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Arbory Bar and Eatery Christmas spread
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The best Christmas Day lunches in Melbourne

Take the stress out of hosting yuletide celebrations and book a merry restaurant lunch instead

By Jess Ho
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If the thought of cooking another Christmas meal for the family results in sweaty palms and flashbacks to dishes piled high, maybe it's time to consider treating yourself to a merry Christmas lunch at one of Melbourne's finest restaurants. Each of these venues is putting on something special at price points to suit all budgets. 

Christmas doesn't have to be stressful, which is why we've put together your ultimate gift guide. For more restaurant tips for the holiday season, visit our essential hit list.

Where to celebrate Christmas

Christmas at Arbory 2018
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1. Arbory Bar and Eatery

Bars Melbourne

Enjoy Christmas lunch at Melbourne’s longest bar while looking out over the Yarra River. This year’s lunch offering makes seafood the centrepiece in a family-style, shared menu lunch featuring dishes like seafood platters filled with king prawns, spanner crab, cured kingfish and lobster rolls; charcuterie platters stuffed to the brim with Christmas ham, turkey terrines and chicken liver parfait. Beverages and desserts are all included. $150

The Windsor
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2. The Hotel Windsor

This year’s Christmas lunch will be an outrageous buffet starting with sashimi, smoked and cured fish as canapes, freshly shucked Appellation Oysters, on-the-spot carving of dry-roasted turkey, acorn-fed ham glazed in honey, Sher wagyu beef ribs and obligatory sides. Desserts zig-zag across Europe with stollen, Victoria sponges and madeleines, amongst many others. Booze will be free-flowing. $359

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Sun Kitchen
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3. Sun Kitchen

Restaurants Chinese Albert Park

For a Cantonese Christmas, Sun Kitchen is offering a five-course lunch with a view of Albert Park with two-hours of free-flowing Champagne, wine, beer and spirits. Expect dishes like pan-seared scallops with Jamon, Cantonese-style roast turkey, baked lobster tail and braised e-fu noodles with smoked duck and XO sauce. $200

Steak and chips at The Grosvenor Hotel
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4. The Grosvenor Hotel

Bars Craft beer Balaclava

Enjoy a traditional Christmas lunch at the Grosvenor Hotel. It will be offering a three-course menu where you can choose between a few options per course like smoked salmon or a ham terrine; and roast turkey, porterhouse or a barramundi fillet. $130

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State of Grace rooftop
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5. State of Grace

Bars Melbourne

If you like your Christmas in the city, head to State of Grace for a shared feast over four-courses that includes gougeres with truffle custard; prawns; bourbon and maple glazed pork belly; turkey wellington; duck fat potatoes; and the obligatory pavlova. You’ll receive a glass of bubbles on arrival and children are welcome. $120

A roast meat on a Christmas platter.
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6. Pullman Melbourne On the Park

Hotels East Melbourne

Ever had an English Christmas? You can at the Cliveden in Pullman Melbourne On the Park. You’ll be able to feast on a gin-soaked Christmas ham, turkey, soups, salads and pasta accompanied by an Aussie-themed seafood platter filled with Crystal Bay prawns, oysters and Moreton Bay bugs. $195

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Langham Melbourne
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7. The Langham

Hotels Southbank

Excess is the theme of Christmas lunch at the Langham in the Clarendon Ballroom. Over 50 dishes will be served including West Australian rock lobster, scallops from Bass Strait, Moreton Bay bugs, Victorian crabs, Spencer Gulf prawns, South Australian oysters, roast turkey, honey-glazed ham, beef, five-spiced duck, pork belly, racks of lamb and an array of desserts that include an obligatory pavlova and gingerbread cookies. And yes, beverages are included. $359

Stuck for gift ideas?

Big Design Market Melbourne
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Christmas markets in Melbourne

Shopping Markets

Christmas is the time for family, friends, feasting and forgetting to buy presents until the last minute. Thankfully Melbourne has a number of December Christmas markets giving you ample opportunity to grab handmade, one-of-a-kind gifts that will make your loved ones smile on Christmas morning.

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