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Thirteen locations, from pubs to hotpots, open on Christmas Day in Melbourne

After a marathon year of cooking, you might be tempted to outsource chores on Christmas Day. We say three cheers to that. Or you could celebrate the day away from your regular team. Whatever the reason, you can’t go wrong reserving a table in your local or looking for a special restaurant that will make you feel like a gift to yourself. This year, you have earned it.

Arbory ​​bar and restaurant
Yarra views and an ultra-Christmas dish will vie for your attention at this bar next to Flinders Street Station. Get ready for poached scampi in white butter, mini lobster rolls, glazed ham and more; children’s and teenage packages also available. Three courses for adults $ 145. Menus for teens $ 105 and children’s menus $ 45. Open from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Book on

The Conservatory at Crown offers seafood buffets for lunch and dinner on Christmas Day, as well as a spread breakfast in the morning. Photo: Supplied

Arbory ​​afloat
Make it a very summery Christmas and take a dip in the pool that crowns this floating bar on the Yarra River, followed by snacks like falafel-breaded shrimp, grilled saganaki and fried calamari. Daybeds and tables are available, depending on how relaxed you plan to unwind, and there’s rose gin, Pimms cocktails, and more to keep things cheerful. A minimum booking size of 4 people and minimum spending apply. Open from noon to 10 p.m. Book via

Auburn Hotel
No matter who’s at your table this year, this East Melbourne suburban pub has something for everyone. Omnivores can opt for the traditional Christmas roast or crusted salmon for their main courses, while kids have plenty of snacks and vegans also have a blast. What’s not to love about no-fuss festivities? Three classes for $ 125 (adults) and $ 50 (children). Open for lunch from 11 a.m. Book via

Bistro Thierry
Move quickly if you want to grab a table at one of Melbourne’s most hospitable places – it’s a Christmas Day favorite for a reason. From shrimp cocktails to half a lobster with lemon sauce, from turkey ballotine to Christmas log, you are in good hands at Bistro Thierry. Come and have lunch, stay until nightfall. Four courses for $ 220; no children’s menu. Open for lunch from noon. Reservation by phone (03) 9824 0888

Arbory ​​Afloat will be open for casual pasture and set menus, with the choice between booking a standard table or a full day ...

Arbory ​​Afloat will be open for casual pasture and set menus, with the choice of reserving a standard table or day lounge on the pool deck. Photo: Parker Blain

Cappo Social
Experience the full Italiano mambo at this Italian hangout perched high above Brunswick Street, where the pasta is al dente, the Moretti is iced, and drinks like the red-hued Venetian Sunset and Limoncello Sours will get the party started. Regular menu favorites will be accompanied by special festive dishes like porchetta with cotechino sausages and lentils. Child-friendly dishes available. Open for lunch from noon. Book on

Chancellery aisle
A table in this sumptuous European-inspired dining room in the heart of the city is a sure way to indulge yourself. Luxurious touches are the MO every day of the year at Chancery Lane, but on December 25, expect a range of seafood appetizers to begin and later your choice of holy – cuttlefish ink and bottarga or wagyu sirloin with charred leek. Finish with an oven meringue or a cheese platter. Four courses for $ 140, children’s menu $ 60. Open from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Book via [email protected]

Nothing like a buffet to ensure the happiness of the campers. And the Conservatory is open from 7 a.m. on Christmas Day, easily making slices of bacon and eggs, then getting ready for lunch and going all the way to dinner. There will be seafood platters, there will be roast meats, there will be vegetarian options and plum pudding – you can’t go wrong. Lunch $ 90 adults, $ 45 children. Lunch $ 430 adults, $ 215 children. Dinner from $ 250 adults, $ 125 children. See specific timetables and book via

Esplanade Hotel
The Espy covers all bases on December 25th. Choose from Australian Christmas favorites in the downstairs dining room, Cantonese fare at the Mya Tiger restaurant upstairs, or a more laid back beat in the pub’s main bar, where drinks and snacks will be served. be served. Whatever you choose, expect tangy flavors, frozen drinks, and something to keep the kids happy. Open from noon. All the details on prices and menus on

Ichi Ni Nana
Keeping things fresh and fun, this Brunswick Street izakaya will serve all your favorite Japanese snacks, hot and cold, for you and yours. Don’t forget to add Kirin poured straight from the tap to complete the experience. Open from 5 p.m. Book through

Spruce up your Christmas with a lunch table amidst the chandeliers and large windows of the former Equity Chambers building, now occupied by Hilton Melbourne. Flagship restaurant Luci prepares top-notch produce like a kurobuta pork chop with spicy peaches, and uses cherries for a big effect alongside honey-glazed duck, with a berry pavlova for a sweet finish. Four courses for $ 175, children’s menu $ 60. Open from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Supernormal has created a special banquet to sell on Providor, ready for people to warm up and prepare at home.

Supernormal has created a special banquet to sell on Providor, ready for people to warm up and prepare at home. Photo: Supplied

Domaine Mathilde 159
There’s festive cheer throughout the four-course lunch at this Domain Road establishment, whether it’s whipped brie with cranberries, Fraser Island key crab, or red and green strawberries with jersey cream for dessert. Four courses at $ 195, children’s menu at $ 60. Lunch only from 12 noon. Book via [email protected]

Panda Hotpot
Fondue is surely the definition of sharing a meal together, as you and your table choose everything from broth to the delicacies you’ll cook, then gather around the steaming cauldron to soak, dip, dip and swirl your way to. Satisfaction . Panda Hot Pot is one of the most theatrical venues in town to experience this ritual, with intricate woodwork and a huge dragon watching over the proceedings. Open from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Book via

Bring the restaurant to yourself this Christmas with the lifeline that is Providor. Browse special festive menus at 30 top restaurants, including Supernormal, which features seafood snacks, glazed duck, and cherry chocolate mousse. Or take advantage of The Atlantic or Yarra Valley Caviar seafood specialists to enhance your spread. There is even a Spotify playlist to bring more joy to your table. Other restaurants will add menus in the coming weeks. Delivery available until December 24 through Melbourne and major regional centers. Order before 4 p.m. the day before via

Luci serves honey-glazed duck with cherries among the risers of Melbourne's former Equity Chambers building.

Luci serves honey-glazed duck with cherries among the risers of Melbourne’s former Equity Chambers building. Photo: Luis Enrique Ascui

Taxi Kitchen
In the heart of the city, nothing more convenient than Taxi Kitchen. The ease continues with a set menu that always offers some choice, whether you’re a fan of seafood, craving Asian flavors, or liking something more akin to a traditional Christmas lunch. Four courses at $ 220, children’s menu at $ 55. Open from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Book via

The station hotel
Having lunch at one of the west’s favorite pubs can only be a good idea, especially when there are shrimp cocktails with Marie Rose sauce to start the discussion. If shrimp isn’t your thing, there are two more choices plus options galore for main courses and desserts. A separate vegan menu lists delicacies like beetroot tartare with horseradish and chives. Children are also welcome. Three courses at $ 130, children’s menu at $ 40. Open for lunch from 11 a.m. Book via

The Vincent
There’s ham and turkey, there’s nut roast for those who don’t eat animals, and there’s chocolate cake for the kids: yes, that great old hotel lady has something. for each member of your Christmas team. And a glass of bubbles will also be waiting for you when you arrive (make it a non-alcoholic drink for the kids). Three course meal at $ 120, children’s menu at $ 45. Open for lunch from 11 a.m. Book on