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Chocolate Buddha, Melbourne, AU-VIC

Chocolate Buddha

4.7
4.7
1689 Reviews
$41 to $100
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

7:00 PM


Booked 52 times today

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

  • Neighborhood

    Melbourne CBD

  • Cross street

    Federation Square : Corner of Swanston St & Flinders St

  • Parking details

    None

  • Public transit

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

  • Additional

    Banquet, Beer, Cocktails, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,689 people are saying

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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

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  • Melbourne

    Gluten Free Options

  • Melbourne

    Japanese

  • Melbourne

    Most Booked

  • City Centre

    Healthy

  • City Centre

    Outdoor Dining

  • City Centre

    Good Vegetarian Options

  • City Centre

    Most Booked

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  1. S

    Stuart

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Very helpful service and absolutely great food. Chose from Gluten Free menu and it was all wonderful. Thanks
  2. A

    Alyssa

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    Dislike having to order on the app so we asked to order normally which they accommodated us for. However we ordered some starters and bentos and they sent everything at once. We had too much food it it went cold before we could eat it, the icing on the cake was that the sushi plate came out after all the hot mains. Food was ok service was hit and miss.
  3. SY

    StephanieY

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Chocolate Buddha has been my go to place for lunch in the city for a long time now. The food is just divine, and the service impeccable. I simply love it!!
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best friendly service
  5. HS

    HeatherS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such nice food- really filling and so pretty! The ambience was nice and bustling but not too noisy so we couldn’t hear each other. All the wait staff were so sweet and the food came really fast. Will definetly come back!
  6. R

    Robyn

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always wonderful food, service & ambience. Highly recommended
  7. A

    Anya

    Victoria

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    You should create a cocktails menu for people who don't drink. I felt like a child with my lemon lime and bitters. At least you could serve it in a nice glass.
  8. VP

    VanessaP

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding as always. Great food and drinks. Fabulous service.
  9. CB

    CarolyneB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food, service and cocktails will definitely come again
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place for a quick and super tasty lunch. Staff fantastic. Very reasonably priced.
  11. JP

    JessicaP

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service and food was fantastic! We sat outside, the heaters were on and the staff were so attentive and wonderful. Delicious!
  12. CA

    CarolineA

    Brisbane

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It's been nearly 20 years but nothing has changed! A consistent performer. Rushing back for the zucchini tataki and the chocolate spring rolls.
  13. AB

    AlisonB

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Easy to order, great taste, clean food, good portion sizes - not over the top. Simple but good wine list and other options.
  14. MR

    MartineRW

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lucas the manager made the night. I’ve not met such a professional and exceptional maitre’d in a very long time . He looked after the elderly members of our party with care and patience, as did Kesa, really going above and beyond to brighten and enrich our experience. The food was fantastic and the extensive GF menu was much appreciated. A wonderful wonderful experience for a family birthday dinner! Thank you
  15. J

    Juli

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The place here is alsways good, this place has been open for many years and it always consistently delivers.
  16. Y

    Yip1

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing, as usual. Great spot. Would highly recommend.
  17. IS

    IanS

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Brilliant service and great food Very relaxing atmosphere
  18. H

    Heidi

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A wonderful restaurant, amazing food, staff and location. After a week getting around Melbourne, this is the one spot I returned to. Loved it
  19. BA

    BellaA

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    The food was light and tasty - perfect for an early dinner
  20. KM

    KerrieM

    Victoria

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good quality Japanese food Value for money Will be back
  21. M

    Megsmith

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food, bright cheery staff, great atmosphere will definitely be back soon!
  22. AA

    AshleyA

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding as always. The food here is soooo good and the atmosphere is always relaxed and inviting. The wait staff are incredibly friendly and adorable. Absolutely love this place
  23. PC

    PeterC

    Exclusive

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A friendly welcome, super fast delivery of food on what appeared to be a busy night, absolutely sublime dishes, beautifully presented and with texture and flavour that I didn't know was even possible, I was blown away by how amazing this dinner experience was.
  24. Z

    Zyphr21

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love the ambience and the great service. We were seated outdoors, it was perfect for a group of 7 to eat and catch up on things. The food was well presented, the drinks & desserts were unique and perfectly made. Although it was winter and we were seated outdoors, we didn’t feel chilly. A heated canvass canopy and a blanket were thoughtfully provided. The toilets were clean with proper amenities. Overall, highly recommended for the good value, good service and thoughtfully curated dining experience.
  25. AL

    AmandaL

    Melbourne

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We all enjoyed the food and the experience- would go again for sure!
  26. W

    Whale55

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    It's been a really long time since l've visited CB but my return recently was great. Lovely warm welcome on arrival and the food was fabulous. I'll be making more of an effort to visit again.
  27. AG

    AmandaG

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Group of 12 ladies descended onto Chocolate Buddha, we were able to pre-book, pre-ordered and be ready for our 7:30 show to watch 9to5 at the Arts Centre. Highly recommended the venue for group bookings. Lucas and Darrin looked after us so well. I recommend you try the Pink Cloud, you may have trouble stopping at one!
  28. P

    Perthite

    London

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great interesting sushi options, and Miso Udon bowl delicious! Only gripe is the QR code ordering system that didn’t work. Order happily taken by staff after all!
  29. J

    Jennyo

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    A warm friendly welcome, accommodated our early arrival. Delicious food , great choices . Many Victorian wines to choose from 👍
  30. N

    Nancy

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely Amazing service and friendly staff…Food was very well presented and delicious and yummy😍😍😍😍
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Victoria

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent food and excellent presentation. Very friendly and courteous staff. We had 3 dishes from the Sushi menu but all very different in taste and style. We thoroughly recommend this restaurant.
  32. G

    Gidge18

    Melbourne

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always guaranteed of a great meal at Chocolate Buddha. I have eaten here many times and have never been disappointed. Two of our group had never been before and are eager to return when we all catch up again. Delicious selections for my gluten free self is a bonus.
  33. AG

    AnitaG

    Melbourne

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food and good service at very reasonable prices. Will definitely be back.
  34. J

    Jenny

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    great food, very helpful sevice. comes highly recommended
  35. DB

    DebbieB

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great selection of food and very tasty. My new favourite place.
  36. ID

    IngridD

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The front of house staff make this place, so gracious!
  37. K

    Katrina

    Victoria

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful evening, friendly and helpful service. Great choices on the menu, we had the set menu, we had too much food but it was so good we did our best to eat it all (almost). Definitely will be back.
  38. SH

    SarahH

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Staff were very friendly and kind as we were running late but held our table. Easy ordering and food arrived shortly afterwards. I am Coeliac and was well catered for. Food was delicious. I would definitely go back again.
  39. JM

    JulesM

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best Japanese cuisine in Melbourne! Don’t hesitate for a second to go to Chocolate Buddha!! Delicious food and excellent, friendly service!
  40. KC

    KerrieC

    Victoria

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful food and great staff just a bit pricey for my liking

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized 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 1689 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 52 times today
Google Map for Chocolate Buddha

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

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Federation Square : Corner of Swanston St & Flinders St

  • Neighborhood

    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

    Banquet, Beer, Cocktails, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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