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Colonial Tramcar Restaurant too

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Colonial Tramcar Restaurant too

For all Melbourne locals and visitors, would you recommend the Colonial Tramcar Restaurant? The reviews are good and it sounds nice to get to see the city, but do you think this is too "touristy?" We will be visiting from California for 3 days, so we are tourists, but do not want to waste money doing this, if there are better things to see and do. I appreciate your thoughts!

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1. Re: Colonial Tramcar Restaurant too

The tramcar restaurant is a fun thing to do! Plenty of locals go on it, so it's not a mere tourist trap. In fact, from memory, when we went on it some months ago, there were no overseas tourists in our section at all. As the reviews you've mentioned probably say, the food is quite acceptable (although you wouldn't call it "top of the range dining"!). On our trip, the (included) drinks flowed pretty freely and likewise were quite acceptable. The route varies, but obviously since you're on the move for a couple of hours, you get to see some of Melbourne.

The pickup point is very close to the Clarendon St entrance to the Crown casino complex.

Edited: 11 August 2010, 09:05
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2. Re: Colonial Tramcar Restaurant too

We enjoyed it and would not consider it a tourist trap, even though technically we were tourists as were visiting from Perth. A different way of dining. Whether there are" better" things to do is very much a personal view.

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I agree.

It is a unique way to see our city and do something that is not a normal part of a tourist visit in other cities. Like a helicopter ride in New York or a bay trip in San Francisco. However, be aware you are paying for the experience and while the food is ok - it is not cordon bleu (or gordon blue as we say here). So the food experience is not high class restaurant simply because of the small kitchen and the limited choices. You get to see the suburbs as well so you get out of the city and see a bit of 'suburban' Melbourne.

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We did the Tram Car a couple of years ago and loved it. We only live an hour from Melbourne so frequent the city fairly regulary. It is a great way to feel Melbourne Town and meet some locals. The food isnt as bad as they make out, just dont expect too much. We loved it so much that we are doing it again in a couple of weeks and this time taking a bunch of Melbournians. Consider it a great experience. Relax and enjoy.

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I'm another that recommends the experience. My wife and I were in Melbourne for her birthday and booked the Tramcar well in advance.

It was a great night, lots of interaction between tourists and locals on it, answering questions and just chatting socially, though that would just depend on your luck on the night.

As others have opined, it isn't haute cuisine but good basic stuff with liberal drinks if you are so inclined. I believe they offer an excellent product and experience. Again I recommend it and that you book in advance.

Cheerz Wabster.

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We are a group of six thinking of taking the tramcar next month to celebrate a significant birthday.

Would that work ok? Looks like the seating is in tables for four.

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Seating is for 4 on one side and 2 on the other and is slightly squeezy for tall people. My OH had fun getting his 196cm frame in the position opposite his similar sized brother but we managed. Luckily I and my SIL are little :-) Probably not the best arrangement for a special birthday IMO. Could you make it 8 and have two tablesof 4 back to back?

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8. Re: Colonial Tramcar Restaurant too

Trouble is, as the wine flows, you tend to look out the window less and less...

We loved the experience. The ride was stable, and the food was certainly good enough. But being Melbourne born, we love our old trams. People from o/s might have a different view. Then again, how many people can boast about eating on a moving restaurant ? Or eating an animal that appears on your countries coat of arms ?

If you get the chance, do it. It's quite a unique experience, and doesn't go for that long. We did the early night meal, but you may prefer the lunch to see more. Or if you do stuff during the day, the late dinner (8.35pm departure) means you won't eat into your schedule.

There is also a free tourist tram that runs around a loop of the city. It's ok for tourists, I guess.

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We've been on it about 4 times in our visits over the last 6 years...love it. I think the 1st time was probably the best because it was new to us. But, on other visits it's been just as good. We've been lucky in that the fellow passengers were mostly good fun too. Our host/waitress was like a "resting" actress and knew how to work the crowd with a few jokes thrown in when she found out where were from (Scotland).

Food is of a good standard but choice obviously limited. Plenty of wine etc to quaff as we went along. Definitely worth a try. Don't recall remembering much about where it went as we were all too busy having fun.

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10. Re: Colonial Tramcar Restaurant too

I have been on it a couple of times with interstate visitors and they love it. I always think that the opinions from visitors on these type of things are more valuable than the locals, because they will be more honest and look at it from a different point. As you can see, most visitors have enjoyed the experience.