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MoVida

1 Hosier Lane, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia (Melbourne CBD)
+61 3 9663 3038
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Ranked #18 of 3,887 restaurants in Melbourne
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $19 - $56
Cuisines: Spanish, Tapas, International
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Neighborhood: Melbourne CBD
Description: When we opened the doors to MoVida in Hosier lane, Melbourne in 2003 no one knew what to expect. Here was this little bar on a graffiti covered cobbled lane near the cathedral serving Spanish tapas and shared plates in a down lit room playing funky tunes. It's the kind of place you can come in for a beer and a jamon croquetta at the bar and then move across to a table and share a plate of slow braised lamb, some patatas a lo pobre and down some seriously good Spanish red wine.
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Harlow, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

Cold smoked mackeral - delicious, just a great, fun place to go. Recommend it. Chicken escabeche too - very nice

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Maitland, Australia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

The first time I went to Mo Vida was to celebrate my 10th Anniversary. That trip to Melbourne was all about dining out and seeing the sites! Mo Vida was on our list of places we must try and it was OK but only that. The service was great, the atmosphere excellent but the food was not at all exceptional... More

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Perth, Australia
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156 reviews 156 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

Having been here several times over the years when visiting Melbourne it is astonishing how the food and service can always be of a high level the good thing is that there a all ways specials and perennial favourites such as the wagu egg and the crouchettes A tip book well in advance to get in one of the best... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

Excellent food, good service and fun ambience-what more could one want? This was our first visit to Movida and all four of us were very impressed. Each dish was excellent. The tapas are small (too small for sharing) so the waiter suggested three per person - my favourite was the smoked eel croquette. The raciones were larger portions, and the... More

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Brisbane, Australia
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83 reviews 83 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

Sure, it's not cheap...it's not even reasonably priced...it's actually quite expensive...but it's worth it! We ordered a selection of the tapas, ranging from the good to the exceptional. We then ordered a couple of the other dishes, the Mushrooms & the Air-dried Wagyu, & were blown away. Amazing flavours! Along with the great service & drinks, this place is a... More

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Hobart, Australia
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

Movida next door, just like movida but with fresh seafood on ice. The place was jumping packed as expected on a Saturday night but the staff seemed to handle it all with aplomb (only a 15 minute wait despite it being packed to the door). As expected the food was great, simple fresh flavours backed up with a great wine... More

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Bangkok
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

Had a company dinner here, impressive service and the food was top notch. Stayed on the night went and it turned in to one of those dinners where you end up having a blast until early hours of the morning. Will be back for sure.

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Hobart, Australia
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23 reviews 23 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

We booked for lunch on a Sunday and we had never been before. I had been reviewing Melbourne restaurants on Tripadvisor in anticipation of a recent weekend visit. MoVida sounded great and you can book for lunch, not dinner I believe. Hosiers Lane is an awesome location for a restaurant given the graffiti art and is worth a visit separately.... More

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Terrigal, Australia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

Even when eating as a single....not always the case in some places...! At the bar, in the thick of it, great tapas, great wine. Left full, happy and having enjoyed a great evening.

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Mount Maunganui, New Zealand
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

Went with friends on Sunday night- every part of the experience was great, from the brilliant service of the bookings team down to the attention to detail and service of the restaurant staff. We ordered as much as we could eat- the braised beef cheek was melt in the mouth divine, and everything else was also delicious. The staff had... More

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