Chocolate Buddha

4.6
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876 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!

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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
Food
4.6
Service
4.5
Ambience
4.3
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D
Melbourne / VIC
10 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great place for a quick and well prepared meal. Especially for pre theatre meals

PB
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The new menu is great. We had delicious food and the service was impeccable.

KF
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food and service at a reasonable price. We have been coming for years and will continue to do so!

RE
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Could not fault it, food was great and Lucas was a delight to deal with. Definitely worth going again.

LK
1 review
Dined on 16 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The service was really friendly. The staff catered to gluten free and low FODMAP dietary requests with ease, and the food was delicious.

ST
1 review
Dined on 15 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Hasn’t been to Chocolate Buddha for many years, and decided to take a friend for her 30th birthday. It absolutely did not disappoint!

AI
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My sister and I had a fantastic meal at Chocolate Buddha. They were really great in catering for my dietary requirements which I really appreciated.

JM
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Lovely fresh food, plenty of variety, just delicious.

AL
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had a lovely lunch at Chocolate Buddha! Great food and service and the Restaurant Manager, Lucas, is absolutely fantastic. Love the renovated look and a definite improvement in food quality and presentation since my last visit. Will definitely be back :)

RB
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2020
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience2

While food was good, it was over priced and there wasn’t much variety. Interior of restaurant was pretty but the communal seating wasn't the best for a date night.
Service was just weird and awkward - extremely loud volume, no eye contact and reluctance to let us have a wine list and things soy sauce! Glad I tried it but won’t be back.

JW
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 8 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Hello, I am booking the get together with the daughter for a long time and remembered by the staff. We are enjoying the food and will be back.

Sometimes it is a little noisy, it is the company and after they leave, it gets better.

I wish the staff great and happy year 2020. With best wishes and appreciation, Jarmila.

JG
1 review
Dined on 8 January 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Need to change menu description for edamame - disappointed to receive edamame plain but with a bowl of dipping sauce - was expecting cooked/coated in sauce, which I wanted. Otherwise very good

j
1 review
Dined on 7 January 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Have eaten at chocolate Buddha twice in the last 2 weeks and both times the food and service have been excellent!

MD
Tokyo
2 reviews
Dined on 7 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

The menu is eclectic and has plenty of variety. Food is delicious and served quickly. Service is decent, but staff need to be trained on how to determine which group and order is for when seated at a long table.

BA
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Went twice while in Melbourne on holiday. Delicious food and a light airy ambiance.

MH
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was the second time we had been to Chocolate Buddha and it was as good this time as last time which was 6 months ago. We are vegans and the man waiting on our table was very helpful in suggesting what we could eat and also how some choices could be modified for us. Ambience is great and service from the staff excellent. We will certainly be coming back.

OT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love the new renovation & also love that I see a lot of original staff. I took friends from interstate there & they enjoyed the experience. Stand out dishes - Sashimi Plates look so beautifully presented & the cheesecake is divine. I’ll be back for sure. Well done Chocolate Buddha

HB
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The new layout is great, the food fresh and intetesting and service was efficient. Good for pre theatre and good value too.

AS
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Staying in Melbourne for 3 days over NYE at the end of our 4 week holiday around Australia. Friends recommended Chocolate Budha and we weren’t disappointed. Our table was booked for 8.15 and there was a chance we would have to leave about 22.30 which I was informed about when I booked. Federation Square was buzzing when we got there and out outdoor table was well placed for all the festivities. Food and Service was excellent, fresh flavours and very tasty. The maitre D was very friendly and welcoming. We asked later about whether we could stay at our table until midnight and he came back to let us know we could. We certainly had a New Years to remember because of the location and the buzz around us but without the squash and squeeze of being in the crowd coupled with the delicious food . Thank you .

FG
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Spent NYE on the terrace and were warmly welcomed and looked after. Food is good quality and quantity, but you pay for the location. Three of us (2 adults, 1 child), including a bottle of wine, was $200. Can’t fault the service, there when you needed them, but not overbearing. Top night

SB
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

The food was great. The noise level was great for conversation (except for me being raucous :-) ). The service was prompt & friendly. Greta night thanks.

K
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

It is very convenient place, friendly staff and good food. However we did not like weekend surcharge!

WK
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Our waiter was outstanding. The food was great. Four stars. One for each nom nom nom nom.

B
London
2 reviews
Dined on 23 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Thanks to the sublime Lucas and the lovely TJ who went above and beyond with warmth and hospitality. A request on arrival was accommodated quickly and smoothly, service impeccable. A few minor issues with food but nothing that would make us not return. Nearly all of our dishes were delicious and timely.

HS
1 review
Dined on 23 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious food as usual! Great table service with excellent advice on menu choices.

BG
1 review
Dined on 23 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We really enjoyed our dinner. We had 13 people including lots of kids and we were made to feel really welcome. The food was excellent, I especially loved the chocolate spring rolls.

T
Melbourne / VIC
3 reviews
Dined on 23 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful food and great service. The employees are very good at their jobs. Had a great lunch. Thank you.

JG
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Chocolate Buddha always delivers quality food, reasonably priced- service is prompt and friendly without being over-familiar.

KP
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Lovely service and great food on one of the hottest days of the year!

EL
Melbourne / VIC
17 reviews
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We keep coming back, and you keep delivering!! Happy to see you always, Lucas!

RU
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service2Ambience4

Food very good, service in general was ok except that the drinks took forever, then When the drinks were served only one beer arrived, thinking naturally the waiter would return immediately with the second beer, no such luck. Waited another 10+minutes still no sign of the second beer coming to fulfil the order. Flagged down the waiter, and they apologised saying they had experienced a ‘breakdown in their system’. Then a good 5 min later the waiter returned with the long awaited beer, however, advised that we had to wait for a glass because the glasses were still warm!! Seriously!! Why bring an ice cold beer to the table just to look at and go warm waiting for a glass to cool? (Wouldn’t you just rinse one under cold water or throw it in the freezer for a minute....) After waiting 5 more minutes and still no glass, had to use the water glass.
Normally would just drink from the bottle but necking a 600ml bottle might not be the best look, so the wife tells me!
Food was nice!

DS
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

The food was different, well presented and good. Great for work group dining or for smaller groups.

F
Vancouver
16 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

We have visited Chocolate Buddha on many occasions and have generally enjoyed our experience. We ate there last Sunday and were a bit disappointed.
The server was lovely (thank you Susan!) and the food was okay, a couple of or favourites deleted from the menu.
The main issue was the slowness of the meals. Both my husband and the lady sitting next to me got their meals at least 10-15 minutes behind the rest of the table. I'm not sure if this is teething problems due to the renovation of the restaurant, but it was unsatisfactory.
We might wait a while before going back to see if they have this issue ironed out.

EV
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

The food was just delicious! Our waiter was relaxed and professional, he was very careful about the person who had food allergies, and communicated well between us and kitchen staff ensuring everyone could enjoy the shared meal.

Our waiter did get told off about something when we were in the middle of ordering, which I thought was unprofessional of the ?owner.
The restaurant ambiance was lovely. I was amazed that there was a whole festival happening outside and we couldn’t hear Any of that at all, it’s definitely a quiet spot for a lovely dinner.

AC
Melbourne / VIC
3 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic food and great service.
Lucas and Bianca, thanks for the wonderful experience.

DD
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The food is great which is why we keep returning - does not disappoint

MZ
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

great food and service
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L
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

I was especially pleased about a couple of things. Firstly, they have HEAPS of gluten free items on the menu! Secondly, they accommodated both of the requests I made on the booking app.
We received a very warm and friendly greeting upon arrival and had a private table for 4 away from the main hustle and bustle. The food was outstanding and there were so many GF items on the menu that I was spoilt for choice. My fellow diners were also very impressed with the food. Will definitely be back again and would gladly recommend this place to others. It wasn't budget priced, but this was for a special occasion so we were prepared to pay a little more than usual.

EL
Melbourne / VIC
18 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very accommodating and friendly staff and beautifully prepared food!

TP
Melbourne / VIC
3 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Excellent food and service in a casual dining environment.