Crack the Christmas bon bons over this round-up of Brisbane’s best festive feasts
October is now in our rearview mirrors, which means it’s time to dust off the Halloween cobwebs and make way for the most wonderful time of the year. That’s right, Christmas is right around the corner and whether you like it or not December 25 is approaching fast. We know that planning for the big day can be overwhelming, so to make life easier we’ve compiled a list of Brisbane’s best Christmas Day soirees. All you have to do is sit back, relax and revel in the festive fun.
Treasury Brisbane, Brisbane City: Treasury Brisbane is upping the ante on this year’s Christmas festivities with a lavish lunch that is tailor-made for adults. Indulge in three hours of tasty tipples including Veuve Clicquot champagne, premium wines, international and local beers or soft drinks. Accompanying these sips will be a belly-pleasing buffet filled with all of the Christmas classics, including perfectly glazed ham, tip-top turkey, plus a spectacular selection of fresh seafood. Your Christmas Day lunch will be elevated further thanks to some live music, which will set the perfect backdrop to your unforgettable dining experience, while a cheery display of Christmas-themed decorations will certainly have you feeling festive. Tickets to this special soiree are $379 per person and are selling fast, so be sure to secure your seat by heading here. If you’d rather stay home but the stress of cooking is the last thing you want, Treasury Hotel has the ideal solution. The team has crafted a Takeaway Christmas Hamper perfect for festive feasting. Grab yours here.
Rydges South Bank and Bacchus Restaurant, South Bank: Prepare your appetite for a festive feast with all of the bells and whistles at Rydges South Bank’s Christmas Lunch Buffet. Packed with flavour and fun, this special buffet features an array of fresh seafood, traditional roasts and delightful desserts, paired with a three-hour beverage package featuring bubbles, wine and beer for the adults, and a visit from Santa himself for the little ones. Hang around for a dinner sitting at the famed Bacchus Restaurant and enjoy a Christmas dinner you won’t forget. For $199 per person indulge in three flavour-filled hours of seafood (Mooloolaba prawns, Coffin Bay oysters, Moreton Bay bugs and Hervey Bay scallops), an array of hot and cold options, a salivation-worthy selections of meats from the carvery and Christmas-themed desserts. Pair the flavoursome fare with Bacchus’ award-winning wine list, or elevate your enchanting evening with bumps of caviar served straight to your table.
Walter’s Steakhouse, Brisbane City: Celebrate Christmas a little early at Walter’s Streakhouse’s Christmas Eve dinner. Slide into a red-leather booth and let the Walter’s Steakhouse crew make your Christmas Eve feast magical. For $250 per person, savour a fresh prawn cocktail, plates of pierogis (potato and cheese filled dumplings), dry-aged beef tartare, Walter’s signature porterhouse and stuffed turkey with cranberry sauce, alongside a drool-worthy selection of sides and decadent desserts. Secure your spot here.
The Lex, Brisbane City: Skip the stress of Christmas Day cooking and let the experienced team at The Lex treat you to a tantalising three-course meal with snacks on arrival. A mouth-watering menu featuring the likes of Christmas ham with house-made focaccia and fig marmalade, seared yellowfin tuna with mango salsa, pickled green chilli and black-pepper caramel, confit duck leg, and pork belly with bourbon-and-maple glaze will be paired with three hours of free-flowing bubbles, wines, beer and non-alcoholic tipples. Making a booking by heading here.
Gusto Da Gianni, Hamilton: Italian goodness awaits at Gusto Da Gianni at Portside Wharf this Christmas, where you can enjoy a four-course lunch any nonna would be proud of. Savour an array of tasty dishes including tempura-battered zucchini flowers, black-ink ricotta and orange ravioli, lamb rump with eggplant scapece and red wine jus, and more! Tickets to this delectable Christmas Day lunch are $239 per person. For more info or to book, head here.
Settimo, Brisbane City: Celebrate December 25 the Italian way at Settimo. Be transported to the Amalfi Coast with a family-style feast featuring an arresting selection of antipasto served shared style, a plated main pasta served at your table, Settimo’s signature maialino (pork), pesce arrosto (roasted fish) and slow cooked Papa’s lamb with sides. The feasting festivities will finish off with a mouth-watering menu of traditional dolci including tiramisu, panettone and of course Christmas pudding. Nab a seat here.
One Fish Two Fish, Kangaroo Point: Tuck into a traditional Aussie seafood lunch at One Fish Two Fish this Christmas. The lobster-loving kitchen crew will be serving up seven sensational courses for $185 per person including the likes of Boomer Bay pacific oysters, grilled bay lobster, goldband snapper and more. A vegetarian menu is also available for those non-seafood-loving folk as well as a kid-friendly option. Head here to make a booking.
Vintaged Bar + Grill, Brisbane City: Vintaged Bar + Grill is pulling out all of the stops this Christmas, offering a festive feast that will take you from Christmas Eve all the way through to dinner on December 25. Indulge in a three-course meal for $175 per person on the night before Christmas or a flavoursome festive buffet for $85 per person on Christmas morning, and yes it includes a ham. If you enjoy a sleep in, mosey on into Vintaged Bar + Grill at 12:00 pm for a three-course Christmas lunch and stay for dinner to keep the festivities flowing. Speaking of flowing, elevate your experience by opting for a 2.5-hour beverage package for $29 per person, which is sure to keep the spirits high. Head here for more info.
Libertine, Petrie Terrace: A French-Vietnamese-inspired Christmas lunch awaits at Libertine, where you can indulge in a sumptuous seven-course banquet from 11:00 to 1:00 pm for $189 per person or a nine courses from 1:30–3:30 pm for $219 per person. This flavour-packed festive feast is sure to book out fast, so head here to secure a seat.
Gambaro Seafood Restaurant, Petrie Terrace: A full-blown Christmas feast at Gambaro Seafood Restaurant is always an unforgettable holiday experience, and Christmas Day 2023 is set to be no exception. This Caxton Street icon will be pulling out all of the stops this year, offering a set menu of fresh succulent seafood, sensational mains and decadent desserts. Plus, guests can expect a visit from Santa, Christmas carollers and a three-hour beverage package for adults. To make a booking, click here.
Popolo, South Bank: There’s no reason to stress out in the kitchen this December 25, just let Popolo take care of Christmas Day feasting! A fabulous banquet of Italian-inspired dishes, ever-flowing drinks and beautiful river views – what more could you want? This lavish lunch is running from 11:00 am to 2:30 pm costing $275 per person, and includes a three-hour premium drinks package. Book in here.
Goldfinch, Brisbane City: Kick back, relax, and let Goldfinch take care of all of the food and drinks for this year’s Christmas feast. Savour a fabulous four-course dinner, paired with a glass of bubbles on arrival (of course!) and be transported back to those cherished Christmas memories with a menu filled with festive favourites, while enjoying a playlist packed with joyful jingles. Book yourself in here.
Darling & Co, Paddington: Let Darling & Co in Paddington satisfy your Christmas cravings with its iconic Christmas Day buffet, suitable for all taste buds. Featuring unlimited fresh seafood on ice (we’re talking oysters, prawns, scallop ceviche and cured atlantic salmon), this jam-packed buffet also includes a carving station brimming with succulent slabs of meat, finished with an assortment of delightful desserts and seasonal fruit. Bookings are essential, so head here to make a reservation.
Deer Duck Bistro, Auchenflower: If you’re after a Christmas lunch with a side of fancy, then a festive feast at Deer Duck Bistro is certainly the way to go. The French-inspired restaurant is dishing up a lavish lunch filled with the likes of pan-fried Moreton Bay bug, duck liver pate, raviolo filled with braised beef cheeks, roasted lamb backstrap and yoghurt and lime panacotta. Book a seat by heading here.
Bisou Bisou, Fortitude Valley: Forget the Christmas Day cooking and be treated to a fabulous French-style feast at Bisou Bisou. For $169 per person, indulge in a four-course banquet washed down with a list of tasty tipples you can grab at the bar. Bookings are available from 12:00 pm and seats are filling up fast, so grab yours here.
Persone, Brisbane City: Another Italian favourite is dishing up the ultimate Christmas Day feast from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm on December 25. Indulge in four flavoursome courses including shared antipasti platters, lobster salad, porcetta and panettone to finish, alongside a three-hour beverage package of wine, beer and soft drinks. There will be Christmas carollers and even a surprise visit from the big bearded guy himself. Book a table by heading here.
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