The Moat

4.5
33 reviews
$40 and under
Italian
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.

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 33 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.5
Food
4.7
Service
4.6
Ambience
4.3
Value
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OliviaG
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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".

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LindyL
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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!

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Philipt
Melbourne / VIC
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
Melbourne / VIC
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
7 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
Melbourne / VIC
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.

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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
Melbourne / VIC
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
Melbourne / VIC
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
Melbourne / VIC
2 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
Melbourne / VIC
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.

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Eureek
Sydney / NSW
6 reviews
Dined on 25 July 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

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KateA
1 review
Dined on 12 July 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.

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RiyaPC
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 22 June 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.

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Pineapple
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Helpful and charming staff. Efficient service with a smile.

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MaggieG
London
3 reviews
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall4Food3Service3Ambience4

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

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Lbee
Melbourne / VIC
4 reviews
Dined on 14 May 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.

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JohnDee
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 15 April 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.

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AliV
1 review
Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

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Ellie
1 review
Dined on 29 March 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.

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GreggieP
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 21 March 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of our favourites
Great food and excellent service!

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 4.5 stars by 33 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.