A Complete Guide to Christmas Day Dining on the Gold Coast 2021

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Thinking of eating out this Christmas on the Gold Coast? Then you’ll need to know which restaurants open Christmas Day and across the festive season.

Whether you want someone to do the heavy lifting for Christmas lunch or just want to know where you can go to grab a bite without the Christmas fanfare, we’ve searched around to find some of the best restaurants open on Christmas Day on the Gold Coast. Read on for our guide to 2021 Christmas dining across the Gold Coast.

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Restaurants open Christmas Eve for dinner

Whether you traditionally celebrate on Christmas Eve, or just want to get into the festive spirit a little early, there are some great options with Christmas-themed dinners. Here are the restaurants open on Christmas Eve on the Gold Coast.

Bazaar | Surfers Paradise 2021

Spend the night before Christmas immersed in festivities. Enjoy a full spread including prawns, oysters and bugs. With all the festive trimmings, a cocktail on arrival and the famous chocolate fountain.Doors open at 5:30pm

Adults – $125 | Teen (13-17 years) – $84 | Child (5-12 years) – $25

Find out more here.

Cove Café | Sanctuary Cove 2021

Celebrate the night before Christmas with a little luxury at Sanctuary Cove’s Cove Café. You’ll indulge in stunning seafood including gulf prawns and South Australian oysters, then enjoy delicious hot dishes like turkey roulade with sage stuffing, harissa roast chicken and Christmas baked ham with cashew nut caramel. Cap it all off with Christmas puddings, fruit mince tarts, gingerbread men and more. There is two sittings: 5pm-7pm or 8pm-10pm

Prices to be confirmed: Adults – $149 | Teens (13-17 years) – $79 | Children (6-12 years) – $49 | Children (0-5 years) – Free

Bookings are essential. Visit the website for more information or call (07) 5501 9891.

D’arcy Arms | Surfers Paradise

TBC for 2021: Kick the festive celebrations off with a Christmas-inspired pub meal at the D’Arcy Arms. You can choose between roasted rolled pork with apple sauce or roasted turkey with cranberry sauce. Team that with crisp new potatoes, roast pumpkin, green beans and a slice of leg ham.  Finish with steamed Christmas pudding with brandy anglaise and vanilla bean ice cream.

Prices to be confirmed for 2021: $ per person

For more information visit the website or call (07) 5592 0882.

Doña Berthas’ restaurant | Surfers Paradise

TBC for 2021: Celebrate Christmas Eve the South American way with a night of fun and delicious food at Doña Berthas’ street food restaurant. You’ll start with a charcuterie board and buñuelos (cheese fritters). Then enjoy mains of pork leg with plum sauce, chicken stuffed with dry fruits served with orange sauce, and meat roll stuffed with ham, cheese and spinach served with a demi-glace sauce. The mains are complemented by Russian potato salad and ensalada navideña (sweet Christmas salad). Finish with mosaic jelly and natilla (creamy custard). The 5-hour feast is on from 6-11pm.

Prices to be confirmed for 2021: $ per person

If you are a fan of Surfers Paradise, why not add a diary not to check out the Christmas markets prior to booking your meal here.

Bookings are essential and payment must be made in advance. For more information visit Doña Berthas’ Facebook page

Restaurants open for Christmas breakfast

Save yourself for the main event and take yourself out for breakfast instead of cluttering up the kitchen. These restaurants open Christmas Day for breakfast on the Gold Coast.

Bazaar | Surfers Paradise 2021

Start your day in style with breakfast at the QT Gold Coast’s Bazaar. From sizzling bacon and made-to-order omelettes to freshly baked pancakes and deluxe juice stations you’ll be spoilt for choice. Bookings are for 1 hour between 6.30am – 10.30am.

Adults – $75 | Children (5 -12 years) – $35

Visit the QT website for more information or call (07) 5584 1243.

Currumbin Beach Vikings Surf Club | Currumbin 2021

What better way to start Christmas Day than with breakfast by the beach? The Vikings Surf Club has an amazing buffet breakfast with something to suit everyone. From 7.30am-10am you can enjoy hot breakfast favourites, cereals, pastries and fresh fruit.

Members – $49 | Non-members – $59 | Children (2-12 years) – $29

Find more information on their website or call the club on (07) 5534 2932.

Southport Sharks | Southport 2021

Enjoy a delicious all-you-can-eat Buffet Breakfast at Southport Sharks. They’ve got all your breakfast favourites including bacon and eggs, juicy sausages, hotcakes and waffles; plus sumptuous specials such as Christmas Ham Benedict and Cinnamon Rolls. 

Adults – $45 | Children (8 – 12 years) – $20 | Children (4 – 7 years) – $15 | 3 and under – Free

Book here!

Best Christmas Day lunch Gold Coast has on offer in 2021

If you’re planning to outsource your Christmas lunch Gold Coast restaurants stand at the ready to do the heavy lifting. From budget to luxury, set menus to buffet Christmas lunch, our list should have something to suit your needs.

Black Angus Bar and Grill | Surfers Paradise

TBC for 2021: This has got to be one of the most affordable options around.  This group set menu give you the option of 2 or 3 courses, and you can add on a beverage package for a very merry time. The menu includes:

  • Entrées of Wagyu beef tataki, crispy pork belly and salt and pepper calamari
  • Mains of rock/chargrilled sirloin, confit duck Maryland, pan-roasted salmon fillet
  • Delicious desserts of crème brûlée or sticky date pudding

Prices to be confimed for 2021: 2 courses – $ per person | 3 courses – $ per person

To make a booking or get more details visit the website or call (07) 5577 9712.

Currumbin Beach Vikings Surf Club | Currumbin 2021

Take your Christmas celebrations to the beach and enjoy a buffet Christmas lunch with the smell of the sea in the air. The Vikings Surf Club puts on a sensational seafood buffet Christmas lunch and offers some of the best views around. Lunch is on from 12-3pm and features:

  • Fresh seafood
  • Hot and cold meats
  • Salads
  • Sides
  • Desserts
  • 3-hour drinks package

Members – $189 | Non-members – $209 | Teens (13-17 years) – $129 | Children (2-12 years) – $69

For more information or to book visit the club’s website or call (07) 5534 2932.

Hyde Paradiso | Surfers Paradise 2021

Join Hyde Paradiso for a seaside soiree lunch Christmas Day 2021. There will be a full Mediterranean inspired A La Carte menu as well as food and drink Christmas specials on the day. Bookings are available between 12pm-4pm

See menu for prices.

Find out more on the Hyde Paradiso website.

Little Truffle | Mermaid Beach 2021

It’s a Christmas lunch to remember at Little Truffle. For entree choose from roast quail or prawn and lobster cocktail before indulging in either a lamb rack, ocean trout or beef prime ribs as the main course. And then there’s dessert of course!

$175 per person

Find out more here.

Marriott Hotel & Spa | Surfers Paradise – 2021

There are three dining options for a Gold Coast Christmas Lunch at the Marriott Hotel and Spa.

Chapter & Verse includes a Christmas lunch of seasonal local offerings with the Seafood Tower including a range of fresh and local seafood with condiments and sides, plus a glass of Moet Champagne on arrival.

Critique will once again host the ultimate seafood indulgence for Christmas Day. Included is a festive seafood buffet lunch with lobsters, live cooking stations, a 3-hour premium beverage package including Moet Champagne, live entertainment, face painting and a visit from Santa. From 12pm – 3pm

Celebrate Christmas Day in the Ballroom with a festive seafood buffet lunch including lobsters, live cooking stations, a 3-hour premium beverage package with Moet Champagne, live entertainment, face painting and a visit from Santa.From 12pm – 3pm

Chapter & Verse: $219 per person

Critique: Adults – $365 | Children (5 – 12 years) – $150 | (3 – 4 years) – $50

Ballroom: Adults – $299 | Children (5 – 12 years) – $150 |(3 – 4 years) -$50

For further details call 07 5592 9800

Miss Moneypenny’s | Broadbeach 2021

How about Christmas lunch with all the classic trimmings? Miss Moneypenny’s presents a Christmas Day feast with two sittings to choose from: 11am-1pm and 1.30pm-3.30pm. 2-hour beverage packages are also available on request. The banquet includes:

  • Locally sourced seafood
  • Christmas banquet roasts with all the festive trimmings
  • Traditional Christmas pudding.

Adults – $169 | Children (under 12 years) – $89

For more information or to book go to their website or phone (07) 5655 0785.

Novotel | Surfers Paradise 2021

For a truly decadent Christmas lunch Gold Coast’s Novotel is hard to beat. You’ll be transported into a Christmas wonderland in the Novotel’s ballroom where fun is the aim of the day. The seafood and Christmas-themed lunch includes:

  • Succulent seafood
  • Delicious meats from the carvery
  • A variety of hot and cold dishes
  • Christmas sweet treats
  • 3-hour premium beverage package for adults
  • Entertainment
  • Visit from Santa with gifts for children 12 years and younger

Adults – $225 | Teens (12-17 years) – $145 | Children (4-11 years) – $120

For further information visit their website or phone (07) 5579 3442.

O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat | Canungra 2021

Enjoy a traditional Christmas Buffet Lunch at O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat. After stuffing yourself silly at lunch you can take the kids for a stroll around the stunning World Heritage-listed Lamington National Park. The package includes all drinks and a special visit from Santa.

From $149 per person.

Find out more on their website.

Palazzo Versace | Main Beach 2021

Put on your best glad rags and treat yourself to an elegant Christmas lunch. Gold Coast’s Palazzo Versace is serving up three options including an exceptional buffet Christmas lunch and a 5-course degustation.

The gourmet buffet in La Medusa Ballroom offers:

  • An indulgent array of seafood
  • A selection of antipasti
  • Roasted delights
  • Festive favourites
  • Tantalising desserts
  • Free-flowing beverages
  • Live performance and roaming entertainment
  • A visit from Santa Claus

For an elegant 5-course degustation choose Christmas lunch in Vanitas. You’ll be treated to champagne upon arrival and a luxurious feast that’s a treat for the eyes and the palate.  There are matching wines for each of the dishes as well as live performances and roaming entertainment.

In Il Barocco restaurant you can enjoy an eclectic 4-course menu and free-flowing beverages. Expect luscious trimmings with Christmas-inspired flavours and live performances to round out the experience.

Buffet: Adults – $334 | Teens (13-17 years) – $174 | Children (4-12 years) – $104 | Under 4 – Free

Vanitas degustation: Adults – $354 | Teens (13-17 years) – $244

Il Barocco 4-course: Adults – $264 | Teens (13-17 years) – $175 | Children (4-12 years) – $104 | Under 4 – Free

To book your place visit the Palazzo Versace website or phone (07) 5509 8000.

Paradise Resort | Surfers Paradise 2021

Enjoy a Christmas feast at Penguins Restaurant. Lunch includes local seafood, roasted turkey, champagne ham an array of delicious desserts and all of the trimmings. Santa will have gifts for every child and your family will have free access to the Water Park all day. Lunch runs between 12.30pm – 3.30pm.

Adults – $169 | Teens (13-17 years) – $99 | Children (4 – 12 years) – $69 

Book here!

QT Gold Coast | Surfers Paradise 2021

There are plenty of options on offer at the QT including a very family-friendly buffet, a fancy affair in the ballroom and a spectacular Japanese degustation.

Buffet Christmas Lunch at Bazaar includes:

  • Fresh seafood
  • Slow roasted meats
  • A vibrant selection of salads with ingredients picked from the rooftop garden
  • 3 hours of free-flowing beverages

For a Japanese cuisine affair choose Christmas lunch at Yamagen where you can enjoy a 7-course degustation menu fit for Santa himself. Lunch includes a range of Japanese seafood dishes with a Christmas twist paired with your choice of beverage.

Bazaar Buffet: Adults – $275 | Teens (13-17 years) – $169 | Children (5-12 years) – $75 | Children (0-4 years) – Free

Yamagen degustation: Adults – $295

Go to the QT website for more information or phone (07) 5584 1200.

Robina Pavilion | Robina 2021

Enjoy a family-friendly feast that has all the festive favourites. Robina Pavilion’s Christmas feast runs from 1.30pm-5pm with a buffet Christmas lunch for 2 hours included in the package. There’s seafood, roasts, delicious desserts and more! There’s something for everybody!

Adults – $155 | Teens (13-17 years) – $89 | Children (4-12 years) – $69 | Children (0-3 years) – Free

Visit the Robina Pavilion website for more information or phone (07) 5593 2600.

Sea World Cruises | Main Beach 2021

Here’s a completely different way to celebrate Christmas lunch. Sea World Cruises is running lunch cruises around the waterways of the Gold Coast that will take you past magnificent homes of the rich and famous, through the Gold Coast Broadwater and past famous spots like Sea World, Marina Mirage and Palazzo Versace.

There are two cruises available: early lunch from 10.30am-12.30pm and late lunch from 1pm – 3pm. The COVID-safe 2-hour buffet Christmas lunch includes:

  • Fresh local trawler prawns, oysters and mussels
  • Maple baked hams and roasted chicken pieces
  • Caesar salad, garden salad and coleslaw
  • Fresh damper-style rolls
  • Christmas pavlovas with fresh fruits
  • Beverage package of locally brewed boutique beers, wines, champagne, soft drinks and juices
  • Presents for the kids

Adults (14 and over) – $199 | Children (3-13 years) – $99

Visit the website for bookings and more information or phone (07) 5539 9299.

Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort | Main Beach 2021

Celebrate Christmas lunch in style at the family-friendly event in the Terraces Restaurant. You will be treated to a sumptuous seafood buffet lunch complete with all of your favourite festive trimmings. Stay amused with roving entertainment and a glass of sparkling wine on arrival for the adults, plus the kids can enjoy a visit from Santa and even receive a special gift.

Seafood experience: Adults & Teens – $299 | Children (5-12 years) – $140

To find out more, visit the Sheraton Grand Mirage website or call (07) 5577 0038

Southport Sharks | Southport 2021

Enjoy a sumptuous Christmas Seafood Buffet Lunch at Southport Sharks featuring fresh oysters and prawns alongside all your other traditional Christmas favourites. From 11.30am – 3pm

Adults – $130 | Seniors – $115 | Children (8 – 12 years) – $65 | (4 – 7 years) – $40

Book here!

The Fireplace | Sanctuary Cove 2021

Here’s a little something special for adults only. Indulge in a festive-inspired 4-course menu at InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort’s signature restaurant The Fireplace. Complete with a 3-hour drinks package, this is a luxe affair. The menu takes the restaurant’s wood-fire style and infuses it with some Christmas inspiration to deliver dishes that go beyond the traditional fare. You’ll enjoy:

  • Seafood canapés
  • Entrées of barbeque spiced quail, Queensland seafood terrine and a luxe festive intermezzo of Champagne sorbet with cranberries
  • Mains of turkey ballotine with walnut, golden raisin and thyme and fig stuffing as well as beef tenderloin
  • Chocolate parfait dressed with toffee cream, smoked almond and caramelised banana gelee. 
  • Vegetarian menu available on request

$259 per person

Bookings are essential. For details visit the website or phone (07) 5501 9891.

The Island | Surfers Paradise 2021

Set in the fabulous Glasshouse at the Island, one of the Gold Coast’s newest and most vibrant events destination, this traditional Christmas buffet lunch will feature the freshest hot and cold seafood, succulent roast meats, seasonal roast vegetables, wholesome summer salads and decadent desserts. Drinks are an additional charge.

  • Adults: $169
  • Children: 13 – 17 years – $109 | 4 – 12 years – $79 | 0 – 3 years – Free

Christmas Day Buffet Lunch at The Island will run from 10:45am – 1:45pm.

The Star | Broadbeach 2021

If you’re looking for variety this Christmas The Star is for you. With a variety of meal and drink options in the Garden Kitchen & Bar, Cucina Vivo, or Uncle Su

There are a number of packages to choose from! Here are our top picks for family-friendly fare. 

Garden Kitchen & Bar invites guests to experience a four-course lunch and 3-hour beverage package is included! Bookings are essential for this delectable feast that uses only the very best in fresh seasonal produce. Lunch runs between 11:30am to 2:30pm.

Cucina Vino is the perfect location for your Christmas celebration. This Christmas, the chefs at Cucina Vivo have created an inspired menu that draws on all the best flavours Italian culture has to offer. Savour a 4-course lunch menu plus a 3-hour beverage package! Lunch is from 12pm – 3pm.

Let The Star make your Christmas one to remember by celebrating with your friends and family in a beautifully themed ballroom at the Events Centre. Indulge in a delicious all-you-can-eat buffet with all the trimmings, a 4-hour drink package and gifts for the children and a special appearance from Santa. This special Christmas lunch event will take place from 11am-3pm and is held in the Event Centre on the Casino Level.

Share a beautiful meal with family and friends at Uncle Su this Christmas. Focusing on highlighting traditional flavours, ingredients and cooking styles from different regions of China, this is the perfect banquet lunch for your Christmas. From 12pm – 2.30pm.

Garden Bar & Kitchen: Adult (over 18)- $175 | Children (5 – 17 years) $115 | (0– 4 years) free 

Cucina Vino: Adult (over 18) – $190 | Children (5 –17 years) – $125 | (0 – 4 years)  Free

Events Centre: Adul (standard package) – $272 | (spirits upgrade) – $287 | Children: (13 –17 years) – $190 | (5 – 12 years) – $72 |(3 – 4 years) – $30 | (0 – 2 years) Free

Uncle Su: Adult (15 and above) – $148 | Children: (5 –14 years) – $50 | (0 – 4 years)  Free

Find out more here.

Christmas dinner Gold Coast

Looking for restaurants open on Christmas for dinner instead of lunch? Try one of these feasts.

Bazaar | Surfers Paradise 2021

Finish off the day’s festivities with a Christmas dinner at Bazaar. Indulge in fresh trawler caught seafood, vibrant salads, chocolate fountains and traditional gooey desserts. Children will receive a complimentary gift from Santa himself. 

Adults – $245 | Teen (13-17 years) – $120 | Child (5-12 years) – $55

Find out more on QT’s website.

MacArthur’s Ballroom | Sanctuary Cove

TBC for 2021: Finish your Christmas festivities with a 3-course dinner at the InterContinental Sanctuary Cove. Christmas dinner in MacArthur’s Ballroom includes seafood share plates and entrée of chicken, pistachio and quail terrine. The main course features turkey with sage stuffing or chargrilled beef fillet. Finish the evening with goodies from the festive dessert stand including Christmas pudding and fruit mince pies. A vegetarian menu is also available.

Prices to be confirmed for 2021: Adults – $ | Teens (12-17 years) – $ | Children (5-11 years) – $ | Children (0-4 years) – Free

For more information or to book visit the website or call (07) 5501 9891.

Paradise Resort | Surfers Paradise 2021

Enjoy a Christmas feast at Penguins Restaurant. Lunch includes local seafood, roasted turkey, champagne ham an array of delicious desserts and all of the trimmings. Santa will have gifts for every child and your family will have free access to the Water Park all day. Lunch runs between 5.30pm – 8.30pm.

Adults – $169 | Teens (13-17 years) – $99 | Children (4 – 12 years) – $69

Book here!

Sea World Cruises | Main Beach 2021

Looking for a Christmas dinner with a difference? How about cruising the waterways of the Gold Coast while enjoying a sumptuous buffet feast. You can choose from an early dinner sitting from 4.30-6.30pm that will have you back before the sun sets, or take in the sun’s last rays and watch the Gold Coast turn into a twinkling fairyland with a later dinner cruise from 7-9pm.

The COVID-safe buffet Christmas dinner includes fresh trawler seafood, maple baked hams, roasted chicken pieces, salads and Christmas pavlovas with fresh fruits. There’s a drinks package with local boutique beers, wine, champagne, soft drinks and juices, and a present for the kids.

Adults – $199 | Children – $99

For more information or to make a booking go to the Sea World Cruises website or phone (07) 5539 9299,

Restaurants open as normal on Christmas Day

If you aren’t celebrating Christmas, or would just prefer something a bit more casual than a buffet Christmas lunch or set menu, these are some restaurants open Christmas Day for normal trade.

Restaurants open on Christmas Day

Whatever your dining desires, there are plenty of restaurants open Christmas Day across the Gold Coast. We hope our article helps you find the perfect location for your Christmas celebrations. You can find a list of all the Christmas events on the Gold Coast here.

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