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Central Business District
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1 Hosier Lane, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
+61 3 9663 3038
12:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 12:00 - 22:00
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Melbourne, Australia
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54 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2015

The food was rich and divine with great portion sizes. The beef cheek with cauliflower mash was a melt in your mouth experience. The service was brilliant too.

Thank Odette C
Melbourne, Australia
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68 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2015 via mobile

We had a great time here, the food was good as was the atmosphere. We found the staff to be friendly and took their advise on what to order. . The only issue was that this place is hard to get into and there can be quite a long wait.

Thank TheAdventurer_10
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19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 June 2015 via mobile

Highlights were the great mushrooms with cherry vinegar along with the slow roasted cheek.....excellent tapas too. Wine selection was good. Great wait staff. Book for dinner!

Thank twalsh01
Noosa, Australia
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104 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 June 2015

This place is incredible. We've been trying to get here for ages, so glad we finally made it. I recommend blocking out an afternoon, and coming here to try EVERYTHING, bit by bit! Everything was perfect, the flavour contrasts were amazing, I wish I could have had two of everything on the menu. Great wine selection too. A must-eat!

Thank stelle-89
Greater Melbourne, Australia
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 June 2015 via mobile

Have been here on several occasions. Great food great wine and great service. Beautiful tapas menu. You will want to try everything. Smoked mackerel and beef cheek where my favorite from my last experience . You will not leave disappointed. :)

Thank Fi0na85
Perth, Australia
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16 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 June 2015

Trendy little Tapas Restaurant. Sit at the bar by the window to watch passersby viewing the grafiti in Hosier Lane. The food is excellent, everything is need tasty, good atmosphere and service.

Thank Leanne D
Brisbane, Australia
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163 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 June 2015

Not easy to find and make a booking. 1 Hosier Lane. 9663 3038 My daughter has been there before and knew all about this bar. We shared tapas that could be shared and tried others. Wine was superb. So many food choices. The staff were helpful with choice suggestions. Sitting close to the next table (this seems to be the... More 

Thank MCC3303
Melbourne, Australia
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291 reviews
234 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 June 2015

MoVida is not just good it's great. We keep going back because the food, the service and the atmosphere is excellent. Even when you have to be out by a certain time, this restaurant still makes your experience one out of the box.

Thank JonNewport
Kangaroo Valley, New South Wales, Australia
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21 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 June 2015

Had no booking here but on our first night in Melbourne we had to try our luck. Could only sit at the bar and eat, but that actually made the experience even better, having the recommendations from the friendly staff (and translations). Make sure you try the duck pate, it was absolutely divine! Great recommendation accompanied by a lovely bottle... More 

Thank Kyle R
Melbourne, Australia
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100 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 June 2015 via mobile

4th time at Movida and once again it did not disappoint. Service and food was fabulous and we will keep coming back. Yes food is costly but that's what you have to pay for top class food and service. Do go here!!!!

Thank Knills

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$15 - US$45
Mediterranean, Spanish, International
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
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
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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Neighbourhood Profile
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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