Chocolate Buddha

4.6
559 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 559 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.6based 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 2 days ago

Great service lovely food have been going for years!

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5.0Dined on 6 August 2018

Fabulous, tasty, healthy reasonably priced food. Good night views of the Fed Square, city lights and especially Flinders Street Station. Good service and relaxed welcoming ambience. Quiet too.

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5.0Dined on 5 August 2018

From arrival to paying the bill exceptional service

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5.0Dined on 4 August 2018

Great vibes with fast service. Food is very well executed and fresh.

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4.0Dined on 3 August 2018

Excellent food as always and great views, atmosphere. Only negative was the system for seating people at a very busy time where people who had booked had to stand at the end of a long queue in the rain while one person poorly managed every other enquiry/seating issue

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5.0Dined on 30 July 2018

Fabulous food, perfect location and staff were extremely helpful about food choices. We were the last in the restaurant and there was no pressure to leave, would definitely recommend.

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5.0Dined on 29 July 2018

We had a lovely relaxed family lunch at Chocolate Buddha. We keep coming back because the food is always fresh and interesting. The staff are also fantastic.

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5.0Dined on 28 July 2018

Always enjoy coming to Chocolate Buddha, the food is amazing and the staff enhance the whole experience. A friend introduced me to this special place and now I delight in bringing my friends here.

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5.0Dined on 27 July 2018

Beautiful food and excellent service with great views.

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5.0Dined on 27 July 2018

Amazing experience! Food was fantastic and the Manager Lucas was just wonderful!

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5.0Dined on 27 July 2018

Loved the food and sitting outside. The service was excellent.

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5.0Dined on 27 July 2018

Great location close to public transport with fresh beautifully prepared food for a reasonable price. Very friendly service

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5.0Dined on 24 July 2018

Meet my son for lunch, he loves Japanese food and had never been here. He really enjoyed it and I was happy that I could show him a new restaurant. I love this place as I am GF and find it so easy to order without having to check everything.

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5.0Dined on 23 July 2018

Meal and service were outstanding!!
Great place to relax and catch up with friends! Music was a great level to maintain conversation. Will definitely be back!!
Highly recommend this place :)

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5.0Dined on 22 July 2018

Best restaurant I have been to in a long while. Fabulous food and service.

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5.0Dined on 22 July 2018

Loved it, and the staff were very informative about the items on the menu and options available for dietary requirements.

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5.0Dined on 21 July 2018

Always a lovely experience here, the staff always friendly & attentive & the owner/Maître d’ who’s been there 18 years, is so warm & welcoming & remembers diners names etc!

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5.0Dined on 21 July 2018

We have never had a bad experience here! So welcoming, friendly and attentive with fantastic food and great wine. Pre theatre especially, it is quick and easy to access but more than that, it is a really warm and happy experience - especially due to the positive and upbeat staff.

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5.0Dined on 21 July 2018

Could not have asked for a better experience! Food was delicious, service was outstanding, and the staff went out of their way to accommodate us (helping us take the perfect photo for instagram, etc). We also had a coeliac in the group and she was totally at ease and well looked after. A really fabulous night out, thank you so much! Can’t wait to dine with you again!!!

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5.0Dined on 20 July 2018

Great for a Birthday dinner for my Coeliac daughter. Made her feel 'normal'. Thank you for that - it meant a lot to her.

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5.0Dined on 19 July 2018

I often visit Chocolate Buddha and it never ever disappoints. The food is always delicious and the service is always great. Will keep coming back again and again and again....

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5.0Dined on 19 July 2018

Always excellent service and delicious food......!

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5.0Dined on 18 July 2018

Delicious as always! Wonderful and attentive staff.

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3.0Dined on 18 July 2018

Would recommend. Veg options, concept, ambience, service great.

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5.0Dined on 14 July 2018

Chocolate Buddah never disappoints...food always delicious and combined with great ambience and efficient service always a great night out!

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5.0Dined on 13 July 2018

The people who work here are always friendly. It pays to book beforehand, because they can get quite busy.

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5.0Dined on 12 July 2018

Really enjoy the food choice and the gluten free options. The booking is easy online and easy to change if needed. The food is delicious and fresh and presented beautifully but casual way. Would recommend to all my friends.

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5.0Dined on 11 July 2018

Had a 730 booking arrived a little late,taken straight to table. Mentioned to waiter we had a show at art centre 830,no problem ! We were out at 820 .
Amazing food and lovely staff

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4.0Dined on 11 July 2018

Child friendly, three adults had lunch with five children after our visit to ACMI. Friendly, efficient staff, delicious food and quick service. The chocolate spring rolls with salted caramel and cream were divine. My steak was melt in the mouth and the kids loved their sushi. It was very noisy but I guess that goes with being popular and busy. Also would have been good to sit outside if there were heaters. Overall, very good and I definitely would go again and recommend to others.

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3.0Dined on 9 July 2018

The service was excellent but the food was average and very expensive.

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4.0Dined on 8 July 2018

yummy food, our 2 toddlers enjoyed the sushi and dumplings.
Good service and very quick with getting the food and drinks served.
Great for a quick bite

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5.0Dined on 7 July 2018

Amazing staff and atmosphere. We felt like king and queen

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5.0Dined on 7 July 2018

Really great night. All the staff were really upbeat and friendly. I've been in the past & its been good but all the staff this time around were really awesome. All just really attentive and friendly but in a nice laid back way. Food was delicious and fresh as always. Super tasty!!!

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5.0Dined on 7 July 2018

Friendly, sociable restaurant. Very enjoyable catch up with friends with great service and food

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4.0Dined on 6 July 2018

online booking was easy, we booked online on the same day- Friday, and lucky enough we got a spot. The atmosphere is great, dim lights warm and cosy, staff are very friendly and helpful. I asked what is the most popular dishes, what he recommended were awesome! Loved the soft shell crab rolls and grilled ocean trout rolls!!! Didn't have to wait long for the food to be served. Do not have a huge selection though and i guess that makes most of the dishes there really good. Sushi and sashimi are made to order. At the time we started (730 pm) it was really packed, so go after 830pm i would recommend. The only cons would be the seating- all chairs have no backings, and there isn't much space between tables.

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5.0Dined on 6 July 2018

This was a first date. It was made so much more pleasurable by the impeccable service and attention from the staff. You really made the night the success it was. A huge heartfelt thank you to you all ❤️

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4.0Dined on 5 July 2018

I highly recommend if you like Japanese cousin, flexible menu, highlight of my dining was black sesame ice cream - sensational!
Service outstanding.

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5.0Dined on 5 July 2018

Great Staff! Great food. They were fabulous in helping me with my current food intollerances.
Thank you :-)

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2.0Dined on 4 July 2018

While my son’s food (veg/gf) was excellent & every effort was made to accomodate him my regular menu was mostly inedible. Delicious sashimi - seared trout that tasted like burnt protein - inedible soft shell crab (over cooked) . Just ‘oh sorry ‘ response when I mentioned the latter to staff. Very disappointing as I have had satisfactory meals there previously. Staff pleasant & helpful.

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4.0Dined on 30 June 2018

As always - awesome service to accompany the great food.

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