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Cnr. Flinders & Swanston Street | Federation Square, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
+61 3 9654 5688
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12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: In the heart of Federation Square with some of Melbourne's most impressive...
In the heart of Federation Square with some of Melbourne's most impressive views, Chocolate Buddha is a Japanese casual dining experience. The menu consists of sushi, sharing dishes, Ramen & Donburi. We cater for vegetarians and have a gluten free section on our menu. We cater for functions for 8 people and more and have great sharing function menus We hope to see you soon
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Authentic and great atmosphere

Went here for lunch, recommend the spicy pork ramen and the fried chicken entree. Great service!! Green tea ice cream also good

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 27, 2015
indy c
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Sydney, Australia
Good for:
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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Sydney, Australia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

Went here for lunch, recommend the spicy pork ramen and the fried chicken entree. Great service!! Green tea ice cream also good

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

Hi Indy C I think you are correct the spicy pork ramen is delicious and is one of our signature dishes Next time you join us for lunch you should try the green tea soba noodles from our lunch trays. It is served with tempura vegetables, rice, hosomaki and broccoli w sesame dressing. Yum! See you next time Thank-you Angela More 

Melbourne, Australia
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Stopped here for a quick meal with my vegan daughter. Food was good and we found ourselves chatting with other patrons too.

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

Hello Andrew H Thank-you for your patronage and it's good to hear that you enjoyed the communal dining element of Chocolate Buddha. We were one of the first Melbourne restaurants to be entirely communal dining and Melbourne embraced this togetherness and the not so traditional way of dining.... We love it! Regards Angela More 

melbourne
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

My girlfriend & I went here after spending an enjoyable day at Moomba. Didn't know anything about the restaurant but so glad we tried it. The food was fresh & delicious! The service was fantastic! Will definitely be back.

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

Dear Reviewer We appreciate you taking the time to let others know that we do have great service and our food is delicious. The other thing that is great about Chocolate Buddha is it's location. How good is the view and ambience? We hope to see you again soon Cheers Angela More 

Corfe Castle, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
41 reviews 41 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

Tennis finals Sunday was blustery and cold this year - what to do? Promised ourselves sushi whilst in Melbourne - two birds killed with one delicious stone. Staff were attentive, helpful and funny - found us two great seats with a head-on view of the big screen and said we were more than welcome to stay however long the match... More 

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

Hi blowin from the UK It's great you enjoyed our hospitality and the staff looked after you I'm sorry we were unable to to anything about Andy winning that game because that would have been spectacular! There's always next year..... Hope you enjoyed all that Melbourne has to offer Cheers Angela More 

Carlton
Top Contributor
171 reviews 171 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

If you are coming to Melbourne for the tennis keep this in mind: Chocolate Buddha is the only restaurant at Fed square where you can see the big screen!! bookings essential!! The food is good, the drinks are great and the staff are fabulous. Make time to come here, you will love it.

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

Hello Miss K Donkey How good is Fed Square during the Aussie Open? It's the next best thing too being at Rod Laver. Of course if you are at Chocolate Buddha you get to eat tasty food and drink Sapporo or Orion on tap whilst you sip your Sake and watch a great game of tennis! Glad you enjoyed yourself... More 

Perth, Australia
Top Contributor
279 reviews 279 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
107 helpful votes 107 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Unfortunately I haven't been to Japan yet, and after I do, I'll visit here again to do a comparison. The food is clean fresh japanese food at fairly steep prices. The service is good but it's not great. It's a good place to go if you're heading off after that's central. But it's definitely not top on my list of... More 

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

Hi Merilyn The food in Japan can really be so very sublime and some of the best meals I have ever had. These are typically smaller traditional places that present food that is not only super fresh and delicious but looks like a work of art. We are more like the larger casual Izakaya style eateries with our own take... More 

New York City, New York
Top Contributor
63 reviews 63 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

Saturday night theatre and.a quick supper before the show. Wading through the crowds to get to Federation Square nullifies any joy to be had from the food. Thr waiters were prompt, if somewhat cheeky. The small plates of sushi fresh and ordinary..

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

Hello Eva D Thanks for making the effort to battle the crowds to get to our restaurant. It's disappointing that you found the sushi to be ordinary and unfortunate you were unable to have something you enjoyed better from our sushi section. I would highly recommend the mixed maki or the tempura pumpkin roll - delicious! Regards Angela More 

Hobart
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015 via mobile

When visiting Melbourne we often visit Chocolate Buddha, which we did again last Saturday and as always it didn't disappoint. The staff are attentive, warm and friendly and the food is interesting and very very tasty. The long communal tables, open space and outlook onto Federation Square makes for a really relaxing dining experience. We will continue to make this... More 

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

Greeting Mingpan There are so many dining options available to us here in Melbourne that it would take years to visit them all. We are so pleased that we can keep you coming back to our restaurant by working hard at providing and maintaining a standard. Every day we have to work hard at maintaing our standard and we appreciate... More 

Perth, Australia
Contributor
12 reviews 12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

I have been to this establishment many times. The service is always good no matter whether I am dining alone or having a day out with my grandchildren. Food is just that little bit different and so flavorsome.

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

Hello Willo02 from Perth Thank-you for visiting us when you are in Melbourne and enjoying your experience time and again. We have a great team of dedicated people who work hard at delivering a pleasant and positive experience and it's people like you that make it all just so much better! Thank-you Regards Angela More 

Top Contributor
55 reviews 55 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

Sometimes when you are lunching on your own, you can feel unwanted. Not here! the wait staff were really warm and funny and attentive. The food was also yummy and came in a very attractive tray. Even the wine was just right. I sat outside in the perfect sunshine (it is Melbourne after all) and watched the passers by in... More 

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

Hello Library Flower Lunching on your own is not easy for some, so thank-you for taking the time to let others know that this is not the case at Chocolate Buddha. We have a long bench on the western terrace that is perfect for solo diners and the best view of Fed Square and amazing views of the city. We... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Cnr. Flinders & Swanston Street | Federation Square, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Melbourne
  • Phone Number: +61 3 9654 5688

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 6 - 23
  • Cuisine: Japanese

Description

In the heart of Federation Square with some of Melbourne's most impressive views, Chocolate Buddha is a Japanese casual dining experience. The menu consists of sushi, sharing dishes, Ramen & Donburi. We cater for vegetarians and have a gluten free section on our menu. We cater for functions for 8 people and more and have great sharing function menus We hope to see you soon
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Monday
12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 10:30 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?