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MoVida - CLOSED

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$$ - $$$
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Central Business District
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1 Hosier Lane, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
+61 3 9663 3038
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12:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 12:00 - 22:00
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27 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Dinner with friends before night out. Great tapas we were next door in Modiva Next Door. Fabulous food with a great atmosphere right in Hosier lane.

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Thank Heath Smith | 1
Kota Kinabalu District, Malaysia
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22 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

What a fantastic place this is, we ordered grilled octopus, clams, mussels, padron and patatas bravas. Oh so good, like being in Madrid or Barcelona. The Cava was good too. Would definitely go again.

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Thank Eileen S
Barcelona, Spain
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Cecina dish was delicious. Pimientos de Padròn were not as I expected but the staff were very nice and compensated. It is not a typical Spanish bar but has some nice samples.

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Thank mcarmenas
Melbourne, Australia
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83 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Great tapas, tasty mains, good service. Movida is an energetic, iconic Melbourne restaurant. Funky location on Hosier Lane. Stuffed zucchini flower tapas were delicious along with the amazing melt in your mouth been cheeks with cauliflower puree. Worth a visit.

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Thank little_sonj
London, United Kingdom
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37 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This place is the best. That is the only thing you really need to know if you love excellent food, good friendly service and a funky decor is that this is the place for you. My personal favourite tapa is the anchoa. Melba toast, anchovy fillet and a quenelle of smoked tomato sorbet. If they ever take that off the... More 

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Thank CassG
London, United Kingdom
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32 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Whilst visiting Melbourne for the first time, we decided to visit this restaurant. It appeared to usually have a queue of people wanting a table. We love Mediterranean food and decided to try the food. We waited for 25 minutes before being seated. We decided to try three dishes. For the price, the portions were extremely small and average in... More 

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Thank Hazel D
Sydney, Australia
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222 reviews
190 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Tapas with a fine dining touch. It was pretty good but it's not like they brought Spanish food to the heights that chin chin did for Thai. I had a chicken rice which was tasty but chicken unevenly cooked. The croquette and zucchini flower was a yawn. Also had a sandwich and pate which were a bit better. It was... More 

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Thank Mike S
Newcastle, Australia
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75 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Made a booking before our visit to melbourn ,and we were not disappointed. Started with Hand filleted Cantabrian artisan Anchovy on crouton with smoked tomato sorbet .....just beautiful then House cold smoked Spanish Mackeral with pine nut Gazpacho sorbet ,again out of this world . And a special of cod balls again fantastic .followed by Flinders island lamb shoulder with... More 

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Thank phillipk8
Brisbane
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27 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Food and drinks were still excellent, but not as impressed with Movida Original. Staff weren't as friendly, I felt like an inconvenience and we were somewhat rushed through our food. I still recommend going to a Movida restaurant at least once, but this occasion was disappointing.

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Thank LaCorka
Wellington, New Zealand
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Very social, busy and buzzy restaurant. Good service. Quality food, but a bit limited on small tapas. Mains: I am a big seafood lower and apart from the fish of the day and calamari dishes there was nothing else seafood. Common Movida, you are one of the best in Melbourne. I expected it to be a bit more adventurous. Last... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$15 - US$46
Cuisine
Mediterranean, Spanish, International, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 - 22:00
Monday
12:00 - 22:00
Tuesday
12:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
12:00 - 22:00
Thursday
12:00 - 22:00
Friday
12:00 - 22:00
Saturday
12:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1 Hosier Lane, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Melbourne>  > Central Business District
  • Neighbourhood: Central Business District
  • Phone Number: +61 3 9663 3038
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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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Central Business District
Full of discovery and delight, Melbourne’s laneways tease the imagination long after you’ve put your weary feet up to rest. They weave through the heart of the city: cafes, bars, restaurants and boutiques, throbbing with conversation and espresso coffee. You never quite know what you’ll find around the next corner: cobblestone alleys, old beer barrel hoists and even vats of simmering organic soup. There is the air of Berlin in the street art, a touch of Paris in the umbrella-shaded cafes and, reminiscent of Rome, eateries tucked away in the most unlikely of places. Perhaps you might want a break and cross the Yarra River to Southbank - walk along the promenade, bask in the sun at a waterside bar and decide whether to go to the nearby casino or book a ticket at the Melbourne theatre company.
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