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Happy Buddha

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2827 61st St, Galveston, Galveston Island, TX 77551-2002
+1 409-744-5774
11:00 - 21:30
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Sun 11:30 - 21:30
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 21:30
Fri 11:00 - 22:30
Sat 11:30 - 22:30
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Gillette, Wyoming
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36 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 February 2017 via mobile

My review of the restaurant is very sad panda. However I will mention the good thing about this restaurant first. I did like their chicken dishes had good white chicken meat. The things I did not like about the restaurant was I ordered general Tso chicken, and the sauce I have no idea what it was, but definitely not General... More 

1 Thank Garrett S
Houma, Louisiana
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18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 February 2017

Within in walking distance from hotel. The dining rooms are divided, about six to eight tables in a section which cuts down on noise and makes it a little more intimate. Still family friendly. The food was ready fast and was hot and fresh. There is a very healthy amount of food per order, more than one person can eat... More 

Thank elaineh872
Crystal Beach, Texas
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38 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 January 2017

Had lunch there today. Building needs some updating, an old Steak and Ale. Tables need a good cleaning, kind of sticky. Lunch was okay, not bad for the price.

1 Thank F8550JXjamesd
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18 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 25 December 2016 via mobile

Sure the place is sketchy looking but the food makes up for it. The food was the best I've had ever at any Chinese restaurant. If you are in Galveston you must go here.

Thank AyaanKh
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 December 2016 via mobile

No tofu???? Jeez. Food was yucky and service just as bad. Soup left a lot to be desired. Dau got sweet and sour chicken. Basically fast food fried chicken and a pile of rice with no veggies at all. Very disappointed.

Thank Cheryl T
Springfield, Illinois
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182 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 November 2016

The Happy Buddah was recommended to me by the folks at the hotel and it was a great recommendation. I had a Cantonese dish with beef/chicken and lots of vegetables and it was masterfully done. Great service, decent pricing. Definitely a place to hit if you're travelling in Galveston and have the urge for Chinese.

Thank Harry E
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14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 November 2016

Went with a large group. That meant lots of dishes to see and sample. Some things in common: portions were enormous. Piles of rice and ample amounts of named element of the dish. Problem was that most of the names elements looked a lot alike. Fried rice was fine. My pork dish was ok, but so much sauce that it... More 

Thank Gene C
Austin, Texas
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4 reviews
Reviewed 14 September 2016

Great food, large portions, good service, fair prices. We shared the appetizer platter and an entree of General Tso's chicken - menu didn't state that it came with rice so we ordered the vegetable fried rice which was delicious.

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17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 September 2016

Nice large portions. Great service. Excellent food. Went with a group of 6 and we all tried different entrees. We were all very pleased.

Thank Laura L
Galveston, Texas
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 September 2016

Happy Buddha is a local favorite. For starters, they have bartenders with heavy hands. I enjoy their Long Island Ice Tea. Secondly, I love their food. Must try items include: Yaka Mein Soup, Jalapeno Chicken Wings, Jalapeno Shrimp, Jalapeno Pork, Jalapeno Chicken, and Jalapeno Beef. You get the jalapeno items separately or on a combination platter...Hardy, the owner, will hook... More 

1 Thank Steven L

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
Chinese, Asian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
11:30 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 22:30
11:30 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2827 61st St, Galveston, Galveston Island, TX 77551-2002
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Texas Gulf Coast  >  Galveston Island  >  Galveston
  • Phone Number: +1 409-744-5774

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?