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MoVida, Melbourne, AU-VIC

MoVida

4.5
4.5
462 Reviews
$40 and under
Spanish
When Movida opened in 2003 no one knew what to expect with this little bar on a graffiti covered cobbled lane serving Spanish tapas and shared plates in a down lit room playing funky tunes. Ten years on and the original restaurant is still going strong with new openings in Melbourne and Sydney

It’s the kind of place you can come in for a beer and jamon croquette at the bar and then find yourself moving to a table and sharing a plate of slow braised lamb, some patatas a lo pobre.

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $40 and under
  • Cuisines
    Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates, Mediterranean
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch: Daily: 12:00pm - 2:00pm Dinner: Daily: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
  • Phone number
    (03) 9663 3038
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive chef
    Frank Camorra
  • Neighborhood
    Melbourne CBD
  • Cross street
    Flinders Street
  • Parking details
    Limited metered parking on Russell Street.
  • Public transit
    Flinders Street Station 200m.<br />Tram No's: 1,3,5,6,8,16,64,67,72 (Flinders Street Station, Stop 13)<br />Tram No's: 35, 70, 75 (Russell Street, Stop 6)
  • Additional
    Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wine

What 462 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.5
4.5 based on all time ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 4.1Value

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462 Reviews
  1. RobertR

    Melbourne

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2017

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 1
    HAVING BEEN TO SPAIN MANY TIMES I HAVE TO SAY THAT MOVIDA IS OVERRATED, EXPENSIVE AND NOT SPANISH !!!

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Me and my wife went here while travelling Melbourne. Nice reviews on this place was the most important factor that we choose here. As a result, it came out to be a successful choice. Delicious Tapas menu ever and nice wine list matches well with the menu. Location is also nice and very attentive service ans those also take my mind. I'd like to recommend this place to others who're planning to visit Melbourne.

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  3. string

    64013 reviews

    5.0

    64013 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was amazing and our waitress Carol very attentive. Can't wait to return on my next trip to Melbourne

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  4. string

    64013 reviews

    4.0

    64013 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2017

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food and wine were excellent. The service, warm, friendly, professional. Spanish food at its contemporary best.

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  5. string

    64013 reviews

    5.0

    64013 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great meal

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  6. Sixmouthstofeed

    New York City

    27 reviews

    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Timeless class. Still as fresh and frenetic as when first opened.

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  7. string

    64013 reviews

    5.0

    64013 reviews

    Dined on April 25, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Cosy venue, comfortable attentive service, food delicately presented and very delicious

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  8. string

    64013 reviews

    5.0

    64013 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Again another wonderful meal

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  9. string

    64013 reviews

    5.0

    64013 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Wonderful Spanish food, sensational tapas. Such interesting flavours, textures and unique interpretations of traditional Spanish tapas.

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  10. string

    64013 reviews

    4.0

    64013 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2017

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    I have to admit this was the first time I was disappointed by a meal at Movida. We go there every time we are in Melbourne and it is normally the highlight of our time there. This time, mediocre service and it didn't seem to be great value for money. We normally rave over the steak tartare but this time the individual portions were tiny, nothing like how it used to be served. And yes, I know the price of wagyu has gone up.

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  11. string

    64013 reviews

    3.0

    64013 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2017

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Great food. Poor service.

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  12. string

    64013 reviews

    5.0

    64013 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I have been to Movida twice and both times were exceptional. The atmosphere was loud but fine. The service was welcoming, efficient and friendly, not stuffy.The price was fair for CBD restaurants.The food...aahhh the food is delicious! Tasty, varied, modern but not to the point where you can't understand what you're ordering. I will be be back for sure. Thanks Movida xx

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  13. string

    64013 reviews

    4.0

    64013 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2017

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great long lunch, excellent service and delicious food

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  14. string

    64013 reviews

    4.0

    64013 reviews

    Dined on April 19, 2017

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The staff were lovely, genuine and well informed about the food. Lots of fun and not pretentious at all.

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  15. fj11

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    good dining experience

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  16. string

    64013 reviews

    4.0

    64013 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2017

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Our 4th visit and we have thoroughly enjoyed each one. Food is outstanding - innovative, fresh and delicious. Our waitress was efficient but with an attitude problem.

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  17. string

    64013 reviews

    4.0

    64013 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2017

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Very good food and vibrant atmosphere.

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  18. string

    64013 reviews

    5.0

    64013 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful!!

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  19. string

    64013 reviews

    5.0

    64013 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous as always. Food so so yum and service was tip top.

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  20. string

    64013 reviews

    3.0

    64013 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2017

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was fantastic and wine service was good. Let down by poor table service (~20 mins to take our order). Once we ordered the food arrived well timed, never long without a dish. Ambiance is good, however it was difficult to hold a conversation with the person directly infront of me due to the background noise.

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  21. string

    64013 reviews

    5.0

    64013 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    In a very competitive environment MOVIDA still remains one of the leading eating places in Melbourne

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  22. string

    64013 reviews

    4.0

    64013 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2017

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Superb food; unpretentious

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  23. string

    64013 reviews

    4.0

    64013 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2017

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Had a wonderful time, very different vibe to the Sydney restaurant. Food was amazing, service was good, atmosphere was good but not exactly buzzing, we had been wanting to come here for a long time after hearing a lot of great things, overall it was very good but didn't quite live up to what we had imagined it would be like.

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  24. Mumbles

    London

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Brilliant food... very disappointing service... was surprised by this as normally they are very good. Ignored us the entire time as there were only two of us and we were surrounded by large groups.

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  25. Gracesta

    Perth

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food and service. Delicious and will be back.

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  26. string

    64013 reviews

    5.0

    64013 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent meal and couldn't fault any dish that we tried. Will definitely return.

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  27. string

    64013 reviews

    5.0

    64013 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    My good friend and I have been discussing a visit to MoVida for some time ( possibly years). It did not disappoint! We started with a few tapas treats ( can not recommend the spinach and manchego croquette enough!!!) and then moved on to the beef cheek with a few sides ( the brocolini with romanesco sauce was a standout). Our waitress was super attentive and down to earth. We couldn't of asked for a better experience to pop our MoVida cherry!

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  28. string

    64013 reviews

    5.0

    64013 reviews

    Dined on April 4, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The outstanding service was matched by a tempting menu, and delicious food. An all-round 10 out of 10 experience. From the moment we were greeted at the door with a smiling, welcoming face, to the moment we left, we thoroughly enjoyed our experience. Now discovered, Movida will be a regular dining location for us.

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  29. string

    64013 reviews

    5.0

    64013 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    2nd time visitor and will be back again, love it! Off to Bali in May and already booked in to MoVida there

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  30. string

    64013 reviews

    4.0

    64013 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2017

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was excellent - took awhile to be able to place our order, and service was then a little slow. We were eating before heading to Melbourne Comedy festival so pressed for time, but if you were in no rush this wouldnt have been such a problem.

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  31. string

    64013 reviews

    5.0

    64013 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic laneway find. Lots of character. The staff were wonderful and the food was excellent. From the olives to the bread, to the salt cured ocean trout. Great wine list too, something for everyone. Great to share with friends

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  32. string

    64013 reviews

    5.0

    64013 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    I honestly come here every time I'm in Melbourne.

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  33. string

    64013 reviews

    5.0

    64013 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always great food and friendly service every time. Have been here 3 times and will always go back as food is out of this world

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  34. vera4ever

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2017

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Went there due to others' recommendation, however, dishes were less amount , they tasted ok. But the service was great. Overall not bad.

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  35. string

    64013 reviews

    5.0

    64013 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic food that tickled the taste buds

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  36. string

    64013 reviews

    3.0

    64013 reviews

    Dined on March 22, 2017

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    with media hype over past few years - expected more spanish based on what experienced throughout Spain over the years. anyway was on bucket list

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 22, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Could not fault food or service. My favourite place to eat.

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  38. string

    64013 reviews

    5.0

    64013 reviews

    Dined on March 21, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The flavours were just brilliant in every dish.

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  39. string

    64013 reviews

    4.0

    64013 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2017

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I have dined at Movida before and expected something really special, but it feels like it has come off the pace a bit

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  40. string

    64013 reviews

    5.0

    64013 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Beautiful food ad excellent serving staff. Each course was better than the previous. The restaurant managed to bring the reservation forward by an hour which please the entire table. The noise level was so loud, it was difficult to hear our fellow diners. We'll definitely be back.

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MoVida is rated 4.5 stars by 462 OpenTable diners.

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Google Map for MoVida

1 Hosier Lane, Melbourne, AU-VIC 3000

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Flinders Street
  • Neighborhood
    Melbourne CBD
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch: Daily: 12:00pm - 2:00pm Dinner: Daily: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
  • Price
    $40 and under
  • Cuisines
    Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates, Mediterranean
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    Limited metered parking on Russell Street.
  • Public transit
    Flinders Street Station 200m.Tram No's: 1,3,5,6,8,16,64,67,72 (Flinders Street Station, Stop 13)Tram No's: 35, 70, 75 (Russell Street, Stop 6)
  • Executive chef
    Frank Camorra
  • Additional
    Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wine
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