Christmas is stressful enough as it is, so why not leave it to the experts and have your sit-down lunch with the fam in style?
With the big day fast approaching you’d best be finalising plans, stat. Some of those prized Chrissy luncheon seats have already been snapped up, so we’ve made the enquiries to deliver the most appetising choice of Gold Coast restaurants that are going all out on Christmas Day 2017.
Gingerbread House 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 Hotel 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. There will be live entertainment by Gee’d Up and a customary visit from Santa, fresh off the back of his round-the-world adventures. Or, for the serious Christmas foodie, two chef-hatted room81’s ‘gastronomic journey’ will involve a stunning four-course lunch and three-hour premium drinks package—this one is adults only.
Where: 81 Surf Parade, Broadbeach
Cost: Gingerbread House: Adults $250, teens $175 (12-17 years), children $100 (6-11 years) or $55 (5 years and under); room81: Adults only $225
Book: Via the website
Bazaar At QT Gold Coast
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. Proof is also in the pudding as their ever-popular QT Ballroom luncheon and Baazar breakfast is already SOLD OUT, eep! If you missed out, QT will be serving a twist on their famous Bazaar interactive marketplace feast with all your fave festive trimmings like suckling pig and fresh trawler-caught seafood plus, the option to add a three-hour drinks package. Rum Egg Nog, anyone?
Where: 7 Staghorn Avenue, Surfers Paradise
Cost: Adults $199; teens $130 (13-17 years); children $50 (4-12 years); add two-hour drinks package for $40 per person
To Book: 07 5584 1200
If we didn’t already have our Xmas plans locked in, we’d totally be eyeing off lunch at one of the best new venues in Surfers Paradise—The Island. Hosting their first ever Christmas Day lunch on the Gold Coast, you can book a table, sit back, sip on a Mumm champas and watch as three incredible courses appear in front of you… then disappear, straight into your pie hole. Think: included beverage package, seafood and deli share plates to start, followed by your choice of three mains and dessert. If you want to wear a tropical shirt with no judgement, this is the destination for you.
Where: The Island, 3128 Surfers Paradise Boulevard, Surfers Paradise
Cost: Adults $185, teens $65 (13-17 years), children $40 (3-12 years)
To Book: 07 5538 8000
Seaduction, the chicest dining establishment on Surfers Paradise’s foreshore, has released their Christmas Day offering so act fast before it books out. With glistening ocean views as your backdrop, Seaduction’s upper-level dining room will be serving a an interactive seafood buffet with all your faves and glass of champagne on arrival—because a prawn feast and Christmas go hand in hand. Right?
Where: Level 2, Peppers Soul, 8 The Esplanade, Surfers Paradise
Cost: Adult and teens $225; children $135 (6-12 years)
To Book: 07 5635 5710
Mirage Grand Ballroom At Sheraton Grand Mirage (Sold Out)
Forget about that 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 buffet in the winter wonderland-themed Mirage Grand Ballroom or a lunch degustation in the Oyster Bay (sorry, Terraces is already sold out!), there’s no two ways about it, this resort is going to be heaving come December 25.
Where: 71 Sea World Drive, Main Beach
Cost: Grand Ballroom: Adults $240, teens $205 (13-17 years), children $130 (4-12 years); Oyster Bar: adults $180 (food only)
To Book: 07 5577 0035
A new addition to our list of the best venues for Christmas Day lunch on the Gold Coast, Little Truffle and chef Daniel Ridgeway are getting amongst the festivities to host one of the most refined foodie offerings this side of the North Pole. We’re talking cauliflower, parsnip and truffle veloute; charcuterie antipasto, and your choice of creatively served barramundi, chicken ballotine or rolled pork belly with spicy Italian sausage. Not your typical Christmas Day lineup, but then again, this ain’t your typical dining establishment.
Where: 2444 Gold Coast Highway, Mermaid Beach
Cost: $145 per person
To Book: 07 5526 5033
Currumbin Beach Vikings SLSC
A much-loved local, Currumbin Beach Vikings SLSC is a beaut ocean-side destination to celebrate the arrival of Saint Nick. You’ll want to act fast so as not to miss out on a chill buffet luncheon with fresh seafood, hot and cold meats, salads, desserts and three hours of unlimited drinkies—this one ALWAYS sells out. Get your fill with a stuff-yourself lunch then take the tribe to the beach, ‘cause that’s what an Aussie Christmas is all about.
Details: 741 Pacific Parade, Currumbin; 12pm to 3pm
Cost: Adults $170 (members) or $190 (non members), teens $100 (13-17 years), children $50 (2-12 years)
To Book: 07 5534 2932
Garden Kitchen & Bar At The Star
2017 has been one helluva year for The Star Gold Coast, so this is one team who’s ready to deck the halls and get festive. Building on the buzz that always seems to radiate out of this landmark property, Christmas festivities at breezy Garden Kitchen & Bar include a gorgeous three-course set lunch including seafood salad, lamb rack with macadamia and lamb myrtle crust, Red Emperor and a dessert plate totally worthy of the ‘gram (drinks sold separately). Just don’t go blowing all your gifted Christmas coin in the gaming room, okay?
Where: Broadbeach Island, Broadbeach
Cost: Adults and teens $120, children $75 (5-12 years) or $40 (3-4 years)
To Book: Via the website
La Medusa Ballroom + Vanitas Restaurant At Palazzo Versace
Rather than splurging on presents this year, go all out with the swankiest Christmas Day offering 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 and a dessert buffet—come with a very empty stomach. Spaces will fill fast (Il Barocco is already sold out for lunch) so, if you snooze, you know what they say, you’ll lose.
Where: Sea World Drive, Main Beach
Cost: La Medusa Ballroom: Adults $260; Vanitas Restaurant, $295
To Book: 07 5509 8000
Waves Restaurant + Clifford’s Grill At Watermark Hotel
Watermark Hotel’s Christmas Day buffet luncheon at Waves Restaurant promises a hot roast carvery, plenty of fresh seafood, artisan breads, live cooking stations, desserts, Moet on arrival and a three-hour drinks package. Or, if a luxe four-course family style luncheon paired with Veuve champagne and premium wines sounds more like your idea of a special occasion, book into Clifford’s Grill & Lounge. Sounds like all the essential ingredients for a stress-free Christmas to us!
Where: 3032 Surfers Paradise Boulevard, Surfers Paradise
Cost: Waves: Adults $199, teens $140 (13-17 years), children $90 (5-12 years); Clifford’s Grill:Aadults $225; teens $140 (13-17 years); children $90 (5-12 years)
To Book: 07 5588 8304
Critique at Marriott Resort & Spa
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 luxe buffet luncheon at Marriott Resort and Spa’s Critique restaurant. Let’s be honest, your seat is not the cheapest in town, but you get to feast on lobster, delicious roasts, smoked kangaroo, Moet champagne, boutique beers, premium wines. But it’s not all about the lobster and top-shelf booze, you’ll be stuffing yourself silly with all the yummy eats as well.
Where: 158 Ferny Avenue, Surfers Paradise
Cost: Adults $329, teens $199 (13-17 years), children $150 (5-12 years) or $50 (3-4 years)
To Book: Email [email protected]
Cucina Vivo At The Star Gold Coast
For a sassy Italian twist on your Christmas feast this year, book the fam bam into The Star’s Cucina Vivo. The four-course plated lunch featuring butter poached prawn and crab salad, semi-dried tomato aranchini, glazed pork loin and slow-roasted turkey breast already has us salivating in anticipation.
Where: The Star Gold Coast, Broadbeach Island
Cost: Adults and teens $165, children $75 (5-12 years) or $40 (3-4 years)
To Book: Online
Macarthurs’s Ballroom + The Fireplace At Intercontinental Sanctuary Cove
Take your nearest and dearest to a fancy-arse feast at the Intercontinental Sanctuary Cove, only one of the swankiest hotels on the Gold Coast. In Macarthur’s Ballroom you’ll be treated to market-fresh Australian seafood, a carvery with all the trimmings, an antipasti bar, and all washed down with a premium drinks package. Plus, bring your sweet tooth as the ‘dessert library’ will be particularly hard to resist, but since it’s Christmas and calories don’t count, go crazy! No kids in tow? The adults-only four-course experience in The Fireplace is for you.
Where: Manor Circuit, Sanctuary Cove, Hope Island
Cost: Macarthur’s Ballroom: Adults $259, teens $135 (12-17 years), children $85 (5-11 years); The Fireplace: adults only $259
To Book: 07 5501 9832
The Masters Ballroom + The Restaurant At Mercure Gold Coast Resort
Christmas is taking over the Mercure Gold Coast Resort this year with a bevvie of different dining options in the various F&B spaces. Choose from a family-friendly shindig and buffet in The Masters Ballroom, to boozy adults-only luncheons in The Restaurant.
Where: 64 Palm Meadows Drive, Carrara
Cost: Ballroom: Adults $139, teens $89 (13-17 years), children $69 (5-12 years); The Restaurant: adults only $159
To Book: 07 5555 7767
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