Chato

4.7
159 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 159 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
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4.7
Service
4.5
Ambience
4.4
Value
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Anne
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Good food, especially after getting out of lockdown! The closest will get to "Spain" in awhile

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BrandonS
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Authentic Spanish tapas in a warm space with even warmer Spanish hospitality. Highly recommend.

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KristinaM
Melbourne / VIC
3 reviews
Dined on 11 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The usual great food and service, but we also appreciated the attention to Covid safety. It was good that we could use the QR code to sign in for the whole table.

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EZzzz
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My friend and I have been here often and absolutely LOVE it. The food, the service, the whole experience is fantastic.

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Cazz
1 review
Dined on 6 November 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Cocktails, entrees and service was amazing. The mains were good, but not as great as I thought they'd be for the price. The value for money was the biggest downfall for me. For the price I expected a little more for the flavour.

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BeccG
1 review
Dined on 8 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best restarunt experience of my life! Ambience was on point, food was INCREDIBLE and service was perfect. Cannot reccomend enough!!

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JacquiL
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

as always, Chato delivers great tasting food & drink with friendly service

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JPrisc
1 review
Dined on 2 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was yum and a really great night out for my son's 18th

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Sophie
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The ladies took such good care of us. The food was delicious. Meatballs, lemon chicken and potatas bravas were all amazing. It was my mum’s birthday and we had a great time.

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PaulB
Miami
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Dinner was amazing. The staff was friendly and we could have spent the full evening there but couldn't.

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EvanK
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 13 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Exceptional food and service, we thoroughly enjoyed our night out under the current restrictions A++++

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ParmissK
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2020
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

Chato was a very cosy, nice Spanish restaurant, The staff was very friendly, patient and helpful. The food was good and tasty. The menu was very confusing with the portion size. I would strongly recommend the management to revise their menu to make it easier for customers to choose from.

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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!

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CristinaM
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

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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.

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vipOpenTable 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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Becs
Melbourne / VIC
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.

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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!

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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!!

FAQs

Chato is rated 4.7 stars by 159 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.