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. You will have a huge range of options in the article for your Brisbane Christmas party meal.

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.

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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 will not be offering Christmas cruises this year

This year Kookaburra Showboat Cruises will be closed from 19th December – 3rd January 2022.

Visit the Kookaburra Showboat Cruises website or call (07) 3221 1300.

Stamford Plaza | Brisbane CBD

The Stamford Plaza will be closed for Christmas 2021 and will reopen in 2022. Check back next year for a Samford Plaza Christmas!

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

Vintaged Bar And Grill at The Hilton | Brisbane 2021

Enjoy a 2 or 3 course dinner full of festive favourites. There’s seafood, roasts and yummy desserts. There is also a kids menu for kids between 8-14 years old.

Adults (2-course) – $95 | Adults (3-course) – $135 | Children (8 – 14 years) – $55

Find out more here.

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.

Vintaged Bar And Grill at The Hilton | Brisbane 2021

Treat yourself to a festive breakfast at the Hilton. The 3-hour breakfast includes Christmas favourites such as summer fruits, cereals, yoghurts, fruit mince pies and freshly baked pastries. You will also find hot and cold meats on offer.

Adults – $60 |Children (5-14 years) – $35

Find out more here.

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.

Belvedere Bar and Grill | Hamilton 2021

Belvedere Bar N Grill on Christmas Day will have a mouth-watering assortment of beloved Aussie Christmas classics to impress even the fussiest of eaters. The day’s celebrations will begin with a premium selection of fresh seafood, roasted duck, and pork belly for entree. As the party kicks into full swing, you’ll have a choice of delicious pan-fried salmon, roasted turkey stuffed with sage and chestnuts, risotto, or a succulent beef fillet for your main. For dessert, you will be treated with a festive Christmas dried fruit pudding with warm brandy sauce and vanilla ice cream, or a creamy panna cotta served with fruit chutney and mango mint sauce.

$179 per person

Find out more here. 

Brisbane Golf Club – 2021

The perfect location for a long Christmas Buffet Lunch for the whole family to enjoy is the Brisbane Golf Club. They’ve got all your Christmas favourites catered for like local seafood, roasted turkey and glazed ham with all of the trimmings, as well as an array of delicious desserts. The lunch has a 12pm start. 

Adult $140 | Young adult (13 – 17 years) – $70 | Child (3 – 12 years) – $50 | Free of charge infant (Under 3)

Drinks are not included in the package.

Find out more here.

Gambaro Hotel | Petrie Terrace 2021

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

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

Gusto da Gianni | Hamilton 2021

Make your Christmas Day one to remember at traditional Italian bistro, Gusto da Gianni, thanks to their Nonna-approved feast that is sure to be the gift that keeps on giving. You will be treated to fresh yellowfin tuna tartare, avocado mousse and salmon caviar for your starter, and local prawns, crispy guanciale and lemon oil for your entree. For mains, you will be spoiled with a choice of wild barramundi with celeriac puree and a lime and coconut sauce, or crusted lamb cutlets with grilled veggies, mint, yogurt, and salsa verde. Dessert is sure to delight, with a passion fruit semifreddo, coconut crumble and mango coulis to top off your celebrations

$179 per person

Find out more here. 

Hotel West End | West End 2021

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 Christmas favourites with all the trimmings and a 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

Kookaburra Showboat Cruises | Brisbane CBD 2021

This year Kookaburra Showboat Cruises will be closed from 19th December – 3rd January 2022.

You can celebrate early though! From November 1st all lunch and dinner cruises will be Christmas themed with a Christmas menu.

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

Mary Mae’s | New Farm 2021

Celebrate Christmas by the river this year at Mary Mae’s with a 4 course shared feast and glass of sparkling on arrival. Sit back and relax with your family and friends whilst they take care of the rest. Food ranges from traditional Christmas roasts, an array of desserts and pavlova!

Adults – $120 | Children –  $50 (5-12 years) | *Children under 5 are welcome to attend at no additional cost, however, we do not cater for them.

Check out their event page for bookings 

Novotel | South Brisbane 2021

Enjoy this special time at the Christmas Day Lunch at Spice Central Kitchen & Bar, complete with a surprise visit from Santa and presents for all kids aged 17 & under. There’s lots of yummy food and a 3-hour drink package.

Adults – $230

Find out more on their website. 

Regatta Hotel | Toowong 2021

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 2021

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.

Prices available on website.

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

Sofitel | Brisbane CBD – Not offering Christmas lunch in 2021

The Thyme² Restaurant will not be open for Christmas 2021 due to being closed between September 2021 and February 2022.

Find out more on the Sofitel website.

Stamford Plaza | Brisbane CBD – Not offering Christmas lunch in 2021

Samford Plaza Brisbane will not be offering Christmas lunch in Brisbane for 2021 as they are supporting the Queensland Government with COVID-19 as a quarantine facility until early 2022.

You can find more details on the Stamford Plaza website

The Sebel | Brisbane 2021

Enjoy at Christmas Feast with your loved ones this Christmas at The Sebel Brisbane. The lunch includes 4 courses of Christmas delights including lots of Queensland produce. Choose from either the Croft House at 11.30am-1.30pm or 2pm-4pm or the Events Suite from 12pm-2pm.

Adult – $179 | Teens (12-17 years) – $99 | Children (5-11 years) – $69 | Under 4 – Free

To book Call +61 7 3224 3500 or Email h8778-re@accor.com

Three Blue Ducks | Brisbane 2021

The ultimate Christmas Day lunch feast is happening at Three Blue Ducks. Forget the stress of overcooking a turkey or perfecting a post-lunch pav… This Christmas Day enjoy a three-course menu at The Ducks in Brissy. Relax while the chefs prep a feast of king prawns, oysters, maple-glazed ham, BBQ rainbow trout and roasted porchetta, and our bar staff keep your glasses full.

Adults – $250pp | Teens (13-17 years) – $175 | Children (3 -12 years) – $115

Book Online

Treasury Hotel | Brisbane CBD 2021

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 – $289 | Teens (13-17 years) – $249 | Children (2-12 years) – $142.50 | Children (0-2 years) – Free

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

Vintaged Bar And Grill at The Hilton | Brisbane 2021

Enjoy Christmas Day at Vintage Bar and Grill with a 3-course meal (or two for children) including grass-fed beef, seafood and locally grown fruit and vegetables. The package also includes a glass of sparkling on arrival. The lunch runs between 12pm-3pm.

Adults – $235 | Children – $55 (3-14 years)

Find out more on their website. 

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 2021

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.

Adults – $139 | Teens (13-17 years) – $90 | Childern under 12 – kids menu

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

Kookaburra Queen | Brisbane CBD 2021

This year Kookaburra Showboat Cruises will be closed from 19th December – 3rd January 2022.

You can celebrate early though! From November 1st all lunch and dinner cruises will be Christmas themed with a Christmas menu.

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

Inchcolm Hotel | Spring Hill 2021

Celebrate Christmas at The Inchcolm with Christmas Dinner. At this adults only affair, feast on a Three Course Premium Plated Dinner with a Premium Beverage package for $299pp.Upon arrival be greeted with canapes and our famous Cucumber Rose Martinis followed by 3-course Premium Plated dinner. Indulge on Oysters, Prawns and a live Blini Station while sipping on 3-hours of deluxe beverages including champagne while taking in the live jazz. Includes all the trimmings + a complimentary Christmas Gift for every guest.6pm, Saturday 25th December

Cost $299pp.

For bookings or more information on booking a table visit the Inchcolm Hotel booking page or call (07) 3226 8888.

Novotel | South Brisbane 2021

Enjoy a 3-hour Christmas Dinner at Spice Central Kitchen & Bar. Enjoy a selection of shared all-time Christmas favourites, including a Seafood Banquet, Carvery Selection, Cheese Platter, Christmas Pavlova & much more.

Adults – $100 pp

Find out more on their website. 

Sofitel | Brisbane CBD – Not offering Christmas dinner in 2021

The Thyme² Restaurant will not be open for Christmas 2021 due to being closed between September 2021 and February 2022.

You can find more information at Sofitel’s website.

The Brasserie on the River, Stamford Plaza  | Brisbane CBD – Not offering Christmas dinner in 2021

The Brasserie on the River will be closed for Christmas 2021 and will reopen in 2022. Check back next year for a Samford Plaza Christmas!

Find out more information on the Stamford Plaza website.

The Sebel | Brisbane 2021

Enjoy at Christmas Feast with your loved ones this Christmas at The Sebel Brisbane. The lunch includes 4 courses of Christmas delights including lots of Queensland produce. The dinner runs from 5.30pm-7.30pm in The Croft House restaurant.

Adult – $179 | Teens (12-17 years) – $99 | Children (5-11 years) – $69 | Under 4 – Free

To book Call +61 7 3224 3500 or Email h8778-re@accor.com

Vintaged Bar And Grill at The Hilton | Brisbane 2021

Enjoy Christmas Dinner at Vintage Bar and Grill with a 3-course meal (or two for children) including grass-fed beef, seafood and locally grown fruit and vegetables. The package also includes a glass of sparkling on arrival. The lunch runs between 6pm-9pm.

Adults – $235 | Children – $55 (3-14 years)

Find out more on their website. 

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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