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Chocolate Buddha

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$$ - $$$
Central Business District
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Cnr. Flinders & Swanston Street | Federation Square, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
+61 3 9654 5688
12:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Thu 12:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 12:00 - 23:00
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Wollongong, Australia
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54 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

What an amazing experience from beginning to end! The food here is so good, my wife and I shared the mixed Maki plate of kingfish and salmon, Buddha dumplings, the spicy pork ramen and wagyu beef. It was the best Japanese food we have had since going to Japan more than a year ago! (And we've had a lot of... More 

Thank Nathaniel G
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5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Friends and I eat here regularly and have for a few years. Went through a rough patch a while back but seems to be totally back on track. Great service and consistently good food that arrives quickly. Favourites are the Tori Soboro Somen (aka Japanese spaghetti) and the Bibimbap. Love that they offer brown rice as an option. Some dishes... More 

Thank Marion S
Melbourne, Australia
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108 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Chocolate buddha has a great location in Fed Square and delicious food. I thoroughly enjoyed their pork belly (crackling fried to perfection) and the flavours of the sashimi brown rice have inspired me to recreate it at home! Their green tea is nice and bitter. Service was accomodating and quick.

Thank 1986theatretraveller
Greater Melbourne, Australia
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72 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Had dinner here last night at late notice.. wandered in and fortunately for us we were accommodated.. staff were very friendly, food was great, we were talked into the chocolate spring rolls which did not let us down one bit.. the menu seems to allow for various intolerances, all done while watching the tennis on the fed square tv. Definitely... More 

Thank Bennykearon
Sydney, Australia
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21 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Second time I've had the pleasure of dining at Chocolate Buddha and once again had a fabulous night. Both foid and drinks were amazing and the service fantastic - highly recommend the koji espresso martini and the pork belly.

Thank Vicky V
Lusaka, Zambia
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74 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

In town for the Australian Open and looked for a place to watch the tennis and have some food. We found the perfect spot we can only recommend to everyone! Our favourite was the soft shell crab roll! A must and super fresh.

Thank africantraveller02
Perth, Australia
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was so good I returned twice in one day. Delicious light nutrient dense Japanese. The staff were wonderful, warm and explanatory. It was very memorable.

Thank freed2017
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105 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

As my daughter is coeliac - the gluten free menu is very much appreciated. In fact when my daughter has a choice for lunch in the city it is always here! She loves the miso soup and also normally has some sushi too.. The only thing I think the menu lacks is a big, tasty salad - especially on these... More 

Thank Vic820
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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68 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A nice haven after sightseeing with visitors. Divine simple modern Japanese food. Dishes are presented beautifully,

Thank WenchOnABench
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90 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Day trip to Melbourne to the John Olsen Art exhibition at NGV. Decided to gave a light japanese lunch at Chocolate Buddha. Both of us had the Lunch tray - one with Miso Pork Belly and the other with Eggplant. Both delicious and tremendous value with salad, broccoli with sesame dressing, salmon sashimi, miso soup, and steamed rice. Then on... More 

Thank Paul H

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$6 - US$17
Sushi, Asian
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, Free Wifi
Good for
Groups, View, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly
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
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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Central Business District
Full of discovery and delight, Melbourne’s laneways tease the imagination long after you’ve put your weary feet up to rest. They weave through the heart of the city: cafes, bars, restaurants and boutiques, throbbing with conversation and espresso coffee. You never quite know what you’ll find around the next corner: cobblestone alleys, old beer barrel hoists and even vats of simmering organic soup. There is the air of Berlin in the street art, a touch of Paris in the umbrella-shaded cafes and, reminiscent of Rome, eateries tucked away in the most unlikely of places. Perhaps you might want a break and cross the Yarra River to Southbank - walk along the promenade, bask in the sun at a waterside bar and decide whether to go to the nearby casino or book a ticket at the Melbourne theatre company.
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