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Buddakan - Philadelphia

4.7
9412 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 9412 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.8
food
4.7
service
4.6
ambience
4.4
value
Noise · Moderate
96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipMattM
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food5service5ambience1

I love Buddakhan. The outside pavilion has no heat! On a night that averaged 19 with wind chill I would have expected the management to let you know. Instead they put a small space heater and said good luck. It was freezing.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience1

Birthday dinner was great but it was VERY cold. But great service per usual.

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Mysand303
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoying a evening with a friend.

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Nyqui
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The night was an Overall great experience! We would return again.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Phenomenal. Hit every mark. Food was perfection, ambiance was

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viptt03
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was a little hesitant due to Covid. But they have the outdoor dining down pat. Individual pods that were open and heated. Food stayed warm while eating even though it was 35 degrees outside. Service was attentive and all staff followed Covid protocols. Well done! Thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service every time I visit here. Never a disappointment.

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RobK
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on 17 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Buddakan! We dined indoors right after the restrictions were lifted and restaurants could resume indoor dining. Place was very clean, the tables were spaced out, etc. The food and drinks are always amazing and our service was great. We joked about going back the next day to get more edamame dumplings. These are a must try if you go!!

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michellec
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 16 January 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

The servicer could have been better. We felt rushed. We had to be waited to get seated. Policy specifically shows the grace period to hold a table is 15 minutes but that should be in both sides. We were early and waited patiently. Felt great to be back inside.

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vipHappyGirl
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on 16 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an amazing time we had celebrating our anniversary! The food was sensational and the service extraordinary! Our waiter Dave went above and beyond! He was extremely knowledgeable, professional, courteous and spot-on regarding the food recommendations! We heeded his suggestions and had one of the best meals we’ve ever had! We’ll definitely be returning again soon! Be sure to ask dor Dave!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on 16 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Keep up the great work!!

Bring back king crab leg tempura when you can

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vipvictoriaw
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 15 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Buddakan, great service great drinks great food every single time!!!

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Jerry
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on 15 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed the service and the food. They have an great setup for outdoor dining so you stay nice and warm. Our server Isaiah made the dinner especially nice. He was one of the best waiters we had ever. You made the experience fun. Will definitely go back again soon.

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vipGuillermoR
Washington DC
41 reviews
Dined on 15 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect dining experience. The food is exquisite.

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JanaB
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on 15 January 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Outside dining was great! We really enjoyed the outing. And the doughnuts!

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MarrantzA
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 14 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Suzanne was amazing! I enjoyed my birthday despite the new normal of the world. She managed to get a hint from my significant other that I was my birthday and I really enjoyed the surprise that came out with dessert. I can say that she pays attention to details, and her service was impeccable.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Much slower than past visits but it looked like there was only one waiter...we were outside

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JesusG
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Took a while to get our drinks and waiter had no personality

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vipBethI
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on 9 January 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience1

We sat outside in one of the pods that are supposed to be heated. Ours wasn’t. It was freezing. Friends of ours were sitting in another pod and when they were leaving they told us their waitress brought them a space heater. Our waiter never offered us a heater. Our waiter also messed up our bill. I understand that the times we are living in are very tough but I thought Buddakan would have had it together better.

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vipjim41
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 9 January 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

It was great to be able to eat at a restaurant albeit outside. Little cold and it appeared that the menu was shortened due to covid restrictions

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on 9 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner - a bit cold outside tonight even with a heater but we enjoyed ourselves and the staff was great
One of our fave places to eat but can’t wait to get back indoors (as I’m sure the staff prefers too!)
Highly recommend the chicken, the edamame dumplings and the filet

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vipmegm
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 9 January 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

So good..quality never changes! Their ceaser salad adds a touch of just the right spice.

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Review
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on 8 January 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Please bring back the Five Spice Duck w/Scallion spoon bread. :)

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vipa123
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on 7 January 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Service not as good as previously. Flat experience

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outside tent was good. Food was delicious-prices are high but overall a great dinner.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely Amazing! Not enough words to explain how outstanding the food and experience was, even for being outside in the COLD!

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02Jan2021
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious as always! They did a great job setting up the outdoor dining.

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JoanD
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as usual.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary dinner...sat outside in a pod and it was a great experience. Service was impeccable and the food was delicious!

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vipAnnaK
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience considering limited operating options. Love the chalets!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on 26 December 2020
Overall2food3service3ambience1

The outdoor set up was very disappointing. The Chalet’s lacked heat. The additional space heaters barely worked and with very few patrons we could not understand why we could not get additional space heaters. The chalets at Parc were so warm and comfortable, I expected a similar experience here. It was very disappointing.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 25 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Our server was amazing and the food always excellent

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MishelT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 25 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Besides being rather cold, everything was fantastic. Service was quick, hosts were great at managing take out orders and seating. Very accommodating with portable heaters as it was cold and windy.

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vipC8175
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 25 December 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had Christmas Day dinner during pandemic. Since indoor dining was not allowed, we ate in the structure that was divided into 'rooms' by plastic partitions and the entire structure was open on one side. There was small heater in each 'room.' Although not ideal and was it freezing by the end of the meal, we felt safe and were able enjoy a good Christmas meal. The staff was very attentive and friendly, trying to make the best of the situation. The food was good and what you expect at Buddakan since the menu has not changed in 20 years.

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vipDanS
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 23 December 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We were seated outside on a freezing night.
The menu was Vintage Buddakan "You cant go wrong"

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vipEthanS
New England
5 reviews
Dined on 23 December 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Not the warmest outdoor setup, but good food and quality service

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Jonny
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Good food even though I was outside and it was cold.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience2

Outdoor dining very cold!!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Christmas dinner with Amazing Friends!!!

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vipRob1
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on 19 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was excellent! However just a suggestion because we were outdoors the food got cold quickly so I would suggest covers for the serving bowls etc. Edward is a fantastic waiter, attentive and friendly.

FAQs

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

Buddakan - Philadelphia is rated 4.7 stars by 9412 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 bookings at the moment.