Restaurants

15 Brisbane Restaurants Open On Christmas Day So You Don’t Have To Cook

By Cola Hardman
29th Oct 2019

Brisbane restaurants open on Christmas Day

Christmas Day is looming, and with Brisbane’s delightfully blaring heat we don’t blame you if you want to skip the home cooked roast this year. If we know anything, it’s that Brisbanites love Christmas and good food, so there are plenty of restaurants open for Christmas Day feasts this year.

These are the best places to book your Christmas Day lunch in Brisbane.

Treasury Brisbane

Brisbane CBD

Looking for a Christmas lunch you can vouch for? The Treasury always rolls out a show-stopping buffet lunch on Christmas Day that is sure to impress any in-laws coming to town. With a massive selection of fresh seafood as well as quintessential BBQ meats, international cuisines, salad bar, dessert extravaganza and all your Christmas favourites, you’ll definitely leave with a traditional festive food baby. 

Price: From $265pp
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Three Blue Ducks

Brisbane CBD

Christmas, Byron style. From their vantage point overlooking the river at W Brisbane, you can relax while the Three Blue Ducks chefs prep a feast of king prawns, oysters, maple-glazed ham, BBQ rainbow trout and roasted porchetta over a three-course lunch, and their bar staff keep your glasses nice and full with a three-hour beverage package included. Bonus, if you've got family in town, you can put them in a room instead of having to spruce up the spare bedroom.

Price: From $250pp
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Walter’s Steakhouse

Brisbane CBD

If you’re looking to treat yourself to some old fashioned hospitality and a little New York style charm for your Christmas lunch, Walter's Steakhouse has a feast for you. Share a seafood appetiser like Moreton Bay bug salad to start before moving on to a main course of Walter’s Signature Porterhouse with seasonal sides. Finish it off with warm pumpkin pie or blood orange trifle for dessert and you’ll roll on out of there. 

Price: $185pp
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ZA ZA TA

Fortitude Valley 

If you’re hankering for a traditional Christmas lunch with a Middle Eastern twist, ZA ZA TA is putting on a shared feast of epic proportions. Feast upon an abundant menu of fresh seafood, local prawn cocktails, a live carving station with suckling pig and lamb roast, a Mediterranean grazing table and charcuterie and cheese boards. Finish it all off with a Christmas dessert table and enjoy the three hour beverage package. 

Price: $189pp
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Goldfinch 

Brisbane CBD 

This relexed Christmas Day dinner features all the trimmings without the hefty price tag, featuring three courses with options like pot roasted turkey with pumpkin custard and warm Christmas pudding with brandy custard. All this in the bright and airy dining room at Goldfinch is definitely better than having to deal with dishes. 

Price: $69pp
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Gusto Da Gianni 

Hamilton

Another Italian feast worth loosening your belt for is at Gusto Da Gianni, who are opening their doors for Christmas Day. Start with homemade raviolo filled with burrata cheese, move on to slow cooked rump of lamb with potato dauphinoise and brussels sprouts, and finish things off with crème parfait and a welcome glass of wine. 

Price: $139pp
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Polpetta 

Brisbane CBD

Sure, Italian food might not be the cuisine you think of when you’re planning your Christmas Day lunch in Brisbane, but with Polpetta open and ready to dish up plates of traditional, carb-loaded fare, maybe it should be. Plus, this four course feast includes marsala semifreddo with panettone, berries and meringue for dessert—count us in.

Price: $199pp
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Jellyfish 

Brisbane CBD

Riverside seafood restaurant Jellyfish will be dishing up a spectacular menu filled with all your summer seafood favourites, including local ocean king prawns and Moreton Bay bugs. Personally, we want the Christmas turkey with thyme, bacon and bread stuffing piled on our plate, but some might prefer the lobster tagliolini. Plus, who doesn’t want to spend Christmas Day in Brisbane by the water? 

Price: $180pp
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The Westin

Brisbane CBD

When nothing but a seafood extravaganza will do, there’s The Westin. They’ll be serving up a sumptuous buffet with all the trimmings in the Westin Ballroom this year, focusing on fresh local produce and all that hails from the sea. Sample the Christmas treats at their dedicated dessert station while you enjoy the three-hour beverage package, live entertainment, lucky door prizes and a visit from Santa.

Price: $299pp
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Gambaro

Brisbane CBD

Of course one of Brisbane's best seafood restaurants pulls out all the stops for a proper Aussie Christmas lunch. Book in early for a four-course lunch of antipasti, fresh seafood, Christmas roast meats, sides and delicious desserts with a three-hour beverage package and maybe even a visit from Santa.

Price: $189pp
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Spicers Balfour Hotel

New Farm

Always the epitome of class, Spicers Balfour is the perfect Christmas lunch spot if you want a sit-down family meal. Wear the stretchy pants for a three-course menu that includes chicken ribs and spanner crab to start, twice cooked duck with charred broccolini and whipped ricotta for mains and kaffir lime pavlova with roasted cherries and vanilla cream for dessert. 

Price: $195pp
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Sofitel Brisbane Central

Brisbane CBD

If you want your Christmas lunch to be next level, book a table at Sofitel’s Christmas day luncheon in Ballroom Le Grand. The event will feature a vast array of culinary masterpieces drawing inspiration from a traditional Christmas feast, while the dessert spread will include chocolate truffles, Christmas pudding (obvs) and a chocolate fountain overflowing with molten chocolatey goodness.

Price: From $279 pp
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Mary Mae’s 

New Farm 

A river breeze, no washing up to look forward to and a glass of sparkling in your hand. That’s how your Christmas Day lunch will start at Mary Mae’s, soon to be followed by three-courses of relaxed fare. Tuck into a shared spread of glazed ham, roast chicken roast pork and herb crusted cauliflower steak with all your favourite sides, followed by Christmas pudding with brandy custard. 

Price: From $120pp
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Vintaged Bar + Grill

Brisbane CBD 

Festive Flavours is Brisbane Hilton's premier Chrissie lunch extravaganza. They also put on an impressive breakfast, but if you know you’ll be too busy opening presents for that, save yourself for a three-course midday meal. After a shared seafood tower entree, there’s an extensive list of mains to choose from, before hitting the huge dessert buffet to really put yourself in the mood for a little afternoon nap afterwards. 

Price: From $179pp
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Still got Christmas shopping to do? Check out Brisbane’s most festive Christmas markets here

Image credit: Jellyfish 

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