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 and pubs open for Christmas Day lunch in 2022, so you don’t have to.
Brisbane Restaurants Open On Christmas Day
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 poached and roasted turkey breast with cranberry and almond stuffing. Finish it off with a traditional Christmas pudding flambéed in front of you and you’ll roll on out of there.Price: $270pp Time: 11.30am Find out more here.
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.
Who wants to spend Christmas Day in Brisbane at home when you could spend it at a rooftop bar with a pool? Lina is serving up a stunning long lunch featuring shared starters, an incredible seafood platter and shared desserts (pavlova and Christmas pudding, of course), paired with a three hour beverage package which you can upgrade to include bubbles and spritzes should you desire. You know where to find us Christmas Day.
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. And with the rotisserie in the kitchen, you can be sure none of the roast meats are going to come out dry here.
Time: From 12pm
Find out more here.
El Camino Cantina
Controversial, but we'd actually rather eat tacos than turkey, so a turbocharged Tex-Mex feast at El Camino Cantina actually sounds ideal to us. Trade Santa hats for sombreros at their South Bank location this Christmas Day and sip on frozen margaritas as you eat your way through the likes of chicken wings, nachos loaded with toppings, chargrilled fajitas served on a sizzling hotplate and 10 choices of tacos. If you're looking to supersize your Christmas fiesta, you can opt for the Tex-Mex Fiesta, which includes a two-hour drinks package of margaritas, beers, wines, and soft drinks for $89 per person. Otherwise, you can just order off their regular menu—but we do recommend booking in advance.
Blackbird Bar & Grill
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 shared feasting menu while you sip on a 3.5 hour deluxe beverage package, which is short to have everyone feeling jolly.
Time: From 12pm
Find out more here.
One Fish Two Fish
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 just $149 per person, you can sit down to a seven-course meal featuring the likes of prawn sangas, seared Balmain bugs, and baked reeffish. There's even a meat and a vegetarian option for the non-seafood loving family members, plus a kids option—so just bring everyone.
Vintaged Bar and Grill
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 $75 (and yes, it includes Christmas ham), or you can go all out on the $299 three-course lunch or dinner, which includes a seafood tower to start, a main fo 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 $299pp (lunch or dinner) Time: 7am–10am, 12pm–3pm and 6pm–9pm 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. 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.
Oxford 152 promises nothing but deliciousness to kick your Christmas into gear. This year they're doing a buffet seafood lunch, complete with a dessert buffet to finish things off. You can add on a standard ($30) or premium ($50) drinks package to ensure you've got plenty of Christmas cheer, and bring the whole family on, with seniors tickets just $99 and kids $59.Price: $140pp Time: 11.30am Find out more here.
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.
Goldfinch has all avenues of Christmas Day in Brisbane covered with options for an extravagant Christmas lunch or an intimate dinner. There’s a seafood buffet and roasts with all the trimmings to feast on and a live soloist to keep you entertained while participating in said feast. Plus, you’ll get to knock back two hours of beers and bubbles, and if you make it onto the nice list, there's Christmas pudding for dessert. All this in the bright and airy dining room at Goldfinch is definitely better than having to deal with dishes.
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.
Lennons Restaurant And Bar
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 including seafood, roast ham and turkey, chargrilled chicken, gourmet salads and an endless selection of mouth-watering desserts. 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, follow the steps to make a Christmas Day booking here and you’ll be able to see the full menu on the booking page.
Brisbane Marriott is hosting a Christmas themed buffet breakfast on Christmas Day, and we’re here for it. Imagine all the eggnog you could dream of and endless festive treats. Yes please! But if you’d prefer a sleep-in, they’re also offering a seven-course tasting menu for both lunch and dinner (and yes, a beverage package is included). While we’re on a roll, we might just add there will also be live entertainment, a gift for the kids, and a visit from Santa. Sounds like the perfect Christmas to us.
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.
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 beef tartare and ends with amaretto semifredo, and book right 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.
Find out more here.
If you're after a bit more class this Christmas, why not try out W Brisbane's Holiday High Tea in the Living Room? The Christmas Day high tea will feature Christmas themed-delicacies like black forest Christmas baubles, gingerbread mousse with almond joconde sandwich, and pistachio wreaths with lemon olive oil sponge and basil gel, but, much more importantly, will include a bottomless package of Christmas themed cocktails for two hours. The live DJ won't be bad for the vibes either.
The Inchcolm are putting on the festive feast of your dreams on Christmas day. Paying homage to a traditional Christmas feast from the golden era of dining, as well as taking some inspiration from the French, this three course meal will be sure to keep you feeling jolly. Roast lamb rump, seared Ora King salmon, and vanilla and date bruleé—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, including a Martini on arrival, free flowing NV Taittinger Champagne, and much, much more.
Ok, so you want a restaurant quality Christmas feast, with no cooking involved on your part, but you also want to stay in your matching Christmas pyjamas all day. We have the answer, and it's thanks to Providoor, who deliver Brisbane's—and Australia's—best restaurants to your door. With special Christmas Day menus from the likes of Clarence, Nota and Three Blue Ducks, an incredibe feast will arrive a day or two prior, with just a little prep needed from you before it goes onto the dining table (even the worst cooks can handle it, we promise). Check out all the menus available and get your order in here.
Brisbane Pubs Open On Christmas Day
The following Brisbane pubs are also throwing their doors open on Christmas Day, head to their individual booking pages to get all the details:
- Everton Park Hotel, Everton Park
- Cleveland Sands Hotel, Cleveland
- Crown Hotel, Lutwyche
- Bonny View Hotel, Bald Hills
- The Waterloo, Newstead
- The Royal Hotel, Nundah
- The Kenmore, Kenmore
- The Boundary Hotel, West End
- Salisbury Hotel, Salisbury
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