Why not avoid the stress, the heat and the hard work of cooking and cleaning on Christmas Day, and take the family out to lunch?

UPDATE: You’ve landed on a story from 2014! To see this year’s list, click here!

How many times have you slaved over a hot stove, frantically shopped for groceries while you fought against angry crowds or looked at the pile of dirty dishes piled high after Christmas lunch and thought ‘never again’?

Maybe this year it’s time to look at different options; options that will allow you to enjoy a relaxing, stress-free day where the focus is on having fun and eating delicious food.

The Motion Bar & Grill at The Marriott Hotel

Christmas is synonymous with good food, good company and a visit from Santa. The Marriott Hotel’s Christmas Day Luncheon is providing all that and more with lots of different options from morning to night. The action will take place in the Motion Bar & Grill with a six course lunch menu. Or you can head into the grand ballroom for the Christmas buffet. Both include a three hour deluxe beverage package, roving entertainment, a visit from Santa with a present for each child and a magic show for the kids – you can even pat the rabbit! Prices for the six course Festive Lunch are $219 per per for adults, $120 per person for teenagers (aged 13 to 17 years) and $90 per person for children (aged 6 to12 years). Prices for the Buffet Lunch are $249 per person for adults, $135 per person for teenagers and $100 per person for children.

Or would you rather kickstart your morning with a scrumptious breakfast? Then maybe their Christmas Day Breakfast is your ideal way of celebrating Christmas. Instead of waking up knowing you have to put on a spread for everyone, you can leisurely attend this delicious festive buffet breakfast.The feast features a wide variety of hot and cold buffet favourites such as eggs benedict, lamb cutlets and waffles. This is such a fun way to start your Christmas celebrations, although we’re not sure how many people like lamb cutlets for breakfast? Maybe Christmas is the right time to give it a try. Prices are $65 per person for adults and $29 per person for children (aged 6 to 12 years) and you can choose from two sittings: 7am to 8.30am or 9am to10.30am.

Is the end of Christmas Day usually your downfall? Then the Christmas Day Dinner is your best bet. What better way to end the day than with a six course festive dinner at Motion Bar & Grill, which runs from 6pm to 10pm. Prices are $179 per person for adults, $100 per person for teenagers and $65 per person for children.

The Motion Bar & Grill at The Marriott Hotel is located at 515 Queen Street, Brisbane City. Phone (07) 3303 8054.

Gambaro Hotel

This is the first year that Gambaro’s will open its doors on Christmas Day to celebrate one of the most special days of the year with their delicious food, wine and family-orientated service. They are offering a set menu of seafood, roast turkey, baked ham and pudding and there will be a fun visit from Santa, Christmas carollers are stopping by and as they point out, the best thing is you can leave the organising and washing up to them. Starting at 11.30am and running until 3.30pm, prices are $169 pp, teenagers are $99 pp, children aged 5-12 are $49.50, children aged 3-4 are $29.50.

Gambaro Hotel is located at 29-33 Caxton Street, Brisbane. Phone (07) 3369 9500.

Brisbane Riverview Hotel

A hidden gem just outside of the CBD, the Brisbane Riverview Hotel is offering up some delicious options for your Christmas Day lunch. A venue that prides itself on a ‘home away from home’ approach, this translates to a relaxed, welcoming vibe and a focus on a stress-free environment. They have decided to continue their tradition of hosting a day of decadent Christmas festivities, with everything from breakfast to a six course degustation and a buffet lunch on offer.

The man responsible for creating the fabulous feast on your plates will be Executive Chef Chris Jackson, and his reputation translates into unforgettable food. If you prefer a buffet option over the degustation menu, The Hamilton Ballroom Buffet is your best bet, offering Christmas lunch with all the trimmings with selections from the carving table, fresh seafood, a range of salads and artisan baked desserts. Choose this place if you want to feel like you’re in your own home. A home where you’re being served food by a top-level chef and don’t have to do any of the dishes.

Price available upon request.

Brisbane Riverview Hotel is located at Kingsford Smith Drive and Hunt Street, Hamilton.  Phone (07) 3862 1800.

Treasury Casino & Hotel

Are you looking for a Christmas celebration that draws on both Australian and European influences to create their menu? Then look no further than lunch at Treasury Casino & Hotel. Their decadent Christmas-themed lunch menu was created by their team of chefs and will feature traditional European fare such as a roast turkey with baked vegetables along with Australian BBQ-style options including lamb loin chops, pork ribs, and turkey and cranberry sausages. Not into chops, ribs or sausages? Then head towards the seafood section and drool in delight at the huge selection of seafood options including bugs, Sandies and Alaskan crabs, freshly shucked oysters, mussels and prawns.

If the sweet-tooth force is strong within you, then you will magically be drawn to the dessert buffet. This dessert wonderland has a custom-made Christmas selection including fruit mince tarts, cinnamon stars, crème brulee, Buche Noel and plum pudding served with brandy custard. The children (and the adults) will struggle to be contained and calm when they see the chocolate factory, ginger bread village and ice cream and sorbet bar.

The Christmas lunch runs from 11.30am to 3pm and is $245 per person for adults and $120 for children aged 6 to 12 years (with children under five free).

Treasury Casino & Hotel is located at the top of the Queen Street Mall, Brisbane City. Phone (07) 3306 8888.


Looking for an alternative to the more traditional Christmas lunch offerings? Then Sake is the perfect choice for you! They will be offering light, fresh and non-turkey options for your Christmas Day fare. Choose from their banquet menu which lists a drool-worthy selection including sashimi, scallops, wagyu dumplings, and a dessert called Nihon Nemesis. It sounds like a Moorish chocolate creation that could cause obsession. The a la carte menu is extensive and packed full of choices perfect for our hot summer weather. It will make you wonder why you ever ate hot roasts and heavy baked desserts in the first place. With their entire menu available, the biggest problem you’ll have will be choosing what to eat first. Sake will be open for both Christmas lunch and dinner but you’ll need to book to avoid missing out!

Sake is located at Level 1/45 Eagle Street, Brisbane City.  Phone (07) 3015 0557.

Vintaged Bar + Grill at The Hilton Hotel

And then we have Vintaged Bar + Grill, which are serving up the opposite – a completely Australian version of Christmas lunch and dinner featuring all your childhood favourites and those traditional foods you only get to eat at Christmas! Your lunch could consist of all things seafood, if you so desired, with an array of Moreton Bay bugs, prawns and oysters ready for you to indulge in. Or, if you lean towards a more meat-centric spread, you can choose from meats served straight from the grill plus a selection of antipasti, salads and vegetables.

If you were wise, you would’ve left room for the decadent desserts on offer. With favourites like fruit mince pies, puddings and a selection of adorable petit fours on the table you’d better be wary of slipping into a sugar coma. Running from noon to 3pm, prices are $215 per person for adults, $190 per person for teenagers (aged 13 to 17) and $140 per person for children (aged six to 12). The team at Vintaged Bar + Grill will also be on hand to serve you a Christmas breakfast and dinner if your heart (and stomach) so desires. Breakfast is $38 per person for adults and dinner is $145 per person for adults and $70 per person for children.

Vintaged Bar + Grill at The Hilton Hotel is located at Queen Street Mall, 190 Elizabeth Street, Brisbane City. Phone (07) 3231 3265.

Libertine Restaurant

Libertine don’t do anything by halves and their Christmas lunch is no exception. Offering an eight course lunch menu of French-Vietnamese dishes, you can slowly eat your way through Christmas Day in the opulent surrounds of this venue. Starting from 11.30am and for $79 per person, this seems like the first choice for foodies who want to savour the flavours of the Orient on Christmas Day. Plus, their cellar stocks offerings from mostly boutique and organic wine producers from Australia, New Zealand and France, so you don’t need to worry about the quality of your festive celebratory drinks. Need to know exactly what’s on the menu? You can call Libertine for all the dish details!

Libertine Restaurant is located at 5-61 Petrie Terrace, Brisbane. Phone (07) 3367 3353.

Popolo Italian Kitchen and Bar

The Italians are all about food, family and sharing and that is very apparent at Popolo with their Christmas banquet an eight course love affair that will win almost anyone’s heart over. The selection includes an antipasto platter, pork and beef meatballs, arancini balls, suckling pig and fresh fish and a rib fillet. Then if you still have room in your belly, you will be served a dessert tasting platter to satisfy any sweet cravings. Located right on the river at South Bank, the views are almost as good as the food. The lunch kicks off at 11.30am and will be sure to go well into the afternoon. Prices are $85 pp with children under 12 $42.50.

Popolo Italian Kitchen and Bar is located at Shop 3, River Quay, Sidon Street, South Bank. Phone (07) 3846 7784.

Mercure Brisbane

The Mercure Brisbane have decided to offer their lunch and dinner Christmas Day options again and the menu sounds delish. With a more traditional slant, there is the Christmas Lunch in the Banquet Room includes a carvery section with slow roasted turkey breast with sage, pistachio and apricot stuffing, honey and bourbon glazed ham and roasted root vegetables: potato, pumpkin, parsnip, sweet potato. Then there is also a seafood buffet on offer plus a huge array of traditional sweets like plum pudding with brandy anglaise and fruit mince pies.

Starting at 12 noon, prices are $149.00 pp, &89.00 for teenagers and $49.00 for children aged 6-12. If you’re looking for an adults only affair and want to partake in lunch in a child-free area, then lunch at Legends is perfect for you. The intimate lunch will include a seafood buffet, a traditional carvery and sweets and all complemented by the view of the river and specialty wines and beers. Price is $169.00 pp and runs from 12.30-3.30pm.

Mercure Brisbane is located at 85-87 North Quay, Brisbane City. Phone (07) 3237 2300.

The Stamford

Christmas at The Stamford is a little bit infamous – everyone has heard about the standard of the food and beverages and once you add in the river view, this is the first choice for many Christmas Lunch-ers. They promise you’ll enjoy the good cheer, delicious festive fare, and Stamford’s warm hospitality. Apparently, all your have to bring is your own friends. The Stamford only offer buffets options for Christmas and there are three to choose from. A Christmas Eve buffet, and two on the day itself.

The menu includes seafood such as Pacific oysters, Mooloolaba King prawns, marinated Green Shell mussels, Moreton Bay Bugs, blue swimmer and Noosa spanner crabs. Then there are the more traditional aspects like roast turkey and baked ham, plum pudding, mini mince fruit pies and a Christmas spiced mud cake. With a drinks package that includes a tantalising range of beverages, this could be the best day of your year! The Christmas Day Seafood Buffet runs from 12 noon to 3.30pm and prices are $249 per person for adults, $99 per person for teenagers and $55 per person for children (5 to 12 years).

The Stamford is located at 39 Edward Street, Brisbane. Phone (07) 3221 1999.

C’est Bon

Looking for a Christmas lunch with an international flavour? Then C’est Bon is a wise choice as they celebrate this festive day in the Parisian style of Joyeux Noel, a French feast that includes twice-roasted turkey galantine, orange and saffron sorbet and chocolate parfait all on the menu. The lunch kicks off of at 12 noon and prices are $130 per person. There will be a 15% Public Holiday surcharge on drinks on the day.

C’est Bon is located at 609 Stanley Street, Woolloongabba. Phone (07) 3891 2008.

Thyme2 at Sofitel Hotel

At Thyme2 Sofitel, the emphasis is on the seafood and when you see their spread, you would wonder why you thought about going anywhere else. Choose from a sumptuous selection including freshly-shucked oysters, king prawns, spanner crap, smoked Tasmanian salmon and chilled Moreton Bay bugs. There is also some more traditional food fare including turkey, pork, ham, lamb roasts and gourmet roasted vegetables. The Christmas Day Luncheon includes free flowing French sparkling which makes everything better. They also offer breakfast and dinner as well, so you could eat there all day. The Christmas Day Luncheon runs from 12 noon to 3pm and prices are $259 pp and children $129 per person.

Thyme2 at Sofitel Hotel is located at 249 Turbot Street, Brisbane City. Phone (07) 3835 3535.

Cove Bar + Dining

Cove Bar + Dining are all about celebrating with family and friends and their three course luncheon is the perfect way to indulge this Christmas. Sample dishes including porcini mushroom pate, prawn and lemon arancini, squash and beef carpaccio as starters. For the mains, there is a delectable sounding roast rolled pork with crackling and a rib eye roasted with herb crust. The dessert steer clear of the traditional offerings too with a sticky date and toffee pudding, a berry pavlova and a Christmas Ice cream Sundae which involves rum-soaked dried cranberries, fresh blue berry with limoncello, double whipped cream, crispy meringue nests with honeycomb Ice cream. Drool-worthy indeed. Prices are $115 pp with a complimentary glass of wine or beer on arrival and children are $55 pp.

Cove Bar + Dining are located at Riverbend, Sidon Street, Southbank. Phone (07) 3844 3993.

Do you know of any places we might have missed? Let us know in the comments below.

You might also like…
Brisbane’s best FREE Christmas events
See Brisbane’s best Christmas lights
20 Secret Santa gift ideas under $10
Where to volunteer in Brisbane this Christmas
How to beat the Christmas bulge
The wonder of Christmas in Brisbane