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Chocolate Buddha, Melbourne, AU-VIC

Chocolate Buddha

4.7
4.7
2621 Reviews
$41 to $100
Japanese
Chocolate Buddha undertook an AMAZING renovation in 2019 by Maddison Architects. We have a 22 seater SUSHI TRAIN open Wednesday to Sunday lunches 12 - 3pm and Dinners 5 - 8pm it includes an EXPRESS train which delivers hot food ordered via a tablet. We offer QR menus at each table for ease of ordering, splitting bills and menu with pictures and descriptions. This type of ordering is optional so always let us know if you prefer to order with us. See you soon @ Chocolate Buddha

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2 people

7:00 pm


Booked 71 times today
Experiences are available.

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $41 to $100
  • Cuisines
    Japanese, Vegetarian, Asian
  • Hours of Operation
    Wed, Thu, Sun 12:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 12:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (03) 9654 5688
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive Chef
    Alex Bazar
  • Area
    Melbourne CBD
  • Cross Street
    Federation Square : Corner of Swanston St & Flinders St
  • Parking Details
    None
  • Public Transit
    Trams 1 , 3 , 3a , 5 , 6 , 8 , 16 , 35 , 64 , 67, to Swanston St/Flinders St (119 m W)
  • Additional
    Banquet, Beer, Cocktails, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeaway, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Sushi Train Dining

    Multiple dates available
    Join us at our modern & accessible SUSHI & BULLET TRAIN - It's a single track conveyor full of tempting options to help yourself to OR order through our tablets, and excitingly, it shoots hot Izakaya style dishes on our Express Train straight to your seat. Gotta LOVE this. Plate Pricing: BLUE $6 WHITE $8 BLACK $10
    Sushi Train Dining photo

What 2,621 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Melbourne

    Gluten-free-friendly

  • Melbourne

    Japanese

  • Melbourne

    Most Booked

  • City Centre

    Child-friendly

  • City Centre

    Gluten-free-friendly

  • City Centre

    Healthy

  • City Centre

    Vegetarian-friendly

  • City Centre

    Most Booked

2,621 Reviews
  1. AliciaF

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fresh, fast and friendly. Perfect dining experience with my family of four.

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  2. karend

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic food. Attentive staff who could help with my dietary needs. Thanks so much

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  3. JodieM

    Melbourne

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food coupled with friendly and knowledgeable staff. Chocolate Buddha is an experience not to be missed

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  4. JustinB

    Victoria

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Wonderful mall service was of a high level the only negative was out table was right next the the entry door on the Southern Terrace which meant we always had people standing over us or bumping our table. Food and service was the highest level

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  5. RebeccaK

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautifully presented food! Absolutely delicious food! Kids meals are also delicious! My 8 year old had kids Ramen noodles, and the pork gyoza! You can also share meals which i though was a great option aswell. Staff are all so lovely and friendly! Very welcoming and helpful! Great Location aswell! 10/10 - Thank you for making my son's birthday memorable

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  6. Melbournesaint

    Melbourne

    14 reviews

    3.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    Very Busy, Rushed in, Rushed through, extremely noisy, shared tables, noise from federation square. They cater for turnover. Not as great as it has been in the past. But they are good at what they offer fast interesting food if you are in a rush.

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  7. StephanieO

    Victoria

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    It was delicious Japanese food. The rices per dish were around $25. The dishes came quickly. It was very busy and worth booking on a Saturday evening.

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  8. GRACEB

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    They were accommodating to our needs. Staff were polite, enthusiastic, and helpful.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Table service was very helpful and attentive. Food excellent as usual. A lovely experience

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  10. FionaH

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Catch up with friends from the country and overseas, delicious food and friendly & helpful service, as usual. Consistently amazing. Bento boxes were a hit! Sat outside, which was pleasant, except for the band doing an awful sound check in Fed Square, so we couldn’t hear each other talk. Of course this is out of the control of Chocolate Buddha but it did detract for an otherwise lovely experience. Something to keep in mind when choosing indoor or outdoor dining.

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  11. RosY

    Melbourne

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food, attentive service, clean environment and cheery ambience. Chocolate Buddha is our go to as it caters for all our food intolerances. Love it.

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  12. ChrisS

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always good service and the food is delicious and worth returning for.

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  13. JaneR

    Victoria

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great prompt service and awesome food. Salmon Bento Box is so tasty. Good Japanese beers to enjoy too.

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  14. Tinman

    Melbourne

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Friendly efficient staff, food was very good. Conveniently located near Flinders Street Station

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  15. AndyW

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was delicious, the staff were friendly and professional and offered very good recommendations for both wine and dishes, and looking out over Fed Square was very entertaining!

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Sushi train was a lot of fun and service was exceptional

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  17. PennyL

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful as always. Grateful for the table space away from the crowd!

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  18. Maryv

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place if you want a quick dinner in the city across the road from the art centre so a perfect location for pre show dinner

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  19. katrose100

    Melbourne

    7 reviews

    1.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 18 February 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Not a diverse menu of Japanese options both on sushi train and tablet. Drinks took way too long but food came out super quick. Quality of food was average. The establishment caters for high turnover which if looking for a Japanese experience, I would go elsewhere.

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always excellent - fabulous staff & the food is out of this world!

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  21. NikkiJ

    Melbourne

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 18 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We are frequent diners at this restaurant and have never been disappointed. Great staff, great food and drinks! Would highly recommend!

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always consistent and faultless , service is 10/10 . The food punches way above the price. Make no mistake the food is extremely high quality . I have eaten at many high end Japanese restaurants and CB is up there with the best of them . Time and time again fails to disappoint

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Victoria

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 1
    Sitting out side wasn’t enjoyable, the noise from the square made it impossible to have a nice conversation, it was very windy and overall disappointing. Our meal wasn’t as nice as usual, the chicken was undercooked, purple rice was very sticky and not as per usual and we missed sitting at the sushi train. Not sure what has changed in regards to the food, but the customer service is always exceptional and staff friendly. Will try again another time but will make sure we are at the train and ask for white rice

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  24. MaddisonF

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Fantastic for coeliac and dairy intolerance customer. Ordering food online was simple with special GF section. Staff were friendly and kind and happy to provide help when required. Would highly recommend visiting if you’re coeliac.

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  25. AimeeW

    Victoria

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Staff were sensational from the minute we arrived, my 7year old felt welcomed and special (yes she was dressed for Taylor Swift), staffed engaged her chatting about concert and even went and put the sound track on. Food was absolutely delicious!! Service was quick, bathrooms were clean and it was just the most delightful start to a sensational evening! Thank you.

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  26. El2021

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 15 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Haven't dined here in years and I'm glad to report it's as good as ever. Service staff were very friendly and accommodating.

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 15 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    One of my favorite restaurants in Melbourne - amazing food and the Chocolate Buddha team are so friendly and attentive

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  28. CatrinaT

    Victoria

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 14 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food. Would recommend. Exceptional Japanese.. not very expensive. Great atmosphere. Always busy.

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  29. ShijuJ

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place to try Japanese food. Very friendly and service oriented restaurant.Loved it.

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  30. Katie

    Tasmania

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Attentive and friendly service. Very fresh, tasty and good value food.

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  31. StephanieY

    Melbourne

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 11 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food is always exquisite. It never fails. Service is the best ever!!!! It is our go to when in the city. We just love it.

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  32. SarahW

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food. Best outside table for Six60 concert. Fabulous night

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  33. IngridH

    Melbourne

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Reliably good with friendly helpful staff and the food is the best of it's kind

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  34. MariaH

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The staff were attentive and extremely helpful to those with dietary needs. Food was delicious,

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  35. Julie

    Victoria

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time we had eaten there but definitely it won’t be the last. We were so impressed with the venue, the varied menu offering a wide selection of Japanese dishes and the exceptional service by the friendly staff. We both decided to have the Chicken Karaage Bento Boxes and we found them to be absolute delicious, fresh, full of flavour and a substantial meal. Can highly recommend

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I hadn’t been to the Buddha in a decade or so, when I remember it as solid but nothing special. Following my brother’s recent visit and positive experience, I decided it would be a good spot for a large group reunion with a visiting friend from overseas. We were not disappointed! The staff oozes friendliness and hospitality from the moment you walk in the door. The food is excellent in the modern Japanese-Asian-fusion genre - the chicken karaage is a real crowd-pleaser and there are many lovely, shareable delights on the menu, which has loads of vegetarian options. Drinks are solid too - the Yuzu Bellini was like an Aperol Spritz, only better. All this in a super-convenient central location, with Melbourne landmarks in view. We’ll be back.

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 9 February 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    I never leave a bad review anywhere but this deserves it We are locals and try new places each Friday after work but we will never go back again or reccomend this place to anyone. Went with a small corporate group and the waiters decided we had enough and stopped serving us even though nobody was rowdy/impolite or even slightly drunk (we had even ordered HUGE amounts of food so we couldn’t get drunk even if we tried - plus it wasn’t a big night out and purely the usual after work dinner/drinks). Most staff had a massive chips on their shoulders and attitude

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  38. GalleryJeffery

    Victoria

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Well situated near NGV at Federation Square with a nice fresh Japanese flavoured menu. We were seated promptly and received our meal within a good timeframe.

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  39. MelG

    Victoria

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The friendly, professional staff at Chocolate Buddha excel at customer service taking the craft of table waiting to a whole new level. The food is superb - never disappointing and always surprising, delicious and indulgent. We absolutely love it!

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  40. PeterM

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food and service with a good gluten free menu.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Contactless payment available
  • Screening

    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

Chocolate Buddha offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (03) 9654 5688.

Chocolate Buddha is rated 4.7 stars by 2621 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a booking

2 people

7:00 pm


Booked 71 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Chocolate Buddha

Federation Square, Corner Swanston St & Flinders St, Melbourne, AU-VIC 3000

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    Federation Square : Corner of Swanston St & Flinders St
  • Area
    Melbourne CBD
  • Hours of Operation
    Wed, Thu, Sun 12:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 12:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $41 to $100
  • Cuisines
    Japanese, Vegetarian, Asian
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    None
  • Public Transit
    Trams 1 , 3 , 3a , 5 , 6 , 8 , 16 , 35 , 64 , 67, to Swanston St/Flinders St (119 m W)
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    Alex Bazar
  • Additional
    Banquet, Beer, Cocktails, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeaway, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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