The Moat

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Tucked beneath Melbourne's iconic State Library, The Moat is an intimate escape away from the city rush. Styled by Christo Gillard, with us you can enjoy worldly food and wine among 19th Century bluestone walls, our homely courtyard, and the timeless literature housed above.
What 19 People Are Saying
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RM
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

This is a lovely venue to meet up with friends - great ambience and very friendly attentive staff. It's even quite a nice place to hang out on your own with a book and a glass of wine.

SR
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great venue, we loved the ambience and service was fantastic!

AC
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love the ambience and the quirky look and feel of the Moat. There is always delicious food to suit a variety of tastes and great service. A 'go to' place for a drink or meal in Melbourne for me.

j
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place! Our book club meet here regularly and we love the service, food and atmosphere.

RS
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely service, great food, amazing wine and ambiance. I came with a group of 3 before we went to a writers festival talk and we only wished we had longer to linger there.

AS
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Moat never disappoints ! Great food - really interesting flavours , AND incredible service from truly lovely staff, who are genuinely keen everyone has a great experience and they make a Friday night fun.

AF
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Moat is a lovely little lunch place. It's quiet and has a great quirky feel. The service is always perfect, the wine selection is great, the food is great, not a huge selection and it rarely changes.

MJ
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great lunch spot in central location. Fine food at reasonable prices.

DH
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

This is a great venue for a quick meal after an event with fabulous staff and delicious food that is reasonably priced. Always enjoy going there.

E
Sydney / NSW
6 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The moat is a solid , not too expensive, cosy place with good food , delicious beer on tap and a decent wine selection. I never had a bad experience there and this time around I took some people from overseas who certainly left very happy

KA
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Service and atmosphere were lovely, unfortunately our food didn't quite match up with the prices of $45 odd for a main. I ordered the duck fillet which arrived lukewarm, and the plum sauce was too sweet and singular in flavour.

RP
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such elegant food amidst a beautiful setting! Love love love their Eton mess, yum! Books and wine, what’s not to love? Will definitely go back again.

P
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Helpful and charming staff. Efficient service with a smile.

MG
London
2 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience4

It was a business meeting lunch - I ordered badly - a vegetarian version of their ploughman's type lunch.
Not a good choice...

L
Melbourne / VIC
4 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience4

Waited nearly half an hour for a menu and order to be taken. Delightful girl served us but she was totally run off her feet. Food was delicious. Noise level was very very high.

JD
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience2

The background music was loud, intrusive and unnecessary. Service was exemplary and the food top notch (smoked salmon, meat balls). Will go back when it's quiet.

AV
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service, beautiful food, stunning venue. I would definitely recommend and will definitly be back!

E
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The Moat is our favourite Cafe in Melbourne, great staff. great location. We organize our monthly literary meetings there. Also every time we visit the State Library or the Wheelers Centre, we drop by at the Moat to have a coffee.

GP
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favourites
Great food and excellent service!