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Chocolate Buddha

Cnr. Flinders & Swanston Street | Federation Square, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
+61 3 9654 5688
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  • Excellent47%
  • Very good35%
  • Average13%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
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“dumplings” (40 reviews)
“donburi” (5 reviews)
Open Now
12:00 PM - 10:00 PMAll hours
Korean, Sushi, Asian, Healthy, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
Cnr. Flinders & Swanston Street | Federation Square, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Had lunch at Chocolate Buddha with mixed thoughts. The serving staff were excellent – friendly without being overbearing and very patient about explaining the menu. We decided on the Teriyaki Chicken lunch box – teriyaki chicken served over braised bok choy, white rice (brown rice...More

Thank YonYon15
Reviewed 5 days ago

Went to Chocolate Buddha for the first time with my family (of 4) and had a lovely experience. First off, all the wait staff were incredibly friendly and attentive. Even though we made a booking for outside, they kindly changed us to inside, because it...More

Thank nikita608
Reviewed 6 days ago

A wide choice of food, and drinks. Good atmosphere and excellent friendly service, comfortable setting.

1  Thank Mark H
Reviewed 1 week ago

Had my first visit to Chocolate Buddha about four weeks ago and was very surprised and happy with what I found. Traveling from Sydney to Melbourne to catch up with friends at Fed Square, I was introduce to this funky restaurant which is Japanese fusion...More

Thank Stephen B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great food, location, service. Special gf menu ... yay. Delicious. Choose inside or out. Very happy we chose this restaurant. Much appreciated for our coeliac family.More

1  Thank Rosiered94
Chocolate B, Manager at Chocolate Buddha, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hello Rosiered94 Yay - a restaurant that really understands the GF diners . We are sooooo happy that you wrote this review as we take ALL allergies, intolerances and requirements very seriously and serve guests with ease and professionalism. Heres to many more GF meals...More

Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Had a wonderful family lunch sitting outside on a beautiful sunny day. Service was top notch (thanks Devon?), food was excellent and the ambience was relaxed but efficient at the same time.Will be back to try different dishes.More

Thank tonytG9853CZ
Chocolate B, Manager at Chocolate Buddha, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Gday Tony Isn't Devan a little treasure, we find that we hold onto our staff as they are managed with LOVE. Devan is a great advocate for our business and we are chuffed that you picked up on his energy on the night you dined...More

Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Went with my family and in-laws. Pleasantly surprised by their many gluten free, vegeterian and vegan options, all clearly marked on the menu and the staff was very helpful taking their time explaining the options. So nice when we find a place that can cater...More

Thank Glutenfreeveggiemum
Chocolate B, Manager at Chocolate Buddha, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Gday Glutenfreeveggiemum How good is your review, we printed and placed it on our staff board for all staff to read. Thank you for your kind words and we LOVE that we can easily serve all manner of dietary requirements with ease. Hope to look...More

Reviewed 10 November 2017 via mobile

Whether you’re in a rush on your own or you can savor the afternoon to kick back with a bunch of your best friends, do give this excellent Japanese cafe restaurant a look! The attention to details & customers by Lucas & his crew will...More

Thank StrongSkinnyLatte
Chocolate B, Manager at Chocolate Buddha, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hello StrongSkinnyLatte We LOVE your review. We adore Lucas and his team and really appreciate reviews that just state all our positives in 1 quick paragraph. Fed Square is lots of fun to people watch watch the sun set in the western sky. You are...More

Reviewed 5 November 2017 via mobile

We had a lovely dinner here with our 12 year old daughter. The seafood was fresh and delicious, the Korean BBQ chicken was perfect and the teriyaki chicken which my husband has was amazingly tasty. The wait staff were almost too attentive, four different waitresses...More

Thank scatterbolts
Chocolate B, Manager at Chocolate Buddha, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hello scatterbolts Thank you for your lovely review, we love that our menu crosses all age barriers and families of all ages can enjoy our food in a friendly environment. Hope to see you again @ Chocolate Buddha again soon.

Reviewed 1 November 2017 via mobile

After hearing great things I was keen to try it out. Even better it was baby friendly which helps. We ordered a variety of dishes to share. All were delicious, fresh and impressive. Great location in federation square and lots of tables outside which was...More

Thank Missjess86
Chocolate B, Manager at Chocolate Buddha, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Gday Missjess86 You heard right we reckon !! Word is out that we are really good at what we do and its through fabulous reviews like yours that reminds to keep the standards high. We hope to see you again real soon here @ Chocolate...More

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throbbing with conversation and espresso coffee. You
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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
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Wine and Beer, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
View, Child-friendly, Groups, Kids, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
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
  • E-mail
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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