Here’s What’s Open On Christmas Day In Brisbane For 2023

By Constance Allan

Red booth seating, with photos on back wall of restaurant.

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), or even just having to resort to instant coffee for the day, we’ve rounded up a list of Brisbane’s cafes, restaurants, bars and pubs open for Christmas Day in 2023 so you don’t have to.

Cafes, Restaurants And Bars Open On Christmas Day 


  • Allora Black, Newmarket | 8am-12pm 
  • Anita Gelato, West End | 9.30am-10.30pm 
  • Belissimo, Fortitude Valley and Bulimba | 6am-11am 
  • Billykart Kitchen, Annerly | 7am-10am 
  • Blackout, Paddington | 6am-12pm 
  • Bunker, Milton | 6am-2pm 
  • Coffee Head Co, South Brisbane | 6am-10am 
  • Good Company, Scarborough | 7am-10am 
  • Greenhaus Coffee, Newstead | 7am-11am 
  • Illusion By No 5 And No 5 Cafe, Fortitude Valley | 8am-12pm 
  • Lune Croissant, South Brisbane | 8am-11am 
  • Peach & Billy, Chapel Hill | 7am-11am 
  • Supernumerary, Salisbury | 6am-11am 
  • The Jam Pantry, Greenslopes | 7.30am-1pm 
  • The Woolshed, Teneriffe | 5.30am-10am 
  • Told You So, North Lakes | 7am-10am 

Restaurants (Without A Ticketed Event) 

  • Fat Dumpling, Fortitude Valley | 11.30am-3pm and 5.30pm-9pm
  • Ramen Danbo, South Brisbane, Sunnybank HIlls And Brisbane CBD | 11am-10pm 


  • Bar 1603, Brisbane CBD | 11am-10pm 
  • Bar Kazba, Fortitude Valley | 5pm-10pm 
  • The Terrace, South Bank | 6.30am-11pm

Brisbane Restaurants Open For Christmas Day Lunch

Walters Brisbane

Brisbane City CBD

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 turkey ballotine with stuffing and cranberry jus Finish it off with a traditional Christmas pudding served with warm anglaise and schlag, and you’ll roll on out of there. 

Price: $275pp
Time: 11am 
Find out more here.


Brisbane CBD 

With two seatings to choose from, Tillerman is serving up two different Christmas Day lunch options, depending on how boujee you want to go. There's plenty of seafood involved in both, of course, and you'll get a side of some stellar river views. If you want to class up your Christmas Day feast, this is where you should head. 

Price: $175pp-$235pp
Time: 11am-1pm and 1.30pm-3.30pm  
Find out more here.

The Lex 

Brisbane CBD

The city's hottest new restaurant of 2023 is jumping straight into the festivities with a Christmas Day lunch overlooking the river. Take a seat in the luxe venue and enjoy snacks on arrival, a three-course menu and a three-hour beverage package, complete with live music. Imagine, you could be dining on burrata, confit duck leg and eggnog panna cotta for dessert, with not a speck of cleaning up to do. 

Price: $299pp 
Time: 11.30am-3pm 
Find out more here

Donna Chang 

Brisbane CBD 

For the first time ever, Donna Chang is opening their doors for Christmas Day lunch in Brisbane’s CBD, under the glow of their sparkling chandeliers. Of course, you won’t be dining on turkey and pavlova here, instead you’ll get to tuck into a four-course modern Chinese banquet paired with 2.5 hours of bevvys, including champagne. Frankly, we can’t imagine anywhere better to be on Christmas Day than one of their plush pink booths, so book your spot here.

Price: $288pp
Time: From 12pm 
Find out more here.  

C’est Bon Restaurant 


Want to give your annual Christmas Day lunch a French makeover? Ditch the beret and say ‘ooh la la’ to C’est Bon’s glorious shared menu, dished up in their stunning heritage surrounds. You’ll feast on Wollemi duck with cherry jam and juniper, BBQ red claw crab, Witlof salad, ginger parkin madeleines and so much more, with a glass of French bubbles thrown in for good measure. They’re also doing the same menu on Christmas eve if you’ve got plans but don’t want to miss out. 

Price: $185pp 
Time: 1pm 
Find out more here.

One Fish Two Fish 

Kangaroo Point 

If it's a seafood lunch you want, it's a seafood lunch, nay, feast, you'll get at One Fish Two Fish, who are open for Christmas Day lunch this year. For $185 per person, you can sit down to a seven-course meal featuring the likes of prawn sangas, salt and pepper calamari, and grilled lobster. There's even a meat and a vegetarian option for the non-seafood loving family members, plus a kids option—so just bring everyone. 

Price: $149pp ($39 or $49 for kids) 
Time: 12pm-3pm
Find out more here.  


Petrie Terrace

Who wants to spend Christmas Day lunch in Brisbane at home when you could spend it at beautiful French-Vietnamese restaurant? Libertine is serving up a stunning long lunch featuring either seven or nine courses of delicious fusion fare, including Moreton Bay bug toast, crispy chicken, soy-glazed tomahawk and a brown sugar pavlova for dessert. You know where to find us Christmas Day. 

Price: $189 or $219 
Time: 11am or 1.30pm
Find out more here


Brisbane CBD 

The tastes of an Italian summer could be yours this Christmas Day at Settimo, where the team will be dishing up an Amalfi-inspired lunch that will make you drool. Indulge in a traditional antipasto to gear up your festive senses followed by a main pasta dish served at the table where the feast continues with signature maialino, pesce arrosto and slow cooked papa’s lamb with an array of side dishes. And at Christmas, there’s always room for dessert after any meal and Settimo understands that, so you’ll complete your Italian dining experience with a selection of traditional Dolci, guaranteed to send you into a Christmas lunch coma. 

Price: $199pp
Time: Bookings from 12pm-3pm 
Find out more here. 

Deer Duck Bistro 


There’s Christmas lunch—and then there’s the Christmas lunch degustation that Deer Duck Bistro will be dishing up. A six-course curated extrazaganza awaits you and your family this at this Milton spot where you’ll be treated like royalty with eats like pan fried Moreton Bay bug, raviolo, roasted lamb backstrap and lime yoghurt panna cotta. For just $195pp, this lunch will be the most delicious present under the tree this year. 

Price: $195pp
Time: Bookings from 11am-2pm
Find out more here.

Bisou Bisou 

Fortitude Valley 

Christmas is for indulging, and what's more indulgent than French fare? At Bisou Bisou, you can treat yourself to a four-course banquet of it with their French take on Christmas lunch, which you can down with plenty of tipples at the bar. And with the rotisserie in the kitchen, you can be sure none of the roast meats are going to come out dry here. 

Price: $169pp
Time: From 12pm
Find out more here

Blackbird Bar & Grill 

Brisbane CBD 

If you feel that river views are just as important as the food on Christmas Day, then look no further than Blackbird Bar & Grill's decadent Christmas lunch. With tables available from midday, you'll dine on a carefully crafted menu while you sip on a 3.5 hour deluxe beverage package, which is short to have everyone feeling jolly. 

Price: $269pp
Time: From 12pm
Find out more here

Vintaged Bar & Grill

Brisbane CBD 

Celebrate your Christmas in style at Vintaged Bar and Grill. They'll be open for a Christmas Day breakfast, lunch and dinner so take your pick of when you want to get out of the house to celebrate. A buffet Christmas breakfast will only set you back $85 (and yes, it includes Christmas ham), or you can go all out on the three-course lunch or dinner, which includes a seafood tower to start, a main of your choice and a dessert buffet for afters. We'll say that again: dessert buffet. Plus, there are beverage packages up for grabs too.

Price: $75 (breakfast) and $325pp (lunch), or $295 (dinner) 
Time: 7am–10am, 12pm–3pm and 6pm–9pm
Find out more here.


Brisbane CBD

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: $245pp 
Time: 11.30am-2.30pm
Find out more here

The Inchcolm

Spring Hill

The Inchcolm are putting on the festive feast of your dreams on Christmas day. Undoubtedly the most glamorous all the restaurants open for Christmas Day lunch in Brisbane, Paying homage to a traditional Christmas feast from the golden era of dining, as well as taking some inspiration from the French, this classic buffet will be sure to keep you feeling jolly. A cold seafood buffet, charcuterie station, hot and cold Christmas favourites and a dessert bar—what else could you possibly want? And if your answer to that was “drinks!”, fear not. The lunch comes with a three hour drinks package.

Price: $259
Time: 12pm-2.30pm
Find out more here.

Stamford Plaza

Brisbane CBD

Stamford Plaza is hosting a Christmas-themed buffet extravaganza on Christmas Day, and we’re here for it. Imagine all the honey-glazed leg ham and turkey you could dream of. Yes please. The buffet will also feature plenty of fresh seafood, charcuterie, hot and cold festive dishes, and an entire dessert station loaded with pavlova, Christmas pudding and more (and yes, a beverage package is included). While we’re on a roll, we might just add there will also be live entertainment and a visit from Santa, but if you've already got lunch plans, they're also doing a Christmas Day buffet dinner in La Boca and Grill. 

Price: $329
Time: 12pm-3pm
Find out more here


Kangaroo Point

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. They're yet to confirm the menu, but you can bet it will be a beaut feast. Find out how to book here.

Price: TBC
Time: TBC
Find out more here.


Brisbane CBD

Sofitel's famous buffet restaurant is transforming into an all-day Christmas soiree this year, dishing up an endless array of festive eats. There'll be plenty of fresh seafood on ice to enjoy before hitting the main course of turkey, glazed ham, Yorkshire pudding and roasted potatoes, along with plenty more. The real MVP of the day though, will be the raclette station, where you can pour melted Swiss cheese over fresh baguettes and pickles. Drinks are included too, and the buffet will be available for both lunch and dinner. 

Price: $310pp
Time: 12pm-2.30pm, 5.30pm-7.30pm and 7.30pm-9.30pm
Find out more here

Popolo Dining

South Bank

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 entrees, 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 and bubbles. 

Price: $275
Time: 11.30am-2.30pm
Find out more here

Mary Mae’s

New Farm

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 a slab of focaccia, followed by entrees, mains a smattering of sides, and delectable dessert. Some notable features include porchetta with crackling, roasted salmon with summer herbs and caramelised pumpkin with balsamic glaze. Umm, yes. 

Price: $169
Time: 11am-1pm or 2pm-4pm
Find out more here

Lennons Restaurant And Bar

Brisbane CBD

Craving the most delicious Christmas feast this year? Look no further than Lennons Restaurant and Bar. They will be dishing out all the festive goods thanks to a buffet of seafood, roast ham and turkey, chargrilled chicken, rosemary roast potato, gourmet salads and an endless selection of mouth-watering desserts (including mince pies, trifle and pavolva of course). But we all know a Christmas lunch isn’t complete without a drinks package, so don’t worry Lennons has quite the drinks package for you. Oh, and did we mention Santa is coming along for the fun too? A 10/10 way to spend Christmas if you ask us. To find out more, head here.

Price: $259pp 
Time: 12pm-3pm 
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 their Christmas menu is no different. Sink your teeth into a four-course feast that starts with prawn tartare and ends with pannettone pudding, and book right here.

Price: $239pp 
Time: 11.30am
Find out more here


Brisbane CBD

Just want to keep it simple? Goldfinch has Christmas Day in Brisbane covered with their Christmas dinner. The four-course menu features a fully-loaded seafood platter, alternate drop mains and traditional Christmas pudding or chocolate fondant with meringues and tiramisu ice cream for dessert. Plus, you’ll get to a complimentary glass of sparkling wine on arrival and unlimited tea and coffee with your dessert. All this in the bright and airy dining room at Goldfinch is definitely better than having to deal with dishes. 

Price: $179pp
Time: From 5pm 
Find out more here


Brisbane CBD 

Nothing screams an Aussie summer Christmas like seafood and Voco will be dishing up plenty of it this Christmas Day at their seafood buffet hosted in the Grand Chelsea Ballroom. Feast on an array of hot and cold dishes sure to distract you from the heat outside with the likes of fresh rock oysters, crabs and prawns as well as curries, pastas and of course, plenty of desserts (hello lolly buffet). Take advantage of the three-hour beverage package and bring the kids to get a free gift, keeping the magic going all day. For just $249pp and the promise of no post-lunch dishes, there isn’t a better day to eat out. 

Price: $249pp
Time: 12pm-3pm
Find out more here.

Pullman Brisbane 

Brisbane CBD

Pullman Brisbane King George Square is pulling out all the stops for a decadent seafood lunch feast in their presidential ballroom. Enjoy succulent carvings, a seafood buffet and a three-hour drinks package, not to mention live music, a roving magician, balloon artistry and a visit from the big man in red himself. 

Price: $329pp 
Time: 12pm-3pm
Find out more here

Oxford 152


Oxford 152 promises nothing but deliciousness to kick your Christmas into gear. This year they're doing a buffet seafood lunch, complete with a carving station and a dessert buffet to finish things off. You can add on a standard ($35) or premium ($55) drinks package to ensure you've got plenty of Christmas cheer, and bring the whole family on, with seniors tickets just $99 and kids $65-$99

Price: $150pp
Time: 11.30am
Find out more here.

Brisbane Pubs Open For Christmas Day Lunch 

The following Brisbane pubs are also throwing their doors open on Christmas Day, head to their individual booking pages to get all the details: 

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