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The Moat, Melbourne, AU-VIC

The Moat

4.8
4.8
284 Reviews
$41 to $100
Italian
Enjoy an Italian escape at The Moat, an intimate haven in the heart of Melbourne.
Set in the basement of the State Library.
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.

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2 people

8:00 pm


Booked 22 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $41 to $100
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Cocktail Bar, Mediterranean
  • Hours of Operation
    Wed–Fri 12:00 pm–10:00 pm Dinner Tue, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (03) 9094 7820
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Private party facilities
    For Private Functions please Contact Rosie via email: info@themoat.com.au
  • Area
    Melbourne CBD
  • Cross Street
    Swanston and Little Lonsdale
  • Parking Details
    Parking available at QV Centre
  • Public Transit
    Melbourne Central
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeaway, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Lunch Special

    $30.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    On Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays enjoy our lunch special: a plate of our silky handmade pasta and a glass of wine for just $30.
    Lunch Special photo
  • Chef's feed me menu

    $75.00 per person

    5 July - 4 Dec 2024
    for parties larger than 8 enjoy a family style feed me menu of the chefs favourite dishes. Let us know if we need to consider any special diets and we will make it happen
    Chef's feed me menu photo
  • Gnocchi Night!!

    $40.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    Join us every Wednesday for Gnocchi Night! Enjoy your choice of three pasta dishes, each featuring our handmade gnocchi, served with a side salad and a glass of red or white house wine for just $40 per person. It's the perfect mid-week treat!
    Gnocchi Night!! photo

What 284 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseEnergetic

Loved For

  • Melbourne

    Best Ambience

  • Melbourne

    Italian

  • City Centre

    Best Overall

  • City Centre

    Best Food

  • City Centre

    Best Ambience

  • City Centre

    Best Value

  • City Centre

    Italian

284 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A great little restaurant in the CBD. The menu is shorter than most but the quality is amazing. Less is definitely more. We had the slow cooked lamb shoulder and it was superb.

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  2. ELO1

    Melbourne

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely atmosphere, great food and cocktails, friendly service, highly recommend this restaurant!

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  3. MarkS

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 29 June 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    great, very nice, funny waitress. Food nice. Drinks nice.
    The MoatResponded on 2 July 2024
    Thank you so much for your five star review, Mark! We are so pleased to hear that you loved your time at The Moat and we look forward to seeing you again soon!

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  4. Stephanie

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 June 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Moat has been a favourite of mine for many years. My recent reservation did not disappoint.
    The MoatResponded 7 days ago
    Thank you so much for your kind words! We're so happy to be one of your favourite places and we look forward to your next visit!

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 21 June 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Hidden gem in the city! Loved it, will be coming back!
    The MoatResponded on 2 July 2024
    Thank you for your kind words and your five star review! We look forward to your next visit.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 June 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had such a lovely time there. Place looks really authentic and beautiful. Definitely would go back for the mushroom ravioli and tiramisu!
    The MoatResponded on 2 July 2024
    Thank you so much for the five star review! We're delighted to learn that you loved your meal and we look forward to seeing you again soon!

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 June 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was incredible! Mushroom ravioli was some of the best pasta I’ve ever had. Tiramisu was delicious too. Staff were friendly and attentive. We thought prices were very reasonable for the quality. The venue is very cozy and not too loud. Kitchen is in the middle of the restaurant and we sat right by it, so my clothes and hair did smell a bit garlicky. I didn’t mind but may bother someone sensitive to it.
    The MoatResponded on 21 June 2024
    Thank you so much for your review! We are so pleased to hear that you loved your meal and that our team took such great care of you during your visit. We hope you'll join us for some more pasta and tiramisu soon!

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  8. LizP

    Queensland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 6 June 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lunchtime special included a pasta and a lovely Pinot Grigio. Pasta with pork and fennel sausage was fabulous. Service friendly and speedy. Excellent place for a late lunch in the city
    The MoatResponded on 13 June 2024
    Liz, thank you so much for your five star review! We're so happy to hear that you loved our lunch pasta special. We hope you'll dine with us again soon!

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Adelaide

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 May 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We really enjoyed our night. The food was great and we really liked the ambience of the basement. Would definitely recommend this Restuarant
    The MoatResponded on 13 June 2024
    Thank you for dining with us! We're so happy to hear that you loved your meal and that you enjoyed spending time in our bluestone basement. We hope you'll come see us again soon!

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  10. PaulE

    Tropical QLD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love this underground cosy dining room with its calming ambience and rich decor. Service was a team effort and collectively it was warm, professional and efficient. The mulled wine offering is a stroke of genius- hot and indulgent. Lucky there’s a sign out on the street promoting it. Otherwise the wine and drinks list is all we need it to be- covers the range and geography nicely. I’m glad to see conventional wine glasses in use. Gnocchi is superb- in this case less is more with this simple hearty dish done well. A green salad is part of the deal, presented nicely if a bit underwhelming. The Moat is a beloved go-to central Melbourne restaurant for us and will continue to be.
    The MoatResponded on 31 May 2024
    Paul, thank you so much for your lovely review. We are so glad to hear that you love dining with us and to learn that you particularly enjoyed our mulled wine and gnocchi on this visit. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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FAQs

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

The Moat is rated 4.8 stars by 284 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a booking

2 people

8:00 pm


Booked 22 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for The Moat

176 Little Lonsdale St, Melbourne, AU-VIC 3000

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    Swanston and Little Lonsdale
  • Area
    Melbourne CBD
  • Hours of Operation
    Wed–Fri 12:00 pm–10:00 pm Dinner Tue, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $41 to $100
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Cocktail Bar, Mediterranean
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    Parking available at QV Centre
  • Public Transit
    Melbourne Central
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeaway, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (03) 9094 7820
  • Private party facilities
    For Private Functions please Contact Rosie via email: info@themoat.com.au
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