Where to book for your Christmas lunch
Can't face cooking for the entire family this year? We don't blame you! There's nothing fun about slaving over a hot oven in the sweltering summer heat. So why not leave the hard work to someone else this year, and put your feet up instead? Leave the hassle of shopping, preparing, cooking, serving and cleaning to the professionals, and spend your time enjoying the day with your nearest and dearest. Here's our pick of Sydney's best restaurants that are open on Christmas Day. And they still have spots left for Christmas lunch and dinner. You are welcome.
For the first time OTTO is excited to welcome guests for Christmas Day lunch by the waterside. Gather at the table with family and friends to celebrate a most Merry Christmas with a feast to remember. Guests will enjoy Champagne and canapes on arrival, followed by a signature four-course menu. Upgrade your lunch experience with some oysters, caviar or lobster.
$350 per person (Children- $120 per person)
8/6 Cowper Wharf Roadway, Woolloomooloo
Celebrate Christmas Day with friends and family on Sydney Harbour at the iconic restaurant, Quay. Guests will enjoy a glass of Champagne and canapés on arrival, followed by a special five-course Christmas menu curated by Executive Chef Peter Gilmore.
$450 per person
Overseas Passenger Terminal, The Rocks
Get yourself in the festive spirit at Mode Bar & Kitchen this Christmas Day, who will be treating diners to a luxurious gourmet spread. Feast on festive classics including fresh Sydney rock oysters, roast turkey with all the trimmings, wood-roasted snapper and Christmas ham, all washed down, naturally, with a glass of the finest French Champagne. Tempted much?
25th December, 12pm- 3pm and 5:30pm- 10pm
Lunch- $199pp and Dinner- $180pp
Four Seasons Hotel Sydney- 199 George Street, Sydney
This year, Christmas at The Vicar will be a festive foodie affair. Look forward to Christmas lunch served at Wakefield's restaurant, with a bumper shared set menu. For $148pp, you'll get a welcome glass of Veuve Champagne, rolled Turkey with stuffing, rotisserie leg ham in maple, cinnamon and star anise and Christmas pudding. A feast fit for royalty.
$148 per person (Children- $74)
271 New Line Road, Dural
Experience the joy of Christmas at Park Hyatt, where magnificent harbour views and exceptional service come in spades. Nestled on one of the world’s most glittering harbours, Park Hyatt Sydney’s Christmas celebrations are an indulgence all. In The Dining Room and Living Room, a decadent four-course lunch will be served, along with a glass of Veuve Clicquot on arrival. For a luxe yet relaxed affair, The Guest House and The Gallery will be hosting a family share-style lunch with four courses and a beverage package including sparkling wine, beer and soft drinks.
$325 per person
7 Hickson Road, The Rocks
Celebrate Christmas day the Italian way with a traditional, three-course festive feast ($70pp), available from 12pm at select Fratelli Fresh restaurants. A shared antipasti includes all the usual suspects, alongside fresh king prawns and warm bread rolls. The main course features a choice of slow-cooked Sicilian style mussels, maple and honey glazed leg ham or roasted chicken with lemon and thyme, followed by a decadent dessert platter.
25th December, from 12pm
$79 per person
Alexandria, Crows Nest, Darling Harbour, and Entertainment Quarter.
For a Christmas to remember, celebrate with loved ones in the elegant setting of Q Dining, with breathtaking views of Sydney Harbour. The waterfront venue has created a four-course Christmas lunch which a choice of traditional offerings and modern dishes, alongside a glass of Veuve Clicquot Champagne on arrival and free flowing beer and wine.
$329 per person (Teenagers 13-17- $159 per person and children under 12- $89 per person)
Pullman Quay Grand Sydney Harbour- 61 Macquarie Street, Sydney
The Gantry's Christmas Luxe Lunch is an all-you -can-eat affair, offering all the traditional Christmas favourites such as turkey breast and maple ham, as well as roast pork and lamb at their live carvery station. It wouldn’t be an Australian Christmas without showcasing some of the city's finest seafood, so this festive feast includes Sydney Rock Oysters, Balmain Bugs and Blue Swimmer Crab, just to name a few. All will be accompanied by selection of salads and sides with Australian beer, wine, and soft drinks to wash it down. For those who can squeeze it in (let’s face it, who can’t on Christmas Day?) a decadent dessert buffet will add the perfect finish.
25th December, 12:30pm-3:30pm
$299 per person (Children 12yrs and younger- $99 per person)
11 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay
Experience the festive season 47 floors above the city with a touch of fine dining—alongside family and friends. On Christmas Eve you can indulge in a three-course dinner with one of the world’s best views. On Christmas Day, all you need to do is sit back, relax and watch the glistening harbour, whilst O Bar takes care of the rest. Gather with your nearest and dearest to celebrate with a delectable four-course meal, for either lunch or dinner.
Tuesday 24th December
$145 per person
Wednesday 25th December
Lunch- $230 per person and Dinner- $210 per person (Children 12yrs and younger- $100pp)
Australia Square, 264, level 47 George St, Sydney
Located within the historic Rocks area of Sydney’s CBD, Tayim combines modern and traditional Middle Eastern cuisine. Indulge in a three-course menu showcasing the region’s most flavoursome dishes cooked using traditional methods on the open grill, including Wagyu flat iron, baked barramundi accompanied by quinoa pilaf, tahini and almonds, and pavolva with rose water cream, figs and berries.
25th December, 12pm-3pm
$90pp (Children under 12- $30 per person)
Nurses Walk, The Rocks