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.
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 plate of their signature maple cured bacon and a twice baked cheese souffle to start before moving on to a main course of Walter’s Signature Porterhouse and bourbon and honey glazed ham with seasonal sides. Finish it off with warm pumpkin pie or spiced pumpkin trifle for dessert and you’ll roll on out of there.Price: $220pp Find out more here.
No need to splurge on an expensive package at Eagle Street Pier's Saké Restaurant & Bar, they'll be open for Christmas Day lunch with their a la carte menu of stunning super-fusion Japanese dishes to choose from. It may not be classic Christmas fare, but for anyone who dreads dry turkey and roasted Brussel sprouts every single year, this spot with its backdrop of breathtaking views of the Brisbane River and Story Bridge is absolutely for you.
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Olive & Angelo
Located in a breezy, garden-like spot in the heart of the CBD, Olive & Angelo is where you'll find Italian-style hospitality come Christmas Day, and feast on bulk antipasto, turkey roulade stuffed with cranberries, slow roasted Italian porchetta, turkey mince with pecan stuffing and—if you've got the room—Angelo's famous house-made tiramisu.Price: $185pp 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 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 Find out more here.
Belvedere Bar & Grill
If you want your Christmas feast to come with a side of river breezes, Belvedere's three-course feast could be the one for you. Start with festive antipasto, move on to roasted turkey with roasted potatoes, brussel sprouts and turkey jus and finish off with Christmas walnut pudding before you crack into your Christmas bon bons. The $135 package includes a glass of sparkling or beer, but you'll want to book quick.Price: $135pp Find out more here.
How does Christmas drinks with a view sound to you? Absolutely brilliant should be the only answer here. At Popolo you’ll be sharing an eight course Italian banquet with your nearest and dearest with stellar views of the city skyline and Brisbane River. Grab yourself this Christmas lunch package and you’ll also get to indulge in the included 2.5 hour drinks package, consisting of wines, beers, Aperol Spritzes and more.Price: $195pp Find out more here.
Goldfinch promises a wholesome Christmas lunch or dinner with a set menu feast and a live soloist to keep you entertained while feasting. 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: $169pp for lunch, $129pp for dinner Find out more here.
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 Persone, soon to be followed by four courses of Italian fare, not to mention a half lobster. Tuck into a shared spread of antipasto, roast porchetta with apple sauce and shared sides followed by summer berries with mascarpone for dessert.Price: $195pp Find out more here.
Gusto Da Gianni
An Italian feast worth loosening your belt for is at Gusto Da Gianni, who have only recently opened their doors again since COVID-19 and they’re keeping them open for us this Christmas. Their four-course meal will have you drooling, featuring homemade ravioli with burrata, soy marinated marble score five wagyu beef and more.Price: $145pp Find out more here.
Stamford Hotel’s Brasserie On The River
A Christmas Buffet at the Brasserie on the River is the classiest way to dine for this festive day with its scenic river backdrop. The Christmas dinner buffet is not too shabby either including fresh seafood, traditional roasts, a festive selection of desserts and a three-hour beverage package. With this package you’ll be as calm and full of seafood as the river flowing beside you. Evening entertainment will also be an added bonus for you and your family. Their events are already selling out, so take it from us and make a booking fast.Price: $259pp Find out more here.
Christmas at Libertine is bound to be a tasty one with their French-Vietnamese food cooked to perfection. This Brisbane Christmas lunch offers eight share dishes that will have you and your guests salivating. Start off with crab croissants, move on to duck a l'orange crepes, cram in some turkey dumplings and make some more room for roasted pork belly served with apple puree, grilled peach, cranberry and cognac glace. You’ll barely make it to the Christmas pudding for dessert—but you know there’s always a second stomach for Christmas treats.Price: $129pp 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 canapes, a lamb rack or duck breast for mains and an array of summery desserts, to be paired with a choice of bubbly or brewed drinks, you’ll leave feeling jolly and bright.Price: $120pp Find out more here.
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