Don’t fancy stuffing that turkey? Take the stress out of Christmas and leave it to the professionals. From five course tasting menus to family share plates by Sydney Harbour, here’s our roundup of the best venues for a Christmas Day feast.
The younger, more casual sibling of hatted Ormeggio at The Spit, Chiosco celebrates the traditional Italian trattoria. Nab a table overlooking the harbour and feast on a five course Italian-style Christmas feast. Start with grilled split king prawns, oysters and Hiramasa kingfish before tucking into a fritto misto with lemon mayo, chilli mussels and swordfish fettuccine. The piece de resistance? A whole slow roasted lamb shoulder that’ll bring the Christmas cheer.
Price: $149 per person; $65 per child
Anyone looking for the best of what Sydney has to offer shouldn’t look past 360 Bar and Dining. The iconic restaurant is offering a four course Christmas degustation on 25 December; a dreamy feast accompanied by dreamy 360 degree views of the city.
Price: $169 per person; $49 per child (3-12 years)
There’s a place you can get a refined meal and not have to worry about the kids putting their elbows on the table. The five star Park Hyatt hotel is home to a family-friendly location, The Guest House, which is offering a share-table three course dinner on Christmas Day. Guests enjoy a glass of Veuve Clicquot Champagne on arrival and, after your meal, retreat to The Guest House’s private outdoor terrace, overlooking Sydney’s harbour.
Price: $150 per person; $75 per child
Our summer heat can be brutal and it’s especially trying when you’re hunched over a stovetop, stirring custard for la famiglia. Instead, don your favourite dress and book into the Grand Ballroom at InterContinental Sydney Double Bay. The buffet lunch has all your Christmas favourites in one place – from fresh oysters and prawns, cherry-glazed Christmas ham, roasted turkey, artisan cheeses and charcuterie to Christmas pudding, chocolate desserts and berry pavlova. With live entertainment and even a kid’s activity room, Christmas has never sounded so glamorous (and easy). Just remember, there’s a smart casual dress code.
Price: $250 per person; $125 per child (13 - 17 years); $60 per child (12 years and under)
Christmas at one of Sydney’s most esteemed restaurants, yes please. Perched above Sydney’s exquisite harbour, with views that sweep from the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera House to Circular Quay, this will be a Christmas you will remember for a lifetime. On arrival guests will receive a glass of Champagne before a unique five course tasting menu, created by Executive Chef Peter Gilmore.
Price: $330 per person; $160 per child
Views, cocktails and one of Sydney’s most esteemed chefs, O Bar is an easy sell. This Christmas, allow chef Michael Moore take you through a four course a la carte menu, where you can opt for an Aussie-style seafood menu or go down the traditional path with stuffed turkey and Christmas pudding icecream. A word of advice: read the menu before you go. The most difficult decision you’ll have to make this Christmas is whether to have the lobster tail salad or crisp duck confit for entrée.
Price: $195 per person (lunch); $95 per child (12 years and under)
No compromises are being made at Glass. While the kids will have bon bons, a visit from Santa and even face painting and candy bags to keep them busy, adults will be able to enjoy a dinner created by one of Australia’s most respected chefs, Luke Mangan. The coveted restaurant will have a limited, festive menu that won’t disappoint.
Price: a la carte menu
Spend Christmas Day surrounded by lush greenery at Sydney’s iconic Botanic Gardens, at Botanic Gardens Restaurant. The three-course festive menu includes a cocktail on arrival, plus a tasting trio that the whole family will enjoy.
Price: $165 per person; $50 per child
Pier One is breaking out the ultimate Christmas buffet this year. Think a fresh seafood station, live roast carving, roast veggies of every variety, salads galore and endless wine, beer and juice options. The best bit? No washing up.
Price: $225 per person; $75 per child (13 years and over).
Children under 13 free (conditions apply)
This iconic seafood restaurant, right on the water at Woolloomooloo Wharf, has long been appreciated for its sophisticated ambience. Enjoy beautiful views across the Marina to the Botanic Gardens and the city skyline, while sampling some of Australia’s finest seafood.
Price: $180 per person