Asian Restaurant$$$$
Center City East, Philadelphia
  • The experts at Visit Philly and Philadelphia Magazine recommend this place
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    • Philadelphia Magazine
  • Bullfrog & Baum
    "Edamame Ravioli and King Crab Dumplings are the way"(10 Tips)
    Nicole S.
    "Try the Edamame Dumplings - Loved this dish!"(6 Tips)
    Es K.
    "Calamari salad and BBQ pork tenderloin are to die for!"(5 Tips)
    Krista M.
    "We always enjoy the chicken ginger dumplings and the asian ceasar."(3 Tips)
112 Tips and reviews
  • seafood
  • dumplings
  • donuts
  • Japanese food
  • good for dates
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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.
  • 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
  • travel42
    travel42September 19, 2011
    Try the house specialty: wok-seared lobster in a coconut curry sauce served in a nest of mashed potatoes.
  • Michelle K.
    Michelle KeaneApril 25, 2013
    Edamame ravioli are awesome!! Sadly there are only four on a plate. Do good!!
  • 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.
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