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.
- Surfaces sanitised between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
- Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
- Contactless payment available
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Waiting staff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Chicken & Feta Meatballs with Slaw
New York Bagel
Lovely and cosy restaurant, beautiful food and friendly service. I took work colleagues there for a meal and the 9 of us were able to sit inside at a lovely long wooden table. Staff were great accommodating us. Looking forward to returning again.
Thank you for the five star review - we are delighted to hear that you and your colleagues enjoyed your dining experience! We're so pleased to hear that everything met the mark and we look forward to seeing you again soon!
We had a beautiful lunch to celebrate my birthday. Cosy restaurant with lovely ambiance, a hidden gem with delicious Italian food and impeccable service. Lovely welcoming staff we will definitely be returning! Highly recommend for Italian food lovers.
Thank you so much for choosing us for your birthday celebrations and for your lovely review! We are so happy to hear that you loved our Italian dishes and that our staff took such great care of you. We'll see you again soon!
Fabulous food with great service in a funky location. Excellent.
Thanks for the five star review, Graeme! We're thrilled that you enjoyed your meal at The Moat and that you loved our new Italian menu. We look forward to welcoming you back again soon!
Awesome place, good food, great cocktails. A must try
Greg, thank you so much! We're so happy to hear that you loved your dining experience. We hope to see you again soon!
We love this place! Food is amazing, staff are friendly
Kristi, thank you - we are thrilled to hear that you love dining with us. We'll pass your lovely words onto our team and we look forward to your next visit!
Great food, reasonably priced. Serving sizes are on the smaller side.
Hi Ruby, thanks for your lovely review! We're delighted to hear that you loved our food and that you found it well priced. Aside from our pastas we also offer some larger dishes - if you didn't get a chance to try these on your visit, we hope you'll stop by again!
The food was very bland all around; not much flavour at all, and my partner’s serving of ravioli was tiny, particularly for $28. My cocktail was not great either. Wouldn’t mind the price if the food was tasty, but we could have eaten much better food for a much lower price.
Hi Samantha, thanks so much for visiting The Moat and for taking the time to leave your review. We're sorry to hear that on this occasion we didn't meet your expectations, and we'll pass on your comments to our team so they can review and improve. We hope you'll give us another chance some day.
Amazing service, great food and a very special venue. Think this will become a regular!
Thanks so much, Lisa! We're delighted to hear that you loved your meal and that our staff took excellent care of you. We can't wait to see you again!
We were a group of workers meeting up after a long absence from each other - we had good food, good service, good ambience - all good ... (and we'll be repeating it at some stage)
Genevieve, thank you so much for your lovely review. We're so happy to hear that you and your friends enjoyed your dining experience and that you loved our new Italian menu! We'll see you again soon.
Little gem tucked away under the State library. Lovely food and great cocktails! Will definitely be back.
Sash, thank you! We're so happy to hear you that you loved your time with us. We look forward to welcoming you back to The Moat soon!
We enjoyed our dinner. Thank you. Service was spot on, friendly on arrival, just enough time from ordering to serving of food and just enough attention. Well done to the server.
Food was tasty although a tad over priced. A week earlier we had dined in a top seafood restaurant in Hobart and we paid less there than at your venue.
Regarding the noise level, we were placed near a table of 8 or so people who continued to be loud for the duration of our stay. This proved frustrating as our group of 4 struggled with our conversation and souring our experience.
Silvana, thanks so much for choosing to dine at The Moat and for you review. We've noted your comments regarding pricing and noise and will pass this on to management. We're delighted to hear that our staff provided excellent service for you and your group, and we'll pass this on as well. We hope you'll stop by again someday.
Lovely food. lovely evening.
Only discovered The moat earlier this month.
Have already been twice.
Looking forward to going back soon.
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!
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!!
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!
Great place tucked away from the busy streets. Great ambience, menu, and service!
Thank you so much - we are so thrilled you enjoyed dining at The Moat! We hope you'll come back to visit us soon.
The Moat service was outstanding and there food was great. The slow cooked lamb was amazing. Thanks for a great night out.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
Excellent food; friendly and courteous service; quiet atmosphere and attractive surroundings. A favourite haunt of mine.
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!
Moat is always friendly efficient service and tasty food.
Tim, thank you! We are so happy to hear that you enjoy your visits to The Moat and that you love our new Italian menu! We'll see you again soon.
Really good food. Understated elegance. Europe at the State Library Melbourne. Well done Moat
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.
beautiful food and marvelous wait staff who were perfectly attentive without being overbearing. we had a fabulous evening
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Wonderful staff, beautiful atmosphere and great food.
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.
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.
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!
IT was supercalifragilisticexpialidocious- three of us ate delicious good - drank lovely wines - and shared a fabulous dessert - all very good ...
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.
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!
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!
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".
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!
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!
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!
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.
The staff could not have been more accommodating. Food was delicious. Great atmosphere. We will return
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!!
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.
Great unique location, friendly staff, hip cosy cellar/bookish decor, bustling atmosphere, eclectic delicious cuisine with lots of share options.
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
Excellent service and interesting menu. Degustation menu was very nice and good value
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.
I love this hidden away gem in the middle of the city.
Food is tasty and the venue is cosy and inviting.
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!
Delicious food, attentive staff and vibrant venue.
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The Moat is rated 4.6 stars by 61 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.