The Best Christmas Day Lunches In Sydney 2023

Guide, Sydney / 13 December 2023

Simply wake up, get dressed and breeze into these Christmas Day affairs!

While Christmas is often a celebrated affair, it does tend to lead to some outbursts and hair-pulling. And even if you fill everyone’s stomach’s with copious amounts of food that you’ve spent hours preparing there’s always someone sitting around the extended dining table claiming they could have done it better. This is why it’s completely understandable if you want to throw in the tea towel and book a feast at one of Sydney’s top sites.

We’ve put together a list of some of our favourites for the festive event so that you can sit back, relax and sip on mimosas all day long.

Luke’s Kitchen

Dining room at Bottega Coco for Christmas Day lunch
Bottega Coco

Forget the frantic Christmas rush and dive headfirst into a seafood extravaganza at Bottega Coco, Barangaroo’s newest Italian darling. Their 3-course Christmas lunch ($160pp) promises to transport you to the sun-drenched shores of the Mediterranean without leaving Sydney Harbour. Simply imagine a platter fit for a Roman empire, overflowing with glistening fresh oysters, scallops, salmon, and tuna, all bathed in a citrusy mignonette dressing.

Christmas Day Lunch at Sailmaker Restaurant
Sailmaker Restaurant

This Christmas, navigate your way to Sailmaker Restaurant and discover a festive feast fit for a captain. Let the worries of the season melt away as you indulge in a sumptuous buffet brimming with the freshest seafood delights, from glistening oysters and succulent prawns to delicate fish. Generous share platters laden with roasted meats and beloved Christmas classics will satisfy even the hungriest sailors, while a two-hour beer and wine package ensures the merriment flows freely, all for $299pp.

W Sydney Dining Room Christmas Day Lunch
BTWN – W Sydney

This year you can celebrate Christmas at Sydney’s newest luxury hotel, W Sydney. Celebrate the season of Santa with a culinary journey curated by BTWN Head Chef, Chris Dodd. Guests will be welcomed with a Christmas cocktail or mocktail on arrival before being treated to a selection of fresh Australian seafood for $350pp, plus artisanal cheese and salumi, share-style mains and a dedicated festive dessert bar that’s sure to make Wonka run for his money.

Family feasting at Christmas Day Lunch at QT Sydney
QT Sydney

Forget the gabagool in your fridge, fuhgeddaboudit! Gowings Bar and Grill is dishing up a La Famiglia Feast that would make even Carmela Soprano proud. Grab your crew and get ready for three courses of Chef Sean Connolly’s Italian-American classics, from antipasti piled high with prosciutto to puttanesca sauce clinging to every strand of fresh pasta. This ain’t no time for moderation, so loosen your belt and get ready to feast like a made man for $130pp.

St Siandra

This Christmas, ditch the drama and drift into a Mediterranean oasis at St Siandra. Think Aperol spritz by the pool, Amalfi Coast vibes, and a festive feast to make even the Grinch grin. Head chef Sam McCallum (ex-Nomad) serves up a Christmas spread worthy of a Roman emperor, from porchetta dripping with honey to a whole BBQ snapper begging to be devoured. Wash it all down with a bottle of bubbly for just $99 and soak up the sun-kissed Middle Harbour views. Vegetarian options? No problem. Little ones? Covered. Prego, Santa!

Ripples Chowder Bay

Escape the Christmas chaos and sail away to Ripples Chowder Bay, Mosman’s newly reinvigorated waterfront haven. Picture yourself basking on the sun-drenched deck, Sydney Harbour glittering beneath you, as you dive into house-made focaccia, fresh seafood like salmon crudo with beetroot and wasabi mayo, and decadent duck liver parfait with a sweet peach chutney. The grand finale? Lamb rump so tender it’ll melt in your mouth, accompanied by creamy potato puree and a zesty salsa verde. All this for a mere $275 per person (and only $95 for the little ones). Christmas by the water? It doesn’t get much better than this.

Christmas Lunch 2023 at Little Peal Manly, Cocktails By The Beach

Little Pearl

Skip the sandcastles and grab your chopsticks – Little Pearl’s serving a Christmas Day beach bash that’ll leave you saying “bah humbug” to boring roasts! Dive into 10 courses of hawker-style magic (kingfish sashimi! wok-tossed prawns!), sip 2.5 hours of free-flowing drinks, and watch the waves sparkle from your Manly perch. Kids get their own foodie fiesta, so ditch the Christmas chaos and book your beachy escape. For $199pp, you can cheer to salty sunshine and own holiday happiness!

Christmas Lunch 2023 at Fratelli Fresh starring 12-hour slow braised lamb shoulder

Fratelli Fresh

Long gone are the Nonna-induced kitchen tantrums! Fratelli Fresh is serving up a family feast so good, that even Uncle Tony will ditch the dodgy jokes. Dig into cured meats, seafood salad, slow-braised lamb, and ham so glazed it’ll outshine the tree. All for $95pp! Kids get their own ham & pasta fiesta, and limoncello flows like Santa’s laughter. So ditch the aprons, book your table (Fratelli-style!), and let the merriment begin. Buon Natale!

Botswana Butchery Christmas Day Lunch 2023 Menu Items

Botswana Butchery

Christmas chaos got you down? Escape to Botswana Butchery’s festive foodie haven! Think Wagyu so good it’ll melt the Grinch within, plus seafood starters, roasted snapper mains, and desserts that sing sweeter than carols all for $190pp. Even the kids get their own burger & brownie bonanza! Book your table, let the chefs handle the holiday heroics, and raise a toast to Christmas cheer, Botswana-style!

Marcel Bar & Bistro for Christmas Day Lunch 2023

Marcel Bar & Bistro

Christmas carols got you feeling humdrum? Dive into Marcel’s festive feast – a culinary opera in five acts! Hawkesbury pork, porchetta, and lobster take centre stage, with South Australia’s Ate Wines conducting a sparkling chorus. This Christmas, bask in panoramic views and let attentive staff be your holiday heroes for $225pp.