Chato

4.7
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132 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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4.7based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.7
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4.4
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4.5
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CD
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.

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

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

OT
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.

LT
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

RB
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.

FF
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

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

A
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.

H
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
Melbourne / VIC
10 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

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

RS
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Wonderful service and food was above my exoectatuons

EH
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
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
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!!

CP
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

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

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

RW
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
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.

SB
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

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

AF
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

AC
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

JW
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 😊

WB
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
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!

SS
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.

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

Best tapas in town.

SC
1 review
Dined on 18 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic authentic Spanish in good old High street!

ST
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great, authentic food with wonderful service. Staff were very helpful and friendly.

G
1 review
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was lovely and flavorful! The dessert we had was simple but awesome. As my friend is vegetarian, we had the vegetarian platter and it was beautiful. It was on a Sunday afternoon and it was quiet. Great for conversations and catch ups!

JC
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Thank you for a wonderful dinner. The service was excellent! Our waitress was engaging, funny and knowledgeable. She made our night very enjoyable. The food was delicious and decent sizes. We will definitely be back!

MP
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic food, enough vegetarian options to satisfy and friendly, attentive wait staff. The vegetarian sharing board was a highlight and tortilla was best I've ever had!

A
1 review
Dined on 16 May 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and service. Go there alot. Spanish owner and the chef are from the Canary Islands

DM
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

We had not eaten there before, and found the whole experience fantastic.
Food was lovely, the staff were more than helpful, and we would come back again.

Chato
Responded on 22 May 2019

Thanks so much for taking the time to review your experience at Chato Tapas! Hope to see you soon! Chato Team

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CB
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food and service was excellent. Great tapas selection. Definitely recommend.

OT
1 review
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing service and experience on top of absolutely delicious food for both vegan and non-vegan dietary requirements.
Would highly recommend!

Chato
Responded on 22 May 2019

Thanks so much for your beautiful words! Hope to see you soon at Chato Tapas! Chato Team

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JB
1 review
Dined on 3 April 2019
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience4

All you can eat tapas was great they were lovely enough to offer more once we'd tried everything.

Chato
Responded on 22 May 2019

Thanks so much for taking the time to review your experience at Chato Tapas! Hope to see you soon Chato Team

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NL
1 review
Dined on 26 March 2019
Overall1Food1Service3Ambience1

Seafood paella was very very salty and despite lovely waitress taking it back to the chef , she brought it back to say that the chef said that's is how seafood paella should taste. We cook paella frequently and eat out a lot so if the chef insists salty paella is good enough to serve than we will not be coming back nor recommend to any of our friends. Very poor on chef 's attitude.

MD
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience3

Nice place. Food was good and the service was friendly and attentive.

M
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We went as a group to the all you can eat tapas on Wednesday night which was fantastic. The food and portion size were perfect and delivered in a timely manner which allowed us all time to catch up with each other.

Service by Sharon was AMAZING! She remembered us from 5 months ago and looked after us extremely well.

A great place to dine with friends!

PL
1 review
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food & service, we will definitely be going back.

SW
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Authentic food, authentic service. Loved it. Dessert was particularly good, but Tapas banquet (we ordered all the tapas and doubled the ones we particularly liked) was pretty damned good too.