Outsource all the work on the big day to the professionals. Feast with family or friends, then relax without a second thought about who’s cleaning up.
From 12pm, Federation Square. $185 per adult.
Panoramic views of Melbourne including the Yarra River make a stunning backdrop to Christmas lunch at Taxi Kitchen. Let their expert team treat you to a five-course set menu that includes crayfish dumplings and summer berry cheesecake.
Arbory Bar and Eatery
Sittings at 11.30am, 3pm, and 6.30pm, Flinders Walk. $150 per person.
Spend Christmas beside the Yarra with a shared feast focused on seafood, from king prawns to lobster rolls. Arbory Bar and Eatery’s two-hour all-inclusive package also has northern hemisphere festive favourites like turkey terrine and fruit mince pies, plus drinks.
From 12 – 4pm, Cnr Exhibition and Little Bourke Streets, $195 per adult
Locanda is preparing a buffet dinner stacked full of traditional faves and modern Aussie dishes. We got hungry just reading about the herb-crumbed Black Angus striploin, so we suggest you wear something loose as the nosh will be hard to resist – Christmas muu-muu anyone?
The Wharf Hotel
Sittings at 11.30am and 2.30pm, WTC Wharf – Riverside. $95 per adult.
Soak up the summer sunshine at the waterside Wharf Hotel while enjoying traditional wintry Yuletide fare. Forget about the irony! Just tuck into the three-course lunch that includes roast turkey, sage and onion stuffing, and Christmas pudding with custard.
Domain Road, South Yarra. $145 or $295 per person.
In their glorious spot opposite the Royal Botanic Gardens, The Botanical offers a choice of two four-course lunches on 25 December. There’s the modern Australian Christmas classics option, loaded with indulgent local produce like heirloom tomatoes, cherries and pasture-fed beef. Or splurge with the premium seafood menu, which includes freshly shucked oysters and whole crayfish.
Merrywell Bar and Dining
12pm and 2.30pm, Crown. $120 per adult.
Make merry at this Southbank favourite with a three-course, Australian-style sharing menu on Christmas Day. A glass of sparkling, wine, beer or soft drink is included to help you and your family or friends get into the spirit. Cheers!
State of Grace
Sittings at 11.30am and 2pm, King Street. $120 per adult.
It’s Old-meets-New-World food at the State of Grace four-course Christmas Day lunch, which includes a glass of bubbles on arrival. From bourbon-and-maple-glazed St Bernard’s pork belly to passionfruit-curd pavlova with drunk uncle berries, the menu’s all about making you feel merry.
Royce Hotel’s Dish dining room
From 12pm, St Kilda Road. $150 per adult.
The Royce Hotel is a chic spot for your Christmas Day do. Their three-course lunch includes a glass of Mumm Petit Cordon on arrival, and ranges from traditional to contemporary summery takes on the season. So whether you prefer roasted Angus sirloin with Yorkshire-style trimmings and Christmas pud, or Territory barramundi and baked meringue with summer berries and ice-cream, you’re set.
From 11.30am, South Wharf. $69 per adult.
Enjoy a Thai take on Yuletide by the river at bright and bubbly BangPop. The seven-course sharing banquet includes red duck curry and caramelised banana parfait – which also stars in the alternative vegan banquet. Add fruity drinks and you’re almost having Christmas in Bangkok.
From 12pm, Spring Street. $359 per adult.
Christmas traditionalists and lovers of old-fashioned elegance – consider lunching at the Hotel Windsor on 25 December. At this grand Victorian-era establishment, the buffet includes an oyster-shucking station, carvery with ham, roast turkey and more, and beautiful British and French desserts. Drinks are part of the package, so raise a glass with friends and family.
Sittings at 12pm, 3.30pm and 6.30pm, Southbank. $80 per adult.
Bring some Irish cheer to Christmas Day at PJ O’Brien’s pub. They’re turning on a three-course meal including turkey and ham roast, seafood chowder and Irish apple crumble. Add a beer or two and you’ll soon be saying “sláinte!” to one and all.