Chato

4.7
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120 reviews
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$41 to $100
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Spanish
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  • Tapas
  • Authentic
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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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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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TJ
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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
9 reviews
Dined on 27 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

RW
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 1

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
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

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

AF
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

AC
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

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
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Best tapas in town.

SC
1 review
Dined on 18 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic authentic Spanish in good old High street!

ST
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

G
1 review
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

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
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

OT
1 review
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

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
Overall 1Food 1Service 3Ambience 1

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
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 3

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

M
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

SW
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

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.

HJ
1 review
Dined on 17 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Fabulous food, great service & excellent value. We’ll definitely be back

RH
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely food, amazing cocktails and great service. Will absolutely dine again.

JG
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Would definitely come back and am telling all my friends about it. Great food, great service and good prices!!

AR
1 review
Dined on 10 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Chato is a wonderful place to taste authentic Spanish food with an amazing relationship between quality and price. We loved everything about this little restaurant.

M
Melbourne / VIC
52 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

What a neighbourhood gem! Make sure you get the pulled pork! The paella was very delicious however slightly oily. Service was top notch! Will be back!

MB
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious! Staff assisted us to select the right amount of food. Would reccomend to friends and go back again!

JD
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was fantastic as was the wine and the staff were very attentive. We really enjoyed our experience.

CS
1 review
Dined on 15 January 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

The Spanish waiter was very attentive and explained everything about Spanish food/drinks, etc. Family business so the vibe was relaxed and friendly.

RE
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful customer service and exquisite food, will definitely be back.

OT
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful waitress. She was really considerate and had attention to detail. She explained the menu and checked in on us. Food was incredible! Ambience is wonderful. Only thing — A male waiter when delivering desert dropped the chocolate which was fine, but he did not clean it up and watched the waitress who had nothing to do with it clean it up 10 mins later! Which was pretty incredible. Otherwise an amazing meal.

MH
1 review
Dined on 9 December 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Food was lovely and at a great price. Had the tasting menu 6 courses, would have paid more for a couple of extra courses.

AL
1 review
Dined on 27 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We took my sister-in-law, visiting from the UK, to dinner for her birthday. It was a Tuesday so we had the special - tapas, paella and a drink for $40 per head. Excellent food and excellent value.

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