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Chocolate Buddha

Cnr. Flinders & Swanston Street | Federation Square, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
+61 3 9654 5688
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  • Excellent51%
  • Very good33%
  • Average12%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“donburi” (8 reviews)
“sushi” (30 reviews)
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Korean, Sushi, Asian, Healthy, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
Cnr. Flinders & Swanston Street | Federation Square, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
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Reviewed 3 days ago

The service was excellent, food is sooo tasty ( had the chicken Udon - perfect on a cold winters day) and the atmosphere is light and bright in the middle of Federation Sq. Cant book here, just have to wing it & can get really...More

Thank 13Astroboy
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

So you can see we were pretty happy. Don’t think you are entering a restaurant that is so-so in the middle of a busy tourist precinct of Federation Square. This place is overflowing with good vibes that can only be delivered with well trained and...More

Thank Nicci C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The service at Chocolate Buddha is second to none. The wait staff are all friendly and welcoming and generally seem to enjoy their job. Its just a pity the food isn't as amazing as the staff who serve it. It is nice, just not incredible.

Thank MrsMackThe3rd
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It seems I may have to make this a very regular spot to have not only amazing food but wonderful interactions with the staff. It is rare one can feel so comfortable and have so much fun at a quality, classy but casual restaurant. I...More

Thank britenbreezy
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great tasting Japanese food with service to match. Prices are reasonable and the atmosphere is great with a view of Flinders Street Station. Well worth a visit if you’re in Melbourne and love Japanese food!

Thank Farzana E
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Me and my partner visited after having the restaurant recommended to us by family. We made a booking at lunchtime for an evening sitting and were happily accommodated by the staff. When arriving later on the front of house staff were friendly and a delight...More

Thank Lee180Harris
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Large family group out for a Birthday celebration. Various ages, palates and dietary requirements. Great to have the GF options set out as a full section on the menu. Also available online so that those with different requirements could be aware what was available. Shared...More

Thank Loi J
Reviewed May 11, 2018 via mobile

I was really looking forward to my meal as I have dietary issues and Japanese is usually a ‘safe’ choice for me. So I was delighted when I asked if it was possible to have the leek and spring onion removed from my choice and...More

Thank Michelle S
Reviewed May 7, 2018

We were eating light tonight. I had the salmon teriyaki, my wife had a big bowl of Udon soup. Both well prepared and attractively presented. Attentive service. My only question is why they spell "sake" (salmon) as "shake"? Australian rules? Meals are served at long...More

Thank Rick628
Chocolate B, Manager at Chocolate Buddha, responded to this reviewResponded May 8, 2018

Gday Rick628 Thank you for taking the time to review us. We really appreciate your feedback and you are always most welcome to dine with us , quiet or not. See you again real soon Rick628 Much Love - Team Buddha

Reviewed May 6, 2018 via mobile

I love Chocolate Buddha...it has some amazing entrees and mains...favourites chicken teriyaki donburi and Korean fried chicken. I do miss their chocolate mousse tho!!!More

Thank Deb R
Chocolate B, Manager at Chocolate Buddha, responded to this reviewResponded May 8, 2018

Hello Deb R We LOVE that U LOVE our Restaurant !!! You have great taste. We are so proud of Chocolate Buddha and hopefully, the love shines though w/ the Food and the Service. We have replaced the GF Chocolate Mousse with the NEW GF...More

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throbbing with conversation and espresso coffee. You
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corner: cobblestone alleys, old beer barrel hoists and
even vats of simmering organic soup. There is the air
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Questions & Answers
Rosemary D
May 19, 2017|
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Response from Chocolate B | Property representative |
Hello Rosemary. That would be our illustrious leader - Mr Lucas Vanderstadt , our Restaurant Manager who was training a new shift leader on Friday Night, so he was a waiter for the evening looking after our outside tables... More
March 14, 2017|
Response from Chocolate B | Property representative |
Hi Robyn, we have a full Gluten free menu and many Vegan options as well. You are more than welcome to bring your vegan cake along to enjoy with us after lunch. Yes, Saturday at 12 noon is possible and available, you can... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$6 - $17
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Wine and Beer, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Scenic view, Kids, Families with children, Large groups, Special occasions
Open Hours
12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Cnr. Flinders & Swanston Street | Federation Square, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Melbourne>  > Central Business District
  • Neighborhood: Central Business District
  • Phone Number: +61 3 9654 5688
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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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