The Moat

4.7
50 reviews
$40 and under
Italian

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Pre/post Theatre
Enjoy an Italian escape at The Moat, an intimate haven in the heart of Melbourne.
Our new menu reflects the Italian heritage of our two owners, Paul and Rosie, and of our head chef Monica. Together, they have created authentic dishes that are hand-made with seasonal local produce, simplicity and love.
Our family welcomes yours to join us.

Experiences

  • An Italian Lunch at The Moat

    A$25.00 per person

    Multiple dates available

    Escape to Italy during your lunch break with our Lunch Special - your choice of our authentic Italian lunch dishes, plus a glass of house wine.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 50 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.5
Food
4.8
Service
4.7
Ambience
4.4
Value
Noise · Moderate
97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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AnthonyO
1 review
Dined on 30 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely food. lovely evening.
Only discovered The moat earlier this month.
Have already been twice.
Looking forward to going back soon.

The Moat
Responded 3 days ago

Anthony, thank you so much for your lovely review! We are thrilled to hear that The Moat is one of your new favourite places to dine. We look forward to your next visit!

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RobF
1 review
Dined on 25 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We LOVE The Moat! Incredibly delicious food with a warm and inviting atmosphere. We had the vegan antipasto plate, vegan lasagne with twice cooked potatoes and green salad. For desert we had vegan berry panacotta with biscotti accompanied by a nice bottle of Pinot Grigio and sparkling water. LOVELY!! So glad you survived covid!!

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The Moat
Responded on 29 April 2021

Thanks Rob - we're so happy to hear that you love The Moat and that you enjoyed our new Italian menu! We're so happy to be able to offer delicious vegan Italian dishes to our guests. We hope to see you again soon!

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JasonmelBourne
2 reviews
Dined on 24 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great place tucked away from the busy streets. Great ambience, menu, and service!

The Moat
Responded on 29 April 2021

Thank you so much - we are so thrilled you enjoyed dining at The Moat! We hope you'll come back to visit us soon.

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AndrewG
1 review
Dined on 18 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The Moat service was outstanding and there food was great. The slow cooked lamb was amazing. Thanks for a great night out.

The Moat
Responded on 22 April 2021

Thanks so much, Andrew! We're delighted you enjoyed your meal at The Moat and that you loved our new menu. We look forward to seeing you next time!

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JacintaD
1 review
Dined on 16 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Thanks to the team at Moat for accommodating our group that grew from 6 to 10! Staff were brilliant and food was delish. Great value. Everyone is still taking about what a great night we had at Moat.

The Moat
Responded on 22 April 2021

Jacinta, thank you so much! It was lovely to have you and your group in and we are so pleased to hear we made a lasting impression! We hope you'll pay us another visit soon.

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IsabelH
1 review
Dined on 2 April 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

What a pleasure it was to be back at The Moat, and to be welcomed by Rosie, Paul and Ted. Though I missed my favorite chicken meatballs with slaw, and smoked salmon with potato salad I enjoyed the Italian treats on offer. It is my preferred place to lunch in Melbourne and has been for years. Long may it prosper!

The Moat
Responded on 15 April 2021

Thank you Isabel - it's wonderful to be back and to be able to welcome our regulars once more! We're so pleased to hear you loved our new Italian menu and look forward to serving you again soon!

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ShonaD
1 review
Dined on 1 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food; friendly and courteous service; quiet atmosphere and attractive surroundings. A favourite haunt of mine.

The Moat
Responded on 15 April 2021

Shona, thank you for your lovely words - we're delighted to hear that you enjoy your time at The Moat! We're so pleased to hear that our new Italian menu was 'excellent' - this is wonderful feedback for our kitchen and for our whole team. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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TimC
1 review
Dined on 26 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Moat is always friendly efficient service and tasty food.

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CatherineS
1 review
Dined on 19 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Really good food. Understated elegance. Europe at the State Library Melbourne. Well done Moat

The Moat
Responded on 25 March 2021

Catherine, thank you! We're delighted you enjoyed your time at The Moat and that you loved our new Italian menu! We look forward to seeing you again soon.

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jaynel
1 review
Dined on 12 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

beautiful food and marvelous wait staff who were perfectly attentive without being overbearing. we had a fabulous evening

The Moat
Responded on 18 March 2021

Jaynel, thank you so much! We're delighted to hear that you had a fabulous evening and that our team took excellent care of you. We're also thrilled that you enjoyed your meal and will pass your kind comments on to our head chef and her team! On behalf of The Moat we hope to welcome you back again soon.

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Paula
1 review
Dined on 11 March 2021
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience3

I have been a regular at The Moat for many years but since COVID had only been back in for an evening drink and hadn't looked at the menu. The Moat has always been the perfect place for a casual lunch or dinner with friends or colleagues as well as an excellent venue for treating important business partners and guests. When we arrived for lunch, I was devastated to find that the menu had changed from the premium but affordable original and delicious offering that I've come to love, to a basic Italian menu of panini and pastas. The service was fine and the food was okay but sadly, not enough of a draw to bring me back. I hope the team at The Moat might reconsider this new direction - with Italian restaurants on every corner in the Melbourne CBD, we truly need more unique, creative restaurants to cater to the cultural community that thrives in our city.

The Moat
Responded on 18 March 2021

Paula, thanks for your visit and for taking the time to review us. We're disappointed to hear that our new Italian menu wasn't to your taste - both our owners and our head chef have Italian backgrounds and all three have devoted their time, energy and love to this new direction for The Moat. We welcome your feedback and hope you'll give us another chance.

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Janet
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The Moat has it all, perfect pre concert meal. Food was delicious, lasagne special was one of the most innovative and yummy dishes I have had in a long time. Tiramisu was gorgeous too. Lovely ambience and we could hear each other thanks to the considerate staff allocating appropriate seating for our needs. Will eat hear again and we are spreading the word to fellow Tasmanians visiting Melbourne.

The Moat
Responded on 11 March 2021

Janet, thank you so much for your visit and for your lovely review. We are so pleased that you chose us on your visit from Tasmania and to hear that you loved our handmade Italian cuisine! We hope you'll stop by again on your next trip to Melbourne.

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JulieS
3 reviews
Dined on 5 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The Moat team are delightful -- guest are welcomed, fed with delicious food and the new-look menu has some great offerings.

One of my favourites in the CBD and a great place to share lunch, dinner or a drink with friends.

The Moat
Responded on 11 March 2021

Julie, thank you so much! We are delighted you enjoy spending time at The Moat and that you've found some dishes to love on our new Italian menu. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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Mels
1 review
Dined on 26 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful staff, beautiful atmosphere and great food.

The Moat
Responded on 1 March 2021

Thank you Mels! We're thrilled you enjoyed your time with us and that you loved your meal! We look forward to seeing you again soon.

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MaryAnneS
1 review
Dined on 11 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Quiet, cool, history-filled stone bunker underneath the State Library Victoria, with gold painted stone walls, soft floors and a homely feel, The Moat is a great spot for a drink, lunch or dinner.

The Moat
Responded on 17 February 2021

MaryAnne, thanks so much for your visit and your review - we're so pleased you enjoyed your time at The Moat. We're thrilled you would recommend us and we hope you'll stop by for another drink or meal soon!

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Genevieve
1 review
Dined on 11 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

IT was supercalifragilisticexpialidocious- three of us ate delicious good - drank lovely wines - and shared a fabulous dessert - all very good ...

The Moat
Responded on 17 February 2021

Genevieve, thank you for visiting us and for taking the time to leave a review - we're delighted to hear you enjoyed your visit and your meal! We look forward to seeing you next time.

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DanTheMan
1 review
Dined on 5 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The Most would have to be one of Melbourne's best hidden gems! The Moat is an awesome location for a morning coffee break from the office, it's the perfect spot for a bite to eat and the ideal setting for an intermit dinner or venue for a small gathering. The staff are the most delightful hospitality professionals you'll ever come across. The menu is Italian and there's no doubt that the Chef is also Italian as her homemade pasta is to die for! I can't recommend The Moat highly enough for your next visit to the city!

The Moat
Responded on 17 February 2021

Dan, we are so happy that you loved our new Italian dishes - we agree that our handmade pasta is to die for! Thanks also for your kind words about our staff; we'll be sure to pass that on. We hope you'll stop by again soon!

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OliviaG
1 review
Dined on 22 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The service was friendly and fast, but not interruptive or too frequent.
The food was well priced, but still delicious, with options all guests were happy with.
Seating was situated in a number of different areas throughout the restaurant due to the shape of the venue, which made it cosy, but not crowded, while still creating a fun vibe.
Needless to say, we were all very happy with our choice for the night, as everything was 'just right".

The Moat
Responded on 28 January 2021

Olivia, thanks so much for visiting The Moat and for your kind review! We are thrilled that you and your guests enjoyed your dinner with us and that your meal was delicious. We look forward to having you back at The Moat soon!

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LindyL
1 review
Dined on 21 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I love everything about The Moat. The staff are professional and welcoming. Always there when you need them and not there when you don't! The ambience in this little hideaway underneath The State Library is spot on, making us feel as though we could have been in Rome or New York. But it's the consistently well executed menu that will always keep me coming back - faultless. Highly recommended!

The Moat
Responded on 28 January 2021

Thanks for your review, Lindy! We're so pleased to hear that you love spending time at The Moat and we're thrilled that our menu tickles your tastebuds. Come soak up our European ambience again soon!

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Philipt
1 review
Dined on 23 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is a favourite place of mine to dine when in the CBD. Food isa great and the service is even better. They have even placed a very nice preservative free shiraz on their wine list after I and some others enquired. Ted was very welcoming and remembered me by name after being away for quite some time to to the lockdown.

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KELLYM
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The staff could not have been more accommodating. Food was delicious. Great atmosphere. We will return

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KellyB
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Highly recommend this hidden little gem!! The food and service were outstanding. perhaps could have had a couple more items on the menu for dinner but give the current pandemic understand the limit. Would definitely go back again!!

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MaggieG
London
2 reviews
Dined on 11 March 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Good place to have a conversation over lunch. Food is fresh and imaginative and room is well sound proofed so that you can hear each other.

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WinsomeS
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Great unique location, friendly staff, hip cosy cellar/bookish decor, bustling atmosphere, eclectic delicious cuisine with lots of share options.

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Laoracle
1 review
Dined on 18 February 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Yes certainly
An excellent venue to take interstate O/S visitors
Only complaint quite noisy but it ads to the appeal
Not a place for hearing impaired

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vipRSM1
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Excellent service and interesting menu. Degustation menu was very nice and good value

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AliP
1 review
Dined on 29 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The pie of the day was great, but it was difficult to pick that to eat as everything on the menu looked good. Service was attentive and friendly. Prices are excellent. I have been a number of times, and have always enjoyed it. Definitely will return.

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Gnomes
2 reviews
Dined on 15 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I love this hidden away gem in the middle of the city.
Food is tasty and the venue is cosy and inviting.

The Moat
Responded on 28 January 2021

Thanks so much for dining with us and for your five-star review! We are delighted to hear you enjoyed your meal and that you loved our ambience and service. We hope you'll visit again soon!

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RonK
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Delicious food, attentive staff and vibrant venue.

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Patrickcmx
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a person in wheelchair and the place was quite accessible. Staff were very friendly and welcoming. The food and drink were surprisingly good. A lot of vegetarian option and you can't go wrong with ordering any dish. We enjoyed out time too much until the waitress telling me the next table arrived.

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StephenE
2 reviews
Dined on 10 December 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

A nice quiet spot where good food and drink flow and allow for a wonderful evening. Wait Staff were excellent. attentive but not imposing.

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RoslynM
1 review
Dined on 11 November 2019
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.

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SallyR
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

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AlisonC
1 review
Dined on 3 October 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.

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janer
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

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RuthS
3 reviews
Dined on 7 September 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.

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AliS
1 review
Dined on 23 August 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.

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AdeleF
1 review
Dined on 15 August 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.

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MartynJ
1 review
Dined on 5 August 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

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

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DianaH
1 review
Dined on 30 July 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.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from The Moat using the Order Online button. The Moat also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (03) 9094 7820.

The Moat is rated 4.7 stars by 50 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.