A Complete Guide to Christmas Day Dining in Sydney 2021

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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.

The Gantry | Walsh Bay

Start Christmas right with a stunning harbour-side dining experience on Christmas Eve. The Gantry will serve up a delicious 4-course tasting menu that showcases local, seasonal ingredients. You’ll enjoy a glass of champagne on arrival, and can add the wine-pairing menu if you choose.

Dinner – $199 per person | Wine pairing – $75 per person.

Book via The Gantry website or phone (02) 8298 9910.

Feast at Sheraton Grand | Sydney CBD

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.

 Adults – $169 | Children – $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

Indulge in a delicious 3-course meal with separate options for adults and children. Adults will have a choice of pork belly, spiced duck breast and tiger prawns for entrée; Tasmanian salmon, porcini risotto and turkey breast for mains; and pavlova, Christmas pudding or orange torte for dessert.

The children’s menu features: a very merry penne pasta bolognaise; Rudolph’s festive chicken mini slider and chips; jolly golden fish and chips; or chicken nuggets, chips and Santa’s red sauce; with a dessert of Mrs Claus’ Dashing brownie and Jack Frost’s snowy gelato.

Adults – $99 | Children – $69

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

Kitchens on Kent | Sydney CBD

Enjoy a delicious Christmas Eve 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 – $198 | Children – $58

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

Chiosco by Ormeggio | Mosman

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).

Christmas feast: Adults – $199 | Children – $79

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

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

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.

$95 per person

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

Best Christmas Day lunch Sydney has on offer in 2021

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

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 4pm

Adults – $150 or $170 with beverage package | Child – $40 under 12 years including soft drink and juice. Children under 4 years free of charge

Visit San Martin website for more information.

Botanic House | Sydney CBD

Take your Christmas celebrations to the lush surrounds of the city’s Botanic Gardens and let Botanic House chef Luke Nguyen do the heavy lifting.  Christmas lunch is an inspired menu pairing modern Asian with native ingredients. You’ll enjoy:

  • Drink on arrival
  • 4-course shared feast
  • Appetisers such as seared scallops, chicken skewers and assorted dumplings
  • King prawns, roast duck and braised Wagyu beef brisket
  • Vegetarian menu available on request

Adults – $160 | Children – $55

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

Feast at Sheraton Grand | Sydney CBD

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 – $289 | Children – $144.50

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

Fratelli Fresh | Crows Nest | Darling Harbour | Entertainment Quarter | Manly

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 – $29 | Drinks package – $39 per person

Bookings can be made at the Fratelli Fresh website.

O Bar and Dining | Sydney CBD

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. The menu includes dishes like:

  • Scallop tartare
  • Ocean trout ceviche
  • Roast turkey
  • Plenty of sides
  • Coconut and sour cherry pavlova

Adults – $225 | Children – $100

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

Otto | Woolloomooloo

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 blue swimmer crab spaghetti
  • Wood-fired scampi, eye fillet and much more
  • Glass of Champagne on arrival
  • 4-hour beverage packages also available

Adults – $395 | Children – $140 | Beverage packages – $90-140 per person

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

Pilu | Freshwater

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.

Terrace on the Domain | Sydney CBD

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 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 – $150 | Children – $55

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

The Gantry | Walsh Bay

Harbour-side dining with the stunning backdrop of Walsh Bay has got to be a relaxing way to enjoy Christmas lunch. Specially crafted using some of Australia’s best local produce, The Gantry’s 3-hour lunch includes:

  • Glass of Perrier Jouet Champagne on arrival
  • Premium seafood platter to start
  • 6-course menu with expertly paired wines
  • Additional beverage packages available

$349 per person | Premium beverage package – $60 per person | Champagne package – $99 per person

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

The Winery | Surry Hills

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. Christmas lunch at The Winery includes:

  • Oysters, tiger prawns, chicken parfait and crisp bread with dips
  • Mains of roasted chicken ballotine and whole plate-size pink snapper
  • Roast duck fat potatoes and rustic coleslaw
  • Pavlova with Frangelico cream and seasonal fruit
  • 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

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.

The Gantry | Walsh Bay

Enjoy Christmas dinner by the harbour with a 4-course tasting menu at The Gantry.  Enjoy the sparkle of a glass of champagne on arrival as you watch the lights twinkle across the water. Then settle in to enjoy a delicious menu featuring local, seasonal ingredients. Fancy an additional tipple? Choose the optional wine-pairing menu to round out a magnificent evening.

Dinner – $199 per person | Wine pairing – $75 per person.

Book via The Gantry website or phone (02) 8298 9910.

Feast at Sheraton Grand | Sydney CBD

Christmas dinner never looked so good. Feast’s famous buffet just went one better with a selection of festive additions including honey and clove-glazed ham and roast turkey. Throw in some fruit mince pies, classic Yule log and Christmas pudding with brandy sauce and your traditional Christmas dinner is done – without the hard work.

Of course there’s also the buffet’s classic seafood offerings like Sydney rock oysters, blue swimmer crabs, tiger prawns, black mussels and more. Or indulge in a wide selection of antipasti, charcuterie and Australian cheeses; sushi and sashimi; salads and a host of desserts including the classic Aussie pavlova. Dinner comes with a 3-hour beverage package of bubbles, wines, beers, soft drinks and juice.  Expect a visit from Santa with gifts for children under 12 to make it the perfect Christmas.

Adults – $229 | Children – $115

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

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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