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Chocolate Buddha, Melbourne, AU-VIC
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Chocolate Buddha

4.7
4.7
1971 reviews
$A41 to $A100
Japanese
Chocolate Buddha undertook an AMAZING renovation in 2019 by Maddison Architects. We have a 22 seater SUSHI TRAIN open Wednesday to Sunday lunches 12 - 3pm and it includes an EXPRESS train which delivers hot food ordered via a tablet. We offer QR menus at each table for ease of ordering, splitting bills and menu with pictures and descriptions. This type of ordering is optional so always let us know if you prefer to order with us. See you soon @ Chocolate Buddha

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2 people

19:00


Booked 26 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Japanese, Vegetarian, Asian

  • Hours of Operation

    Wed, Thu, Sun 12:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 12:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (03) 9654 5688

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive Chef

    Alex Bazar

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What 1,971 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseEnergetic

Diners' Choice Awards

  • Melbourne

    Gluten-free-friendly

  • Melbourne

    Japanese

  • Melbourne

    Most Booked

  • City Centre

    Healthy

  • City Centre

    Great for outdoor dining

  • City Centre

    Vegetarian-friendly

  • City Centre

    Most Booked

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  1. LS

    LisaS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Fabulous service as always. Great food served very quickly
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Victoria

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had booked outside but very hot day and offered a cool table inside . Friendly staff , great food and atmosphere.
  3. A

    Ayla

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Luca was super helpful and the food was outstanding. Big portions. My fav Japanese restaurant. They didn’t have high chairs but asked accommodated our pram inside - gave kids crayons to keep them busy. Everything was perfect. Highly recommended!
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall2food2service2ambience4
    Food was inedible and service does not exist.
  5. ET

    EliT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wagyu sushi so good Had a really nice waitress, every time I go his so friendly and nice. He makes my day
  6. AN

    ANDREWB

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Evening dinner before tennis. Sat outside west terrace. Wait staff very professional and friendly - made sure that we got away on time. Lovely food, beautifully presented and very tasty - not aggressively spicy but perfectly balanced. We will be back.
  7. RT

    RichardT

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Great location and brilliant food. Must book if wish to go, gets very busy. Two issues while we were there: continuous blaring of ?alarm marred the atmosphere; difficulty with ordering food online so be prepared to look at menu prior to going.
  8. B

    Brittney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 January 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolute perfect dinner every single time. Again tonight received service we couldn’t fault, and food we couldn’t fault. Special shout-out to our waiter who made us feel so welcomed ♡
  9. LH

    LisaH

    Melbourne

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 21 January 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent restaurant! Busy, bustling. With such a vibe! Good was incredible. Thoroughly enjoyed our visit.
  10. AB

    AnneB

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 January 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a fantastic experience as it always is. We drove 2 hours just to visit Chocolate Buddha and it never disappoints.
  11. KM

    KellieM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 January 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We had a great time with the kids doing Sushi Train. Will be back.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 January 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Been here twice now, the food is amazing and the staff are attentive. Can’t fault this place at all. Will be coming back and recommending others forever!
  13. GG

    GlenG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 January 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The staff were fantastic and the food was delicious.
  14. GC

    GabyC

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 January 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We decided to eat at Chocolate Buddha before going to the night session of the Tennis and it was perfect. The service from the staff was friendly and efficient. We had the Teriyaki chicken bento box which was delicious. Would highly recommend.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 20 January 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Returning customer, fantastic food and service, one of our favorite places in Melbourne
  16. YA

    YonniA

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 19 January 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I enjoyed taking a friend to Chocolate Buddha for his first time. We both appreciated the extensive menu and our orders came quite quickly. The service was good despite it being a large restaurant. We sat outside and I could keep my eye on the tennis.
  17. LS

    LorraineS

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 January 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A great eating experience for our 3 young grandaughters. They loved sitting at the bench, choosing their food from both the train and the menu. My husband and l have eaten at Chocolate Budda many times bringing both family and friends. Never disappointed in the service or food. Highly recommended
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 January 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a winner!
  19. MP

    MargieP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 January 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Seafood was fresh and staffs were very friendly. Nice cocktails
  20. C

    Catinthecity

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 15 January 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    This was my first time here and I will come back as often as possible. The food is divine and the service staff are exceptional!!
  21. C

    Cleo

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 January 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I brought my Japanese sister-in-law, and she was impressed. Enough said! Delicious food, beautifully presented with creative flavours.
  22. TU

    TrevorU

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 January 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service. This our second visit and we loved it. It has a great Gluten free menu which i require. Highly recomend a visit
  23. RE

    RED22

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 January 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Lovely warm night, perfect place to be in Melbourne with delicious food and drink.
  24. JE

    JENNYR

    Melbourne

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 12 January 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Chocolate Buddha is such a great place...fantastic food, great service, wonderful space.
  25. CP

    CandiceP

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 January 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The staff and service there is always great. A reliable go to when in the city catching up with friends.
  26. NU

    NicolaU

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 January 2023

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    Great food and good value. Such a fun experience to sit at the Sushi Counter and enjoy the sushi train.
  27. SY

    StephanieY

    Melbourne

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 11 January 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Chocolate Buddha is our go to in the city. We love everything about it. Food and service are always excellent. It never fails.
  28. LM

    LaurenM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 January 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing! Our three primary school aged boys are more than I’ve ever seen them eat. They want to go back. Food was amazing!
  29. CS

    ChauntelS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 January 2023

    overall4food4service2ambience4
    Frustrating to have to order via app when the restaurant had many staff that could take orders. The staff that were there were nice and helpful but the app is clunky and hard to navigate.
  30. MB

    MegB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 January 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Restaurant is well located for public transport. The staff are very accommodating of particular requirements and are friendly and helpful in an unobtrusive way. The food is tasty and reasonably priced
  31. JE

    JillE

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 January 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing place. Amazing food. The service was fantastic. Highly recommend this restaurant.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 January 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding service! Lucas greeted so us ever so pleasantly and staff were super attentive making the experience fabulous. 10/10 service! Food was great with a great selection of menu options. Would definitely recommend.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 January 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Lovely as always
  34. VM

    VickiM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 January 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect casual lunch to introduce the kids to a sushi train. They were absolutely enthralled. Food was delicious. Staff were delightful. Ordering on the decide at the table was easy and fun.
  35. MC

    MelC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 January 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Friendly staff, great food, fantastic location. Both indoor and outdoor eating areas
  36. P

    Pernodandice

    Sydney

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 6 January 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always reliable! Good value in the current economic climate with excellent food and service. We love this Melbourne institution!
  37. SB

    SharonB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 January 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Amazing food - we chose a banquet and had to slow the delivery of food a little, but overall great service. It is expensive for a family, but flavours are next level. Highly recommend to all. Best people watching ever
  38. EM

    EmmaM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 January 2023

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Great food & service- thanks for a lovely night to celebrate a birthday!
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 January 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best restaurant for any occasion. You will not be disappointed by the food or the immaculate service. We’ll done guys.
  40. BW

    BrianW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 January 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and good service. We really enjoyed the modern Japanese menu. Well done.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Contactless payment available
  • Screening

    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

Chocolate Buddha offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (03) 9654 5688.

Chocolate Buddha is rated 4.7 stars by 1971 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 26 times today
Google Map for Chocolate Buddha

Federation Square, Corner Swanston St & Flinders St, Melbourne, AU-VIC 3000

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    Federation Square : Corner of Swanston St & Flinders St

  • Area

    Melbourne CBD

  • Hours of Operation

    Wed, Thu, Sun 12:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 12:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Japanese, Vegetarian, Asian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    None

  • Public Transit

    Trams 1 , 3 , 3a , 5 , 6 , 8 , 16 , 35 , 64 , 67, to Swanston St/Flinders St (119 m W)

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Alex Bazar

  • Additional

    Dog Friendly, Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining

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