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205 Broadway, Santa Monica, CA 90401-2311
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Ranked #121 of 578 Restaurants in Santa Monica
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $0 - $20
Sun - Thu 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Cuisines: Asian
Santa Monica
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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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Mexico City, Mexico
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

One of the best pad thai I've had! I visited this restaurant since one of the locals recommended it. Nice place with friendly staff, but the best is by far the food - very delicious.

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Los Angeles, California
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51 reviews 51 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

We used to come here quite a bit when it opened. Nowadays the service is so rude that it's just not worth it. There are plenty of other locations to get "Asian" food in this area. The last time we came in there was an issue with our order. We brought it up to the manager and they basically told... More 

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Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
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28 reviews 28 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

Warm welcome, lovely staff and big portions. Correct pricing for simple Asian food. Cozy benches with good view on people strolling by. really recommendable.

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Orinda, California
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189 reviews 189 reviews
121 restaurant reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

I stopped by here for lunch and had a wonderful vegetarian stir fry with Tofu. It was a generous portion and reasonably priced. I had a window seat so great people watching in Santa Monica

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Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
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52 reviews 52 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

The food is Ok., not great but Ok. The service was overall good, the place is nice and quiet, price is accurate too.

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Brisbane, Australia
17 reviews 17 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

We ordered two meals with rice... should've just shared one! Tasty and decently priced. Get there a bit earlier, gets busy

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Royal Oak, Michigan
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64 reviews 64 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

The tuna volcano was great. As were the shrimp dumplings and the spicy peanut rice noodles. (AKA pad thai.) The beer was Japanese, cold and delicious. I came here twice because it fit so nicely into my budget. A great way not to break the bank when you're not feeling especially fancy, but still want a delicious dish.

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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

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
7 helpful votes 7 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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44 reviews 44 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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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Additional Information about Buddha's Belly

Address: 205 Broadway, Santa Monica, CA 90401-2311
Phone Number: 310-458-2500
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Monica
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Monday 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Tuesday 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Wednesday 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Thursday 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Friday 11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Saturday 11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Average Prices: USD 0 - 20
Cuisine: Asian

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