Chocolate Buddha

4.6
622 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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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 622 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
Food
4.7
Service
4.4
Ambience
4.3
Value
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great pre-show lunch. The food, service and setting were perfect!

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FS
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This is my favourite place to eat in Melbourne. The service is outstanding and very friendly... The views across Federation Square to the Yarra makes this a place for people watching and enjoying the Melbourne skyline... Great food, great menu choices. Lunchtime offers set menus that will fill your hunger.

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S
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Had a delicious meal pre show. Food served very quickly as they knew we had limited time. Great food to share.

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DJ
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Love, love love ! Chocolate Buddha ! The food is fresh and fabulous, the staff are friendly and accommodating. Thank you !

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AB
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great with allergies and intolerances. Friendly service and great food.

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T
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I love Chocolate Buddha- always reliable for service & food & you can actually hear each other speak! Our combination of shared plates were mouthwatering.

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l
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

service is wonderful all the staff were great especially considering how busy
it can get.

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LH
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall 3Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

Wonderful, amazing, fresh food with quite a buzz to the room but can get very noisy with cramped seating - difficult to get in and out of seats and often knocked by waiting staff. We booked for a table of 10 and shared with another 4 random people. We were there for my daughters 18 so not great if you want intimate It was difficult to hear each other talk. Unfortunately no backs to the chairs so a little uncomfortable after a few hours. Also very, very hot inside- no cool air flow. The staff apologised but said we were lucky not to come on a 30 degree day as this was often a problem !! Staff were all super friendly and very helpful with picking from the menu, however we had 4-5 different ones throughout the night making it a little confusing at times. Overall would recommend this restaurant but probably better for a smaller group.

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TL
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Great range of food to choose from and very fast service. We were a party of 6 with an event to get to and were not pushed for time at all as the food came out very quickly.

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DM
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

We have the most amazing service every time we visit Chocolate Buddha. Will definitely be back!!

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D
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food, incredible service, and they are wonderful at accommodating food intolerances. We will definitely be back!

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d
5 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

Great location for a lunch whilst spending the day with young kids.

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IV
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

was a great experience - as always ! The outdoor space is terrific ! But also nice to be inside.

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JM
4 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

Convenient location for dinner after seeing theatre at The Arts Centre. Attentive and present staff. Notable espresso martini and apple crumble dessert.

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SM
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

service was fantastic even though they were very busy. food yummy as always

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CB
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Great food, atmosphere and service. The eggplant was divine. Our waitress was lovely and the food came out promptly. Not needing gluten free myself but there was an entire menu over the page and my vegetarian friend found plenty of options. Parking easy at Fed Square on a Thursday night. Definitely will go back.

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K
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Always a delicious meal, lovely staff and fun chats with the manager. Fantastic options for gluten free!

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E
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 3

We got the Arts Festival express meal, which had a choice of a main dish plus miso, rice and pickles. The miso and pickles were really salty and the miso lukewarm, and my main dish, the eggplant was bland and also luke warm. My partner got the pork and thought it was ok but not anything memorable. Not that great a meal unfortunately even though friends had raved about this place.

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A
3 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

The service was outstanding here, convenient, warm and genuine without being too overbearing or intruding. They have it just right! Food was great, we got a range of small plates to share and enjoyed the variety of flavours.

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LA
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was amazing and they even made my fave dish all though its no longer on the menu. The wine was delish and the staff were so friendly.

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HT
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great meal - we were in a rush as on way to a concert we asked and got food out quickly- all staff we wonderful- especially our beautiful waitress who was very helpful warm and friendly.

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DD
2 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Good food with efficient service in a busy but pleasant informal setting. Backless chairs not so comfortable and dining very much communal but a very reliable standard especially for a meal when visiting Federation Square or for Art6s Centre a pre-theatre dinners.

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AW
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Fantastic little place in the heart of the CBD. Always great food and drinks and wonderful service. It can get very busy so book ahead if you can during peak times.

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AC
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Flavoursome and fun as always. The service at Chocolate Buddha is great, friendly, fast and helpful. But the food is why we keep coming back.

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GF
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very Freindly staff and an excellent choice of food.

Great venue.

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L
2 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing service , great food with amazing flavours . Lots of fun share plates

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PC
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Really helpful, friendly staff and delicious food.

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DW
2 reviews
Dined on 23 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was just exceptional said my 8 year old and I agree with her! Many delicious options, incredible service and so wonderful with children.
We can’t stop going back again and again.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Dined with my sister on the window & had the most gorgeous night. The staff were INCREDIBLE, now, that’s how you do hospitality ! We enjoyed the steamed dumplings & nasu eggplant & ooooh thAt Cheesecake. Thank You Chocolate Buddha for delivering on every level. We’ll be back.

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FB
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

It is lovely to have such extensive gluten free options. Service is friendly and attentive.

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MM
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very quick service, and the food is beautifully presented and absolutely sensational. The tempura vegetables are to die for! We shared a few dishes between two of us and it was such a filling amount and all of it was delicious. When we went to pay the bill we were shocked by how affordable it was and on top of that, Monday - Thursday if you park in the Federation Square car park ($13 flat rate) after 6pm, they give you a free parking voucher.

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ZT
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our fav japanese vegetarian restaurant!
Thanks for the excellent customer service you always give us! Attention to detail 10 points

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SM
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Staff made our evening - great food - great views

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L
3 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Great atmosphere and service . Heaters and blankets are great when seated outdoors

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LJ
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Was able to cater for LOW FODMAP diet with advance notice. Also was very knowledgable and caring towards my daughter's severe nut allergy. Host was exceptional in service and prepped our waiter prior to our arrival. Could not fault service or food. Only option not available was dessert (menu online didn't state nuts, but menu in house did). Nut content was still highlighted by staff, so there was not an issue about ordering it by mistake. We had a lovely time and would definitely go back again, because we were taken care of so well!

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SV
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent service and delicious food. Have been going for years and it never disapoints.

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LT
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Again Chocolate Buddha delivered outstanding service at good prices for the City Food was delicious as always Baked cheesecake was a highlight We will return

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SC
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

We had a great time at Chocolate Buddha. Great Gluten and Dairy free options.

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T
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Brilliant service and amazing food as always. Will always come back.

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KC
2 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great place to catch up with remote work colleagues, close to transport links, yummy lunch plates, great service, one if our favourite spots.

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