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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 #443 of 4,030 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
Melbourne, Australia
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

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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Melbourne, Australia
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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
12 reviews 12 reviews
7 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
22 reviews 22 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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
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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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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
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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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

Melbourne, Australia
Top Contributor
227 reviews 227 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
90 helpful votes 90 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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Chocolate B, Owner at Chocolate Buddha, responded to this review

Welcome to Chocolate Buddha John We are pleased that you discovered us and the saying 'better late than never' rings true! We hope we can continue to provide you with a positive dining experience each and every time you visit. Please make yourself know to Ezra, Lucas, Hiro or myself so we can put a face to a name. Many... More

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

Hi Helen Thank-you for the message and the lovely compliment! As we all know, Melbourne has an endless amount of restaurants to choose from so to be in your favourites list is very wonderful. Regards Angela More

Melbourne, Australia
Top Contributor
133 reviews 133 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
73 helpful votes 73 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
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

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