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“TDF” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of MoVida

Ranked #16 of 3,716 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, Dinner, Late Night, 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.
Sydney, Australia
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253 reviews
116 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 28, 2013

OMG this is still one of my all time favs in Melbourne. Set in this quirky little lane literally covered in amazing Street Art. The staff are friendly and know their stuff. And of course the food !!!! Delicious and exciting. Interesting they have opened one in Sydney but it is not a patch on the original. Try the Beef Cheeks.

Visited July 2013
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  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Korean first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
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English first
Melbourne, Australia
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“So so good!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 28, 2013 via mobile

I can't believe I hadn't been here yet.
We say at the bar and had possibly the most helpful waiter I've ever experienced. He knew the dishes inside out and explained each one with enthusiasm that made me want every dish! Yes, Movida can be pricey but the food is brilliant! I strongly recommend the prawn croquette and crispy pork on the tapas menu. They were to die for!

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218 reviews
163 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
“A taste tsunami”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 27, 2013

What a place, the great tastes start and just keep coming until you waive the white flag. Some great wines to match also.

Note: there are two restaurants connected to each other, the main restaurant and the front tapas place which is walk up. Both are exquisite.

Visited July 2013
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Karon, Thailand
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Great food, great service”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 26, 2013

Food is exquisite - should order 4 tapas and one or two mains to share. The service is great - the waiters were very friendly and advised us of how it worked and recommended some excellent dishes.

Visited July 2013
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Sydney, Australia
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87 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Welcoming for a solo diner”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2013

This was my third visit to Movida over 18 months. I've dined with one or two on my other visits. Today I walked in off the street around 5.30 and had no troubles getting a seat t the bar. The staff were able to recommend a good wine and I had two favourites (anchovy with tomato sorbet and chicken escabache) and a special of the day from the tapas menu (cigarillo of braised lamb with artichoke purée). I then had one of the larger dishes, a lamb loin with Moroccan spices which just melted in your mouth. I felt quite comfortable dining solo and know there were other single diners there too. By the time I left about 6.45 there were still plenty of tables available - maybe the trick is to dine early!

Visited July 2013
Thank Mar1ka
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