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

Though the idea of pulling off a glazed ham, roast turkey and pudding on Christmas Day has a certain old-world appeal, between Christmas eve hangovers, extended family drama and 40 degree heat it can prove more trouble than it's worth. Lucky for you some of Sydney's best restaurants are opening up on Christmas, taking care of the main event so that you can kick back, wine in hand and enjoy your day.



Skip the prepping, cooking and cleaning this Christmas, and let this breezy modern Italian restaurant host your family Christmas lunch. At $125 for the adults and $65 for the kids (children under 5 eat free) you'll spend your day feasting on Italian share plates rather than sweating it out in front of the stove.



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 $180 you will get three-courses as well as a grazing produce table, highlighting the best of Australian seafood, traditional cold cuts and local produce.


The Boathouse on Blackwattle Bay


Get in the yuletide spirit this year. With oysters and crab! The beautifully positioned restaurant is open for lunch on Christmas Day and will be offering a special seafood Christmas degustation menu. Bookings essential.

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 - now is the time to order a whole roast duck.


Lowenbrau Keller


For some people Christmas means small family members, knitted jumpers and eggnog. For others it means tankards of beer, pork knuckle and high spirits. The Lowenbrau is catering to the latter by opening at 10am on Christmas Day for a Bavarian style Christmas under the Australian sun. 

Ormeggio at The Spit


Ormeggio has the special occasion trifecta sorted: the view, the service and the food are all bang on. The big, bright dining room is ideal for a long lunch and a merry drink or two.

Pilu at Freshwater


If a snowy Bavarian Christmas isn’t your cup of tea why not aim for sunny Sardinia instead? Pilu is doing a $200 a head Mediterranean feast with a festive twist. Leave the faux-winter blues behind and come eat yourself silly by the seaside.



Ham, turkey and prawns on the barbie are all well and good but if you are looking to celebrate Christmas a little differently this year why not book lunch at Sake for a day of modern Japanese fare, elegant snacks, sashimi and sushi down at the Rocks. 

Watsons Bay Hotel

Watsons Bay

Go all out this Christmas with a $250 four-course feast at the Watsons Bay Hotel. Your investment in merriment will see you furnished with a seafood platter, honey and whiskey glazed ham, whole snapper, barbecued prawns, slow roasted lamb shoulder, pavlova and cheese, as well as beer wine and soft drink for the day.

The Woods Restaurant


It might be hot outside but that doesn’t mean you can’t do a traditional Christmas feast. This silly season the Woods on George Street are putting on a Christmas Day lunch that will be sending venison, spatchcock and seafood into the wood fire oven with festive results. 


Save the date for Christmas 2014


The Rocks

Sadly, we’re all already too late to grab a spot at Peter Gilmour’s Christmas table this year so we are thinking that a Christmas Lunch at Quay will be our New Year's resolution. 




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