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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 #541 of 3,983 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
Melbourne, Australia
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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
71 helpful votes 71 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
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
9 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
2 helpful votes 2 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
10 helpful votes 10 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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London
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52 reviews 52 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

Extra points for this place for the very nice staff and their excellent service. The food was also tasty, healthy, and served quickly. The setting is beautiful specially the outdoor tables which overlook federation square.

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Sydney
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35 reviews 35 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

Came here for a very long lunch on a sunny public holiday. Staff were attentive but we were not made to feel pressured to leave once the food was finished which sometime happens. We were happy with the food but really enjoyed being able to continue with our wine in this great location.

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London, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
82 reviews 82 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

The restaurant is perfectly located in Federation Square. This place offers amazing selection of Japanese food. It provides outdoor and indoor seating arrangements with nice views, so if you are into people watching this would be a lovely location. The food is off very good quality and standard. The food is very flavoured. The staff are extremely friendly, knowledgable and... More

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Houston, Texas
Top Contributor
63 reviews 63 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

Community tables were perfect to enjoy conversation for a light business meal. I enjoyed some of the appetizers. However, two drawbacks: given the location, there should be more wine choices. The Donburi lacked moisture, they do not place the traditional egg in the dish over rice which was a bit disappointing.

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