Melbourne’s Colonial Tramcar Restaurant is truly fabulous. You get so much in one place even though that place is mobile. Imagine moving slowly through Melbourne’s beautiful streets and the night lights in all their glory while having a great meal. It makes for a wonderful evening. Or you could do lunch as you watch the city going about its business.
For over thirty years, three 1927 classic converted tramcars have been cruising Melbourne’s streets giving people a unique visual treat while satisfying their tummies. These vintage, rich burgundy coloured tramcars have sumptuous and beautifully designed interiors reminiscent of a bygone era.
Each tramcar travels on a separate fixed route through southern Melbourne, seven days a week, the whole year around. They start and terminate near the Melbourne Exhibition Centre and opposite the Crown Casino. These tramcar restaurants seat thirty-six guests but you don’t feel cramped for space. Due to scheduling constraints trams have to leave on time and don’t wait around for latecomers, so be there at least 15 minutes before the scheduled time.
There are three outings – one for lunch and two dinners. The meals are fixed both in price and menu but the good news is that unlimited alcohol is included in the price. The meals are pre-cooked and heated prior to being served on the tram. While the food is very good, the drawback is that the choice is limited and so are the drinks.
The menu for Luncheon is a 4-course meal ($82.50), Early Dinner a 3-course meal ($77.00) and the Late Dinner is a sumptuous 5-course meal ($121) so quantities are not a problem and you won’t go hungry. Be prepared for lots of meat! Oh yes, the staff, are good old Aussie friendly, attentive and quick to fill your glass.
Oh! You will need to book well in advance because this is a very popular thing to do. Whether you book online or make your reservations at the Tramcar Restaurant office you will have pay up, in full, up front.