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Izakaya Chuji

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165 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
+61 3 9663 8118
17:00 - 23:00
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Sun - Thu 17:00 - 22:30
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 23:00
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Wollongong, Australia
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 Japanese drinks to try. Food was fresh and yum and very affordable. We will return!!!

Thank Sue B
Sydney, Australia
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34 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 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 in smaller pieces. The staff are super friendly. To finish I had a Sake espresso... More 

Thank Kelly T
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22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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 because staff were also catering for a function next door, it was difficult to get... More 

Thank Cassie D
Melbourne, Australia
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27 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 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 my memory cells. My kids have been back and have walked out because of the... More 

Thank rainer446
Melbourne, Australia
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119 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
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 food to digest.

Thank Anthony S
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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43 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 October 2016 via mobile

I have been here thrice now and eaten some really traditional and authentic Japanese food. I was especially impressed with item #4 which is a kind of raw beef. The idea would've made me cringe, but one bite and I was hooked and so were other colleagues. Item #66 ox tongue was even better. Sashimi is great too and really... More 

Thank Faraaj Q
Sydney, Australia
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372 reviews
244 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 147 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 September 2016

The food here is average, but the staff is very friendly. I do not recommend the sashimi selection but ordering individually seems to be a better option. The udon is tasty but the price is too high. The place is nowhere near fancy, but the prime location I suspect meant it has to charge more than other places.

Thank 96joshuap
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118 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 July 2016 via mobile

I can honestly say that the bbq pork sticks served amongst the remainder of a tasty Japanese meal, were the outstanding part of my day. I have never had a more decadently morsel of food. Thanks chef I will be back

Thank Konrad J
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738 reviews
214 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 362 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 July 2016

This is a traditional style Japanese inn - we had gyoza which were freshly cooked (not the frozen defrosted ones with the dry edges!) and tonkatsu. The portions were huge and the waitress gave good advice about serving size of rice so we didn't waste money buying 2 serves. Highly recommended.

Thank wombatdavid
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62 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 June 2016 via mobile

The most awesome same bar since last trip to Japan They have so many types and the staff know about all of then so be shy to ask if you don't know The food is also awesome and served fast and fresh , I just can't fault this place for service and value. A hidden gem in Lonsdale at

Thank Guy F

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 4 - US$ 15
Japanese, Sushi, Asian
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Delivery, Takeout, Highchairs Available
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Chinatown

Neighbourhood Profile
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 up age-old recipes. The lighting may be unromantic, the patrons loud, and the service no-nonsense, but the food is sensational.
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