Chocolate Buddha

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829 reviews
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$41 to $100
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Japanese

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Pre/post Theatre
Casual
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
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4.6
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4.4
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4.3
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OT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined 8 hours ago
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

We love the buddha fire. Order cane pretty fast. We spent about $30 each. Enjoyed the food much.

MN
Melbourne / VIC
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We hadn’t been in since the Reno and we were reminded of just how good Chocolate Buddha is. Excellent service, variety and quality. Fit out fab. We dined with family at dinner. Good any time.

PF
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

third time this month - we must be loving it and we are. Love their new menu and layout. Outstanding scorched ocean trout and miso marinated cod and the mango edamame greens salad sublime. Yum.

JH
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is the second time I have been to Chocolate Buddah while on the Low Fodmap diet. They staff where amazing and didn't make me feel like my diet was an issue at all. The food was amazing.
I will definitely be back.

K
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Tasty food. Lovely service. Good prices. Will be going there again.

S
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

The staff were very friendly and attentive, and service was excellent. We asked for specific seating when the booking was made, and management was more than happy to accommodate our request, which we appreciated.
The food was delicious and reasonably priced.
Only negative is that it was a cold day, and they had the front door wedged half open. Unfortunately our table was directly in line with the open door, even though we were seated on the opposite side of the restaurant. We could still feel the draught.

EP
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I was early for our 12 noon booking and the staff welcomed me into the restaurant ahead of the scheduled booking. I was very appreciative of the staff's care of both myself and my friend. The food was delicious and presented in a timely fashion and with great care.
Overall, it was a wonderful early lunch and much appreciated. Thank you.

D
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall2Food4Service4Ambience3

Good food and service but won't be going back due to the horribly loud doof doof music, so loud it was hard to hear a conversation with friends. I did ask it to be turned down (or perhaps some quieter eating music?) but this was ignored. Won't be back. Pity.

PZ
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience2

We both enjoyed our time at the Chocolate Buddha. As always, the food and service was excellent. Unfortunately the thump, thump of the doof doof music somewhat spoiled the ambience of What is otherwise, such a lovely restaurant.

EC
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful customer service. Everyone was lovely to come wish me happy birthday when they knew it was my birthday. Very friendly staff & more importantly, amazing food 👍🏻👍🏻 The most amazing pork belly dish ever! Sake was good too.

Lovely open atmosphere. Quiet chill area at Federation Square

FH
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 27 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Sat outside, which is nice when the weather allows. Each dish was beautifully presented & delicious (as usual). We chose dishes we could share and staff were very helpful to alter servings to suit. We were in a hurry pre-show which was no problem, all done in an hour.

S
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I recommend Chocolate Buddha to everyone I know. The food is delicious, the menu has everything you need, and the wait staff are amazingly attentive and friendly. This is my favourite restaurant by far!

GR
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely loved both the food and the service. The choya apple crumble was genuinely one of the best things I’ve ever eaten!

B
Melbourne / VIC
5 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

So glad to be able to go back here pre theatre or for any other reason! The new look is great and our favourite classics like the steamed noodle dumplings and shake ramen are as wonderful as ever! Some nice new additions to the wine list too and as always very friendly and attentive service.

JJ
1 review
Dined on 19 November 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Average. I had the steak don. The rice is short grain but not a good short grain, powdery texture, something you will serve at a cheap Chinese restaurant. Japanese restaurant, maybe they will charge you for 15-18 bucks, not when it’s 26 bucks. The Chinese broccoli is a bit undercooked.

MH
1 review
Dined on 19 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Recently refurbed, looking fresh light and lovely. Food whilst not generous portions was delicious

AF
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Good, competent, reliable and friendly service with good food and atmosphere.
Thank you!

MS
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Service and food was incredible. Made visiting Melbourne a pleasure.

SH
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

the food is always good and the brunch boxes are great value

MK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food service and ambience. Would def come again and recommend to friends

CF
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Wonderful as always- only comment is please train all staff in what a coeliac is. I told the waiter I am but was not pointed out the gf section on the other side of the paper menu - I only saw it myself after my order was in.

D
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 13 November 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience2

Our evening was fine but not particularly memorable in terms of the restaurant - just all okay. I know it was closed for a renovation but not sure what they did. The place just leaves me a little cold - not sure what they can do about it.

JC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 11 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent service from walking in to paying the bill. Food is subjective but definitely elegantly presented and to me it is quite tasty.

RE
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lucas at the door is always a gem. We had a show to get to and he had our food and drinks sent with enough time for us to enjoy and have room for a dessert.
We visit often and it’s because the food is wonderful and so is the service.

OT
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Outstanding as always! Thanks to Lucas and the whole team CB is wonderful.

NC
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was amazing. The waiter went out of his way to ensure one of our party with allergies was catered for. Excellent service.

MS
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great new menu in a lovely revamped space. Same excellent service. Caters well for any food allergies.

PZ
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

The restaurant is an open and very pleasant. We were surprised to find that once seated, we felt secluded amongst the hustle and bustle of a busy restaurant. The food was excellent as was the service. We highly recommend the Chocolate Buddha and look forward to returning to explore the menu further.

TD
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Please get some Campari!!! I think the range of alcoholic beverages has decreased since the revamp?

DV
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

So much fun sitting at sushi train.
Food as fabulous as ever but with more variety with sushi train.
Could not fault anything.

CA
Melbourne / VIC
5 reviews
Dined on 7 November 2019
Overall5Food3Service5Ambience5

lovely team + beautiful renovation. Enjoyed the food too.

PF
3 reviews
Dined on 7 November 2019
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience4

Been going to Chocolate Buddha for years and just love the new fit out and menu - much moreso than the original. Had wonderful ocean trout and inside out salmon roll - both delicious and sake of course :-)

KT
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Beautifully renovated this is one of our favorite places to dine. Food and service is always great.

OT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love the newly renovated space. Many great new additions to the menu. Lucas and his staff are always on the ball and can never fault the service, or the food. This remains our 'go-to' place for dinner when we are seeing a show or concert. Great location in the fabulous Fed Square.

N
Sydney / NSW
10 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Good food and good service while sitting outside on a beautiful warm night in the heart of Melbourne. We'll be back.

EO
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall4Food5Service2Ambience3

I waited 30 minutes for my wine the food came before my drink even though I reminded the staff multiple times

JE
Melbourne / VIC
5 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and great service. Can’t wait to go back again. Highly recommend.

JS
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Great service from lovely staff, very accommodating for a vegan and helpful with menu choices. Food and drinks were good and the overall experience was great.

RK
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2019
Overall2Food1Service2Ambience3

The service was very ordinary. The food was very ordinary

SK
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall3Food5Service5Ambience4

Delicious food but expensive. We didn't leave full which was a real pity.