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Buddha-Bar DC Restaurant Review - Washington DC

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Buddha-Bar DC Restaurant Review - Washington DC

Buddha-Bar DC

© Stacey Goldberg

The Bottom Line

Buddha-Bar DC offers good food and a creative menu in a setting with very dim lighting creating a nightclub atmosphere. Buddha-Bar has locations in New York, Paris, London, Cairo and other international destinations.

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  • Good Food and innovative menu
  • Interesting decor
  • Spacious bar and lounge


  • Dark
  • Expensive
  • Location off the beaten path


  • Address: 455 Massachusetts Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20001
  • Phone: (202) 377-5555
  • Hours: Lunch Mon-Fri 11:30am-3pm, Sat-Sun 12-3pm. Dinner Mon-Thurs 5:30pm-1am, Fri-Sat 5:30pm-2am.
  • Prices: Lunch: $12 to $20, Dinner: $20 to $50, Sushi: $5 to $10 a piece, with specialty rolls ranging from $8 to $20

Guide Review - Buddha-Bar DC Restaurant Review - Washington DC

Located just steps from Chinatown, Buddha-Bar DC offers an eclectic menu of Pan-Asian dishes with a touch of French influence. Signature dishes include Curry Shrimp in Banana Leaves; Roasted Black Cod; Five Spices Chicken; Lacquered Pecking Duck as well as Wok Fried Beef with Bail. An assortment of sushi and sashimi rolls is also available. The bar offers an extensive wine and sake collection and artisanal cocktails. As an appetizer, we enjoyed the Buddha Bar Rolls, which combined spicy tuna, yellowtail and snow crab. For the main course, I would especially recommend the Filet Mignon Cooked “Teppan Yaki Style.” The sauce was wonderful and the meat was cooked perfectly. We also shared the Roasted Black Cod with Miso & Yuzu Sauce. It was tasty but I found the sauce to be a bit too sweet.

The restaurant features unique Asian-inspired decor with lavish chandeliers and Asian tattoo murals. Rich colors of burgundy, gold, brown and black create an opulent scheme, setting off the focal point of Buddha-Bar: the signature 18-foot Buddha statue with black onyx finish. The 170-seat restaurant includes a 20-seat bar, a spacious 50-seat lounge, a semi-private dining room for up to 20 guests and an outdoor patio will be available (weather permitting) which can accommodate 80.

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Reviewed June 2010 - Prices are subject to change

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