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Izakaya Chuji Japanese Restaurant

165 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
+61 3 9663 8118
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  • Excellent21%
  • Very good45%
  • Average23%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible4%
Travellers talk about
“sashimi” (8 reviews)
“okonomiyaki” (3 reviews)
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Japanese, Asian, Sushi
££ - £££
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 :-)
2. Sushi Bar
The sushi and sashimi is always fresh and of the highest quality.
3. Sushi Pizza
You have to try the sushi pizza!
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I am a Japanese teacher and some of my colleagues and I visited Izakaya Chuji for some authentic Japanese food. The atmosphere was great and the menu had all of the best izakaya food favourites from Japan. The serving sizes were surprisingly large and we...More

Thank Scott H
genkimax, Manager at Izakaya Chuji Japanese Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you very much Scott, we love your review!!! We are super happy you enjoy Izakaya Chuji :-)

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Loved this place! Food is very authentic, cheap and comes out super fast. Monday nights are 1/2 prices gyoza nights and they are some of the best gyoza I've ever had. Not a place to go if you want a fancy, long drawn out dinner...More

Thank PaigeAdams
genkimax, Manager at Izakaya Chuji Japanese Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you very much for your awesome review!

Reviewed 5 January 2018 via mobile

We went to this place today 5 Jan for my son birthday meal. We drove 3 hrs 190 km from home to this place because my son loves takoyaki. It worth it. My son was so happy.

Thank Zaab Z
Reviewed 5 December 2017

Started at the bar with warm sake & was asked to choose my favorite cup to use - I chose the beautiful green one. This really set the mood & started with snacks of lotus root chips & edamame. we moved next door to the...More

Thank Gail A
Reviewed 30 September 2017 via mobile

We were very disappointed with this restaurant. We love Japanese food and have eaten it all over the world with honestly no bad experiences, ever. The reviews on trip advisor were generally good with many 4s and 5s. We ordered mixed tempura, teriyaki chicken and...More

Thank Michelle B
Reviewed 27 August 2017

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
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 Zaab Z
genkimax, Manager at Izakaya Chuji Japanese Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 23 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
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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