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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
Open 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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Los Angeles, California
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194 reviews
148 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

There were nine of us sharing all dishes. Some of the dishes were really good. Some were amazing. The king crab tempura and the pork belly boa were the amazing dishes. They call the "Hoisin Glazed Pork Belly". The grilled lamb chops were also excellent. I personally found some of the dumpling dishes a little overcooked. The Buddakan style sashimi... More 

Thank 800FoodFanatic800
Arlington, Texas, United States
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I just recently had dinner here. This was my third visit and every time my meal has been amazing! I had the Sea Bass and it was absolutely delicious! I'm not really much of a dessert person, but I never miss finishing off my meal here with either the carrot cake or the doughnuts (or both)! Can't wait to eat... More 

Thank Michelle C
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Buddakan has been around for a long time and we hadn't dined there in many years. A friend gave us a gift card so we went for a birthday. There were 5 of us on a Thursday night and we had a fantastic table right next to the long "Budda" table, which was empty that night. The service was impeccable.... More 

Thank shannon_b21
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This was my first visit to Buddakan and my wife's second. Our table was ready upon arrival but was in a high foot traffic section and I asked for us to be moved to a more private area. No problem. We sat at the bar for only 5-10 minutes and had a glass of wine while another table freed up.... More 

Thank Lucas B
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Took a dear friend to dinner here a couple of nights ago. The dining room was so noisy, we could barely have a conversation. Our server, Taylor, was really nice, but the person who brought out our entrees had to ask us, who gets this, who gets that. Sorry, at these prices, it SHOULD BE KNOWN.

Thank Paul I
Miami, Florida
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43 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

The food was awesome, from the appetizers through to the main course and dessert. I had the sea bass it was delicious and the chocolate sorbet wow. Then let's talk about ambiance and service both were great. The Buddha statue is stunning, I'd go back next time I'm in town it was a real treat

Thank Jody J
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Try to eat there whenever I am eat Center City Phila. Always excellent food and service. They even have a separate Gluten Free menu that has great choices!!

Thank themimmer
Tel Aviv, Israel
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79 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

we had a business dinner for 8 people , we had the tasting dinner , the food didn't stop coming , great service , very good dishes , with flexibility for some dietary requests

Thank Amichai B
Kent Island, Maryland
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126 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We sat under the watchful Budda. We had several appetizers that we shared. Everything came out quickly and was perfectly prepared. We also had lamb chops, good as any steakhouse, filet mignon and Korean fried rice. Everyone was pleased with the food. Topped of with carrot caked and the dip sum donuts, awesome!

Thank kentmorrdave
New England
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79 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This may be the best Chinese food I have had outside of Hong Kong or San Francisco Chinatown. Superb Dim Sum, large interesting menu. I would have liked to come back for lunch and dinner for a full week to taste all the wonderful offerings. The dining room is large, elegant and never feels crowded. The service is simply perfect.

Thank windinthewillows

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Asian, Gluten Free, Chinese, International, Pacific Rim
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Private Dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Bar scene, Large groups, Romantic, Special occasions, Business meetings
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?