ordered was amazing, specially the edamame dumplings...get two orders! Drinks were unique and the service was excellent!!! I have been to the Atlantic City location, while the is a slightly different atmosphere, both are a 5 star !!

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TL
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

THE MOST OVER RATED ASIAN FUSION RESTAURANT IN PHILADELPHIA. SO DISAPPOINTING.
LACK CREATIVITY, OVER PRICED AND TOO SALTY. Out of all the Starr Restaurants I have been, this is the worst (worse than Frankford Hall food). El Vez (the best), Pizzeria Stella and Fete Sau are a much, much better option.
Drinks were good, service (our waiter) was excellent and dessert (Dessert Bento) was the only salvation of our meal. Very disappointing and we'll definitely not going to go back for the food.
There are BETTER options around for this kind of food. Susanna Foo or Raw is so much better.

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CC
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We had the Crab however, I didn't taste much by way of the plum wine sauce it came in. My husband had the lamb chops of which he said were quite tender and flavourful. We had the vegetable fried rice that was served with a coconut-lime foam of which added an unexpected, yet wonderful flavour to the rice. We were unaware that a side of rice came with my entree or we would have opted for the wasabi mash potatoes instead. The portions were large, so I ended up with leftovers. We split the Poached Pear with milk chocolate curd, fudge, cardamom ice cream for dessert and it was lovely; but would have prefered the pear to have been warm or at least room temperature as I'm accustomed to it being.

Ann, who was our server was by far one of the best servers we've had while dining out. She was warm, engaging, attentive, and extremely personable. She ensured each phase of our meal was to our satisfaction, engaged in delightful banter, and did not rush us in any way. Her recommendations for the dessert and my husbands after dinner drink were spot on. She is an amazing reflection of Buddakan.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was good

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v
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Our waiter Joseph was great! Wonderful food! Will definitely go back.

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A
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious! Love the bento box option for lunch. Great way to sample a variety of options. Dessert was great too!

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SW
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have dined here many times. Tried the fire roasted edamame this time and OMG, it was scrumptious.

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a
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Always have a great time. Food never disappoints. The only down side is I always eat too much food as I cannot choose. Worth the trip in town

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JW
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our second time here and we'll come back again. The menu variety is wonderful and the cuisine is perfect if you have a vegan and meat lovers in your party. The service was very good and the ambiance was pleasant and good for conversation. This time we were there for lunch. The first time we were there for dinner on Christmas Day and that was quite a lively crowd and the conversation level was high but not enough to keep us from going back. The food, like this time, was exceptional. The Endamame Dumpings, the Eggplant sidedish, the Sea Bass, and more were memorable!

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f
Philadelphia
51 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ok this place everytime delivers! Whether I eat here once every 2 years or every other month the years go by and even though the menu stays the same it just rocks it from start to finish. A Philly staple you would be a fool to ever pass up a chance to eat here lunch or dinner!

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was fabulous as always!!

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OT
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful dining experience at Buddakan. The food was delicious and my vegetarian entree was incredible. Buddakan has consistently good food and excellent service. Always a favorite!!!!!

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b
Poconos
19 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Three of our party of four had not been before. We had seen the Craig LeBan article in the Inquirer downgrading his rating. However, we enjoyed the food and the service was good. I would go back again.

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K
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My waiter was absolutely amazing and the food provided was perfect.
Thank you, for a great experience.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service. Everyone I bring here falls in love with it.

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