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Where to eat on Christmas Day 2017

Emma de Kiefte

Ending your Christmas Day with a big load of washing up? No thanks.

Luckily, plenty of restaurants and cafes around Canberra are ready to serve you and your loved ones a beautiful Christmas Lunch on December 25.

Seeking somewhere a bit fancy?

BUVETTE

Celebrate in style this Christmas Day Lunch at Buvette Bistro and Wine Bar, located at the Five Star Hotel Realm. Indulge in an extravagant feast including charcuterie, seafood buffet, carving station, salads and desserts.

Get together with family and friends and enjoy the festive atmosphere of live music and laughter. Sit back and experience exceptional service, they’ll take care of everything so you can focus on what’s really important – making memories with loved ones.

Cost: $180 per guest

Time: 12-4pm

Where: Buvette, inside Hotel Realm, 18 National Circuit, Barton

Bookings: For bookings or further information, please call 02 6163 1800 or email Buvette.

HOTEL REALM

Celebrate in style this Christmas Day Lunch at Hotel Realm and indulge in an extravagant feast in the National Ballroom. Get together with family and friends and enjoy the festive atmosphere of live music and laughter. Sit back and experience exceptional service, they’ll take care of everything so you can focus on what’s really important – making memories with loved ones.

Cost: $180 per adult, $90 per guest 11–17 years, $50 per guest 5–10 years

Time: 12pm-4pm

Where: Hotel Realm, 18 National Circuit, Barton

Bookings: For bookings or further information, please call 02 6163 1800 or email [email protected].

BURBURY TERRACE

Celebrate in style this Christmas Day Lunch on the Burbury Terrace and indulge in an extravagant feast. Get together with family and friends and enjoy the festive atmosphere of live music and laughter. Sit back and experience exceptional service, they’ll take care of everything so you can focus on what’s really important – making memories with loved ones.

Time: 12-4pm

Cost: $165 per guest

Where: The Burbury Hotel 1 Burbury Close, Barton

Bookings: For bookings or further information, please call 02 6163 1800 or email [email protected].

The Boat House

Enjoy what’s claiming to be the best lunch in Canberra this Christmas Day at the Boat House!

A fixture on the Canberra culinary calendar since the restaurant was opened, the Boat House’s lunch has become a favourite for many local families, so be sure to make a booking before it’s too late.

Chef John Leverink and his team will indulge you in 6-courses with exciting aesthetics and flavour that are sure to leave the taste buds talking.

Cost: $190 per adult, $90 per child (beverages not included)

Time: 12pm arrival for 12:30pm start

Where: The Boat house, Menindee Drive, Barton

Bookings: For more information call (02) 6273 5500 or make a booking here

Redsalt Restaurant

Christmas is a time for celebration with family and friends. Leave the festive preparations to Redsalt Restaurant so that you have more quality time to sit back, relax and enjoy the day.

Redsalt is conveniently located in the heart of Canberra city at Crowne Plaza Canberra, adjacent to Glebe Park.

You’ll be feasting on a delicious buffet of traditional and modern festive favourites, so make sure you wear some loose waisted pants!

Cost: $185 per adult, $99 per child aged 13-17 years, $59 per child aged 6-12 years & children under 6 years of age dine for free

Time: 12pm-3pm

Where: Redsalt Restaurant, Crowne Plaza, 1 Binara Street, Canberra

Bookings: To book your Christmas day lunch phone (02) 6274 5500, or submit an online enquiry

Rydges Capital Hill

If you’re into seafood, this might be the one for you! With a wide selection of seafood including fresh prawns, shucked Coffs Harbour oysters, Morton Bay bugs and Smoked Salmon, the Rydges Capital Hill will not disappoint.

As well as the seafood there will be the traditional favourites, including honey glazed ham on the bone, stuffed roast turkey, succulent roast lamb and let’s not forget the vast selection of desserts from the gourmet buffet.

There will also be a visit from Santa with presents for all the well-behaved kids.

Cost: $170 per adult, $95 per child aged 13-17 years, $60 per child aged 5-12 years, with children under 5 years of age eating for free

Time: 11:30am-2pm

Where: Rydges Capital Hill, 17 Canberra Avenue, Forrest

Bookings: Contact the functions team on (61) 2 6295 3144 or email [email protected] to make a reservation

Hotel Kurrajong

Celebrate Christmas in ‘Old World Style’ at Hotel Kurrajong Canberra.

Tuck into a premium Christmas Day Buffet Lunch including a mouth-watering roast carvery, an ocean fresh seafood extravaganza and a festively themed drink package.

Cost: $195 per adult, $165 per child aged 11-17 years, $55 per child aged 5-10 years & children under 6 years of age dine for free

Where: Hotel Kurrajong, 8 National Circuit, Barton

Bookings: To make a booking call (02) 6234 4444 or email [email protected]

The Yacht Club

Enjoy Christmas lunch at the Yacht Club with a delicious meal, drinks package and fantastic views of Canberra.

Plus, with plenty of room for the kids to run around you might be in for a quiet afternoon after they’ve worn themselves out!

Cost: $160 per adult, $65 per child aged 12 and under

Time: 12pm-3pm

Where: The Yacht Club, 1 Mariner Place, Yarralumla

Bookings: Bookings, dietary and special requests are required no later than 18th of December, phone (02) 62731784 or email [email protected]

Marble and Grain

If you’re not keen on feeling like eating dinner on Christmas Day, Marble and Grain will take care of that! With a five course Christmas lunch ancomplimentarytary glass of Champagne on arrival, we think you’ll be more than satisfied.

Cost: $139 per guest

Where: Marble and Grain, 25 Mort Street

Bookings: To make a booking or to find out more call (02) 6246 9555 or make an enquiry here

Benchmark Wine Bar

Join Benchmark Wine Bar by celebrating over a gourmet Christmas lunch found in the heart of Canberra. With chilled Champagne on arrival, what could go wrong?

Cost: $125 per guest

Where: Benchmark Wine Bar, 65 Northbourne Avenue

Bookings: Bookings are essential and can be prepaid via phone on (02) 6262 6522 or enquiries can be made at [email protected]

Monster Kitchen and Bar

Monster Kitchen and Bar will be cooking up nine courses for their shared Christmas lunch! Because they love spending Christmas Day in the kitchen (on all accounts they’re very excited about the ham), the team at Monster Kitchen and Bar will be more than happy to take care of everything.

And don’t worry, if you’re not a fan of ham or meat for that matter, there will be vegetarian options available.

Cost: $170 per person, matching wines package is an additional $65 & children under 12 eat for free

Time: 12pm-3pm

Where: Monster Kitchen and Bar, Hotel Hotel, 25 Edinburgh Avenue

Bookings:For more information call (02) 6287 6287. Tickets can be purchased here

Muse

If you’re after a festively inspired shared menu, then Muse might be the one for you.

With a glass of Tasmanian NV Pirie Chardonnay Pinot Noir cuvée on arrival we’re sure it’ll get you off to a great start.

Bookings for Christmas Day lunch can be made online meaning that on the day all that you pay for is the drinks.

Cost: $99 per adult, $45 for children aged 3-10 years, children under 2 are free

Time: 12pm-2pm (last bookings taken for 2pm)

Where: Muse, 69 Canberra Avenue, Kingston

Bookings: 
You’ll find the wait list for Christmas lunch here or for more information call (61) 261 780 024

Capitol Bar and Grill

Reduce the stress this Christmas Lunch and come with Capitol Bar and Grill on what they’re describing as a culinary journey taking you through three courses of festive season classics.

You’ll begin lunch with a flute of Perrier-Jouët Champagne before canapés are served, followed by an entrée of a Fruit De Mer Platter delicacies.

The team at Capitol Bar and Grill will take care of the carving as you tuck into suckling pork belly and delicious turkey with black truffle gravy.

Cost: $190 per guest

Where:  Capitol Bar and Grill, 1 London Circuit

Bookings: 
Bookings and prepayment essential. Call on (02) 6247 1488 to make a reservation.

Promenade Café

Celebrate Christmas Day with Pomenade Cafe found in the Hyatt Hotel.

You’ll find a range of different offers and selections for your Christmas Day lunch.

Check out this link to see the wide range of times, meals and packages – there’s something to suit everyone

Where: Promenade Café, Hyatt Hotel Canberra, 120 Commonwealth Avenue, Yarralumla

Bookings: For bookings speak to Mikaela on (02) 6269 8901 or email [email protected]

Wild Duck

While Wild Duck is not offering a traditional festive lunch we’re sure you won’t be disappointed.

With a warm and welcoming atmosphere and with decadent food influenced by China’s domestic cuisine and South-East Asia, Wild Duck will make for a Christmas Day lunch to remember.

Time: 1st session 12pm, 2nd session 1pm 

Cost: $99 per adult, $39 per child aged 4-10 years (by request)

Where: Shop 77-78/71 Giles Street, Kingston Foreshore 

Bookings: For more information email [email protected] or call (02)6232 7997 

Pavilion on Northbourne

Celebrate Christmas Day in true style with a sumptuous Christmas Buffet lunch surrounded by a real life tropical atrium.

The Atrium Restaurant, found in the Pavilion on Northbourne, has a unique setting and atmosphere which is sure to get your guests talking!

Where: Atrium Restaurant, Pavilion on Northbourne, 242 Northbourne Avenue, Dickson

Bookings: Fill out an enquiry form or call them on (02) 6247 6888 

After a more relaxed setting for the family?

Agostinis

Natural Nine

Natural Nine has a festive menu available for lunch and dinner in the lead up to Christmas and on Christmas Day.

Featuring pop-Chinese food with fresh, summer flavours the Christmas banquet has king prawns, crab, salmon, oysters and more.

The eight-course banquet is only $68pp. So grab your family, friends, neighbours, mothers’ group, boss—everyone—as you don’t’ want to miss this.

To see the full menu or make a booking visit: natural9.com.au.

The Cookery

Located inside the newly refurbished (and totally gorgeous) Erindale Vikings Club, The Cookery is offering a mammoth line up this Christmas Day, including a seafood starters, charcuterie boards, mains and sweets as well as special highlights for the littlies.

Cost: $84.0 Adult and $30.0 Kids (conditions apply)

Where: The Cookery, Erindale Vikings Club, 6 Ricardo Street, Wanniassa

Bookings: Call 6121 2100 or visit Erindale Vikings Reception

Star Buffet

Located inside the Burns Club, Star Buffet offers a great value gourmet buffet, ranging from Australian, Asian and European cuisine, roast duck and BBQ pork plus all your usual favourites, such as seafood and roasts.

Cost: $68.80 per adult, $5 per child under 12 years

Time: 1st session: 11:30am-1:30pm; 2nd session: 1:45pm-3:45pm

Where: Star Buffet, Burns Club, Kett Street, Kambah

Bookings: To book call (02) 6296 3045 or email [email protected]

Golden Grille

Golden Grille is offering a feast this year with a wide range of seafood, salads, traditional roast meats and vegetables, and who could forget the Christmas pudding with brandy custard.

Golden Grille even have a play area to keep the kids occupied, and all kids can expect a visit from Santa!

Cost: $86 per adult, $36 for children

Time: 1st sitting 12pm, 2nd sitting 12:30pm, & 3rd sitting 1pm – till 3pm

Where: Golden Grille, 92-96 Corinna Street, Phillip

Bookings: For more information call (02) 6283 7200 or make a booking here

Corinna Ballroom

You’ll find the Corinna Ballroom inside Southern Cross Club Woden is offering a glitter and sparkle filled Christmas Day this year. With the vast ballroom making you feel like royalty, we’re sure their team will treat you like it too!

Their delicious Christmas lunch menu will include king prawns, carved loin of pork with a mustard crust, a selection of cakes and pastries and a jolly buffet.

Cost: $123 per adult, $53 per child

Time: 1st sitting: 12pm, 2nd sitting: 12:30pm, & 3rd sitting: 1pm – till 3pm

Where: 92-96 Corinna Street, Phillip

Bookings: For more information call (02) 6283 7200 or make a booking here

Cornerstone Brasserie

Why host Christmas at home when Cornerstone Brasserie can spoil you instead? With a classical three-course lunch the Brasserie team is sure to keep you content.

With a play area for the kids and a visit from Santa for everyone on the ‘nice’ list, you’re sure to have a memorable day.

Cost: $86 per adult, $36 child

Time: 1st sitting: 12pm, 2nd sitting: 1pm

Where: Corner of Catchpole Street & Bowman Street, Macquarie

Bookings: For more information call (02) 6283 7200 or make a booking here

Banana Leaf

Looking for something different this year? Banana Leaf’s four course Sri Lankan inspired Christmas lunch might be the perfect fit for you!

With inspiration from Australian classics and with Indian, Arab, Malay, Moor, Portuguese, Dutch and British influences, your Christmas lunch will take you on a cultural journey!

Cost: $90 per adult, $48 for children under 12

Time: 11:30-2:30pm

Where: 2/240/250 City Walk

Bookings: To make a booking or for more information call (02) 6193 9335

Pillars

Offering a traditional lunch this Christmas day, the team at Pillars in the Woden Tradies is sure to take care of you and everything else.

Enjoy a delicious buffet lunch in Pillars with a complimentary drink on arrival.

Cost: $68 per adult and $25 per child under 12, with children under 4 eating for free

Time: 12pm-2pm

Where: Corner of Launceston Street & Furzer Street, Phillip

Bookings: To make a booking or for more information call (02) 6285 1995 or make an online booking here

Essence

Similar to Pillars, Essence is found in the heart of the Dickson Tradies.

Offering a delicious festive 3-course luncheon and a complimentary drink on arrival, let them take care of everything.

Cost: $75 per adult $25 per child under 12, with children under 4 eating for free

Time: 1st session 12pm, 2nd session 1pm

Where: 2 Badham street, Dickson

Bookings: Tickets can be purchased in-person at The Dickson Tradies’ reception, by calling (02) 6162 5656, or online here

Ainslie Football Club and Social Club

Celebrate Christmas lunch with friends and family at Ainslie with what they’re claiming is all the fun and none of the fuss!

Offering a three-course meal and even a kid’s menu to keep the children under 12 happy, it’s sure to be a relaxed and chilled out day with the team at Ainslie.

Cost: $90 per adult and $35 per child under 12

Time: 1st session 11:30pm, 2nd session 12pm, 3rd session 12:30pm and 4th session 1pm

Where: 52 Wakefield Avenue, Ainslie

Bookings: Make a booking over the phone on (02) 6248 8422

Canberra Labor Clubs

Let the Canberra Labor Clubs take the hassle out of Christmas lunch this year with a delicious new menu available at Belconnen, Weston Creek and Ginninderra Labor Clubs.

You’ll find information on their individual luncheons at laborclub.com.au/offer-archive/christmas-day-luncheons-2017

Emma de Kiefte

Emma is a fourth-year University of Canberra student studying International Studies and Communications in Journalism interning with HerCanberra. She loves being active and spending lots of time outside. Her hobbies include hiking, hockey, handball and alliteration. In 2018 she hopes to complete her degree in Rome or Belgium, focusing on international relations. Emma's interests include animal well-fare, international affairs and David Attenborough. More about the Author

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