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Chocolate Buddha

4.5
496 reviews
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$41 to $100
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Japanese
Top tags:
  • Casual
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Gluten Free Options
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Japanese, Vegetarian, Asian
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Hours of Operation
Lunch
Daily 12:00 pm–4:00 pm
Dinner
Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:30 pm
Sun 4:00 pm–9:30 pm
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Phone number
(03) 9654 5688
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Payment Options:
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Neighbourhood
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Parking Details
Sercure Parking Close By
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Public Transit
Trams 1 , 3 , 3a , 5 , 6 , 8 , 16 , 35 , 64 , 67, to Swanston St/Flinders St (119 m W)
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Special Events & Promotions
Chocolate Buddha caters for functions from small groups of 20, up to large cocktail parties of 100.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining , View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 496 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.6
Food
4.7
Service
4.4
Ambience
4.3
Value
Noise · Moderate
97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Customer service done right. It was so refreshing to be looked after they way we were at Chocolate Buddha. All the staff obviously had copious amounts of hospitality experience and right from the beginning to end we were impressed by their attentiveness, attention to detail, promptness of service, etc etc. Fabulous!

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

My partner and I are Vegan, the waitress was able to readily show us the vegan options. We sat in the warmth, eating amazing food, drinking sake and cider, watching the world go by outside. We will be back, for sure.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Delicious food, great service and comfortable setting. Highly recommended.

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4.0Dined 5 days ago

Can’t beat the position! Food and value only average, but the service and Vegan options were great.

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4.0Dined 6 days ago

We were very impressed with menu. The wait staff were very helpful as they helped navigate our way through the menu as we had not been there before offering suggestions. We had shared plates which included Renkon Crisps, Nadia Dengaku. Steamed Noodle Dumplings. A stand out dish was the Ocean Trout Nigiri. The meals were full of flavour and tasted fresh. The only let down was the Korean fried chicken. A great venue for a Pre theatre meal. We will certainly go back there again.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

We go there every week for date night. Food and service are consistently good.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Great food, prompt and attentive service!

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

My friends brought me here and I loved it so I came back and brought 3 other friends, to introduce them to Chocolate Buddha, the beautiful staff and great generous serve food.

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

Service from greeting at the door onwards was standout, exceptional. Food and drinks were delicious and substantial - everything was great. Very relaxed and super fun, tasty food!

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

My colleagues and I were partaking for the first time, in the Sleep @ the G event.
I felt we should have something healthy, nourishing and tasty. In a place that had good ambiance, great service, reasonably priced, options to pay (yes, you can split the bill), right in the heart of the City.
We bounded off to the G in good spirits and ready to tackle the night.
We shall be back, in larger numbers next Sleep at the G event.

Thank you and keep up the great work.

Genevieve Marie

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4.0Dined on 13 May 2018

Service was great

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5.0Dined on 13 May 2018

This is the fave haunt for my 11 year old & I, but we decided to share with the rest of our family for Mother’s Day! ;)
It’s our third visit to the Buddha as a party of five. This visit was extra special - my 9 year old son is Autistic & obviously felt super comfortable on this visit as he tried (and liked) a totally new food!! Big win in our family!!

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4.0Dined on 13 May 2018

Family get together for Mother’s Day and our first time to Chocolate Buddha. Very busy lunchtime with family celebrations but excellent service, great quality food and nice perky atmosphere. Our main service staff person was exceptional. She was welcoming, knowledgable and attentive. She also handled my food allergies & intolerances better than any person or restaurant I’ve ever been to - respectfully and thoroughly without making me feel like a fussy food w**ker : )
Sharing plates option highly recommended. Definitely coming back soon.

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4.0Dined on 12 May 2018

Always love going here and food is excellent. Only gripe is that the main meals appeared while still swallowing last of entrees and plates weren't cleared. Would liked to have waited 15-20 mins. Otherwise great place

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4.0Dined on 11 May 2018

Great food, great service probably on the expensive side but still well worth it!!!! Highly recommended.

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5.0Dined on 5 May 2018

Most underrated restaurant in melbourneeeeeeeeeeeeee

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5.0Dined on 5 May 2018

Great food and service. Lovely and friendly staff. Nice selection of wine and great location

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4.0Dined on 5 May 2018

First time dining here. Impressed with the offerings and service. Definitely would come again.

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5.0Dined on 4 May 2018

Beautiful food in a great setting in federation square, coupled with some of the best service I've received in Melbourne restaurants. Chocolate Buddha is my family's favorite place to eat out in the city!

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5.0Dined on 4 May 2018

CB was lovely as usual- good clean Asian food at a high standard with excellent service.

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4.0Dined on 4 May 2018

Great warming food on a cold night. Quick and friendly service.

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5.0Dined on 4 May 2018

Really enjoyed my experience of Chocolate Buddha, food was delicious and filling and lunch tray with wine and desert was very nice. Gluten Free options amazing. Will be making this my friendly meeting place for a while now.

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5.0Dined on 29 April 2018

Always welcoming and the food never disappoints. The staff are attentive and accomodating.

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5.0Dined on 28 April 2018

Thank you for a great night for a 17th birthday
Lucas and your team are fabulous

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4.0Dined on 26 April 2018

13 years later we returned to this place and were impressed again. Good Asian fusion cuisine heavy on Japanese influences. Great wait staff. And chocolate spring rolls. Let’s end it there

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5.0Dined on 25 April 2018

Chocolate Buddha is always good, good food, good service

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4.0Dined on 24 April 2018

My friend and I enjoyed a lovely night at Chocolate Buddha .. the service and food was great. The ramen was very good .. though in hindsight I should have added a little of the spice sauce on the side. A great casual place to dine in the centre of Melbourne cbd.

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5.0Dined on 21 April 2018

Vegan options are sensational, especially dessert! Service was impeccable, we will be back and will be recommending to others. Thank you for a great night!

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4.0Dined on 20 April 2018

Amazing food, not the best if you plan to catch up or talk a lot as its obviously very busy and you're often seated next to other patrons. Staff are always lovely and very accomodating to needs and the extensive menu means theres a lot of options that make you want to come back!

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4.0Dined on 19 April 2018

Staff didn't seem to have details of the booking but helped us anyway. Great food but service a little slow - order quickly and get the bill early if you're heading to a show.

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5.0Dined on 14 April 2018

Unbelievable service, food and ambiance. U have been to Chocolate Buddha a few times now and it’s one of my fav places in Melbourne. The food has been consistent on each visit and the staff extremely accommodating with my dietary requirements. I highly recommend it!

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5.0Dined on 14 April 2018

The food was so good, fresh and delicious, but the service was brilliant! So friendly and welcoming, and the service is lighting quick. Highly recommend.

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5.0Dined on 13 April 2018

Really friendly and helpful staff. Always feel very welcome. Great choices for gluten free meals.

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4.0Dined on 12 April 2018

Great restaurant - location, food, ambience & service

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5.0Dined on 11 April 2018

Top quality service, friendly staff, brilliant food, this is why I keep coming back.

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2.0Dined on 6 April 2018

Our booking was for 715 for a table for 5. We arrived at 725pm (due to comedy show delay) to be told that we had to wait for our table. At 745pm I had to ask the lady in charge of tables and she looked surprised and then said 'yes your table is ready.' It was a table for 4 people and was too small for 5 even though we had offer of a chair tacked on to end of table. Also the reason we had to wait was the kitchen staff were having a lazy dinner at our table upon our arrival and during the time we had to wait.

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4.0Dined on 6 April 2018

The host at reception is an absolute gem he is an asset to that business

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4.0Dined on 6 April 2018

Great mother daughter get together venue when visiting Melbourne.

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3.0Dined on 6 April 2018

Loverly get together with friends. Food Ok, staff very pleasant and prompt. Good position at Fed Square, very central and easy to get to

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4.0Dined on 5 April 2018

The food and the service were both great. The lunchbox deal is good value.

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