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MoVida

1 Hosier Lane, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia (Melbourne CBD)
+61 3 9663 3038
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Ranked #21 of 3,976 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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English first
Perth, Australia
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

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 NEW

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 NEW

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 NEW

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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Kent, United Kingdom
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65 reviews 65 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW via mobile

Buzzing sort of place, and for good reason....the service was great and the food of good quality. We took the sharing dishes, of which you probably needed three to be enough for two. The pork dish with beans was very tasty, the lamb dish was incredibly tender and the beef cheeks simply delicious.....but......you may be out off by the five... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

been coming here for years now and it's always so good - particularly love sitting up at the bar and getting the staff's tips for little tastes. The anchovy with smoked tomato sorbet is heaven and the jamon brilliant. Love the wine list, usually go for an Albarino. The creme caramel dessert is irresistible.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW

Arrived just before 6pm on a Thursday. We're Masterchef fans and don't eat out too often, so wanted to give it a try! Given the option of a table for two (looked squashy) but opted for the bar. Definitely better choice, bar was roomy and gives opportunity for great interaction with staff. Chose the duck special, braised beef and potato... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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20 reviews 20 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Ended up here for a late lunch on a freezing cold Melbourne Saturday. The food was absolutely sensational; tapas were great and we had a little bit of everything and then had two of the larger plates; the steak tartare was very nice but the wet rice with rabbit and mushrooms (risotto like but you can't say that in a... More

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Mermaid Waters, Australia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014 via mobile

We wanted to go to Movida last night, couldn't get a booking, staff were wonderful made an exception and let us book in the bar, we had the nicest wait staff and the food was awesome!

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Hong kong
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

We arrived about 9pm and the place was full, we were shown to a table very quickly and preceeded to order our food to get the orders in to the kitchen to ensure speedy delivery. It was a bit of a mission to get a waiters attention past that to order our drink as they had their hands full with... More

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