Chato

4.7
235 Reviews
$41 to $100
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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Katy
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, lovely ambiance & friendly staff. Will definitely be dining here again.

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HannahC
6 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely b’day meal as always

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FionaC
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the seafood special and it was fantastic. Very fresh, beautifully cooked and the sauces were so tasty. Highly recommend this restaurant.

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BirthdayDinner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and nice ambience. Would visit again. Enjoyed the tapas most.

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TimB
London
3 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A friendly local restaurant with a familiar menu, in particular for Tapas, but done brilliantly. Without doubt the lightest calamari batter, the crispiest patatas bravas, and the most generous paella we have eaten. The croquettes were first class, as was the beautifully crisp single sardine. Most importantly, the waiters were excellent with both recommendations and estimating the volume we needed to be full but not bursting. Great night.

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GustavoS
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and service. It couldn’t be better. Congratulations to the Chato restaurant and team.

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NuryE
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is brilliant. María teneis muchisimo talento y magia en tus manos. Muchas gracias por la cena estupenda.

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IvanaL
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious. We had tapas then paella. Gluten free tapas options zucchini and cauliflower were very tasty. Staff and kitchen were very accommodating with my allergy requirements re seafood paella and substituted what I couldn’t eat. Drinks took a bit long to come out and I didn’t like the super tiny eating plates as my beetroot rocket salad kept falling off everywhere but overall I loved the experience and the food.

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AlexC
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The staff of Chato were warm & friendly as I remember being my 3rd visit over 3 years,. Being a wheel chair user they accommodated my need for space, conveniently share in the tapas & to enjoy my dinner with friends. I didn't have a reason to check if there was an accessible toilet tho.

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Chris
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Chato. Friendly service, nice ambience, and delicious food.

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Rose
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect both food & service. Definitely recommend it.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely meal.. going again this week!

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JennyT
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We received a very warm welcome followed by excellent friendly service. The food was delicious and we will definitely visit again.

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Sandy
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great food and impeccable service, would highly recommend

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GeorgiaV
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, great food and reasonable pricing .

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IrisS
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great services. All staff are lovely and welcome! Food was delicious but took a bit too long. We was expecting to get all dishes at the same time. We finished carillada and waited for Gambas for a another 15 minutes. And still waited for Paella for another 30 minutes after finished those dishes. For the Paella ,rice was slightly uncooked but the taste was awesome!

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Lucy
3 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved Chato. We shared some lovely, interesting tapas and had the special of arroz with pollo and champignones. Two glasses of the wine of the day topped off a great meal. We will definitely return.

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VictoriaH
New Zealand
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely tapas and friendly vibe
Good helpful service
Good house rose

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Annie
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Delicious, authentic Spanish food,
delivered by friendly staff. Hope to visit again soon.

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OpenTable Diner
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall amazing experience at Chato. Food was delicious and all the staff were brilliant, would go back in a heartbeat.

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RhondaK
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We enjoyed the food and atmosphere and the friendly staff

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NickH
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful food and really friendly staff, highly recommend

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NicF
2 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service at Chato are amazing! Our favourite restaurant 😊

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JanA
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our wonderful waiter ordered a selection of traditional Spanish foods for us - perfection!

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TraianonT
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food good service
Keep up the good work
Will be back

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Lydia
3 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff were fab and the food was absolutely delicious. We are vegetarian and vegan and there were heaps of options, definitely coming back!

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Karen
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chato was a fabulous place to catch up with friends over dinner. The waiter was excellent and made suggestions that ensured we had plenty to eat and that we sampled many different dishes.
Would highly recommend it for the food, service and value for money.

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Pazzy
2 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always enjoy a beautiful meal. Service was great.

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OpenTable Diner
4 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

One of my new favourite restaurants in Melbourne! Staff were tentative and very friendly, food delicious consistent with previous visit.

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DarrenB
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The food was very tasty with good size portions. However this was nothing in the service. The staff were accommodating, friendly and a pleasure to be around. Our waitress was delightful with a good sense of humour.
Thoroughly recommend.

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KonD
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall3food4service5ambience2

The food was mostly fantastic, we ordered a bit too much but it was nice. The Paella was a little dry, but tasty. Service was excellent and the speed of each dish coming to our table was great. The Sangria was beautiful, highly recommended. Unfortunately were were sat next to a group of 14 or so people, they were very loud, took away from our experience. Also, the restaurant doesn't split bills, I find that annoying regardless of the establishment. Good luck with the 14 people I just mentioned and their efforts to pay at the end of their meal.

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AliD
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, lovely service- would highly recommend

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JanetD
3 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful night (second time) at Chato. The food is fantastic and the service is excellent. A fine menu of interesting food, all tasting fresh and well presented.

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Emma
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great share style food with excellent vegetarian options and awesome service. Looking forward to going back!

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SooMoo
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

So overpriced for what you got. No value in the food. It was $26 for 3 prawns! The pallela, although nice, was not of a size proportional to the price either. Very expensive dinner to still be hungry.

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MariaC
2 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

First time we dined at Chato it was very welcoming, food was divine

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VoulaV
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and the service was excellent. Will definitely go back.

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OpenTable Diner
4 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great service and food. The ambience reminded me of Spain, my new favourite restaurant!

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berto
2 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience3

We had one person at our table absolutely starving for his main. He was the only vegetarian, and all the meat arrived to begin with, but nothing for him until 9pm. He was about to leave the restaurant, after many requests to have it out faster. The restaurant could have offered him something quick (on the house) to tide him over while he waited for his vegetarian paella, but only apologized at the end offering a free port, which none of us really wanted. We paid a lot, and were disappointed, while the food itself was on the whole, good. There was also a cold draft from aircon that was somewhat uncomfortable on our visitor's back.

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MONTSERRATW
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Service was wonderful and the food was exceptional. Would certainly be coming back.

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Chato is rated 4.7 stars by 235 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.