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15 Best Places To Have Christmas Dinner In Sydney [2023]

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Christmas Dinner Sydney

Christmas Dinner Sydney

Christmas is a time for family, friends, and food. If you’re looking for a great place to have Christmas dinner in Sydney, look no further! We’ve compiled a list of the 15 best places to celebrate the holiday. From traditional dinners to festive buffets, there is something for everyone on this list. So mark your calendars and get ready to enjoy some delicious Christmas cuisine!

1. Botanic House

Key Services Offers a multi-level, world-class dining experience
AddressRoyal Botanic Garden Mrs Macquaries Rd, Sydney NSW 2000
Phone1300 558 980
Operating HoursSat-Sun 5pm to 9pm Dinner

Botanic House, located in the Royal Botanic Garden’s center, provides a multi-level world-class dining experience. Enjoy contemporary Asian cuisine designed by Ambassador Chef Luke Nguyen at Botanic House restaurant on the first floor, or take it easy at Farm Cove Eatery below.

Luke Nguyen, a culinary expert with over twenty years of expertise, serves as ambassador chef at Botanic House. The Botanic House’s cuisine is a homage to Luke’s rich cultural history, combining South East Asian spices with locally sourced ingredients. This fascinating blend of cultures, which mixes ancient culinary practices with contemporary methods, provides for a true one-of-a-kind and unforgettable dining experience.

Key Differentiators:

  • Botanic House, nestled in the magnificent greenery of Sydney’s Royal Botanic Garden, offers a beautiful backdrop for your wedding celebration.
  • The privacy, beauty, and tranquility of a backyard can be enjoyed in the city with this garden hideaway
  • Located downstairs from Botanic House, Farm Cove Eatery is a casual dining space that offers a range of grab-and-go and à la carte options.

Customer’s Review:

I got this experience as a Christmas present. Everything about it was beautiful and so was very well enjoyed. The food was incredible. The venue was incredible. Everything. The staff were lovely. We had a young brunette waitress who was wonderfully caring and accommodating throughout the meal. Overall would 100% recommend.

Liddia Smallsy

2. Silvester’s

Key ServicesWith a mix of intimate and grand open space in front-row seats of an open kitchen, it offers an immersive dining experience
Address1 Bulletin Pl Sydney, NSW 2000
Phone02 92597330
Operating HoursThurs-Sat 6pm to 9pm

Silvester’s global cuisine, which is presented internationally and includes Good Food, is a one-of-a-kind showcase of international influences. The finest seasonal and eco-friendly ingredients of the greatest quality are used to create each dish.

Over 100 sommeliers-picked fine wines, from a hand-picked selection of some of the most renowned regions and vineyards in Australia and the globe, round out our culinary offering.

Key Differentiators:

  • With its intimate and grand open spaces with front-row views of an open kitchen, it provides a unique dining experience
  • The restaurant’s menu features locally and sustainably produced all-Australian fresh food with an interesting mix of tastes
  • A fantastic restaurant that has been a multi-award winner.

Customer’s Review:

We had the beautiful buffet at Silvester’s on Christmas Day. The food and choice was delicious and service was excellent. It would have been lovely to have some fresh fruit and whipped cream on offer for dessert also but overall a very enjoyable meal and festive atmosphere.

Vivienne Anne Ferrier

3. The Winery

Key ServicesOffers over 30 carefully chosen by the glass wines, as well as a euro-influenced cuisine for intimate and calm dining
Address285A Crown St, Surry Hills NSW 2010, Australia
Operating HoursSun-Thurs 12pm to 11pm, Fri-Sat 12pm to 12am

The Winery is a unique and charmingly odd urban wine bar with a shaded laneway and terrace for relaxing in the sunshine, as well as a bar and restaurant for dinner under the lights.

The unique and charming aesthetic of The Winery makes it the ideal location for weddings, engagements, corporate events, birthday parties, laneway drinks, wine tastings, hen’s parties, product launches, team building exercises, private dining opportunities, and speaker & networking gatherings.

Key Differentiators:

  • We can accommodate private events of up to 400 people
  • Wide variety of rooms
  • Our venue may be altered to suit business gatherings, product launches, social parties, and big-scale cocktail parties.

Customer’s Review:

Great Christmas Day, JJ and Elizabeth were amazing

Mark Ansell-Carter

4. O Bar and Dining

Key ServicesThe view of Sydney, which is as distinctive as the food that they offer, is complemented by a menu that is just as unique and delectable
AddressAustralia Square, 264, level 47 George St, Sydney NSW 2000
Phone02 9247 9777
Operating HoursTues-Sun 5pm to 10:30pm for Dinner expect Thurs end at 11pm while Fri-Sat ends at 11:30pm

O Bar and Dining is a Modern Australian food by health-conscious chef Michael Moore, in a chic space with lofty views. The culinary skills of Australian celebrity chef and owner Michael Moore are put to good use in this restaurant, which features a view of the city that is just as amazing as the food.

Key Differentiators:

  • Dine & Discover NSW vouchers are accepted on Tuesdays through Sundays
  • Offers the ultimate venue to savour the finest of beverages, while drinking in the finest of views
  • Designed for complete privacy, Salon Privé is a beautifully appointed space offering spectacular 360-degree views that feel as if they are yours alone to enjoy

Customer’s Review:

This revolving fine bar and restaurant is a must experience to try. A 360 degrees scenery of the city with a beautiful sunset to watch while having a dinner. 5 course meal are all palatable and perfect. Staff are all accomodating and friendly. Kudos to the chefs and staff. Great Christmas dinner experience. Worth the penny. Will surely recommend and come back again. Hope they offer New years countdown dinner as well.


5. Restaurant Hubert

Key ServicesIt offers benchmark bottles from its most renowned vineyards.
Address15 Bligh St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
Phone+61 2 92320881 for Enquiries, for Reservations
Operating HoursMon-Wed 5pm to 12am, Thursday 12pm to 12am, Fri-Sat 12pm to 12:30pm, Closed on Sunday

Hubert is a restaurant for people who enjoy eating out. It’s a love letter to the type of big night out that begins in the bar, moves onto the theater, and lingers long, from Martini and oysters to cheese and Cognac.

Restaurant Hubert has three bars, a large main dining area, a pair of intimate private dining rooms, and the Theatre Royale, an art-house cinema that plays host to events and private hire. On any scale, it is prepared for a celebration.

Key Differentiators:

  • The restaurant’s cuisine reflects a devotion to Paris, as well as an awareness that the bistro is now open to everyone
  • The wine list is well-layered, diverse, and overflowing with wonderful low-intervention examples
  • The main room contains three bars, a vast central dining room, two small private dining rooms, and the Theatre Royale, an art-house cinema

Customer’s Review:

Had our office Christmas party at Hubert, the food and service were both excellent. Their roasted fish with brown butter and capers was very impressive.

Min Hur

6. nel. Restaurant

Key ServicesWith charm, elegance and warmth, our restaurant provides a relaxing, intimate and entertaining atmosphere
Address75 Wentworth Ave, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
Phone+61 2 92122206
Operating HoursWed-Sat 5:15pm to 9:30pm, Sunday 12-4pm, Mon-Tues Closed

At nel. Restaurant, they enjoy keeping things interesting. Every 10 weeks, they create a unique eight-course degustation menu with an ever-changing theme.

Chef Nelly Robinson, known for his innovative interpretations of modern Australian cuisine, leads the kitchen. Nelly’s strong understanding and appreciation of the finest seasonal ingredients is evident in his changing seasonal degustation menu, which is inspired by Michelin-starred restaurants in the United Kingdom.

Key Differentiators:

  • Excellent service with a wine list to match
  • There are no white tablecloths
  • A one-of-a-kind dining experience unlike any other

Customer’s Review:

Christmas dinner !! Worth every bite should have many hats ! So exited to have this as my local!

Isabella Bain

7. Luke’s Kitchen at Kimpton Sydney

Key ServicesLive music and free-flowing drinks will be available at the recently opened Kimpton Margot Hotel
Address339 Pitt St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
Phone+61 2 8027 8088
Operating HoursWed-Sat 5pm to 10pm for Dinner

The gem in the crown of our lovely lobby is Luke’s Kitchen, which is helmed by renowned Australian chef, Luke Mangan. Among old-world elegance, with an ambiance that changes as the day progresses, enjoy our renowned breakfast, hectic casual lunch, or a Modern Australian dinner that is always an event. Whatever the hour, exquisite seasonal ingredients are on offer to tantalize your taste buds all day long. Our neighbouring 1930s-style lounge bar, which beckons the tipple-inclined to linger on plush velvet sofas and sip a cocktail, is open throughout the day.

Key Differentiators:

  • Live music and free-flowing drinks will be available
  • All day long, exquisite seasonal ingredients will tantalize your taste buds
  • Wide variety of meals

Customer’s Review:

Came here as a plus one for a Christmas party was very impressed by the food and staff were great I’ll be back to try more!

Nick Rowe

8. Manta Restaurant

Key ServicesProvide a suitable setting for a memorable dining experience on the world’s most beautiful harbor
Address6/6 Cowper Wharf Roadway, Woolloomooloo NSW 2011, Australia
Phone02 9332 3822
Operating HoursMon-Wed 6pm to 9pm, Thurs-Sun 6pm to 9pm Dinner period

Manta Restaurant is a seafood restaurant that prioritizes sustainably sourced fish, as well as tasting menus and barbequed meats. Manta’s staff is on hand to guarantee that each customer has a wonderful experience with the restaurant’s outstanding synergy of location, cuisine, and wine.

Key Differentiators:

  • Guaranteed to be fresh seafood
  • Offers a wide variety of food
  • Friendly customer service

Customer’s Review:

Great food and service. Staff always smiling, polite and attentive. It is by far my favourite restaurant in Sydney.

Nada Ninkovic

9. Infinity at Sydney Tower

Key ServicesFor a unique culinary journey among the clouds, take in Sydney’s vistas from 81 levels above
Address108 Market St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
Phone1300 391 808
Operating HoursWed-Sun 5:30pm to 10pm, Closed on Mon-Tues for Dinner

Infinity at Sydney Tower is a quintessential Australian dining experience set in an unmistakably stylish environment with spectacular 360-degree views of the city skyline and harbor.

Guillaume Gritteret, the youthful, born and reared on the French Riviera, is a Master Chef who has been shaped by Europe’s finest Michelin-starred restaurants. Guillaume delivers traditional cuisine with a touch of the new world to your table after gathering his two decades of expertise from places like Bordeaux, Mont Blanc, Monaco, and most recently Australia.

Key Differentiators:

  • Dining with a beautiful view that is the city skyline
  • Delivers traditional cuisine to the customers
  • Wide variety of wine list

Customer’s Review:

We were given a voucher for Christmas and really enjoyed our experience at Infinity. They service was friendly and the food was amazing. Highly recommend the scallops and scotch fillet.

Jessica McKinnon

10. Cafe Opera

Key ServicesOffers buffet with huge selection
AddressInterContinental Sydney, an IHG Hotel, Level 1, 117 Macquarie St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
Phone+61 2 9240 1396
Operating HoursOpen 24 hours

Cafe Opera, located in the stunning 19th century architecture of the InterContinental Sydney, is undoubtedly the ideal location for any event.Try the restaurant’s French-inspired a la carte menu and experience a truly one-of-a-kind, seasonally inspired buffet with live cooking stations and theatrical dessert displays. The chefs at Cafe Opera are committed to finding the city’s freshest foods from its local markets.

Key Differentiators:

  • Offers buffet with huge selection
  • Live cooking stations
  • Freshest Food

Customer’s Review:

Went there for a Christmas buffet meal. What a great meal! This is way better than most buffets. The cold dishes included fresh oysters and lovely juicy prawns. The desserts were really excellent and it was a difficult choice of what to choose so you did not over eat. I will definitely be back!

Oztravels7 (Credits: Tripadvisor)

11. glass brasserie

Key ServicesFood is served in a grand dining space
AddressLevel 2, 488 George Street, Sydney, Australia 2000
Phone(02) 9265-6068
Operating HoursWednesday 6pm to 9:30pm, Thurs-Fri 12pm to 9:30pm, Saturday 5:30pm to 9:30pm

Brasserie Perriamon is a chef-hatted restaurant that combines innovative culinary creations, exquisite décor, and exceptional service in the city of Sydney’s business district.

Whether you’re dining with friends, family, or a loved one, our restaurant is the ideal location to enjoy Sydney’s vibrant atmosphere while enjoying some of the highest quality Modern Australian cuisine.

Key Differentiators:

  • Provide e-gift vouchers, treat someone to an unforgettable dining experience
  • A beautiful view of the dining
  • Exceptional service

Customer’s Review:

Heavenly food. Had our Christmas party here and everyone loved it. For a table of 13, everything came out quick and all the dishes were spot on.

Bilal Hares

12. The Dining Room

Key ServicesA buffet service includes Beer and Wine
Address93 Macquarie Street Inside Sir Stamford at, 93 Macquarie St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
Operating HoursFri-Sat 5pm to 9pm

The Dining Room is a luxurious hotel restaurant with an old-world flavor and Modern Australian cuisine.

Key Differentiators:

  • Will endeavour to accommodate request for special meals for allergies and intolerances
  • Has Wheelchair-accessible seating
  • Accept reservations

Customer’s Review:

Delectable food, immaculately presented in grand heritage surroundings. We had the Christmas Eve Dinner, with pork belly and prawns for entree, turkey and salmon for mains and pavlova for dessert. The Chain of Fire Shiraz Cabernet (Mudgee) and Stoneleigh Pinot Gris (NZ) were perfect accompaniments. A delightful experience, made complete with an after-dinner stroll down to the harbour and Opera House. No wonder so many families and couples filled the dining rooms. I think this might become an annual event!

Greg Horne

13. Cafe del Mar Sydney

Key Servicesoffers Sydney siders a place to eat, drink and listen
Address35 Wheat Rd, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia Floor 2 – Cockle Bay Wharf
Phone+61 2 9267 6700
Operating HoursWed-Sat 12pm to 12am

The Café del Mar is a restaurant open to Sydney residents where they may dine, drink, and listen. Cockle Bay, Darling Harbour, and an outstanding rooftop patio make it ideal for gatherings, events, long lunches, Sunday Sessions, and so much more.

With interiors created by renowned Interior Stylist, Sibella Court, Café del Mar Sydney is a beautiful Beechworth hotel that exudes elegance and charm. Café del Mar Sydney transports you to the golden sands of Ibiza with its soothing color palette, rich leathers and other luxurious materials.

With a Spanish heritage, the cuisine and beverages pay homage to the Mediterranean region, with light French, Italian, and Australian accents.

Key Differentiators:

  • From classic Café del Mar Balearic Chill-out to cool jazz, sultry deep house, and nu soul, the music shifts fluidly between each genre.
  • A place that exudes understated opulence and elegance
  • It’s ideal for parties, events, and long lunches because of its lovely patio.

Customer’s Review:

I attended a Christmas party here and the service and food was great. Amazing view of Darling Harbor and the bathrooms are also well maintained.

Nigel Sharp

14. Otto Ristorante

Key ServicesGiving old-fashioned service and preserving long-standing connections with a devoted clientele
AddressArea 8, 6 Cowper Wharf Road, Woolloomooloo, NSW
Phone02 9368 7488
Operating HoursWed-Sat Reservations from 5:30pm to 8:45pm

OTTO is a Sydney institution that salutes mankind, place, and la dolce vita. OTTO has a solid reputation as one of Sydney’s most notable eating spots, located in the beautiful surroundings of the Finger Wharf at Woolloomooloo.

The restaurant’s distinctiveness is derived from its commitment to providing old-world service and maintaining long-standing ties with a fiercely loyal clientele. Modern Italian cuisine, al fresco dining, and spectacular waterfront views are all on offer.

The restaurant has been a Sydney institution for over two decades, and it’s still a favorite with locals. It is the perfect venue to host your birthday party or corporate event in Sydney.

Key Differentiators:

  • Is the ideal Sydney dining experience
  • Modern Italian cuisine, al fresco dining, and signature views from the water are all on offer at this formerly family-run restaurant
  • One of Sydney’s most respected dining institutions

Customer’s Review:

We celebrated our wedding anniversary at Otto during their busy Christmas party season. The food degustation menu was delicious and the matching wines were perfect.

asie_80 (Credits: Tripadvisor)

15. Bathers’ Pavilion

Key Servicesoffers a unique dining experience for all occasions
Address4 The Esplanade, Mosman NSW 2088, Australia
Phone+61 2 99695050
Operating Hours8am to 10pm Everyday

From every table, you can enjoy elegant fine dining with Balmoral Beach panoramas. The room features a classic cruising feel with a maritime accent, inspired by the harbor setting. Custom wood furniture, white and blue striped linen, and illuminated walls framed by curated artworks make for a sophisticated aesthetic. The room boasts floor-to-ceiling windows with views of Balmoral Beach. The kitchen and dining area continue into the Lounge, where guests may unwind, drink, or dine on beautiful Moroccan carpets.

Key Differentiators:

  • The focus of our menus is to celebrate seasonal produce and subtly reinforce the coastal setting
  • There is a 350-strong wine list, as well as excellent service
  • For a more intimate gathering of up to 20 people, The Good Room may be used as an extension of the space for no charge.

Customer’s Review:

Had our company Christmas party here. Amazing food!!! Beautiful views of the beach. Picturesque

Caroline D’Cruz

Christmas Dinner Sydney

Sydney offers a wealth of unique and exquisite places to have Christmas Dinner. Whether you are looking for an intimate setting or want to celebrate in style, there is something for everyone. We hope that this list has given you some ideas for where to enjoy your Christmas meal this year.

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