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Buddakan

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City Center East
Seafood, Asian, Eclectic, Pacific Rim
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325 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19106-2614 (Between 3rd & 4th on Chestnut)
215-574-9440
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Saturday
Closed
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Dessert, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 397
    Excellent
  • 213
    Very good
  • 74
    Average
  • 17
    Poor
  • 11
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Well Worth it

Its an experience to come to this place and eat. Ordered Bento Box for lunch with colleagues. Choices are wide and the food is just amazing, You will definitely not be disappointed with the choices. Bento box was for $15, a great deal for what you are getting and the place you are eating at... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 20, 2015
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NJ
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Large groups
  • Bar scene
  • Romantic
  • Entertaining clients
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English first
NJ
Top Contributor
113 reviews 113 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

Its an experience to come to this place and eat. Ordered Bento Box for lunch with colleagues. Choices are wide and the food is just amazing, You will definitely not be disappointed with the choices. Bento box was for $15, a great deal for what you are getting and the place you are eating at. Service was excellent and were... More 

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Moorestown, New Jersey
2 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

I wanted to go to this restaurant for a while so my husband decided to take me here for my birthday. The valet parking was a plus because parking is hard to find in center city. Wonderful atmosphere. I love the Buda statue. Wonderful reds and orange undertones within the restaurant. The temperature was very comfortable and our server was... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

Gotta make reservations for dinner so maybe try an impromto LUNCH drop in. Never disappointing meal either way...hope they can accommodate you when you give it a try!! ENJOY!!

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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17 reviews 17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

I've been here several times, a few times for lunch with coworkers and for dinner with my husband as well. Never disappointed. The food is amazing, the ambiance is pretty cool, and the service is great too. A little pricey but worth it!

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Tucson, Arizona
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59 reviews 59 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

Enjoyed a delicious reunion dinner with ten other friends at this very attractive restaurant. Some of the dishes were the tastiest things I have every had (think the grilled lamb chops or Crispy Calamari Salad). Unfortunately, some of the other dishes were just so so, but that may be our tastes. It's really kind of an Asian theme experience, so... More 

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Charlevoix, Michigan
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248 reviews 248 reviews
138 restaurant reviews
127 helpful votes 127 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

I had the potstickers. One of the best I have ever had. My cocktail was good, had an interesting smokey flavor. Service is great. Doughnuts for desert awesome. A bit loud though. But go.

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Mexico City, Mexico
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94 reviews 94 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

The buddakan restaurant offers a diverse menu with pan Asian favorites including sushi, dim sum and noodles, but also offers a number of signature dishes with an edgy and unique interpretation of traditional recipes. The Sea Bass was one of the highlights of the night, the fish is light and very tasty. Equally great were the wasabi mashed potatoes, scallion... More 

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Sea Girt, New Jersey
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26 reviews 26 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

Fun place. Interesting and funky decor. Food and service was good. Liked the salads and dim sum. Shrimp Pad Thai was nothing to write home about. All and all, a good restaurant.

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london
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49 reviews 49 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

Second time for lunch on business . Everything was very tasty and food was great too . A little slow on some of the servings but overall a very good experience . Very busy and noisy so not intimate or romantic spot!

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Top Contributor
83 reviews 83 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

Buddakan is where you go when you want a cool atmosphere, are in zero rush, and someone else is picking up the tab. The space itself is nice (although it can get loud). The food is definitely good and there are some creative items on the menu. But nothing we had was really worth the price, except maybe the Bento... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 325 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19106-2614
    (Between 3rd & 4th on Chestnut)
  • Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Philadelphia>  > City Center East
  • Neighborhood: City Center East
  • Phone Number: 215-574-9440

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Seafood, Asian, Eclectic, Pacific Rim

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Special occasions, Large groups, Bar scene, Romantic, Entertaining clients
Open Hours
Monday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?