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“The Love Is In The Tapas”

Movida Bar De Tapas
Ranked #15 of 4,060 Restaurants in Melbourne
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $15 - $45
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar scene, Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, 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.
Melbourne, Australia
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18 reviews
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“The Love Is In The Tapas”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 2, 2012

A CBD staple and source of some of the finest Spanish cuisine I've ever had.

Although I passed on the anchovies (I'm not a fan), my wife loves them and exclaimed that they were perfect.

Experiment with ordering a few dishes and ask for recommendations if you get stuck. There's a wealth of tempting treats to indulge in here.

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“Good place”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 1, 2012 via mobile

Melbourne icon really nice food great room a bit average. The prices are up there and the service not so spot on bug overall a good place

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Melbourne, Australia
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“Forgettable!!”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 24, 2012

We went today for lunch and had the $75.00 per head chefs selection.This did not include any drinks.The food was extremely average and nothing that stood out as interesting.Probably the most forgettable meal i have had in a very long time.The tables felt a bit sticky and the staff were just going through the motions.
We eat out in the city about once a week and this is the only restaurant in recent times that i will not be returning to.
Cheryl

  • Visited November 2012
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“Fabulous food. Mediocre service”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 17, 2012 via mobile

Been here a few times.
Fabulous amazingly yummy food and great wine. 5 different service staff: quite rude at times and quite abrupt. - service should be improved. Get rid of the attitude.

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Melbourne, Australia
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“One of the best in melbourne”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 17, 2012

One of our best. great food, in a lovely setting. Just hard to get a table as everyone knows how great it is. Its worth going super early or late or waiting. I have done the degustation with a groups of 6 and it was amazing. Even things i didn't think i would like...i loved.

  • Visited December 2011
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