The round-up: eat, drink and be merry – top spots for Christmas Day dining on the Gold Coast
If you’ve spent the last few Christmas Days slaving in a hot kitchen, lining up at the prawn trawlers at dawn, and trying oh-so hard to salvage a dry roast turkey (we’ve all been there), then perhaps it’s time for a change this year. Once you’ve emptied your stocking full of presents, you can venture out and fill up your belly with a glorious festive feast with all of the trimmings – all of the hard work is done for you, and you don’t even have to do the washing up. In the spirit of the season, here are a bunch of places on the Gold Coast where you can eat, drink and be merry on Christmas Day.
The Star Gold Coast
Whether your dream Christmas involves eating your body weight in fresh prawns or you would prefer a festive Italian spread, The Star Gold Coast has your Christmas Day dining covered with a raft of delicious events so you can relax, eat, drink and be merry. Indulge in a full seafood spread (for lunch or dinner) at Harvest Buffet, or put an authentic Italian spin on your festive feast with a four-course lunch (including beverages) at Cucina Vivo. While Christmas Day at Garden Kitchen & Bar has already sold out (there’s a cancellation list you can hop on here) there’s still availability for the festive buffet and soiree at the Event Centre, as well as a full buffet lunch offering at Atrium Bar. For a Christmas Day with a twist, nibble your way through a Chinese-inspired set menu curated by chef Song Yao Su at Imperial at The Star. For bookings, details and menus, head here.
QT Gold Coast
Celebrate Christmas in style with a luxurious lunch or a decadent dinner (or both?) at QT Gold Coast. Indulge in slow-roasted meats, a trawler-fresh seafood extravaganza and a vibrant selection of salads freshly picked from the rooftop garden with Christmas Lunch at Bazaar. Indulgence awaits at the QT Ballroom Christmas Lunch, featuring a wondrous display of festive fare for the whole family – think interactive food stations, freshly carved turkey and lamb, and fresh seafood, plus live entertainment, a gingerbread-making kit at each table (fun!) and a visit from Santa Claus himself. Or, if you’ve spent the day visiting family and friends, then relax and be merry on Christmas night with Dinner at Bazaar. For bookings, head here.
Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort & Spa
The Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort is doing Christmas two ways this year. There’s a decadent seafood buffet (featuring all of your favourite festive delicacies) with a dash of live entertainment on the side at award-winning buffet restaurant, Citrique. If you don’t want a full buffet lunch this year, opt for the more intimate lunch at Chapter & Verse – the luxe affair will see you relaxing in the lush surrounds overlooking the resort’s pristine lagoon and indulging in a glorious seafood tower while sipping your way through a bottle of champagne. For info on how to book, head here.
Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort
A decadent seafood buffet (with all of the festive trimmings), a relaxing breakfast by the lagoon, or a sophisticated wine-paired degustation lunch? No matter how you want to do Christmas, Sheraton Grand Mirage has you covered. It kicks off with Christmas Eve dinner at Terraces Restaurant, followed by a tasty breakfast on Christmas morning. There’s a deluxe buffet lunch happening at Terraces (hellooo fresh prawns, oysters and crabs) as well as an indulgent buffet and festive soiree in the Grand Ballroom. Don’t want a buffet? Take your time to enjoy a seven-course degustation lunch at Oyster Bar and Grill! Those doing the around can during the day can settle in at Terraces for dinner on Christmas night, with a festive-themed buffet served from 5:30 pm. For details and booking links, head here.
Hilton Surfers Paradise
Once you’ve emptied your stockings at home, get merry and celebrate Christmas Day with a glorious gourmet feast and soak up the festivities at Hilton Surfers Paradise. The luxe hotel is doing Christmas two ways this year – each served with a splash of festive fun on the side! There’s a delicious seafood buffet luncheon at Catch Restaurant, featuring the best local seafood, paired with succulent traditional meats, mouth-watering desserts, and a three-hour beverage package. For a family-friendly affair, there’s the festive-themed buffet lunch (with all of the trimmings!) in Hilton’s ballroom – adults can kick back with a champagne and enjoy the indulgent spread of seafood, meats, salads, traditional desserts and more, while the kids will be treated to their own buffet before being kept entertained for the afternoon in the dedicated kids corner. For all bookings, head here.
Sofitel Gold Coast Broadbeach
Enjoy a truly magical family-friendly experience at the Nutcracker-themed Christmas Day Buffet in the Grand Ballroom, where you’ll be treated to a sumptuous seafood spread and hot carvery buffet, complete with all of your favourite festive trimmings! For the ultimate culinary experience, there’s the adults-only Christmas Day lunch at room81 – a luxurious gastronomical delight with a signature four-course menu and live entertainment across the afternoon. The delicious buffet spread at Bistro On3 is ideal for those looking to relax (also with live entertainment!) and immerse in the tastes of Christmas, with a delectable arrangement of fresh seafood, hot roasts and sweet delights that’s sure to delight. For bookings and information, head here.
InterContinental Sanctuary Cove
Christmas Day sees two distinct celebrations on offer at InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort. There’s both Christmas Day lunch and dinner being served up in the McArthur’s Ballroom, featuring a five-star festive buffet. Over at The Fireplace, you can indugle in a festive-inspired four-course menu alongside sparkling flutes of Moët & Chandon, which will finish with gingerbread trifle served with brandy cream, cherries and mince pie-infused ice-cream. Head here for bookings.
If you’re seeking beach views for your Christmas Day lunch, then A Hyde Christmas Affair could be the one you’re looking for. Tickets include a decadent seafood buffet, featuring an oyster station and fresh prawns, a Christmas-themed cocktail on arrival, presents for children and festive-themed tables to set the scene. Oh, and did we mention the beach views? For bookings, jump here.
LOT TWO at Seagulls Club is getting you into the festive spirit by putting on a mouth-watering buffet lunch, so you don’t have to lift a finger. This buffet has something for the whole family – it’ll start with an eye-popping antipasto spread, before a classic Christmas feast is rolled out, with carvery stations, a huge trawler-fresh seafood arrangement and vibrant salads. Leave room for the trifle and plum pudding! For bookings, head here.
Every meal of the day is covered this Christmas at Southport Sharks. Leave the cooking to the pros on Christmas Day and enjoy a delicious breakfast buffet at Frenzy’s (hellooo hotcakes with warm butter), or send yourself into a festive food coma with a seafood buffet lunch. If you’re planning to be running around after family all day, then settle in at Frenzy’s on Christmas night for an indulgent a-la-carte Christmas dinner – with seafood, burgers, salads and more, this one will keep the whole brood happy. For more info and bookings, head here.
Up for a fancy festive feast? There’s Christmas Eve dinner at Il Barocco, followed by its famous seafood-inspired Christmas Day buffet lunch. There’s also a buffet lunch affair in The La Medusa ballroom, or you can really treat yo’self to a sophisticated five-course lunch at Vanitas, with paired wines and a glass of Ruinart on arrival. All booking details and menus can be found here.
voco Gold Coast
Fill your heart and tummy with the wonders of Christmas with either lunch or dinner at Waves Buffet Restaurant this year – you’ll indulge in plate after plate of fresh, local seafood as well as traditional Christmas favourites! You’ll get a glass of Chandon Rosé on arrival, and there will be plenty of ice-cold beer, bubbles, wine and other sips available. Plus, there will be live tunes so you can really have yourself a merry little Christmas! Bookings and info are over here.
Set in the fabulous all-new Glasshouse at The Island – the Gold Coast’s newest events destination – this all-ages alfresco event will feature a traditional Christmas buffet lunch with fresh hot and cold seafood, succulent roast meats, seasonal roast vegetables, summer salads and decadent desserts. Keen? Book your spot here.
Gather the brood and experience a lakeside Christmas Day feast at the soon-to-open Robina Pavilion. The new neighbourhood pavilion will be putting on a mouth-watering Christmas Day buffet for locals, set to be a delicious showcase of venue’s exciting new direction. The buffet will be loaded with your festive favourites, including fresh seafood (prawns, bugs, oysters, smoked salmon and mussels), hot dishes like baked glazed ham, turkey and roast pork, plus vegetables, salads and more. You’ll finish with pavlova, strudel, Christmas pudding drowning in brandy custard, fresh fruit and chantilly cream. Save some for Santa – he’ll be swinging by, too! For bookings, head here.
This Broadbeach newcomer is hosting a swish soiree on Christmas Day, with a delicious festive banquet as the main event. There will be seafood boards to start, then succulent roast turkey and chicken will arrive, followed by double smoked leg ham, roasted root vegetables, green beans, and a vibrant spread of salad. You’ll finish with Miss Moneypenny’s Pavlova. There two-hour seatings on the day (11:00 am to 1:00 pm, or 1:30–3:30 pm) with beverage packages an optional extra. To book, head here.
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