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“Fantastic (again)”

Movida Bar De Tapas
Ranked #15 of 4,058 Restaurants in Melbourne
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $15 - $45
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar scene, Special occasions
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Full Bar, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Neighborhood: Central Business District
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.
Brisbane, Australia
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178 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
“Fantastic (again)”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2012

This is a regular for us when we visit Melbourne. We avoided the crowds and had a delicious Sunday afternoon lunch. Recommend you try the chicken escabeche and some of the specials if offered. Don't be afraid to sit at the bar, you get great service and also get to be part of the theatrics of this iconic Melbourne restaurant. Overall we had another fantastic experience.

  • Visited October 2012
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Melbourne
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16 reviews
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“Great tapas”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2012

Great atmosphere. Have to line up some times, but worth the wait. Be prepared for cramped loud atmosphere, but this only adds to the experience. Great sangria!

Visited August 2012
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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122 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
“Great food but very small!!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2012

Very delicious food, which generally come in very very small portions. Try the cecina (air dried wagyu with egg and truffle) as well as the queso. Try getting the waiters to smile - quite a challenge - maybe they might give you a discount if you succeed!

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Sydney, Australia
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61 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Knowledgeable staff add to the brilliance”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2012

Frank Camorra you are a gastronomic genius and your wait staff know every facet of the food and the wines you cellar. What a combination. Brunus Carinyena was perfect with the beef cheeks. Great atmosphere and service.

  • Visited October 2012
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65 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“Exzellent Wien and Tapas!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 20, 2012

Cosy and rustic wine bar with Mediterranean flair. They have a great selection of wines, a short, but diverse tapas menu and daily changing specials. The bar tenders are great in helping you chose and entertaining to chat with. Make sure you reserve a table or brings a few minutes spare time to wait for a table. While you do wait, you can always get a wine at the bar, no problem.

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