For many of us, Christmas Day can be quite stressful – slaving away for hours in a hot kitchen, not to mention cleaning up huge amounts of mess (sigh). So we’ve put together the ultimate guide on where to go out for Christmas Lunch this year, to save you the hassle!
For the festive season fanatics (like me) who wake up at 5am on Christmas Day to start cooking and baking (in a Santa hat) and love every minute of it – this probably isn’t the article for you. For everyone else? Enjoy.
Here’s our guide on where to have Christmas Lunch this year, so you can have a stress-free day!
Experience the magic of Christmas Day at Gambaro Seafood Restaurant!
Enjoy the pleasures of full table service as you indulge in a set menu of fresh seafood, roast turkey, baked ham and delicious Christmas pudding, as well as a three-hour beverage package.
There will also be a visit from Santa and Christmas carollers!
Tickets: $189 per adult, $109 per teen (13-17 years), $59.50 per child (5-12 years) and $29.50 per infant (3-4 years), free (0-2 years).
Gambaro Hotel is located at 33 Caxton Street, Petrie Terrace. To book call 3369 9500 or visit www.gambarohotel.com.au
Cove Bar and Dining
Surrender yourself to an afternoon of leisure with two generous courses at Cove Bar and Dining. With a menu featuring bold, vibrant flavours alongside Australian festive favourites like local prawns and market fish, you’ll be sure to have an unforgettable Christmas Day. Yum!
Cover Bar and Dining is located at River Quay on Sidon Street in South Bank. To book call 3073 9547.
Room with Roses
High tea is the perfect way to catch-up with friends and family! Room with Roses in Brisbane Arcade is hosting a special Christmas high tea featuring an array of delicious festive goodies.
Enjoy sandwiches, smoked salmon roulade, savoury tartlets and puffs accompanied by sweet sensations like mini raspberry scones, rumballs, fruit mince tarts, chocolate cups and gingerbread.
And why not wash your high tea down with one of Room with Roses’ newest festive champagne cocktails – the Turkish Delight? Yum!
Room with Roses is located on the gallery level of the Brisbane Arcade at 160 Queens Street Mall. To book call 3229 7050.
Bavarian Bier Cafe
Enjoy a true Bavarian Christmas feast and stunning views of the Brisbane River and Story Bridge on Christmas Day at Bavarian Bier Café.
Choose from the à la carte menu or the special Christmas four-course group menu, including a warm salted pretzel on arrival, delicious starters like clam chowder or chicken liver parfait, mains like Turkey Über Schnitzel with Cranberry Compote and desserts like Kaiserschmarren with Plum Compote. Sounds delicious!
Tickets: Menus from $42pp
Bavarian Bier Café is located on Eagle Street Pier, 45 Eagle Street. For more information visit www.bavarianbiercafe.com
Celebrate on Christmas Day with a true festive feast at Watermark Hotel in Spring Hill. Featuring a menu filled with delicious seafood, an assortment of warm buffet delicacies, a classic Christmas carvery and the sweetest of desserts. Delicious!
There will also be live entertainment and a visit from the jolly man himself, Santa.
Tickets: Adults $149pp, Teens $89pp, Child $59pp, Infants $9pp
Watermark Hotel is located at 551 Wickham Terrace in Spring Hill. For more information visit www.watermarkhotelbrisbane.com.au
Settle in for a session of indulgence at Libertine this Christmas!
Enjoy a seven-course shared banquet for two, featuring delicious Crispy Parmesan Baby Squid and Crackling Roast Free Range Pork Belly, plus a bottle of Lolarose Pinot Gris or Syrah.
Tickets: From $99 with voucher only
Libertine is located at The Barracks, 61 Petrie Terrace. For a Libertine Xmas voucher visit www.libertine.net.au/brisbane
Celebrate Christmas Day with the finest flavours and wines at the multi-award winning Bacchus Restaurant.
Executive Chef Mark Penna is creating a culinary adventure – leading with a fresh Seafood Buffet of ocean king prawns, crab, oysters and all the flavours of the sea that Queensland so adores. Enjoy a full carvery, salad menu, cheese platters and dessert bar; including a three-hour drinks package!
There will also be a live band and a visit from Santa. And in great Australian tradition, diners are reminded to bring bathers, as the Soleil Pool Bar outside Bacchus will be ready, cool and waiting!
Tickets: Adults $179pp, children 13 to 17 years $85pp and children 5 to 12 years $69pp
Bacchus Restaurant and Bar is located on Podium Level at Rydges Southbank, Cnr Grey St & Glenelg St, South Brisbane. To book call 3364 0852 or visit www.bacchussouthbank.com.au
Zeus Street Greek
In the true spirit of Filoxenia (to show hospitality to all), Zeus Street Greek will be open on Christmas Day with the team ready to share their famous Greek joy!
Enjoy loads of traditional foods including the famous Pitas, Spanakopita, Corn Cobs, Haloumi, Calamari, the cult-followed Feta and Oregano Chips, all the dips (Tzatziki and Taramasalata and more), and of course, chocolate covered Loukoumades, otherwise known as honey puffs!
Zeus Street Greek is located at 14 Little Stanley Street, South Bank. For bookings call 3846 0200.
Feel like having an Italian style Christmas? Enjoy an authentic Italian Christmas Lunch at Colle Rosso in Red Hill!
Colle Rosso is offering a four course meal with delicious appetisers like Prosciutto Colle Rosso e Melone (prosciutto served with fresh rockmelon and buffalo ricotta) or Millefogile di Parmigiana (deep fried eggplant parmigiana with buffalo mozzarella), mains like Gnocchi di Zucca ai Porcini (pumpkin gnocchi with pork fennel sausage, porcini mushrooms, black truffle and fresh cream) and desserts like Panettone di Natale con Crema Chantilly (mini panettone served with Chantilly cream and Chocolate topping).
After that, why not stay and play Tombola (Italian Bingo) for your chance to win some great prizes!
Colle Rosso is located at 191 Musgrave Road, Red Hill. To book call 3369 7417 or visit www.collerosso.com.au
Enjoy a fuss-free Christmas at Nest! Indulge in either a delicious two or three course menu, plus receive complimentary parking and presents from Santa at 2pm for children under the age of twelve.
Tickets: Two courses $45 pp, three courses $55 pp. Add one-hour beverage package from $24.
Nest is located on Level 2 at 159 Roma Street, Brisbane. To book visit www.nestrestaurant.com.au or call 3238 2269
Sake Restaurant and Bar
Enjoy a selection of share plates or a banquet of fresh, light contemporary Japanese dishes with a festive twist on Christmas Day at Sake Restaurant and Bar.
Why not enhance your Christmas lunch with a sake master flight, where guests are presented with different of sake to try from $18pp?
Sake Restaurant and Bar is located at 45 Eagle Street. To book call 3339 0999 or visit www.sakerestaurant.com.au
Enjoy a lavish Christmas Day buffet lunch at Stamford Plaza!
Arrive to the sounds of festive carollers, and then sit down to enjoy an impressive selection of Christmas favourites, including soup, hot and cold dishes, traditional roasts, the freshest seafood bounty and a wonderful dessert selection. This also includes a 3.5 hour beverage package.
Santa and Mrs Claus will have gifts for all children up to 12 years old!
Tickets: Adults $259pp, Teens $119 (13-17yrs)pp, Children $65 (5-12yrs)pp
Stamford Plaza is located at 39 Edward Street, Brisbane. To book call (07) 3100 5749 or email email@example.com
Brisbane Marriott Hotel
Get merry at the Marriott by indulging in either a six-course lunch at Motion Bar and Grill or a decadent buffet in the Grand Ballroom.
Each venue includes a three-hour deluxe beverage package, roving entertainment, a special visit from Santa and a magic show for the kids. Sounds like fun!
Tickets: Motion Bar & Grill: $219 per adult, $120 per teen, $90 per child. Grand Ballroom: $249 per adult, $135 per teen, $100 per child.
Brisbane Marriott Hotel is located at 515 Queen Street, Brisbane. To book call 3303 8054.
The Golden Ox
Celebrate Christmas Day and indulge in the delicious Saint Nicholas’s Buffet at The Golden Ox.
Enjoy a selection of Christmas buffet foods like seafood platters, hot and cold meat platters, salads and roast vegies, and don’t forget about the delicious desserts including Pavlova and festive plum pudding!
Tickets: $124.80 per adult, $66.80 per child under 14 years, $33.80 per child under six years
The Golden Ox is located at 330 Oxley Avenue, Margate. To book call 3283 1833.
This year, why not enjoy a French-inspired Christmas lunch at Brisbane’s oldest French restaurant, Baguette?
With a delicious four-course menu featuring entrees like freshly shucked oysters or duck parfait, mains like roasted Moreton Bay bugs in garlic butter (drool!) or wild mushroom ravioli and desserts like Christmas pudding with brandy cream or iced chocolate terrine with berry coulis, you simply can’t go wrong!
Baguette is located at 150 Racecourse Road, Ascot. To book call 3268 6168.
Where will you be going for lunch this Christmas?