Feeling festive yet? Like it or not (‘not’ translating to love of course), Christmas is right around the corner, and what’s the best bit about Christmas? If you were going to say family, you’re totally wrong. Sorry. The best thing about Christmas is the food—duh!
Yes, presents are nice, too, but really, festive food is where it’s at, Listers. But what if you aren’t up to creating a Heston-esque dining extravaganza for your family, friends, and cats (yes, even kitties celebrate Christmas, what else would you do with leftover prawns!)? Well, lucky for you, we’ve tracked down Melbourne’s best restaurants that are open on Christmas Day. They’ve sacrificed their holiday time, and are serving up decadent Christmas lunches for your dining pleasure!
So, want to know where’s open for Christmas lunch in Melbourne? Then enjoy our gift to you – a guide to the best Melbourne restaurants open on Christmas Day 2014, that are serving up fantastically festive feasts!
Circa & The Deck | St Kilda
Sensational seasonal eating is on offer this Chrissie day at Circa in St Kilda. Your decadent Christmas lunch will include fresh seafood, like Queensland spanner crab with summer peas and caviar, traditional meats and delicious sweet treats for dessert. Their elegant dining rooms that overlook Fitzroy Street in sunny, seaside St Kilda will have you truly appreciating living in a warm climate for the silly season! Or to really be a part of the summer vibes, head out to The Deck, where The Prince will be supplying a shared-style lunch with a chilled-out rooftop roast. Perfect for groups.
Circa, The Prince | 2 Acland St, St Kilda
Three courses + canapés and petit fours | $195
The Deck at Circa, The Prince
Three courses, share style | $115
For bookings, call 03 9536 1122 or email
Hotel Urban | St Kilda
If you’ve literally got a farm to feed, head to the Hotel Urban in St Kilda for a cracking Christmas lunch. Offering an option of Christmas buffet (for a minimum of 20 people) to a Christmas set menu (minimum 15) there is plenty of feasting to be had at Hotel Urban, and none of the stressing associated with cooking for so many! The maple and mustard glazed ham from the buffet sounds amaze-balls, not to mention the steamed Christmas pudding with brandy anglaise and berry compote on the set menu. So many options, so little stomach room. Calm your farm.
Hotel Urban | 35-37 Fitzroy Street, St Kilda
Christmas Buffet | $79
Christmas Set Menu | Two-courses | $60 | Three-courses | $70
$20+ for beverage packages
For bookings, call 03 8530 8888 or email
The Smith | Prahran
Another of our fave restaurants open on Christmas Day is our Prahran local, The Smith. With a Christmas lunch that includes champagne, oysters, charcuterie, and apricot stuffed turkey, you’d be crackers to miss it!
The Smith | 213 High Street, Prahran
Three-courses + canapés + beer or wine | $185 ($85 for children)
For bookings, please call 03 9514 2444 or email
The Botanical | South Yarra
Celebrate your festivities with floral surrounds at The Botanical in South Yarra. The crew will be indulging (in a foodie sense) guests with a five-course Christmas lunch, featuring delights such as steamed blue eye cod with smoked tomato, spinach powder and beurre blanc gingembre. Dessert promises to be deliciously decadent also, with textured strawberries, honey pannacotta, orange blossom broth with strawberry and lime sorbet! This one will sell out fast, Listers!
The Botanical | 169 Domain Road, South Yarra
Five courses | $140 (Three courses for children under 12, $45)
For bookings, please call 03 9820 7888 or email
Merchant Osteria Veneta | Melbourne CBD
Celebrate Christmas like the Venetians do at Merchant, with rich bigoli pasta and Ferron risotto, as well as a roast suckling pig, local fish and rich, creamy custard pudding! As if all that wasn’t enough, get some Grossi flair on your plate, too, with Bresaola with fresh figs, pecorino and vino cotto. Sigh. Why can’t it be Christmas every day?
Merchant Osteria Veneta | 495 Collins Street, Melbourne
Four-courses + cichetti | $195
For bookings, call 03 9614 7688 or email
The Clarendon Ballroom at The Langham | Southbank
Celebrate Christmas in Melbourne in true elegance at the Clarendon Ballroom. With a festive menu, music, entertainment, glamorous decorations, a kids’ room (with play stations and a slushy machine!), and even Santa himself, celebrating Christmas lunch at The Ballroom will truly be a memorable experience. Dining options include crisp skin salmon with green beans, green lip mussels, and candy cane with red velvet trifle! The food is served buffet style, with over 25 gourmet options to choose from!
The Clarendon Ballroom at The Langham | 1 Southgate Avenue, Southbank
12pm - 4pm
$299 Adults, $159 Children (4-12)
For bookings, call 1800 641 107 or email
Newmarket Hotel | St Kilda
If you’re after bold flavours, meaty goodness and desserts that will put you on Santa’s naughty list, then book your Christmas lunch at the Newmarket Hotel in St Kilda. Sit outdoors or in, and indulge in items like a warm crayfish salad with epazote, summer corn, black truffle and crispy chicken wing, or Tasmanian scallops a la plancha with Jamon Iberico, chorizo and lightly pickled summer veg. Sweet tooths get excited for a passionfruit pavlova with exotic fruits and coconut sorbet! While tipping their hat to the festive, this Chrissie menu is not as traditional as some, which we are quite excited about!
Newmarket Hotel | 34 Inkerman Street, St Kilda
Three Courses + petit fours | $130
For bookings, please call 03 9537 1777 or email
Middle Park Hotel & Albert Park Hotel | Middle Park & Albert Park
If tradition is more your thing, then you’ll want to head to the Middle Park Hotel, or likewise the Albert Park Hotel. Both corner pubs will be slicing and dicing your festive favourites, such as ham, turkey, fresh seafood and classic Christmas desserts. Think spiced plum bakewell tart with clotted cream, or a Chrissie pudding with brandy butter and spiced cherries. We’re in a food coma just thinking about it.
Middle Park Hotel | 102 Canterbury Road, Middle Park
Three courses + petit fours | $130
For bookings, please call 03 9690 1958 or email
Albert Park Hotel | Corner of Montague Street and Dundas Place, Albert Park
Three courses + petit fours | $130
For bookings, please call 03 9690 5459 or email
Bistro Vue | Melbourne CBD
For a miserable Christmas, visit Bistro Vue. Not literally! But they have designed an epic menu around the famous musical, Les Miserables. Following the character stories throughout the degustation, the themed menu will represent the original 19th century novel. In terms of food, think prawn in kataifi pastry with an oyster emulsion, and coral trout with crab, caviar, apple and onion.
Bistro Vue | 430 Little Collins Street, Melbourne
12pm | Five courses | $200
For bookings, please call 03 9691 3838
Eureka 89 | Southbank
If your Christmas wish list includes a room with a view, then make sure to book your Christmas lunch at Eureka 89, and enjoy the spectacular views of the Melbourne CBD while you feast on five decadent courses. Get excited for seafood tasting plates, a classic roast turkey, and sumptuous Christmas pudding. Sip away on French Champagne and wine or beer!
Eureka 89 | Level 89, Eureka Tower,
Five courses | $250 (Children under 12, $70)
12:30pm - 4:00pm
For bookings, please call 03 9693 8889 or email
No.8 by John Lawson | Southbank
Fancy pants diners can enjoy a feast for kings at No.8 by John Lawson. Get ready and set for six courses of epic elegance and finesse! We are literally drooling over the foie gras and chicken liver parfait with sweet mulberries, hazelnuts and toasted brioche, although the Port Phillip Bay snapper with tomato jam, fennel and lemon sounds pretty darn appetising too. Lucky Listers that make this event will be sure to be talking about it for years (or at least a year, until they return!).
No.8 by John Lawson | 8 Whiteman Street, Southbank
Six courses | $230
For bookings, please call 03 9292 5777
Rochford Wines | Yarra Valley
Pop out of town with a short drive to the Yarra Valley, and enjoy a delightful three-course lunch at Rochford Wines. With honey-glazed ham terrines, seafood cocktails and a stuffed turkey, feast away with family and friends. Other inventive flavours include a beetroot carpaccio with Persian feta, beetroot powder and pomegranate, or monkfish wrapped in jamon serrano. The dear Rochford Wines team are also kind enough to offer a vegetarian Christmas Roast, with Yea black wax cheddar, Yarra Valley greenhouse veggies, with a vegetarian Rochford Pinot Noir gravy!
Rochford Wines | 878 - 880 Maroondah Highway, Coldstream
Three courses | $109 (Children $50)
For bookings, please call 03 5962 2119
The Grosvenor | St Kilda East
Another pick of what’s open this Christmas in Melbourne, is The Grosvenor in St Kilda East – doing the full shebang, including a festive tree and lights! Guests at their Christmas lunch can expect turkey breast, potato fondant and red currants, Chrissie puddings with brandy butter, and Crystal Bay prawn cocktails! There’s also some tasty 7 Apples Gelato on offer. Yum.
The Grosvenor | 10 Brighton Road, St Kilda East
Three courses | $79 (Children two courses, $35)
For bookings, please call 03 9531 1542 or email
Taxi Kitchen | Melbourne CBD
Mosey on down to the CBD, and enjoy a creative three-course festive feast at Taxi Kitchen. With plenty of options to choose from, we’re salivating over the sticky pork belly with seared scallops, papaya salad and red nam jim, or the roasted barramundi with Taxi XO clams, and scorched greens. Warm Christmas pudding with brandy anglaise and vanilla ice-cream goes head to head with a passionfruit soufflé with caramelised white chocolate centre and banana ice cream, or indulge in a dark chocolate and tonka bean mousse with pistachio and cherry crumble!
Taxi Kitchen | Level 1, The Transport Hotel, Federation Square, Melbourne
Three courses + amuse bouche + petit fours | $285
For bookings, please call 03 9660 9909 or email
Sapore | St Kilda
Sing ‘iiit’s amore’ at Sapore this Christmas day, with a delicious, shared four-course lunch on offer! Serving up a stunning festive feast of modern Italian food, guests can enjoy dining on dishes such as prosciutto and melon, and Flinders Island roasted salt grass lamb leg. Can anyone say scrumdidlyumptious? Oh, you can? Well you’re smart enough to know where to have Christmas lunch in Melbourne then, aren’t you?
Sapore | 3-5 Fitzroy Street, St Kilda
Four course | $149 (Children $55)
11am - 6pm
For bookings, please call 03 9534 9666
The Railway Hotel | Windsor
Head Chef, Simon Tarlington, at The Railway Hotel is planning a lovely Australian Long Lunch this Christmas day. With a penchant for serving up scrumptious local produce, The Railway Hotel will serve up treats such as slow-cooked roast pork, glazed ham, stuffed turkey, and sides galore! Choose from traditional Pavlova or pudding for dessert. For a proper Aussie Christmas, visit The Railway Hotel.
The Railway Hotel | 29 Chapel Street, Windsor
Details to be confirmed
For enquiries, phone 03 9510 4050 or email
Lake House | Daylesford
Christmas lunch AND dinner are on offer at this famed Daylesford establishment. Join the crew at the Lake House in their Terrace space, for a shared table lunch and drinks. Dinner will be spent in the restaurant, enjoying the view from the deck as the sun sets across the lake. Accommodation packages are available for those who’d like to give the gift of a literal holiday these holidays!
Lake House | 4 King Street, Daylesford
Lunch $250 (kids $170, under 12 $100)
Dinner $165 (kids under 12 $100)
For bookings, please call 03 5348 3329 or email
The Argus Dining Room | Hepburn Springs
Head out of town to Hepburn Springs for some high-quality, hatted service! The Argus Dining Room is putting on a set four-course menu for Christmas lunch, featuring gastronomic delicacies like smoked ham consommé with crayfish, green peas and mint. Their Christmas pudding sounds pretty wicked, too, with custard, Pedro Ximénez ice cream and dried plums.
The Argus Dining Room | 124 Main Road, Hepburn Springs
Four course set menu | $145 (+$55 wine)
For bookings, please call 03 5348 4199
So there you have it – our guide to what’s open this Christmas Day in Melbourne. We wish you a Merry Christmas and all that jazz, and hope you end up with a food baby as uncomfortable as ours (but boy, you know it’ll be worth it!).
Main Image Credit: Just Easy Recipes. Other Image Credits: Clarendon Ballroom, The Grosvenor and The Argus Dining Room.