Buddakan - Philadelphia

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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.

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OT
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall1food3service1ambience2

We have been to Buddakan over 25 times over the years. This was by far our worst experience from waiting 20 minutes to be seated after our reservation time to the 8 minutes before a server came to our table. This isn’t what we have come to expect. Also the wine we ordered wasn’t available the special that the server pushed was sold out after we tried to order it. The menu hasn’t changed much in years and isn’t as good as portions have been decreasing while prices have increased. I think we will take a break for a while!

OT
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience with great food

OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food

CC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

It was a nicely lit restaurant and the service was very good. The bento box dessert was sub par didn’t think it was worth the 18. There was a fried bass that was amazing and the ribs fell of the bone .

DL
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food has been consistently awesome for 15+ years

A
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Everything was excellent! From the dim sum sampler, to the sweet rock shrimp, the tuna tar tar spring rolls, and the lobster fried rice, all of it was super tasty! The fun cocktails were also very good!!!!

JR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food5service1ambience5

Everything was amazing except the service received from the server. He was not attentive and avoided us at all cost. I couldn’t tell him it was my partners birthday to give him a surprise him with something. Hopefully, my next experience will be different. But the place is amazing!!

M
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was great! The restaurant was very crowded the night we went. We asked for a tucked away table as quiet as possible, and they were able to accommodate us with what we asked for. I would definitely go back

VF
Philadelphia
30 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Buddakan has an awesome lunch special that is great for a business lunch. We also loved our waiter, he was very personable and funny.

OT
Tampa
16 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to have some quality food and nice conversations. It was quiet enough to have a business conversation and food was good as always!

CS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience4

Husband and I were visiting Philly over our anniversary, and having enjoyed SS restaurants in our hometown of DC, figured we’d give this a shot. Food was delicious and definitely met our expectations (though I wouldn’t say it exceeded expectations). Biggest downside is that this restaurant is posh and busy - we felt incredibly rushed through all our courses and were put off by the managers constantly roaming the floor checking on tables they could count would leave soon. I was also a bit disappointed that after noting in our reservation (and mentioning it when we got there) that nothing was made of our special occasion. Not the end of the world whatsoever, but at a restaurant of this caliber it’s been my experience that they make note of those things. Lastly, be aware if you have food allergies. Menu descriptions were limited, and we were never asked if we had any allergies. Unfortunately all the dishes we ordered came out with bell peppers in them (which husband is allergic to). Kudos to the service team for getting us new pepperless dishes when it was mentioned to them. Overall I’d go back if asked, but wouldn’t go out of my way.

OT
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What you would expect from Buddakan...excellent from start to end. Every course was excellent, drinks were delicious, service was great. I don’t think Buddakan needs a good review from me to succeed! Great spot

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food5service4ambience5

Was offered the worst table in the house- in the bar area by the bathroom -even thought we had dinner reservations. So we had to wait an hour for a better table.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful and delicious!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Tuna tartare spring rolls are AMAZING! enjoyed everything we ordered from main items to sauces and veggies. Can’t wait to go back

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great food, great staff, great waiter. The ambiance speaks for itself and is top notch. My only issue was one of the waiters or hosts had on boots with hard heals... he walked past us frequently and with authority - unfortunately he was pounding the heals on the wood flooring with every drop of the foot, literal shaking the table. It was really annoying. Other than that the experience was wonderful. Thank you -

s
London
51 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent meal, nice variety and presentation. Miso black cod and cauliflower superb. Good selection of cocktails. Very loud, difficult to converse.

JK
Philadelphia
23 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another great meal. Everything was perfect. Can't wait to return.

TE
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have already recommended this beautiful restaurant to at least 20 people!! Amazing date night for my husband and I.

WR
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super good. Order the Cashew Chicken or the Crab Fried rice.

GT
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Menu wasn’t as creative or intriguing as it used to be. Very basic Asian inspired menu items. I almost could’ve just ordered takeout and it would have been the same. Also, it was supposed to be family style and when the main entrees came, they were clearly meant for an individual. I’ve been here a few times over the years and I think I’ve had my last visit.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place

W
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good atmosphere. A little on the dark side but not too dark. Noise level was a little louder than I would like.

E
Philadelphia
86 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

As always, Buddakan was AWESOME!!! Had a fabulous dinner Saturday with friends that were in from out of town. They were very impressed with the food & ambiance! The hostess gave us perfect seat with a great view of the Budda. We had the Tuna Pizza, Calamari salad and the Chicken & ginger dumplings to start. They were all delicious!!! Three of us had the Tuna entree...which is seared and absolutely amazing, the other had the Monkfish and loved it.
The service seemed a little stressed that night but we were happy b/c we were not in a rush. We actually enjoyed being able to dine....its become a lost art in Philly.
I would HIGHLY recommend Buddakan to anyone. It has been around forever, but the food is consistently FANTASTIC!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We were seated promptly and the serving staff was wonderful. We did have to wait for 1 appetizer and a side dish was late in coming. Because we had a party of 6, we could only get a 5:30 or 8:30pm reservation even 3 weeks in advance. We were seated upstairs, it was very nice but we did not have a view of the main floor where the ambience is better.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience5

The service was not good. I asked the waitress for recommendations and just told me to read the menu. Then when the waitress was pouring my beer it overflowed and took for ever to clean up.
Food was amazing.

OT
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience2

Had drinks at the bar before dinner. Waited almost 10 mins before the bartender took our order— and it was not busy at the bar. Not sure what the delay was.

I was disappointed with this dinner overall. I was entertaining out of town guests and really hyped up the restaurant. We waited over an hour for our entrees to arrive Our waiter was not very attentive or helpful with selections. Two of us had upset stomachs for several hours following our dinner. I won’t be returning any time soon

SQ
Philadelphia
543 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed bento box lunches - delicious food and lots of it. Also bento box dessert to share. The place is attractive, and the server was friendly and helpful. I did not like the music - too much percussion. We were able to get a table in a quieter corner and we had an enjoyable conversation.

OT
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food,drinks and service was amazing. Will definitely go back!

BS
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such delicious food and great service all around ! Dying to go back already!!!

C
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

The food excellent no doubt. We were seated at the Community table we find comfortable until we were asked to move down to accommodate another party in the middle of our meal. It was tight and very loud so we left early. I will definitely Grubhub the food but not eat there.

F
Philadelphia
37 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It woudl have been perfect except that one of the many hostesses refused to go to the bar and get change to tip the valet. The bar was tough to get thru to, but she could have just walked up and asked for change of a $20, instead she simply pointed me to the bar, that sucks for a top level restaurant where i had almost a $400 bill for 4 of us!!!!
Left a bad taste on what would have been a great place

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service amazing. The steamed bun with pork belly appetizer was delicious

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall4food4service1ambience5

Why did the same server who gives people of color extremely poor service once again bring food to our table? This made my guest afraid to eat, fearing he either spat in or put something else into their food. Even though he apologized for his previous horrible behavior towards people of color and said next time he will do his best, it wasn’t enough because everyone everyday in every position should be doing their best. Next time, this server should do better because his best wasn’t good enough. I’m impressed he apologized yet disappointed it put a bad taste in my guest’s special occasion lunch...

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great service. Ambiance very nice. I am from outside Philadelphia but in NYC for 20 years. Went here when it first opened. Have gone to one in NYC several times. Was back in Phila and felt food is a lot better in NYC and not as good as I remembered. Sauces way overpowering.
Drinks were perfect. Food still good but need to tweak it a bit to be worth the price.

OT
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

loved the atmosphere and decor. attentive service. food good, but the usual too-large american portions.

NN
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Service was great.

a
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very accommodating for my food allergies and food and service was delicious!

AG
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience4

We had our anniversary dinner here this past Saturday. We got there 15 minutes early and we were told we would be seated closer to 715 (our reservation time). That was fine, no big deal. We looked around and there were plenty of empty tables open, but we didn't mind the wait. At 715 we asked if we were any closer to being seated. We were told they were waiting for a table to open up and they motioned over to the bar. If I wanted to be seated at the bar, I just would have walked in and sat at the bar. I asked if we could sit somewhere else, explained it was our anniversary and didn't want bar seating. Another 10 minutes goes by and a hostess comes up to us and seats us in the main dining area...at a small, round, 2 seater table, right in front of the kitchen. We had staff hitting my chair all night long because I was literally seated in the aisle. Not sure if it was retribution because I dared to turn down a table at the bar, but it was a terrible seat as well. Our waiter comes up to our table and promptly spills ice and water across the table and didn't bother to clean it up. The food was the only thing that saved the experience-everything we ordered was delicious. We ordered coffee with our dessert and it came out about 10 minutes after the dessert was placed on the table. The service was just okay. We made these reservations over a month ago, I guess that doesn't make a difference, it's probably who you know that will get you the better table at Buddakan.

S
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Wasabi filet was amazing...everything else was average