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325 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19106-2614 (City Center East)
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Ranked #21 of 3,730 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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Jenkintown, Pennsylvania
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

I have enjoyed the bento lunch experience at Buddakan on a few other occasions, but I write this review because it is so consistently good! I should also add that it's a great value. You choose 3 choices from 4 categories, basically appetizers, salads/soups, entrees and desserts. For $15 they serve you a tray with 3 bowls of excellence. I... More

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Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Great meal! I'm still dreaming of curried cauliflower. The ambiance frames the meal. The waitress was just a little too attentive. I would go back.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
14 reviews 14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Last night was my second time at Buddakan, and it was even better than my first. We came for dinner on a Tuesday and I couldn't believe how busy it was! Definitely make sure you make a reservation. I came here with my mom and we ordered many appetizers to share throughout our meal, which I definitely recommend, since there... More

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Sammamish, Washington
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

fun hippish setting, very good food-good bar scene Interesting and yummy take on traditional Asian cuisine. A bit of a scene but fun

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Top Contributor
189 reviews 189 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
141 helpful votes 141 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 via mobile

We liked the food. We liked the service. The noise was a little loud when we first came in but we kind of adjusted. We had a couple of appetizers then split and an order of ribs that were delicious. Overall the atmosphere was fun.

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19 reviews 19 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Was recommended this restaurant by staff at our hotel - Wow absolutely superb cuisine. Walked past the restaurant as it does not have any signage, however once we had located it were mightily impressed by the décor - a giant Budda overlooks diners. The food was superb and as they encourage you to share two meals among three of us... More

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Blue Bell, Pennsylvania
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

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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25 reviews 25 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

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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