We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Where to choose for Christmas Day lunch

London, UK
Level Contributor
6 posts
5 reviews
Save Topic
Where to choose for Christmas Day lunch

OK, we are visiting Melbourne over the Christmas period and so far have the option of Christmas lunch at either Circa or Grossi Florentina - which to choose? Any suggestions?

Mentioned in this post
Melbourne
Melbourne
Victoria, Australia
Melbourne, Australia
Level Contributor
657 posts
46 reviews
Save Reply
1. Re: Where to choose for Christmas Day lunch

hmmm I haven't been to either for a little while. Both will have great food.

Circa is in St Kilda so afterwards (or beforehand) you can have a nice walk to to water.

Grossi in the middle of Melbourne City, you could walk to the Yarra and Southbank from there.

Circa is 'fresher'

Grossi is more 'traditional'

No matter which you choose you'll have a great time.

Mentioned in this post
St Kilda
St Kilda
Port Phillip, Australia
Melbourne
Melbourne
Victoria, Australia
Yarra Valley
Yarra Valley
Victoria, Australia
Southbank
Southbank
1,969 Reviews
Melbourne, Australia
Geelong...
Destination Expert
for Victoria
Level Contributor
3,830 posts
64 reviews
Save Reply
2. Re: Where to choose for Christmas Day lunch

There have been a number of questions this year about Xmas lunch, mainly due to the number of Poms arriving for the cricket. I just wonder if you have considered an outside lunch, packing up a picnic or bbq and heading out to the Botanical Gardens or along the Yarra River. Just the experience of being outside on a nice warm, early summers day, rather than being tucked away inside like you would be at home in the winter.

No guarantees on Melbourne weather though but you can see the weather 7 days out now and it wouldn't be too hard to tell if it is going to be a nice day. Beautiful autumn, mild winter and so far a very dry and sunny Spring makes me think it is going to a hot, dry summer.

Mentioned in this post
The Botanical
The Botanical
293 Reviews
Melbourne, Australia
Yarra River
Yarra River
1,383 Reviews
Melbourne, Australia
EJH
Melbourne
Level Contributor
324 posts
3 reviews
Save Reply
3. Re: Where to choose for Christmas Day lunch

i agree with Will and think you should have a real "aussie xmas" Melbourne has many beautiful parklands and even St Kilda is a great place for a picnic. If you would just prefer a restaurant then id go with Circa as its in a great area to go for a walk afterwards and would be more of an experience than just another restaurant in a city...please do book asap as we had lots of people from the UK enquiring about xmas months and months ago, always wise to book asap! Hope you have a fantastic aussie xmas.

Mentioned in this post
Melbourne
Melbourne
Victoria, Australia
St Kilda
St Kilda
Port Phillip, Australia
London, UK
Level Contributor
6 posts
5 reviews
Save Reply
4. Re: Where to choose for Christmas Day lunch

Thanks for all the information - we've booked at Circa now and will take the advice to have a long walk afterwards around St Kilda. Thanks

Mentioned in this post
St Kilda
St Kilda
Port Phillip, Australia
Dublin, Ireland
1 post
Save Reply
5. Re: Where to choose for Christmas Day lunch

Hi there

Myself and my wife will be in Melbourne this Christmas day. How did you find Circa last year? Would you recommend it?

Thanks

Mentioned in this post
Melbourne
Melbourne
Victoria, Australia
Melbourne, Australia
Level Contributor
2,578 posts
Save Reply
6. Re: Where to choose for Christmas Day lunch

In the event that the OP doesn't get back to you here's the website for the restaurant http://www.circa.com.au/intro.html for you to peruse.

St Kilda and surrounds makes a nice change from staying in the city centre...some people are surprised we actually have beaches (even though we are positioned on a Bay 260kms around)! :-)

Mentioned in this post
St Kilda
St Kilda
Port Phillip, Australia
Melbourne
Level Contributor
2 posts
5 reviews
Save Reply
7. Re: Where to choose for Christmas Day lunch

We have booked a table at Eq Cafe Bar on Southbank for Christmas lunch this year. It's over looking the Yarra opposite Flinders St station so has a great view to watch the world go by for the day.

Mentioned in this post
Southbank
Southbank
1,969 Reviews
Melbourne, Australia
Yarra Valley
Yarra Valley
Victoria, Australia
Rainham, United...
Level Contributor
180 posts
66 reviews
Save Reply
8. Re: Where to choose for Christmas Day lunch

Hi pinkwood

we plan to go to st kilda after lunch, may see ya there :)

Edd

Glenlyon, Australia
Level Contributor
4,180 posts
34 reviews
Save Reply
9. Re: Where to choose for Christmas Day lunch

Edd....Pink posted this in 2006. Somehow dont think you will be seeing them there. Lol.

Rainham, United...
Level Contributor
180 posts
66 reviews
Save Reply
10. Re: Where to choose for Christmas Day lunch

doh!

good piont,I wondered who would be the fisrt to spot my deliberate error