Christmas Lunch In Brisbane 2019

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As the year draws to a close and our minds inevitably turn to the festive season one of the first items to be discussed amongst family and friends is what our plans are for Christmas Day Lunch.  Brisbane has a range of different family-friendly places that are open for Christmas Day lunch and will take all the stress out of worrying about the organising, cooking and cleaning.

With an endless list of options, you can choose between a buffet-style, set menu, in a restaurant, by the river or even on the river and the best thing is a simple phone call and booking is all that you need to organise!  

Many of the venues also include festive extras like carolers, Santa visits and even kids for kids.  These extras change from year to year but the below places are well known for hosting incredible family Christmas lunches in Brisbane. 

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Places that offer Christmas Lunch in Brisbane

Gambaro Seafood Restaurant 

As most Aussie Christmas spreads usually includes our world-famous seafood then where better to dine than at one of our most popular and award-winning seafood restaurants?  Gambaro Seafood Restaurant’s Christmas Lunch is everything you expect it to be.  Usually, a multi-course menu that is laden with fresh seafood options, the famous lunch also comes with a beverage package and, if past years are anything to go by, a visit from Santa and carol singers too.  You can check out their last years Christmas Lunch menu here and to make a booking call their events team on 07 3369 9500. Located at 33 Caxton Street, Petrie Terrace


Enjoy your Christmas lunch in style and with a view to match.  With two lunchtime festive options, you can choose between celebrating in the Thyme Restaurant or, if you are feeling particularly fancy, the Ballroom Le Grande.  At lunchtime, enjoy live entertainment, children’s entertainment and of course Santa Claus will be visiting children with a special gift! Christmas Day Lunch includes free-flowing French sparkling wine, a selection of house wine, beer, soft drinks and juice.  Oh, and a visit from Santa too!  Contact the hotel on 3835 3535. Located at 249 Turbot Street, Brisbane

Il Centro

Situated right in the heart of the city, and with views over the Brisbane River, Il Centro is an Italian-lovers delight.  Boasting a fine balance of casual yet elegant al fresco and indoor dining with a modern Italian flavour, the Il Centro Christmas Lunch menu usually offers up both traditional and contemporary Italian delights as well a few little surprises as well.  Keep an eye out for their Christmas menu on their ‘whats on‘ page and to make further enquiries call the restaurant on 07 3221 6090. Located at 1 Eagle Street, Brisbane City

Black Fire

Black Fire in Brisbane serves a predominantly Spanish menu specialising in whole roasted meats, pinchos and tapas which is centred around organic and free-range produce.  Their Christmas Celebration menu promises to offer you a selection of these plus desserts to enjoy with your family on Christmas Day.  Bookings can be made by calling the restaurant on 07 3013 0058. Located at 74 Albert Street, Brisbane City

The Glen Hotel 

The Glen Hotel caters extremely well for big families who are keen to enjoy a long, delicious warm lunch without having to worry about children getting tired or bored.  The large adventure playground, as well as a visit from the man in red, will keep the kids easily entertained so parents can relax after the full hot and cold buffet and make use of the drinks package on offer.  On-site hotel rooms (with use of the pool) are also available to book should you have family coming from out of town or if you want to make a full day of it.  You can enquire about a Christmas lunch booking via their celebrations page or contact them directly on 07 3270 6666. Located at 24 Gaskell Street, Eight Mile Plains

Vintaged Bar and Grill at the Hilton

With fresh local produce and traditional favourites like a roast turkey and Christmas pudding, the Hilton’s Vintage Bar and Grill Christmas lunch menu will gift you with something to please everyone.  With multiple options to choose from in each of the three courses offered patrons will delight in their choices of main and then indulge themselves fully in the dessert buffet to finish it off.  With a glass of something sparkling on arrival and a children’s menu as well, bookings are essential and can be organised by calling the restaurant on 07 3231 3265. Located Level 6, 190 Elizabeth Street, Brisbane City

The Stamford Plaza

Another hot spot with a beautiful location is The Stamford Plaza, which is located close by the Brisbane River and right by the beautiful botanical gardens.  Each Christmas they celebrate with a buffet lunch featuring some of the freshest seafood, traditional roasts and delicate desserts as well.  Guests can also enjoy a 3-hour beverage package, carolers and a visit from Santa with a sack full off gifts!  Keep an eye on the website for booking details or you can contact the restaurant on 07 3221 1999. Located Corner of Margaret & Edward Streets, Brisbane

Three Blue Ducks  

New to its Brisbane location but with a big following down south in Byron and Sydney where it originated, the Three Blue Ducks offer modern Australian food and pride themselves on the sustainable, ethical, seasonal and locally sourced produce that dictates their menu.  With a less white tablecloth dining and more come-as-you-are kind of vibe, the Christmas Lunch buffet at Three Blue Ducks offers fresh produce, delightful desserts and sweeping views over the Brisbane River.  You can find out more and book your Christmas Lunch by contacting the guys on 07 3556 8833. Located at Level 3, W Brisbane, 81 North Quay, Brisbane

The Regatta Hotel  

This beautiful vintage Queenslander and well know landmark in the suburb of Toowong sits right opposite the Brisbane River.  Each year it hosts an annual Christmas lunch in its award-winning Boatshed restaurant complete with four courses and a 3 hour beverage package to boot!  You can expect traditional Christmas flavours including, Roast Turkey, Beef Wellington and fresh local prawns as well as some delicious desserts as well.  If you are after a more endless affair then the seafood buffet lunch option offered upstairs on Level 1 may be more to your liking.  You can find out more information on their website or give them a call on 07 3871 9595.  Located at 543 Coronation Drive Toowong

The Marriott Hotel

The Marriott Hotel, situated in the heart of Brisbane City, offers a deluxe Christmas buffet lunch menu with 3 hour beverage package in both it’s Grand Ballroom and Motion Restaurant.  With different prices for adults, teenagers and kids (infants below 3 years are free) the buffet features an array of fresh hot and cold seafood, a carving station of succulent roast meats, gourmet salads and an abundance of decadent desserts.  Bookings can be made by contacting the hotel directly on 07 3303 8000. Located at 515 Queen Street, Brisbane

River Quay Fish 

It spells it out in its name and the menu is no different.  Its all about fish at River Quay Fish and at Christmas the restaurant opens its doors with a festive Christmas lunch menu that features the popular ocean dwellers as well as some more traditional fares too.  With sweeping city views, the restaurant offers a four-course spread and a Christmas kids menu too.  Booking will be essential so keep an eye out on their website or contact them on (07) 3844 3993 to find out more details about what is on the menu this festive season. Located at River Quay, Sidon Street, South Bank

Kookaburra Showboat Cruises  

Why celebrate by the water this Christmas Day when you can enjoy your festive feast ON the water instead?  Kookaburra Showboat cruiser allows you to enjoy your Christmas lunch as you cruise gently past the beautiful botanic gardens, kangaroo point cliffs, maritime museum, Southbank precinct, the Brisbane wheel and many more of the city’s sensational attractions. Choose between either a full buffet spread and drinks package on the traditional Kookaburra Queen paddle steamer or a Table d’hôte option aboard the Voyager, with a three-course buffet, served to you at your table with spectacular fanfare.  Both options include free soft drink, juice, sparkling and selected beer with kid’s prices and discounts for students and pensioners too.  You can check out more information on their Christmas lunch cruises here or contact the Kookaburra Showboat Cruises on 07 3221 1300. Located at Eagle Street Pier, 1 Eagle St, Brisbane

Treasury Hotel

If you are after a spectacular festive lunch menu featuring the freshest locally-sourced seafood, quintessential Australian BBQ meats, international cuisines, salad bar, a dessert extravaganza and all your traditional Christmas favourites then look no further than the Treasury Hotel’s Grand Buffet Lunch.  Along with all the food you can also expect roaming carollers, gifts for children up to 12 years old – plus a visit from the man in red himself!  The lunch bookings sell out fast so keep an eye on their events page or contact the hotel directly on 07 3306 8888 for more information.  Keep an eye out for Spring sales on their Christmas booking prices too! Located at 130 William Street, Brisbane

Lennons Restaurant & Bar 

Situated underneath Next Hotel in Brisbane City, Lennons Restaurant and Bar offers a three-course Christmas Lunch menu, with a separate menu (and price) for kids.  Nuggets, fish and sliders are popular options for the kids while adults will have options including local seafood and traditional turkey dishes.  With a drink on arrival included as well as a gift from Santa for the kids, let the staff at Lennon’s do the hard work for you instead!  Christmas lunch details can be found here or you can call them on 07 3222 3283. Located at Level 2-72 Queen Street, Brisbane

C’est Bon 

If you are after a more intimate setting and with a little more French flair then C’est Bon’s Christmas menu may be more to your liking.  Although known to serve enticing 7-course menus, there are always smaller kids menus available for the day as well.  You can find out more information on their website event page or by calling them direct on 07 3891 2008. Located at 609/611 Stanley St, Woolloongabba

The Euro 

Going one step further, The Euro, a very contemporary restaurant in Brisbane City offers a decadent 5 course lunch, a children’s Christmas lunch menu and also a vegetarian Christmas lunch menu for its guests.  Keep an eye on their website for further details or contact them direct on 07 3229 3686 to make a booking. Located at 181 Mary St, Brisbane City


Right in the heart of Southbank, Rydges Hotel offers a traditional seafood and meat Christmas Day buffet as well as an all-inclusive beverage package too.  With visits from the man in red and a live band to get the atmosphere jolly your family could enjoy the festivities without even lifting a finger!  Call the hotel directly to get further information and to book on 07 3364 0800. Located at 9 Glenelg St, South Brisbane

Mecure Hotel 

You and your family can enjoy a full seafood buffet this Christmas in the luxurious Grand Chelsea Ballroom at the Mecure Hotel.  Complete with all the trimmings, there are different prices depending on your age, festive music and visits from Santa as well.  To book, call 07 3237 2454. This is their 2019 Christmas menu and booking details Located at 85–87 North Quay, Brisbane. 


The cost of getting someone else to prepare and serve your family Christmas Lunch can be expensive and it depends on where you go, what type of menu you go with and how many family members you are paying for as to how much your final bill will amount to.  Whether you choose buffet or a la carte, table service or a drink package – costs can vary from $20 – $200 per person!  Still, when you consider all the planning, groceries, decorations, set up and logistics of hosting the day yourself, not to mention the fact you are usually run off your feet and left to clean up at the end.

Get in quick!

With all of these places offering multiple courses and delicious fresh produce, one thing is certain if you want to have Christmas Lunch in Brisbane. If you decide you want to have Christmas Lunch out, then you best you will want to book in quick!  Having someone else take the hard work out of the day so that everyone can relax is a very popular option and so these Christmas Day lunches tend to book out fast.  Keep an eye out for early bird specials too.  Many offer discounts or even complimentary items if you book by a certain date.



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