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Izakaya Chuji Japanese Restaurant

165 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
+61 3 9663 8118
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  • Excellent19%
  • Very good45%
  • Average24%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible5%
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“sashimi” (7 reviews)
“okonomiyaki” (3 reviews)
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Japanese, Sushi, Asian
$$ - $$$
165 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
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Top 3 Reasons to Eat Here
Sponsored by: Izakaya Chuji Japanese Restaurant
1. Great sake bar!
Great to have a fantastic bar next door serving Izakaya Chuji food :-)
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2. Sushi Bar
The sushi and sashimi is always fresh and of the highest quality.
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3. Sushi Pizza
You have to try the sushi pizza!
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Reviews (57)
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went for dinner with a party of 5, we each ordered food to share around the table and everyone enjoyed the dishes, even a friend who had never had Japanese before. The food was tasty, reasonably priced and the setting was casual and comfortable....More

Thank amymelbourne662
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Reviewed 18 January 2017 via mobile

Yum! I want to go back. We enjoyed a variety of different dishes ... My favourites were the okonomiyaki, pork gyoza and tori karange(deep fried chicken pieces). My son only likes very basic sushi, cucumber nori rolls and they made this especially for him too...More

Thank Kelly T
Reviewed 15 July 2017 via mobile

I went there on Sat night. The place almost full but the Manager Noel managed to fit 8 of us in. Services was very attentive. Food come out quick. It was tasty and good size. The price was reasonable. I will definitely be back when...More

Thank FoodiMania
genkimax, Manager at Izakaya Chuji Japanese Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 22 July 2017

Thank you for your great review, we appreciate it!

Reviewed 26 June 2017

it is a pretty busy place. Food was very good, service ok, prices pretty good for the cbd. Happy to go back there

Thank koivo
Reviewed 27 May 2017 via mobile

Went for dinner with work colleagues. Great service, fresh sashimi. Unhurried, unrushed dining experience. Sukiyaki top notch. Highly recommend. Go early in the evening as this place gets busy.

Thank SD H
Reviewed 16 May 2017 via mobile

Popped in here for a quick dinner and a few beers. Nice atmosphere - good food - attentive staff. Will be back next time I'm in Melbourne.

Thank Jamie C
Reviewed 10 April 2017

Busy time the night we visited after a comedy show but the service was great. We actually had a drink and an entree before the show and then returned after the show was more. The barman was very friendly and made a great suggestion on...More

Thank Sue B
Reviewed 5 April 2017 via mobile

We went to have a meal before going to a show. The ordering process involved us writing our own orders (which the waitress then needed to clarify anyway). The food was prompt and very nice (nigiri sushi, yakitore etc all delicious) and reasonably priced but...More

Thank Cassie D
Reviewed 12 January 2017

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...More

Thank rainer446
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...More

Thank Anthony S
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
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$4 - US$16
Drinks, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Full Bar, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Delivery, Highchairs Available
Good for
Child-friendly, Groups
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
Situated on the edge of Chinatown and the Greek precinct of Melbourne's central business district, our original Izakaya Chuji restaurant has been bringing izakaya style dining to Melburnians since 1989. A wide range of classic izakaya dishes is available, and can be accompanied by a wide selection of sake, shochu, beer and umeshu from our sister bar Nihonshu.
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