Buddakan

★★★★☆
  • 325 Chestnut St

    Philadelphia, PA 19106

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  • 215-574-9440

About Buddakan

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  • Restaurants
  • Japanese Restaurants
  • Asian Fusion Restaurants
  • Chinese Restaurants
Details
  • $$$
Hours
M-Th 11:30am-2:30pm, 5pm-11pm, F 11:30am-2:30pm, 5pm-midnight, Sa 5pm-midnight, Su 4pm-10pm
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IF THEY DIDN'T HAVE SUCH LARGE CROWDS THIS PLACE WOULD BE A MIRACLE OF PERFECTION. I LOVE THEIR ENTIRE MENU,BUT THE CROWDED PLACE GETS YOU A BIT CRAZY. STILL THE BEST RESTAURANT ANYWHERE I THINK.

PROS: GREAT FOOD
CONS:

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★★★★☆

IF THEY DIDN'T HAVE SUCH LARGE CROWDS THIS PLACE WOULD BE A MIRACLE OF PERFECTION. I LOVE THEIR ENTIRE MENU,BUT THE CROWDED PLACE GETS YOU A BIT CRAZY. STILL THE BEST RESTAURANT ANYWHERE I THINK.

PROS: GREAT FOOD
CONS:

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Awsome experience! Great food, beautiful atmosphere and good service. Best part was the pagoda dessert we ordered.

2
★★★★★

Awsome experience! Great food, beautiful atmosphere and good service. Best part was the pagoda dessert we ordered.

Cons: None

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We finally got back into Buddakan. Its incredible that the rest of the city is quite in the summer and this place is just rocking. Its not a surprise, the food is incredible. Its not just that its consistently good, time and again. The drink specials are great. If you have not tried the Tantra (watermelon martini) its a must. Talk about cool you down in the summer. My favorite cocktail the Bonsai Martini, cilantro, grey goose, and lemon lime, its sounds crazy but try one and youll be hooked to.

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★★★★★

We finally got back into Buddakan. Its incredible that the rest of the city is quite in the summer and this place is just rocking. Its not a surprise, the food is incredible. Its not just that its consistently good, time and again. The drink specials are great. If you have not tried the Tantra (watermelon martini) its a must. Talk about cool you down in the summer. My favorite cocktail the Bonsai Martini, cilantro, grey goose, and lemon lime, its sounds crazy but try one and youll be hooked to.

Pros: Place to be seen

Cons: Loud

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We arrived 15 minutes before reservation time and was seated within seconds. The food is family style, large portions, but only a few things are enough for two people alone. We had the tuna pizza appeitizer along with the BLT sushi special (chilean sea bass with bibb lettuce and oven roasted tomatoes). We had the Angry Lobster for the entree and could quite possibly be one of the best things I've ever eaten. Creamy mashed potatoes, veggies, and a massive amount of lobster all covered in a coconut curry sauce!! The presentation was even better! For dessert - chinese doughnuts which came with chocolate, raspberry, and cream cheese dipping sauces. The wait staff was attentive the entire meal but not overbearing. Sure, its pricey. I would recommened sharing an appeitizer or two, an entree, and a dessert and you'll be good to go!

2
★★★★★

We arrived 15 minutes before reservation time and was seated within seconds. The food is family style, large portions, but only a few things are enough for two people alone. We had the tuna pizza appeitizer along with the BLT sushi special (chilean sea bass with bibb lettuce and oven roasted tomatoes). We had the Angry Lobster for the entree and could quite possibly be one of the best things I've ever eaten. Creamy mashed potatoes, veggies, and a massive amount of lobster all covered in a coconut curry sauce!! The presentation was even better! For dessert - chinese doughnuts which came with chocolate, raspberry, and cream cheese dipping sauces. The wait staff was attentive the entire meal but not overbearing. Sure, its pricey. I would recommened sharing an appeitizer or two, an entree, and a dessert and you'll be good to go!

Pros: Food is fantastic!, Waitstaff, Atmosphere

Cons: Pricey

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I heard so much hype about this place that I decided to give it a try. It was a miserable experience. The food was good, but everything else was nauseating. When I ordered tapwater, for example, my waitress looked at me like the paradigm of the non-tipper who wouldn't know evian from dishwater. I guess I don't, but I find people who do repulsive. The waitress was repulsive, the environment was loud in every sense and extremely distracting, although I'll admit the enormous golden Buddha is amusing enough. I've been lucky enough to eat in some nice restaurants in various parts of the world, and this is really not one of them. It is pretensious: the food is beside the point; people come here to be looked at by other people; people come here to say, "I've been to Buddakan!" So what.

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★★★☆☆

I heard so much hype about this place that I decided to give it a try. It was a miserable experience. The food was good, but everything else was nauseating. When I ordered tapwater, for example, my waitress looked at me like the paradigm of the non-tipper who wouldn't know evian from dishwater. I guess I don't, but I find people who do repulsive. The waitress was repulsive, the environment was loud in every sense and extremely distracting, although I'll admit the enormous golden Buddha is amusing enough. I've been lucky enough to eat in some nice restaurants in various parts of the world, and this is really not one of them. It is pretensious: the food is beside the point; people come here to be looked at by other people; people come here to say, "I've been to Buddakan!" So what.

Pros: Food

Cons: Everything else

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LOVE THIS PLACE. THEIR FOOD IS AWESOME AND ESPECIALLY THE CHOCOLATE MOUNTAIN DESERTS. The staff is wonderful and just try to leave without their chocolate mountain? WoW!

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★★★★★

LOVE THIS PLACE. THEIR FOOD IS AWESOME AND ESPECIALLY THE CHOCOLATE MOUNTAIN DESERTS. The staff is wonderful and just try to leave without their chocolate mountain? WoW!

Pros: GREAT FOOD, GOOD SERVICE, DESERTS

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Just moved into town and decided to see what all the hype was about. From start to finish our experience was a step above perfect. My edamame ravioli were sublime with just the right hint of truffle(my weakness). The lamb chops are to die for. and the banana tower was beyond dessert. Our service was efficient and on point. My waiter had an answer for everything! Loved it! Loved it! Loved it!

2
★★★★★

Just moved into town and decided to see what all the hype was about. From start to finish our experience was a step above perfect. My edamame ravioli were sublime with just the right hint of truffle(my weakness). The lamb chops are to die for. and the banana tower was beyond dessert. Our service was efficient and on point. My waiter had an answer for everything! Loved it! Loved it! Loved it!

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This place has everything, hot bartender Derrek, cool drinks, Zen Martini, cool looking place, a huge Budda and great food. Is it ever slow, I went on a monday walk in and waited 45 minutes. That deffinitly does not happen anywere else in Philly. I will definitly be back and ps thank for the Bento

2
★★★★★

This place has everything, hot bartender Derrek, cool drinks, Zen Martini, cool looking place, a huge Budda and great food. Is it ever slow, I went on a monday walk in and waited 45 minutes. That deffinitly does not happen anywere else in Philly. I will definitly be back and ps thank for the Bento

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love the scene and the food. Fricken fabulous Yee Haw!

2
★★★★★

love the scene and the food. Fricken fabulous Yee Haw!

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love this place. they just seem to do everything perfectly.
I especially love their desserts (chocolate mountain)!
Don't miss this place for the very best food in philly!

PROS: great food grest staff
CONS: parking is not good

5
★★★★★

love this place. they just seem to do everything perfectly.
I especially love their desserts (chocolate mountain)!
Don't miss this place for the very best food in philly!

PROS: great food grest staff
CONS: parking is not good

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This place is more about the "scene" than the food. Overall, food was "good", although we were very disappointed in tuna tartare, and have had MUCH better elsewhere. Altough we had a dinner reserv., they sat us at tiny cocktail table by the bar, with uncomfortable sunken couch seat. Tables very close together. Small lamp was affixed to the table, so we were unable to make room for plates. Lamp also had cord hanging through center of table. (Dangerous!) Noise level and music very loud. I would never return to Buddakan. (Interesting how any "bad" reviews are labelled "average/not helpful". Hmmm.)

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★☆☆☆☆

This place is more about the "scene" than the food. Overall, food was "good", although we were very disappointed in tuna tartare, and have had MUCH better elsewhere. Altough we had a dinner reserv., they sat us at tiny cocktail table by the bar, with uncomfortable sunken couch seat. Tables very close together. Small lamp was affixed to the table, so we were unable to make room for plates. Lamp also had cord hanging through center of table. (Dangerous!) Noise level and music very loud. I would never return to Buddakan. (Interesting how any "bad" reviews are labelled "average/not helpful". Hmmm.)

Pros: "scene"

Cons: too crowded, music too loud

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Buddakan is a really tendy asian fusion restaurant in Philadelphia. The decor is fabulous and the food is superb. I had the chilean seabass and it was the best, it literally melted in my mouth!!! All of the food is delicous there, so it's best that you try 3 courses, appetizer, entree and dessert. Highly recommended!!

PROS: Decor, Food
CONS: Little Pricey

5
★★★★★

Buddakan is a really tendy asian fusion restaurant in Philadelphia. The decor is fabulous and the food is superb. I had the chilean seabass and it was the best, it literally melted in my mouth!!! All of the food is delicous there, so it's best that you try 3 courses, appetizer, entree and dessert. Highly recommended!!

PROS: Decor, Food
CONS: Little Pricey

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I have been to Buddakan a number of times and come away satisfied on each occasion. I would not claim this as the best restaurant in Philly, but it is up there. The ambience is great for first time diners. The family style sharing of dishes is great for groups, and the overall qaulity of food good. I have had problems with being seated on time, but generally no longer then 15 minutes with a reservation. The upstairs bar is pretty neat, and the menu offers great desserts. I would definitely recommend this restaurant.

2
★★★★☆

I have been to Buddakan a number of times and come away satisfied on each occasion. I would not claim this as the best restaurant in Philly, but it is up there. The ambience is great for first time diners. The family style sharing of dishes is great for groups, and the overall qaulity of food good. I have had problems with being seated on time, but generally no longer then 15 minutes with a reservation. The upstairs bar is pretty neat, and the menu offers great desserts. I would definitely recommend this restaurant.

Pros: Food, Ambience, Service

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I had the duck breast entree which I must say, was very juicy and flavorful. I could not get enough of the yuzu crab cocktail which came with fried seaweed(wakame). I'd like to go back there just for the fried seaweed. If you are ever in philly, this should definitely be on your to-do list.

PROS: open late, delicious food, great atmosphere
CONS: just a bit pricey...but worth it.

4
★★★★☆

I had the duck breast entree which I must say, was very juicy and flavorful. I could not get enough of the yuzu crab cocktail which came with fried seaweed(wakame). I'd like to go back there just for the fried seaweed. If you are ever in philly, this should definitely be on your to-do list.

PROS: open late, delicious food, great atmosphere
CONS: just a bit pricey...but worth it.

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One of my friends favorite restaurants, I went for my birthday to see what the hype was all about.

Seating was prompt, but we were seated in a smoking section (we were told there were no other tables available) with chain smokers on one side and, on the other, elbow-to-elbow with one of those complaining couples (I realize this dining experience wouldve been better without their company).

Thankfully, the food was quite good, and the dessert was huge and quite chocolate-y enough to satisfy my chocolate craving.

The room was dim, and too noisy for easy conversation, which is one of the main reasons I enjoy dining out, and the Buddha was not awingperhaps because I wasnt seated facing it?

I wish these trendier restaurants would create decor that was conducive to conversing without shoutingperhaps thats the point: see and be seen, hear and be heard?

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★★★☆☆

One of my friends favorite restaurants, I went for my birthday to see what the hype was all about.

Seating was prompt, but we were seated in a smoking section (we were told there were no other tables available) with chain smokers on one side and, on the other, elbow-to-elbow with one of those complaining couples (I realize this dining experience wouldve been better without their company).

Thankfully, the food was quite good, and the dessert was huge and quite chocolate-y enough to satisfy my chocolate craving.

The room was dim, and too noisy for easy conversation, which is one of the main reasons I enjoy dining out, and the Buddha was not awingperhaps because I wasnt seated facing it?

I wish these trendier restaurants would create decor that was conducive to conversing without shoutingperhaps thats the point: see and be seen, hear and be heard?

Pros: Food

Cons: Noise, Parking

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Everytime I call or walk-in I wonder why it's so tough to get seated. But as soon as I finish my meal I remember exactly why. This time I sat at the bar (first time) and I was shocked at how much the bartenders knew about the food. I was there on a pretty busy night, but they still helped me with the menu and suggested some wines and cocktails. Food was good as usual; bartender recommended BBQ Pork and it was awesome. The place has very good energy and I will keep going as long as they have room for me!

2
★★★★★

Everytime I call or walk-in I wonder why it's so tough to get seated. But as soon as I finish my meal I remember exactly why. This time I sat at the bar (first time) and I was shocked at how much the bartenders knew about the food. I was there on a pretty busy night, but they still helped me with the menu and suggested some wines and cocktails. Food was good as usual; bartender recommended BBQ Pork and it was awesome. The place has very good energy and I will keep going as long as they have room for me!

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We dined at Buddakan on May 27. The food was excellent and well prepared. Very unusual sauces came with each dish we ordered. The many servers were excellent except for our main waitress, who was without charm, smiles, or helpful menu suggestions. Try the Bento Box for dessert (menu says enough for two, but will feed more). The atmosphere was plain, even with the gigantic Buddha in the middle of the restaurant. Despite our waitress, we would certainly go back again.

2
★★★★★

We dined at Buddakan on May 27. The food was excellent and well prepared. Very unusual sauces came with each dish we ordered. The many servers were excellent except for our main waitress, who was without charm, smiles, or helpful menu suggestions. Try the Bento Box for dessert (menu says enough for two, but will feed more). The atmosphere was plain, even with the gigantic Buddha in the middle of the restaurant. Despite our waitress, we would certainly go back again.

Pros: Great Food, Nice Dessert

Cons: Seated in corner, Main Waitress

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ginormous calamari salad is a a taste treat. asian bbq pork was excellent. the pitcher of sangria is a very good value. this is also a cool place to just sit at the bar to enjoy some interesting concoctions and split a salad or some dessert with your S.O.

2
★★★★★

ginormous calamari salad is a a taste treat. asian bbq pork was excellent. the pitcher of sangria is a very good value. this is also a cool place to just sit at the bar to enjoy some interesting concoctions and split a salad or some dessert with your S.O.

Pros: food, ambience, location

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My fiance and I celebrated our one year anniversary at Buddakan on Monday night. It was rather easy to make reservations but for weekends, I suggest you call a week in advance. The second we entered, we were amazed by such beautiful decor: a massive cascading waterfall, a 10 foot Zen Buddha, dark wooden furniture. Our server was Gabriel and he was constantly taking care of us. He was WONDERFUL! We ordered Miso Tuna Tartare (with cavier), Miso Cod, and Duck Breast. All were simply delicious (especially the wasabi mashed potatoes!). The best part was the Chocolate Bento Box. Best dessert on EARTH! Dinner for two people plus some drinks = $105. Which is QUITE reasonable being a 4 star restaurant. We WILL come back!

2
★★★★★

My fiance and I celebrated our one year anniversary at Buddakan on Monday night. It was rather easy to make reservations but for weekends, I suggest you call a week in advance. The second we entered, we were amazed by such beautiful decor: a massive cascading waterfall, a 10 foot Zen Buddha, dark wooden furniture. Our server was Gabriel and he was constantly taking care of us. He was WONDERFUL! We ordered Miso Tuna Tartare (with cavier), Miso Cod, and Duck Breast. All were simply delicious (especially the wasabi mashed potatoes!). The best part was the Chocolate Bento Box. Best dessert on EARTH! Dinner for two people plus some drinks = $105. Which is QUITE reasonable being a 4 star restaurant. We WILL come back!

Pros: Food, Service (Gabriel), Atmosphere

Cons: Parking

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My hub and I went on many recommendations for the 'absolute best food'! We have to disagree.
While we enjoyed our selections, we were disappointed on the quality.
Buddakan uses alot of flashy ingredients, but food just did not have a freshly prepared appeal.
The special martini I had was awful, contrary to our waiters recommendation.
It is a fun place to be and that must be what carries this popular place.

1
★★★☆☆

My hub and I went on many recommendations for the 'absolute best food'! We have to disagree.
While we enjoyed our selections, we were disappointed on the quality.
Buddakan uses alot of flashy ingredients, but food just did not have a freshly prepared appeal.
The special martini I had was awful, contrary to our waiters recommendation.
It is a fun place to be and that must be what carries this popular place.

Pros: atmosphere, fast service

Cons: , pricey for quality

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I have been to many restaurants in my days, but this place is SEXY! the food was awesome, the service was impeccable. it was a real experience. it's a place where you can take someone and have a real decadent dinning artsy good time. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone.

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★★★★★

I have been to many restaurants in my days, but this place is SEXY! the food was awesome, the service was impeccable. it was a real experience. it's a place where you can take someone and have a real decadent dinning artsy good time. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone.

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My husband and I went to Buddakan for the first time and it was one of the best dining experiences we've ever had. From the ambience to the service to the exquisite food, it was a feast for the senses.
We had Chilean seabass and Ponzu chicken and they were to die for! The desserts menu was extensive and delicious. The banana tower and the dip sum doughnuts were close to heaven. Buddakan is highly recommended for many reasons!!

2
★★★★★

My husband and I went to Buddakan for the first time and it was one of the best dining experiences we've ever had. From the ambience to the service to the exquisite food, it was a feast for the senses.
We had Chilean seabass and Ponzu chicken and they were to die for! The desserts menu was extensive and delicious. The banana tower and the dip sum doughnuts were close to heaven. Buddakan is highly recommended for many reasons!!

Pros: food, ambience, service

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Great food, drinks and relaxed environment. Service could be better. Very expensive.

1
★★★☆☆

Great food, drinks and relaxed environment. Service could be better. Very expensive.

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Not being a huge fan of Philly, and the fact that so many restaurants are not even open on Sunday, Buddakan was a totally pleasant suprise. The meal was excellent, The Zen-Gria was a great Zan-gria variation, and the dessert ( warm min donuts) all were top rate. $92 before tip for two was pricey but worth it. Check it out.

2
★★★★☆

Not being a huge fan of Philly, and the fact that so many restaurants are not even open on Sunday, Buddakan was a totally pleasant suprise. The meal was excellent, The Zen-Gria was a great Zan-gria variation, and the dessert ( warm min donuts) all were top rate. $92 before tip for two was pricey but worth it. Check it out.

Pros: Quality, Ambience, Politeness of staff

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Great atmosphere and great service. The food was amazing and the portions were huge.

2
★★★★★

Great atmosphere and great service. The food was amazing and the portions were huge.

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what a great dining experience--- A+ from concept to drinks, arrival to seating, dinner to dessert. waitstaff was confident, knowledgeable and attentive. i almost expected more pushiness, like i usually encounter in new york, but the service was refreshing, youthful, and polished. dishes were inspired and delicious across the board. sake list was brief but tasty. decor impressive. hostesses and were attentive and warm...even the car valets were impeccably prompt. dining at buddakan made me feel like royalty.

2
★★★★★

what a great dining experience--- A+ from concept to drinks, arrival to seating, dinner to dessert. waitstaff was confident, knowledgeable and attentive. i almost expected more pushiness, like i usually encounter in new york, but the service was refreshing, youthful, and polished. dishes were inspired and delicious across the board. sake list was brief but tasty. decor impressive. hostesses and were attentive and warm...even the car valets were impeccably prompt. dining at buddakan made me feel like royalty.

Pros: packed, tasty!, breathtaking room

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You can find items you don't like at any restaurant and I think some people just like to be contrary, esp when 9 out of 10 say it's great. The food here is VERY good and you get huge sized portions compared to most "fancy" places. I've been there a few times and I've always walked out thinking it was well worth the price.

2
★★★★☆

You can find items you don't like at any restaurant and I think some people just like to be contrary, esp when 9 out of 10 say it's great. The food here is VERY good and you get huge sized portions compared to most "fancy" places. I've been there a few times and I've always walked out thinking it was well worth the price.

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I think Stephen Starr did much a better job with Tangerine. Although I did enjoy Buddakan, I didn't think it deserved all the pizzazz. Maybe it was because we were seated in a table for two up near the bar, but I felt rushed out of there. Food was good, although overpriced. If you are going to spend the money, go to Tangerine instead.

1
★★★☆☆

I think Stephen Starr did much a better job with Tangerine. Although I did enjoy Buddakan, I didn't think it deserved all the pizzazz. Maybe it was because we were seated in a table for two up near the bar, but I felt rushed out of there. Food was good, although overpriced. If you are going to spend the money, go to Tangerine instead.

Cons: noise

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Buddakan is still my favorite,the spring rolls,the pot stickers,the duck,and the tuna are wonderful,I have never had a bad meal.Just please bring back the bananna tower!!!

2
★★★★★

Buddakan is still my favorite,the spring rolls,the pot stickers,the duck,and the tuna are wonderful,I have never had a bad meal.Just please bring back the bananna tower!!!

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Definitely one of the gems of this city. Food is delicious, ambiance is very relaxed and classy, amazing place!!!!!!

2
★★★★★

Definitely one of the gems of this city. Food is delicious, ambiance is very relaxed and classy, amazing place!!!!!!

Pros: big portions, calamari salad, deserts

Cons: reservations are a mu

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The atmosphere is sophisticated yet fun at the same time. The food is creative, portions are generous and most importantly, tastes fantastic.
Furthermore, I've had the good fortune of eating at Buddakan many times and the experience has consistently been a positive one. I'd highly recommend Buddakan.

2
★★★★★

The atmosphere is sophisticated yet fun at the same time. The food is creative, portions are generous and most importantly, tastes fantastic.
Furthermore, I've had the good fortune of eating at Buddakan many times and the experience has consistently been a positive one. I'd highly recommend Buddakan.

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disapointed that it was such a obvious rip off of the Budha Bar in Paris... so many clones now in the US...another concept rest. "Fushion", or confusion?

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★★☆☆☆

disapointed that it was such a obvious rip off of the Budha Bar in Paris... so many clones now in the US...another concept rest. "Fushion", or confusion?

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Buddakan is my absolute favorite restaurant in the city of Philly

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★★★★★

Buddakan is my absolute favorite restaurant in the city of Philly

Pros: EveryThing!!!, Great!!!, original

Cons: Parking, Expensive - but worth

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IF YOU HAVE ANY PROBLEMS THAT ARE SALT RELATED, STAY AWAY FRM HERE. IT SEEMS EVERYTHING IS DRENCHED IN SALT OR SALT RELATED PRODUCTS. ONLY WAY TO COMBAT THIS IS TO ORDER DRINKS $$$ OR NOT EAT THE MEAL!

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★☆☆☆☆

IF YOU HAVE ANY PROBLEMS THAT ARE SALT RELATED, STAY AWAY FRM HERE. IT SEEMS EVERYTHING IS DRENCHED IN SALT OR SALT RELATED PRODUCTS. ONLY WAY TO COMBAT THIS IS TO ORDER DRINKS $$$ OR NOT EAT THE MEAL!

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Friendly attractive staff, waiter knew what to suggest without being pushy,great service and
food.Ambience low key and in good taste not to fancy not to trashy.My girlfriend(kathie)and I(Tom)
can't wait to go again.

2
★★★★★

Friendly attractive staff, waiter knew what to suggest without being pushy,great service and
food.Ambience low key and in good taste not to fancy not to trashy.My girlfriend(kathie)and I(Tom)
can't wait to go again.

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The Buddakan's food is the most delightful and exotic food that I have tasted here in the states.
I would recommend this restaurant to everyone and if they don't book a seating it is definately their lost.

2
★★★★★

The Buddakan's food is the most delightful and exotic food that I have tasted here in the states.
I would recommend this restaurant to everyone and if they don't book a seating it is definately their lost.

Pros: Excellent Choices, Delightful Taste, Affordable

Cons: None

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Man, what a night! My girlfriend and I stepped in not realizing the experience we were in for. Everything from the food (if you've never been introduced to edamame ravioli, now's as good a time as any), to our top notch service (Pamela was very knowledgeable, professional, and will be one of the main reasons we come back), to the folks at the door (everyone thanked us for coming), even the value and concept (sharing huge portions is a great idea and there's plenty to go around). It was a true experience filled with warmth and grace. I knew there was a reason I kept kicking myself for not visiting downtown more often. Now, I'll just make sure the kicking directs me down Chestnut Street. Buddakan rules, baby! Spread the word...

2
★★★★★

Man, what a night! My girlfriend and I stepped in not realizing the experience we were in for. Everything from the food (if you've never been introduced to edamame ravioli, now's as good a time as any), to our top notch service (Pamela was very knowledgeable, professional, and will be one of the main reasons we come back), to the folks at the door (everyone thanked us for coming), even the value and concept (sharing huge portions is a great idea and there's plenty to go around). It was a true experience filled with warmth and grace. I knew there was a reason I kept kicking myself for not visiting downtown more often. Now, I'll just make sure the kicking directs me down Chestnut Street. Buddakan rules, baby! Spread the word...

Pros: Service, Atmosphere, Food

Cons: Music was kinda weird

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Extraordinary food, funky atmosphere. A little intimidating - its the place for the beautiful people. But, worth enduring for the food. Great decor. Very expensive. Place for special occasions and folks with lots of money. Loud. Forget it if you don't have reservations.

2
★★★★★

Extraordinary food, funky atmosphere. A little intimidating - its the place for the beautiful people. But, worth enduring for the food. Great decor. Very expensive. Place for special occasions and folks with lots of money. Loud. Forget it if you don't have reservations.

Pros: Food, Decor

Cons: Price

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If you have not been at Buddakan, what are you waiting for? The atmosphere is great. Its hip and cool. The presentation is second to none. Food is GREAT and portions are big. You will not leave hungry. It is a little loud, so if you want romance, this may not be the place. Good for first date. Customers are not stuffy.

2
★★★★★

If you have not been at Buddakan, what are you waiting for? The atmosphere is great. Its hip and cool. The presentation is second to none. Food is GREAT and portions are big. You will not leave hungry. It is a little loud, so if you want romance, this may not be the place. Good for first date. Customers are not stuffy.

Pros: food, portions, atmosphere

Cons: very loud

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It just doesn't get any better than this for an overall dining experience. The food is incredible, the ambiance is funky and hip and the service is excellent. Ok yeah it's a bit loud but it's just such a cool place to be. This is Starr at his best.

2
★★★★★

It just doesn't get any better than this for an overall dining experience. The food is incredible, the ambiance is funky and hip and the service is excellent. Ok yeah it's a bit loud but it's just such a cool place to be. This is Starr at his best.

Pros: Food, Scene

Cons: Loudness

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I felt like I died and went to heaven. The eel was otherworldly. The staff treated me like a queen. The place rocks.

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★★★★★

I felt like I died and went to heaven. The eel was otherworldly. The staff treated me like a queen. The place rocks.

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Amazing service, food, decor, everything is great. The workers look like supermodels, and the managers are helpful too. I recommend the angry lobster- it's pricey but worth it.

2
★★★★★

Amazing service, food, decor, everything is great. The workers look like supermodels, and the managers are helpful too. I recommend the angry lobster- it's pricey but worth it.

Pros: hot hostess, good valet, see and be seen

Cons: kinda snobby, expensive

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The culinary experience at Buddakan is one which I did not expect to have. The Lobster fried rice was perfectly prepared and was simply delicious. The Edamame ravioli touches off a sublime taste adventure in your mouth. The Dry Aged Beef runs the gauntlet from sweet to bitter all while bringing a smile to one's face. I look forward to coming back to try some of the other treaures of the Buddakan. Service from the (almost) model worthy attractive staff was good to great and a pleasant suprise. Buddakan's location is great for tourists too- located just across the street from local attractions.

To simply label Buddakan as "fusion" or "nuevo pan-asian" would be a disservice. Calling it a great meal at a decent price in a nice setting is probably more like it. Bravo, Buddakan. I'll be back.

2
★★★★★

The culinary experience at Buddakan is one which I did not expect to have. The Lobster fried rice was perfectly prepared and was simply delicious. The Edamame ravioli touches off a sublime taste adventure in your mouth. The Dry Aged Beef runs the gauntlet from sweet to bitter all while bringing a smile to one's face. I look forward to coming back to try some of the other treaures of the Buddakan. Service from the (almost) model worthy attractive staff was good to great and a pleasant suprise. Buddakan's location is great for tourists too- located just across the street from local attractions.

To simply label Buddakan as "fusion" or "nuevo pan-asian" would be a disservice. Calling it a great meal at a decent price in a nice setting is probably more like it. Bravo, Buddakan. I'll be back.

Pros: Food, Service, Ambience

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restaurant was very cool, service was nice, cocktails were great, but the food was mediocre. the chicken was super salty and the beef tasted very buttery.

2
★★★★☆

restaurant was very cool, service was nice, cocktails were great, but the food was mediocre. the chicken was super salty and the beef tasted very buttery.

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This restaurant really impresses me. I can't say anything bad at all about it. The food is great, the service is great and the lighting was pretty dim but not too dim so that I can't see my way around the place.

The 18 FT Buddha gives a "distinguish" look of the place. I took my family there and they all said it was fabulous. If anyone happens to try the swordfish, never had I tried a swordfish that was not fishy until I went to this place.

2
★★★★★

This restaurant really impresses me. I can't say anything bad at all about it. The food is great, the service is great and the lighting was pretty dim but not too dim so that I can't see my way around the place.

The 18 FT Buddha gives a "distinguish" look of the place. I took my family there and they all said it was fabulous. If anyone happens to try the swordfish, never had I tried a swordfish that was not fishy until I went to this place.

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The upstairs bar is well-suited for cocktails and a few of their appetizers. If you're staying for dinner the miso cod's a good substitute for Nobu's similar dish.

2
★★★★☆

The upstairs bar is well-suited for cocktails and a few of their appetizers. If you're staying for dinner the miso cod's a good substitute for Nobu's similar dish.

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