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1 Hosier Lane, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia (Melbourne CBD)
+61 3 9663 3038
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Ranked #25 of 4,076 Restaurants in Melbourne
Price range: $16 - $49
Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: Spanish, Tapas, International
Neighborhood: Melbourne CBD
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
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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Singapore, Singapore
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

We enjoyed the tapas here and would say the standards are as good as the tapas we had in Spain but with more creativity. A place for good food but don't expect much service. Spent about AUD 246 for 5 pax.

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Dublin, Dublin, Ireland
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123 reviews 123 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW

Went to Movida after getting off a very long international flight. Was worried we would all be jet lagged and not really enjoy the evening, but how wrong was I. Our waiter (I think Michael from NZ) was really charming and a wonderful host. He explained the menu very well and got on with our drinks. We ordered quite a... More 

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Palm Beach, Australia
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98 reviews 98 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
99 helpful votes 99 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW

Was recommended to come here by a friend...was booked out for dinner so we decided to try for lunch. Great spot in Hosier Lane, surrounded by very interesting graffiti. The food was amazing, the cocktails to die for and the service so friendly and lovely. I bought one of the cookbooks as am dying to try to replicate those beef... More 

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62 reviews 62 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014 NEW

My husband's maternal family is from Spain, so I'm pretty familiar with the flavours of authentic Spanish food. But the selection we had at Movida was nothing like what I've had in Spain. The food was fresh, subtle yet bursting with flavours. The items may look ordinary on the menu, but they were a standout in actuality. My favourites were... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014 NEW

Booked table for five & evening exceeded our expectations. Staff were very attentive and knowledgeable in fun atmosphere. Food was amazing. Do yourself a favour and experience Movida when you are in Melbourne.

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san francisco
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70 reviews 70 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

As a Californian, I think I've seen it all. Well, I ate and drank things in Australia that I hadn't dreamed of! At MoVida: Anchovy with tomato sorbet - worth the entire evening! Mackeral with pine nut sorbet! it sounds precious and too fussy but it is not - it's awesome. And, we had the best bread we'd eaten in... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
17 reviews 17 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

Booked well in advance for four of us to have an evening at Movida's and it was worth it. The food exceeded expectations, Emma provided amazing service and recommendations, the whole evening was fab. Highly recommend the experience and evening, thanks Movida.......

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Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

I had quite a good expectation before come to movida.. The food was ok some plates was good other just did not make any sense.. It took too long to the food to come out, we end up wait 30 min beetween the courses.. We left all a bit disappointed

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New York City, New York
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

I thought the meal was very good. The service was ok . But I ate there on Friday night in the heart of the city, and the kitchen closed at 10.15. They were turning potential customers away at 10. I woukd not be happy if I was the owner. I was very surprised as this purports to be a Spanish... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
14 reviews 14 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

We have lunch at Movida a few times a year and have never been disappointed. We like the atmosphere which is like a small Spanish bar and the waiting staff have always been excellent. Having been in Spain recently I think the tapas we have eaten at Movida is as good as any we had in There. You do need... More 

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Additional Information about MoVida

Address: 1 Hosier Lane, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
Phone Number: +61 3 9663 3038
Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Melbourne>  > Melbourne CBD
Open Hours:
Sunday 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 16 - 49
Cuisine: Spanish, Tapas, International

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