A Complete Guide to Christmas Day Dining in Sydney 2022

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If you’re thinking of outsourcing your Christmas dining this year you’re in the right place. We’ve put together a list of some of the best Sydney restaurants open Christmas Day and over the festive period.

Whether it’s a set menu feast or somewhere to just grab a bite to eat without all the festivities we’ve hunted around to find which restaurants are open on Christmas to meet your culinary needs.

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

Restaurants open Christmas Eve for dinner

If you traditionally celebrate on Christmas Eve, or just want to get a head start on celebrations, then these restaurants open on Christmas Eve with festive feasts to tantalise those taste buds.

Feast at Sheraton Grand | Sydney CBD

TBC for 2022: The Sheraton Grand’s famous buffet is putting on the Christmas touches to help you celebrate the festive season. You can expect to find honey-glazed ham and roast turkey being carved at live cooking stations, and mince pies and Yule logs for dessert. There’ll be the classic buffet favourites as well, and a glass of bubbly on arrival for the adults. Dinner will run between 6pm-9pm

 Adults – $169 | Children (5-12 years) – $79.50

Check out Feast’s website for more details and to book, or phone (02) 9286 6000.

Sir Stamford at Circular Quay | Sydney CBD

TBC for 2022: Indulge in a delicious buffet dinner showcasing the finest ingredients and celebrating traditional Christmas flavours. The Christmas buffet includes a traditional carvery, all your festive favourites, plus a 2hr beverage package including house beer, wine and sparkling.

Adults – $149 | Children (6-12 years) – $99 | Under 6 – Free

For more information or to book visit the hotel’s website or phone (02) 9252 4600.

The Gantry | Walsh Bay

TBC for 2022: This Christmas Eve, Pier One Sydney Harbour will be celebrating the festive season with the return of their annual Christmas celebration dining experience at the hatted Gantry Restaurant.

Enjoy a four-course tasting menu showcasing local, seasonal ingredients and a glass of champagne on arrival. 

This Christmas Day, The Gantry will feature several dining experiences for guests to choose from with limited-edition menus. Highlight menu items include fresh seafood platters, pork rillette, roast free-range turkey with bread stuffing, mash potato, crispy Brussel sprouts and cranberry jus. Sweet treats include a Mango and passionfruit parfait with elderflower and vanilla, and a dark chocolate, cherry and coconut and amaretto.

$799pp

Visit The Gantry website for more information, or phone (02) 8298 9910.

Kitchens on Kent | Sydney CBD

TBC for 2022: Enjoy a delicious Christmas Eve buffet dinner full of fresh hot and cold seafood, salads, sushi and sashimi, grilled meats, Asian cuisine and Mediterranean cuisine. Finish up with some decadent desserts, and round the whole evening out with a tailored drink package that includes wine, beer, soft drinks, tea and coffee.

Adults – $248 | Children – $40

For enquiries or bookings visit the website or phone (02) 9256 2222

Chiosco by Ormeggio | Mosman

TBC for 2022: Take the family or friends out for a Christmas Eve celebration and choose from a specially crafted sharing feast or Chiosco’s à la carte menu. The restaurant is fully licensed or you can BYO wine (corkage fee applies).

Prices on menu. Reservations can be made via the Chiosco website or by calling (02) 9046 7333.

Restaurants open for Christmas breakfast

There are plenty of cafés around Sydney opening Christmas morning for coffee, bakery items and traditional breakfast fare. If you’d prefer a full sit-down Christmas breakfast/brunch experience then try these restaurants.

Bathers Pavilion | Balmoral

TBC for 2022: Looking to start Christmas Day off in style? It’s hard to pass up a chance to dine by the beach in the historic Bathers Pavilion. There are two sittings to choose from: 8am-10am in the Bistro or 8.30am-10.30am in the restaurant – the latter including a cheeky glass of Prosecco or a mocktail on arrival.

Bistro: Adults – $95 | Children – $50  

Restaurant: Adults – $150 | Children – $75

For more information visit the Bathers Pavilion website or phone (02) 9969 5050 to book your spot.

Glass Brasserie | Sydney CBD

TBC for 2022: Set inside the Hilton in George Street, the Glass Brasserie offers a delicious set-menu brunch to ease you into Christmas Day. The menu includes a glass of bubbly and a festive mince pie to finish with.

Prices to be confirmed for 2022: $ per person

For further details visit the Glass Brasserie website or phone (02) 9265 6068.

Best Christmas Day lunch Sydney has on offer in 2022

When it comes to Christmas lunch Sydney is spoilt for choice. Our list covers a range of budgets and includes high-end restaurants with stunning views, restaurants with a more casual vibe, and venues offering special menus for the kids.

San Martin | Akuna Bay 2022

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Enjoy classic Australian views and superior dining at San Martin Akuna Bay; a light-drenched Christmas venue with a prime waterfront location. A little under an hour from central Sydney and nestled on the outer periphery of Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, at a quiet marina, this gorgeous venue offers a relaxed but stunning setting for waterside Christmas Day dining.

The venue itself has vaulted timber ceilings, carpeted floors, a balcony overlooking the dense bushland, and floor-to-ceiling windows, which offer an abundance of natural light. 

The Christmas buffet lunch consists of fresh oysters, king prawns, seasonal crabs, Moreton Bay bugs and green lip mussels, sushi and sashimi, Australian cheese and artisan bread selection, antipasto selection, salads, hot foods such as chicken, barramundi as well as all your favourite roasts and desserts. Yum! The have both gluten free and vegetarian options too!

Open: 12pm to 3.30pm

Adults – $210 or $240 with beverage package | Child – $50 under 12 years including soft drink and juice. Children under 4 years free of charge.

Visit San Martin website for more information.

Chiosco by Ormeggio | Mosman

TBC for 2022: Celebrate with friends and family this Christmas over a waterside Christams feast at Chiosco! The restaurant is fully licensed or you can BYO wine (corkage fee applies). The menu includes:

  • Yellowfin tuna crudo
  • Salad of king prawn – octopus – squid – potatoes – mussels
  • Traditional Lombardian spit roast
  • Amalfi lemon semifreddo
  • And more!

Tickets: $250 pp

Reservations can be made via the Chiosco website or by calling (02) 9046 7333.

Botanic House | Sydney CBD

TBC for 2022: Take your Christmas celebrations to the lush surrounds of the city’s Botanic Gardens and let Botanic House chef do the heavy lifting.  Christmas lunch is an inspired menu pairing modern Asian with native ingredients. From 11am to 4.30pm. You’ll enjoy:

  • Drink on arrival
  • 11-course shared feast
  • Vegetarian menu available on request

Adults – $170 | Children – $60

Visit the Botanic House website for more information or phone 1300 558 980.

Feast at Sheraton Grand | Sydney CBD

TBC for 2022: Feast your eyes on what the Sheraton Grand is doing for Christmas lunch. They’re rolling out their famous buffet with all the festive trimmings. Christmas lunch includes:

  • Honey and clove-glazed ham and roast turkey
  • Sydney rock oysters, blue swimmer crabs, black mussels, tiger prawns and an array of other fresh seafood
  • Antipasti, charcuterie and Australian cheeses
  • Sushi and sashimi
  • A hot of other hot and cold dishes
  • Fruit mince pies, classic Yule log and Christmas pudding with brandy sauce
  • Delectable desserts including the classic Aussie pavlova
  • 3-hour drinks package including bubbles, wines, beers, soft drinks and juices
  • A visit from Santa with gifts for children under 12

Adults – $350 | Teens (13-17 years) – $190 | Children (5-12 years) – $162.50

Reserve your spot on the Feast website or call (02) 9286 6000.

Fratelli Fresh | Darling Harbour | Entertainment Quarter | Manly

TBC for 2022: For an affordable and truly delicious Christmas lunch you can’t go past Fratelli Fresh. The chefs are serving up a 4-course share-style lunch at each of their restaurants.

  • Limoncello on arrival
  • Antipasti board
  • Prawn bucket
  • Maple syrup and honey glazed leg ham, slow-cooked lamb shoulder
  • Plenty of sides and dessert
  • 2-hour drinks package available including Aperol spritz, espresso martini, Prosecco, house wine and craft beers

Adults – $89 | Children (under 12) – $39 | Drinks package – $39 per person

Bookings can be made at the Fratelli Fresh website.

Kitchens on Kent | Sydney CBD

TBC for 2022: Enjoy a delicious Christmas buffet lunch full of fresh hot and cold seafood, salads, sushi and sashimi, grilled meats, Asian cuisine and Mediterranean cuisine. Finish up with some decadent desserts, and round the whole evening out with a tailored drink package that includes wine, beer, soft drinks, tea and coffee.

Adults – $398 | Children – $40

For enquiries or bookings visit the website or phone (02) 9256 2222

O Bar and Dining | Sydney CBD

TBC for 2022: How about a bird’s-eye view of Sydney’s magnificent icons while enjoying Christmas lunch? Set high above the city, O Bar and Dining’s revolving restaurant means an ever-changing view as you enjoy their 5-course offering (or 3-course for children). The menu includes dishes like:

  • Pumpkin and Parmesan ciambella
  • Yellowfin tuna sashimi
  • lobster & scallop ravioli
  • Roast turkey
  • Plenty of sides
  • Strawberry and white chocolate pavlova
  • And more!

Adults – $225 | Children – $100

Reservations can be made on the O Bar and Dining website or phone (02) 9247 9777.

Otto | Woolloomooloo

TBC for 2022: Christmas at Otto means seafood galore, which seems fitting given its prime waterfront location at the Finger Wharf. Chefs are preparing a 4-course extravaganza that includes:

  • Delicate appetisers such as seared scallops and zucchini flowers
  • Stunning pastas like lobster linguine and Strozzapretti with King pawns
  • Tajima Wagyu sirloin, fish of the day and much more
  • Dessert ranging from Meringue to a cheese board
  • Glass of Champagne on arrival
  • 4-hour beverage packages also available

Adults – $445 | Children – $120 | Beverage packages – $85-135 per person

For further information or to make a reservation visit Otto online or phone 902) 9368 7488

Pilu | Freshwater

TBC for 2022: One of Sydney’s most spectacular restaurants, set in a charming beach cottage on Freshwater Beach, Pilu is presenting a ‘surf and turf’ twist on the classic Australian seafood Christmas lunch. The 4-course meal features breathtaking dishes, and Pilu has also created a modified menu suitable for the kids.

Adults enjoy:

  • Entrée share plates of Gazander oysters with champagne granita, Wagyu bresaola and Great Barrier Reef fish crudo
  • Saffron maccheroncini with lobster and confit tomato
  • Black Angus beef eye fillet and Western Australian marron
  • Sides, dessert and petit fours

Children enjoy:

  • Calamari fritti and mozzarella arancini
  • Saffron maccheroncini with tomato and mozzarella
  • Black Angus beef eye fillet with French fries and green beans
  • Vanilla gelato, strawberries and meringue

Adults – $290 | Children (under 12 years) – $90

Reservations are essential. Book on the Pilu website or phone (02) 9938 3331.

Sir Stamford at Circular Quay | Sydney CBD

TBC for 2022: Enjoy a sumptuous Christmas seafood buffet lunch and a special visit from Santa with a gift for each child, for a memorable Christmas Day. The buffet lunch includes all the favourites including fresh seafood, a traditional carvery, along with all the trimmings, a selection of decadent festive desserts, plus a 2 hour beverage package including house beer, wine and sparkling wine.

Adults – $259 | Children (6-12 years) – $179 | Under 6 – Free

For more information or to book visit the hotel’s website or phone (02) 9252 4600.

Terrace on the Domain | Sydney CBD

TBC for 2022: Enjoy a decadent Christmas lunch with stunning views of the city and the Domain parkland.  Chefs will pair Italian flavours with local ingredients to bring a menu with a difference. Terrace will host two lunch sittings: 12pm to 2.15pm or 3pm to 5.15pm – so you can pick the time that suits you best. Your lunch includes:

  • Glass of Prosecco on arrival
  • 4-course shared feast including antipasto and cured meats, rich pastas, roasted meats and fish
  • Panettone tiramisu and other delicious desserts

Adults – $165 | Children – $55

For bookings visit the Terrace on the Domain website or phone 1300 300 278.

The Gantry | Walsh Bay

TBC for 2022: This Christmas Day, Pier One Sydney Harbour will be celebrating the festive season with the return of their annual Christmas celebration dining experience at the hatted Gantry Restaurant.

Enjoy a premium seafood platter, a 4-course tasting menu, petit fours and matching wines.

This Christmas Day, The Gantry will feature several dining experiences for guests to choose from with limited-edition menus. Highlight menu items include fresh seafood platters, pork rillette, roast free-range turkey with bread stuffing, mash potato, crispy Brussel sprouts and cranberry jus. Sweet treats include a Mango and passionfruit parfait with elderflower and vanilla, and a dark chocolate, cherry and coconut and amaretto.

$349pp

There will also be an all you can eat buffet option for Christmas lunch with a quality beverage package including sparkling, wine, beer, and non-alcoholic.

Adults – $349pp | Teen (13 – 17 years) – $199pp | Child (5 – 12 years) – $99pp

Visit The Gantry website for more information, or phone (02) 8298 9910.

The Winery | Surry Hills

TBC for 2022: This beautifully quirky wine bar with its leafy laneway and terrace would be a delightful choice on any day of the year, but especially Christmas Day. The Winery will present a delicious 3-course lunch of Christmas favourites with bookings available between 12pm and 3pm. There are also 2 drinks packages available.

Lunch – $110 per person | Standard drinks package – $49 per person | Premium drinks package – $89 per person

Visit The Winery website for bookings or call (02) 8322 2007.

Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel | Watsons Bay

TBC for 2022: If you’d like a side of stunning harbour views with your Christmas Day lunch Sydney’s Watsons Bay is the place for you. Leave the hard work to the chefs at Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel and enjoy sumptuous feasts with a little salt in the air. You can choose from two menus depending on your budget and the type of experience you’d like.

The high-end dining space features:

  • Fresh chilled seafood and buffalo mozzarella Caprese
  • Delicious mains of stuffed turkey breast, slow roasted porchetta and baked snapper
  • Smashed potatoes and leaf salad
  • Eggnog and chocolate ice cream sandwiches and Torta Caprese

$299 per person

In the more casual surrounds of the Beach Club you’ll enjoy:

  • Pacific oysters, tiger prawns and buffalo milk burrata
  • Mouth-watering mains of slow roasted Bannockburn chicken, Wagyu rump tagliata and rigatoni primavera
  • Smashed potatoes and the house green salad
  • Nutella brownie with Italian meringue

$199 per person

To find out more or to book visit the hotel’s website or phone (02) 9337 5444.

Christmas dinner Sydney

For those who’d prefer to celebrate Christmas in the evening, these restaurants offer set-menu Christmas dinners.

Feast at Sheraton Grand | Sydney CBD

TBC for 2022: Feast your eyes on what the Sheraton Grand is doing for Christmas dinner. They’re rolling out their famous buffet with all the festive trimmings. Christmas lunch includes:

  • Honey and clove-glazed ham and roast turkey
  • Sydney rock oysters, blue swimmer crabs, black mussels, tiger prawns and an array of other fresh seafood
  • Antipasti, charcuterie and Australian cheeses
  • Sushi and sashimi
  • A hot of other hot and cold dishes
  • Fruit mince pies, classic Yule log and Christmas pudding with brandy sauce
  • Delectable desserts including the classic Aussie pavlova
  • 3-hour drinks package including bubbles, wines, beers, soft drinks and juices

Adults – $325 | Teens (13-17 years) – $190 | Children (5-12 years) – $162.50

Book your place on the Feast website or call (02) 9286 6000.

Kitchens on Kent | Sydney CBD

TBC for 2022: Enjoy a delicious Christmas buffet dinner full of fresh hot and cold seafood, salads, sushi and sashimi, grilled meats, Asian cuisine and Mediterranean cuisine. Finish up with some decadent desserts, and round the whole evening out with a tailored drink package that includes wine, beer, soft drinks, tea and coffee.

Adults – $248 | Children – $40

For enquiries or bookings visit the website or phone (02) 9256 2222

The Gantry | Walsh Bay

TBC for 2022: This Christmas Day, Pier One Sydney Harbour will be celebrating the festive season with the return of their annual Christmas celebration dining experience at the hatted Gantry Restaurant.

Enjoy a four-course tasting menu showcasing local, seasonal ingredients and a glass of champagne on arrival.

This Christmas Day, The Gantry will feature several dining experiences for guests to choose from with limited-edition menus. Highlight menu items include fresh seafood platters, pork rillette, roast free-range turkey with bread stuffing, mash potato, crispy Brussel sprouts and cranberry jus. Sweet treats include a Mango and passionfruit parfait with elderflower and vanilla, and a dark chocolate, cherry and coconut and amaretto.

$799pp

Visit The Gantry website for more information, or phone (02) 8298 9910.

Restaurants open as normal on Christmas Day

Not everyone celebrates Christmas, and not everyone wants a big Christmas meal at a premium price, so we’ve put together a list of a few places you can go on Christmas Day for a normal meal.

Restaurants open on Christmas Day

Whatever your dining desires there are plenty of restaurants open Christmas day across Sydney. We hope our list helps you find the perfect location for your Christmas celebrations.

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