Chato

4.8
91 reviews
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Spanish
Chato is a family run Spanish inspired cafe and Tapas Bar located in Thornbury. Chato is the latest incarnation of Maria Echevarria – Lang who has set up many well respected Melbourne restaurants and cafes.

The food is gloriously Spanish, whilst offering cafe favourites. At night Chato transforms into a true Spanish Tapas Bar, with the small glasses of wine that give Chato its name. The menu is generous, the prices reasonable and the ambience truly Spanish. When you walk in you enter a true Madrilena experience, with bar and bench seating, a vintage industrial look, welcoming floor staff, and, of course, great Spanish drinks!
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RH
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely food, amazing cocktails and great service. Will absolutely dine again.

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JG
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Would definitely come back and am telling all my friends about it. Great food, great service and good prices!!

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AR
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chato is a wonderful place to taste authentic Spanish food with an amazing relationship between quality and price. We loved everything about this little restaurant.

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M
Melbourne / VIC
47 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

What a neighbourhood gem! Make sure you get the pulled pork! The paella was very delicious however slightly oily. Service was top notch! Will be back!

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MB
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious! Staff assisted us to select the right amount of food. Would reccomend to friends and go back again!

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JD
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was fantastic as was the wine and the staff were very attentive. We really enjoyed our experience.

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CS
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The Spanish waiter was very attentive and explained everything about Spanish food/drinks, etc. Family business so the vibe was relaxed and friendly.

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RE
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful customer service and exquisite food, will definitely be back.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Wonderful waitress. She was really considerate and had attention to detail. She explained the menu and checked in on us. Food was incredible! Ambience is wonderful. Only thing — A male waiter when delivering desert dropped the chocolate which was fine, but he did not clean it up and watched the waitress who had nothing to do with it clean it up 10 mins later! Which was pretty incredible. Otherwise an amazing meal.

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MH
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was lovely and at a great price. Had the tasting menu 6 courses, would have paid more for a couple of extra courses.

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AL
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We took my sister-in-law, visiting from the UK, to dinner for her birthday. It was a Tuesday so we had the special - tapas, paella and a drink for $40 per head. Excellent food and excellent value.

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HM
Melbourne / VIC
8 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Always enjoy delicious meals at Chato and service is excellent.

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B
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I changed my booking and picked the wrong day but when we went it they were able to seat us anyway. We had Madi as our waitress and she was outstanding she knew everything about the food. She was funny and welcoming. It was my best friends birthday and he just keeps raving to me and his friends about what a great dinner it was. We highly recommend it to everyone. I had been once before and was happy to go back and I’m glad I did. They even gave my friend a free desert because it was his birthday.

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VC
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful food, will definitely be back for a third time.

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CF
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have been here 3 times love it. The service is efficient and the food is fantastic. We spent three hours grazing over lunch mainly because we were comfortable to just chat eat and drink. Even the coffe is great! And of course the churros! Well done Chato, you know how to look after clients, I felt more like a guest.

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TG
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Really enjoyable first visit to Chato; the staff were very friendly and helpful. My friend and I enjoyed the Tuesday special - sharing board / choice of paella / house wine or sangria. Sharing board was a perfect starter to share between two people (calamari was excellent!). Seafood paella was very flavoursome...only let down...no socarrat...no crust at all. Paella lovers need the crust! But overall I will definitely be returning to try other items on the menu.

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WW
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

We enjoyed a very nice evening with good food and excellent friendly service,entries a little small. Not BYO

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LC
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Delish!! Lovely staff and the Like It Black cocktail is amazing.

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B
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service and all recommended dishes by staff were excellent. Loved the ink squid paella. Great variety and tastes

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LB
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food and exceptional service. Each time we come we are never disappointed.
Lee

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G
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The wine and cocktails are very good. The food in particular is fantastic. The service was good, the waitress was very nice.

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LD
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second visit and the food and service were as good as the first. I highly recommend

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

We were celebrating with our 18 year old daughter and she is vegan. The Chato staff went above and beyond to accommodate her dietary needs and it made the experience very all the more special and memorable. Thanks.

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C
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing and the service was outstanding. Will try and go back soon.

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S
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Enthusiastic, friendly staff. Tasty tapas and drinks. Cosy atmosphere.

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AM
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a wonderful afternoon catch up with friends over tapas and wine and of course churros! Delicious authentic food and ambience. Maria is a fabulous and creative chef and host. Thanks!

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LB
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gorgeous decor, great service &, most importantly, truly delicious, authentic Spanish food.

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RG
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chato hasn't disappointed each time we have visited.

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HM
Melbourne / VIC
9 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Beautiful food and excellent service. Staff were very attentive.

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PR
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The food and service was fantastic, however we came on a night where we unaware the restaurant only caters for "the all you can eat tapas special" while having anything else on the menu available ie mains, which was fine, but by the time we sat ordered and had out food come out was just before 8:15 again still no issue till we found out that their kitchen closes at 8:50.

My point is to the management and I hope this comes out more as a technical adjustment to how processes are run in a restaurant, if your going to get bookings close to 8 or after 8 let customers know for a more relaxing dining experience (when they book) on a Wednesday to come in earlier or have the kitchen close at 9:30 for customers that come in after 8.

Again the food was amazing and service great, I've been here before, just wanted to emphasize that tweak so other customers don't feel rushed to eat and more importantly get enough food out on the table.

I'll be back though 😊

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LD
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a great night, the staff were really helpful. The food was delicious, they had a good range of gin

I will definitely be going back

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KC
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic food, friendly staff, delicious drinks. Great night of food and wine!

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HM
Melbourne / VIC
9 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely food and wonderful service. Staff very friendly but it’s very noisy!

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M
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Googled for a new place to eat and wasn’t disappointed. Had a fantastic night, food was fabulous and staff very accommodating, big thankyou to Lennie who adjusted the size of our order to meet the tastes of the group and for being such a positive presence.

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LD
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

A truly authentic taste of Spain. The wine and food are equally fantastic. I wouldn’t hesitate to go back again. A beautiful little find.

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HM
Melbourne / VIC
9 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Food & service were excellent but it was far too noisy.

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M
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chato , real Spanish restaurant in Melbourne.
It is quite nice, I have been a few times and it's always good.
the best Spanish food in Melbourne. They have a variety of tapas and specials. The paellas taste the same as in Spain, the ingredients look fresh, the seafood paella with prawns, squid, crab ... is just awesome. The environment has very good vibes, the service is very professional with good recommendations about the food. About the desserts, you can have churros that are the traditional dessert in Spain and nice but at the same time there are other desserts that open the appetite like cheese cake with goat cheese, the cheese cake has quite surprising flavors. I recommend this place because it was a very good experience in every way. Thank you very much Chato, I'll be back soon. Monica

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OT
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Staff were lovely and food was fresh and delicious. It was chilled and relaxed and a nice place for a catch up with my friend.

Cheers Morena

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OT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I have been driving past this place for a while and was always curious about it.
I did not disappoint. The food was fresh, flavorsome and the service was really good.
Will definitely be coming back.

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OT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I was back for a second time, having seen the tapas and chatos deal. The Wednesday all you can eat tapas was a wonderful surprise. Great food, a huge variety and plentiful. We will be back again to try all the other menu options. Love the Spanish emphasis in the wine list and our friends loved the mocktails.

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