Chato

4.7
215 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!
What 215 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
Food
4.7
Service
4.5
Ambience
4.5
Value
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
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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NickH
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautiful food and really friendly staff, highly recommend

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NicF
1 review
Dined on 1 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

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TraianonT
1 review
Dined on 1 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

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JanA
1 review
Dined on 30 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

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Lydia
3 reviews
Dined on 30 April 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 28 April 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
1 review
Dined on 25 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always enjoy a beautiful meal. Service was great.

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OpenTable Diner
4 reviews
Dined on 19 April 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 14 April 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 11 April 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 11 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, lovely service- would highly recommend

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JanetD
3 reviews
Dined on 11 April 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 10 April 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 31 March 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
1 review
Dined on 27 March 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

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

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VoulaV
1 review
Dined on 27 March 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 27 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

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

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berto
1 review
Dined on 21 March 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 21 March 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

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

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MarkB
1 review
Dined on 21 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We had a fantastic lunch in a relaxing and friendly environment, truly an enjoyable lunch for a family celebration and we will be back again very soon. Loved it!

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RenataM
1 review
Dined on 20 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We love the authentic and extremely tasty food at Chato. Every time we go we tell ourselves we need to come more often!

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RosemaryS
1 review
Dined on 18 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Chato is Spanish food and ambience at its best with brilliant waiting staff. And the best Sangria, ever!

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ShaunaT
1 review
Dined on 18 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Amazing food. Absolutely loved it. Helpful and friendly staff. Quick service. Would definitely go back.

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NuryE
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The chef has magic hands, the food is outstanding.

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NickR
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Excellent food - full of flavour, delivered at a good temperature for the table, and an terrific atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner
3 reviews
Dined on 26 February 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Delicious food, lovely sangria.

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Scott
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Highly recommended. Great place to eat and food doesn’t disappoint.

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RebeccaG
2 reviews
Dined on 11 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Food 🥘 is amazing, Cocktail yummo, top staff, venue lovely ticks all the boxes.
Will be returning to work our way through the entire menu.

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JaneG
1 review
Dined on 6 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Gorgeous food and friendly service. Nice vibe. Food came quick and was in big portions! Very happy.

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Marianfrances
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautiful fresh and tasty Spanish food at a reasonable price

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GrantM
4 reviews
Dined on 29 January 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

This is my second time to Chato after a great meal there in November. It is a well priced restaurant offering high quality food - the ceviche entre was amazing as were the croquettes and the chorizo paste. We shared a seafood paella for dinner and it was perfect for 2 people. Drinks are reasonable too. We had a couple of drinks and the bill was $120.
Night out tip - Have an early dinner then drop into the Thornbury Cinema, across the road, for a movie. Perfect night out.

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Leela
1 review
Dined on 27 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience3

excellent spot - delicious food (would recommend the seafood paella and lamb skewer tapas) and very prompt service. Improvement could be made by letting guests know if there is a limit on booking prior to booking (we had a generous 2hr slot but larger groups can need more time to order/ organise etc)

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LydiaD
1 review
Dined on 24 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This place is our ‘go to’ for my husband and I date night. We have ordered the FEED ME chef option which is always the best way to eat the best Spanish food, even better when paired with the chef wine selection.

The wait staff are very welcoming, friendly and always willing to assist and confirm any questions we have.

The place/atmosphere is calm and accommodating for all, good location to public transport and bars along high street.

This place is a must!

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HappyDiner
1 review
Dined on 22 January 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Will be coming back! Definitely the best beef we've had in a long time. Everything was incredibly tasty and well presented. The service was great too. Only one little issue was that we were encouraged to get an extra dish that we didn't think we needed, as the waitress said it wouldn't be enough food (ended up being more than enough without it). Regardless, a great dining experience! Highly recommend.

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LeeB
1 review
Dined on 22 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent restaurant. Never been disappointed with any of our experiences here. Maria and Ana and their team are excellent at all they do.

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HelenO
1 review
Dined on 15 January 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Excellent & very attentive service. All dishes carefully explained. Good was very good too.

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Momo
3 reviews
Dined on 15 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Tapas were great. Seafood Aroz of the day was delicious. Very efficient and friendly waiting staff.

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DavidS
2 reviews
Dined on 13 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Truly superb food and service. I love tapas and I love this place.

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SaraM
1 review
Dined on 13 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a great time. The food is delicious, fresh, moreish and no two dishes were the same. The service is amazing, our water glasses were filled at all times, the sangria we ordered was delicious and we were able to chat whilst we let our meals settle.

FAQs

Chato is rated 4.7 stars by 215 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.