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.

Cove Café | Sanctuary Cove

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.

Adults – $135 | Teens (12-17 years) – $79 | Children (5-11 years) – $49 | Children (0-4 years) – Free

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

D’arcy Arms | Surfers Paradise

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.

$45 per person

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

Doña Berthas’ restaurant | Surfers Paradise

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.

$30 per person

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

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.

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

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.

Adults – $69 | Children – $35

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

Currumbin Beach Vikings Surf Club | Currumbin

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 7-10am 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.

Hyde Paradiso | Surfers Paradise

Take yourself out for à la carte breakfast with a view at Peppers Soul Hotel’s restaurant. Hyde Paradiso will host 1.5-hour sittings at 6.30am, 8am and 9.30am, with a strict one hour sitting at 11am.

For more information visit the website or phone (07) 5635 5700.

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

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

2 courses – $65 per person | 3 courses – $75 per person

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

Currumbin Beach Vikings Surf Club | Currumbin

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.

Miss Moneypenny’s | Broadbeach

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:

  • Seafood boards to start
  • Roasted turkey
  • Roasted double-smoked leg ham
  • Roasted root vegetables
  • Green beans and salad
  • Miss Moneypenny’s pavlova

Adults – $159 | Children (under 12 years) – $89

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

Novotel | Surfers Paradise

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 – $185 | Children – $95

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

Palazzo Versace | Main Beach

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 3-course menu and free-flowing beverages. Expect luscious trimmings with Christmas-inspired flavours and live performances to round out the experience.

Buffet – $249 per person | Vanitas degustation – $395 per person | Il Barocco 3-course – $259

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

QT Gold Coast | Surfers Paradise

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 slightly fancier affair choose Christmas lunch in the ballroom where you can explore a wonderful array of interactive food stations. Lunch includes:

  • Fresh trawler-caught seafood
  • Slow roasted suckling pig prepared in the custom-built Beech Rotisserie
  • A range of festive favourites
  • Delicious Christmas desserts
  • 3-hour beverage package for adults
  • Live entertainment and a visit from Santa

Alternatively, experience the wonders of Japanese cuisine at Yamagen where you’ll be treated to a 7-course degustation 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

Ballroom: Adults – $245 | Teens (13-17 years) – $155 | Children (5-12 years) – $75 | Children (0-4 years) – Free

Yamagen degustation: Adults – $280 | Children (under 18 years) – $180

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

Robina Pavilion | Robina

Enjoy a family-friendly feast that has all the festive favourites. Robina Pavilion’s Christmas feast runs from 11.30am-3pm with a buffet Christmas lunch and a choice of beverage packages: the Festive Feast, which includes a glass of bubbles, beer or soft drink on arrival, or the Jolly Feast which gives you house wine, bubbles, craft beers and soft drink throughout the meal. The buffet includes:

  • Freshly caught prawns and bugs, freshly shucked oysters
  • Smoked Tasmanian salmon, cured meats and cheese
  • Honey glazed ham, butter basted turkey, crispy pork belly
  • Roasted spuds and vegetables
  • Apple, pork and sage stuffing
  • Seasonal salads
  • Tropical pavlova, sticky bread and butter pudding

Jolly Feast – $199 | Festive Feast – $139 | Teens (13-18 years) – $79 | Children (5-12 years) – $45 | Children (0-4 years) – Free

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

Sea World Cruises | Main Beach

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 – $159 | Children – $99

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

Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort | Main Beach

Celebrate Christmas lunch in style with a choice of a family-friendly seafood dining experience or a spectacular 7-course degustation.

The family-friendly event in the Terraces Restaurant features:

  • A sumptuous seafood experience, complete with favourite festive trimmings
  • A glass of sparkling wine on arrival for adults
  • A visit from Santa with gifts for children 12 years and younger
  • Roving entertainment

There are two options for the degustation: for intimate tables of 2-4 people choose the Oyster Bar and Grill or for larger groups book into the Horizon room.  Christmas lunch in both venues includes:

  • 7-course degustation menu
  • Expertly matched wines
  • Roving entertainment
  • A visit from Santa

Seafood experience: Adults – $279 | Children (5-12 years) – $140

7-course degustation – $349 per person

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

The Fireplace | Sanctuary Cove

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 gin and tonic-cured smoked salmon mousse, sous vide duck, and an intermezzo of lemon and lime sorbet with red currents
  • Mains of beef tenderloin with trimmings or turkey ballotine with spinach
  • Lemon balm pavlova with fresh berries, ginger curd and vanilla labneh
  • Vegetarian menu available on request

$299 per person

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

Christmas dinner Gold Coast

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

MacArthur’s Ballroom | Sanctuary Cove

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.

Adults – $159 | Teens (12-17 years) – $135 | Children (5-11 years) – $79 | Children (0-4 years) – Free

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

Sea World Cruises | Main Beach

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 – $159 | Children – $99

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

Sheraton Grand Mirage | Main Beach

Whether you prefer to celebrate Christmas with dinner or are just looking to keep the festivities going, the Sheraton Grand Mirage is the place to be. The Terraces Restaurant’s Christmas-themed soiree is a seafood dinner experience like no other. With live entertainment as well, it’s the perfect way to cap off Christmas Day.

Adults – $180 | Children (5-12 years) – $75 | Children (0-4 years) – Free

Visit the Sheraton Grand Mirage website for more information or phone (07) 5577 0038.

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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