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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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Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, 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
Gold star service!

While I didn't eat or drink anything, I simply have to write this place up as a place to go if you want the wait staff to dote on you and make you feel special! My mum and a couple of girlfriends were wining here after seeing some comedy at the MICF last night and my dad and I went... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 19, 2015
rebjmccann
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Melbourne, Australia
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Melbourne, Australia
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015 NEW

We have eaten here twice recently prior to the Comedy Festival events. Great as a sharing plate system, The sashimi is fresh and varied tuna , swordfish, salmon served with a misu. The dumplings and tempura soft shell crab and prawns light and perfectly prepared. We then had the pork and the stand out rare beef and Budha sauce. Convinced... More 

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Greater Melbourne, Australia
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015 via mobile

We ate here on a Friday night with our two crazy kids (5 & 3). We sat out side and had a great view of the big screen. The kids ran around and played in fed square prior to our meals arriving. The meals were great, the service was perfect. Great family night out

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

Hi Benny One of the great things about our position at Fed Square is the experience you had. Sitting outside on a lovely night with the kids running about, playing all within view whilst you enjoy your dinner. We look forward to seeing you and your crazy kids soon!!! Regard Angela More 

Melbourne, Australia
Top Contributor
66 reviews 66 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

While I didn't eat or drink anything, I simply have to write this place up as a place to go if you want the wait staff to dote on you and make you feel special! My mum and a couple of girlfriends were wining here after seeing some comedy at the MICF last night and my dad and I went... More 

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

Greetings reviewer I am disappointed to hear your hot chocolate - too milky and not enough chocolate - that and not hot enough is annoying! I am however pleased to hear that your mum and her friends were looked after well and hope you do return to try some of our delicious meals. Try the tempura pumpkin rolls or the... More 

Melbourne, Australia
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17 reviews 17 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

We dined here with three 10 year olds, the food was fantastic, service great and we all enjoyed it. Highly recommend it, casual but quality.

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

Tamarillo32 Hello You dined with 3 ten year olds and had a great time, you must be a fun person too! I am pleased you all enjoyed yourselves and hope the kids had the kids bento which are always a hit Hope to see you again soon Regards Angela More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

Besides the amazing position in the heart of Melbourne I was delighted by the service staff. Lucas I believe was his name. He was jovial and attentive , lifting our spirits and nourishing our bodies and mind. Do yourself a favor a try the tempura pumpkin rolls.

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

Hello Ando H What a lovely review and mention of our spirit lifter - Lucas. He is such a gem and a wonderful addition to a great team of people we have here at Chocolate Buddha We are so fortunate to have such a spectacular location within Fed Square the heart of Melbourne I love this square and feel its... More 

Melbourne
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77 reviews 77 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

Went for lunch and the lunch trays ($20)- chicken or beef - were fabulous. The trays included some miso soup, salad bowl and a couple of extras that just top off a light but filling meal. A very healthy alternative to many carb heavy lunches. Great atmosphere with long benches and Japanese inspired modern decor. A great place for a... More 

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

Greetings reviewer Noshtalgia Thank-you so much from the whole team for giving us a 5 star rating and for taking the time to review the lunch you enjoyed with us here at Chocolate Buddha The lunch trays really are quite delicious and consistently good. As you would know, consistency is one of the keys to long term success and as... More 

Geelong
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18 reviews 18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

This is about my eighth time here, when in Melbourne for great food. To end a perfect dinner, we both tried the Green Tea Brulee. It was s o good and almost an outer body experience. I had to go and thank the member of staff who designed this recipe. Not too sweet and so palatable. I would go so... More 

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

Hello again Lisa The Green Tea Brulee really can be quite magic and I think many guest's must be reading your review because we have been running out in the past few days!! It's nice to see you return regularly when In Melbourne and enjoy Lucas's amazing customer service I really like the comment you made about Lucas "you're the... More 

Sydney, Australia
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

Went here for lunch, recommend the spicy pork ramen and the fried chicken entree. Great service!! Green tea ice cream also good

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

Hi Indy C I think you are correct the spicy pork ramen is delicious and is one of our signature dishes Next time you join us for lunch you should try the green tea soba noodles from our lunch trays. It is served with tempura vegetables, rice, hosomaki and broccoli w sesame dressing. Yum! See you next time Thank-you Angela More 

Melbourne, Australia
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Stopped here for a quick meal with my vegan daughter. Food was good and we found ourselves chatting with other patrons too.

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

Hello Andrew H Thank-you for your patronage and it's good to hear that you enjoyed the communal dining element of Chocolate Buddha. We were one of the first Melbourne restaurants to be entirely communal dining and Melbourne embraced this togetherness and the not so traditional way of dining.... We love it! Regards Angela More 

melbourne
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

My girlfriend & I went here after spending an enjoyable day at Moomba. Didn't know anything about the restaurant but so glad we tried it. The food was fresh & delicious! The service was fantastic! Will definitely be back.

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

Dear Reviewer We appreciate you taking the time to let others know that we do have great service and our food is delicious. The other thing that is great about Chocolate Buddha is it's location. How good is the view and ambience? We hope to see you again soon Cheers Angela More 

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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 - 24
  • 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?