The original restaurant is a
Buddha-themed "upscale bar-restaurant with an orientalist 'lounge' ambience" serving
 with a two-story dining area dominated by a large statue of Buddha, and an upstairs bar in the form of a large, ornate dragon. The theme was inspired by the discovery of the space to be used, an antique basement archive with a
mezzanine, "which suggested to the architects the idea of an oriental temple and its Buddha".
Buddha Bar venues have been opened in various other locations, including
 In June 2012, a
Washington, D.C. location closed after two years of operations, having "struggled after a poor critical reception"; while a
New York City location was forced to change its name.