The Moat

176 Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
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With its unique courtyard and the hefty, time-worn bluestone walls that support this iconic 19th Century building, The Moat establishes an atmosphere unlike any other. Boasting an interior designed by Christo Gillard, The Moat pays homage to the nostalgia and intellect of the building whilst also catering to the whimsy and fantasy of the fiction housed above.
The food and wine is curated with the utmost care and passion. The Moat offers customers a simple yet delicious menu and a considered drinks list. Enjoy the wonderful Espresso Syndicate coffee and more teas — all fairtrade and organic. There’s two rotating draft beers on tap and, to keep your thoughts rolling, a book exchange program.

The Moat is open and keen to welcome you from 9am ’til late from Monday to Friday, and on the weekends is available for private functions only.

Venue Features

Disability access
Bar tab available
External Catering
External Music
AV Equipment

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Capacity Chart

Area Banquet Cocktail U-Shape Theatre Boardroom Classroom Cabaret
Main Dining Room 100 100 45 - - - -
Entire Venue 80 100 - - - - -
Liberace Room 30 0 - - - - -

Main Dining Room

Casual groups welcome Capacity See Chart

Entire Venue

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Liberace Room

Casual groups welcome Capacity See Chart
Shared with Public

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I arrange a bar tab?

Yes we happily offer this service.

Can I decorate the area I hire for my function?

Yes. we ask though that the all decorations and waste be cleaned up at the end of the function.

Is there a dress code that my guests need to be aware of?

We ask for a minimum dress standard of neat casual

How late can I book the venue exclusively?

We need a minimum of 48 hours to prepare for any function of this size.

How do I secure my booking?

We require a deposit of 10% and credit card details.

Are casual smaller groups welcome?

We take bookings of all sizes.

Can I have underage guests attend my function?

Yes as long as they are accompanied by an apparent or guardian.

Can i bring my own cake?

Yes. But we do have a "cakage" fee of $3.50 per person

Are there any additional costs?

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November 2016

Allegra R
Had dinner here to celebrate my birthday, and was extremely impressed with both the service and the food. We ordered a set menu, which included different shared dishes (the highlight of which, for me, were the double-cooked lamb ribs which really melted in your mouth). The food came out at a steady pace over about 2.5 hours, and the staff was very helpful and friendly. Also, I was very happy with the way they catered for gluten-intolerance, as there was always a gluten-free option alongside dishes that would otherwise not be gluten-free. I couldn't have asked for a better birthday dinner, and highly recommend The Moat for special celebrations and functions.

November 2016

Xin G
Super adorable intimate little place. Was here for a friends birthday dinner, waiters all super nice and very accommodating. The food was excellent and great portion size for the price.

November 2016

Naomi B
Had my 21st dinner here. Absolutely great food and great staff! They helped make it a smooth and enjoyable night.

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