Chocolate Buddha

4.5
1094 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 1094 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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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Lanhan
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Was catching up with a friend who has Coeliac Disease. The menu offered many gluten free options and our waiter could not have been more helpful, courteous and charming. I can't remember when I last enjoyed such perfect hospitality.

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KiaraW
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing service and delicious food. Everything came out quickly, which was good as we were attending a show at the Arts Centre after dinner. Would definitely recommend.

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CalumL
1 review
Dined on 1 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was amazing. Staff were super helpful and kind.

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Kirsty
1 review
Dined on 1 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great place, food and service. Very friendly staff who couldn’t do enough to help.
Food was delicious and atmosphere in fed square, great 😊

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Adrienne
2 reviews
Dined on 30 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic service from the door-man and our waitress -they obviously love their work and made us feel very special -quite an achievement on an ordinary Thursday night! Thanks , it was great to be back after covid long absence from ACMI and Choc Buddha

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Casie
1 review
Dined on 30 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Food was delicious, but the service was where it was at. Knowledgeable and engaged staff. An absolute pleasure post Covid.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 25 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love the renovations! Great food as always and exceptional and friendly service. A great gluten free menu available that tastes just as good as the normal one. Thank you for the great night out.

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Emma
1 review
Dined on 25 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our go-to place to eat when we're in Melbourne is Chocolate Buddha. After being unable to visit for a year, we were so excited to get back. The food and drinks are always amazing, but this time we were also particularly impressed by the service from Lucas. What a delight! He went above and beyond to make sure everything was perfect for my husband's birthday dinner. Can't wait to return to Chocolate Buddha.

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NaomiF
1 review
Dined on 25 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great food, great wine and exceptional service. Highly recommended!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 25 April 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Had a great time with fantastic food

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KayeG
1 review
Dined on 25 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Warmly welcomed by charismatic staff. Ordering all electronic & easy. Order & pay in one go. No waiting for the bill after. Although did involve some disconnection from the group while we all got on our phones. Food was excellent & served promptly which is a must if you have a show to go to! The food is always clean & fresh & healthy. Love the new layout & decor.

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KerryS
2 reviews
Dined on 25 April 2021
Overall5Food3Service5Ambience5

A great place for a family gathering. The children were well provided for.But we are looking forward to the sushi train

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MonaR
2 reviews
Dined on 25 April 2021
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

Food is absolutely lovely, nice staff, just very very busy

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TerraFirma
1 review
Dined on 24 April 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

This restaurant was a fave pre-covid lockdown and will still be a fave post covid-lockdown. They've changed things up a bit but the food is still great and the staff friendly. Had to wait a bit for my booked table and the waiter was sometimes a little too abrupt but nonetheless had a fabulous meal. Love this place. Highly recommend

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ZaneD
2 reviews
Dined on 23 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Having been here many times before, it was a surprise post COVID19 to find everything done by app. We were grateful to be able to still see a menu. As an older couple we are still getting used to the technology and only had one phone between us. The wait staff were lovely and helpful but the idea of allocating a tip at the time of ordering the food and also paying for it seemed a bit hard to judge! We get why it is easier this way but still! Overall still excellent food, easy to get food for gluten intolerance, and the choc miso mousse was extra special! A bit noisy for us but we have come to expect that in these big cavernous dining spaces.

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annw
London
8 reviews
Dined on 23 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food - really delicious. Service was very helpful and friendly and it is a pleasure to be there.

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Shaz
9 reviews
Dined on 19 April 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

The food was good and we were able to order a variety of sushi, shashimi n gyoza as well as mains.

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GillianE
2 reviews
Dined on 19 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Great food. Ordering off the phone. Food arrived quickly and was delicious

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JackM
1 review
Dined on 18 April 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

Consistently delicious, fresh food with excellent service and great views of Fed Square and the city. Always a pleasure to dine here, although the new interior design is far less intimate than before and, sadly, much noisier.

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ChrisSnell
2 reviews
Dined on 18 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Top place to visit for a delicious japanese fusion lunch or dinner. Fresh and healthy. GV patrons wil be very impressed also. Lovely selection of beers and wines also. Great for outdoor dining on a warm night!

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Asianbird
1 review
Dined on 18 April 2021
Overall2Food1Service3Ambience4

Disappointed with the food as it does not represent typical Japanese food.

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JulieT
1 review
Dined on 18 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Staff are the best anywhere in Melbourne and the food is delicious!

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KathyW
1 review
Dined on 18 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was our first vist back to Choclate Buddha post COVID shutdown.
This place has never failed us. Fabulous menu, the freshest produce, professional staff,
and now with the added easy use of the QR ordering system. Cant wait to get back there.

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Lisa
Salt Lake City
2 reviews
Dined on 18 April 2021
Overall2Food1Service4Ambience4

Service was lovely and location is fun however, despite the menu being interesting the taste of the food was really disappointing.

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PeterB
1 review
Dined on 18 April 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

Food and service was great, outdoor seating was a bit cold on a cool evening.

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Brunswickgirl
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on 17 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

So reliable. Well presented fresh and perfectly prepared food on a very busy night. We sat outside and were very comfortable there on an autumn evening. Radiators above is kept is very comfortable. Service was brilliant and the self order through the website was so convenient. Our waitress was very friendly and efficient.

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SupiG
1 review
Dined on 17 April 2021
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience3

I think they were short staffed or something...I asked for chilli pepper, which the server said he'd bring over, but he did not come back.

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AwesomeF
1 review
Dined on 17 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We love going to Chocolate Buddha. The staff are very friendly, accommodating and welcoming. The food is to die for. Fed Square would not be the same without Buddha!

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SallyL
2 reviews
Dined on 16 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Delicious food. Order via the app. Easy. Dishes arrive quickly. Staff are very friendly and attentive. Tables are wiped and sanitized efficiently ready for next diners. Definitely returning to sample more!

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Pamibu
2 reviews
Dined on 16 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Staff exceptionally friendly and helpful. Especially with navigating the menu app,
Service efficient. Good delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
2 reviews
Dined on 16 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The dumplings and sushi are absolutely amazing! Can't go wrong with anything on the menu

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DianneC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 15 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Our host on a busy Wednesday night (14/04/2021) was utterly beautiful and so helpful. He welcomed us warmly, and was not at all fazed when there was an unexpected extra guest. His humour, attention and flair made our night. Thank you tall, lovely fellow with the fabulous curly hair! The food was excellent too.

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Dale
1 review
Dined on 12 April 2021
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience3

The food here is very good. We were put off by the using our phone to place an order. This is not that we're not competent in doing so, it's just that it makes us feel like we're ordering at McDonalds. Just feel for the price we're paying there should be a bit more personal touch. Also, when the food and drinks were delivered they were just handed across the table. Overall, the food was great but the service was a bit lacking.

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Barry
1 review
Dined on 11 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food and staff brilliant! Left feeling so good, fed and relaxed. Will be back real soon. Classic part of Melbourne city dining!

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CharleneG
1 review
Dined on 11 April 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Great place for our family get together. Some new to Japanese were very surprised and impressed with their meals.

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TrudyK
1 review
Dined on 11 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fabulous restaurant. Unique style of japanese food. Fresh and diverse flavours. Always one on favourite places to eat where you know you won't be disappointed.

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LouiseR
1 review
Dined on 11 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Very friendly attentive service. Amazing, delicious food. Great place to gather for a yarn.

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LucyB
1 review
Dined on 11 April 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Such a beautiful post-COVID dining experience - considerate and welcoming staff, grest food and robust wine list!

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LaurelC
3 reviews
Dined on 11 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Really delicious Japanese food, the flavours are really authentic, the food is fresh and tasty. Staff are super friendly and helpful. Great gluten free options and knowledgeable servers make my coeliac partner feel really comfortable eating here.

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Arts68
2 reviews
Dined on 10 April 2021
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

It was very busy on Saturday. I think the prices have gone up since they renovated. One of the waiting staff poured some wine and left the glasses on he other side of the table which I though strange?
Food is still very good and the other waitress we had was excellent.

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 1094 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.