Yes, it's almost that time of year again! Christmas is best shared with family and friends over a good meal, and if you're considering eating out this Christmas, you'd best choose somewhere now as venues tend to book up early. Whether you're hosting a Christmas party or looking for somewhere for a lunch on the day, here are our festive favourites.
Ormeggio at the Spit, Mosman, NSW
Ormeggio is a hatted restaurant, famous for pushing the boundaries with its contemporary Italian and seafood cuisine. Its waterfront location overlooking Middle Harbour is the perfect setting for an Australian Christmas lunch.
A four course menu will be on offer and there will be two sittings. There will even be a three course kids menu so you can rest assured that the entire family will be looked after.
La Camera, Southgate, VIC
As one of the busiest Italian restaurants in Melbourne's Southbank area, you can't go wrong with La Camera's extensive Christmas Lunch menu. There's something to cater for all tastes with seafood, traditional Turkey, beef and vegetarian options on the menu.
Enjoy Melbourne's city skyline from the restaurant or one of its terraces whilst feasting with your friends and family.
Podfood, Canberra, ACT
For the ultimate in ambience, this 1930's cottage is uniquely located within the Pialligo plant farm, just minutes from Canberra's CBD. Full of character, Podfood is sure to be a hit for an intimate Christmas lunch away from the hustle and bustle.
For Christmas Day, Podfood is offering a special seven course degustation menu. This is sure to be a special way to spend Christmas this year.
Quay, Sydney, NSW
As Restaurant of the Year and regularly featuring in the world's top restaurants, Quay is a spectacular restaurant with a spectacular view. Quay has held a 3 Hat rating for 12 consecutive years and their five course menu for Christmas Day Lunch is sure to be amazing. $330 per person will secure you a table with a glass of French champagne on arrival.
The Botanical, Melbourne, VIC
The Botanical's renovated outfit has become one of Melbourne's most exciting venues. For $140 per person (with a children's menu available), there will be a five course Christmas Day Lunch on offer, with a French/Mediterranean focus.
Darlington Estate, Perth Hills, WA
The Darlington Estate Winery is a picturesque setting for a Christmas party. Located in the Perth Hills, it has a rustic yet contemporary feel and is a very popular function venue.
They are offering various Christmas party packages, including two or three course menus, both midweek and on weekends. The minimum is 15 guests for these packages and private room hire is also an option. Menus start at $49 per person midweek and private hire is $150.
Deer Duck Bistro, Brisbane, QLD
Deer Duck Bistro has a European and Modern Australian focus, and its unique interior is a talking point amongst both food and design lovers. This is an excellent option for those looking for a little more ambience and for $80 per person, the Christmas function menu includes a large array of options.
Deer Duck is also happy to tailor their functions menu to your requirements.
Vivace, Melbourne, VIC
Vivace is a fine dining Italian and Modern Australian restaurant with function rooms perfect for Christmas parties and gatherings. They offer both lunch and dinner functions packages and take pride in customising and tailoring the menus to your requirements whilst working with any dietary requirements.
Parlamento, Adelaide, SA
Prices are $50 per person for the two course option or $65 for a three course function meal.
Pee Wee's at the Point, Darwin, NT
Pee Wee's specialises in local and fresh produce and with a natural setting overlooking Fannie Bay, there are minimal noise constraints meaning it's perfect for those Christmas parties which are likely to get a little rowdy.
The Christmas menu is proudly "Territory focused" and the venue is the perfect place for a special and memorable Christmas party if you're based in Darwin.