325 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19106
Phone: (215) 574-8994
Primary Phone: (215) 923-0985
Fax: (215) 574-8994
Buddakan - Philadelphia
Cuisines: Asian, Seafood
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Alcohol: Full Bar
Bike Parking: Yes
Takes Reservations: Yes
Outdoor Seating: No
03/21/2011Provided by Citysearch -
I came here to celebrate my very good friend's upcoming wedding. It was a few days away, and we wanted to make sure she was at a place she loved, so she brought us to Buddakan, because this is where she met her fiancee. He was working that night, but besides his service, everything else was horrible. We saw managers going to tables all around us, but never came by to say hello or to see how we were. I was really surprized because she worked there for a year, and her fiancee has worked there for 7 years. After seeing this display of utter disregard, I would never want to work for Stephen Starr....we would have gotten better service at Amada, or any other of the MANY places in Philadelphia, where I would have been happy to go. I go out to dinner all the time in Philadelphia, and Buddakan wasn't my first choice, but we went there for her sake. What ended up happening was that she left embaressed and dissapointed for bringing us there. I don't know how Buddakan is considered one of the top places in Philadelphia, because that simply is a gross overstatement. The food was OK, but for the cold shoulder that we got, I'd rather go anywhere else.
12/22/2010Provided by Citysearch -
I've been a fan of this place for years. Everything they serve is absolutely delicious and they never disappoint. The siignature drinks are creative and delish. I had my bachelorette dinner here some years back and there was a mishap with the one of the guests and her getting sick. All of the staff was unbelievably accommodating and gracious, kudos to them.
06/20/2010Provided by Citysearch -
Made reservations for a large party of 20 on July 20. Sat at the large table in front of the Budda. Everything was going well until one of the guest found hair in his food. That was totally unsavory and shocking. Told the wait staff and they called over the manager over. We did not get the manager's name, but he was slender with a shorn hair style and was wearing a pink tie that night. He came over and did not apologize for the incident. He only told our guest the kitchen staff covers their hair so nothing like this could happen. Our guest was made to feel as if the manager was implying he was lying. He made no concessions to our guest. Since this was a large party, a deposit was already made and we had a prix fix menu. The bill was over $2,000. I feel this is not acceptable for a restaurant of Buddakan's caliber to have this occur. It would have made a huge difference if the manager had been more accommodating. Not once did he come over and ask how we thought of the food or the service throughout our entire dining experience. Our server was the only one that attempted to remedy the situation by offering a complimentary drink to our guest. The manager had an unapproachable manner and condescending demeanor. Management needs to stop acting like the patrons our lucky to get a table at Buddakan. The restaurant is not what it was in their hay day. Most patrons are tourist and don't know any better. For the same price, you can go to a better restaurant that will be hair free.
03/23/2010Provided by Citysearch -
My friends and I went to Buddakan last Saturday night. Not expecting to get a table without a reservation, we decided to sit at the bar. We went to the upstairs bar, where it was less crowded and you didn't have to worry about someone standing behind you ordering drinks. Ariana, our bartender, was really cool. We decided to eat at the bar, instead of waiting for a table. Dinner was great. The crab sticky rice, calamari salad, and aged beef were my favorites. We all agreed that it was a place we had to come back to more often.
07/20/2009Provided by Citysearch -
It's a neat looking restaurant but that is where the thrill wears off. The food is underwhelming, overrated and overpriced. You do better to buy a bottle of sake and get some asian takeout from Chinatown and find a romantic place to eat it than waste your hard-earned dollar at Buddakan.
We had crispy duck salad (more like chewy duck salad), duck ""tacos"", dried out chicken in a way-too-salty sauce, filet which was more expensive than it should be for how tough it was. The dessert ""doughnuts"" with dipping sauces were good but I can get them fresher at my local chinese buffet.
Our waitress was superb but other than that, pick someplace else to fill your stomach..
06/03/2009Provided by Citysearch -
Went with 13 people for a dinner after graduation. Because we were such a large group they made us eat what they wanted to feed us, and we didn't even get menus. We were pretty much taste testers with the plates they brought to the table. And when the bill came it was over $1300. $100 per person. I will never go back, they are a rip off. Especially with the economy the way it is today. Bye-bye Budda!
05/27/2009Provided by Citysearch -
Tonight was a birthday celebration for my girlfriend. I had previously eaten at Buddakan for lunch, and it was good. Tonight, however was a different story.
First, the appetizer special, a duck confit spring roll, was not what I expected, as it was greasy and soft. Additionally, the lobster crepes were too thick and the lobster was overcooked, again, not what I expected at all. The duck entree, which I ordered medium rare, was presented at a well done temperature, and the salad that accompanied the duck was dressed with only rice wine vinegar. However, I can say that the spoon bread was the best that I have ever had.
The service was exceptional.