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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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Melbourne, Australia
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50 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Love Chocolate Buddha and find it a terrific place to stop for a reasonable meal, and a drink. I've been there a few times now and always enjoyed the food and appreciated the friendly and efficient service. It's a great spot to drop in before the footy.

Thank Cas S
Sydney, Australia
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83 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The chocolate buddha was a pleasant little find down in Federation Square. Service was great and the chocolate spring rolls with salted caramel sauce and vanilla bean icecream were pretty bloody amazing.. Top it off with a spiced rum, ginger beer and lime and we were set. A great place to sit if you like to people watch and to... More 

Thank casmurnieks
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15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I have been in this restaurant a few years ago and my experience then was very positive except for being overcrowded and noisy. This time around I went to Chocolate Buddha with my partner, as I remembered I really enjoyed the food here. The restaurant was nearly empty and calm. We ordered the soft shell crab rolls, chicken ao nori... More 

Thank Tijana V
Sydney, Australia
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136 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Booked to go once more Glad to see thr gluteen free and vegetarian choices are still great Love the eggplant with smoked miso Salmon with noodles was enjoyed The gluten free dumplings always my favourite 2 bottles of wine later and it was time to go Great place

Thank heather w
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23 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Another great meal at Chocolate Buddha with their super friendly staff and deliciousness for dinner. Met an old friend to share a meal and couldn't have asked for more. We rolled outta there with very full bellies after sharing a chicken dish, broccoli and zucchini tempura and some tasty veggie dumplings with an awesome wasabi mayo dipping sauce I've never... More 

Thank charityshaw
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106 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I had rice, veg dumplings and eggplant tempura $26. The veggie dumplings were HORRIBLE! Eggplant tempura under-cooked. The rice was ordered after the other dishes had arrived. But I had to chase it up (it should have come pretty much immediately given it is pre-cooked and the restaurant was virtually empty). My friend had the salmon which she said was... More 

Thank AppleEva
Melbourne, Australia
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6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Lunch or dinner, so central , Very well priced with an amazing menu of Asian Fusion dishes. Small tables or share benches Super views of Fed Sq and Melb.

Thank John T
Melbourne, Australia
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70 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Overlooking Federation Square the outside tables offer a great view. The staff are always cheerful and attentive and the food is always excellent.

Thank Bontempi2
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17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Magic food great service what more can you say than a consistently great place to eat Favourite dinner in town

Thank Andy N
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63 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Oposite of Flinders Street station and direct at Yarra River this location is phantastic. We had a delicious lunch at Chocolate Buddha. The lunch menu plus add on with a glas of wine and a desert for 30 AUD per person keeps no wish open. Fresh Japanese cuisine. Service was very attentive.

Thank Ann-Kathrin B

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 6 - USD 17
Sushi, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
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
View, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Kids, Groups
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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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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