Food & Drink

11 Gold Coast Restaurants Open On Christmas Day So You Don’t Have To Cook

By Brooke Darling
3rd Dec 2019

christmas day lunch gold coast

Catering for the clan on Christmas Day can really take the fun out of festive season. So why not hang up your novelty apron and leave it to the experts?

We’re delivering the most appetising options for Christmas Day lunch on the Gold Coast; and with the big day fast approaching you’d best be finalising plans, pronto.

These are the best places to book your Christmas Day lunch on the Gold Coast

QT Gold Coast

Surfers Paradise 

The jolly and colourful crew at QT Gold Coast know how to throw an awesome bash at the best of times, so it’s safe to hand over the reins on Christmas Day. Their ever-popular QT Ballroom luncheon and Bazaar lunch always sell out—so book early. Expect interactive food stations and all your favourite festive trimmings like succulent roasts, fresh trawler-caught seafood, dessert bars, three-hour drinks packages, a visit from Santa and a guaranteed food baby. 

Where: QT Gold Coast, 7 Staghorn Avenue, Surfers Paradise
Cost: Bazaar lunch: $169 teens (13-17 years) or $235 adults; QT ballroom lunch: $155 teens (13-17 years) or $225 adults (includes three-hour drinks package) 
For more information, click here

Hyde Paradiso

Surfers Paradise

Hyde Paradiso, the chicest dining establishment on Surfers Paradise’s foreshore, has just released their Christmas Day lunch offering, so act fast before it books out. With glistening ocean views as your backdrop, Hyde Paradiso’s elevated dining room will be serving a succulent seafood buffet with prawns, freshly shucked oysters, roasts and all of the trimmings, plus Christmas-themed cocktail on arrival and presents for the kids. 

Where: Level 2, Peppers Soul, 8 The Esplanade, Surfers Paradise
Cost: Adult and teens $225; children $135 (5-12 years) 
For more information, click here.

Miss Moneypenny’s 


If we didn’t already have our plans locked in, we’d totally be eyeing off Christmas Day lunch at one of the best restaurants in Broadbeach—Miss Moneypenny’s. One of the hottest new venues to open this year, Miss Moneypenny’s is hosting a swish Christmas Day lunch banquet that you’ll absolutely want to indulge in. Think: seafood boards to start, roast chicken or turkey, roasted double smoked leg ham, hot sides and salad, ensuring a decadent banquet to remember. For dessert, the famous Miss Moneypenny’s pavlova is best shared with your family and friends. Whether you like to start early or linger late, take your pick from two two-hour seating options of 11am to 1pm or 1:30pm to 3:30pm; and then go all out and add a two-hour drinks package, available on request. 
Where: Miss Moneypenny’s, 50 Surf Parade, Broadbeach
Cost: Adults $145 (food only), children $85 (under 12)
For more information, click here

The Glasshouse At The Island

Surfers Paradise

Recently revealing their stunning new functions venue, The Glasshouse, The Island at Surfers Paradise is throwing a Christmas Day lunch soiree unlike any other. Under vaulted ceilings and floor to ceiling windows, feast with the family on a traditional luncheon featuring the freshest hot and cold seafood, mouth-watering roast meats, seasonal roast vegetables, summer salads and decadent desserts. Drinks can be purchased throughout the day to accompany your meal from the all-new alfresco Glasshouse bar.

Where: The Island, 3128 Surfers Paradise Boulevard, Surfers Paradise
Cost: Adults $149 (food only), teens $89 (13-17 years), children $59 (4-12 years)
For more information, click here

Currumbin Beach Vikings SLSC


A much-loved local, Currumbin Beach Vikings SLSC is a beaut oceanside destination to celebrate Christmas Day lunch on the Gold Coast. Selling out every year, act fast or you’ll miss out on a chill buffet luncheon with fresh seafood, hot and cold meats, salads, desserts and three hours of unlimited drinkies. Get your fill with a stuff-yourself-silly lunch then take the tribe to the beach, because that’s what an Aussie Christmas is all about. 

Where: Currumbin Vikings SLSC, 741 Pacific Parade, Currumbin
Cost: Adults $189 (members) or $209 (non-members), children $69 (2-12 years), teens $129 (13-17 years) 
For more information, click here

Citrique + Chapter And Verse Lounge At Marriott Resort 

Surfers Paradise

You don’t need to be checked into a hotel to feel like you’re having a holiday. Gather your nearest and dearest this Christmas for a next-level buffet luncheon at Marriott Resort and Spa’s Citrique restaurant. For a truly five-star dining experience in Citrique, feast on lobster, delicious roasts, champagne, boutique beers and premium wines. Or, if you’d prefer to avoid the inevitable food baby, book a table at the adult's-only seafood tower and champagne luncheon in the leafy surrounds of Chapter & Verse Lounge.

Where: Marriott Resort, 158 Ferny Avenue, Surfers Paradise
Cost: Citrique: Adults $335, teens $205 (13-17 years), children $155 (5-12 years) or $55 (3-4 years); Chapter & Verse: Adults only $350 per couple 
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The Nutcracker Ballroom Buffet Lunch + Room81 At Sofitel Hotel


If you’ve got the kiddies in tow, or just love being immersed in the Chrissy spirit, this one is for you. With that always-French flavour, Broadbeach’s Sofitel is letting the elves loose on lunch and they’ve got plans to whip out a gourmet seafood and hot carvery buffet in the ballroom. With a Nutcracker theme, there will be Noel-style live entertainment and a customary visit from Santa, fresh off the back of his round-the-world adventures. Or, for the serious Christmas foodie, room81’s gastronomic journey will involve a stunning four-course lunch and three-hour premium drinks package—this one is for adults only.

Where: Sofitel Broadbeach, 81 Surf Parade, Broadbeach
Cost: Ballroom: Adults $255, teens $175 (12-17 years), children $100 (6-11 years) or $55 (0-5 years); room81: Adults only $245
For more information, click here.

Little Truffle

Mermaid Beach

Little Truffle and chef Daniel Ridgeway are hosting one of the most refined foodie offerings this Christmas Day lunch on the Gold Coast. We’re talking prawn and lobster cocktails, followed by your choice of herb crusted beef tenderloin, roast poussin and pomme puree, plus plenty more deliciousness. Not your typical Christmas Day lunch line-up, but then again, this is not your typical dining establishment. 

Where: Little Truffle, 2444 Gold Coast Highway, Mermaid Beach 
Cost: $155 per person (food only)
For more information, click here

Sheraton Grand Mirage

Main Beach

Forget about that novelty kitchen apron this festive season, because Sheraton Grand Mirage at Main Beach is putting on your Christmas spread—and she’s a beauty! Whether you choose to take the whole family to the generous seafood buffet in the Mirage Grand Ballroom, a seven-course lunch degustation in the Oyster Bay or the festive seafood spread in Terraces Restaurant, there’s no two ways about it, this resort is going to be heaving come December 25.

Where: Sheraton Grand Mirage, 71 Sea World Drive, Main Beach
Cost: Grand Ballroom: Adults $250, teens $205 (13-17 years), children $130 (4-12 years); Oyster Bar: Adults $180 (food only) or $250 (matching wines); Terraces: Adults and teens $250 (food only)
For more information, click here

Palazzo Versace

Main Beach

Rather than splurging on presents this year, go all out with the swankiest Christmas Day lunch on the Gold Coast. Celebrated Main Beach resort, Palazzo Versace is hosting decadent buffets, set menus and degustation feasts across their grand ballroom and various restaurants. Expect king prawns, Moreton Bay bugs, Queensland spanner crabs, Pacific oysters, juicy roasts, abundant salads and sides plus a dessert buffet—come with a very empty stomach. Spaces will fill fast (Il Barocco is always quick to sell out) so, if you snooze, you know what they say, you’ll lose.

Where: Sea World Drive, Main Beach
Cost: Il Barocco: Adults $259; La Medusa Ballroom: Adults $279; Vanitas Restaurant, Adults $299
For more information, click here

Cucina Vivo At The Star Gold Coast


For a sassy Italian twist on your Christmas feast this year, book the fam into The Star’s Cucina Vivo. Paired nicely with a three-hour drinks package, the four-course plated lunch featuring chargrilled West Australian scampi with butternut, Moreton Bay bug ravioli, slow-roasted Milly Hill lamb saddle and Borrowdale pork Porchetta with grilled broccoli, already has us salivating in anticipation.

Where: The Star Gold Coast, Broadbeach Island
Cost: Adults $190, children $77 (5-12 years) or $41 (3-4 years)
For more information, click here

Already covered for Christmas Day lunch on the Gold Coast? You’d best be planning your Boxing Day beach cricket at one of these epic beaches next. 

Image credit: Kaitlin Maree for Urban List

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