Asian Restaurant$$$$
Center City East, Philadelphia
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  • Has a stamp of approval from Visit Philly and Philadelphia Magazine
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  • Bullfrog & Baum
    "Edamame Ravioli and King Crab Dumplings are the way"(10 Tips)
    Jamie P.
    "The edamame dumplings and sea bass are both on point!"(8 Tips)
    Es K.
    "Calamari salad and BBQ pork tenderloin are to die for!"(5 Tips)
    Daphne P.
    "The seabass is really soft and delicious"(7 Tips)
113 Tips and reviews
  • seafood
  • dumplings
  • donuts
  • Japanese food
  • sea bass
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  • Bre B.
    Bre BonnerAugust 17, 2015
    The real question is what isn't good here? You get what you pay for and this restaurant is worth every single penny. Try the lamb, the BBQ pork, pad thai, crab sticky rice and calamari salad.
  • Becky J.
    Becky JJanuary 15, 2014
    Secret off-menu item: order the Red Dragon Tofu! Even if you aren't vegetarian or vegan (and it is both), you'll love the deep fried tempura, the spicy red dragon sauce and fresh crisp wok veggies.
  • Naif M.
    Naif MansourMarch 16, 2013
    It is my best Asian restaurant experience ever. Try the spicy shrimp for appetizer, shrimp dumpling& spring rolls.for main course the duck, black pepper beef & sweet shrimp walnut. donuts is good.
  • Chris O.
    Chris OlsonAugust 27, 2013
    I expected this to be a bit over-hyped, but the food was really good. Service was solid, and the vibe in the place was great. I would definitely go again. The tomato salad was superb as an opener.
  • Kathryn🐻 D.
    Kathryn🐻 DeSimoneMarch 22, 2012
    best place to go for birthdays...favorite dish is the barbecue pork tenderloin with enormous onion rings... pissed that the banana dessert is now longer on the menu.. bring it back Stephen Starr!
  • Gary Z.
    Gary ZeiglerJuly 5, 2012
    Pork tenderloin was wonderful and tender, even though cooked medium well. Wasabi mashed potatoes were awesome, as was the Chinese eggplant. Pad Thai was decent. Milk chocolate caramel tart ftw!
  • Melanie D.
    Melanie Di MartinoNovember 12, 2011
    Appetizers: Edamame Ravioli and Vietnamese Stuffed Grape Leaves. San Bei Basil Chicken Hot Pot is a great entree! Don't forget to order a side of the wasabi mashed potatoes if you like spicy!!
  • Philly.com
    Philly.comAugust 3, 2014
    Buddakan has engineered a contemporary menu with Asian twists that may not be groundbreaking, but it consistently delivers well-prepared, large-portioned dishes nipped with just enough creativity. Read more
  • James R.
    James RussellMay 16, 2011
    The Zen-gria is refreshing. Try the Asian Caesar Salad, Crispy Calamari Salad, or Chicken & Ginger dumplings for apps. The Sweet & Crispy Jump Shrimp are delicious w/a side of wasabi mashed potatoes.
  • Rachel G.
    Rachel GarciaDecember 5, 2014
    Chilean sea bass...get it even if you don't love sea bass, it's absolutely fabulous. Calamari salad is also fabulous.
  • Hollie D.
    Hollie DonnonSeptember 3, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    The edamame ravioli/dumplings are things dreams are made of ... Buddakan never disappoints ... Food is always top notch! Try the Donuts for dessert ... super delish!
  • Morgan S.
    Everything here is amazing! Sea bass was melt in your mouth delicious and the Shangri La was probably one of the best cocktails I've ever had 😍
  • Dee💗Stacy
    Dee💗StacyJanuary 15, 2016
    Was not impressed by joy or blood orange Cosmo cocktails. Joy was too strong with vodka the other so sweet had to send it back. Excellent food though esp edamame dumplings lobster fried rice and donut
  • A A.
    A AFebruary 17, 2015
    This is one of my favorite restaurants.. The food is flavorful and I love the ambiance.. In the evening the lights are dim.. Intimate
  • Bethany K.
    Bethany KlineFebruary 11, 2012
    bento box dessert: must order for chocolate lovers, otherwise the "dip sum" doughnuts come with two dipping sauces and to-die-for ginger whipped cream.
  • Jocey
    JoceyJanuary 29, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Trendy atmosphere, great service and awesome food!! My favs are the calamari salad, shrimp and lobster spring rolls, chilean sea bass and dim sum donuts for dessert!!!
  • Hind R.
    Hind RMay 16
    Tuna spring roll, Edmami dumplings and their Dumpling donuts are so good.
  • Bloomingdale's
    Bloomingdale'sAugust 18, 2010
    A huge gold Buddha beams down as you live it up, modern Mandarin-style, in this dark dramatically lit palace. Contemporary Chinese dishes and the house Zen-gria keep the Asian spirit flying.
  • Rebecca N.
    Rebecca NoricksApril 11, 2011
    Get the tuna tartare spring rolls and the beef short rib. The spring roll is fresh and flavorful and the ribs are fall apart tender and savory.
  • Dining Out for Life PHL
    Make your reservation now! Buddakan is participating in Dining Out for Life 2013 by donating 33% of every meal sold on Thursday, April 25. Dine Out, Fight AIDS! To learn more about the cause: Read more
  • Beau B.
    Beau BallinMay 1, 2013
    Seriously one if the best meals I've had. Pad Thai, Charred. Aged Beef, and Dim Sum Donuts were all delightful!
  • David R.
    David RosenbloomNovember 24, 2014
    The original Asian fusion spot. Great bar scene, amazing food. The kimchi fried rice kills me every time!
  • Bullfrog & Baum
    Bullfrog & BaumFebruary 6, 2011
    The Edamame Ravioli and King Crab Dumplings are the way to start your meal here. Let the intriguing ingredients take your palette for an experience agai
  • CheckOutJared
    CheckOutJaredDecember 15, 2011
    Appetizer and an entre is plenty for a couple. The "Dip Sum" Doughnuts are great but its the dipping sauces that make it.
  • Clarke T.
    Clarke ThomasJuly 6, 2015
    Family style plates, quieter seating upstairs, boisterous dining, save room for the donuts
  • 💋Rebecca
    💋RebeccaJune 14, 2011
    Edamame ravioli is too hyped up. Try the braised short ribs. Delicious. And pad Thai. Zen gria just ok. Kobe beef satay good
  • Nicole S.
    Nicole StuberJuly 20, 2012
    Try the Edamame Dumplings - Loved this dish! Always order it when I go to #Buddakan
  • Mark F.
    Mark FunnellAugust 19, 2015
    Lobster Fried Rice and Eggplant - There is no need to look further down the menu!
  • jason
    jasonApril 19, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Edamame dumplings are outstanding Follow with aged beef for a great Night out!
  • ed P.
    ed PoprikJune 21, 2015
    I am in love with the Asian Cesar Salad with spicy cashews; I hope some day we will get married!
  • Naomi F.
    Naomi FenlinFebruary 23, 2010
    Sadly heard rumors that this particular item was taken off the menu, but the "Angry Lobster" (huge lobster chunks, in mashed potatos & mixed vegetables) was the most satisfyingly delicious meal EVER.
  • Krista M.
    Krista MSeptember 10, 2011
    Whole menu delicious! We always enjoy the chicken ginger dumplings and the asian ceasar.
  • Jamie P.
    Jamie Pagels1 week ago
    The edamame dumplings and sea bass are both on point!
  • STARR Restaurants
    STARR RestaurantsJune 9, 2011
    When you walk into Buddakan you will feel immediately transported to somewhere in Southeast Asia, where the Far East and the East Coast mix as seamlessly as sushi and soy.
  • Everyday
    EverydayJanuary 21, 2014
    Love the ambiance, decor, and service. Pricey, but worth it.
  • James B.
    James BressiOctober 19, 2009
    LOVE this place. Serves family style. What to order? Appetizer: chicken & ginger dumplings Entree: wasabi encrusted filet mignon / pan seared filet mignonDessert: banana towerGreat Drinks. Read more
  • Michelle K.
    Michelle KeaneApril 25, 2013
    Edamame ravioli are awesome!! Sadly there are only four on a plate. Do good!!
  • travel42
    travel42September 19, 2011
    Try the house specialty: wok-seared lobster in a coconut curry sauce served in a nest of mashed potatoes.
  • Tammo W.
    Tammo WiersumJune 2, 2016
    Do not miss out on the edamame dumplings or the donuts!
  • Concierge
    ConciergeFebruary 19, 2011
    In the realm of deserts, nothing comes close to dip sum doughnuts! With 3 different sauces, it's hard to have just one!
  • Bryant R.
    Bryant RankinMay 11, 2011
    Kobe Beef is worth every penny! Eat at the communal table at the foot of the Buddha.
  • Sila Y.
    Sila YAugust 23, 2014
    Lamb chops are amazing. And get wasabi mashed potatoes.
  • Tammo W.
    Tammo WiersumJune 2, 2016
    Edamame dumplings are amazing. Do not miss them!
  • Tricia F.
    Tricia FischenichJune 5, 2013
    Edamame ravioli & crying chocolate. You can thank me later!
  • RC
    RCOctober 5, 2015
    Get the Caesar. The Kobe beef rice is awesome!
  • Richard C.
    Wasabi Tuna and Miso Cod. they were incredibly fresh
  • Alisa J
    Alisa JNovember 4, 2011
    our table of girls were loving the "Strength" cocktail: grey goose vodka, cilantro, lime!
  • Stephane J.
    As with all Starr restaurants, great decor with subpar food and service. You end up paying for the brand not the experience.
  • Stephane J.
    As with all Starr restaurant, great decor with subpar food and service. You end up paying for the brand not the experience.
  • Don B.
    Don BOctober 16, 2015
    Three words: wasabi crusted filet - fantastic (ok, so that was four words...).
  • 🌴om Z.
    🌴om ZMay 28, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Udon noodles, grilled lamb chop, Asian broccoli, dumplings, dip sum donuts.
  • Es K.
    Es K.November 10, 2012
    Calamari salad and BBQ pork tenderloin are to die for!
  • Edward Aníbal
    Edward AníbalNovember 10, 2013
    The Sake of the house is excellent!
  • Philadelphia Magazine
    Philadelphia MagazineSeptember 14, 2010
    Try their bento box, which includes three dishes for $15 to $20, depending on which category you're ordering from. Read more
  • Visit Philly
    Visit PhillyMarch 25, 2011
    For adventurous diners, a large community table allows for ample socializing. Read more
  • Glen G.
    Glen GilmoreFebruary 16, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the bento box dessert!
  • Daphne P.
    Daphne PapapolyzouJanuary 27, 2016
    The seabass is really soft and delicious
  • Nicole S.
    Nicole StuberJuly 20, 2012
    Try the Rock Shrimp Popcorn - Great #appetizer
  • David C.
    David CooperFebruary 24, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Lamb Chops are excellent. They go well with the 'awakening' drink.
  • Jeff N.
    Jeff NavachSeptember 8, 2010
    Grilled octopus app and k-pao monkfish are fantastic....edamame ravioli good, but overhyped in my opinion...
  • Grace L.
    Grace LeeSeptember 1, 2014
    The kobe sliders are heavenly!
  • Jocey
    JoceyMay 5, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    You must try the dip sum donuts!!!!
  • Hollie S.
    Hollie SickSeptember 9, 2016
    Expensive but one of the best restaurants I've ever been too
  • M Scott D.
    M Scott DonovanJuly 26, 2011
    Don't sit at the community table when there's a wedding party. People get confused.
  • Jennifer M.
    Jennifer MannMay 18, 2012
    Try the Content- delicious cocktail!
  • thefarahdiaries
    thefarahdiariesJune 20, 2013
    Go for dessert and non alcoholic drinks
  • Randy S.
    Randy ShoreOctober 20, 2011
    Heather is by far the best waitress. Make sure you ask for her!
  • George H.
    George HudsonSeptember 23, 2014
    This is where you eat when you just got a check with a comma LMFAO #IGETPAID #LIONOUTTHECAGE
  • Brandon G.
    Brandon GibsonFebruary 24, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Rub the Buddha's belly for good fortune and prosperity.
  • Adeline A.
    Adeline A.June 13, 2012
    Try the Rock Shrimp Tempura Sticky Bun
  • Amol K.
    Amol KDecember 30, 2015
    Edamame dumplings are amazing.
  • Heather S.
    Heather SchmutzFebruary 1, 2013
    Amazing atmosphere
  • Dave P.
    Dave PaleyJune 30, 2013
    Get the Vigor. It's a fantastic cocktail.
  • Jen D.
    Jen DuffyJune 24, 2012
    The Life cocktail and king crab tempura!
  • Alexandra K.
    Alexandra KikerOctober 12, 2011
    Always order the boneless char sui spare ribs.
  • Cathy S.
    Cathy SmithMay 22, 2011
    Edamame Ravioli that's why we come here! Don't know if we would otherwise!
  • Antonio
    AntonioOctober 22
    Edamame dumplings are delicious!
  • Steven R.
    Steven RussOctober 22, 2011
    This is where you would take somebody to for a date, & ETC....
  • Examiner.com
    Examiner.comJune 6, 2011
    The Edamame Ravioli is a must have! Read more
  • Chrissa O.
    Chrissa O'ShaughnessyJanuary 31, 2012
    Order the Baked Alaska! OMG was this a dessert!
  • Adeline A.
    Adeline A.June 13, 2012
    Try the Edamame Ravioli
  • Alex M.
    Alex MeshkinJune 7, 2010
    Don't get the Pork Belly Hot Pot. The hot pot brooth ruins the texture the pork belly.
  • Allison S.
    Have to get to chocolate bento box.
  • Daniel J.
    Daniel JafariJanuary 29
    Dim sum sampler is sublime.
  • TV Food Maps
    TV Food MapsAugust 26, 2014
    Check out Buddakan as seen on Best Thing I Ever Ate Read more
  • Ryan P.
    Ryan PetersonApril 1, 2010
    Everything was fantastic! Great atmosphere with a lot of talent
  • Tom C.
    Tom CahillNovember 20, 2010
    Very good gluten free menu. Lots of options.
  • Roj M.
    Roj MugwumpOctober 17, 2011
    tea smoked ribs are the bomb! get two serves!
  • Keary H.
    Keary HMay 7, 2010
    Food and atmosphere were fantastic, service was so-so. Bring friends and share.
  • Ryan F.
    Ryan FlanneryAugust 26, 2014
    Large portions that are made for sharing.
  • Flavia M.
    Flavia MonteiroMarch 26, 2012
    i think that everything is delicious.
  • Kath
    KathFebruary 27, 2015
    My parents love this place ..
  • Stephan M.
    Stephan MatanovicAugust 7, 2014
    Consistently great.
  • Karen F.
    Karen FlamApril 25, 2010
    Make a reservation. Try the ginger infused drinks.
  • wedd h.
    wedd hassoubahJuly 28, 2015
    My first anniversary ❤️
  • Roxanne P.
    Roxanne PogueApril 9, 2012
    Dip Sum doughnuts. That is all.
  • Adeline A.
    Adeline A.June 13, 2012
    Try the Peking Sparerbis
  • Legal§Diva💎👠👜💼💰🐾
    Donuts to die for!
  • J.S. M.
    J.S. MillerApril 2, 2011
    Get the King Crab Tempura!
  • Jorge S.
    Excellent Food!!!
  • Carla
    CarlaFebruary 13, 2013
    Yummy! Great meal!!
  • thefarahdiaries
    thefarahdiariesNovember 28, 2013
    Go for dessert. Food is overpriced.
  • Michael L.
    Michael LeisSeptember 30, 2010
    Edamame: salty and delicious
  • Shaz
    ShazFebruary 26, 2012
    Spicy lobster!
  • Adeline A.
    Adeline A.June 13, 2012
    Try the Pad Thai
  • Peter C.
    Peter ChengJanuary 9, 2010
    not bad but i like the NYC version better. special was Elk Sushi...
  • Nickie S.
    Seriously! Edamame Ravioli. OMG!
  • Melanie D.
    Melanie DonofrioJune 4, 2010
    Best Chilean Sea Bass! Read more
  • Kishan Kumar L.
    Kishan Kumar LaskarApril 19, 2013
    test hotel
  • Christopher H.
    Christopher HussJune 2, 2011
    Bonzai martini
  • Lani M.
    Lani MorenoFebruary 26, 2010
    Get the Angry Lobster and get happy!
  • Mike E.
    Mike EpsteinFebruary 5, 2010
    Edamame Ravioli. 'Nuff said.
  • Melissa
    MelissaSeptember 17, 2010
    The duck is awesomeee
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