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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 3,997 restaurants in Melbourne
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
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English first
Brisbane, Australia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 NEW

The food was sensational! I dined with a large group and we had a banquet meal. There were items on the menu that I didn't think I would like but I tried them anyway and was surprised and amazed how delicious they were. Our waiter was so attentive and I never had an empty glass all night!

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Southland
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84 reviews 84 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

We were so lucky to be able to eat at Movida. I had phoned a week before heading to Melbourne and left a message. When they called back I was told all the tables were booked but that if we turned up at 5 pm we'd hopefully be able to get a table. We were there on the dot and... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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30 reviews 30 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
181 helpful votes 181 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

We randomly picked the place one Saturday and secured a place at the bar. I never really liked tapas as they were, I believed, too small to be enjoyed at such an expensive price. However, with Movida, whilst the portions were small, they were bursting with flavour (except for the last tapa which was a shellfish - that was a... More

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Perth, Australia
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25 reviews 25 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Went late(ish) on a Tuesday night and the place was still buzzing. The food was wonderful. They will have probably changed the menu by the time you read this so suffice to say that the use of produce was inventive, delicious and well presented. And the daily specials were excellent. There were a couple of glitches with the service (one... More

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Sydney, Australia
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19 reviews 19 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

Been here twice now. The wait staff are very good and can be quite engaging if you give them a chance. The food is great quality and vary varied. Both times I have been here are for dinner with business colleagues and both times everyone enjoyed the food and atmosphere.

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Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

A fine food experience, that is comforting. Ambience is relaxed and comfortable , staff very friendly and accommodating.

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Perth, Australia
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20 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Hubby and I came here for dinner after experiencing an exceptional meal at MoVida Acqui last year. MoVida, Hoiser Lane did not disappoint. Our beef cheek, mushrooms, cheeseboard, flan, drinks, service was top notch! This is a busy place nestled in a laneway fo Melbourne, it is well worth the visit. We walked out full, content and happy.

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Providence, Rhode Island
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

This is a wonderful tapas restaurant with big, bold flavors. The service was excellent with several people bringing the food and clearing the plates. The tapas of anchovy with smoked tomato puree exploded with flavor in the first bite. For a larger plate we had braised cheeks in sherry with cauliflower puree. The beef was falling apart but still had... More

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Canberra, Australia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Movida is a staple of my Melbourne visits. Generally I use it for a drink and a snack or for lunch. There are always interesting dishes on the menu as it is seasonally based. The wine list is worth exploring and the staff are always happy to talk you through what wine with what dish. I like it so much... More

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Sydney, Australia
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32 reviews 32 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

I went here on the recommendation of friends and wasn't disappointed. The food is great, the lamb dish was superb. We also ordered the beef cheeks, be warned the dish is very rich and flavoursome! Decent wine list. The atmosphere was good, very busy and the staff were attentive and helpful. Overall a great experience and I will go back.

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