A Complete Guide to Christmas Day Dining in Melbourne 2022

This post contains affiliate links. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

Sharing is caring!

Want to know which restaurants open Christmas Day in Melbourne? Then you’re in the right place. Whether it’s a set menu feast or somewhere to just grab a bite to eat on the big day, we’ve found a wide variety of options to suit all palates and all budgets.

Our list will give you plenty of options for the all important Melbourne Christmas Day lunch, and you’ll find suggestions for Christmas Eve dinner, Christmas Day breakfast and Christmas Day dinner as well. Read on to find out what Melbourne restaurants open on Christmas.

If you want to know where the best Christmas party venues are in Melbourne, we know that too!

Find a gorgeous Christmas Day dress to wear out to your meal.

Restaurants open Christmas Eve for dinner

Want to get a head start on celebrations? Perhaps you traditionally celebrate on Christmas Eve. Whatever your reason, we’ve found some great restaurants open on Christmas Eve that should meet your needs.

Allegro | Melbourne CBD

TBC for 2022: Allegro at the Westin has put together a decadent 3 course menu with dishes that have a modern twist. Selections include Mud Crab, Coral Trout, Wagu Sirloin, Turkey and more. Dessert includes Sepik Vanilla Bean Pavlova and Wine Poached Davidsons Plums served with brandy lemon ginger curd. 

Adults – $275 (includes beverage package) | Adults – $195 (Food only) | Children (4-12 years) – $100 | 

To book your dinner spot email the Westin or phone (03) 9635 2222. For more information visit the website.

Conservatory at Crown | Southbank

TBC for 2022: With the anticipation of Christmas Day in the air The Crown invites you to celebrate with loved ones at Conservatory with an indulgent international buffet dinner paired with a glass of Veuve Clicquot Champagne per adult.

Sitting 1: 5.30pm – 8pm
Sitting 2: 8.30pm – 11pm
$195 per adult* | $97.50 per child

Find more information on the Crown website or phone (03) 9292 5777.

Henry Sugar | South Yarra

TBC for 2022: Henry Sugar’s Christmas Eve dinners are hugely popular and always sell out fast. With desserts like a butter sponge bauble filled with spiced Christmas pudding mousse, vanilla ice cream and cherries, it’s easy to see why. The restaurant tailors its menu to meet dietary requirements so there should be something to suit everyone in your party.

Price: $90 pp

For bookings visit their website or phone (03) 9448 8196.

Ryne | Fitzroy North

TBC for 2022: Ryne is serving up a special 4-course Christmas Eve menu for those who prefer a dinner party to a Christmas lunch. Dinner features:

  • Hiramasa Kingfish Tartare, miso cream, pickled seaweed, cucumber, finger lime
  • Olive Oil Confit Ora King Salmon, summer vegetables, tarragon
  • Beef Wellington, pomme mousseline, red wine sauce
  • Poached Peach, verbena, sauternes, almond

There is also a children’s menu available.

Adults – $120 | Children – $50

For bookings contact Ryne via their website or on (03) 9482 3002.

Restaurants open for Christmas breakfast

If you’re not planning on a big Christmas lunch, or maybe you just can’t be bothered cooking and cleaning with a big day ahead, you might be looking for somewhere to have breakfast. These options should sort you out.

Conservatory at Crown | Southbank

TBC for 2022: For Christmas breakfast with a touch of elegance, step into the Conservatory’s opulent dining room. With its marble floors, lavish décor and stunning views of the Yarra River, you’ll think all your Christmases have come at once. The Conservatory will be hosting a Christmas Breakfast buffet from 7am-10:30am

Adults – $90 | Children – $45

Find more information on the Crown website or phone (03) 9292 5777.

No35 | Melbourne CBD

TBC for 2022: No35 is currently not serving breakfast and it is not confirmed when they will again.

For more information visit the website or call (03) 9653 7744.

Best Christmas Day lunch Melbourne has on offer in 2022

When it comes to Christmas lunch Melbourne has oodles of restaurants to choose from.  There are plenty of places to find a traditional meal, or you can mix it up with a wide array of fascinating menus putting a modern twist on Christmas fare. Our selection of restaurants open on Christmas Day has something for all tastes and budgets.

Allegro | Melbourne CBD

TBC for 2022: Allegro at the Westin has put together a decadent 3 course menu with dishes that have a modern twist. Selections include Mud Crab, Coral Trout, Wagu Sirloin, Turkey and more. Dessert includes Sepik Vanilla Bean Pavlova and Wine Poached Davidsons Plums served with brandy lemon ginger curd. 

Adults – $275 (includes beverage package) | Adults – $195 (Food only) | Children (4-12 years) – $100 | 

To book your dinner spot email the Westin or phone (03) 9635 2222. For more information visit the website.

Arbory Afloat | Melbourne CBD

TBC for 2022: Float your way through Christmas day on a party pontoon. Arbory Afloat has created a Turquoise Coast inspired feast that can be enjoyed in 2.5-hour seatings from 12pm until 10pm. The feast includes:

  • Chilled seafood, Beach Bar snacks and flatbread
  • Wood-fired pizzas
  • Vegetarian and vegan options
  • Table seating and options to book daybed and cabanas for groups of 4-10 people (extra costs)

Table reservations – a minimum spend of $85pp

Visit the Arbory Afloat website for more information or phone (03) 9629 1547.

Arbory Bar and Eatery | Melbourne CBD

TBC for 2022: Love the sound of Arbory Afloat’s Christmas lunch but prefer to keep you feet on dry land? No problem. Take a seat on the deck overlooking the Yarra River and enjoy the decadence of The Arbory Feast. With 2.5-hour seatings running from 11.30am until 8pm, the lunch includes:

  • 3-course banquet
  • Oysters, lobster rolls, charcuterie, warm sourdough
  • Glazed ham, potato gratin, mixed leaves
  • Spiced Chocolate Bûche Noël, Orange & Cherry
  • Vegetarian and vegan options available
  • Special kids menu with unlimited soft drinks
  • 2.5-hour drinks package including flowing beer, cider & wine
  • Christmas crackers
  • DJs spinning tunes all day long

Adults – $145 | Teens (13-17 years) – $105 | Children (12 years and under) – $45

For more information and bookings visit the Arbory website or call (03) 8648 7644.

Conservatory at Crown | Southbank

TBC for 2022: For Christmas lunch with a touch of elegance, step into the Conservatory’s opulent dining room. With its marble floors, lavish décor and stunning views of the Yarra River, you’ll think all your Christmases have come at once. The Conservatory is doing a Christmas Buffet including seafood, Veuve Clicquot Champagne and live entertainment. The lunch will run from 12:30pm to 4pm

Adults – $430 | Children – $215

Find more information on the Crown website or phone (03) 9292 5777.

L’Hotel Gitan | Prahran

TBC for 2022: L’Hotel Gitan will not be be hosting a Christmas Lunch. Check back next year for new updates.

Meat Market | South Wharf

TBC for 2022: Enjoy all the festive trimmings without the stress when you sit down to Meat Market’s 3-course lunch. Christmas lunch will be served in 2-hour sessions, with multiple seating times available throughout the afternoon. The menu includes:

  • Mumm petit cordon sparkling on arrival
  • Coffin Bay oysters, mussels, prawns and more to get you started
  • 3 entrée choices
  • 3 main course choices like Havana Club and pineapple glazed “Valencia” free range organic ham with pineapple and rum jelly Cider brined organic turkey with macadamia and apricot stuffing and sweet mango relish
  • Sides and share desserts
  • Vegan and children’s menu also available.
  • Option of bottomless beverages (extra costs)

Adults – $137.18 | Children (under 15 years) – $52.78 | Bottomless beverages (2hrs) – $43.29

Find more information on the Meat Market website or phone (03) 9008 8953.

Ryne | Fitzroy North

TBC for 2022: Ryne is serving up a whopping 6-course tasting menu for adults or they have also crafted a special 3-course menu for kids that includes a non-alcoholic drink. Adults will enjoy a stunning selection that includes:

  • Hiramasa Kingfish Tartare, miso cream, pickled seaweed, cucumber, finger lime
  • Slow Cooked Crayfish, tomato, basil
  • Olive Oil Confit Ora King Salmon, summer vegetables, tarragon
  • Roast Turkey, cranberry, chestnut stuffing, gravy
  • Beef Wellington, pomme mousseline, red wine sauce
  • Poached Peach, verbena, sauternes, almond

Adults – $230 | Children (under 12 years) – $60

Bookings can only be made via the website. For more information phone (03) 9482 3002.

The Duke of Wellington Hotel | Melbourne CBD

TBC for 2022: Christmas lunch at Melbourne’s oldest pub is one of the cheapest around, but don’t let the price fool you. The Duke’s menu is a stunning selection of traditional favourites with an exotic twist. There’s a 3-course menu for adults and a pared-down 2-course offering for kids. There’s also a special 3-course vegetarian menu. Seatings are available at 11am and 2pm.

The main menu features:

  • Starters of oysters, Queensland prawns, Yarra Valley tomato and buffalo mozzarella, and local cold cuts, pork terrine and Mount Zero olives
  • Bourbon and apricot glazed leg ham
  • Slow cooked turkey with currant, fig and chestnut stuffing, cranberry sauce
  • Traditional roasted vegetables, summer greens, and a leaf and herb salad
  • Christmas pudding soaked with cognac and a vanilla bean custard
  • Little fruit mince pies and new season cherries on ice

The vegetarian menu includes:

  • Starters of crispy oyster mushrooms, compressed rockmelon, honeydew and crunchy iceberg, Yarra Valley tomato and buffalo mozzarella, and yellow squash and zucchini terrine
  • Glazed and smoked eggplant, spiced eggplant puree, confit garlic, mustard see sauce
  • Roasted heirloom pumpkin stuff with puffed grains and seeds, yoghurt, sweet currants, cranberry sauce, roasted vegetables and onion gravy
  • Traditional roasted vegetables, summer greens, and a leaf and herb salad
  • Vegan Christmas pudding soaked with cognac and a vanilla bean coconut custard
  • Little fruit mince truffle with fruit and brandy soaked sponge, and new season cherries on ice

Adults – $120 | Children (12 years and under) – $40

Book your place on the Duke of Wellington website or phone (03) 9810 0066.

Christmas dinner Melbourne

If you’d prefer to celebrate Christmas in the evening some of these options will surprise and delight.

Allegro | Melbourne CBD

TBC for 2022: Allegro at the Westin has put together a decadent 3 course menu with dishes that have a modern twist. Selections include Mud Crab, Coral Trout, Wagu Sirloin, Turkey and more. Dessert includes Sepik Vanilla Bean Pavlova and Wine Poached Davidsons Plums served with brandy lemon ginger curd.

Adults – $275 (includes beverage package) | Adults – $195 (Food only) | Children (4-12 years) – $100 |

To book your dinner spot email the Westin or phone (03) 9635 2222. For more information visit the website.

Conservatory at Crown | Southbank

TBC for 2022: For Christmas dinner with a touch of elegance, step into the Conservatory’s opulent dining room. With its marble floors, lavish décor and stunning views of the Yarra River, you’ll think all your Christmases have come at once. The Conservatory is doing a Christmas Buffet including seafood, Veuve Clicquot Champagne and live entertainment. The dinner has two sittings – 5pm-7:45pm or 8pm-11:15pm

Adults (food only) – $250 | Children (food only) – $135

Adults (beverage package) – $320 | Children (beverage package) – $160

Find more information on the Crown website or phone (03) 9292 5777

Panda Hot Pot | Carlton

TBC for 2022:And now for something completely different! Panda Hot Pot’s Christmas set menu is about as far from traditional Christmas fare as you can get, but is certainly one way to mix it up this year. There are 3 different menus for 2, 4 and 6-8 people with such dishes as yuanyang hot pot soup, marinated beef slices, prawn mash and snakehead fish slice. The menus come with a jug of plum juice or, for a little extra, a bottle of house red.

Prices to be confirmed for 2022: $-$ for 2 people | $-$ for 4 people | $-$ for 6-8 people

For further information visit their Facebook page or phone (03) 9888 9899.

The Brighton Savoy | Brighton – closed

The Bright Savoy is now closed and won’t be hosting any Christmas celebrations.

For more information visit the website or phone (03) 9592 8233

Restaurants open as normal on Christmas Day

Melbourne has plenty of restaurants open Christmas Day that aren’t doing Christmas menus at a premium price. So if you don’t celebrate, or just want to grab an easy meal, try one of these.

Restaurants open on Christmas Day

Whatever your dining desires, Melbourne has plenty of restaurants open Christmas Day and across the festive season. We hope our article helps you find the perfect location for your Melbourne Christmas celebrations.

If you are looking for other places open on Christmas Day in Melbourne click here. And you can 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.

Join our Facebook group to jumpstart your Christmas planning all year long!

Sharing is caring!

Leave a Comment