If you don’t want to waste your Christmas Day in the kitchen and would much rather kick back and enjoy a meal outside, you’re not entirely out of dining options. Although the majority of restaurants and venues will shut their doors, there are a few that are open for Christmas and have all your cravings covered. Whether it’s a coffee you’re after or a decadent meal of bubbles and caviar, there are a bevy of restaurants who are happy to do the Christmas Day heavy lifting for you (just be sure to call ahead for bookings).
Here is our list of 14 restaurants that are open and serving delicious fare on December 25 and beyond.
1. The Bavarian, Manly
Expect classic dishes, pork roasts and German food galore at The Bavarian. If you want huge servings of protein and carbs and an extensive range of beers and drinks, this is the place to be.
For details head here.
🕑 Open from: 12pm to 3pm
2. Bather’s Pavilion, Mosman
If you want a classic Aussie Christmas meal by the beach, you don’t need to look any further than the Bather’s Pavilion. You can look forward to mouth-watering sea food options plus Christmas staples like honey and glazed ham. Head to their website for details.
🕑 Open from: 8am to 2:30pm
3. The Mayflower, Darlinghurst
Want to make a day of it with some caviar and fancy brunch? Head straight to The Mayflower. It also makes for quite an Instagram picture with it’s popular pink décor. Find more info here.
🕑 Open from: 7am to 3:30pm
4. Chatkazz, Harris Park
Slinging all your favourite authentic Indian treats, the popular Harris Park street food spot will be open on Christmas Day.
Details can be found here.
🕑 Open from: 9am to 10pm
5. El Camino Cantina, Manly
The sun is out and blazing and there’s no better way to beat the heat than with one of El Camino Cantina’s margarita’s. They’re also doing a special candy flavoured drinks promo right now in the spirit of the season.
Find more info here
🕑 Open from: 12 to 9pm
6. Mecca Bah, King Street Wharf
This new restaurant in the heart of King Street Wharf, offers tempting bottomless brunch options and authentic Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisine.
Find more info here.
🕑 Open from: 11:30am to 8:30pm
7. Ho Jiak, Town Hall
For all your Malaysian food cravings, book a table at Ho Jiak. You can expect all your favourite comfort food for under $70 for two people.
🕑 Open from: 11:30am to 2:30pm, 5 to 9:15pm
8. Avoca Beach House, Avoca Beach
This popular seafood restaurant with sprawling beach views and all the sun and sand you can hope for, is slinging everything from cocktails to shared platters. More information here.
🕑 Open from: 11:30am to 9pm
9. Alibi, Woolloomooloo
This popular and stylish vegan staple is rolling out its beloved vegan high tea on Christmas Day along with delicious cocktails. Find details here.
🕑 Open from: 4pm to 10pm
10. The Pacific Club, Bondi
Find everything from wood-fired roast potato to semolina gnocchi at The Pacific Club. Also on offer are festive dishes like the gingerbread trifle and maple plus clove glaze ham leg. Check out their elaborate menu here.
🕑 Open from: 12pm-8:30pm
11. Cucina Porto, Darling Harbour
Get your favourite Italian comfort food at this classy Pyrmont restaurant at The Star. Find details here.
🕑 Open from: 11am–3pm, 5–10pm
12. The Grumpy Baker, various locations
From pastries to muffins and everything in between, The Grumpy Baker is your one-stop shop for freshly baked goods and its open on Christmas Day. Find details and store locations here.
🕑 Open from: Waverton, 6.30am to 4pm
Vaucluse, 7am to 5pm
Coogee, 7am to 1pm
Maroubra, 7am to 2pm
Neutral Bay, 6.30am to 3pm
13. Bake Bar, various locations
This Sydney bakery uses organic and seasonal produce to create some truly delicious baked goods. Find details here.
🕑 Open from: Double Bay, 7am to 4pm
Randwick, 7am to 4pm
Rose Bay, 7am to 4pm
Darlinghurt, 7am to 1pm
14. Continental Deli Bar Bistro, Newtown
Get your hands on some chilled canned cocktails, cheeses and cold cuts at this Newtown favourite. Details here.
🕑 Open from: 12pm to 10pm