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“spain in melbourne!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of MoVida

MoVida
Ranked #16 of 3,656 Restaurants in Melbourne
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $15 - $46
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Bar scene
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.
Washington
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45 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“spain in melbourne!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2013

what a hip place! we went there to celebrate a friend's 40th bday.
nice ambiance. central. friendly wait staff.
the tapas are flavorful. beautifully presented. cooked well.
right now, i am salivating over the churros con chocolate.
definitely transported me back to Madrid.
price was fair.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Melbourne, Australia
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16 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Beautiful Spanish Tapas”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2013

Have eaten here a few times but honestly can't remember the meals being so small! There's no doubt the food is beautiful but there just simply isn't enough (unless u order everything on the menu!). I'm talking really about the main dishes - very small - barely a mouthful when sharing among others.

Visited June 2013
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Brisbane, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“very nice”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2013

We were here in July 2012 for lunch, we had a great lunch, the steak tartare and the beef cheeks were great, really everything was. The only complaint is that the drinks are very over priced to the point were you would rather go without than pay the prices.

  • Visited July 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Auckland
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444 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 140 helpful votes
“Bustling restaurant, great food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2013

We recently had lunch in this restaurant on a Saturday. We hadn't booked, and were lucky to get a table in the bar. We arrived at about 12:15 - any later and we woudl have missed out. Very good staff, they were a great help with explaining the menu. Quite a different take on tapas - some quite unusual (in a good way) dishes. We sampled a number of dishes and enjoyed them all. Clams with pork neck was very good. My wifes favourite - Creme Caramel for dessert - was to die for. Defintitely worth a visit, but remember to book.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan, Malaysia
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“Simply great, service and taste”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2013

Isn't this just a wonderful destination

a great familiar and friendly atmosphere, casual service that is knowledgeable and efficient

the place, and the place next door which are really the same is always full, if you can't get into one, go to the other and satisfaction will be the same

great Spanish style tapas, fresh, well portioned and priced

A great selection of international wines by the glass and bottle

buzzy, casual, warm and cozy, you can never go wrong,

sit a t a table or at the bar and chat to the staff and other customers, its that kind of place

just love it, there should be more around like this

  • Visited June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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