Food & Drink

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

By Isabel Croker
13th Dec 2022

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 2022 lunch and dinner spots for you, where you can eat, drink and be merry—stress-free! Does that sound like a Christmas wish come true? Here are 20 restaurants open on Christmas Day 2022 so you don’t have to cook.

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, Christmas Day Lunch in the QT Ballroom, Christmas Day Lunch at Yamagen or Christmas Night Dinner at Bazaar. Yamagen’s indulgent seven-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). QT really has all your Christmas feasting needs covered. 

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

Cost: Bazaar Christmas Eve: Adults $149, teenagers $89 (13-17 years), children $39;
QT Ballroom Lunch: Adults $295, teenagers $169, children $75
Bazaar Christmas Night: Adults $255, teenagers $150, children $65;
Yamagen Lunch: Adults $295, under 18’s $170

For more information, click here


Surfers Paradise

Indulge in a delicious display of Christmas fare at JW Marriott Resort where they will be letting the elves loose and whipping up a decadent buffet for the whole family. Feast on a succulent seafood and carvery buffet and seasonal sweet treats at Citrique Restaurant—make sure to arrive with an empty stomach. You can choose between the lunch (12pm-3pm) and dinner (6pm-9pm) 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: Lunch: Adults $379, children $189 (3-17 years)
Dinner: Adults $259, children $129

For more information, click here and here.

Uncle Su 


Those looking for something a little non-traditional need look no further than Christmas lunch at The Star Gold Coast’s signature Cantonese restaurant, Uncle Su for an impressive meal with an Asian twist. With a focus on authentic Chinese flavours, ingredients and cooking styles, internationally trained Executive Chef of Asian Cuisine, Chef Song Yao Su, has developed this special festive lunch menu which features fresh seafood and handmade dim sum. Drawing on his flair for combining traditional Mandarin and Cantonese ingredients, you will enjoy Chef Song’s inspired interpretations of Asian classics this Christmas. The Uncle Su Christmas package includes a beautiful banquet meal fit for a special occasion. 

Where: Uncle Su, The Star Gold Coast, 1 Casino Drive, Broadbeach

Cost: Adults $169, teenagers $55 (5-14 years), children $60 (4 years and under)

For more information, click here.

The Star Harvest Buffet


We all know The Star Gold Coast has a reputation for serving up some of the best Christmas Day feasts around, and this year is no different. Head to Harvest Buffet on Christmas Day and enjoy a lunch or dinner time all-you-can-eat buffet and a three-hour beverage package. Tuck into a range of traditional, seafood, Asian and Mediterranean dishes. Highlights include grilled lamb chops with rosemary and garlic, Kung Pow chicken, Sydney Rock oysters, a range of roasted vegetables, and decadent desserts such as pavlova, steamed pudding and brandy custard.

Where: Harvest Buffet, The Star Gold Coast, 1 Casino Drive, Broadbeach

Cost: Adults $275, teenagers $120 (13-17 years), children $60 (6-12 years)

For more information, click here.

The Langham

Surfers Paradise

Forget about that novelty kitchen apron this festive season, because the brand-new The Langham, Gold Coast is putting on your Christmas spread—and you don’t want to miss out. You will be spoiled with a premium beverage package and sophisticated feast, boasting British-inspired Christmas delights like a seafood and sashimi bar, a carving station, salads, desserts and more. Christmas just got a whole lot fancier and we love it.

Where: The Langham, 38 Old Burleigh Road, Surfers Paradise

Cost: Adults $378, teenagers $180 (13-17 years), children $75

For more information, click here

Miss Moneypenny’s


Christmas ‘tis the season of indulgence and indulge you shall at Miss Moneypenny’s Christmas Day Banquet Lunch. You’ll be treated to a four-course banquet that showcases festive delights including a seafood platter, traditional roast meat, roast vegetables, salad and a stunning pavlova sphere to top it all off. Be sure to wear your stretchy pants for this Christmas Day feast.

Where: Miss Moneypenny’s, 50 Surf Parade, Broadbeach

Cost: Adults $179, children $95

For more information, click here.

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 Island Glasshouse and The Island Penthouse. 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 $179, teenagers $119 (13-17 years), children $89 (4-12 years)

For more information, click here

Chapter & Verse

Surfers Paradise

If you’re after something a little more lowkey than a ballroom feast but still want to impress, JW Marriott’s Chapter & Verse Christmas Lunch has got you covered. Experience seasonal local offerings with a seafood tower, including a range of fresh and local seafood with condiments and sides, plus a glass of Moet champagne on arrival. We recommend a dip in the lush, lagoon-style pool after your Christmas Day feast.

Where: Chapter & Verse, JW Marriott Resort, 158 Ferny Avenue, Surfers Paradise

Cost: $219 per person

For more information, click here.

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 at the luxurious The Fireplace restaurant’s Christmas Day Degustation Lunch, where you can drool over a four-course menu with intermezzo and a platinum beverage package. 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). If you’re after an evening affair, there is also a festive buffet in the Cove Cafe from 6pm, which is family-friendly and showcases fresh seafood.

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

Cost: Adults $449 (includes platinum beverage package)

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, traditional festive meats and a range of tempting desserts. There are plenty of vegan and vegetarian options available, as well as a cheeky three-hour beverage package. 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 $329, teenagers $249 (12-17 years), children $189 (5-11 years)

For more information, click here

Robina Pavilion


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 and roasted meat buffet lunch. You’ll struggle to choose between their cold seafood selection, their farmer’s market salad collection, the traditional hot meats and their famous eye candy buffet collection. A feast fit for Santa himself.

Where: Robina Pavilion, 229 Ron Penhaligon Way, Robina

Cost: Adults $165, teenagers $99 (13-17 years), children $79 (4-12 years)

For more information, click here.

Sofitel Broadbeach


Celebrate Art de Noël this festive season and experience Christmas joy with a French flair in Sofitel Broadbeach’s Nutcracker-themed Grand Ballroom. Indulge in a sumptuous seafood and hot carvery buffet including all your favourite traditional trimmings, a decadent dessert buffet and a three-hour beverage package. The little ones will be kept busy with live entertainment and a visit from jolly Santa making it a truly family-friendly magical experience.

Where: Sofitel Broadbeach, 81 Surf Parade, Broadbeach

Cost: Adults $295, teenagers $215 (12-17 years), children $145 (5-11 years)

For more information, click here.

Hyde Paradiso

Surfers Paradise

If you’re after top-notch ocean views this Christmas Day, Hyde Paradiso is the Christmas restaurant for you. Indulge this Christmas at Hyde in a seaside soiree featuring a decadent seafood buffet lunch accompanied by a four-hour drinks package. Featuring unobstructed ocean views, beautiful decor and interiors and mouthwatering food options to suit everyone, there are few better ways to spend Christmas Day lunch than at Hyde.

Where: Hyde Paradiso, Level 2/8 The Esplanade, Surfers Paradise

Cost: Adults $270, children $170 (4-12 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 in the kids’ entertainment zone with 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 $269, teenagers $146 (13-17 years), children $97 (5-12 years)

For more information, click here.

El Camino Cantina

Surfers Paradise

Trade Santa hats for sombreros and traditional Christmas dishes for a turbocharged Tex-Mex feast at El Camino Cantina Surfers Paradise this Christmas Day. Toast the festivities Tex-Mex style with El Camino Cantina’s famous margaritas and an a la carte menu of Tex-Mex classic dishes, including chicken wings in 13 flavours, four variations of nachos loaded with toppings, chargrilled fajitas served on a sizzling hotplate with all the Tex-Mex trimmings, and ten choices of tacos. We're here for the generous Tex-Mex Fiesta, which includes a two-hour drinks package of signature margaritas, beers, wines, and soft drinks, for just $89 per person.

Where: El Camino Cantina, 2 Cavill Avenue, Surfers Paradise

Cost: $89 per person (Tex-Mex Fiesta)

For more information, click here.

Coomera Lodge Hotel


Those looking to indulge in a casual yet festive Christmas feast this year need to look no further than Coomera Lodge Hotel. Seated in the restaurant with views of the river, Coomera Lodge will be serving up a three-course lunch from 11am, featuring everything from Christmas roasts and fresh seafood to finger-lickingly delicious desserts and sweet treats. There’ll even be free gifts for the little ones and a Special Rug-Rats Christmas Board for the kids to nibble on.

Where: Coomera Lodge Hotel, 160 Maudsland Road, Oxenford

Cost: Adults $140, teenagers $85 (13-17 years), children $20 (5-12 years)

For more information, click here.

Burleigh Town Hotel

Burleigh Heads

The slick and freshly renovated Burleigh Town Hotel is taking the stress out of Christmas Day, inviting you to join the team for a traditional Christmas buffet this year from 11.30am. You will be treated to fresh seafood, Christmas classics and all the traditional festive favourites. The best part? No cleaning up required.

Where: Burleigh Town Hotel, Tsipura Drive, Burleigh Heads

Cost: Adults $160, teenagers $85 (13-17 years), children $55 (5-12 years)

For more information, click here.

QT Christmas Feast At Home

From the comfort of home

It's the most delectable time of the year. And Christmas by QT at Home is here to make Christmas a piece of pav. Christmas by QT at Home is an at-home dining experience with lashings of indulgent Christmas cheer and an expertly crafted meal kit for simple assembly. The Christmas hampers cater for six people and include 20 dishes to unwrap—from the Christmas classics your Nan cooks, through to tiger prawns in cognac-horseradish, slow-roasted suckling porchetta and pavlova, they're serving up food comas left right and centre. 

When: Available to pre-order until Wednesday 21 December; pick up between Friday 23 December and Saturday 24 December

Cost: $649 per box

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 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 if you’re feeling extra boujee. 

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

Cost: Prices vary; $260-$670

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: The Star Gold Coast

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