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Get someone else to do the washing up this Christmas Day and dine in style

Didn't plan ahead? Here are some great cafes open on Christmas Day, here are some walk-in yum cha restaurants open on Christmas Day, and here are all the bars open on Christmas Day.


Christmas lunch at Quay, one of the finest restaurants in Sydney and frequently listed among the top 50 in the world, promises to be a truly memorable occasion. On arrival guests will receive a glass of Champagne and award winning executive chef Peter Gilmore will treat you with a five-course Tasting Menu. The extensive à la carte wine list will be available on the day. The cost is $330 per person, with a children’s menu at $160 per child. Reservation times are available from noon to 2pm. The Rocks.

Pei Modern

It’s all about the buffet at Mark Best’s restaurant in The Rocks on Christmas Day. There will be Yamba prawns and freshly shucked oysters sourced from the Clyde River. A suckling pig will be wood-roasted, and of course there will be turkey, Christmas pud and the ubiquitous pav. Festivities start at noon for lunch and 6.30pm for dinner, at $150 per adult and $45 for the kiddies. Sydney.


Try something different and add some Japanese flavour to your Christmas Day lunch by selecting from Sokyo’s à la carte menu. Here you will eat some of the best sushi and sashimi of your life – making your having it on Christmas Day feel all the more appropriate. Order the miso cod, and do not even think about leaving before you've tried the spicy tuna on crispy Hokkaido "Yumepirica" rice. Pyrmont.

O Bar and Dining

Gather up family and friends and celebrate fine food, 47 stories up, as the world’s best panorama goes by. Chef Michael Moore is preparing a four course à la carte menu. Lunch is $195, $95 for children (12 years and under); dinner is $160, $60 for children. Sydney.

BLACK by ezard

Executive chef Dany Karam is offering a five-course Christmas lunch extravaganza costing $155 per person including a Christmas cocktail upon arrival. The children’s menu is $55 per child including a festive Christmas mocktail. Noon-3pm. Pyrmont.

Christmas lunch at 360 Bar and Dining

For the ultimate Christmas lunch with a view book a seat at 360 Bar and Dining on December 25th for a midday meal that will showcase all your traditional Yuletide favourites with spectacular revolving views of Sydney city on the side. Sydney.

Christmas dinner at Balla

Skip the prepping, cooking and cleaning this Christmas by letting this breezy modern Italian restaurant play host. Balla is serving a fun-for-the-whole-family feast that has been designed to share. Expect four courses of antipasti, fresh seafood and homemade ravioli, as well as the more traditional roast turkey and panettone, and kids under five eat for free (older kids are $65 and adults are $145). Pyrmont.

Christmas lunch at Biota Dining

Put some adventure back into your Christmas Day and head south to the sunny climes of the Southern Highlands for a Christmas feast at Biota Dining. For $185 you will get snacks and Champagne, followed by three-courses and a grazing dessert table, featuring Christmas pud, local cheeses and liquorice custard tart, among other delicacies. Bowral.

Christmas Day at Golden Century

This year, change up your merry spread with a trip to the most renowned late-night Cantonese restaurant in town. This is a day of excess, regardless of your chosen cuisine, so go all out and order a whole roast duck. Sydney.

Christmas lunch at Gowings Bar and Grill

This European-style brasserie inside a boutique inner city hotel will be serving up a Christmas menu that starts with Champagne and continues with platters bedecked with Balmain bugs, king prawns, oysters and gravlax, pours of limoncello and individual steamed Christmas puddings for dessert. Sydney.

Christmas Day at Lowenbrau

For some people Christmas means small family members and knitted jumpers, or possibly beaches, mangos and seafood on a hot, Antipodean holiday. And for another totally different set of revellers it means tankards of beer, pork knuckle and high spirits. The Lowenbrau is catering to the latter, offering a Bavarian-style Christmas in sunny Sydney. The Rocks.

Christmas at Ormeggio at The Spit

Let someone else put in the hard yards on Christmas Day and book a table at Ormeggio for a four-course degustation presented with a backdrop of incredible views over Middle Harbour. It'll set you back $235pp, and children under 12 are $75. Mosman.

Christmas at LuMi

Head Chef Federico Zanellato is in charge of putting together a five-course Christmas degustation that takes its cues from both modern Italian and Japanese cuisines. It's priced as $195pp and you can also toast the beauty of Sydney Harbour on a bright Christmas Day with a glass of prosecco. Pyrmont.

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Updated on 7 Jan 2016.

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