The Moat

176 Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
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
Wi-Fi
AV equipment

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 - - - - -

Function packs, menus, offers & pricing

Venue Options


   This room best matches your search
Main Dining Room
  $30.00
  $50.00
  $1500
Capacity See Chart Exclusive


   This room best matches your search
Entire Venue
  $30.00
  $50.00
  $0
Capacity See Chart Exclusive


   This room best matches your search
Liberace Room
  $30.00
  $50.00
  $0
Capacity See Chart Shared with Public

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes we happily offer this service.
Yes. we ask though that the all decorations and waste be cleaned up at the end of the function.
We ask for a minimum dress standard of neat casual
We need a minimum of 48 hours to prepare for any function of this size.
We require a deposit of 10% and credit card details.
We take bookings of all sizes.
Yes as long as they are accompanied by an apparent or guardian.
Yes. But we do have a "cakage" fee of $3.50 per person

The Moat Reviews 3 reviews

"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
"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
"Had my 21st dinner here. Absolutely great food and great staff! They helped make it a smooth and enjoyable night."
| November 2016