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Buddakan - Philadelphia

4.7
9723 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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 9723 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.8
Food
4.6
Service
4.6
Ambience
4.4
Value
Noise · Moderate
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vipvillagesq
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

Great food, great service, but the noise was deafening.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

It’s been 5 years since I been here and the food still taste the same. The staff is friendly and outgoing.
I had dinner for the first time after 5 years with some friends you had never dined at Buddakan. So glad I picked this spot to bring them — they loved it! And will be back again.

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carole
Orlando
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely delicious and impeccable service

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food3Service5Ambience5

Please bring back the red dragon tofu! It was the best thing on the menu (even if it wasn’t actually in the menu!)

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

We were seated in a corner without a view of anything except the bar…we had reservations. The waiter was new to the restaurant but an excellent server, though a mistake he made in ordering resulted in a delay in us receiving our entrees. We were comped a dessert, and it was delicious. The food was good but not great. I had the cashew chicken bowl and some of the chicken was dry. My date ate the Korean beef bowl but I saw very little beef. I saw other couples enjoying food the looked great: aged beef, lamb chops, and what looked like pad Thai. I would give it another chance: different food and a different table.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Waiter was greater, loved the food, as always.

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shamiyyaha
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Overall I loved my birthday experience this restaurant was truly amazing , I cannot wait to come back I love it here.

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GiannaI
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Unreal. Edamame dumplings are a MUST. And the wasabi crusted filet. Wowwwww

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MelissaF
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

Food was delicious. Waiter was very nice but forgetful once it got busier. He forgot our dessert order and took a long time to get a cocktail once dinner was served. Wasn't very happy with seat but I did not say anything...we were put 6 feet from the door with foot traffic behind the chair. I got hit a couple times by wait staff walking by. On the open table site I commented that is was our anniversary but noone brought it up, meaning the host or waiter.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience4

Food was good but my waitress never checked to ask if everything was alright, which is t professional. I only had a main course with no appetizer or drinks.

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Andrew
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Buddakan was an excellent restaurant! The Enlightenment martini is delicious, as well as the dim sum. Pan seared sea bass is to die for! Will dine here again.

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vipKathyD
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing evening. Food and service top notch!

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Monet
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

We visited for our 1 year anniversary. The person who waited on us was awesome. I believe his name was Joe. Good was really good however the crab fried rice fell a bit short. It was heavy with cilantro and didn’t really have a fried rice texture more like steamed rice. The appetizer short ribs were amazing, hands down the best of our meals. Portions were very big. Over all it was worth it.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely experience

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MarcusD
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2021
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience1

While the food and service was decent, we hated having a table basically sitting in the main entrance next to the waiting area. A reservation made days in advance should never be subjected to that area, and that area shouldn’t be setup for seating anyway. I essentially had waiting guests talking and standing over my shoulder for most of the evening, as well as people walking down the small flight of stairs to exit standing over us while we wait. Not the experience I had in mind for my girlfriends birthday.

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vipNancyV
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I had never been to Buddakan and was so impressed with both the service and the food. Our waitress, Susie was so helpful, friendly and knowledgeable and made our first experience to pleasant! The food was amazing. I am a vegan and they have a menu to accommodate vegan and vegetarian. It was wonderful!

-Nancy
Berwyn, PA

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Pastorchef
Philadelphia
32 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

My second visit and it was better than the first which was a great time. Service was a tad slower than before and I believe that was due to a lack of manpower but it wasn’t slow enough to complain. I will be back and I recommend this restaurant to anyone who likes Asian cuisine.

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vipJohnS
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on 7 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Service and food were outstanding. A little loud, but romantic.

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GTTT
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Food was good. Wasn't too crazy about the chicken and ginger dumplings though. Our cocktails were also very good.

JM
vipJamesM
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2021
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

Service seemed rushed and room temperature was very cold

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Auman
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food, ambience and service. Everything from appetizers to Dim Sum, mains and desserts was great.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had a wonderful birthday dinner here last night! Our waiter Anish was phenomenal!

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Lisamarie
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My 12 year old sons first time here. He loved it! He’s a bit of a foodie and can’t wait to go back. Our server was amazing!!!!

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DAni
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience5

Great food! Good vibe! Dope ambiance good customer service

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely loved my dining experience. Celebrated my wedding anniversary and my husband and I will definitely be back 👍🏾

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TifphanieL
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

I love this restaurant. Amazing food! Very fun and energetic, although I have been to a more laid back, romantic location, which I may prefer. We were behind a huge party with lots of flashing cameras and a photographer. A bit much but otherwise perfect!

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MichelS
Philadelphia
28 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Never disappoints. Always amazing food and service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Service was great. Food was excellent

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Always a good experience at Buddakan. We went before closing and they were able to accommodate us with a moderate sense of urgency. Meal was fantastic.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 1 October 2021
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience4

Great would definitely go back

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vipFFanelli
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Never disappoints!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My baby dolls

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OpenTableDiner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service, atmosphere and food was tasty! Lively on a Monday night as well. Make sure to get the doughnuts for dessert!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

the restaurant was too cold to enjoy your food

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was speedy and tasteful

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Patricko
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The four of us let each other sample our dinners. The lobster was amazing, The short ribs were so tender and tasty,And the sea bass melted in your mouth. Need I say more?

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vipNJDave
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2021
Overall2Food3Service3Ambience3

I know the waiter said that dishes co.e out when they are ready, but we had two appetizers, three drinks, two entrees and were done in under an hour. It then took 15 minutes to get the check.
Much too rushed for the price paid.

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vipfoodiesRus
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined on 24 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious food, great cocktails and wine! Attentive service!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was a great evening to celebrate my friend’s 33rd birthday!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 24 September 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Our server was so attentive and amazing. Our drinks were disappointing but the food and fried donuts did not disappoint!

FAQs

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

Buddakan - Philadelphia is rated 4.7 stars by 9723 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.