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Chocolate Buddha, Melbourne, AU-VIC

Chocolate Buddha

4.7
4.7
2602 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 Dinners 5 - 8pm 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

19:00


Booked 50 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $41 to $100
  • Cuisines
    Japanese, Vegetarian, Asian
  • Hours of Operation
    Wed, Thu, Sun 12:00–21:00 Fri, Sat 12:00–22:00
  • 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, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeaway, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Sushi Train Dining

    Multiple dates available
    Join us at our modern & accessible SUSHI & BULLET TRAIN - It's a single track conveyor full of tempting options to help yourself to OR order through our tablets, and excitingly, it shoots hot Izakaya style dishes on our Express Train straight to your seat. Gotta LOVE this. Plate Pricing: BLUE $6 WHITE $8 BLACK $10
    Sushi Train Dining photo

What 2,602 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Melbourne

    Gluten-free-friendly

  • Melbourne

    Japanese

  • Melbourne

    Most Booked

  • Inner City

    Child-friendly

  • Inner City

    Gluten-free-friendly

  • Inner City

    Healthy

  • Inner City

    Vegetarian-friendly

  • Inner City

    Most Booked

2,602 Reviews
  1. katrose100

    Melbourne

    7 reviews

    1.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Not a diverse menu of Japanese options both on sushi train and tablet. Drinks took way too long but food came out super quick. Quality of food was average. The establishment caters for high turnover which if looking for a Japanese experience, I would go elsewhere.

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  2. NikkiJ

    Melbourne

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We are frequent diners at this restaurant and have never been disappointed. Great staff, great food and drinks! Would highly recommend!

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always consistent and faultless , service is 10/10 . The food punches way above the price. Make no mistake the food is extremely high quality . I have eaten at many high end Japanese restaurants and CB is up there with the best of them . Time and time again fails to disappoint

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Victoria

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 1
    Sitting out side wasn’t enjoyable, the noise from the square made it impossible to have a nice conversation, it was very windy and overall disappointing. Our meal wasn’t as nice as usual, the chicken was undercooked, purple rice was very sticky and not as per usual and we missed sitting at the sushi train. Not sure what has changed in regards to the food, but the customer service is always exceptional and staff friendly. Will try again another time but will make sure we are at the train and ask for white rice

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  5. MaddisonF

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Fantastic for coeliac and dairy intolerance customer. Ordering food online was simple with special GF section. Staff were friendly and kind and happy to provide help when required. Would highly recommend visiting if you’re coeliac.

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  6. AimeeW

    Victoria

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Staff were sensational from the minute we arrived, my 7year old felt welcomed and special (yes she was dressed for Taylor Swift), staffed engaged her chatting about concert and even went and put the sound track on. Food was absolutely delicious!! Service was quick, bathrooms were clean and it was just the most delightful start to a sensational evening! Thank you.

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  7. El2021

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Haven't dined here in years and I'm glad to report it's as good as ever. Service staff were very friendly and accommodating.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    One of my favorite restaurants in Melbourne - amazing food and the Chocolate Buddha team are so friendly and attentive

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  9. CatrinaT

    Victoria

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food. Would recommend. Exceptional Japanese.. not very expensive. Great atmosphere. Always busy.

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  10. ShijuJ

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place to try Japanese food. Very friendly and service oriented restaurant.Loved it.

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  11. Katie

    Tasmania

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Attentive and friendly service. Very fresh, tasty and good value food.

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  12. StephanieY

    Melbourne

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 11 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food is always exquisite. It never fails. Service is the best ever!!!! It is our go to when in the city. We just love it.

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  13. SarahW

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food. Best outside table for Six60 concert. Fabulous night

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  14. IngridH

    Melbourne

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Reliably good with friendly helpful staff and the food is the best of it's kind

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  15. MariaH

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The staff were attentive and extremely helpful to those with dietary needs. Food was delicious,

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  16. Julie

    Victoria

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time we had eaten there but definitely it won’t be the last. We were so impressed with the venue, the varied menu offering a wide selection of Japanese dishes and the exceptional service by the friendly staff. We both decided to have the Chicken Karaage Bento Boxes and we found them to be absolute delicious, fresh, full of flavour and a substantial meal. Can highly recommend

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I hadn’t been to the Buddha in a decade or so, when I remember it as solid but nothing special. Following my brother’s recent visit and positive experience, I decided it would be a good spot for a large group reunion with a visiting friend from overseas. We were not disappointed! The staff oozes friendliness and hospitality from the moment you walk in the door. The food is excellent in the modern Japanese-Asian-fusion genre - the chicken karaage is a real crowd-pleaser and there are many lovely, shareable delights on the menu, which has loads of vegetarian options. Drinks are solid too - the Yuzu Bellini was like an Aperol Spritz, only better. All this in a super-convenient central location, with Melbourne landmarks in view. We’ll be back.

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 9 February 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    I never leave a bad review anywhere but this deserves it We are locals and try new places each Friday after work but we will never go back again or reccomend this place to anyone. Went with a small corporate group and the waiters decided we had enough and stopped serving us even though nobody was rowdy/impolite or even slightly drunk (we had even ordered HUGE amounts of food so we couldn’t get drunk even if we tried - plus it wasn’t a big night out and purely the usual after work dinner/drinks). Most staff had a massive chips on their shoulders and attitude

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  19. GalleryJeffery

    Victoria

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Well situated near NGV at Federation Square with a nice fresh Japanese flavoured menu. We were seated promptly and received our meal within a good timeframe.

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  20. MelG

    Victoria

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The friendly, professional staff at Chocolate Buddha excel at customer service taking the craft of table waiting to a whole new level. The food is superb - never disappointing and always surprising, delicious and indulgent. We absolutely love it!

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  21. PeterM

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food and service with a good gluten free menu.

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  22. Matt

    Melbourne

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 7 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Many vegan, vegetarian and gluten free options. Lovely presented dishes

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  23. Emma

    Exclusive

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 3 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The best gluten free sushi I’ve ever eaten! A must visit for Celiacs in Melbourne.

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  24. Eric

    Melbourne

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on 3 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We had a great family dinner for celebrating the birthday of our daughter - food was excellent!

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  25. AlanS

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Great food…pleasant and welcoming service. A bit loud inside, but the place was mobbed - deservedly.

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  26. RachaelA

    Victoria

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Our party of 9 enjoyed our experience at Chocolate Buddha. It was noisy but ti be expected. As we hadn't been before it would havebeen good to have more of an introduction into how things worked...this was very brief and impossible for the 9 of us to hear. However, the food was great and reasonable value.

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  27. MeganG

    Victoria

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It’s all about quality. Quality staff, food, experience and energy. My favourite place to share quality time with my friends and family.

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  28. PamelaW

    New York City

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 3 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Chocolate Buddha has great food. The music and overall noise was far too loud.

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  29. EngR

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 3 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Staff very pleasant and good service. Enjoying the food while we enjoyed the entertainment of Opera Australia at Federation Square stage.

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  30. Bianca

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I love this place. The service is impeccable and the food is delicious!

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  31. Finiona

    Vancouver

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 2 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Fast and friendly service, delicious food! I highly recommend the Chocolate Buddha

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  32. Sarahd

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I had the GF teriyaki bento bowl and was very tasty.

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  33. MargaretS

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great spot. Easy booking before a show. Food was fantastic. Able to eat as much as you want in a variety of different styles.

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  34. TanishaLaura

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food. Excellent customer service. Lovely atmosphere and value for money. Will definitely go again.

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 31 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our meal was exceptional served by amazing staff. The food was fresh and so tasty. We will be back.

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  36. SusanS

    Victoria

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 31 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A stalwart of the Melbourne food scene which never disappoints.

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  37. TainuiM

    New York City

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 28 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious, quick service, helpful staff. Can't wait to come back

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  38. KirstyC

    Victoria

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 27 January 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Our meal was great, but I don't think the menu is as interesting as a few years ago. I missed being able to order the eggplant with miso and couldn't see gyoza on the menu, but there were lots of other options. We arrived at opening time but I still couldn't order my first choice for some reason. The service was quick and the staff were so lovely. Good value for tasty food.

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  39. Eeliahc

    Sydney

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 26 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved everything about this restaurant. Staff were fabulous. Food sensational. No issues with gluten free requirements. Thank you

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  40. VanessaO

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always excellent. Fun with adults and kids. Enjoyed the sushi train this time. The grade of rice used impressed me. And all of the staff were really welcoming and smiley.

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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 2602 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a booking

2 people

19:00


Booked 50 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Chocolate Buddha

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

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    Federation Square : Corner of Swanston St & Flinders St
  • Area
    Melbourne CBD
  • Hours of Operation
    Wed, Thu, Sun 12:00–21:00 Fri, Sat 12:00–22:00
  • Price
    $41 to $100
  • 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, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeaway, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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