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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 #485 of 4,009 restaurants in Melbourne
Price range: $18 - $50
Cuisines: Japanese
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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English first
Brisbane, Australia
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

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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Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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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Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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Melbourne, Australia
Top Contributor
222 reviews 222 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

Ate here for the first time having tended to avoid Federation Square as a place to eat, it always seems noisy and crowded. However Chocolate Buddha was something of a surprise. where other restaurants seemed quiet, here it was really buzzing and for obvious reasons. The food is excellent, very tasty and warming on a cool winter evening, (we both... More

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Melbourne, Australia
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

There is always excellent service here and they have a whole page of the menu for those who are gluten free. I have never been disappointed and go back regularly.

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Melbourne, Australia
Top Contributor
129 reviews 129 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

I ate here a week ago and was pretty disappointed, the service is average, I ate one of the gluten free meals and had stomach pains all night so suspect there was something in the meal that didn't agree - very uninspiring and what you would expect from a takeaway.

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

Janice, I sorry to read that your experience at our restaurant was unenjoyable. We have over the past few years continued to extend our gluten free menu to the delight of many guests. Gluten free does not equate to taste free and we have in this case failed to deliver our usual standard. I will continue to work with our... More

Melbourne
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22 reviews 22 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

A friend invited me over there for a Friday lunch in a sunny winter day. It was my first time being to this restaurant. I like their lunch special and their Japanese fusion cheesecake (see photo). There was a very nice but very small dish of sashimi in the tray, and I wish there were more. The services there were... More

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

Thank-you for choosing Chocolate Buddha from the thousands of other restaurants in Melbourne and the hundreds of Japanese restaurants. We are so glad you enjoyed our lunch tray. Sometimes having 6-7 different tasty morsels is a nice change from a single meal. We are working at adding more lunch trays due to the positive feedback from our guests. We hope... More

Melbourne, Australia
Top Contributor
70 reviews 70 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

Recently returned to the Chocolate Buddha for a lunch- the food was excellent, especially the gyoza- well done good to know standards have not dropped!

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

Thank-you for taking the time to review our restaurant. We work diligently at trying to maintain a standard and are thrilled we did not disappoint. We hope we can deliver even better food and service the next time you visit. Domo Arigato! More

Melbourne, Australia
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

Monday 12th May 2014 had lukewarm ramon salmon soup and ended up in agony. Gut problems have continued well after the advised time my doctor gave. when I responsibly phoned to let the restaurant know about my agonising night, I was cockily offered a free meal ? The level of comprehension and accountability was disturbing as was the manager's response... More

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

Dear Irene Please don't feel sorry that you warned us about contacting the health officer as i believe you might recall that i suggested you do so. We also put in a call to the department as we want to get to the bottom of this. Our premises are regularly inspected by The City of Melbourne environmental health office. We... More

Perth, Australia
Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

We ventured for dinner Saturday night when there was a Korean festival on. Restaurant right opposite federation square so great entertainment while eating dinner. Food was really nice and cooked well. The chicken don was beautiful. Service a bit slow and overall a great night.

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