Buddha-Bar London

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Buddha-Bar London

This Knightsbridge pan-Asian restaurant and cocktail bar shares the same name as the Paris original - and the London branch opened as part of a worldwide roll out. It's now at a different address, and under different owners, but the link remains. 

So, too, does the sleek, clubby, oriental look – and the food menu inspired by dishes from China, Japan and Thailand. Expect, then, dishes such as papaya salad, chicken satay, prawn pad Thai, five-spiced barbecued chicken and steamed sea bass with Thai basil, lemongrass and sweet chilli sauce. A large sushi and sashimi selection features, too.

Cocktails - ranging in price between £15 and £19 - include a kiwi kukama (in-house infused citron vodka, elderflower liqueur, fresh kiwi, fresh cucumber and lemon bitters) and a decanted devil (AquaRiva reposado tequila shaken with Grand Marnier, jalapeno, lime juice and agave nectar, and smoked with pecan wood chips). The wine list features vintage Champagne, and the spirit selection features many a premium brand. 



Venue name: Buddha-Bar London
Address: 145 Knightsbridge
Transport: Tube: Knightsbridge tube
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Average User Rating

3.8 / 5

Rating Breakdown

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  • 4 star:1
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  • 1 star:4
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A swanky date night spot with a fun vibe and well heeled crowd. The food doesn't quite live up to expectations, or justify the hefty price tags. Other than the sushi, which was fresh and tasty, the overall experience is overrated. Rock shrimp was greasy, duck salad average and edamame way too spicy. 


Have been there a few times, love their soft-shell crab (and I am definitely not a sea-food fan), the Green Tee cocktail and the sweets that are served with their afternoon tea. The atmosphere is gorgeous, and though it's on the pricier side, it is worth it. Their afternoon tea is with an Asian twist, however not enough to fill you up (but the staff was nice enough to serve us complimentary dessert refills).


This is a nice place for drinks, Cocktails were good and the barmen were really nice and friendly.

We managed to get in on a Friday night and the DJ was fantastic. Love the decor as well, definitely a place for a nice date!


Had such a great time at Buddha Bar! The staff were absolutely lovely, the sommelier was very knowledgable and absolutely hilarious. The food was fresh, tasty and mostly generous portions, especially for a sushi restaurant. We had the chicken salad and green papaya salad to start followed by the miso salmon and barbecued chicken for mains. The only downfall was the lime cheesecake we had for dessert which was actually delicious but a bit too small. The decor is gorgeous and feels ultra glam from the moment you step in the door. Great place to go after pay day or before a night out. 

 Massively overrated place, used to be alright but bloody hell it is so tired and dirty (same as the staff!) I won't bang on tho all I can say is go somewhere else. I'm all for going out, eating out and spending money but it has to be worth it somehow. The food is seriously average, service is worse, the decor is far from impressive and it looks ran down, it smells of sewage.. one thing they're good at is ripping people off.

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Food was absolutely amazing! will definitely recommend. It was so difficult to chose as everything looked amazing. 10/10 :) 

My mother and I came for dinner last Thursday for the 1001 nights which was absolutely amazing! I was really impressed how great the atmosphere was and how good the food was as this was my first time at Buddha bar. I will definitely be back!


My boyfriend and I did a sushi Masterclass at Buddha Bar and had an absolutely fantastic afternoon. The chefs were so welcoming, friendly and informative that I had to get a pic with one at the end! There were c14 people in the class and everyone got the same amount of attention, it was the perfect number of people. We used fresh salmon, tuna and prawn to make our sushi and all the other ingredients were neatly presented and plentiful. Having been to a couple of cooking classes before, none have really allowed me to get as ‘hands on’ as this one did and I genuinely felt as though I learnt a lot and that the sushi I brought home with me was made by me! Having Sake throughout added to the authenticity of the experience immensely, as did having some pre-made sushi to eat throughout the class. The room in which the Masterclass is held is away from the hustle and bustle of the restaurant and is very relaxing, atmospheric and refined. This was the best gift ever!

Amazing venue, thinking of organising my birthday party here, had a delicious lunch with great value for money set menu. Highly recommend this space! Love the ambience and service was very professional. Well done Buddha Bar knightsbridge!!!!!

Shocking first experience of the famous Buddha Bar. I was taken here to celebrate the completion of my PhD. The lighting was so bad I had to use a torch to read the menu. My companion was allergic to mushrooms and we stated this very clearly 'are there any mushrooms in any of the dishes we have ordered, if so we will order another dish that has none'. Despite the dim lighting, a suspect item in one of the dishes, upon scruting, turned out to be a mushroom. This error could have had dire consequences. We must have been served by a different member of the waiting staff with each visit to our table. The dishes were overly sweet and the portions were small. The bill was large!

The most disappointing evening out in London!! Organized a birthday dinner there 2 weeks in advance, including pre-ordering a cake. The service was appololing, a party of 8, food took forever and one order was not bright out till after everyone had finished!! It took from 8:30- midnight for us to be served 2 courses ! And we had to ask 4 times for the cake to be brought out! By which time people had to leave. We had an area booked by the bar, to enjoy the music but unfortunately due to the snail pace terrible service in resturant we never made it upstairs. The staff were apologetic, offered a discount on bill, but it seems they were struggling and many tables were also complaining. For me they ruined my birthday. I chose Buddha bar based on its world wide reputation and because I had been to the old biddha bar in london several times and it was perfect- I mean with Buddha bar music and atmosphere you can't really go wrong !! Or so I thought !!! I'm gutted!! my friends had to suffer through an awful night. There are SO many places in London- do not bother with this place. I hadn't read review before going there! but time out are right- it won't be long before they close down if they continue being such a disaster.

the cocktails here were amazing, would definately recommend the kiwi kukama - one of the best cocktails ive tried in my life!

Amazing venue and specially food.Thank you for fantastic evening :-)

not impressed..out to rob its customers...cocktail prices at the bar 50% more than in the resturant downstairs! Food very very average..esp the vegetarian food