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Skip the stress of hosting your yuletide celebrations and book a merry restaurant lunch instead

Christmas lunch at Circa, the Prince

Eat like royalty this Christmas with a three-course lunch served on the Circa deck, overlooking Port Phillip Bay. This well-regarded St Kilda restaurant offers a sharing-style lunch, featuring seasonal goodies taken from their kitchen garden. St Kilda.

Christmas lunch at Gazi

Let George Calombaris show you a Greek Christmas with a twist at his good-time eatery Gazi. His five-course set menu includes the best of his innovative street food – you can bet that his famous pillowy flatbread souvlakis will make an appearance. Melbourne.

Christmas lunch at the Prahran Hotel

Slip into one of the revitalised Prahran Hotel's cubby-like booths and enjoy a three-course feast to please the whole family. The pub is all about classic dishes done well, so you can expect festive favourites like whole crystal bay prawns and butter-roasted turkey with cranberry and lemon thyme stuffing. Prahran.

Christmas lunch at La Camera

Get the famiglia together for a relaxed, yet refined Italian feast. This Southbank restaurant offers a three-course menu, paying tribute to the Aussie tradition of Christmas seafood by serving squid ink linguini tossed with pan-fried prawns as entrée. Main course options include duck leg confit, beef eye fillet and traditional turkey breast. Southbank.

Christmas lunch at No. 8 by John Lawson

Impress the in-laws with a Christmas lunch that's suitably traditional, and more than a little bit fancy. Crown's highly regarded riverside restaurant is offering a six-course meal, which includes foie gras and chicken liver parfait, Port Phillip Bay snapper and grass-fed tenderloin with Yorkshire pudding, beef dripping potatoes and roasted Dutch carrots. Southbank.

Christmas lunch at Allegro

The Westin's modern Australian restaurant offers an indulgent selection of stuffed turkey breast with glazed chestnuts, poached blue eye, roast beef tenderloin or the seasonal wild mushroom ragout. We're leaving plenty of room for their famous festive dessert buffet: think black forest pavlova, gingerbread, yule logs and plum puddings. Melbourne.

Christmas lunch at Newmarket Hotel

Venture beyond the usual spread this Christmas and dive into warm crayfish salad, Tasmanian scallops a la plancha with jamón ibérico, and spit-roasted dry-aged moondarah wagyu. This is Californian-Mexican fusion – served to you in the leafy, retro surrounds of St Kilda's Newmarket Hotel. St Kilda.

Christmas lunch at the Melbourne Zoo

Turn your yuletide on its head this year and spend Christmas with creatures great and small. Enjoy a four-course meal that includes smoked salmon rillettes, toasted brioche and slow-cooked Western Plains pork; all the while taking full advantage of the three-hour drink package. The price gets you entry into the zoo all day, so be sure to extend your season's greetings to the otters on your way home. Parkville.

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Updated on 24 Mar 2015.

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