A Complete Guide to Christmas Day Dining in Brisbane 2021

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Christmas will be here before you blink and if you’re thinking this year you’d rather let someone else do the heavy lifting, then you’ll need to know which restaurants open Christmas Day in Brisbane.

If you’re worried not many Brisbane restaurants open on Christmas, then prepare to be delighted. We’ve checked around and been pleasantly surprised to find a wide variety of wonderful offerings to suit all palates and all budgets.

So whether it’s Christmas breakfast, Christmas lunch, Christmas dinner – or just somewhere to grab an ordinary bite to eat on Christmas Day in 2021 – our article has some of the best options across Brisbane for you to choose from. We have covered Brisbane northside and Brisbane southside as well as the best places to have Christmas lunch in Brisbane city.

Dressing up for the occasion? Find a gorgeous Christmas Day dress and Christmas shirt to wear out to your meal.

Restaurants open Christmas Eve for dinner

If you traditionally celebrate on Christmas Eve or just want to get in the mood for the big day, these restaurants open on Christmas Eve in Brisbane.

Kookaburra Showboat Cruises | Brisbane CBD

Hop aboard one of the beautiful Kookaburra Queen paddle-wheelers for a festive themed buffet and live entertainment.  Boarding at 5pm for a 6pm departure, your 3-hour adventure includes:

  • Seasonal buffet with seafood
  • Ultimate beverage package including selected cocktails, local and imported beers, Australian wines, spirits and non-alcoholic beverages for the duration of the cruise
  • Live entertainment
  • Christmas theming and decorations
  • Cruising the Brisbane River under the city lights.

Adults – $130 | Seniors – $125 | Teens (13-17 years) – $60 | Children (4-12 years) – $50 | Infants (0-3 years) – Free

Book on the Kookaburra Showboat Cruises website or on (07) 3221 1300.

Stamford Plaza | Brisbane CBD

The Stamford Plaza starts festive celebrations in November, so it’s a fine-tuned affair come Christmas Eve. Hosted in the Brasserie on the River, the Christmas Eve buffet is a tantalising blend of roasted meats and seafood, along with other hot and cold dishes.

Find out more on the Stamford Plaza website or call on (07) 3221 1999)

Restaurants open for Christmas breakfast

It’s said breakfast is the most important meal of the day and that’s just as true on Christmas Day. If you don’t want to be cooking and cleaning on Christmas morning, or you’re not planning a big Christmas lunch, these options will get your day off to a perfect start.

Kookaburra Queen

Start Christmas Day a little differently with a sumptuous breakfast while cruising the Brisbane River. Your 2-hour breakfast on board the paddleboat includes:

  • A buffet of eggs, bacon, pastries and many more brekky favourites
  • Coffee, tea, juice and soft drink
  • Christmas decorations
  • Stunning views of the Brisbane River

Adults – $79 | Seniors – $69 | Teens (13-17 years) – $45 | Children (4-12 years) – $35 | Infants (0-3 years) – Free

For more information or to make your reservations visit the Kookaburra River Queen website or phone (07) 3221 1300.

Best Christmas Day lunch Brisbane has on offer in 2021

For most people Christmas lunch is what it’s all about. Everyone has their traditions – for some it’s a feast of seafood and salads, for others the full baked roast meal, and almost everyone throws in a pudding or dessert of some kind. Whatever it is you want for Christmas lunch Brisbane has plenty of restaurants that are sure to meet your needs. In the list below we have the best Christmas lunch Brisbane northside as well as the Christmas lunch Brisbane southside. Check it out now!

Balfour Kitchen & Bar | New Farm Event taking bookings for 2021

Enjoy a truly Australian Christmas lunch in the stylish surrounds of a once stunning Queensland home, now the luxe boutique Spicers Balfour Hotel. The chefs are preparing a 3-course menu, flowing with festive flavours, to be enjoyed between 12.30pm and 3pm.

Adults – $195 | Children – $75

Bookings can be made here or phone 1300 597 540 for more information.

Gambaro Hotel | Petrie Terrace

Seafood is the star of this 4-course lunch complete with a 3-hour beverage package. Christmas carollers will have you in a festive mood, and the littlies will be delighted when Santa swings by with gifts. The lunch will be held between 11.30am and 3.30pm.

Adults – $185 | Children (12-17 years) – $115 | Children (6-11 years) – $75 | Children (0-5 years) – Free

Visit Gambaro’s website to make your booking or phone (07) 3369 9500.

Hotel West End | West End

All areas of the hotel are open for dining on Christmas Day, and if you’re looking for a fantastic lunch then you can’t go past the festive seafood buffet. Lunch is on from 12-3pm with something to suit everyone’s tastes. You’ll enjoy:

  • Local prawns, oysters, bugs, mussels and smoked salmon
  • A carvery with turkey and roast pork
  • A variety of hot dishes including baked barramundi, braised lamb and spinach and ricotta tortellini
  • Cold cuts of meet
  • Plenty of hot sides, yum cha and salads
  • Desserts a plenty
  • 3-hour drinks package of beer, wine, bubbles, juice and soft drinks

Adults – $109 | Teens (13-17 years) – $59 | Children (3-12 years) – $29 | Children (0-3 years) – Free

Bookings are essential on the Hotel West End website or by phoning (07) 3840 9888

Inchcolm Hotel | Spring Hill

Christmas lunch at Ovolo’s Inchcolm Hotel takes you on a historic journey from the roaring ‘20s to the flying ‘40s. The chefs are preparing modern Australian dishes with a homely twist and plenty of creative flair. The ticket price includes:

  • Chilled local seafood station featuring Moreton Bay bugs, Mooloolaba prawns and Appellation oysters
  • Local fromage station
  • 3-course family feasting menu
  • 3-hour premium beverage package including a Christmas-themed cocktail on arrival
  • Live entertainment

$209 per person

For bookings or more information visit The Inchcolm by Ovolo website or call (07) 3226 8888.

Kookaburra Showboat Cruises | Brisbane CBD

Here’s a Christmas lunch with a difference. Cruise down the Brisbane River on a Kookaburra Queen paddle-wheeler and enjoy a wonderful array of hot and cold dishes and delicious desserts. Boarding at 11.30am and departing at 12.30pm your 2.5-hour lunch cruise includes:

  • Fresh local prawns and green lip mussels
  • Christmas honey-glazed ham, roasted turkey breast, slow-cooked Angus beef and baked local reef fish
  • Roasted seasonal vegetables, rice, pasta and a selection of salads
  • A range of desserts including the Kookaburra signature chocolate fondant
  • Ultimate beverage package including selected cocktails, local and imported beers, Australian wines, spirits and non-alcoholic beverages for the duration of the cruise
  • Live entertainment
  • Christmas theming and decorations

Adults – $169 | Seniors – $159 | Teens (13-17 years) – $109 | Children (4-12 years) – $99 | Infants (0-3 years) – Free

Book on the Kookaburra Showboat Cruises website or on (07) 3221 1300.

Libertine | Petrie Terrace

Christmas Day at Libertine is a feast of spectacular French-Vietnamese dishes in their glamorous dining room. You’ll dine under shimmering chandeliers in a room of decadent wallpapers, gold-leaf embellishments and luxurious finishes. There are two seatings – 11am-1.15pm and 1.30-4pm. Your banquet includes:

  • 8 mouth-watering share plates
  • Entrees of crab croissants, turkey dumplings and duck a l’orange crepes
  • Mains of twice-cooked pork belly and Wagyu tenderloin
  • Sides of chargrilled pumpkin and watermelon and pomegranate salad
  • Christmas pudding with brandy custard

$129 per person

For more information or to book visit Libertine’s website or call (07) 3367 3353.

Regatta Hotel | Toowong

You’ll be spoilt for choice at the Regatta Hotel this Christmas, with two lunchtime offerings.

Enjoy the delightful voices of a Christmas choir as you take your place in The Boatshed restaurant to enjoy a delicious 4-course meal. The chefs are promising a delectable menu with a twist on traditional Christmas flavours. Team that with a 3-hour beverage package that includes free flowing Champagne, wines, beer and cider and you’re on a winner. Lunch is served from 12pm – 3pm.

$230 per person

The Regatta will open its Level 1 function space for a sprawling Seafood Buffet from 12pm – 3pm. Not only can you enjoy endless helpings of delicious fresh seafood, but there will be a wide array of other Christmas food favourites to choose from as well. Make sure to leave some room for a trip (or two) to the dessert station. Enjoy sparkling wine, wine, beer and cider with a 3-hour beverage package.

Adults – $160 | Teens (12-17 years) – $60 | Children (3-11 years) – $35 | Infants (0-3 years) – Free

Bookings are required for both events. For more information or to make a reservation visit the Regatta Hotel website or call (07) 3051 7617.

Royal on the Park | Brisbane CBD

Want to eat out, but don’t want to gorge yourself? Royal on the Park has got you covered with the choice of a 2-course or 3-course menu in The Walnut Restaurant. The festive menu offers a choice of pistachio and cranberry turkey breast roulade, porterhouse steak, and market fish or eggplant steak for vegetarian/halal guests.

2-course menu – $59.50 | 3-course menu – $70

Christmas lunch bookings can be made via The Walnut Room website, or by phoning (07) 3221 3411.

Sofitel | Brisbane CBD

The Thyme² Restaurant will have you well and truly revelling in the Christmas spirit with its famed Christmas buffet. The cost includes a decadent 2.5-hour beverage package and plenty of live entertainment and Christmas novelties to enjoy. Lunch is on from 12pm – 3pm, with seatings at 12, 12.30 and 1pm.

Adults – $279 | Teens (13-17 years) – $219 | Children (5-12 years) – $138 |Children (0-4 years) – Free

Sofitel will also host an adults-only lunch in the exclusive Club Millésime on the 30th floor. The 3-course lunch features a generous beverage package.

Reservations are required for both options. Book your spot via email or phone (07) 3835 3535. For further information visit Sofitel’s website.

Stamford Plaza | Brisbane CBD

Carollers will meet you in the lobby to get you in the mood for a sumptuous Christmas Day buffet lunch. What’s more, you have a choice of when and where to dine: choose The Grand Ballroom and River Room for a 12 noon start, or dine in The Brasserie from 12.30pm.

Both venues have a stunning array of Christmas favourites including:

  • Traditional roasts
  • Delectable fresh seafood
  • A wonderful selection of other hot and cold dishes
  • Delicious desserts
  • 3-hour premium beverage package (adults only)
  • Gifts from Santa for all children up to 12 years

Adults – $329 | Teens (13-17 years) – $169 | Children (5-12 years) – $99 per person

Reservations are required. You can find more details on the Stamford Plaza website, or call the restaurant reservations line on (07) 3100 5749.

Treasury Hotel | Brisbane CBD

Indulge in a spectacular Christmas Day buffet lunch featuring plenty of favourites. The chefs have put together a wonderful menu that will be served to your table over three hours. Choose from two seatings – 12pm or 1pm. Christmas at the Treasury includes:

  • Fresh locally-sourced seafood
  • Traditional Christmas favourites
  • Plum pudding and a vast selection of desserts
  • A beverage package including premium wines, beers, ciders and non-alcoholic beverages
  • Roaming entertainment
  • A visit from Santa with gifts for kids 12 and under

Adults – $199 | Teens (13-17 years) – $159 | Children (5-12 years) – $99 | Children (0-4 years) – Free

To book your place visit the Treasury Hotel website or phone (07) 3306 8888.

Walter’s Steakhouse | Brisbane CBD

Bring a little New York style to your Christmas with a feast of stunning dishes inspired by the Big Apple’s great steakhouses. Walter’s promises good old-fashioned service and impeccable food in a venue that’s historically charming with views across the City Botanic Gardens. Your Christmas feast includes:

  • Share plate of signature maple-cured bacon and a twice-baked soufflé
  • Walter’s Signature Porterhouse
  • Bourbon and honey-glazed ham
  • Seasonal sides
  • Warm pumpkin pie or spiced pumpkin trifle for dessert

$220 per person

Reserve your place via Walter’s website or phone (07) 3012 8640.

Christmas dinner Brisbane

Prefer to have your Christmas culinary celebrations in the evening? No problem. When it comes to Christmas dinner Brisbane has some wonderful feasts to choose from.

Goldfinch | Brisbane CBD

Finish Christmas Day in the airy light-filled dining room at Goldfinch where the chefs will dazzle you with a wholesome dinner feast. You’ll enjoy bottomless beers and bubbles, and entertainment from a soloist.

$129 per person

Visit the Goldfinch website or phone (07) 3222 1128 for bookings and more information.

Kookaburra Queen

Deck the halls and enjoy Christmas dinner with family and friends on board a Kookaburra Queen paddleboat. You’ll be treated to a Christmas-themed buffet, live entertainment, and beautiful views of the city lights as you cruise the Brisbane River. The 3-hour dinner package includes:

  • Christmas-themed seasonal and seafood buffet
  • Bottomless soft drink, juice, bubbles and selected wines and beers
  • Christmas decorations
  • Stunning views of the city
  • Live entertainment

For more information or to make your reservations visit the Kookaburra River Queen website or phone (07) 3221 1300.

Sofitel | Brisbane CBD

Thyme² Restaurant will back up from Christmas lunch with a magnificent buffet dinner. Expect fresh seafood, traditional roast ham and turkey, and free flowing French sparkling.

You can find more information at Sofitel’s website or go ahead and book your spot via email or phone (07) 3835 3535.

The Brasserie on the River, Stamford Plaza  | Brisbane CBD

Fresh seafood, traditional roasts, a delightful selection of desserts, and a backdrop of lights twinkling on the Brisbane River – what’s not to love? Throw in a 3-hour beverage package and entertainment and you’ve got a perfect way to spend Christmas night.

$259 per person

Bookings are required. Find out more information on the Stamford Plaza website or phone (07) 3100 5749.

Three Blue Ducks | Brisbane CBD

Christmas Day dinner is well and truly taken care of at Three Blue Ducks. The restaurant’s menu features seafood, roast turkey, salad, desserts and plenty more.

Find out more via their website or phone (07) 3556 8833.

Restaurants open as normal on Christmas Day

If you don’t celebrate Christmas, or you simply don’t want to do the big Christmas feast or pay a premium for a set menu, don’t despair. There are a bunch of restaurants and cafés open across the day offering their standard à la carte options. Here are some that we know of:

Restaurants open on Christmas Day

Whether it’s breakfast, dinner, or a traditional Christmas lunch Brisbane has plenty of restaurants open Christmas Day in 2021 to meet your culinary desires. We hope our article points you in the right direction to have a perfect Christmas.

If you are looking for other places open on Christmas Day in Brisbane click here. If you are thinking about heading out for a meal on the Gold Coast click here. Find out where you can get a Christmas Day lunch in the middle of the year because some Australians celebrate Christmas in July across the country.

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