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City Center East
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325 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19106-2614 (Between 3rd & 4th on Chestnut)
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Closed now
All hours
Sun 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Thu 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 12:00 am
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Baltimore, Maryland
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Planted in the heart of Philly, great spot for food and drinks! My husband and I went here for dinner and loved the atmosphere and food. Great sampler appetizer and the sea bass was amazing! We went on a Thursday night around 6pm and it wasn't crowded at all. Staff was very knowledgeable on the menu and offer great suggestions!

Thank MommaDukes13
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
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36 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The upscale trendy atmosphere of Budakan immediately transports you when you walk through the doors but it is the food that really delivers. I came with a group of 8 for dinner and 6 of us ordered their tasting menu. This is really not an accurate description for it because the food just kept coming. It was an incredible feast... More 

Thank Keflewis
Huntsville, Alabama
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5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Nice atmosphere. Food was good. Ordered the calamari salad which was very good. Also had the pepper beef steak which was more salty than peppery - it also had huge chucks of extremely hard croutons soaked in the sauce from the steak that were not good.

Thank taaskew
Madison Heights, Virginia
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16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Wow! This has to be one of the best meal experiences ever. If you have 5 or more people you have to get the tasting meal! Unbelievable meal! Can't say enough about this restaurant. The food, wait staff, and ambiance is amazing.

Thank 3Duffields
Narberth, Pennsylvania
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467 reviews
356 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 131 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

With the restaurant open late, we decided to have dinner after the theater. OpenTable or phone reservations are not taken after 10. We arrived at 11, and the ditsy hostess told us that there would be a ten minute wait. Fifteen minutes later, we were seated, although there had been several empty tables in the interval. The martini was short.... More 

Thank larryderm
Mount Laurel, New Jersey
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Nice Asian fusion restaurant, friendly staffs and very good service. We had aged beef, sea bass, chow fun cooked to perfection. We will definitely go back.

Thank phillywang33
Erkrath, Germany
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40 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is still one of my longtime favorite restaurants in down town Philadelphia. It's also impressive to see that even after 15 years it's still hard to get a place on a weekend night. My favorites are the Wasabi crusted filet as a main course and the crispy calamari salad as an appetizer and of course the donuts as a... More 

Thank georgsimon
Seattle, Washington
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99 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very large and gorgeous space near Independence Hall. For drinks had a Kyoto Mule followed by a very nice, dry Spanish Rosato with dinner. Started with Szechuan Pork Dumplings as an appetizer and for the main, had to have the Five Spice Duck Breast with spoon bread. All very delicious but the real highlight was dessert: Jivara Chocolate Palet...caramelia crème... More 

Thank lsdean
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Love this Place!! Go! Enjoy! Great atmosphere! Great Food! A little pricey but well worth it! I will be going back again!

Thank Teresa H
Rehoboth Beach
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285 reviews
210 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 120 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were surprised at the size of the portions considering you are getting 3 items for lunch. They were on the generous side. Highly recommend any of the dumplings and soups. Also the spring rolls with the mustard sauce were the best! Spare ribs good, but cashew chicken was better choice. Will go again for sure. Service was attentive and... More 

Thank shirley0415

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Chinese, Asian, International, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar, Private Dining, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Business meetings, Romantic, Large groups, Bar scene, Special occasions
Open Hours
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
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

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Upper Darby, Pennsylvania

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