Food & Drink

Wellington Restaurants Open On Christmas Day 2023 So You Don’t Have To Cook

By Urban List Writers

A bountiful seafood display.

We’re officially counting down the days till Christmas. Trees are up, shelves are stacked with tinsel and we’re already delving into that advent calendar. One thing we’re not stoked about though is the thought of hours spent slaving over a hot stove—no thanks.

Don’t get us wrong, we love a home-cooked Christmas meal but we also love the absolutely blissful idea of giving everyone a year off.

Festivities free from organising ingredients, catering to dietary requirements and trying to get out of cleaning a mountain of dishes? Sign us up.

Here are the most appetising Christmas day eats in town, so you can sit back, relax, and scrap the tradition of stressful cooking.

St Johns Bar and Restaurant

Cable Street

Located right on the waterfront, choose Christmas at St Johns Bar and you feel very merry indeed as you tuck into their buffet-style lunch with all the trimmings. Enjoy a glass of Mumm Champagne, a Heineken or a Christmas mocktail on arrival, then dive into all the traditional hot n’ cold eats, salads and seafood, as well as carved meats and vegetables.

If, by some miracle, you have room for dessert, load up on classic Kiwi desserts like pavlova and cream-filled brandy snaps, then go for a dip in the water at Oriental Bay or find a spot in the shade to bliss out in a well-deserved Chrismas kai coma.

Logan Brown

Cuba Street

Fancy something a little more opulent than cold cuts and a salad bar this Christmas? Perhaps you shudder at the thought of leftover stuffing and turkey sandwiches for days on end.

Put on your Christmas best and dine at Logan Brown—one of Wellington’s most elegant and refined establishments. The three-hatted restaurant is offering an exquisite degustation menu this Christmas, available in two sittings from 11am-1.30pm and 2-5pm.

Think festive fare with a drool-worthy Kiwiana spin that’s sure to impress the foodies in your life.   

Wildfire Churrascaria 

Tory Street

If meat from the barbie is your usual Christmas table centrepiece, then Wildfire Churrascaria will add the sizzle to your Christmas season. Their festive menu is loaded with goodies, from delectable tapas like tuna and tiger prawns, to green-shell mussels, steak, sausages and ham.

Balance out all that meat with pappadum-encrusted arancini, warm Portuguese cheese rolls, a superfood salad and even a whole pineapple stepped in caramel-rum syrup and spiced sugar.

And the best part? The food will be continuously delivered to you, so you can fill your belly without leaving the table. Yesiree, it’s time to wear your loosest clothes.

Hippopotamus at QT

Cable Street

Another of the best spots for a festive feast this Christmas is Hippopotamus at QT. This year they’re slingin’ one helluva lunch buffet.

From oysters and tiger prawns to truffle mille feuille; slow-roasted turkey in cranberry jus, to roasted cauliflower with saffron cream and roasted potatoes spiked with garlic, rosemary and thyme. And they’re holding nothing back when it comes to dessert with all the brandy, Xmas pudding, mulled wine and even a Buche de Noël. This is Christmas done right.

Now your Christmas planning is done, check out the best things to do in Wellington.
Image credit: Kaitlin Maree 

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