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325 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19106-2614 (City Center East)
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Ranked #25 of 3,803 Restaurants in Philadelphia
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Cuisines: Asian, Seafood, Eclectic, Pacific Rim
Neighborhood: City Center East
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Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Large groups, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Between 3rd & 4th on Chestnut
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Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

Great Asian mix of food, nice atmosphere, very busy, excellent value. Can't recommend highly enough if you like Asia food.

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Tabernacle, New Jersey
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38 reviews 38 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

We went last minute on a Sat without a reservation after calling and finding out that they only had 10 pm available and wanted to go earlier. We were prepared to wait an hour and our wait was actually an hour and a half. I would definitly get a reservation next time as the place is rather small. We waited... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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22 reviews 22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

If it's one word that sums up Buddakan, it's consistency. I've been coming to this establishment for years and the calamari salad is just as great today as it was when I first ate here....and that goes for the entire menu to boot. I've been to the original inspiration in Paris and I have to admit I love the original... More 

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Mullica Hill, New Jersey
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72 reviews 72 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

My wife and I dined at Buddakan again on a Saturday night in early January. We have dined here 6-8 times before. I've rated it with 5 stars in the past. The food and the service have slipped compared to our other visits. We had the Kobe beef satay with vegetable tempura and Tuna pizza. The tuna pizza was excellent.... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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82 reviews 82 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

I've been to Buddakan a dozen of times but never reviewed. Its good. Always and consistently. Not everything is amazing, but overall you know you will get yummy food when going there. Atmosphere is great! Recently I went with a family party. It was our first time sitting at the long lit up table in the middle and staring right... More 

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Williamstown, Massachusetts
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43 reviews 43 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

We had dinner at a table on the edge of the balcony overlooking the main floor and the giant Buddha, while techno music kept a persistent groove going throughout the place. Buddakan has a unique feel, more hip than romantic, but still a fantastic place to go as a couple for a special evening. The cocktail special of the day... More 

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37 reviews 37 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

Wonderful Asian fusion food - some of the best things I've ever eaten. We tried the short ribs, duck breast, Thai chicken salad, edamame dumplings, chicken ginger dumplings, flourless chocolate gateau with Thai ice cream and best of all the curried cauliflower. If I lived in that area I would eat there all the time. We were staying at the... More 

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Media, Pennsylvania
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67 reviews 67 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014

Six of us went to Buddakan for our staff holiday lunch and it was a great choice. We were seated at a round table- which is always nice for a group. The server was attentive and extremely helpful with choosing the dishes and in some cases making alterations. I tasted the Kobe Beef Satay, which was wonderful, the miso soup... More 

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Asheville, North Carolina
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

Service was superb at the upstairs bar on a night when staff was managing at least six corporate parties. GREAT Wasabi Tuna and scrumptious curried cauliflower - just right. Buddakan gets five stars from me!

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Mullica Hill
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54 reviews 54 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

We dined at Buddakan for the first time for my husbands birthday. It was one of the restaurants he had always wanted to try but we somehow never made it over there. The atmosphere is quite nice. Very modern but with a cozy, friendly air. We ordered 3 appetizers to start. The Kung Pao, Vegetable and Chicken and Ginger dumplings.... More 

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Additional Information about Buddakan

Address: 325 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19106-2614
Phone Number: 215-574-9440
Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Philadelphia>  > City Center East
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
Cuisine: Asian, Seafood, Eclectic, Pacific Rim

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