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Izakaya Chuji

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165 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
+61 3 9663 8118
17:00 - 22:30
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Sun - Thu 17:00 - 22:30
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 23:00
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Melbourne, Australia
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25 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Izakaya Chuji used to be one of my favourite restaurants. It was often extremely busy with very slow service but I was prepared to put up with that. One day I was served mackerel sushi and the awful taste of that fish still sticks to my memory cells. My kids have been back and have walked out because of the... More 

Thank rainer446
Melbourne, Australia
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104 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016 via mobile

Monday's are all you can eat. It is from a specific menu, but has all the usual favorites. $45 is probably good value for this. Agudashi tofu was our favorite. Even though service is a bit slow it's ok as it gives time for the food to digest.

Thank Anthony S
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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43 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016 via mobile

I have been here thrice now and eaten some really traditional and authentic Japanese food. I was especially impressed with item #4 which is a kind of raw beef. The idea would've made me cringe, but one bite and I was hooked and so were other colleagues. Item #66 ox tongue was even better. Sashimi is great too and really... More 

Thank Faraaj Q
Sydney, Australia
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350 reviews
228 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

The food here is average, but the staff is very friendly. I do not recommend the sashimi selection but ordering individually seems to be a better option. The udon is tasty but the price is too high. The place is nowhere near fancy, but the prime location I suspect meant it has to charge more than other places.

Thank 96joshuap
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117 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2016 via mobile

I can honestly say that the bbq pork sticks served amongst the remainder of a tasty Japanese meal, were the outstanding part of my day. I have never had a more decadently morsel of food. Thanks chef I will be back

Thank Konrad J
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656 reviews
194 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 344 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2016

This is a traditional style Japanese inn - we had gyoza which were freshly cooked (not the frozen defrosted ones with the dry edges!) and tonkatsu. The portions were huge and the waitress gave good advice about serving size of rice so we didn't waste money buying 2 serves. Highly recommended.

Thank wombatdavid
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41 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 June 2016 via mobile

The most awesome same bar since last trip to Japan They have so many types and the staff know about all of then so be shy to ask if you don't know The food is also awesome and served fast and fresh , I just can't fault this place for service and value. A hidden gem in Lonsdale at

Thank Guy F
South Australia, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 March 2016 via mobile

Chuji isn't the best Japanese food in Melbourne, but it is excellent value for money and perfect for a quick meal before the theatre or a night game of footy.

Thank Adrian S
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 January 2016 via mobile

The entire meal was fantastic (and great value) but the Japanese pizza is something I will never forget: base made from crunchy rice - topped with volcano salmon - divine!!!

Thank Jo Fallshaw B
Sydney, Australia
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150 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2016

This is a repeat visit for my friends who raved positively about this restaurant/bar. We ordered heaps of food and the most memorable were the grilled beef and the assorted yakitori platter. We went to the sake bar (which is located right next door) after dinner and enjoyed some of the nicest Japanese spirits. The atmosphere inside the sake bar... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Sushi, Asian, Japanese
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout
Open Hours
17:00 - 22:30
17:00 - 22:30
17:00 - 22:30
17:00 - 22:30
17:00 - 22:30
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 165 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Melbourne>  > Chinatown
  • Neighbourhood: Chinatown
  • Phone Number: +61 3 9663 8118

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

Staying in Chinatown

Neighbourhood Profile
Locals know that Chinatown is the tried and true place to eat before hitting the nightclub scene. The place simply buzzes, and the well-preserved buildings exude a sense of Imperial China stemming from immigration over a century ago. In restaurant after restaurant on Little Bourke Street, you'll find delicious dishes such as sizzling honeyed prawns, and value for your money. Stately matrons oversee family kitchens serving up age-old recipes. The lighting may be unromantic, the patrons loud, and the service no-nonsense, but the food is sensational.
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