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About Chocolate Buddha

Chocolate Buddha's menu varies from traditional Japanese menus to incorporate the use of local and international produce. A great selection of Wines, Sake, Beers and Spirits will refresh and compliment your dining experience.

The Melbourne restaurant has a unique interior design with Buddha’s adorning the restaurant provides an inviting atmosphere.

Chocolate Buddha is named after one of our Buddha’s at home. It is dark chocolate in colour and had a particularly sweet face and smile.

We welcome you, and sincerely hope to provide you with an uplifting dining experience.

Federation Square, Corner Swanston St & Flinders St
Melbourne, AU-VIC 3000
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Dining style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Japanese, Vegetarian, Asian

Hours of operation:
Lunch: Daily: 12:00pm - 5:00pm

Dinner: Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm, Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm

Dress code:
Casual Dress

Price range:
$40 and under

Payment options:
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone number:
(03) 9654 5688

Website:
http://www.chocolatebuddha.com.au/

Parking Details:
Sercure Parking Close By

Public Transport:
Trams 1 , 3 , 3a , 5 , 6 , 8 , 16 , 35 , 64 , 67, to Swanston St/Flinders St (119 m W)

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Chocolate Buddha caters for functions from small groups of 20, up to large cocktail parties of 100.

Chocolate Buddha Ratings and Reviews

5
4
3
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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
Food

4.6

Service

4.6

Ambience

4.4

Value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

99% would recommend it to a friend

Pre/post Theatre (97)
Casual (90)
Good Vegetarian Options (85)
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Healthy (80)
Lunch (79)
Outdoor Eating (73)
Gluten Free Options (71)
Fit for Foodies (68)
Group Bookings (65)
Creative Cuisine (63)
People Watching (62)
Fun (57)
Special Occasions (54)
Good for a Date (53)
Quick Bite (52)
Good for Birthdays (46)
Scenic View (45)
Authentic (41)
Sunday Lunch (39)
Comfort Food (32)
Business Meals (31)
Cosy (28)
Vegan (27)
Child Friendly (26)
Late-night Find (26)
Tasting Menu (26)
Good for Anniversaries (24)
Hot Spot (24)
Neighbourhood Gem (24)
Tapas (22)
Romance (22)
Quiet Conversation (21)
Worth the Drive (20)
Notable Wine List (16)
Brunch (15)
Vibrant Bar Scene (15)
Local Ingredients (12)
Bar Seating (11)
Spicy (11)
Great Beer (10)
Seasonal (10)
Organic (10)
Disabled Access (8)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
Waterfront (6)
Afternoon Coffee (5)
Happy Hour (5)
Live Sports (4)
Outstanding Value (4)
Paleo Friendly (4)
Live Music (3)
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Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Melbourne / VIC)·Dined 2 days ago

Really enjoyed the vibe here. Appreciated that the food came quite promptly and staff were very attentive without ever being over the top. Particularly enjoy the share plates which enable you to taste lots of different things with a big (we were 7) group.

Tags: Romantic, Scenic View, Fun, People Watching, Healthy, Tasting Menu, Great for Outdoor Dining
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Food4
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Value3

 
·Dined 3 days ago

The food was good - it's not traditional Japanese but it tasted great. The service was amazing; we had one person in the group with dietary requirements, which we mentioned on the booking, and they were catered to really well. It's good food in a fun environment.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Gluten Free Options, Fun
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Food5
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·Dined 3 days ago

wonderful service by tahni, lucas and michael. thank you for a great evening

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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Food5
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·Dined 4 days ago

Good, tasty Japanese food quickly served. Staff have a sense of humour and are pleasantly chatty. The ambience of everyone eating together gives it a pleasant community feel.

Tags: Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre
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Food5
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·Dined 5 days ago

The staff were really charming and took time to talk about the menu, listening to our requests and making recommendations. You could tell the staff felt part of the team. The food was delicious and beautifully presented. Our order also came super fast. Seating was comfortable, not too crowded and everything was stylish and quite calming with all the Buddhas on display.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Quick Bite
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Food5
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 (Melbourne / VIC)·Dined 5 days ago

Chocolate Buddah is our favourite casual restaurant in town.
Great ambience and great food including lots of vegetarian options combined with the great host Lucas make this a fun night and it is also great value!

Tags: Quick Bite, Fun, People Watching, Good Vegetarian Options, Casual
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Food5
Ambience5
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Value5

 
 (New England)·Dined 6 days ago

Chocolate Buddha has been on my reliable eatery list for ten years. I use it for a quick, reliable dinner before the theatre or a movie; for our sports club committee meetings; and for a long, enjoyable dinner catch up with friends. The food choices are excellent and the service is always really friendly and efficient. The lychee martinis are divine.

Tags: Scenic View, Special Occasion, Organic, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Gluten Free Options, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options
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Food4
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Value4

 
·Dined on 7 December 2017

Easy to book - set menu options were excellent. Service was fantastic - they were busy but didn't let that affect the time took to explain things and engage with the table.
Food was excellent - they did an amazing job of bringing multiple plates of the dishes to the table together.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Spicy, Pre/post Theatre, People Watching, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on 5 December 2017

The food was creative and delicious and the service friendly and efficient. I’ll be back.

Tags: Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Tapas
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Food5
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·Dined on 4 December 2017

Love this place - 2nd year in a row we've had our Team Xmas Lunch there (back this year by unanimous agreement) - great food, with a good variety for those with dietary requirements & staff are friendly & helpful - as a group we'll probably be back next year, as an individual, I get there a couple of times a year and always enjoy it :-)

Tags: Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Vegan, Gluten Free Options, Casual, Healthy, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Authentic
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Food5
Ambience4
Service4
Value3

 
·Dined on 3 December 2017

Extremely delicious food and helpful, friendly staff. Bit nippy outside but knee rugs & wall heaters a good addition, plus we had offer of inside table when we arrived. Main attraction is the outstanding food - would happily eat my way through the entire menu... Thank you!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Casual
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Food5
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·Dined on 2 December 2017

Fantastic we had the beat time, as a coeliac they were so accommodating! The food and drinks we amazing and so tasty.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fun, Quiet Conversation, Gluten Free Options
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Food4
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Service5
Value3

 
·Dined on 1 December 2017

Fantastic night.
Good food and great service.
Would come again when I am in town.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Gluten Free Options, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre
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Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Melbourne / VIC)·Dined on 28 November 2017

Sitting outdoors on a beautiful day - absolutely unbeatable. The menu is perfect for a blend of modern Japanese with seafood. And the service is spot on. This location is so sought after that sitting near the door can result in compromised enjoyment of the experience because there are always other people hovering and waiting for tables.

Tags: People Watching, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Tapas, Great for Outdoor Dining, Healthy
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Food5
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·Dined on 27 November 2017

Lovely service – very accommodating. Great spot – central and vibrant. Good food too and good value set menu!

Tags: Good for Groups, Casual, Organic, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Vegan, Great for Outdoor Dining, Late-night Find
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Food5
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·Dined on 25 November 2017

Brilliant service, amazing patience dealing with our unexpected delay due to major traffic jam, wonderful professional service, presentation and food to die for. We will always be back.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Healthy, Hot Spot, Seasonal, Sunday Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Great Beer, Good for Anniversaries, Spicy, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Vegan, People Watching, Cozy, Tasting Menu, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Good Vegetarian Options, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Gluten Free Options
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Food4
Ambience4
Service2
Value2

 
·Dined on 25 November 2017

Menu is fantastic but I expected the wait and bar staff to have a more knowledge of the different sakes. No idea wchi ones were gluten free or the ingredients in any of them. A quick google search on my end answered all my questions. Why didn't I just do this for myself? because the price of this restaurant would suggest that you are actually waited on and do not have to worry about this.

Other tables ordered before us, plates got mixed up with other tables.

It was a lovely evening, thanks to the weather but this place is overpriced for this kind of nonsense.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Great for Outdoor Dining
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Food4
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on 25 November 2017

Chocolate Buddha is always my go to for great flavours and great service city dining. There is something for everyone, including a nice selection of wines.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Pre/post Theatre, Healthy, Quiet Conversation, Fun, People Watching, Quick Bite
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Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value4

 
 (Melbourne / VIC)·Dined on 24 November 2017

Flexible when train failed. Fast when sweating on an early theatre start.

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Food4
Ambience4
Service4
Value4

 
·Dined on 23 November 2017

Great lunchtime service, tasty food, something for everyone on the lunch tray menu, value for money at $20.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Healthy, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, People Watching, Great for Lunch
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Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on 18 November 2017

The staff were so helpful and lovely! Will definitely come back

Tags: Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Great Beer, Seasonal
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Food2
Ambience3
Service5
Value3

 
·Dined on 16 November 2017

Good atmosphere & great service, but miso udon very bland. Food usually very good, but disappointed with this meal

Tags: Vegan
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Food5
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·Dined on 16 November 2017

I'm Coeliac, so it's comforting to know Chocolate Buddah do know what they're doing when it comes to preparing safe gluten free food.
Excellent atmosphere, delicious food with more than enough choice and great service. I can't wait to go back 😊

Tags: Healthy, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, People Watching
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Food5
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·Dined on 15 November 2017

Chocolate Buddha delivered on all fronts. The food was exquisite, the staff were unbelievably knowledgeable, friendly and efficient, the atmosphere was enjoyable and the music wasn’t too loud. The drinks wer delicious and we had a fabulous time. Highly recommend.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Scenic View, Good Vegetarian Options, Spicy, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Gluten Free Options, Quiet Conversation, People Watching, Vegan, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Tasting Menu, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Fun, Special Occasion, Healthy, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Casual, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive
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Food5
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·Dined on 13 November 2017

From Auckland. Great menu for Gluten free..be back asap

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Late-night Find, Casual, Good for Groups, Tasting Menu
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Food4
Ambience4
Service5
Value3

 
·Dined on 11 November 2017

We have been here on several occasions and the staff are always very friendly.

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good Vegetarian Options, Gluten Free Options
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Food4
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·Dined on 9 November 2017

What a wonderful spot - can't believe I've never been here before. The highlight for me was a wonderful range of GF options. The food was delicious, and plated up so artistically and the staff were so friendly and engaging.

Tags: Cozy, Good Vegetarian Options, Organic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Quiet Conversation
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Food5
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Value4

 
 (Melbourne / VIC)·Dined on 4 November 2017

Great restaurant with a separate gluten free menu. The service and meals are consistently good. Highly recommend.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, People Watching, Healthy, Gluten Free Options, Casual, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good Vegetarian Options
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·Dined on 4 November 2017

I cannot recommend Chocolate Buddha enough. We went there to celebrate my mum's retirement and surprise her with tickets to Cirque du Soliel. The staff were phenomenal, getting in on the surprise throughout the meal and "kicking" mum out at the end with the tickets and a huge congratulations. And aside from the amazing staff the food was gorgeously delicious. It was an amazing meal and the staff made it a very special day for my mum which was great because unlike an ageing entertainer she is only retiring once!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic, Special Occasion, People Watching, Great for Lunch, Casual
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Food5
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Value4

 
·Dined on 3 November 2017

I chose this restaurant for its sushi, and it did not dissapoint. Great food!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Fun
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Food4
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·Dined on 1 November 2017

Always love this place. Good value and service with personality.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Waterfront, Quick Bite, Pre/post Theatre, Gluten Free Options, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fun, Great for Lunch, Scenic View
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Food5
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·Dined on 29 October 2017

As always - great food - we do try new things but it's hard to go past our favourites. And great service! I keep introducing this place to more people. It never lets you down. It's kind of cool that we see the same people helping us each time we go. Great location.

Tags: Comfort Food, Quick Bite, Casual, Tapas, Sunday Lunch, Fun, Healthy, Great for Lunch, Great Beer, Cozy, People Watching, Pre/post Theatre, Live Music, Great for Brunch, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine
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Food5
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·Dined on 28 October 2017

Excellent food and service! Had trouble finding it though as OpenTable map sent us in the wrong direction- manager was very understanding after we arrived 20mins late in a frazzle!

Tags: Comfort Food, Great for Outdoor Dining
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Food4
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Service3
Value2

 
·Dined on 28 October 2017

Ambience would have been better if it wasn't for the loud music overwhelming the entire restaurant on the day from a concert outside at Fed Square. Otherwise the chocolate spring rolls were delectable - want another tray full. Can't fault the food presentation and the maitre D' was lovely.

Tags: People Watching
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·Dined on 21 October 2017

A great dining experience from the friendly staff to the delicious food. Our waitress was so friendly and helpful when it came to dietary requirements, menu choices, and how much to order.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Outdoor Dining, People Watching, Healthy, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Gluten Free Options, Vegan
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Food5
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·Dined on 21 October 2017

Very prompt service, great value, extensive menu and good open views made our occasion memorable. The staff were polite and attentive, good wine list, I look forward to another visit .

Tags: Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies, People Watching
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Food5
Ambience3
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·Dined on 21 October 2017

Great night out and great service by Bianca. Thanks!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Special Occasion
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Food5
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Service4
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·Dined on 21 October 2017

Wait staff very attentive & offered help with selection. We all enjoyed the great variety of food offered.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Tasting Menu, Good Vegetarian Options
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Food4
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·Dined on 20 October 2017

Excellent food, great service, friendly staff. We enjoyed the lunch very much.

Tags: Healthy, Quick Bite
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Food5
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Service5
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·Dined on 17 October 2017

Had an amazing time and ate amazing food! Service was quick and accommodating! Servers were friendly and funny :)

Tags: Comfort Food, People Watching, Good Vegetarian Options, Quick Bite, Tapas, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Pre/post Theatre, Hot Spot, Scenic View, Healthy, Good for a Date, Gluten Free Options, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Kid-friendly, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic
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