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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 - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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 substantial 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
Consistently Good

I had a fabulous lunch here yesterday with my sister. It's been a while since I last ate at Chocolate Buddha and I think it is even better than before. Good selection of interesting Japanese style food. The staff were excellent - courteous and helpful. The food was fresh and beautifully presented... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 31, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

I had a fabulous lunch here yesterday with my sister. It's been a while since I last ate at Chocolate Buddha and I think it is even better than before. Good selection of interesting Japanese style food. The staff were excellent - courteous and helpful. The food was fresh and beautifully presented. The communal feel was great especially if you... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW via mobile

Once I realised this wasn't a chocaholic's venue, I celebrated my good friend's birthday with lunch. Delicious soups! Delicate yet tasty. Calm service. Will DEFINITELY go again!!

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

Very Welcoming environment, liked the communal dinning and view of Federation Square. Food lovely and service was great.

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Whangarei Heads, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

Thought we'd try Gazi but couldn't get in....ended up across the street (no thanks to the staff at Gazi who were not helpful) at Federation Square and the Chocolate Buddha. It was delicious and great service.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

Amazing food Great location Simple and easy to understand menu Don't miss the Spicy Pork Ramen, it is fantastic The Grilled Salmon Rocks!! You would love this place Service is quick and so efficient Hot food Great yummy food Love the restaurant

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

I ate at Chocolate Buddha yesterday 19/7/15 and I was very impressed with firstly the cleanliness, beautiful staff, fantastic Gluten Free Menu with great options and very delicious food. As I have Coeliac Disease it is very hard to eat out without cross-contamination worries and becoming very ill afterwards. I explained to the Waitress the importance of this and she... More 

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Oyster Bay, NY
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

Simply a fun place to eat. Everything on the menu just sounds great so my group decided to try just too many things. The appetizers were great, even the soup. Best part was the sushi, all of them tasted fresh and such a wide variety to try. I never had so much sushi in my life and all so satisfying.... More 

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Limerick, Limerick, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

If you want to eat quality food, just go there... I am a fan of Japanese cuisine and Chocolate Buddha is just my favourite... I've been there 3 times, and I will definitely go again. It is tasty, fresh and gourmet. Prices are not low, but the food deserve that value. You can't regret ...

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

Welcome Myleen Z We are honoured to be your 'best Japanese cuisine in Melbourne' amongst many other good Japanese restaurants. We strive to not only provide fresh quality food but an entire positive experience which in turn hopefully equates to good value Thank-you for your positive comments Hope to see you again soon Regards Angela More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

Veg bento box for lunch. It was quite nice though wasn't blown away by it. Good broccoli. Service was fine, and the location is great.

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

Greetings nictnic from Sydney It's disappointing that you were not blown away by your lunch tray at Chocolate Buddha. The tofu ankake is usually quite tasty but perhaps not so in this instance. The broccoli goma-ae is very delicious and even kids have no problem eating greens prepared this way I would recommend the green tea soba noodles served with... More 

Melbourne, Australia
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54 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

My husband, children and I have dined here numerous times over the past five years. Our most recent visit this week reinforced why we love this place so much - brilliant food, service and location! Every dish is impeccably presented and tasty, and the staff are incredibly friendly and knowledgable. I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for... More 

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

Good Morning reviewer Cab-80 Your patronage over the past five years is very much appreciated in our city filled with many Japanese eateries to choose from. Thank-you for acknowledging the efforts or our fabulous front of house team who work hard at delivering the great work achieved by the kitchen and back of house team We look forward to welcoming... 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 - 10:00 pm
Monday 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 6 - 19

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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 - 19

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 substantial 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 - 10:00 pm
Monday
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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