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Chocolate Buddha

Cnr. Flinders & Swanston Street | Federation Square, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
+61 3 9654 5688
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Ranked #479 of 4,054 Restaurants in Melbourne
Price range: $18 - $50
Hours:
Sun - Thu 12:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: Japanese
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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English first
Geelong, Australia
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

From the moment we walked in out of the rain we felt welcome. Wet jackets taken and quickly seated. The food was great along with the quick and attentive friendly service.

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Chocolate B, Owner at Chocolate Buddha, responded to this review

Thank-you David We appreciate your feedback and It's good to know that we are doing what we should be doing - being hospitable! Hope to see you again Regards Angela More

Oz
Top Contributor
94 reviews 94 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

It's not often that you get to eat good Japanese food with great sake - daiginjo no less. The initial reason for choosing this place was that it had a good gluten free selection. Non gluten free food was excellent also. Bento boxes are good. Rice dishes (donburi) both beef and teriyaki chicken delicious. Dessert was excellent (green tea ice... More

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Chocolate B, Owner at Chocolate Buddha, responded to this review

Good Afternoon Thank-you for taking the time out to let others know of your experience at Chocolate Buddha. We are very happy to read you enjoyed your food, sake & our extensive gluten free menu. We strive to accommodate the ever growing number of guests who require gluten free options and are fortunate that Japanese food can be quiet easily... More

Melbourne, Australia
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 via mobile

After hearing about this restaurant some friends and I decided to meet for dinner. We found the service to be extremely slow, the staff I found were not friendly or very professional and could not explain the menu. After waiting for a little over 30 min (I did take note of the time on my watch) we were finally approached... More

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Chocolate B, Owner at Chocolate Buddha, responded to this review

Hi Mark I am terribly sorry and extremely disappointed to read about your experience at my restaurant. I am dumbfounded as to how and why this could happen as this is not a good representation of what we do or who we are. I would very much appreciate knowing the date this occurred if you could please? Thank-you for taking... More

Singapore, Singapore
Contributor
12 reviews 12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

I ordered a $20 vegetarian lunch Tray which included a few items. It had a bowl of brown rice, green curry, a small plate of salads, cucumber and avocado sushi and a bowl of miso tofu soup. This is not a 100% vegetarian restaurant but they do cater for vegetarians. It is located at the Federation Square. The food quality... More

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Chocolate B, Owner at Chocolate Buddha, responded to this review

Hello Thanks for visiting Fed Square and Chocolate Buddha. I am pleased you enjoyed your vegetarian bento and appreciate the feedback. We cater for vegetarians and we also have a good choice of gluten free dishes available Regards Angela More

Melbourne, Australia
Senior Contributor
45 reviews 45 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

Very good fusion of classic Japanese with new styles and ingredients. Complimented by well chosen list of sakes. The soft shell crab was a standout!

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Chocolate B, Owner at Chocolate Buddha, responded to this review

Hi, Thank-you for reviewing our restaurant and for the positive comments We hope to see you again soon Angela More

Melbourne, Australia
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

After coming out of the theatre hungry late on a Saturday night we came across Chocolate Buddha. At first we were told we would have to sit outside as they were close to closing but the waiter (manager?) immediately recounted and made a table inside free as there were smokers outside. The five girls ordered and enjoyed the freshly made... More

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Chocolate B, Owner at Chocolate Buddha, responded to this review

Hi Lee I'm so glad we organised a table inside for you and your party and that your experience was positive. I would like to believe that we would handle ourselves in that manner every time, as we are in the business of being hospitable! I believe the person who you interacted with is Lucas. He is a long term,... More

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Contributor
16 reviews 16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

Japanese with other Asian infusions, fresh tastes, great view of federation square in the city. Good for couples, groups of 4-6, sometimes a wait of a 1/2 hr during peak hr. But worth the wait.

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Chocolate B, Owner at Chocolate Buddha, responded to this review

Hi Thank-you for getting our concept right - Japanese with other Asian influences and for enjoying the experience. Sometimes guests come to our restaurant expecting traditional Japanese food and find that it's more on the contemporary take on Japanese food with other influences. I am very pleased that you and your wife love the food at our restaurant and plan... More

Brisbane, Australia
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

fresh and tasty meals with excellent friendly service in a great location at federation square, this is my third visit in over 8 years and it will not be my last

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Chocolate B, Owner at Chocolate Buddha, responded to this review

Hi Tracy Thank-you for visiting us the last time you were in Melbourne and for the positive feedback. The fact that we could provide yummy food and fantastic service every time you have visited gets us through the harder days when nothing seems to be going right. We are in our 11th year here at Fed Square and still work... More

Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Contributor
12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

Loved the service, staff were superb attentive and polite. Food choices were excellent. You must try the Jaffa hot chocolate. I dined there for breakfast and lunch as well. Caters for most dietary needs. Great place to meet with friends and watch the world pass by

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Chocolate B, Owner at Chocolate Buddha, responded to this review

Hi Wayne How fantastic is Federation Square? You can not only watch the world go by and you mentioned, you have an amazing vista of the Melbourne skyline. I am proud to say that I think we here at Chocolate Buddha have one of the best views and marry that with good food and service, makes my job so satisfying.... More

Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

Arrived only to discover they had cancelled our booking even though we had to called to confirm the day before. Lucas - the manager was very friendly so we made ourselves comfortable at the bar. Food was good but the staff really made the night. Rachel was brilliant - so friendly and dealt with our nonsense with composure and good... More

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Chocolate B, Owner at Chocolate Buddha, responded to this review

Hi Christine How kind of you to post a positive review of my restaurant after we clearly made a mess of your reservation. Fortunately, this seldom occurs but for you to see beyond the error and recognise some of our wonderful staff is brilliant and much appreciated. Thank-you for taking this in your stride and being so nice about it.... More

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Additional Information about Chocolate Buddha

Address: Cnr. Flinders & Swanston Street | Federation Square, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
Phone Number: +61 3 9654 5688
Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Melbourne
Open Hours:
Sunday 12:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Monday 12:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Tuesday 12:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Wednesday 12:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Thursday 12:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Friday 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 18 - 50
Cuisine: Japanese

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