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Simply Spanish

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
South Melbourne
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116 Cecil St, South Melbourne, Port Phillip, Victoria 3205, Australia
+61 3 9682 6100
08:00 - 22:00
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Sun 08:00 - 17:00
Wed - Sat 08:00 - 22:00
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Footscray, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

voted the best affordable paella valencia in town, they continue to go from strength to strength on this dish. made fresh daily on market days in giant paella pans laden with calamari, chicken,chorizo and local mussels, you just cannot beat the $14.50 price tag. the stuffed zucchini flowers when in season are excellent as well. we keep saying we must... More 

Thank 1mightymouse
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65 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This restaurant is on the outer perimeter of the Sth Melbourne markets. It is open during market times and at night time. They make great paella in a wagon on the footpath, which can be takeaway, sit at their shaded tables outside or ordered from the restaurant with waitress service. There are many Spanish dishes on the menu, including a... More 

Thank Sue M
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55 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016 via mobile

Love the paella here at simply Spanish. Get it every time I'm at south Melbourne market. Full of flavour! Would love to also try the garlic prawns!

Thank Chris P
Mumbai (Bombay), India
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167 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2016 via mobile

This restaurant is in south Melbourne market.... it is a very traditional kind of Marketplace with more of Spanish restaurants I guess ....you can do your grocery, vegetable and fruit marketing from the shops around... if you want to eat a typical Spanish food you must come to this place you have a choice of Spanish restaurants who serve good... More 

Thank pammuc
Singapore, Singapore
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12 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2016 via mobile

The Paella was moist and flavour was full bodied. Ingredients were fresh and we would have gone for second helpings if we could.

Thank Vincent L
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016 via mobile

Maybe we got a bad batch.. but we opted for the take away and thought we try it out as there's always a queue and it's the "best paella" outside of Spain... what a lie! Can't believe we paid 13.50 for such a below average dish. It literally had no taste and was ridiculously soggy plus 2 small mussels and... More 

Thank Tyaaan
Stuarts Point, Australia
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20 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016

We went here for breakfast,it was delicious & we were all so happy with our meal,nobody had food envy haha.Coffee was fantastic & the service was terrific,looking forward to going back again.

Thank Merl2013
Melbourne, Australia
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65 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2016

Took some interstate friends here for dinner based on some feedback. The service was very good and attentive. After ordering we were pleased to have constant feedback on the timing of our food and we were not disappointed. Fantastic tapas but especially the paella was superb. A great night and highly recommended.

Thank Grant H
Melbourne, Australia
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56 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2016 via mobile

We dropped in here for lunch and found it to be quite enjoyable. They had big pots of ready to go paella but we opted for a chicken and chorizo paella from the menu. Because it was made to order it took a while to come, and was around $21 for a smallish dish. I wasn't keen on the chicken... More 

Thank tiny_dancer16
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3 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

Visiting Melbourne, we thought tapas would suit for dinner & had noticed Simply Spanish earlier in the day at the markets. The staff were lovely, and the service prompt and efficient but the food was rather bland & the squid-ink paella mostly rice, not reminiscent of Spain at all. The wine was expensive and very average. A nice atmosphere on... More 

Thank chris57609

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 11 - USD 34
Mediterranean, Spanish
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Child-friendly, Groups, Cheap Eats, Kids
Open Hours
08:00 - 17:00
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 116 Cecil St, South Melbourne, Port Phillip, Victoria 3205, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Greater Melbourne  >  Port Phillip  >  South Melbourne>  > South Melbourne
  • Neighbourhood: South Melbourne
  • Phone Number: +61 3 9682 6100
Ever wandered the barrios of madrid, the backstreets of Barcelona or sampled the paellas of Valencia? Simply Spanish was established in 2009 from the South Melbourne Market to offer foodie enthusiasts a taste of Spain without having to wander too far from home. We are proud to welcome to our brand the new location at 10/555 Bourke St CBD with its vibrant charm and charisma, and our Queen Victoria Market location with its bustling energy sure to bring you back for more ....... Simply Spanish "Barriga Llena Corazon Contento"

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in South Melbourne

Neighbourhood Profile
South Melbourne
South Melbourne hosts the city’s oldest continuous market, founded in 1867. Rows of neatly arranged fruit, vegetables and flowers splash yellows, greens and reds along the entire perimeter, where the whole neighbourhood gathers for Saturday feasts. Inside the hall, shoppers hover over the mouth-watering displays of delicatessens and specialty food shops. Further in, a bazaar full of giftware, clothing, and kitchen utensils completes the scene. Take a break to walk the wide and shady streets and stroll along the Victorian-era heritage terrace houses. But return to the market in time for some paella, simmering in three large frypans on the footpath and served straight onto your plate.
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