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Buddha's Belly

205 Broadway, Santa Monica, CA 90401-2311
310-458-2500
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Ranked #95 of 561 restaurants in Santa Monica
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $0 - $20
Cuisines: Asian
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Good for: Romance, Large groups, Doing business
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: 2nd Street
Transit: The MTA 4 line stops 1 block away from Buddha"s Belly at Santa Monica and Second Street. The Santa Monica Big Blue Bus lines 1 and 7 stop right by Buddha's Belly at Broadway and Second Street.
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Holidayfun
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

I love Asian food but this place was terrible. The most tasteless Asian food I have ever had. The curry was ok, but everything else was poor. On top of this the service was awful. It took so long for drinks orders that I went to the bar myself. My tuna salad was dressed in soy sauce only and wasn't... More

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

It's not always easy to find good veggie dishes when traveling but HERE is where you can! Santa Monica - Buddha's Belly! - you can!

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New York City, New York
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35 reviews 35 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

Service was slightly slow, but the food was really remarkably good. No MSG, lots of vegan options, reasonable prices, huge portions. The Jalepeno rice is like none I have ever tasted; everything was spiced to perfection -- a kick without the overbearing presence of heat.

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Odenville, Alabama
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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

Really good food. The pineapple hollowed out and re-stuffed with chicken and spices was very good as was the spicy edamame.

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Perth
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22 reviews 22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

After a big day on the hop on hop off bus tour of LA and a walk along the pier we were craving something fresh. The menu at Buddha's Belly looked amazing and other diners were enjoying their meals - so we stepped in. The gyoza, stir fried vegetable/tofu and brown rice hit the mark - nicely flavored and bursting... More

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Auckland, New Zealand
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63 reviews 63 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

This restaurant didn't live up to the recommendation we had been given. The food was bland and basically uninteresting. The service was disinterested and we felt why bother to go there at all. This sort of Asian menu is supposed to provide fresh food and fresh and spicy flavours. The restaurant failed to deliver.

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Lincoln, Nebraska
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22 reviews 22 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

Cute restaurant, food was decent, the whole place was well decorated. I was expecting asian food but it turns out to be rather westernized. Ordered Thai Green Curry, not bad but had too much coconut milk in there to be actual asian recipe.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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95 reviews 95 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

A very nice dinner with a variety of interesting choices on the menu that range across many types of asian food. The spicy peanut noodles were the favorite of our group, with the Korean spicy noodle soup as a good one as well. Beware, the bowls of soup are HUGE so either be hungry or prepare to share. Service was... More

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Montreal, Canada
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2014

Our best asian dinner of our trip. On our way to Santa Barbara , a quick stop at Santa Monica, we stopped here to have dinner. It was the best Pad Thai and Sushi since a long long time !! Really enjoyed it, to bad it's so far from here !!

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London, United Kingdom
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51 reviews 51 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

We had sushi, sweet potato chips and enormous bowls of noodles. Great value, delicious food, excellent service.

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