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Buddha Ruksa

Asian Restaurant, Thai Restaurant, and Bar$$$$
West Seattle, Seattle
  • This Asian restaurant is famous for their garlic chicken. It's one of the most popular in the city!
  • lori r.
    "Crispy garlic chicken is best in all Seattle!"(31 Tips)
    Jane H.
    "Yummy Crispy Garlic Chicken & Panang Curry!"(5 Tips)
    Jon K.
    "Try the Basil Martini - So refreshingly light and fantastic."(2 Tips)
    Ewen S.
    "Crispy garlic chicken, Dungeness crab fried rice"(2 Tips)
61 Tips and reviews
  • crispy garlic chicken
  • Thai food
  • good for dates
  • pad Thai
  • authentic
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  • Dre
    DreJune 19
    I don't understand the fuss. Food is NOT made to order. Really odd for a Thai place. Broccoli on pad see yew was mold green. Obviously frozen. Not worth the time 👎🏾👎🏾
  • B L W
    B L WJune 19
    The crispy garlic chicken had potential but was served cold and stale. Sent back and round 2 seemed reheated. Waitress shrugged her shoulder. "We're busy." Pad see ew was mediocre. Skip this place.
  • T R
    T RJune 6
    One of my favorites in Seattle
  • Emperor C.
    The crispy duck is fantastic. You can choose from 6 different sauces!
  • Stéphanie N.
    Spicy eggplant was delicious! Very crowded. Get here early.
  • Nick G.
    Nick GFebruary 17
    The Panang curry, Crispy Garlic chicken, and a side of brown rice are the perfect combo for 2. They are not on the lunch menu, but you can always ask for the dinner menu.
  • Ewen S.
    Ewen SymeNovember 11, 2016
    Crispy garlic chicken, Dungeness crab fried rice
  • Ben G.
    Ben GutnikOctober 31, 2016
    Awsome Asian and Thai restaurant. An extremely diverse menu with curry dishes as well. Try the spicy duck with noodles!
  • Mel L.
    Mel LandquistOctober 28, 2016
    Delicious Thai food. Pad Thai is great!
  • Doc R.
    Doc RussJuly 15, 2016
    Pad Thai, curry
  • Onur K.
    Onur KaraagaogluJuly 7, 2016
    soups panang curry and kao soi are awesome
  • Eric T.
    Eric TigreMay 19, 2016
    Been here 100+ times
    West Seattle loves Buddha Ruksa and we do, too, but both the menu and the kitchen don't acknowledge gluten-free options or alternatives. It would be great if BR can step up a gluten-free selection.
  • Jorge S.
    Jorge SalazarMay 1, 2016
    Garlic chicken and pnaan just as bomb as every one says
  • Jesse H.
    Jesse HerlitzApril 28, 2016
    Crispy garlic chicken is good
  • Malena B.
    Malena BrushApril 15, 2016
    This restaurant was put on the list "15 Best Places With Delivery in Seattle," but this place doesn't deliver. Take-out only.
  • Steven R.
    Steven RickmanDecember 24, 2015
    Like everyone else said, the crispy garlic chicken was insanely good. It's not on the lunch menu but if you ask for it you can still get it!
  • Kat .
    Kat 🐱December 8, 2015
    Crispy garlic chicken!
  • Michael Todd S.
    Michael Todd SmithSeptember 21, 2015
    Crispy garlic chicken!
  • Michael Todd S.
    Michael Todd SmithSeptember 21, 2015
    I love the cozy bar at the entrance and the crispy garlic chicken with a bottle of cold beer. Totally unassuming from the outside but a local favorite and always busy. Highly recommended!
  • Audray M.
    Audray MartinSeptember 11, 2015
    Crispy garlic chicken is top! I addicted going here every week. Give them a try and you will be addicted too :))))))
  • Claire K.
    Claire KerbsAugust 10, 2015
    Spring rolls, crispy garlic chicken and shrimp and pumpkin curry are really good!
  • David M.
    David McJuly 29, 2015
    Definitely the crispy garlic chicken! It's so good...just like candy. Crab wontons are great but eat them fresh in the car on your way home!
  • Carrie S.
    Carrie ShevelsonMarch 29, 2015
    Crab fried rice, crispy garlic chicken, and salt and pepper shrimp are stand outs
  • Melani M.
    Melani MoralesMarch 28, 2015
    You have to get the crispy garlic chicken.
  • SouthernBeets
    SouthernBeetsMarch 8, 2015
    I second what the other 38 @Foursquare users said about the crispy garlic chicken #bestthingever
  • Clyde Kelly J.
    Clyde Kelly J.November 10, 2014
    This food is the real MVP. All of the awards given were earned. Long lines are worth the wait.
  • Doug B.
    Doug BauderAugust 10, 2014
    The crispy garlic chicken is a must. Thai fried rice is pretty great too. Small dining room can fill up quick, great for take out too.
  • Adam A.
    Adam ArgyleAugust 7, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    The crack chicken a.k.a. Crispy garlic chicken. Also amazing Pad Thai and garlic fried rice.
  • Mathew
    MathewOctober 16, 2013
    If you come here without getting the crispy garlic "crack" chicken, you shouldn't be allowed to come back. Do it.
  • Michelle D.
    Michelle D.August 9, 2013
    The crispy garlic duck they have right now is as good as the crack chicken, if not better. Just get both!
  • Adam A.
    Adam ArgyleJuly 29, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Best thai in Seattle
  • Ellery
    ElleryFebruary 21, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    I don't think I need to say that the Crispy Garlic Chicken is a must... Everyone else seemed to cover that! The Tom Kha soup is another one of my favorites! So good with chicken or tofu!
  • Ryan C.
    Ryan CeurvorstNovember 5, 2012
    Crispy garlic chicken is THE signature dish! Most unique and flavorful dish.
  • Karen S.
    Karen SerquiniaOctober 5, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    3 words: Crispy Garlic Chicken
  • Gary W.
    Gary WJune 3, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    You are not worthy of Buddha Ruksa if you do not order the crispy garlic chicken (aka crack chicken).
  • Jane H.
    Jane HudsonMay 11, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Yummy Crispy Garlic Chicken & Panang Curry! Order a Basil Martini to wash it all down, trust me!
  • Jessica S.
    Jessica ScheibachMarch 11, 2012
    Don't forget to leave room for black sticky rice dessert
  • Jane H.
    Jane HudsonJanuary 28, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Don't overlook the Panang Curry and Pad See Ew! So so good!
  • Skip M.
    Skip MasonsmithDecember 28, 2011
    Super fast take out, I hardly ever bother to call in advance.
  • Jon K.
    Jon KowingOctober 13, 2011
    Try the Basil Martini - So refreshingly light and fantastic.
  • Rachel T.
    Rachel TaylorOctober 6, 2011
    Spring rolls and chicken pad Thai!!!!
  • Michelle P.
    Michelle PenaSeptember 10, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Everyone comes for the crispy garlic chicken, but it's the bags of gold and fried squash that have me hooked.
  • Lindsay V.
    Lindsay VanderpoolSeptember 3, 2011
    best Thai in town.
  • Ryan B.
    Ryan BelloJuly 9, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    The Panang curry with brown rice is just delicious. Don't forget to order four know you want to.
  • David N.
    David NewmanApril 29, 2011
    Try the Prawn and Pumpkin Curry. Delicious!
  • Ron S.
    Ron SprinkelJanuary 19, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Three words!!! Crispy Fried Chicken
  • Brian
    BrianDecember 30, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Crispy garlic chicken is incredible. Try the orange duck also.
  • Courtney H.
    Courtney HavreDecember 17, 2010
    This is a great place for lunch! There's hardly anyone here & the service is great as always!!
  • Dwight G.
    Dwight GautNovember 3, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    Everyone loves the crispy garlic chicken but did you know they can add in long bean? Try it. It's a healthy and tasty choice.
  • Agen S.
    Agen SchmitzNovember 1, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    crispy garlic tofu just as good if not better than the chicken.
  • Eric T.
    Eric TigreOctober 29, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    A West Seattle institution for nearly 10 years, Buddha Ruksa's warm and relaxed space serves fresh, delicious Thai curries, fresh rolls, satay and crispy garlic chicken. Get in early to snag a table! Read more
  • Geoff M.
    Geoff McNeelyOctober 15, 2010
    Yes, my wife loves the garlic chicken, but we love that they love children and always make us feel welcome with our young ones.
  • Matt W.
    Matt WakefieldSeptember 20, 2010
    Has anyone mentioned the crispy garlic chicken? It's absolutely amazing.
  • Tanya E.
    Tanya EdwardsAugust 15, 2010
    Best Thai in West Seattle hands down! Friendly service & great for take out!
  • Ryan B.
    Ryan BreskeJune 24, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Yes, the crispy garlic chicken is tops, as is the panang, red, yellow curries and pretyy much anything else I've had. Sweet staff and great to dine in when you can get a table.
  • Larry B.
    Larry BJune 15, 2010
    Crispy Garlic Chicken AKA Crack Chicken cause its so addictive!
  • Tony F.
    Tony FlintApril 22, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Duck and crispy garlic chicken/tofu are excellent. Also, good news, I saw a dog today.
  • lori r.
    lori randallMarch 20, 2010
    Crispy garlic chicken is best in all Seattle!
  • Daniel
    DanielFebruary 8, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Located in West Seattle, amazing Thai food!
  • Melissa F.
    Melissa FlintJanuary 28, 2010
    OMG crispy garlic chicken. ;)
  • Jeff P.
    Jeff PollardJanuary 18, 2010
    Get the crispy garlic chicken.
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