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Buddha's Belly

205 Broadway, Santa Monica, CA 90401-2311
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Ranked #105 of 565 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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79% Recommend
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Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

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
7 helpful votes 7 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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47 reviews 47 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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
18 helpful votes 18 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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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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21 reviews 21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 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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65 reviews 65 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 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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