Buddakan - Philadelphia

4.7
8722 reviews
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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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Denver
6 reviews
Dined 14 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Best place in the city

H
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Too expensive di

OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite places to eat. All was excellent

OT
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

L’arrivée des plats se fait beaucoup trop rapidement
Tout arrive en même temps

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OT
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Visiting the constitution center

J
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very romantic, I love the lighting. I’m vegan, and our server was very helpful in recommending dishes to try. I absolutely loved the dish she recommended, which was actually not on the menu.
Overall we had an amazing time. The food was great!

M
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We eat here often we enjoy the food and always impresses when we’re entering

OT
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal. Pleasant and efficient service.

KS
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved it! Food was scrumptious and our waiters were wonderful.

LS
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious as always!!

KM
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really wanted the chef tasting and were disappointed it requires 5 people. However, we recovered with a couple of the craft cocktails! The drinks were unique & delicious. We started with the dumpling sampler and Buddakan salad. All of the dumplings were tasty with the edamame dumplings being the favorite. We had the lobster fried rice which was buttery and delicious. We desired a little heat and added some chili oil. We had the sea bass, lamb and filet as entrees. Each entree was innovative and full of flavor. We were too full to enjoy dessert. Service was outstanding and my mushroom allergy was handled with precision. Will definitely return to try other exciting options.

HJ
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and food was delicious. Our waiter Dave was very informative and attentive to our needs. We enjoyed the Monk Fish, lobster rolls, and Sake!! Great time

A
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was amazing!!

OT
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Buddakan made me feel so special for my birthday!

S
Philadelphia
30 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Nice experience but not as good as previously. It has always been a busy place but they seated us 30 min after our booking. The food was good and they did have a special vegetarian menu which was great for our guests. Very loud in the restaurant as a whole

JC
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The service was excellent and the food was delicious. However, the portion sizes were extremely small for a large price as well as the tables are seated extremely close to each other making it difficult to have a completely private conversation.

RW
Philadelphia
57 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

In my opinion the latest review saying the food and concept were tired is not valid .Everything including the new summer tomato salad with about 10 at least varieties was superb.

OT
Tampa
10 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We shared 4 appetizers. All had unique flavors that were a culinary delight. We love the fire roasted edamame.

MI
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were a group of ten and besides the food being excellent, so was our service. I don't remember our server's name but he really made the night very special. We've always had great experiences here but this one was over the top great!

OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was amazing, as expected. I have never been disappointed when dining here.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The food was great. We had Szechuan dumplings, king crab tempura and Peking Duck with a side of rice. All delicious. The restaurant was full of customers on this Wednesday night and wait staff did a great job. However it was far to loud in the restaurant. I felt like I was packed into a noisy school auditorium.

MC
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A fantastic dining experience! Our server Clint was excellent and we loved the food. Great to finally visit the original Buddakan!

GC
Seattle
53 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

First time at Buddakan -- hope it's not our last. Wonderful atmosphere and great food. Hard to ask for more from a restaurant. Enjoyed everything we ate. The edamame dumplings were a pleasant surprise. I still think about the taste it left in my mouth. Our waiter was helpful in recommending something with little/no spice for my wife. She raved about her shrimp lo-mein. The only disappointment was that we had a flight home early the next morning so we couldn't take our leftovers home with us.

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

It was just meh

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was great as always. The wasabi filet was amazing. Everything was perfect on Buddakan’s end. The only thing that sucked was the couple next to us. They were obnoxious to put it lightly. They were constantly using the N word and decided to comment on videos of people getting shot in the street. Comments like “oh that’s a big a** gun” and “that buhl got earthed”. I decided not to blame Buddakan for their behavior, but it was disturbing to say the least and practically ruined the night. For a $200 dinner I expect people to act accordingly, but it seems not to be the case for others.

OT
Charleston
9 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding!! The food was so creative and flavorful. We had the Sea Bass and Duck and both were delicious. The food is served to be shared and it’s great. Dim sum was great and we enjoyed the sashimi. Definitely recommend this for a dining experience.

TR
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Buddakan is one of my favorite restaurants in Philadelphia. The food is always amazing. I have never had a bad meal here. The only thing that was off at my last visit was the waiter. He did not go over any of the daily specials. So we missed out on the seasonal or daily appetizer and other specials. We only realized at the end of the meal when we heard the waitress next to us tell another table.

JT
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

I’ve been going to this restaurant every year for my birthday for the last 10 years. I’m sorry to report that Tammy, our waitress, was not attentive. The food was delicious, but our server was not very good. I hope next year for my birthday she’s not our waitress!

R
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious in every way. Love the food. Love the decor.

NG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The one in New York is MUCH better. I the service was slow, the waiter barely checked on us at between courses, & the food was too sweet. We had the pepper beef & yuck

JC
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Very good food. Don’t come like we did as tourists. Dress well. Service was great, though!
Loved the tastes from Asia. Go there without any doubts.

R
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came for my birthday and we definitely becoming back. The donuts are out of this world amazing btw. It’s a nice finish to the evening.

BP
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 4

For the price you’d think you’d get better quality food. We chose not to eat entrees after the appetizers and left. Overpriced waiters seem new probably high turnover

OT
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Entertaining out of state visitors

FS
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was very good and our server was very knowledgeable about wine pairings. It is quite dark for some elderly people, luckily I always carry a dinner flash light just for that purpose. Our seating next to the kitchen was very loud and the music to us is unnecessary for a quiet and relaxing dinner.

JH
Atlanta
16 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and great service!
Visited Buddakan on a weekend trip to Philadelphia.
Food was very high quality - we shared spring rolls and lobster rolls for starter. Neither were greasy, which can be problem.
Entrees were also excellent - BBQ pork and black cod.
Would definitely recommend.

RJ
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Place never lets me down. Will always come back. Foods amazing, always hot, always tasty and the service is top notch. Everyone is friendly and it’s very romantic, yet hip and upscale. Dimmed lighting , nice upscale bar and the ambiance is always perfect

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always fantastic.

S
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Nice lunch with my daughter to close out my two week vacation from work.

M
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful dinner at Buddakan. We had the sashimi and soup dumplings to start then the sea bass and duck. Just simply fantastic! Service was great and we truly enjoyed it.

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