Chato

4.7
198 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 198 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.5
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4.5
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KonD
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, lovely service- would highly recommend

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JanetD
Melbourne
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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
Melbourne
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Great share style food with excellent vegetarian options and awesome service. Looking forward to going back!

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SooMoo
Melbourne
1 review
Dined on 30 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
Adelaide
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
Melbourne
3 reviews
Dined on 26 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

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

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berto
Melbourne
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
Melbourne
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
Melbourne
3 reviews
Dined on 26 February 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Delicious food, lovely sangria.

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Scott
Melbourne
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

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RebeccaG
Melbourne
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
Melbourne
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
Melbourne
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
Melbourne
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.

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AsheleyJ
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, friendly staff and a lovely ambience! Caters to carnivores, vegetarians and vegans so great for any type of consumer!

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AnnaS
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Goats cheese balls were the best things I have eaten. Cocktails were divine. Our waitress was so friendly and attentive even though the restaurant was busy. Best dining experience I’ve had in years.

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HarveyR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 6 January 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Friendly staff welcomed us and were attentive all evening. We were taken through the menu which focusses on tapas. We shared several tapas dishes of excellent quality and a main of garlic prawns.We will continue to eat at this splendid Spanish restaurant.

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SyedZ
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, lovely staff. Always love going there. Will recommend it to anyone. Try it

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HelenS
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great, friendly service. Food was delicious, particularly the mixed paella. Will definitely make this restaurant one of our regulars.

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NickR
Melbourne
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We love coming here , we have been a number of times for lunch and dinner and the food and service are consistently excellent.

Very reasonably priced.

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JenniferW
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Chato is the place to go for a hit of Spanish outside of Spain. It’s warm and welcoming with a fabulous menu and wine list; Maria and her team are fun and helpful. We go back time and time again, and have never been disappointed.

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EleanorP
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Incredible food, friendly service and lovely, warm atmosphere.

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Fangee
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience3

The food we had was delicious, we had the lamb skewers which were sensational, potatas bravos was just right and the paella (shared) had huge amounts of seafood and chicken in it, plus, we loved the beers from Hawaii. One staff member was a little over the top, the others were very pleasant and we noticed the industrial style decor doesn’t lend itself to a “quiet conversation”, even with social distancing in place. However, we came for the great Spanish food and we were not disappointed!

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KarenL
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Great venue....Great atmosphere. Sangria was a little weak but food was varied and interesting. Had a fabulous lunch

FAQs

Chato is rated 4.7 stars by 198 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.