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Buddakan - Philadelphia

4.7
9475 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 & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 9475 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.8
food
4.7
service
4.5
ambience
4.4
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MariaM
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We love Buddakan and have been here multiple times but it’s worth mentioning our most recent visit was extra special thanks to our server Isaiah. He had such a fantastic energy and really elevated our experience. The food and drinks are alway top notch, but the service was the honorable mention this time. Thank you!

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vipBhuvanW
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food4service2ambience4

There was literally one server for all the booths outside. Felt bad for him... but sucked for people cause we would literally wait to get things. I wish managers standing outside and walking around could help him out.

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MSG0319
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was exceptional as per usual.....

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RebeccaD
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Our waiter Isiah did a wonderful job to help us celebrate my husband’s birthday!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Waited awhile even with reservations. Waiter did take our order in spite long wait outside. Food was great but expensive. Great for special occasion.

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vipNotpicky1
Philadelphia
71 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In these ‘challenging’ times, there are few excellent outdoor experiences to savor, and Buddakan Philly is one such place. The excellent food and service was matched with safety. We could not have been happier. Thank you Buddakan staff!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another great evening at Buddakhan. They’ve done a great job creating a COVID aware environment while still delivering an outstanding experience.

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Sv25
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is so amazing always. The waiter was very nice!

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KitchenMonster
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience1

I want on a Sunday evening for dinner, and it felt like we were forgotten about many times. We also went to celebrate and birthday, which i specified in my reservation, but no one asked about.

The waiter said he would go over the menu with us, but never ended up doing so. We always want recommendations when it comes to food from the staff, and it felt like the waiter couldn’t care less.

We heard really good things about Buddakan, but it didn’t live up to the rave reviews. The wait staff didn’t have any urgency when getting us our drinks or food, and I only ended up having two drinks, and got my second drink about 15 minutes before we had to leave. The pad Thai also had an overwhelming smell of fish sauce, which was almost nauseating. I really wanted to love this place but I expected better.

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KimP
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Our meals were fabulous and the service was wonderful. The only complaint is that the music did not fit the ambience in any way. Instead of rock music, I would recommend some easy listening Asian music set at a low volume that fits the beautiful motif of this restaurant.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall2food5service2ambience2

Expected a better outdoor dining experience from such an upscale restaurant. Too cold heaters weren’t enough for the space or temperatures. Invest in better heaters or leave them on when no one is in there so that it is some what comfortable when you arrive. Our light was out with no back up light bulbs so hard to see in the dark.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience2

The food was average Chinese food and got cold very quickly. We ordered many dishes amongst the 5 of us and were not impressed with any of them. Very overpriced Chinese food.

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vipChrisM
Philadelphia
44 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our dinner was excellent! Our server Clint made it even better! His suggestions were excellent. The restaurant did a great job with cover restrictions. We were very comfortable indoors.

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KellyRod
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, great food !!! Our server was Great and helped us make some great drink/food decisions .

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vipLauraL
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fabulous evening dining in an outdoor cabin! Loved our meal and were so comfortable even though it was a cold night. Food was delicious and server was great. Can't wait to return!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food and service were excellent as always, but apparently the new “business casual” is sweats! Worse yet, we were almost relegated to the upstairs bar in our blazers and bow ties. Upon our objections, we were given a booth adjacent to the delivery-order staging. Not impressed after securing a reservation as soon as they became available for our date. Dining may never again be what it used to be.

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CamiloC
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

This isn’t a bad restaurant but it’s way overrated. Not a fan .

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vipMichelS
Philadelphia
26 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible as always. Great service. Great food.
Can’t wait to go back again

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Tooth
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, good service

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner. Waiter was over the top

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RobertG
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had been long time since last visit and first visit for my wife. Way to long between visits. Food was absolutely delicious. Very enjoyable in spite of COVID-19. The out door pods did not deter from our enjoyment.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience overall ! Our waiter was very attentive & the food was great . He suggested the sugar donuts for dessert & I 100% will recommend to anyone . I’ve been here 3 times and this has been my favorite time by far !

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vipRPSP
Philadelphia
31 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

For us service is typically our number one priority. You could have a mediocre meal and extreme service and the experience still turns out OK. Our service was terrible from start to finish. The only thing that saved the day was that our meals were good with a big exception that they brought my husband’s meal about 10 minutes after everyone else’s so we were almost done by the time he got his meal. I mean that is just basic 101. You serve everyone at the same time. Menu was extremely limited and the cocktail menu even less. Unfortunately we won’t be back anytime soon and this used to be one of our favorite restaurants so we are extremely disappointed.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for a Valentine’s date and must say was one of the best restaurants to go to for such an occasion. The venue itself is fantastic, looked at photos before going and it’s reasonable to say it’s more impressive in person. The food was our favorite part, however, with delectable meats to choose from; the spare ribs are a must-try, as well as the char-grilled aged beef. The portions are made for sharing, which makes the experience with others even more invigorating. Food is much better with people of course and Buddakan understands that. Overall, it was a magnificent experience and we’re definitely going again, special occasion or not.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Valentines Day

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vipLina
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outdoor setup is great. Separated sections, with heating ducts and space heaters in each.

I wasn’t sure what to expect with the food, as it’s been almost 10 years since I last ate here and everything was stellar. Glad to see they have kept up the quality.

Can’t wait to go back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food and service

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Emilyd977
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

the food, service and environment were all incredible! easily ranked in one of my favorite Starr restaurants, will be back! the specialty whiskey drink for the chinese new year was INCREDIBLE!

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CharvezG
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent too 5 best fine dining experience I’ve ever had was a little discouraged about having to dine outdoors but the staff was able to accommodate us with indoor seats with a spectacular view food was excellent thanks to everyone involved

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BobbiS
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

I made a reservation for outdoor dining, it was well set up and appropriately distanced from the other diners. The heaters were on the smaller end, and I personally did not find that they provided enough heat to be comfortable in 20 degree weather. The food was delicious and beautifully presented. Our server Isiah was polite and provided excellent service. My only regret was that I did not inform the hostess it was my partners birthday, I made that information known on the reservation but did not reaffirm it upon arrival. It appears they provide a cute complimentary dessert to the celebrant, but I would double check with service. The indoor ambiance outpaces the outdoor ambiance my kilometers.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Buddakan was the perfect choice for a Valentine’s Day dinner. We tried four of their cocTruly, every aspect of the restaurant and experience is amazing.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Very good food lovely atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious ~ perfect night out!

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience2

Heaters barely worked for outdoor seating

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RichardR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, great food and "cool vibes" for a date night in celebrating the Lunar New Year!

Would strongly return.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience2

Way too cold outside but food was great ......need to have heat actually coming through the vents I think they were just for show. It took us an hour to defrost lol I don’t recommend sitting out there!!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food great experience evening during the Pandemic

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food!

DB
DarnellB
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, wish they had the crispy shrimp but the crab fried and and shrimp lo mein were excellent. The lobster egg rolls were delicious and the Asian salad is very good and enough to feed 4 people., The drinks were very good, the joy and chatachare I believe. I will be returning.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience5

I wanted to take my friends there because it was her birthday and she had never been so we traveled from Maryland to Philly just go to this particular restaurant. When I got my drink there was hair in it I showed it to the waiter and he just brushed it off like it was nothing and he offered me another drink. Nothing was accommodated just I’m sorry let me get you another one and considering the fact Covid is happening you would’ve thought that he would’ve been a little more apologetic and sincere and his apology but he wasn’t. This is my first time ever having a bad experience there

FAQs

Buddakan - Philadelphia does offer delivery in partnership with Caviar. Buddakan - Philadelphia also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (215) 574-9440.

Buddakan - Philadelphia is rated 4.7 stars by 9475 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.