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Chocolate Buddha, Melbourne, AU-VIC

Chocolate Buddha

4.7
4.7
1606 Reviews
$41 to $100
Japanese
Chocolate Buddha undertook an AMAZING renovation in 2019 by Maddison Architects. We have a 22 seater SUSHI TRAIN open Wednesday to Sunday lunches 12 - 3pm and it includes an EXPRESS train which delivers hot food ordered via a tablet. We offer QR menus at each table for ease of ordering, splitting bills and menu with pictures and descriptions. This type of ordering is optional so always let us know if you prefer to order with us. See you soon @ Chocolate Buddha

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2 people

9:30 pm


Booked 63 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Japanese, Vegetarian, Asian

  • Hours of Operation

    Wed, Thu, Sun 12:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 12:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (03) 9654 5688

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive Chef

    Alex Bazar

  • Area

    Melbourne CBD

  • Cross Street

    Federation Square : Corner of Swanston St & Flinders St

  • Parking Details

    None

  • Public Transit

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

  • Additional

    Banquet, Beer, Cocktails, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeaway, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,606 people are saying

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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.4Value

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  • Melbourne

    Japanese

  • City Centre

    Healthy

  • City Centre

    Good Vegetarian Options

  • City Centre

    Most Booked

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  1. RR

    RenR

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Quick and friendly service. Delicious food and great atmosphere.
  2. TB

    TamB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Staff were incredible. Made you feel very comfortable and welcome. Food was bang on. Loved it!
  3. C

    Carolyn

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Food was tasty, but nothing spectacular, and quite high priced for what we had.
  4. BR

    BREE

    Victoria

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Had a great time with a close circle of girlfriends!
  5. JB

    JoanneB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food. Great variety of food. Friendly service.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Adelaide

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We booked though Open Table, arrived 15 minutes later, a very friendly greeting when we arrived, easy ordering options, quick friendly service, beautiful food, great beer and wine list. Absolutely perfect, we have a winner! 👍
  7. A

    Amalia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had such a great experience at chocolate Buddha! The food and service was amazing and so was our host Lucas…friendly, charming, so helpful with vegan options and just a downright nice guy who made our night even better. Thank you! 😁
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely environment, speedy service and delicious food!
  9. ND

    NatD

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    First visit back since before the pandemic and wonderful to experience the re-energised space. Even as tables filled around us the clever sound proofing kept the lively space to a warm, happy hum. The food is prepared quickly and is delicious, delicate and delightful. I was happy to hear that the original chef (s?) had returned after the Reno and pandemic restrictions. My only gripe was it's hard to sort out what to eat via scrolling as the original menu was laid on out on paper in a way that made it easier to plan. That said- go!
  10. RC

    RobynC

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We travel from regional Victoria to go to plays & sport. This is our top rated dining venue. Thanks to staff & delicious food x
  11. AS

    AmberS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a table outside and on a winter's night in Melbourne were comfortable with the heaters keeping us warm. The food was delicious, well presented and filling. Service was prompt, which was essential as we were off to the theatre afterwards. I require a gluten-free diet and this was easy and accommodated. Great view of the city and lights from our table, which was also nicely spaced from others. We are returning next month to try a set menu for a special occasion.
  12. AM

    AliceM

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The host and staff here are so efficient and always make it worthwhile. We ordered a number of plates to share & they were delicious! Highlights of the feast were Buddhas fire, Kingfish & the wagyu. Lychee cocktail and they have flights to sample different sake 10/10 will return
  13. RM

    RosemaryM

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A reliably great place to eat in central Melbourne with excellent friendly service and great food including several vegan options.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 19 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great location, delicious food, and excellent service
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic staff amd food was outstanding
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely beautiful food, and the best experience.
  17. JD

    JocD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Great food. Sitting outside on a Melbourne evening is lovely. Would be nice to have a few more gluten free options...
  18. CH

    ClaireH

    Victoria

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best restaurant ever. Incredible food and service. The food is delectable and would eat there again any day.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great sushi train for casual dining. Produce extremely fresh great variety in the menu
  20. BP

    BeeP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The host was the epitome of hospitality. Friendly, fun and an all round a delightful human. As a Coeliac, I love having such delicious options too.
  21. E

    Eve22

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A favourite spot, the food is so yummy and so good for a dinner with friends!
  22. TH

    TimH

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best food, best location, best atmosphere! Highly recommend!
  23. MB

    MayaB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We had a wonderful corporate lunch here! The Chocolate Buddha team gave great service, accomodating various dietaries and getting the food out exceptionally quickly.
  24. J

    Jakita

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing and welcoming customer service and delish food!
  25. S

    Samuel

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic experience. Friendly, fun and energetic staff. Fast service. Great quality food and carful diligence to dietary requirements. Great atmosphere - the new fit out, the music and the vibe make this place even better. A great night!
  26. RM

    RogueM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The whole experience was great, perfect place to take someone special. Reasonable prices, big portion sizes, and really friendly, kind staff. I definitely plan on returning.
  27. AG

    AdrianG

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The staff, the service, the food quality always exceptional. We were squeezed for time because of a show and they got us out on time, well fed and happy. Thanks again for hosting us team, our family loves coming to Chocolate Buddah - you all rock!
  28. DW

    DomW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 June 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Excellent service. Staff are friendly and attentive. We made a booking and our table was ready when we arrived.
  29. CC

    CindyC

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, friendly staff and a fantastic location. We ate outside in June and the heaters were perfect.
  30. KK

    KK57

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 11 June 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    The food is very good. I marked down a little on service and that is not the fault of the waiters, but the system. I know doing our ordering via mobile is probably going to be the way of all casual eateries. I enjoy the interaction with a good, friendly waiter and this is completely bypassed with this impersonal system. It is also tedious and time consuming. You can't see the whole menu at once to read and compare, and there is no logic in the order of the current menu. Your waiters could use a mobile to input orders with a slight change of software. They would be quicker and there would be much better tips made, I am sure.
  31. JP

    JoanneP

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Arrived early to a full restaurant. Staff were very happy to accommodate us as best they could until a table became available. We were going to a show so they made sure we were served quickly .food was amazing.
  32. AH

    AnnetteH

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Although it was a very busy night staff was friendly and attentative and the food, as always, a treat. Thank you.
  33. C

    Carol2

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious and the service was excellent!
  34. MC

    MelissaC

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 June 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Very friendly and attentive staff, good food and comfortable, not too noisy! Perfect for a casual evening.
  35. JT

    JThov

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Lovely venue, great staff. Fresh and delicious food. Great chilled ambiance. Loved our time there.
  36. TG

    TracyG

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 June 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Excellent as always. Wasn't able to pay with Apple Pay this time and kept having to add Credit card details every time we decided to order something else was a bit annoying/cumbersome. Last time was so easy with Apple Pay. Food and service was outstanding as ever. Will be back many times
  37. CF

    CamF

    Victoria

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 3 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service is superb- thanks Lucas! He moved our booking to an earlier time last minute. On a Friday full house night the food arrived faster than I expected. Bartender with long ponytail was so thoughtful too.
  38. CG

    CazG

    Melbourne

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 3 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food and fantastic service. One of my favourite city places to eat. Highly recommend the beef sizzle plate and Japanese Fried Chicken. I like the online ordering but some of our party had issues with it.
  39. HA

    HAzza

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Would definitely go back again. Food was great and the waiter was fabulous!
  40. NT

    NaomiT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I booked for a Thursday night and was surprised and pleased that the venue was close to full. The food was excellent (more than I could eat) and the service was fantastic. I enjoyed my meal and will definitely be back.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Contactless payment available
  • Screening

    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

Chocolate Buddha offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (03) 9654 5688.

Chocolate Buddha is rated 4.7 stars by 1606 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

9:30 pm


Booked 63 times today
Google Map for Chocolate Buddha

Federation Square, Corner Swanston St & Flinders St Melbourne, AU-VIC 3000

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    Federation Square : Corner of Swanston St & Flinders St

  • Area

    Melbourne CBD

  • Hours of Operation

    Wed, Thu, Sun 12:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 12:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Japanese, Vegetarian, Asian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    None

  • Public Transit

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

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Alex Bazar

  • Additional

    Banquet, Beer, Cocktails, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeaway, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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