Chocolate Buddha

4.6
1202 reviews
$41 to $100
Japanese
Chocolate Buddha undertook an AMAZING renovation in 2019 & award winning design thanks to Maddison Architects. We have a 22 seater SUSHI TRAIN open Saturday & Sunday lunches 12 - 3pm and it includes an express train w/ food ordered through individual tablets and a conveyor train which is perfect for a quick lunch. We also offer QR Code's at each table for ease of ordering, splitting bills and menu 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

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Contact tracing information collected
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
What 1202 People Are Saying
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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
Food
4.7
Service
4.5
Ambience
4.3
Value
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KylieE
2 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious food in a beautiful space. Great service and excellent selections for people with dietary restrictions. One of my favourite places in the CBD.

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HeidiW
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I love everything about this restaurant! Highly recommend it.

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Foodie
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing service and stunning food. Would highly recommend to anyone looking for a great foodie experience.

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JessicaS
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious food, staff very welcoming and accommodating. Relaxed atmosphere

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 30 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

super friendly staff and good atmosphere

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EvelynC
1 review
Dined on 30 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Outstanding wait staff, so friendly and helpful. Food was amazing and beautiful presented! Will definitely be return customers 😊

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MarialenaM
1 review
Dined on 15 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had such a wonderful time dining at Chocolate Buddha. The food was impeccable and I specifically loved the spicy pork ramen, the renkon chips and the ocean trout nigiri. We used the QR code to order but a lovely waiter by the name of Lucas helped my date and I through the menu and run us through cocktail and sake options. I also really enjoyed dining with a view of Fed square and all the funky winter decorations they have going on there at the moment.

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Janey
1 review
Dined on 15 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service with advice on what to order. The food came very quickly and was absolutely delicious

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deusmeignoscat
1 review
Dined on 15 July 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

The prawn dumplings wrapped in vermicelli was incredible. The restaurant is suited to families and just for casual catch ups. Decent wines list on the menu, however it's interesting to note that its all Australian wines. But not that that's what people are coming here for. Outside of that, it is a fantastic venue and would certainly return!

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AnnaLM
5 reviews
Dined on 15 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I dine at this establishment often and I cannot fault it. It is fabulous. Lucas and the team provide an amazing experience and they cater fabulously to us dietary impaired coeliac folk. I have been before and I certainly will be back again.

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SimonneL
2 reviews
Dined on 14 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We just love dining at Chocolate Buddha. Everything is exceptional - the food is delicious, the staff are firendly and attentive and the atmosphere is always alive and welcoming.

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JudiG
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Chocolate Buddha experience was exceptional to say the least! Delicious food. Wonderful friendly staff. Such a magical way to celebrate our 50th birthday. Thank you x

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KittL
2 reviews
Dined on 14 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The staff were really helpful with our food intolerances. Great service! Beautiful food!

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LeonH
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Had a wonderful evening at Chocolate Buddha. Constantly come back to this restaurant, since they cater for vegan and dairy free meals. Food is always good and the waiting staff extremely friendly and helpful. Unfortunately we were at a table near the front door and we received a chill or cold air every time someone came in. Besides that a wonderful evening.

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PasG
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2021
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience5

Food was quick and tasty. Kids enjoyed it and love ordering inline.

Would recommend

JD
JustineD
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2021
Overall2Food3Service2Ambience3

Having to order on your phone is time consuming and annoying.
We spent 15 minute navigating this and had to put in all our information just to order a drink. We had a couple of older diners in the group so we had to help them and then our food all came at different times. Ordering on phones is not the way of the future, it’s annoying, time consuming and means we couldn’t order shared plates as we couldn’t figure out how we could then split the payments. It was all too hard.
Also when coming into the restaurant there was one person seeing people out and in and we had to line up for 15 minutes just to get in the door. It was very disorganised.
Overall the food was quite nice but we won’t be back because we just wanted good service and not having to enter our phone number, email and credit card details just to order drinks which we then had to chase the waiter to actually bring to the table.

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TracyJ
1 review
Dined on 9 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, superior service, great place for a couple or a crowd

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BelDee
1 review
Dined on 8 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A great experience. Waiters were great with kids and whilst the food was on the more expensive end for a family, it was definitely value for money. Food was beautifully presented and tasted amazing!

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AnyaV
1 review
Dined on 8 July 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Buddha has been our favorite place for many years. It was good to find out it has not change. Same excellent fresh and spicy dishes and great informal service. We had a great time!

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Caitlyn
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The service was great, friendly and helpful. The staff were very accommodating when we arrived early.

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SarahS
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Yummy food, lovely staff, great atmosphere! I developed gluten intolerance last year so hadn't had teriyaki don in such a long time, very grateful for so many tasty gf options :)

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OlgaK
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic food. Wonderful service. Happy to go back any time.

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Malgo
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Beautiful sushi platters like a piece of art!
Super friendly and helpful staff

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MichelleE
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

I was really impressed. When I walked in to join my friend, the waiter came over and welcomed me by name - due to me making the booking. The service was just amazing. Friendly and keen to please, but so quick as well. Nothing was too much trouble.
My food was superb. Sashimi accompanied by miso soup. It was perfect.
I would thoroughly recommend this restaurant to anyone who loves Asian themed food.
100% spot on to all the staff. Loved it.

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Carlyh
Tokyo
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Judging by the menu and reviews, we knew Chocolate Buddha would be a hit before we booked.

The food was amazing – very creative, fusion Japanese options that we haven't tried before (we lived in Japan for 4 years so we love Japanese food). The spicy kinoko maki was our fav, and I really enjoyed the dessert.

Lots of vegan and gluten free options which really made my night. It's great when these options aren't just an afterthought.

I was also really happy to see so many different sake, yuzu and umeshu drinks on the menu. I had the Pan Pan sake flight and another sake which were all great.

Service was attentive, friendly and fun.

Will definitely be back!

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ShayanZ
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Great food. I would definitely recommend to my friends.

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DavidE
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Best restaurant, great food, amazing service and good prices.

Accommodated my disabled mother and coeliac partner with no fuss and a smile.

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LouiseM
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fabulous food and service. Staff are awesome. Delicious Japanese cocktails and excellent veggie options. Love it.

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RobynC
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Lovely night. Beautiful food & fantastic friendly service

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KimW
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Professional service and excellent food. A great place to eat.

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Shellbeat224
5 reviews
Dined on 3 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Chocolate Buddha is a very welcoming restaurant. The Japanese menu has many great choices. My favourite is the green gyoza with wasabi Mayo. I love this place and recommend it highly.

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Renataa
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was an amazing dinner date and I would totally recommend anyone to go there. You get to have a nice view of federation square as well as picking a wide range of Asian food that taste amazing

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Megan
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was great, and the service was attentive and welcoming.

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MilN
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Food for all the family. Friendly service. Good location.

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BetteW
1 review
Dined on 2 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Outstanding service. Friendly and attentive staff. Beautiful fresh food and relaxing ambiance with soft lighting and cosy setup.

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PhilipC
1 review
Dined on 2 July 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

A good cafe in the time of COVID. The dining room is high ceilinged and well ventilated. Signing in is thorough. Staff wear masks. There is a fair distance between diners.
The gluten free (GF) offerings are given their own sector of the menu which suited me, and other dishes can be adapted where that is possible. The GF dumplings are recommended. It is light-filled and easy to be heard in conversation; the absence of music is another bonus. The female waiter was solicitous and helpful.

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OpenTable Diner
3 reviews
Dined on 2 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing place and lunch experience!
The food and service was fantastic.
The sushi bar experience was great and turned our lunch into some extra fun and excitement when eating.
There’s a great selection of different foods and all are wonderful and yummy!
Highly recommend going here for lunch or dinner. You won’t be dissatisfied. The food is very well priced and we even received 20% off our bill with the eat in the city deal right now.

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ErinB
1 review
Dined on 1 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food and service was fantastic. Lovely atmosphere too.

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AndreaT
4 reviews
Dined on 1 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food. I've been here a number of times, meals are always great, drinks are amazing, service is impeccable.

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DianneB
1 review
Dined on 1 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The service was very friendly, professional and very attentive. Excellent.
Our meals were really delicious SBS we will definitely be back.

FAQs

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

Chocolate Buddha is rated 4.6 stars by 1202 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.