Where to Book the Best Christmas Lunches in Sydney 2023
- All Ages
From decadent seafood buffets to chef-prepared delicacies and Christmas roasts with all the trimmings, our list of where to eat Christmas lunch in Sydney for 2023 is sure to tantalise everyone's tastebuds!
Instead of slogging it out in the kitchen for yet another year, why not spoil yourself and your family and dine out at one of the many delicious Christmas lunches on offer? The festive season doesn't need to be a stressful one when you let someone else worry about filling your little elves' tummies for a change!
Where to Book the Best Christmas Lunches in Sydney 2023
1. Atelier by Sofitel Christmas Lunch
Experience the joyous spirit of Christmas Day at Atelier by Sofitel, where a curated Christmas lunch or dinner awaits. Offering carefully curated menus designed to cater to diverse tastes, ensuring a festive celebration that leaves lasting memories. Immerse yourself in the season's finest flavours with Atelier's festive menu, a culinary journey featuring festive dishes crafted with love and care—expect the likes of roast pork roulade, salmon en papillote, delicious seafood and more.
For vegetarian guests, the specially crafted vegetarian menu showcases a mouthwatering array of plant-based delights, capturing the essence of the season. And for the youngest diners, a bespoke children’s menu offers a playful spread sure to bring smiles to their faces. It really is the ultimate Christmas lunch (or dinner!) in Sydney this year.
Where: Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour, 12 Darling Drive, Sydney
When: Lunch: 1 pm - 4 pm
Dinner: 5.30 pm - 9 pm
Cost: $300 per adult | $49 per child (12yrs and under)
2. Q Station Christmas Lunch
Q Station is hosting two fabulous festive events on Christmas Day that will have the whole family rejoicing! Indulge in the exclusive, curated menus and celebrate the season of joy at this stunning historic venue.
The gorgeous Governor Bourke Ballroom will be beautifully adorned to present a Christmas Buffet Lunch, with drinks on arrival and a 2-hour deluxe beverage package. The Boilerhouse Kitchen & Bar will welcome you to delight in a 4-course set menu with a glass of sparkling wine on arrival and a 2-hour premium beverage package.
Where: Q Station, 1 North Head Scenic Drive, Manly
When: 12 or 12:30 pm | 2:30 or 3 pm
Cost: Governor Bourke Ballroom: Adults $215 | Teens (11-17 years) $120
Kids (5-10 years) $45 | Under 5s FREE
Boilerhouse Kitchen & Bar: Adults $275 | Teens (11-17 years) $170
Kids under 11 can enjoy the standard Kids' Menu
3. Novotel Sydney Parramatta Christmas Day Buffet Lunch
Novotel Sydney Parramatta invites you and your loved ones to experience the magic of the festive season at an unforgettable Christmas celebration! Sit back, relax and indulge in a traditional festive feast at their delectable Christmas Day buffet lunch that includes a bounty of fresh seafood, a tantalizing carvery station, and an irresistible selection of hot and cold dishes. There will also be a mouth-watering collection of Christmas sweets
and a three-hour drinks package. Kids will receive a special Christmas present and complimentary parking is included.
Book now and embrace the holiday spirit at Novotel Sydney Parramatta!
Where: Novotel Sydney Parramatta, 350 Church St, Parramatta
When: 12 pm
Cost: Adult $210 | Seniors $160 | Teenagers (13-17) $130 | Kids (4-12) $66 | Under 4s eat FREE
4. Mode Kitchen & Bar at the Four Seasons Hotel
Gather family and friends on 25 December and celebrate the festive season with a gourmet Christmas Day Buffet lunch at the Four Season Hotel's signature restaurant, Mode Kitchen & Bar.
Boasting a delicious range of speciality dishes, the Christmas Day Buffet Menu is bursting with seasonal festive creations such as traditional Christmas ham with maple glaze, turkey with cranberry sauce, and wood-roasted potatoes, accompanied by modern Australian favourites, wild tiger prawns, grilled and marinated eggplant with garlic and parsley or O’Connor Prime Rib, with veal jus and mustards. There is a range of beverage packages for you to indulge in, too!
Where: Ground Floor, Four Seasons Hotel Sydney, 199 George Street, Sydney
When: 12.30 to 3.30 pm
Cost: $320 pp
5. Stamford Plaza's Christmas Buffet Lunch
Stamford Plaza is hosting its signature Christmas Buffet Lunch on Christmas Day with an abundant array of festive fare. Celebrate with friends and family over an indulgent meal that you can enjoy to your heart's content, from the freshest seafood selections to a beautiful collection of desserts. Festive highlights include Sydney Rock Oysters, Roasted Turkey with Cranberry Compote, Whiskey and Maple Glazed Ham and Christmas Pudding with Brandy Sauce. There will also be a Salad Bar, Charcuterie Bar, Soups, Hearty Hot Meals, and a Chocolate Fountain.
Please note: The last day to book is 8 December 2023.
Where: Stamford Plaza Sydney Airport Hotel, 241 O'Riordan Street, Mascot
When: 11:30 am to 2.30 pm
Cost: Adult (Buffet with beverage package) $206.10 | Adult (Buffet only) $179.10 | Kids $135 | Under 6s FREE. Booking fee applies.
6. Pullman Sydney Hyde Park
Join Pullman Sydney Hyde Park for a festive feast right in the heart of the city. Prepare your taste buds for an extravagant array of your favourite traditional trimmings, fresh seafood delights, and sweet sensations. The package includes an abundance of mouthwatering food, a three-hour beverage package, a special gift for children and more.
Due to popular demand, there are TWO sessions on Christmas Day—and while dinner is already sold out, there are still limited seats available for the lunch sitting from 12.30 pm - 3.30 pm. Race you to it!
Where: Pullman Sydney Hyde Park, 36 College Street, Sydney
When: 12.30 pm - 3.30 pm
Cost: $159 per adult, $75 per child (ages 6 - 12), kids under 5 eat FREE
7. Fratelli Fresh
Limoncello on arrival? Now, we're talking!
Fratelli Fresh is putting on a family-friendly Christmas lunch in Sydney with all the festive trimmings. Book your family a table and enjoy signature antipasti boards, warm bread rolls with whipped butter, and fresh prawn buckets. Followed by Fratelli's signature 12-hour slow-cooked lamb shoulder and honey-glazed leg ham for mains accompanied by an array of sides - yum!
Where: ICC Sydney, 14 Darling Drive
When: 11 am to 2.30 pm
Cost: Adults $95 | Children $19
8. Christmas in the Clouds at Infinity Sydney Tower
Take your Christmas lunch in Sydney to a whole new level - 245 metres above Sydney, to be exact! - at Christmas in the Clouds at Infinity Sydney Tower.
Enjoy a decadent feast perched high in the sky with the best views of Sydney from the 360-degree revolving platform. The extensive Christmas lunch menu includes an abundant array of festive delights from a five-course feast, which includes a glass of Mumm on arrival!
Where: 108 Market St, Sydney
When: From 12 pm
Cost: Adults $270 Standard | Window Table Package $300 | Children $95 (3-12 years).
9. Botanic House
A whopping nine-course Christmas day lunch is on offer at Botanic House for 2023!
Gather your family and friends for a stress-free lunch on Christmas Day amongst the stunning scenery on offer at Botanic House in the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.
The Botanic House Christmas Day Lunch is nothing short of delicious, with nine incredible courses, including seared Hokkaido scallops, Vietnamese turmeric mini pancakes, roasted duck, caramelised salmon, mango pudding, lemon myrtle meringue and more.
Where: 1 Mrs Macquaries Rd, Sydney
When: 11 am to 1 pm
Cost: Adults $240 | Children $75
10. White Christmas at Sir Stamford Hotel, Circular Quay
The true spirit of Christmas comes to Sir Stamford at Circular Quay in the heart of Sydney, and the hotel turns into a festive wonderland with its White Christmas Bliss Buffet Lunch. We're talking about a bountiful buffet bursting with Christmas delights like fresh oysters, blue swimmer crab, tender beef cheeks, succulent roasted turkey, and signature Christmas desserts. Drool!
Their Christmas lunch in Sydney includes unlimited access to the Christmas fare, desserts, beverages, and even a special visit from Santa!
Where: 93 Macquarie St, Sydney
When: 25 December 2023 from 12-3 pm
Cost: $279 per adult & $159 per child
11. Penrith Panthers
There's not one but two fabulous Christmas lunches in Sydney happening at Penrith Panthers this year.
From midday, families can enjoy a delectable Christmas Day Lunch of market-fresh seafood, traditional roasts, and decadent desserts, plus a three-hour Chairman’s package with a choice of beer, wine, soft drink and juice. And if that wasn't enough, there will also be live entertainment and a visit from Santa!
Where: 123 Mulgoa Rd, Penrith
When: 12-3 pm
Cost: Adults $185 | Children $95 | Under four go FREE
12. Terrace on the Domain
Enjoy a decadent Christmas lunch in Sydney with stunning city views and the Domain parkland, where chefs will pair Italian flavours with local ingredients to bring a truly memorable menu.
Terrace on the Domain's fabulous Christmas Day Lunch 2023 will feature a truly delicious range of antipasto, mains, salad and desserts.
Where: 1 Art Gallery Rd, Sydney
When: 11 am to 1 pm
Cost: Adults $195 | Children $75
13. The Gantry
The Gantry in Dawes Point will be back open for business and serving the crème de la crème of Christmas lunch in Sydney to celebrate the festive season.
Christmas Lunch at The Gantry this year will be a very classy affair and includes champagne on arrival, snacks on ice, amuse bouche, entrée, main, pre-dessert, and dessert, with premium wine pairing throughout. You'll be enjoying your three-course lunch in the newly renovated dining room, so expect premium service, plush surrounds, and one of the most delicious menus in Sydney.
Where: 11 Hickson Rd, Dawes Point
When: From 12.30 pm
Cost: Adults $499 | Children price on request
14. Pilu at Freshwater
If you're looking for a decadent Christmas lunch on the Northern Beaches, book your table at Pilu stat!
Reservations are essential for a sensational lunch with incredible views overlooking Freshwater Beach. Their lunch menu is nothing short of scrumptious, with four courses, including Sydney rock oysters, Sardinian salumi, Wagyu beef and Australian Bay lobster with a crustacean bearnaise - heaven!
Where: Moore Rd, Freshwater
When: TBD for 2023
Cost: TBD for 2023
15. Captain Cook Cruises
Why stay on land when you can float around the harbour on Christmas Day?
Captain Cook Cruises want your family to take in the sights from their open observation deck and enjoy the feast on one of three restaurant decks. There are three different packages to choose from, from a premium menu and drinks package with upper deck dining to a platter-style lunch at water-level and standard bar package.
Where: Departing Darling Harbour King Street Wharf 1
When: From 12 pm
Cost: From $315 per adult
16. Catering Project
If you love the idea of a restaurant-quality, chef-prepared experience, but want to keep the family gathered around the Christmas tree at home, then this is for you! Catering Project will send you The Ultimate Christmas Feast - a limited-edition seasonal offering jam-packed with indulgent delights for an epic festive lunch.
Designed to feed up to 20 people, without the stress of cooking yourself, the colossal spread boasts all the Christmas classics including a full leg ham on the bone, turkey with cranberry stuffing, grass-fed eye fillet steak, chicken with cranberry stuffing and baked Atlantic salmon. There is also a huge selection of fresh seafood including lobster, crab, oysters, prawns and Balmain bugs, plus a range of delicious salads and condiments. Top it all with a pavlova, and you've got a winning Christmas lunch in the bag!
Where: Delivered to your door across Sydney
When: Available for delivery up until 3 pm daily
Cost: The Ultimate Christmas Feast is $1,395.00 + GST.
See the full range of Catering Project Christmas Feasts & Platters.
Other Christmas Day Options in Sydney
While dining out for Christmas Day is a lovely option - it isn't everyone's cup of tea or in everyone's budget. Luckily, plenty of Sydneysider favourites remain open for Chrissy Day, so you don't have to miss out on the festive fun.
Needless to say, beaches are a hotspot for family-friendly frivolity and many people flock towards Bondi for an iconic Christmas-on-the-beach snap. Alternatively, a stroll around Sydney Harbour and through the Botanic Garden will truly allow you to soak up the city. Much of Chinatown remains open on Christmas Day, so yum cha could well be on the menu! And while many cafes close, a lot do remain open on Christmas Day —so you should be able to pick up a coffee and a sanga before hopping on a ferry and visiting Manly, Taronga Zoo or other iconic Sydney locations.
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