Food & Drink

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

By Isabel Croker
8th Dec 2021

christmas day lunch gold coast

Whether a traditional roast or fresh seafood is your idea of a Christmas feast, there’s no doubt one of the best things about the festive season is the food. If slaving away in the kitchen doesn’t sound like your idea of a fun Christmas day, you’re not alone. Let’s change it up this year and leave the cooking (and washing up) to the experts.

We’ve done the hard work for you and rounded up the best Christmas Day lunch spots for you, where you can eat, drink and be merry—stress-free! Does that sound like a Christmas wish come true? Here are ten restaurants open on Christmas Day so you don’t have to cook.

Intercontinental Sanctuary Cove

HOPE ISLAND

If you haven’t got your Christmas plans sorted yet, the swanky Intercontinental Sanctuary Cove has got to be on your list. Experience five-star cuisine in the luxurious The Fireplace restaurant, where you can drool over a four-course menu with intermezzo and a platinum beverage package. Think whisky cured salmon, black onyx beef tenderloin with foie gras and duck breast with asparagus, sweetened with a deliciously naughty chocolate and coffee opera cake. Elegant festive theming accompanied by a customised gift for everyone will further elevate the iconic Fireplace Restaurant experience, which is also adults-only (no screaming kids, guaranteed). Christmas lunch traditions don’t get much better than this.

Where: The Fireplace Restaurant, Intercontinental Sanctuary Cove, Manor Circuit, Sanctuary Cove

Cost: Adults $389 (includes platinum beverage package)

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QT Gold Coast

SURFERS PARADISE

‘Tis the season to spoil yourself and the team 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. The hardest choice you’ll have to make is choosing between their Bazaar Christmas Eve Dinner, the Bazaar Christmas Night Dinner and Christmas Lunch at Yamagen. Yamagen’s indulgent 7-course degustation menu features a range of Japanese seafood dishes with a Christmas twist, while Bazaar will be dishing up all your traditional favourites, from fresh trawler-caught seafood to vibrant salads and decadent desserts (including their famous chocolate fountain). 

Where: QT Gold Coast, 7 Staghorn Avenue, Surfers Paradise

Cost: Bazaar Christmas Eve: Adults $125, teenagers $84 (13-17 years), children $25; Bazaar Christmas Night: Adults $245, teenagers $120 (13-17 years), children $55; Yamagen lunch: Adults $295, under 18’s $170

For more information, click here

Little Truffle

MERMAID BEACH

Mermaid Beach’s Little Truffle will be dishing up a gourmet, four-course Christmas banquet to remember, with their refined flavours and intimate venue. Indulge in a range of culinary delights from roast quail ballotine with blackberry and orange chutney, foie gras and leek tart to chestnut and herb-crusted lamb rack with truffle pomme puree to slow-roasted beef prime rib with Yorkshire pudding and red wine jus. It’s tempting to fill up on the mains but make sure to leave room for the drool-worthy Christmas pudding flavoured dessert offerings. Christmas pudding in panna cotta and souffle form—what’s not to love?

Where: Little Truffle, 2444 Gold Coast Highway, Mermaid Beach 

Cost: $175 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 you don’t want to miss out. You will be spoiled with a sophisticated seven-course degustation menu from Horizons, boasting modern Christmas delights like poached lobster with compressed melon and sauteed scallop, veal loin with parsnip and red wine jus and butter-poached turkey duck terrine. Bring the family and enjoy the wondrous ocean views Horizons has to offer, as well as live roving entertainment.

Where: Sheraton Grand Mirage, 71 SeaWorld Drive, Main Beach

Cost: $349 per person (includes matching wines)

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The Island 

SURFERS PARADISE

Eat, drink and be merry while soaking up the stunning views at The Island this Christmas. Selling out every year, you’ll have to get in quick to buy tickets for a memorable Christmas Day Buffet Lunch hosted at their various venues, including the picturesque Island Pool Deck and Lounge, the Glasshouse and Goldie’s. Go all out with the next-level festive buffet featuring warm and cold fresh seafood, traditional roast meats with the trimmings and wholesome salads. Make sure to save room for dessert and fill your belly with pavlova, panettone and traditional Christmas pudding.

Where: The Island Gold Coast, 3128 Surfers Paradise Blvd, Surfers Paradise

Cost: Adults $169, teenagers $109 (13-17 years) or children $79 (4-13 years)

For more information, click here

Hilton Surfers Paradise 

SURFERS PARADISE

Hang up your apron, get out of the kitchen and celebrate Christmas with your loved ones at Hilton Surfers Paradise. Relax in style at the glamorous hotel and let their talented chefs treat you to an extravagant feast - no washing up required! Tuck into their sumptuous premium seafood buffet which showcases a cold and hot buffet of seafood and traditional festive meats and a range of tempting desserts. How do summertime pavlovas and apple crumble with toffee sauce sound? Spaces fill up fast so get onto it quickly and book your spot to avoid missing out on the Christmas cheer.

Where: Hilton Surfers Paradise Hotel, 6 Orchid Avenue, Surfers Paradise

Cost: Adults $269 (includes three-hour beverage package), teenagers $215 (13-17 years) or children $65 (5-12 years)

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Robina Pavilion

ROBINA

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at Robina Pavilion. Let the kids loose in the Christmas wonderland while you sit back and indulge in their generous fresh seafood buffet lunch. You’ll struggle to choose between their cold seafood selection, their farmer’s market vegetarian collection, the traditional hot meats and their famous eye candy buffet collection. Think—a Belgian chocolate fountain topped with a Pavilion style Christmas pudding. A feast fit for Santa himself.

Where: Robina Pavilion, 229 Ron Penhaligon Way, Robina

Cost: Adults $155 (including two-hour buffet package), teenagers $89 (13-17 years), children $69 (4-12 years)

For more information, click here.

JW Marriott Gold Coast Resort

SURFERS PARADISE

Indulge in a delicious display of Christmas fare at JW Marriott Resort where they will be letting the elves loose on lunch and whipping up a decadent meal for the whole family. Feast on a succulent seafood and carvery buffet and seasonal sweet treats at Citrique Restaurant Restaurant—make sure to come with an empty stomach. You can choose between the dinner and lunch seafood buffets, which will include live cooking stations, three-hour premium beverage packages, live music and a glass of Moet champagne on arrival. 

Where: Citrique Restaurant, JW Marriott Resort, 158 Ferny Avenue, Surfers Paradise

Cost: Adults $255, children $95 (5-12 years), children $50 (3-4 years)

For more information, click here.

RACV Royal Pines Resort

Amidst a beautifully themed ballroom, feast on a Christmas buffet lunch offering the freshest Australian seafood, traditional festive meats and a huge selection of hot dishes, salads and desserts. This is what Christmas at RACV Royal Pines Resort looks like. Adults will be treated to a three-hour beverage package and roaming entertainment, while the kids can burn off the sugar at the jumping castle, face painting, a balloon artist and a very special visit from Santa himself. You might just end up rolling home after this festive feast.

Where: Royal Benowa Ballroom, RACV Royal Pines Resort, Ross Street, Benowa

Cost: Adults $229, teenagers $149 (13-17 years), children $99 (5-12 years)

For more information, click here.

Takeaway Hampers From The Star Gold Coast

FROM THE COMFORT OF HOME

Do you want to look like you’ve put a lot of effort into your Christmas feast, whereas in reality...you haven’t? No judgement here. Let the talented The Star culinary team do all the hard work this Christmas and feast on one of their takeaway Christmas hampers, complete with Christmas favourites like delicious smoked ham, roasted turkey breast, Tasmanian salmon and more—all from the comfort of your own home. You can even add in seafood upgrades and exclusive beverage add-ons if you’re feeling extra boujee. 

When: Available to pre-order until Thursday 16 December at 2pm; pick up Friday 24 December between 10am-12pm and 3pm-5pm

Cost: Prices vary; $220-$575

For more information, click here.

Now that you’ve got your Christmas Day plans sorted, NYE is lurking just around the corner. Dust off your dancing shoes and check out the hottest New Year’s Event events happening on the Gold Coast this year.

Image credit: Kaitlin Maree for Urban List

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