Restaurants Open On Christmas Day | 2013 Edition

By Iro Kotsimbos
28th Nov 2013

This is the 2013 Edition of Melbourne restuarants open on Christmas Day. Looking for what's open on Christmas Day 2014? You can find all the deets right here

This morning someone told me that Christmas is less than four (FOUR!!) weeks away. I promptly started my annual Christmas freak-out fest. The ham! The turkey! The stuffing! The security detail to restrain Uncle Pat after one too many brandies! If you're like moi and are completely unprepared for the annual feast (not to mention lack the motivation to cook said feast!), then why not get someone else to do all the work for you?

A range of Melbourne's best venues are hosting special Christmas shindigs this year, with menus that are out-of-this-world delicious. To them I say THANK YOU for putting a stop to my freak-out fest; could you do the Christmas shopping for me too?! 

But I digress…. Without further ado, here are 19 Melbourne restaurants that are open on Christmas Day. Get booking because seats will fill up quick!

Albert Park Hotel. Image Credit: Facebook.


Also open for Christmas lunch is the Albert Park Hotel – and what a menu they have! Book here and you'll be tucking into tuna ceviche, duck and cinnamon pastille, and free-range turkey with chestnuts and sage – all before inhaling chocolate marquis for dessert. Oh yes, it'll be a Merry Christmas indeed.

Albert Park Hotel | 83 Dundas Place in Albert Park

Three courses | $125 for adults & $62.50 for children 

12:00pm & 2:30pm sittings only

For bookings, please call 03 9690 5459


Part of Shannon Bennett's stable of exquisite restaurants, Bistro Vue will be offering patrons a beautifully prepared four-course French feast for Christmas lunch. Want to up the dining experience? Add the matched wine menu and you'll be singing carols all the way home.

Bistro Vue | 430 Little Collins Street in Melbourne

Four courses | $185 per person

Matched wines | Additional $85 per person

For bookings, please call 03 9691 3838


A Melbourne institution, Breezes at Crown is pulling out all stops for Christmas lunch and dinner this year. Lunch includes six incredible courses, plus a complimentary glass of champers or soft drink, while dinner is à la carte. Throw in Breezes' spectacular view of Melbourne for a Christmas to remember!

Breezes | Level 3, Crown Towers, 8 Whiteman Street in Southbank

Lunch | Six courses | $205 per person

Dinner | A la carte menu

For bookings, please call 03 9292 6896

The Bridge Hotel. Image Credit: Facebook.


If you're after a Christmas lunch for the ages, then book a seat at The Bridge Hotel. Perfect for families, their delish dishes include cured meats, cheeses, garlic prawns and oysters to start, lamb shoulder, pork belly and gourmet sides for main, and pavlova with berries galore for dessert. Wowee!

The Bridge Hotel | 642 Bridge Road in Richmond

Three courses | $120 per person

Sittings between 12:00pm – 5:00pm only

For bookings, please call 03 9429 5734


A favourite of many Melburnians, St Kilda's Circa will be once again be a favourite come Christmas Day. The menu includes the mandatory Chrissie seafood (Moonlight Flat oysters plus crayfish terrine, to be precise), along with Wagyu and sirloin steaks – drool. 

Circa | 2 Acland Street in St Kilda

Four courses | $190 per person

For bookings, please call 03 9536 1122


A well stocked buffet is one of my all-time favourite things (I'm excited just thinking about it), and the spread at the Conservatory is certainly one of the best out there! Their Christmas lunch features a mind-blowing seafood buffet, or you can visit for Chrissie dinner. See you there!

Conservatory | Level 1, Crown Towers, 8 Whiteman Street in Southbank

Lunch | Seafood buffet | $230 per person

Dinner | $180 per person

For bookings, please call 03 9292 6895

Eureka 89. Image Credit: Facebook.


Feel on top of the world this Christmas with lunch at Eureka 89. You'll be sipping on Laurent Perrier champagne on arrival, before luxe dishes such as mini lobster rolls, chilled pea gazpacho, foie gras torchon, whole roast poussin, and Christmas pudding soufflé are served up. The ultimate Christmas lunch with a view!

Eureka 89 | Level 89, Eureka Tower, 7 Riverside Quay in Southbank

Five courses | $240 for adults, $145 for teens aged 13 – 17 & $65 for children 12 and under

Sittings between 12:30pm – 4:00pm only

For bookings, please call 03 9693 8889


St Kilda East favourite, The Grosvenor Hotel, is once again coming through with the goods by taking bookings for Christmas lunch. If you're like Baby, and don't like being put in a corner (courtesy of a set menu) you're in luck – The Grosvenor will be offering a limited  à la carte menu! 

The Grosvenor Hotel | 10 Brighton Road in St Kilda East

Minimum spend of $50 required

For bookings, please call 03 9531 1542


Being Greek myself, I can assure you that on December 25th, the feast of all feasts will be laid on. Everything from oysters, chargrilled octopus and stuffed zucchini flowers, to Hellenic prawn doughnuts, ouzo and cola-glazed ham, and turkey from the spit will be served, plus plenty of desserts!

Hellenic Republic | 434 Lygon Street in Brunswick East

$125 for adults & $70 for children

12:00pm sittings only

For bookings, please call 03 9381 1222

Koko. Image Credit: Cool On.


Are you a fan of all things teppanyaki, sushi and sashimi related? Well, well, well, Koko's Christmas lunch will be just the thing for you and your family. Enjoy some of Melbourne's best teppanyaki, along with a glass of Moet & Chandon, for the merriest of Christmases.

Koko | Level 3, Crown Towers, 8 Whiteman Street in Southbank

$140 per person

For bookings, please call 03 9292 6886


Like the Greeks, the Italians also know how prepare one heck of a Christmas meal! Merchant Osteria Veneta will be hosting the ultimate Venetian Christmas lunch, with the four courses to include small snacks to share, plus your choice of entrée, main and dessert. Never fear, there'll also be delicious panettone on offer! 

Merchant Osteria Veneta | Rialto, 495 Collins Street in Melbourne

$195 per person

For bookings, please call 03 9614 7688


The Middle Park Hotel is known for memorable meals, so it comes as no surprise that their Christmas Day offering will be just as noteworthy. Dishes on offer include organic Muscovy duck with truffle honey broth, coral trout with paella, and peach melba trifle with buffalo curd. Nom nom nom!

Middle Park Hotel | 102 Canterbury Road in Middle Park

Three courses | $125 for adults & $62.50 for children 

12:00pm & 2:30pm sittings only

For bookings, please call 03 9690 1958

Mr. Hive Kitchen & Bar. Image Credit: Mr. Hive.


Celebrate Christmas in style with the four-course offering at Mr. Hive Kitchen & Bar. French-inspired fare will amaze you and your guests, washed down with only the best champagne. This is the place to go when only the best will do!

Mr. Hive Kitchen & Bar | Level 1, Crown Metropol, 8 Whiteman Street in Southbank

Four courses | $160 per person

For bookings, please call 03 9292 6211


My-oh-my, Newmarket Hotel's Christmas Day feast is one to behold! Sweetcorn, lobster and oregano arepas? Check. Wild barramundi and Spencer Gulf prawns? Check. Dulce de leche, Valhrona chocolate and Seville orange parfait? CHECK. See you there in your Christmas finery.

Newmarket Hotel | 34 Inkerman Street in St Kilda

Three courses | $125 for adults & $62.50 for children 

For bookings, please call 03 9537 1777


On a regular day, lunch at No. 8 by John Lawson involves the very best local and regional produce, so can you imagine how good their Christmas lunch will be? Book now for their five-course extravaganza (served with a glass of champagne or soft drink), and enjoy the fine food and live entertainment!

No. 8 by John Lawson | Crown Riverside, 8 Whiteman Street in Southbank

Five courses | $210 per person

For bookings, please call 03 9292 5777

Prahran Hotel. Image Credit: Facebook.


Famous for its awesome interior, Prahran Hotel also knows how to put on a damn fine Christmas lunch! This year, indulge in shared entrées of lamb feta meatballs, zucchini flowers and prawn cocktail; mains of turkey and lamb (with the best garlic and rosemary potatos EVER); and traditional Christmas pudding and choc tart for dessert. Mouthwateringly good!

Prahran Hotel | 82 High Street in Prahran

Three courses | $120 per person

Sittings between 12:00pm – 5:00pm only

For bookings, please call 03 9529 2168


Melburnians are a cricket-mad bunch, so this Christmas the team at Richmond Club Hotel have catered for an Ashes-themed lunch AND dinner – genius! Pick between an Aussie or English dish (Aussie all the way!), and get ready to cheer on your team!

Richmond Club Hotel | 100 Swan Street in Richmond

$25 per person | 12:00pm – 8:00pm

For bookings, please call 03 9428 6722


Another stylish (not to mention delicious!) option for Christmas Day is the banquet lunch from Silks at Crown. Their famed Chinese regional cuisine will be served in abundance including Northern Chinese, Cantonese, Shanghainese and Sichuan delights. You don't want to miss this! 

Silks | Level 1, Crown Towers, 8 Whiteman Street in Southbank

$180 per person

For bookings, please call 03 9292 6888

Vue de Monde. Image Credit: Design Build Source.


Stop the press – we think we've found Melbourne's crème de la crème of Christmas lunches, courtesy of Vue de Monde. With the theme 'Christmas around the world', the team have prepared SEVEN (yes, seven!) jaw dropping courses to delight you, all inspired by traditional Christmas fare from around the world. One word – incredible.

Vue de Monde | Level 55, Rialto, 525 Collins Street in Melbourne

Seven courses | $450 per person

For bookings, please call 03 9691 3888

Main Image Credit: Spoon Fork Bacon.

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