Buddha’s Belly


The Buddha’s Belly on Beverly Boulevard just east of Fairfax closed last September.  There’s still a location out in Santa Monica.

The eclectic Pan-Asian restaurant had struggled for some time.  The last-ditch effort to keep it open involved turning its private dining room into Buddha’s Lounge (a bar ‘n’ snack place) and then making the place look more like a cocktail lounge.  I was never a huge fan of the food there — I was once served an entree that was so overcooked as to be inedible and the management had zero interest in replacing it — but I had friends who loved it.  I didn’t much like the parking situation either, and suspect that accounted for some of its problems.

But a lot of people swore by its unique twist on some Asian staples.  The magician Ricky Jay seems to have loved it…or maybe it was just coincidence that he always seemed to be at the next table when I ate there.  Those who crave its sweet chili shrimp will just have to drive out to Broadway and 2nd by the sea.

4 Responses to Buddha’s Belly

  • Patrice says:

    The one in Santa Monica is now gone.

  • Douglas Waltz says:

    We have a Buddha’s Belly in Kalamazoo Michigan

  • Ken says:

    We have a Budda Belly right near us in Henderson,NV If opened about a year ago. Are they the same??

  • JB says:

    There was a Buddha’s Belly at the mall up here in Thousand Oaks back in 2012.. it opened and closed in 11 months. Too much competition from the Cheesecake Factory next door. Location is now a burger joint called “Stacked.” The Santa Monica location is now a gastropub known as “The Independence.”

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