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Chocolate Buddha

Cnr. Flinders & Swanston Street | Federation Square, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
+61 3 9654 5688
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  • Excellent45%
  • Very good37%
  • Average13%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“dumplings” (38 reviews)
“ramen” (25 reviews)
“donburi” (5 reviews)
Open Now
12:00 - 23:00All hours
Sushi, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
Cnr. Flinders & Swanston Street | Federation Square, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Had dinner here before a performance. The service was rushed with all dishes arriving at the same time. While the food was decent we seemed to be on a bit of a conveyor belt of customers. Not a relaxing environment when coupled with their seating...More

Thank stuart b
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

From the outside this restaurant looks like an upmarket takeaway Japanese with simple outdoor share tables. Upon finding a seat and trying to order, we where instructed to go inside to see the desk to be seated. We where then 'schooled' on how to always...More

Thank ntntntnt
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I'm a repeat customer. I was here as a solo but it is great for any number of people. As a solo there are plenty of spots on the surrounding bench seating where you can watch the activities at Federation square. Plenty of choices for...More

Thank fishinwater
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Après theatre, seated next to the window onto Fed Square, we started with fresh as a daisy edamame, then some exquisite salmon Nigiri, dashi broth with tofu and sublime salmon, and water chestnut dumplings. A wonderful tour de force of Asian flavour and texture. Brilliant...More

Thank Duncan W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Thoroughly recommend Chocolate Buddha as a great place for lunch on a weekend. Tasty Japanese style cuisine, relatively inexpensive, comfortable venue and very friendly service.

Thank Banksia727
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Highly recommend to book well in advance, this restaurant was very popular, situated in Federation Square. I booked through Open Table, and our table was ready for us when we got there, you do need to be on time. I saw people turning up early...More

Thank Bellee64
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My sister suggested we have lunch here today, so not disappointed, the food was fantastic and the wait staff are pretty terrific also. For those looking for a gluten free option, here is the place to go, one side of the menu produced just for...More

Thank Salibu
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Centrally located with a trendy decor, community eating is a great concept. Our server was lovely and really knew her stuff, very considerate and caring.

Thank Zeberdy2013
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We had to wait for about 10 mins for a table of 3 at about 5.30pm, though they have a waiting area which was a small bar where you can order some drinks while you wait. True to the time, we were ushered to our...More

Thank Sam T
Reviewed 17 June 2017

I brought my friend here on a visit to Melbourne after having a great experience here some 6 or 7 years ago. Still here, still excellent. The food is delicious and varied, and the sake we tried was ordered over and over again. Our host...More

Thank Sanazzy
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city: cafes, bars, restaurants and boutiques,
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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Rosemary D
20 May 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
15 March 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
US$6 - US$17
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Wine and Beer
Good for
View, Child-friendly, Groups, Kids, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Cnr. Flinders & Swanston Street | Federation Square, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Melbourne>  > Central Business District
  • Neighbourhood: 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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