Unbearable heat we can’t escape, unpredictable sunshine and hail and the faint smell of double glazed ham in the air. That’s right people, it’s two months until our steaming hot Aussie Christmas. We’re all ready for this month of joy, especially this year, but if you really can’t bear the thought of cooking up a feast (and doing the washing up) this year, we’ve rounded up a list of Brisbane’s restaurants open for Christmas Day lunch, so you don’t have to.
Howard Smith Wharves
Brisbane's newest luxury hotel is opening its doors on Christmas Day for an extravagent lunch put together by Polpetta, their Italian restaurant. The feasting won't happen in the restaurant though—it's taking place up on level 3 of the hotel so you can take in the views of the Story Bridge and the river while you dine. The four-course menu for the day is all about classic Italian fare—think slow roast porchetta with a walnut, sage and muscatel stuffing and a mango, passionfruit and panettone parfait for dessert. There's a three-hour beverage package too—buon natale!
Eagle Street Pier
Fitting with the Christmas tradition of eating until you feel you could roll home, Naga is dishing out not only a six-course shared banquet, but also an eight-course shared banquet. Covering all essential Christmas feeds, dig into dishes like barramundi, Mt Tamborine free-range chicken and Bavette Wellington 150-day grain-fed ‘Black ONyx’ beef. Are you vegetarian? Worry not, Naga is also dishing out a vegetarian menu complete with oven-baked mixed mushrooms, roast plant-based chicken, and taro Wellington.
Time:11am and 1.15pm
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Yearning for some river views this Christmas? Belvedere is serving up a four-course lunch checking off some Aussie classics like fresh oysters and an antipasto platter to start. Then you are left with the big decision of what you’re choosing for your main course. With choices of roasted turkey, pan-fried salmon fillet, 250g Cape Grim beef fillet or risotto, you’re sure to leave feeling more stuffed than that Christmas turkey.
If escaping from the Christmas heat and stepping away from any hot ovens is on your Christmas wish list, Cielo Rooftop’s Christmas in the Clouds is the perfect Christmas lunch for you. Complete with a seafood tower and two-hour bottomless beverage package featuring wine and beer, this is a chilled-out Australian Christmas feed with views of the Valley skyline to boot.
The Crown Hotel
After their massive, multi-million dollar refresh, The Crown Hotel is ready to celebrate, and how better to do that than with a Christmas Day lunch? With two sittings, at 11.30am and 2pm, you can enjoy a three-course meal and a glass of bubbles for $150 per adult. Now if you're picturing a dingy pub, don't, because the northside hotel is looking seriously schmick, and is the perfect place to enjoy a feast of baked ham with apple cider glaze.
How do Christmas drinks with a view sound to you? Absolutely brilliant should be the only answer here. At Popolo, you’ll be diving headfirst into a plethora of appetizers, decadent mains and sumptuous desserts paired with stellar views of the city skyline and Brisbane River. Grab yourself a seat at this Christmas lunch and you’ll also get to indulge in the included three-hour drinks package, consisting of wines, beers, Aperol Spritzes and more.Price: $240pp Time: 12pm–3pm Find out more here.
If you’re looking to treat yourself to some old fashioned hospitality and a little New York style charm, Walter's Steakhouse has the Christmas feast for you. Share a platter of seafood to start (featuring natural oysters) before moving on to main courses of Walter’s signature porterhouse or ballotine of roasted turkey breast with cranberry jus with seasonal sides. Finish it off with a traditional Christmas pudding flambéed in the restaurant and you’ll roll on out of there.Price: $240pp Time: 11.30am Find out more here.
Of course one of Brisbane's best seafood restaurants pulls out all the stops for a proper Aussie Christmas lunch. Book in early at Gambaro for a four-course lunch of antipasti, fresh seafood, Angus fillet steaks, sides and delicious desserts with a three-hour beverage package and maybe even a visit from Santa.Price: $185pp Time: 11.30am–3.30pm Find out more here.
The Treasury Brisbane is hosting a three-hour buffet lunch to celebrate the height of the silly season. And what a buffet it is. There’s seafood, of course, and you can’t go past the Asian inspired favourites like Peking duck and BBQ pork belly. Plus, if you’re longing for the Aussie classics to compliment the summer heat, or you’re wanting to transport yourself to Europe, all the flavours are here. And there will be enough desserts to shock Willy Wonka (and your scale the next day). Didn't get your booking in in time? Treasury is also doing epic hampers filled with everything you'll need for a jaw-dropping Christmas feast—including dessert and seafood—with just heating required, no cooking, that you can pick up the day before. Check them out here.Price: $289pp Time: 12pm–3pm and 1pm-4pm Find out more here.
With priceless views and a menu to drool over, Mary Mae’s is doing a Christmas feast that rivals your Mum’s. With a glass of sparkling on arrival, the day kicks off with an amuse-bouche, followed by entrees, mains a smattering of sides, and delectable dessert. Some notable features include 12hr lamb shoulder, porchetta with crackling and caramelised pumpkin with balsamic glaze. Umm, yes. Plus, there’s not only dessert on the menu (golden syrup pudding and eggnog custard), but there’s a separate course purely for pavlova. Finally, someone who gets it.Price: $120pp Time: 11.30am–1.30pm and 2.30pm–4.30pm Find out more here.
Vintaged Bar and Grill
Celebrate your Christmas in style at Vintaged Bar and Grill. You can tuck into your feast with family knowing you’re consuming quality produce, as their menu uses only the freshest ingredients from Aussie producers and suppliers. So of course their Christmas feed hails all Aussie classics: seafood for entrees, a range of meats and veg for mains and a dessert buffet. You can say that again: dessert buffet. Plus, there are beverage packages up for grabs too.Price: $235pp Time: 12pm–3pm and 6pm–9pm Find out more here.
Oxford 152 promises nothing but deliciousness to kick your Christmas into gear. Here’s the scoop: entrée and tapas with all the goods like Mooloolaba prawns. Then, dig into the selection from the carvery: roast turkey breast, studded ham with honey, roast lamb shoulder and vegetable lasagne with cashew cream for the vegans. Pair this with accompaniments like roasted potatoes and salads of roasted root veggies and you’ll have to unbutton. Finish with a decadent double chocolate gateau or a tropical fruits pavlova, for a Christmas to remember.Price: $135pp Time: 11.30am Find out more here.
A river breeze, no washing up to preemptively avoid, and a glass of sparkling in your hand. That’s how your Christmas Day lunch will start at Persone, soon to be followed by four courses of Italian fare, including lobster and roast porchetta, not to mention a three-hour beverage package. Tuck into a delicious feast as you welcome a guest appearance from Santa and Christmas carolers.Price: $195pp Time: 11.30am–3.30pm Find out more here.
Goldfinch has all avenues of Christmas Day in Brisbane covered with options for an extravagant Christmas lunch or an intimate dinner. There’s a set menu to feast on and a live soloist to keep you entertained while participating in said feast. Plus, you’ll get to knock back bottomless beers and bubbles, and if you opt for lunch, you’ll get a seafood platter thrown in as well. All this in the bright and airy dining room at Goldfinch is definitely better than having to deal with dishes.Price: $239pp for lunch, $139pp for dinner Time: 12:00pm–3:30pm, dinner time TBA Find out more here.
Nothing sounds better than a Christmas Day spent with the breeze of the Brisbane River blowing in. Medley provides that idyllic setting for your day full of laughter and joy, whilst also keeping your tummy happy. With a choice of seafood entrées, burgundy beef pie or a confit duck roll for mains and a buffet of summery desserts, you’ll be completely and utterly stuffed. Pair the menu with a choice of bubbly or brewed drinks, and you’ll leave feeling jolly and bright.Price: $125pp Time: 11am or 2pm (2.5 hour sitting times) Find out more here.
Gusto da Gianni
An Italian feast worth loosening your belt for is waiting at Gusto Da Gianni, Brisbane’s traditional Italian bistro known for its unique venue and ambience. Their standard menu packs all the beloved Italian classics with punchy flavours and an abundance of cheese. So you can expect greatness too from their soon to be released Christmas menu. To be the first to pour over their set menu, click right here.Price: $145pp Find out more here.