Chocolate Buddha

4.6
1325 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

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
  • Staff is vaccinated
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
What 1325 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.7
Food
4.6
Service
4.5
Ambience
4.4
Value
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ChaliceF
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Chocolate Buddha is a must for anyone visiting Melbourne CBD! It has delicious sushi and other Asian inspired dishes and it caters for vegetarians.

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NatalieJ
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful service, the views are really beautiful and the food was exceptional! Really great experience.

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FionaM
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The staff at Chocolate Buddha are absolutely fabulous. They are attentive, friendly and extremely hard working. They make sure their guests feel special. The food is delicious and always high quality. Always have a great experience.

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Marina
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was my first time visiting after the beautiful renovation. The restaurant is spacious and contemporary and I enjoyed the soft lighting inside. Food was as stunning as always. One of the best Japanese restaurants out there. The owner is incredibly kind and charismatic, making the dining experience even more enjoyable, accompanied by his polite and friendly staff. Highly recommend.

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CarolineK
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Love the food and the outdoor seating area is lovely on a warm evening. The music was too loud to hear the wait staff through their masks and for an enjoyable chat with friends.

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PaulaR
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food here never disappoints. It’s fresh, full of flavour and consistent.
The service is always on point. Staff are friendly but professional and available when you need them but never hovering. It’s a favourite go to and a place I always take visiting friends and family.

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Rumid
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

We had the set menu. The portion sizes were too large, so we couldn’t finish some of the courses that came later on. Wish there was more variety to the set menu, rather than large quantities of the same dish.

The service was excellent! Very friendly and kind staff.

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NidhyaS
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

We love the food, ambience and the service. One of all time favs in Melbourne

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JosephineL
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Great outside location, relaxed atmosphere and beautifully presented food. Recommend shared plates of modern fusion food. Friendly service.

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StellaO
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fabulous as always and made the better with wonderful staff
Thank you

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SophieN
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic soft shell crab - ease of ordering at table - fast service- fabulous view - a bit noisy so if that’s a problem ask to sit inside.

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GeraldF
1 review
Dined on 16 January 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A favourite go to place as all hospitality aspects are covered. Have been going there for years.

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OpenTable Diner
2 reviews
Dined on 15 January 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As a coeliac I can eat without a worry. The food is delicious as always and the service is just fantastic. Love dining at Chocolate Buddha .

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Helldo
1 review
Dined on 15 January 2022
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience4

Great views of Federation Square and all it's goings on! The food was well presented, if a little bland. The service was extraordinarily good!

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AnneS
1 review
Dined on 15 January 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great food, quick and easy with a small child, but still feels special because of the fabulous cuisine and service. So nice to be back!

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BelindaA
1 review
Dined on 15 January 2022
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Our family love Chocolate Buddha and we will continue to return. Lucas is amazing and so helpful. My son has severe multiple food allergies and they were able to manage all of it with ease and safety. And the food is delicious. My only negative were the young inexperienced waiter who served our drinks with his fingers across the lip area of the glass - not good in a pandemic!

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LeCiel
1 review
Dined on 14 January 2022
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Great spot, food very good - would be great to have more shade in the outdoor area

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TeeT
1 review
Dined on 13 January 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We had a pre-show dinner and sat outside. Food was great, being able to order via the QR code made it easy for everyone to pay for their own food. It was a little noisy as there are music speakers just above the tables but other than that it was fantastic. The charcoal coconut ice cream is fabulous.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 13 January 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Staff is very friendly and attentive.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was amazing and of high quality! Read some reviews where the entrees were the same price as most mains so ordered some share plates and wasn’t disappointed

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Georgia
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely food, lovely service, would definitely come again and recommend

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SharynT
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Never disappoints. Food always excellent along with service and ambiance. Just a great catchup place for a casual lunch.

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Annie
1 review
Dined on 8 January 2022
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

We booked a table online and when we got to the restaurant the place was CLOSED!! The restaurant should of not had online booking available if their restaurant wasn't even planned to be open in the first place. Waste of time to get there and parking money. Deeply disappointed!

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RachelW
1 review
Dined on 8 January 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food and service. I love ordering via QR code.
Huge menu for gluten free items and delicious alcohol options.
We had an amazing time. We will definitely be back for special occasions.
Toilets are clean.

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Annys
1 review
Dined on 8 January 2022
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

We had all our needs met by Chocolate Buddha, even when it was short notice. The male staff was very friendly and accommodated our dietary needs well.

We sat outside, and there was a performance in Fed Square so it was perfect.
It got windy, and weather dropped, so it would have been nice to have heaters on.

We ordered plenty of entree dishes, and all were very tasty. The favourite was the wagyu yakiniku and spicy kinoku roll.
Overall prefer a little less mayo.

All food was fresh, and portions adequate. Entrees cost as much as main, and more variety hence better off with just Entrees for whole night.

Experience was enjoyable, and if nearby, would definitely come back and try more food.

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OpenTable Diner
2 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

So delicious, very easy to order through the QR code. The staff were so kind and friendly, the interior is really clean and modern. My friend and I really enjoyed the food, it tasted really fresh and full of flavour!

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Emma
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2022
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Such a great family friendly option with the sushi train :)

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DianeT
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Terrific NYE family meal. Had some difficulty with the table QR code ordering, a couple of dishes unavailable via the app, slow app response with initial message of 'oops something went wrong with your order try again' resulting in 1 min later a second order causing double dessert ordering was costly, but accepted fault as I didn't comment at the time, my 'reorder'. Friendly, helpful staff and fun environment. Terrific meal and drinks selection, well flavoured meals, attractively presented. Did not disappoint. Great location too. Thank you for a nice evening team Chocolate Buddha.

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ChristopherG
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always love eating here. The host and all staff are so lovely and accomodating. Food is absolutely amazing. 101/100 :)

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LauraH
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The staff were efficient, friendly and accommodating. Our food was great and my 8 year old was beyond thrilled with the experience of plucking meals from the train. We will definitely return.

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SeamasM
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2021
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience4

Don't miss the soft shell crab plus Orion beers on tap.

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MalcolmD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was absolutely delicious, the presentation amazing. We ordered many dishes for our group of 6 and we’re happy with them all. The service was also good 😊

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TreenaA
4 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was delicious and the service was amazing. Highly recommend for a night out of casual dinning in the city.

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Christian
2 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience3

Food and drinks were excellent.
The order/pay service meant food came quickly... and we could leave as soon as we had finished without having to wait for a bill. Very useful if going to a show for example.

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YRL88
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Really good food. The service and staff was excellent. Child friendly.

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BrookeB
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Super friendly staff, great service, separate gluten free menu and staff are knowledgeable with dietary requirements which they easily catered for - and the food was amazing!

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Cara
2 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Busy place with QR-code ordering available. The cocktails were pretty good, and the sushi was even better. A bit on the pricey side but would recommend ordering their sushi rolls over the mains.

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OpenTable Diner
3 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I took my family here for the first time (I’d been here previously with friends) and the whole experience was fantastic- the service, the food, the ordering system was amazing. A little bit pricey but definitely worth it as we loved every dish! Kids have the sticky date pudding the thumbs down though (sorry- I did tell them to get the chocolate cigars!!!)

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Taravinc
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2021
Overall3Food3Service1Ambience3

The outdoor staff mentality was quite poor. Considering we had pre-booked(we had reserved), we were seated in direct sunlight with our 5 year old. When we asked nicely to be moved to another reserved table that was unoccupied (a few times), there was an excuse that they were fully booked. After heaping even more sunscreen on our son and insisting he keep his hat on throughout the meal, and after having cocktails and a full meal; there were still a handful of reserved tables free once we were done with the meal.
As Melbourne locals who are staying in the city to help pump back money into our state, we were left disappointed by such a central restaurant at Federation Square. Needless to say, we will not be recommending Chocolate Buddha as a family-friendly location to our local friends and family.

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Guest
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2021
Overall2Food5Service1Ambience2

Unfortunately this restaurant was not covid safe. Not all staff were wearing masks while talking and delivering food to customers. Water had to be ordered through the app on your phone. Disappointing overall.

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 1325 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.