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“Great appetizer and entree options” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Buddakan

Buddakan
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Ranked #26 of 4,314 Restaurants in Philadelphia
Certificate of Excellence
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar scene, Business meetings, Romantic, Special occasions, Large groups
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Full Bar, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Valet Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: City Center East
Cross street: Between 3rd & 4th on Chestnut
United States
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30 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Great appetizer and entree options”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 22, 2013

The food is very tasty. The decor is very interesting - in a good way. The noise level is very high. Servers seem to scramble about, which make it a feeling of being rushed.

Visited November 2012
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Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • Danish first
  • English first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
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English first
staten island, ny
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28 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Experienced Asia/Mix Menu”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 21, 2013

We waited 8 weeks to get a prime 7pm reservation on a Saturday night, it was worth the wait!! Our server was gracious, & helped us navigate the appitzer portions for a party of four (most items have 3 or 6 pieces) we increased our order to 4 to 8 pieces easily. We had a ceaser salad to start, yummy, follow by dumpling & spring rolls, delicious. I had the sea bass which was done to a perfection!! we also had their shrimp entree, & a steak dish with a side order o chinese broc. all were scrumptous. We want to try all of the Steve Starr restaurants now!!

  • Visited May 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
“Worth the trip”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 17, 2013

The setting is great; the food is great - the bao buns are yummy; the service is always top notch. You are treated like a valued gues.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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90 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Our favorite restaurant in Philadelphia”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 16, 2013

Stephan Starr's best restaurant! Asian like you have never eaten. It has been our favorite for 10 years and we go for every special occasion. You have to make reservations. There is not a bad table in the restaurant, but upstairs is wonderful. This restaurant never disappoints

Visited January 2013
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Cary, North Carolina
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34 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Contempo Asian Fusion, great ambiance average service”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 16, 2013 via mobile

Dinner here with my boss and met up with other coworkers. Went here on recommendation of hotel concierge at The Ritz.

Pros: Fantastic atmosphere. we were able to be seated 15 minutes early even though our reservation wasn't until a bit later. beautifully presented, flavorful dishes with unexpected delightful twists. Chicken ginger dumplings and Jumbo shrimp with candied walnuts were both superb. Awesome drinks as well ( had the blood orange Cosmo).

Cons: Waitress didn't write down our order, forgot an item we ordered, and when we inquired when it would arrive to the table, she had no recollection of us even ordering it, so it had to be placed to be prepared well after our other food. All dishes are family style but still individual in portion. You must order numerous dishes in order not to come away hungry. Had to ask to get my own plate so that we could each choose from the plates with food. Other places seem to automatically bring you that even though you are passing around the dishes to share. When we were nearly finished with our desserts, someone near us ordered a steaming dish that was absolutely smelly. We cut our dining experience short specifically to escape from the smell.

Visited May 2013
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