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Christmas Lunch Brisbane 2023: Family Friendly Venues

Christmas lunch Brisbane 2023 is almost here so it’s definitely time to plan how your family is going to celebrate. Thankfully, Brisbane Christmas Day lunch doesn’t have to mean slaving away in the kitchen!

Here are the best places to enjoy while letting someone else cook Christmas lunch Brisbane style for you and your family. Whether you are looking for a Christmas buffet lunch in Brisbane or al la carte, we have a list of delicious options! Apart from the bonus of not having to cook, a lot of these venues provide family-friendly entertainment to reduce your mental load at this busy time of year!

What restaurants are open for Christmas lunch Brisbane 2023?

We are in the process of confirming with venues what their plans are for Christmas Lunch Brisbane 2023. Keep checking back in on this page for delicious options as we will be regularly updating locations each week.

If you would like to update your entry or add to our article, please email Janine – Editor@FamiliesMagazine.com.au

If you would like to add your Brisbane Christmas Day lunch venue to our list, please email Karen – Karen@FamiliesMagazine.com.au

All venues with ‘2023’ in the title listed below are ready to welcome your family for Christmas lunch in Brisbane this year.

Christmas lunch Brisbane 2023

brisbane christmas day lunch
Christmas lunch in Brisbane

Fair warning – you’re going to want to get in QUICK and book these FAST if you haven’t already. Brisbane Christmas Day Lunch venues are renowned for being fabulous and serving beautifully fresh produce. You don’t want to be left out in the cold (or in the hot kitchen doing it yourself!)

Enjoy Christmas lunch Brisbane at Brisbane’s best hotels

The first Christmas Day lunch venues on our list are located right in the heart of the city and South Bank, so you can take advantage of the spectacular Christmas in Brisbane celebrations going on around you!

Regatta Hotel | Toowong | 2023 (Sold out)

 Tis’ the season for festive feasting! Celebrate Christmas Day at one of Brisbane’s most iconic hotels with two spectacular dining options.

Christmas lunch at Regatta Hotel
Christmas lunch at Regatta Hotel

Christmas Day Seafood Buffet – 12pm to 3pm – THIS EVENT HAS SOLD OUT!!

The Regatta Hotel is hosting a seafood buffet in the comfort of their beautiful Level 1 Function Spaces!

This buffet includes seafood and hot and cold buffet options with all of your traditional Christmas favourites, so there will definitely be something delicious for every palate. There is also an impressive dessert station of Chef’s selection of cakes and sweets, you’ll be spoiled for choice.

As for the beverages, a 3hr beverage package including sparkling wine, wine, beer and cider can be enjoyed with this incredible buffet.

Tickets – Adults $195 | Child (12-17 yrs) $95 | Child (4-11 yrs) $50 | Child (under 3) free

Check out their event page for more info

Christmas Day Extravaganza in The Boatshed – 12pm to 3pm – THIS EVENT HAS SOLD OUT!!

The Boatshed’s annual luncheon in the QHA Award Winning Restaurant is known to sell out well in advance, and this year our festive celebration will be one to remember! Elevate your Christmas with a delectable 4-course menu that offers a twist on the traditional Christmas flavours!

With a free-flowing 3hr beverage package including Champagne, a generous selection of wines, beer and cider, this event offers something for every palate!

$245 per adult. To make a reservation head to the Regatta Hotel website.

Mary Mae’s | New Farm | 2023 (Sold out)

Christmas Lunch Brisbane Mary Maes
Christmas Lunch Brisbane Mary Maes

Take the stress out of Christmas this year and celebrate by the river at Mary Mae’s with a 4 course shared feast and glass of sparkling on arrival. With no prepping or washing up required, sit back and relax with your family and friends whilst they take care of the rest. Food ranges from traditional Christmas roasts, an array of desserts and pavlova!

Adults – $169 | Children –  $65 (5-12 years) | 2-hr drink package upgrade – $55 | *Children under 5 are welcome to attend at no additional cost, however, they do not cater for them – THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT!

Check out their event page for bookings and more info. 

Vintaged Bar And Grill at The Hilton | Brisbane | 2023

Enjoy Christmas Day at Vintage Bar and Grill. They offer a range of options to celebrate the festive season, including a Christmas Eve dinner, festive buffet breakfast, Christmas day lunch and Christmas Day dinner.

For Christmas Day, you can enjoy a delicious three-course lunch from 12 pm – 3 pm which includes a selection of premium Australian beef, sustainably sourced seafood and a selection of the finest locally grown seasonal fruit and vegetables. It also includes a glass of sparkling wine on arrival. Adults – $325 and a two-course kids’ option is available for $105.

Christmas Dinner is served from 6 pm – 9 pm with three courses charged at $295 per adult and $95 for a children’s two-course meal.

2.5hr beverage packages are available including wine, beer and soft drinks for $29 pp.

Find out more on their website. 

Spicers Balfour Hotel | New Farm | 2023 (Sold out)

Christmas Lunch Brisbane Spicers Balfour
Christmas lunch at Spicers Balfour

Spicers Balfour Hotel’s award-winning restaurant The Balfour Kitchen, invites you to experience a truly Australian Christmas lunch at their trendy New Farm restaurant.

The menu includes a four-course long lunch, flowing with festive flavours, created by the talented culinary team. The food includes Christmas roasts, seafood, desserts and more. Drinks can be brought at the bar. 

This event is sold out.

Find out more on their website.

Treasury Hotel and Casino Brisbane | 2023

Christmas Lunch Brisbane Treasury
Christmas Lunch Brisbane Treasury

Feast this Christmas at Treasury Brisbane with the Christmas Buffet Lunch. The culinary team have curated a spectacular festive lunch menu featuring the freshest seafood, a range of Christmas classics, international cuisines, salads, a dessert extravaganza and all your traditional Christmas favourites. Families will love roaming entertainment and a visit from Santa plus a gift for kids 12 and under.

Enjoy a 3-hour traditional family-style festive lunch, served to your table with a beverage package including premium wine selections, a range of beer and cider and non-alcoholic beverages. There are 2 seating to choose from at 12pm-3pm or 12.30pm-3.30pm

THIS FAMILY EVENT IS SOLD OUT (you can still book an adults-only buffet).

Christmas Day Takeaway Hampers

Savor the magic of the holiday season without the stress of cooking by ordering a take away hamper. Orders must be placed by Fri 15th December 2023 and can be collected on Christmas Eve between 1.30pm – 5.30pm. The cost is $145pp for four guests or more, and the hamper includes all of your traditional favourites of roast beef, ham and turkey with all the trimmings. A $25pp seafood upgrade is also available.

GoldFinch | Brisbane | 2023

Goldfinch Restaurant promises a wholesome, intimate Christmas dinner where you’ll dine on a curated Christmas feast. Enjoy some Christmas tunes, creating a perfect setting for your Christmas celebrations.  

$179 per person.

Find out more here. 

The Sebel | Brisbane | 2023 (Sold out)

Enjoy at Christmas Feast with your loved ones this Christmas at The Sebel Brisbane.Nestled in the heart of Brisbane City, The Sebel Brisbane is the perfect location for your Christmas Day Celebrations with family and loved ones. Enjoy the QLD Sunshine out on their Garden Terrace for pre-lunch drinks and then sit down in the cool for their Deluxe Christmas Seafood Buffet. Select from one of our two sittings (11:00am – 1:00pm or 2:00pm – 4:00pm) and enjoy.

Deluxe Christmas Seafood Buffet including:

  • Cold seafood station
  • Salad bar
  • Hot buffet selection
  • Carvery
  • Dessert station

2 Hour Christmas Beverage Package

Adult $189 | Teens (14-17 years) $149 | Children (3-13 years) $79 | Under 4 Free

To book Call +61 7 3224 3500 or use this link.

Sofitel Brisbane Central | Brisbane | 2023

Create special memories over the ultimate Christmas Day feast. With festive-inspired food stations laden with fresh seafood, internationally-inspired hot dishes, salads, meats, desserts and more, their buffet promises to delight all.

Inclusive of a 2.5-hr beverage package, plus special appearance from Santa during lunch.

Lunch: (Sold out)

  • Adult: $310
  • Child: $100 (8-12 yrs) | $80 (4-7 yrs) | Free (under 4 yrs)


  • Adult: $310
  • Child: $100 (8-12 yrs) | $80 (4-7 yrs) | Free (under 4 yrs)

Find out more here.

River Quay Fish | South Bank | 2023

This Christmas, head on over to River Quay Fish and enjoy a sumptuous 4 course seafood lunch and don’t worry – they’ll do the dishes after! Sittings are at 11am and 2.30pm. They are offering a 4 Course Set Menu for $200pp (kids half price) and it includes a 2.5 hr Drink Package.

Bookings can be made here. 

Novotel | South Brisbane | 2023

Celebrate with your loved ones in the light & leafy surrounds of Spice Central Kitchen & Bar, one of the top rated restaurants in Brisbane on Tripadvisor. The Christmas Lunch & Dinner is again set to be a spectacle of delicious, abundant food, free flowing drinks and a very special visit from Santa himself for the little ones.  Feast your eyes and bellies on the delicious range of buffet food. With a meticulous selection of seafood, carvery items, hot and cold dishes and cheeses and desserts. The three-hour package includes wines, tap beers and soft drinks.


Adult (members) – $270 | Kids 6 – 12 years – $81 | Kids under 5 – $18 | Vegan menu – $135 (non-member prices are a little higher)


Adult (members) – $207 | Kids 6 – 12 years – $45 | Kids under 5 – $9 | Vegan menu – $135 (non member prices are a little higher)

Find out more on their website. 

While at South Bank we highly recommend you enjoy some of the fun listed in our article South Bank Christmas for families.

Gusto da Gianni | Hamilton | 2023

Make your Christmas Day one to remember at traditional Italian bistro, Gusto da Gianni, thanks to their Nonna-approved 4-course feast that is sure to be the gift that keeps on giving. With mains including blue ey cod, lamb rump or risotto with parmesan and cauliflower, you’re only difficulty this Christmas is deciding which to order!

$239 per person

Find out more here. 

Gambaro Hotel | Petrie Terrace | 2023

Make your Christmas day extra-memorable with an exquisite lunch at Gambaro Seafood Restaurant. Enjoy a 4-course sit-down lunch and 3-hour beverage package with a special appearance from Santa who will have gifts for all kids!

Adults $245 | Kids 12-17yrs $125  | Kids 6-11yrs $75  | Kids 0-5yrs free

For reservations Ph: 3369 9500 or email booking@gambaro.com.au

Find out more here. 

Oxford 152 | Bulimba | 2023

Sit back, relax, and leave the cooking to Oxford 152 this Christmas. They promise you a delicious Christmas lunch including plenty of yummy treats. It is sure to please everyone! Add $35 per person if you’d like to include a standard beverage package with your meal or $55 for a premium package. 

Adults – $150 | Seniors – $99 | Kids 13-17 – Years $105 | Kids 4-12 Years – $65 | Kids 0-3 Years – $0

Christmas lunch at Brisbane’s best pubs

We love a good pub lunch at any time, but at Christmas, these down to earth locations might just hit the spot for your family too!

Ferny Grove Tavern | Ferny Grove | 2023

You’ll be feeling as round and full of festive cheer as Santa himself after enjoying a delicious full-service hot and cold buffet at the Ferny Grove Tavern this Christmas. All you have to do is dust off your Santa Hats and sit back and relax! Add $35 per person if you’d like to include a standard beverage package with your meal or $55 for a premium package.

Adults – $140 | Seniors – $99 | Kids 13-17 – Years $105 | Kids 4-12 Years – $65 | Kids 0-3 Years – $0

Sringwood Hotel | Springwood | 2023

Sit back, relax and leave the cooking to to the Springwood Hotel this Christmas. They are offering a seafood buffet Christmas lunch with dessert bar. With $35 standard or $55 premium drink packages available, the one thing left to do is dust off those Santa hats and join them for Christmas Day lunch!

Don’t miss out on the early bird 10% off deal by booking before 31 October 2023.

Prices – Adults $120 | Seniors – $99 | Kids (13-17 years) $105 | Kids (4-12 years) – $65 | Kids 0 – 3 years – Free

Find out more on the Springwood hotel website here.

Newmarket Hotel | Newmarket | 2023

Sit back, relax and leave the cooking to Newmarket Hotel this Christmas. They promise you a delicious Seafood Buffet Lunch with a dessert bar if you promise to bring the Christmas cheer. With $35 standard or $55 premium drink packages available, the one thing left to do is dust off those Santa hats and join in for Christmas Day lunch! There are two sittings – 11am and 1.30pm.

Adults $150 | Seniors – $99 | Kids (13-17 years) – $105 | Kids (4-12 years) – $65 | Kids 0 – 3 – Free

Find more details on the Facebook event page

The Brunswick Hotel | New Farm | 2023

You can relax and leave the planning, shopping, cooking and washing up to someone else this Christmas. Head to the Brunswick Hotel to be spoilt with a delicious festive lunch that also includes a dessert bar. There are drink packages available.

Adults $150 | Seniors – $99 | Kids (13-17 years) – $105 | Kids (4-12 years) – $65 | Kids 0 – 3 – free

Book online

Carindale Hotel | Carindale | 2023

Tis’ the season for festive feasting! Celebrate this Christmas Day at the Carindale Hotel. Be spoilt for choice with fresh spins on your traditional favourites, from entrée right through to desserts. With a vast array of flavours to delight you and the whole family, there’s definitely something for every palate.

Adults – $180 | Teens (13 – 17 years) – $80 | Children (5 – 12 years) $40 | Children under 5 years – free

More information can be found on the Facebook event page

The Brighton Hotel | Brighton | 2023

Ditch the dishes this Christmas day and escape the heat at the Brighton Hotel. They are offering a traditional festive feast with a glass of bubbles on arrival. They promise that they will have all of your festive favourites, trimmings and all.

Adults – $140 | Children (5-16 years) – $55 | Children under 5 – free

Book online

Hotel West End | West End | 2023 (Sold out)

All areas of the hotel are open for dining on Christmas Day, and if you’re looking for a fantastic lunch then you can’t go past the festive seafood buffet. Lunch is on from 12-3pm with something to suit everyone’s tastes. You’ll enjoy Christmas favourites with all the trimmings and a 3-hour drinks package of beer, wine, bubbles, juice and soft drinks

Adults – $149 | Teens (13-17 years) – $79 | Children (3-12 years) – $49 | Children (0-3 years) – Free

Bookings are essential on the Hotel West End website or by phoning (07) 3840 9888

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Got any hot tips for us? What about places in the suburbs? Let us know your plans in the comments!

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Janine Mergler

Janine Mergler is a veteran Queensland teacher, graduating from QUT with a BEd majoring in Social Sciences. After many years in the classroom, Janine moved on to academia. She has proudly trained new generations of teachers in her role as a lecturer at Queensland University of Technology Faculty of Education. She has also worked in the Queensland Government as an education specialist, developing education resources and delivering community awareness programs to help families conserve water. Currently she is the owner and editor of Families Magazine, a publication specifically targeted at parents who value a quality education for children.  Janine leads a team of professionals who write about family lifestyle, early childhood, schools and education information and family-friendly events.

13 thoughts on “Christmas Lunch Brisbane 2023: Family Friendly Venues”

  1. Following!!
    Last year we attended the Kenmore Tavern for Christmas. It was great.
    Do like the sound of Christine’s experience though. Music is always an added bonus.

  2. Hi Paul,
    I also noticed there isn’t a lot being advertised. Hopefully now that restrictions are easing they can start planning for this now. Last year we went for lunch at a hotel restaurant with live music, three courses and unlimited drinks. I was super apprehensive about Christmas on our own and it turned out to be really nice. Hoping to find another nice lunch again this year.

  3. We have no family in Brizzy so looking for ideas for Christmas lunch, last year was too depressing on our own – Anyone any suggestions not a lot being advertised, its all 2019 data.

  4. Has anyone got any recommendations for Christmas dinner? I’ve searched a few places but would like to know people’s thoughts.

    Thanks 🙂

  5. Last year we attended the Christmas Day Buffet Lunch at The Brisbane Golf Club. For just $150 per person it represented outstanding value for money.


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