Chato

4.6
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147 reviews
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$41 to $100
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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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What 147 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.7
Food
4.7
Service
4.5
Ambience
4.5
Value
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JovankaJ
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Great dinning. Expensive if you are looking for cheap eat. Service is awesome. Food tastes amazing. Menu is frequently changing and frequently visiting.

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DanielaG
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Menu confusing however the waitress took total control and helped us through it lol

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StephanieP
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Mouth watering dishes that take you back to your holidays in Spain. Authentic and wonderful restaurant.

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PB09
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great, friendly and attentive staff (the 2 girls in particular were very busy polishing and serving customer, the young man wasn’t helping much with the cleaning up behind the bar though which seemed unfair). Fantastic food and wine. We will definitely be back :)

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StefC
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always exceptional food and cocktails. The staff are very helpful and friendly. It’s all so good that it adds up quickly!

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Sparkle
1 review
Dined on 29 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love the place it’s one of fav restaurants the tapas menu is amazing

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ange
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

great food, relaxed but attentive service. Want to go back to try more Tapas but the paella was good, as was the beetroot salad..

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KMO77
1 review
Dined on 22 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I love this restaurant, especially all-you-can-eat tapas nights on Wednesdays!

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StuartD
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 15 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food came out fast and fresh and the wait staff were very attentive .... highly recommend this place 👌

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ClaireT
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Chato unfalteringly serves delicious food. Coupled with personal and friendly service, Chato really is quite a find.

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ONNI
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Great food with average but friendly service. Tapas menu was delicious. If in the area give it a go.

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RobertG
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It is always a pleasure to dine in this great restaurant.
Love the food, ambience and service.....keep up the great work!

CM
CristinaM
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great quality! Great choice of spanishes dishes. Have been going there for years

BH
BrendonH
Melbourne / VIC
3 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Stunning food and staff that really go out of their way to make you feel special.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Perfect as always. Great food and service
Maurizio

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ChristineD
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience1

The restaurant was too brightly lit and lacked ambience. We had an 8.15pm booking and could not arrive earlier due to being booked out. We arrived to an almost empty restaurant. Portion sizes for meal was too small and not worth the money.

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Kent
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Thanks for a memorable meal. We enjoyed the food very much.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall3Food4Service5Ambience3

Very friendly staff & the food tastes good, but very overpriced for what you get. The sharing dishes are especially small for what you pay.

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LeezaT
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautiful food - Excellent service, just all up was a fantastic night!

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RebeccaB
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is the second time I’ve been and loved it! The food is amazing, the service is great and authentic. We did the chefs choice menu and every course was perfect, it’s actually the first time I’ve enjoyed mussels! Can’t fault a thing.

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FinleyF
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Well taken care of! And the Goats cheese ball is divine!

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Alisalvo
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Six of us had a delicious tapas meal. Yum!! The waitress was lovely and made a fuss of my baby grandson ( who was an I VF baby from Barcelona). This is our third visit and it is alway a fabulous experience.
We will return.

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Heidie
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was delicious and the service was wonderful, really friendly and intuitive. We didn't have to wait long between courses and left extremely satisfied.

HM
HelenM
Melbourne / VIC
10 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Excellent service, beautiful food; always enjoy dining at this restaurant.

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RogerS
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Wonderful service and food was above my exoectatuons

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EmmaH
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Chato is an amazing restaurant. We highly recommend it. Must haves on the menu include the goat's cheese balls, calamari and lamb with orange salad. Our servers were lovely too!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Melbourne / VIC
5 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic catch up with friends and the food was spectacular. Friendly staff and great atmosphere

TJ
TobyJ
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Gotta be the best deal for amazing quality food in Melbourne... I go every Wednesday if I could!!

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CazP
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Was really surprised by this little gem of a place! Lovely ambience, attentive, super friendly and knowledgeable staff. Food was delicious, cocktails were yum! A wonderful night 😀 Gracias

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HelenM
Melbourne / VIC
11 reviews
Dined on 27 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As always, beautiful food and wonderful service. Great diversity of dishes

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RuthW
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My partner and I dropped in a couple of weeks ago, just looking for somewhere to have dinner. We were so impressed with the food and the service that we organised to meet there for dinner with friends from interstate a week later. They were also very pleased. I almost don’t want to recommend it as that means it will be harder to get a table!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 20 August 2019
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience1

Empty apart from one other couple. Food was overpriced but ok, although the main was quite average. For some reason it was super cold so had to wear a jacket. Bill was a shock.

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ShastaB
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Amazing customer service and delicious food and spanish wine. Perfect date night. We'll be back :)

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AbdiF
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service, fantastic food and very friendly people. We will be back.

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AndrewC
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Staff friend and food delicious. Nice space and we’re accomodating of our kids. Fantastic Sunday lunch

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JanetteW
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We went to Chato on a Wednesday night which had a menu of All you can Eat tapas. Service was top class, our server was so on the ball with drinks and food just kept on coming! Atmosphere was fun, not to noisy, our group of four could chat and laugh comfortably without shouting. We ended up trying every dish on the menu, so tasty! The calamari and the Smokey chicken ribs were ace, as were the whole sardines and the tortilla-hats off to the chef! Will be back again soon 😊

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WendyB
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience4

While my husband enjoyed his food, I was somewhat underwhelmed by mine. I am vegetarian so had ordered the (Berenjena) eggplant and goat's cheese balls (Bolos de Cabra) tapas options. I was expecting more than one cheese ball (although I now see that it is listed as a singular item on the menu). I should have read that more closely! So, I believe the tapas items are overpriced for the size they are, although they were tasty. My 'main' course of Bravas was the most expensive and tasteless potato chips I have ever eaten ($12.50). They are definitely more of a side dish so perhaps I could have been recommended a more suitable i.e. tasty Racione!

The service was very good and the sangria was lovely, however I would seek better value for money in the future.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A fun night out. Great choice of Tapas and cocktails. The wait staff were very attentive and fun!

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SamS
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Chato is one of our favourite restaurants because the food is exceptional and unique and the selection of different tapas makes for the enjoyment of the different Spanish taste experiences. Highly recommend.

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HarveyB
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best tapas in town.

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