Chocolate Buddha

4.5
978 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
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 978 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.5
Food
4.6
Service
4.5
Ambience
4.2
Value
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always good value, good food and good service. Great to see it open again.

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VanessaR
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 16 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

LOVE chocolate Buddha! Always try to stop in when I'm in Melbourne:0)

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GregA
1 review
Dined on 16 January 2021
Overall3Food5Service4Ambience4

Great food very overpriced all I can say
Is that we spent a lot of money for sushi would not return but saying that what we had was very nice

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HappyDiner
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 14 January 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Interesting menu with delicious spices and fresh flavours. A real treat. Highly recommended. Excellent staff and service.

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DAWNS
1 review
Dined on 13 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The staff were amazing and so was the food. Good value for money.

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BrookeS
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Went for the first time since the renovations had finished. Such a beautiful atmosphere with a great menu. Ordered a bit of everything to share among the table, and we finished everything off. Couldn't be happier with the experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Melbourne / VIC
3 reviews
Dined on 9 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely delicious favourite Japanese restaurant in Melb

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FoodLover
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Top, central setting, in the middle of Melbourne Federation Square, served by super helpful and informed staff. Food was beautifully prepared, presented and on our table in no time at all.

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DanielR
1 review
Dined on 7 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great refreshed menu and restaurant. Food fresh and delicious

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Nicholas
1 review
Dined on 6 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Some of the best food I've ever had.
Incredible coffee and dessert too.

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artlover
1 review
Dined on 6 January 2021
Overall5Food3Service5Ambience5

thank you so much. that was really lovely lunch gathering.
the food was delicious, the downgraded was because I had to ask to cook salmon a bit more. but I think if you could inform if that was sashimi grade salmon, then I feel ok . but if not, I prefer well cooked as salmon can contain the parasite.
sorry I am Japanese so I cant help not being pretty particular.

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BrendonR
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2021
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience3

Strongly recommended by our friends - and so once we worked out the new ordering system (we're getting old!) we were away - what wonderful food!!

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JenniferM
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always love eating out at Choc Buddha - took a couple of new guests as well who have also put on their 'to eat list' in Melbourne. Food/drinks always such a great choice. Staff - Darren and Lucas so obliging and friendly.

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SimonO
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lucas is the host we love coming back time and time again

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KathyW
1 review
Dined on 1 January 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Everything good but there was a surcharge of - we were told 15% - but ended up being 17% on the bill. When we made the booking this surcharge was not mentioned on the website and the policy of booking made it clear they would take a wad of our cash if we cancelled the booking less than 2 hours out. We only found out about the surcharge as we were being seated. It was a very costly experience!

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NicoleJ
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We were so happy on NYE to eat here. We had a nice table outside with plenty of ventilation and a little overhead heating to take off any chill in the air. Great food teamed with great service. Also liked the ordering yourself online from the table - worked a treat!

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SSJW
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

Usually love this place but disappointed with the food on NYE. Didn’t seem to be as fresh and flavourful as usual...

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Hands down, the best service in Melbourne. Amazing food and a great spot.

JM
JacintaM
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I always love visiting Chocolate Buddha. The staff are attentive and very well-informed regarding dietary requirements and preferences. The environment is always pleasant and it feels so nice just to sit back and absorb the ambiance with friends.

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StephanieY
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was absolutely divine as usual. The service faultless as usual.
So pleased to be back there! We'll be back as soon as we can!!
Just LOVE everything about the place.

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GinnyE
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Beautiful food, fabulous service and simply a lovely dining experience. Very clean and careful with C19 protocols to ensure safety.

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MariaM
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

We had been to the Chocolate Buddah before and always thought the food and service was great , so thought it would be a good place to celebrate a family birthday, but was a little disappointed this time round . They ran out of chicken & white rice so we had to order brown, the ramen was tasteless , and they forgot to bring out the dessert with a candle despite requesting this at the time of booking , and reminding the waiter again on the night . In the end we ended up leaving without singing Happy Birthday .
Not sure what happened this time round but the place felt very unorganised .

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Molly
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing customer service, delicious food and great vibe!

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DavidC
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was delicious and the staff were really nice. Thankyou for the very nice lady waitress for being very hospitable and even recommending a nice bar to chill at afterwards

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AnisaS
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Had to change our online booking last minute and the staff were really friendly and helpful. When we arrived they made us feel really welcomed and taken care of. Food was generously portioned and tasty. We love the atmosphere. Although when we arrived there were no available high chair, our toddler sat in his pram and he loved the food, which rarely happens!

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JenB
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, ambience and service. Highly recommend

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Frase
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Just a fantastic place to eat and drink & catch up with friends in central Melbourne. Food is superb and the drinks & service are amazing. Such a great place to go

JZ
JuneZ
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2020
Overall2Food1Service2Ambience4

Using app to check menu and order and pay, 2% compulsory service charge is added in the bill. So not much table service except for serving food

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AGWAWS
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic food and friendly staff. This was for a work gig, but definitely will be back with wife and friends.

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AmandaW
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great food, excellent service. We sat outside and weather was cool, but had a great lunch.

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VinK
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

Chocolate Buddha has always been on our top list of things to do with the kids, and usually it's fantastic, 5/5, but our last experience was mediocre. I am not sure if their management and main chef have changed or not, or things are just different coming out of lockdown but unfortunately this time our experience wasn't great. The food was below their usual quality, options were minimal, service was poor, and the table allocated to us was in a very tight corner. I would still recommend Chocolate Buddha, as over the years we have had many enjoyable experiences there and I believe in giving second chances.

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GabbyL
Brisbane
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Always fantastic food with unique flavors and quality ingredients. I live in Qld so when in Melbourne it’s my go to!

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OpenTable Diner
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was amazing customer service was attentive, easy to order, food was delicious and the atmosphere was vibing felt like normal again. Want to thank you the staff for giving us a great experience with flowing drinks and yummy food. I also recommend the desert chocolate spring rolls was epic! We have such a fun Christmas dinner looking forward to coming back! Thanks from the RAS team xx

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CathieW
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Fantastic ambience, relaxed atmosphere, easy to get to. Excellent attentive service, nothing was too much trouble. Food was great, very tasty with a good selection of dishes. Caters to gluten free & vegetarian. Service was prompt and very friendly. A very pleasant dining experience. Will definitely be back. Highly recommend Chocolate Budda.

JM
JessicaM
1 review
Dined on 10 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We are never disappointed when we eat at Chocolate Buddha. It was great to be back. Food was served fast and was delicious and the service was outstanding. While ordering on your phone has been introduced for Covid, the staff were only too happy to assist.

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EmmaC
1 review
Dined on 10 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had the most fabulous lunch here. Attentive, friendly and fun wait staff and delicious food. The new refit is also beautiful. Had a booth at the back which was nice and private. Wine list also good. Highly recommend

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LynetteK
1 review
Dined on 10 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Service was outstanding. We asked for variations and we were accommodated with out hesitation. We’ll be back in the new year!

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Emily
1 review
Dined on 9 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

So great to be back! Have missed the delicious food and friendly staff. Thanks so much for a wonderful night!

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vipOpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and terrific care for gluten free guest

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MarilouH
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 6 December 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

I love the new ordering system, order and pay as you go! The staff and service are fantastic and the food is great too.

FAQs

Chocolate Buddha is rated 4.5 stars by 978 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.