Themed Restaurants in Melbourne

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Looking for a dining experience a little left of centre? Look no further, as we've got eight of the best themed restaurants in Melbourne.

Get ready to enjoy a burger from a train carriage five storeys up, dine with Denis the Menace or eat lamb gyros in a subterranean cave at these funky restaurants in Melbourne.

The Best Themed Restaurants in Melbourne

1. Panda Hot Pot, Carlton

Panda Hot Pot - Themed Restaurants in Melbourne
A fun hot pot experience with nightly shows will transport you to Ancient China.

China's famous Panda Hot Pot is known for its authentic Sichuan cuisine and has now brought the exclusive, authentic dining experience to downtown Melbourne.

From the detailed facade of the two-story building to the elaborate traditional decor and nightly performances from music performances to family-friendly Panda Shows, the venue has been transformed to showcase not only the region's spectacular food but also its vibrant culture. The tradition of cooking hotpot at your table DIY-style is also a fun novelty.

Inspired by Wuxia - China's cult martial arts heroes - and adorned with trademark red lanterns, hand-crafted Chinese-style interiors, and a striking steel dragon watching over the grand staircase, Panda HotPot is an awesome themed restaurant in Melbourne to add to your list.

Location: 100 Victoria St, Carlton

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2. Soda Rock Diner

Soda Rock Diner - Themed Restaurants in Melbourne
Originally Johnny Rockets, Soda Rock Diner is an authentic American dining experience.

Bringing Happy Days to the iconic Jam Factory, Soda Rock Diner boasts a classic menu of popular American favourites, including the best milkshakes in town!

The themed restaurant in Melbourne has vintage booths, roller-skating waiters and waitresses, pinball machines, a jukebox at every booth and an Elvis statue for some Jailhouse Rock selfies. They also host special live events like the 50s & '60s Rock 'N' Roll Show and the Elvis Tribute.

In true American style, there is a humungous menu to sink your teeth into, packed with burgers, hotdogs, sandwiches and combos. If you're bored with your average french fries, here you'll find them curly, waffled, chilli, cheesy and smiley versions, plus there are Tater Tots and Onion Rings.

The collection of sweet treats like Cookies Shakes and Spiders and classic desserts, including Cherry Pie, American Brownie, Banana Split and Hot Fudge Sundaes, will transport you to star-spangled food heaven!

Bookings are strongly recommended due to dine-in restrictions, especially on Friday and Saturday nights which get booked out early!

Location: 177/183 Lonsdale St, Melbourne

3. Denis the Menace Cafe, Cremorne

Denis the Menace Cafe - Themed Restaurants in Melbourne
A cool and quirky cafe with loads of playfulness and character!

I know, not your usual themed restaurant, but it's a theme that works! Denis the Menace cafe in Cremorne is a whole lot of fun. 

The huge, light-filled open warehouse is home to food with a sustainability focus and an in-joke filled menu that you can't help but giggle at. Why not try the Avo, We've Met Before, Oh Shit-ake, Wild Child or Running Late Roti. The kids' menu options include eggs, muesli, toastie cheese, and chips.

Location: 106-108 Chestnut St, Cremorne

4. Stalactites Greek Restaurant

Stalactites Greek Restaurant - Themed Restaurants in Melbourne
This Greek-style themed restaurant in Melbourne is a must for savvy diners.

If you've ever walked past Stalactites in the city, you absolutely couldn't miss it. 

One of Melbourne's longest-established and well-known Greek restaurants, Stalactites stands out with its bright, friendly vibe and its famous stalactite-covered ceiling visible from the street.

Go old-school traditional with your eats and grab souvlaki (lamb, chicken or mixed), or vegetarian souvlaki with a bunch of mouthwatering toppings to customise your meal. They also make excellent platters, dips, seafood, a grill section, breakfasts, desserts, and homeland favourites like cabbage rolls, gemista, moussaka and homemade beef konkinisto, with most of those options available kid-sized from the children's menu.

Location: 177/183 Lonsdale St, Melbourne

5. Easey's, Collingwood

Easey's Melbourne - Themed Restaurants in Melbourne
Easey's brings together the quintessential cultural cornerstones of Melbourne.

"Burgers and beers served five stories up in a rooftop train carriage overlooking Melbourne City. Beat that." That's what they say, and they deliver!

At Easey's, the best of Melbourne's art, music, transport, people, food and drinks combine on the top of the End to End building on Easey St, Collingwood. The views from this themed restaurant are phenomenal, and the food is large and excellent.

Indulge in one of the burgers,  hot dogs, mac and cheese, chips, tater tots, dim sims, chicken wings and doughnuts before coming back down to earth.

Location: 48 Easey St, Collingwood

6. Munich Brauhaus, South Wharf

Munich Brauhaus - Themed Restaurants in Melbourne
Experience Oktoberfest all year round at this festive Munich-styled restaurant.

Guten Tag! It's all German all the time at Munich Brauhaus on the South Wharf. Paying homage to all things pork in their menu, you'll feel like you stepped right into a Bavarian bier hall without ever leaving Melbourne. 

The food features pretzels and pickles aplenty, as well as wiener, pork knuckle, schnitzel, steak, burgers and desserts, alongside an extensive beer menu and excellent kids choices like mac and cheese balls, schnitzel, frankfurter, fries and gelato.

Location: 45 South Wharf Promenade, South Wharf

7. Rice Queen, Fitzroy

Rice Queen Fitzroy - Themed Restaurants in Melbourne
Rice Queen is an oriental diner and bar with a private Karaoke room!

When you want good Asian food and plenty of it in funky-coloured surroundings, stepping into kitschy Rice Queen. It is like stepping into another world with their brightly-lit paper lanterns and furious fuchsia blossoms offset by the outrageously blue bricks.

The menu is designed for sharing, so dishes are small, but they are delicious, and there is a huge range of gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan options. Try the baby banh mi, san choy bao, grilled king oyster mushrooms with eggplant puree, their ultra-famous KFC (Korean Fried Chicken, or spring for the vegetarian cauliflower version), steamed dumplings, DIY Korean tacos, veggie curry, or their salad or noodle dishes. You will absolutely not leave here hungry! 

If you're looking for something to do after dinner, why not hit their karaoke room? It seats 15 at the back of the diner and is available in 90-minute slots.

Location: 389-391 Brunswick St, Fitzroy

8. Truck Stop Deluxe 

Truck Stop Deluxe - Themed Restaurants in Melbourne
A classic roadside diner serving up burgers, fried chicken, shakes & desserts.

Eat a burger in an indoor truck? Yes, please! Truck Stop Deluxe in Werribee is a west-coast-inspired truck-stop diner serving up fabulous burgers alongside signature spiked shakes, cocktails and desserts. 

Their burgers are served on lightly toasted brioche buns, and any one of them is available as a vegetarian (they sub a chickpea patty). If you feel like something different, they also do fried chicken in 3, 6 or 9 packs, as well as mac and cheese croquettes, onion rings, popcorn chicken, and four types of fries, including sweet potato, and cheese and bacon waffle fries.

If you've still got room after that, check out the dessert menu - perhaps they can tempt you with a Wizz Fizz ice cream, ice cream doughnut sandwich or Nutella waffle stack? Honk, honk!

Location: 98 Watton St, Werribee

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