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325 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19106-2614 (City Center East)
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Ranked #24 of 3,724 restaurants in Philadelphia
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Asian, Seafood, Eclectic, Pacific Rim
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Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Large groups, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: City Center East
Cross street: Between 3rd & 4th on Chestnut
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85% Recommend
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Blue Bell, Pennsylvania
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014 NEW

Out of all the restaurants in Philly to choose from, we decided to come to Buddakan as a graduation present for me. My parents had already been here, but I desperately wanted to try what was rumored to be the best Asian food in the city. Nothing about this place disappointed. We made a 5:00 reservation on a Saturday night,... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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24 reviews 24 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014 NEW

Buddakan was suggested as a great place near Center City to have a nice dinner. We loved the Asian influence contemporary décor and the drinks were good. The asian fusion cusine was pretty nice. I had a teriyaki salmon with white fish and wasabi sauce that was outstanding, but the Pad Thai dish was unremarkable. Service was just acceptable. We... More

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Medford, New Jersey
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81 reviews 81 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

First of all, giant Budda! Set into a glowing red stage, very dramatic. Dim lighting, candles on tables. House salad delish, dim sum sampler excellent except for weird mush filled packet. The sauce was amazing! Hot and sour scallops for dinner--4 large scallops incredible! 5 out of 5. Veggie fried rice great but coconut foam was weird. Wok cashew chicken-excellent... More

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Bel Air, MD
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55 reviews 55 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

I expected a traditional Chinese restaurant. This is an upscale casual chic restaurant. Some might call it a Chinese fusion restaurant. Interior has low lights, staff dressed in all black, only candles on the tables. There is a continuous background music that seemed too load forcing patrons to talk louder above the noise. There is no separation between the bar... More

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Easton, Pennsylvania
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79 reviews 79 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
193 helpful votes 193 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

Had dinner here on a Friday night. We came early and had drinks at the bar. Bar is not large but drinks were good except for the beer selection.Were seated on time and started with the chicken and ginger dumplings. They were delicious but portions are small so I would not recommend sharting. For my entree I had the Dungeness... More

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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

Visited there while sightseeing in Old City. Lunch was fabulous, especially the crab fried rice, which was served in a real crab shell.

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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

Best fish (Chilean Sea Bass) I have ever had, bar none! Cooked to perfection. Waitress suggested one of their cocktails called a 'Jade'. It had gin, cucumber flavor, melon and other indredients. I said I was not a big fan of gin. She said if I did not like it I did not have to pay for it and I... More

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Senior Contributor
49 reviews 49 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

Buddakan calls their food "modern Asian." I would add really, really good modern Asian. My wife and I wanted a nice dinner in Philadelphia to switch from all of the Philly steak sandwiches. Buddakan delivered. The pad Thai, pepper steak, and curry cauliflower were all excellent. Our server was happy, helpful and efficient. The decor was modern with one giant... More

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Waldwick, New Jersey
15 reviews 15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

We have eaten at the Buddakan in Atlantic City before. Our daughter made reservations for us to eat here our first night in Philly. The food is fantastic. The waiter was excellent. His recommendations were right on on. We had edamame dumplings and spicy rock shrimp as appetizers. We had Sizzling short ribs and barbeque pork as our entrees. The... More

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Top Contributor
54 reviews 54 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

What an experience! When you walk in you are met with a beautiful waterfall. As you turn into the dining room on the far wall sits a large Buddha. Ambience is lovely. Awesome menu. The Asian Caesar salad with spiced cashews was excellent as was the spare ribs. Service was very good.

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