Chocolate Buddha

4.5
1141 reviews
$41 to $100
Japanese
Chocolate Buddha has had an amazing renovation, we now have a Sushi train and separate dining along with our communal dining. In addition we have some amazing new dishes on our menu!

Thanks Buddha Management

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1141 People Are Saying
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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.5based on recent ratings
4.6
Food
4.6
Service
4.5
Ambience
4.3
Value
Noise · Energetic
94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Catherine
1 review
Dined on 27 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great place. Amazing food and really lovely staff. Bit pricey, but worth it. Thanks to all who served us last night (27 May)

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TriciaM
1 review
Dined on 27 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always great food and service !
I have never been disappointed!!

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Terri
1 review
Dined on 26 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food is always great here. I would highly recommend the Chocolate Buddha. Great service too.

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zaracat
1 review
Dined on 23 May 2021
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience3

I had heard great reviews of this restaurant but I found the food rather disappointing and not good value for money. I went for a weekend lunch and had the Korean fried chicken and the salmon broccolini plus a cocktail. The chicken was overcooked and tough, and the broccolini /salmon was a bit bland and also difficult to eat - serves too big for one mouthful but texture too firm to bite in half without the whole thing collapsing in a mess. I did think the crockery was beautiful. I would probably not choose to go back.

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Kate
1 review
Dined on 22 May 2021
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Have been going for years, always been a fav. The new fit out looks good. Sat outside and heaters were great. Food was good too, would go back again.

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MissM
1 review
Dined on 22 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic menu with great gluten free options. Food beautifully prepared, hot and delicious!

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gwynethg
3 reviews
Dined on 22 May 2021
Overall2Food4Service1Ambience1

the food is good here but the rest of the experience has significantly worsened here. There is no service. instead of relaxing with a friend over a drink while you choose food you are looking at your phones trying to do online ordering and prepaying. Drinks took ages to arrive, my entree and mains arrived at exactly the same time (one in each hand of the waiter). we wanted another drink and more food but all too hard so we went elsewhere. a very poor experience, pity because the food is good, but not enough to put up with the rest. Unlikely to go back.

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MareeM
1 review
Dined on 22 May 2021
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

As an older person I found ordering online stressful. I was not given the option of a menu but later heard this offered to diners.

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JaneM
1 review
Dined on 22 May 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Food was great although quite expensive. The staff weren't really able to help explain which items were vegan-friendly though and the online ordering system didn't specify either.

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Cookie
1 review
Dined on 21 May 2021
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience5

Very busy restaurant. Great decor. Good service. Food was good, but nothing special.

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Renfam
1 review
Dined on 21 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely staff member who was happy to give us a paper menu and take our order. Thank you.

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Stuart
1 review
Dined on 20 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Very friendly service with good advice on our food and drink selections. Creative menu with good vegetarian options.

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Cass
1 review
Dined on 20 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a relaxing lunch with tasty, beautiful Asian inspired food (a Bento box) that nourishing and adequate without being over-filling or heavy. The staff were pleasant and helpful. The atmosphere was quiet and calm. The fee was within the expected range. A stand out impressions was consistency - of the wonderful staff, and the delightful food. A recommendable venue.

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OpenTable Diner
4 reviews
Dined on 19 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Central restaurant with efficient friendly service & delicious Japanese food.

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Bina
1 review
Dined on 16 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic experience. We had great time, food was great, service and value for money. Highly recommending👍🏼

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ChristineMJ
1 review
Dined on 16 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was yummy. Service great.
Overall, good dining experience. Will return again!

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JohnR
1 review
Dined on 15 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Wonderful food and service. This restaurant is a jewel

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OpenTable Diner
2 reviews
Dined on 15 May 2021
Overall3Food5Service5Ambience1

I was appalled at the lack of any attempt at Social Distancing! The entrance is crowded with people entering AND trying to pay their bill and exit. It would be quite easy to make the exit/bill payment on other (Western) side of restaurant… which is actually where i chose to exit because I had already paid my bill. VERY disappointing attitude to an ongoing pandemic 😷

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BronteS
1 review
Dined on 15 May 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Great food, great service and well priced

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Gggg
1 review
Dined on 14 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Excellent food, great presentation and slick service. There’s something for everyone on the menu!

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Midorioka
1 review
Dined on 14 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A great spot for a night out....recently refurbished, with friendly, helpful staff and a well priced menu that caters to all. (The age range in our group was from 12yrs - 84yrs). The Maitre d' is an absolute delight:)

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VanessaP
1 review
Dined on 14 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, great location. Service always top notch. Especially Lucas and Bianca. xx

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Daniel
1 review
Dined on 14 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The evening was just delightful. The quality and presentation of dishes were all oustanding and delicious!
A very big thank you to Lucas, the amazing host and his team Tee jay and Bee for taking care of us from start to finish.
Highly recommended! Will be back very soon! Thanks for all your great service and deliciousness!

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LindaT
1 review
Dined on 14 May 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Friendly staff who helped with online food and drink ordering. Food was light and delicious.

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MicheleH
1 review
Dined on 13 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Will come back time and time again. Thanks again for a special night.

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PattieW
1 review
Dined on 13 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We booked for six. We eat early as we were going to the opera. From the moment we stepped inside, we were welcomed with humour and care. The food was great. The wine list suited me very well and it doesn't need you to mortgage your house to go to dinner. All round winner. Always has been....love the two Kiwi's. Thanks.

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JulieJ
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Delicious food and great selection of both food and wine. Wait staff very welcoming and responsive. Understood our need to dine promptly ahead of a show.

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PamelaJ
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This restaurant consistently delivers with a great selection of quality Japanese food and efficient and quick service. Highly recommended.

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IngridH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2021
Overall2Food3Service4Ambience4

Why are you making people order with their phones? A restaurant is about a social experience including with the staff. Arriving scanning and reading from your phone does not create positive experience. It’s a hassle

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KarenH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2021
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience4

Everything was great- except ordering on my phone for 10 people was a nightmare and we ended up with too much food and too much of the same thing

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Gosia
1 review
Dined on 9 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

That was great experience. We were travelling from the suburbs and the traffic was shicking. I received sms with question if we are on the way. The whole pressure was gone! Food was exceptional. And the price including drinks was great. Higly reccomend this place.

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JulieO
3 reviews
Dined on 9 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I love this place. The food is consistently amazing and the staff are always sensationally relaxed and helpful.

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LouiseS
1 review
Dined on 9 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Excellent food and good service - will definitely come back

LH
LauraH
4 reviews
Dined on 9 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love the staff, so helpful and friendly even when super busy

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DanielleW
2 reviews
Dined on 9 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a delicious meal at Chocolate Buddha. The service was great and it was really good that we could make a booking at 2pm between meal times in order to suit our plans for the day. Can't wait to visit again.

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HelenT
1 review
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A great place to eat in the centre of Federation Square. Staff are friendly and helpful. The ordering and payment system is so easy and the outdoor setting was great. Loved it.

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LeroyK
2 reviews
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Darren and rest of team were superb. Food was fresh, tasty and fast.

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NicholasD
1 review
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We've been regulars at CB for years, keep going back for the excellent food, good service, convenient location. And we can sit outside with the dog, although the outside space has gotten smaller.

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Ellen
Hong Kong
6 reviews
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautiful food and love their Sushil rolls. Service is excellent and the staff are all friendly & helpful. Will definitely come back

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ClareN
1 review
Dined on 7 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Our group of 4 had a wonderful time at Chocolate Buddha before the footy. The service and food was excellent and the location perfect for a walk to the MCG. Thanks to the friendly and helpful staff..... see you again soon!

FAQs

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

Chocolate Buddha is rated 4.5 stars by 1141 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.