Chocolate Buddha

4.6
1253 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
  • Staff is vaccinated
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
What 1253 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.7
Food
4.7
Service
4.5
Ambience
4.4
Value
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NikkiG
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Upon arrival, the staff happily let us know that our request to be moved inside if availability occurred had been granted which was a blessing - Melbourne in Summer is not always warm! The service was very friendly, animated and with the right amount of friendly banter. Well informed and helpful also.
The ambience warm with some modern funkiness and the shared tables created a friendly communal vibe.
The food however is the real hero. We opted for the “ichi” banquet which was a stream of tasty delights and more then enough food to satisfy. Dish after dish of exceptional flavours and execution from the miso soup, right through to the Asian inspired pavlova. The melt in the mouth braised beef dish of the night, with so many other exceptional morsels, we will be back again and again. If you love (or even just like) Japanese food, you will not be disappointed!

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Tv2v
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautiful customer service. Beautiful food. Beautiful restaurant.

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Shannonn
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our favourite restaurant. Beautiful front of house staff, and food is exceptional.

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Simone
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4Food4Service2Ambience4

Although the room and the food were great as always I was so disappointed that ordering is still via mobile phones. It doesn’t justify the prices to have so little service and takes away a lot of the real restaurant experience. Most other restaurants have reverted to proper service now so I hope chocolate Buddha does too.

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RajivG
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Staff was lovely and very friendly. Food was delicious and very good service

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FranC
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great meal at Chocolate Buddha..service was prompt, seated outside and great selection on the gluten free menu. Awesome experience..will definitely return

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TimR
1 review
Dined on 27 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Fantastic food and they really looked after us. Good variety as well

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Samanthak
1 review
Dined on 27 November 2021
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience3

Hard to order off the menu, just okay, nice staff and food was okay, could be we didn't order well...

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LeeT
1 review
Dined on 27 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food and the service was Incredible.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 27 November 2021
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience4

Food was good - a few misses, like the King Fish with Asparagus were a bit strange, but the KFC a was lovely. Sushi and sashimi platter was delicious.
Sake flights were nice enough for the price, but nothing exciting.
Service was sporadic and generally inattentive given how few covers were dining vs the number of wait staff. Didn’t bring one of the drinks paid for, but gave up waiting for it to be delivered. M

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SallyM
1 review
Dined on 27 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As a person with coeliac disease the gluten free choices were amazing, and my non-coeliac friends also enjoyed them so we could share easily.

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KylieB
1 review
Dined on 27 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always amazing service and food! Loved the new pink cloud cocktail too! Delish!

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KathyG
2 reviews
Dined on 27 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I have been to this restaurant few times and never been disappointed.
Loved the food, ambience and service.

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WayneA
1 review
Dined on 25 November 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Great location and the food was fantastic and plentiful.

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GgLL
1 review
Dined on 25 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

extremely helpful and friendly cashier. good facility and location. great food! yum!

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Dallas
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food excellent staff enjoyed every minute ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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MerckM
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Chocolate Buddha is our go-to restaurant. Consistently good food, service, ambience and a genuine smile of welcome.

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PennyG
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Delicious food, pleasant staff, great location! Thanks Chocolate Buddha!

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LindaG
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

So good to have Chocolate Buddha back in action. The food is delicious as always.

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MelbfOodie
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and family friendly, highly recommend in the city

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IngridT
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fabulous customer service, friendly helpful staff. All this topped off with delicious food and a wonderful atmosphere. Convenient location, what more can you ask from a restaurant.

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RebeccaB
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was delicious. Staff were friendly despite being very busy. Love it here and highly recommend

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BronwynP
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Quick service. Great fresh food. Lovely waiter Lucas.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I booked chocolate Buddha for my daughter’s 15th birthday for a table of 13. The service was amazing, they handled everything so professionally and made my daughter feel special. They handled a big group with ease and let me bring in a birthday cake (there was a very small charge but they did a great job serving it!) Special mention to Lucas (hope I got the name right!) who handled the booking perfectly and to the waiter (I didn’t get his name) but who looked after the table and did a brilliant job. This place is managed and run so well- I wouldn’t hesitate to book here again. Food is also fantastic- thank you for doing such a great job!!!

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AndrewE
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

A fine meal in a pleasant setting, customer service was good.

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SeanP
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We had a great meal - long time coming - the staff were very welcoming and engaging and the food was amazing

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TimC
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We sat at the counter for a combination of sushi train and a large carte. The orders come on another train. The service was friendly and efficient. The food was in a great space of being authentic with enough innovation to make it interesting without being over the top. The prices were more than reasonable. We were there for a birthday celebration and were very surprised (in a good way) with the size of the bill.

Will be going back for sure and likely to become a regular lunch venue. Well done Chocolate Buddha and the great staff.

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EmmaP
1 review
Dined on 19 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious food, presented beautifully and delivered by great staff with just the right amount of interactions.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 19 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Divine menu matched with a friendly and professional service, as always. Have dined here several times and they always deliver exceptional standards.

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Finan
1 review
Dined on 19 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food, amazing staff. Music was a great volume and was easy to talk to so was on my table. Restaurant was busy and had a great vibe. Highly recommend! For moderate price authentic Japanese food.

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vipfoodiegirl
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on 18 November 2021
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

Great vibe and love the service. Food could be more flavorful.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and view outside

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Leana
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Incredible food, cocktails, service & ambience. The food also came out very quickly which was great - highly recommend!!

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Emma
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

OMG I love the food, it is sooo yummy and the desserts!!!!! Yum

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SnippetsofSuri
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Food selections are great and healthy. Our bentos and green gyoza are delicious. Excellent service. Great ambiance. The restaurant was recently renovated. Love the design and everything looks and feel very clean, which is reassuring in this new Covid world. Would recommend this to anyone and would come back again.

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Nrein
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

food was amazing and staffs were very friendly. i would definitely come again!

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HeidiN
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Chocolate Buddha is an amazing place. We enjoyed the food and how easy it was to order online. The service is very quick and very friendly staff. The food is scrumptious. We will definitely go back again.
Thanks

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MemH
8 reviews
Dined on 14 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is my go-to spot in Melbourne for a delicious and relaxed dinner. There is always something on the menu to please everyone, and the location is perfect. Plus all the staff are SO lovely. Cannot recommend Chocolate Buddha highly enough.

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BelindaF
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely delicious food, excellent service and beautiful views. Very good value for money, especially where it is located!

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KimberlyS
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful staff, lovely service, wonderful food and a beautiful experience 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 1253 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.