325 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19106
Cuisines: Japanese, Asian, Chinese
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.
07/05/2008Provided by Citysearch -
The food here is even more scrumptious than the relaxed atmosphere! I promise, you could order every course of your meal blind-folded and you'll enjoy each dish set before you (of course using judgement where allergies are concerned). One plug I must push is their Green Tea Cheesecake that is OUT OF THIS WORLD! Each seperate sauce plays an important part in the experience. Indiviually, yummy but collectively it provides a delectable symphony that your tastbuds will thank you for bite after bite.
06/18/2008Provided by Citysearch -
I have been to Buddakan 2 times so far and I plan on going back! The style/decor is awesome! The food is super fresh and the service is great. They are very personable and will help you make a decision if you don't know what to order... It's great to go for a romantic evening or with a group! The food is for sharing which is great. The desserts are awesome too! Cocktail of choice - Sangria! Steven Starr restaurants are always awesome - can never go wrong!
06/06/2008Provided by Citysearch -
I have been dining at Buddakan a couple times a year since the late 90's. I have always been a great fan of the upscale yet casual (family style) mode of dining. Even after 10 years, the space is trendy and in touch without being overbearing on the trend factor. We had sat night reservations at 7 and were promptly seated upon arrival.
My girlfriend and I started off with the ceviche trio that was on special. The fish was properly sliced and the flavour and texture was spot on. Loved the fluke with halapeno and tangerine. The texture of the fluke coupled with the sweetness of the tangerine and appropriately counteracted the heat of the halapeno. For entrees we had the shrimp pad thai which was tasty yet light on heat (not what you would get at a thai restaurant) and the dry aged beef. Th portions are huge so we opted for the small portion of beef (still 8-9oz.) The Beef was accompanied with frites and caramelized onion soy sauce. I have always been a fan of this dish and it is very good for sharing as the steak is perfectly sliced (not to mention perfectly cooked.) For dessert we had the chocolate bento box. It is simply justified gluttony at this point but oh so good. Service was attentive, prompt and not overbearing.
Buddakan has been a good faithful choice for a non formal night out for ages and will contnue to.....
02/19/2008Provided by Citysearch -
I decided to take my fiance to Buddakan for a last minute Valentine's dinner . It ended up being a great decision. We had no reservations but the hostess [ Janine ?] welcomed us and assured that it would definetly be worth the wait and then directed us to the bar . The drinks were a bit expensive but the bartender couldn't have been nicer , considering it was busy . We were seated sooner then expected and we were lead to a quaint table near the bar . We devoured a calamari filled salad which our server recomended we try . It was large enough for us to share , with some to spare . It was very flavorful and fresh tasting! The salmon was incredible which was accompanied by several rolls of delicious cream cheese sushi . The desserts sounded quite original . We decided on the donuts , which came out warm and delicious , with a trio of dipping sauces to try. The price for a wonderful night out was well worth it ! We left happy and full ! I would definetly go to this restaurant again . A great place for a romantic dinner .
02/08/2008Provided by Citysearch -
I chose Buddakan for my boyfriend's birthday. Neither of us had been there before. It was a bit pricey ($225 for 2), but the sophistication and unique flavors of the food lived up to it. We started off with the kobe beef appetizer and a special-of-the-day sashimi yellowtail tuna appetizer - YUM. They were both so flavorful with great texture. Following this, we elected to share the angry lobster (taking advice from a review I had read on this website). It was plenty big enough for two - succulent, and so creatively plated. My only problem with this place (and I had also read this on this site) was that when it was time for dessert (which we would have normally passed on because we were so full), the dessert came out with no sparkler. That really let me down, as I had reminded them twice, even on that very day when they had called me to confirm the reservation, and I had sat there during dinner watching 3 other sparkler desserts being delivered. I couldn't really say anything when we arrived, obviously, as it was a surprise. I brought it up with the host as I was leaving, and he made an excuse that it had been so busy when we came in that it was his fault - he hadn't alerted the waiter . He gave me his card and told me if there was ever anything he could do for me, like a reservation on a busy night, he would do it. Sorry, but it's not the kind of place I can afford to go to regularly, and nothing can make up for the nearly perfect night that they had messed up. A coupon for a percentage off a future visit would have been more classy and made me more apt to come back. Presently, I have mixed feelings. As far as the food goes, however, 5 stars.
10/20/2007Provided by Citysearch -
I went here with my boyfriend for his birthday and loved it!!! We started at the bar where I got a drink called ""Geisha"" which was wonderful and fruity (great for the ladies). The wait staff was extremely friendly and attentive. We ordered kobe beef satay and edamame ravioli. The kobe beef was great and came with vegetable tempura which I love. We ordered the edamame ravioli because of all the rave reviews on the website, but I didn't like those at all. I have always enjoyed edamame at japanese restaurants but the cheese was very overwhelming. We then shared the angry lobster which was pricey at $75 but completely worth it. Dont let them fool you! I asked the waitress if it was enough for two people and she said maybe - well my boyfriend and I were stuffed and still had some left to take home. It was incredible! It had huge chunks of lobster and veggies like bok choy, cauliflower, red peppers, brocolli and carrots. YUM! and on the bottom was a very generous layer of lobster mashed potatoes. We then had the chocolate bento box - which totally lived up to my expectations! They even brought it with a sparkler because it was my boyfriends birthday. The bill was $127 - 160 with tip. But I definitely think it was worth it. YOU MUST GO HERE IF YOU ARE IN PHILLY!!!