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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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Hours:
Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations
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
Good food, great location, friendly staff

Our family always enjoy an impromptu meal at the Chocolate Buddha when we go to the city. It can be a bit pricey but that's more because we enjoy the food so much there is always another dish we want to share. On warmer days we enjoy sitting outside and watching sport on the big screen at Fed... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 22, 2015
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Melbourne, Australia
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Melbourne, Australia
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015 NEW

My wife and I come here frequently, we have never left disappointed. My wife has coeliac disease and the gluten free menu here is quite substantial with many different options for her to choose from and it's obvious they take it seriously (even having tamari on the table) The GF salmon maki rolls in particular are delicious. I love the... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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3 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

Our family always enjoy an impromptu meal at the Chocolate Buddha when we go to the city. It can be a bit pricey but that's more because we enjoy the food so much there is always another dish we want to share. On warmer days we enjoy sitting outside and watching sport on the big screen at Fed Square, or... More 

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

Good evening gottagoanywhere If you are gonna go anywhere, we are always happy to have you and your family at Chocolate Buddha Our location, staff, food and beverage offering are all very good and we work hard each and every day to keep it that way Thanks for noticing Regards Angela More 

Melbourne, Australia
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32 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

My partner went there yesterday... and came home and raved about this place... So today off we went again to see what all the fuss was over... And I was not disappointed.. The service 10/10 .( one of the waiters even recognized my partner from the day before) We ordered dumplings to start with the the pork ramen and a... More 

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

Wow now that's a headline!! Welcome to Chocolate Buddha Darren. We hope that we can continue to impress you at every visit and that you do become one of our valued long term guests Please make yourself known to Lucas or Hiro next time you are in Many Thanks Angela More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

Really great hospitality and the Chocolate Buddah. The menu is Japanese, which was a surprise given its name. The food was very good, with a great range of styles. The staff were exceptional, credit to all of them.

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

Hi Peter You visited on a busy night with Fed Square's events of the winter Solstice. It was colourful, vibrant and a great vibe and to top it all off, you enjoyed your experience with us at Chocolate Buddha What a night!! Hope to see you again soon Regards Angela More 

Southport, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

Delicious food at very reasonable prices. Attentive and welcoming staff, Lucas was absolutely lovely!

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

Greetings Grace It's wonderful that you enjoyed your second visit as much as the first and that you found Lucas wonderful. The reason for this is..... HE IS!!! Many Thanks Angela More 

Ferntree Gully
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

I took my boss and an overseas business associate to Chocolate Buddha and it was fantastic. Great atmosphere and really attentive staff topped off by outstanding Japanese "Tapas" style food. A great way to enjoy a meal with friends, colleagues and visitors.

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

Hi Andrew Thank-you for sharing your experience at Chocolate Buddha with the trip advisor world and for the positive feedback for my staff and I You, your boss and friends are always welcome! Regards Angela More 

Geelong, Australia
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33 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015

Beautiful food, friendly service. We had dinner there last night, and found ourselves drawn there again. Fresh fish and seafood, great range of sakes and other alcohol. Whether seated inside or out, love the communal seating. Having federation square right there with the football on the big screen and a laser show warming up, was great for a laugh. We... More 

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

Hello EyeCee How wonderful to hear that you enjoyed yourself so much that you revisited the very next night This is a great indication that we are doing our best to please our valued guests because as you would be well aware, there are many great restaurants to choose from in Melbourne. My staff and I are chuffed and proud... More 

sydney
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35 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

There is a stalwart place for Japanese inspired food located centrally in Federation Square. There is a wide variety of food which you can share or go solo. Long bench tables that you share with others. The service is friendly. Reasonable range of wines by the glass. I've been there a number of times over the years and its always... More 

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

Hi Suz from Sydney Thanks for taking the time to review our restaurant I was just enquiring on how guests feel about our wine list and you have just given us more feedback - thank-you... How great is our location at Fed Square, or even just Fed square, I love the place. It's the heart of Melbourne and I'm so... More 

aussie in eire
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15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Good value food, good wine selection and good service. What more do you want?! Nice alternative to other restaurants on offer in the area.

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

Welcome Kanga74 Your review and opinion is greatly appreciated I often wonder how guests view our small wine list (8 whites 8 reds & 2 bubbles) considering the enormous amount of excellent wine we produce in Australia.. We have over the years increased our sake list and beer list. I believe that the best combination of food and beverage with... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 via mobile

A last minute decision to grab a coffee before returning to our hotel room Wow exceptional service from the gorgeous Lucas and Michael. The deserts and baileys latte or orgasmic. Sitting outside under the heaters at 10 pm enjoying the atmosphere of Federation square. Will be back tomorrow night boys

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

Greetings Qax Lucas and Michael and both very good at what they do and love to please our guests and desserts are no exception. I am certain they are going to adore our new winter desserts as will our guests Eating a delicious dessert makes everybody smile.... Thank-you for visiting us and hope to see you again Regards Angela 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 - 10:30 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
Average Prices: USD 6 - 23
Cuisine: Japanese

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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?