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Christmas Day Evening Meal

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Christmas Day Evening Meal

We will be in Sydney at Christmas (2013) After spending the day on the beach, we would like to go somewhere special for dinner in the evening. We are a family of 3 with an 11 year old.

We are staying in Darling Harbour so close by would be great.

We love all cuisine and would love a traditional Australian Christmas meal.

Do you know anywhere open, we can book before we go?

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1. Re: Christmas Day Evening Meal

Hotels like the Novotel and Sheraton on the Park have Christmas dinner.

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2. Re: Christmas Day Evening Meal

In my experience, Christmas Day dining is predominantly focused on lunch. The large hotels holding Christmas Day dinners, are merely an extension of the lunch and rarely attracts the crowds or the attention. Yes, they do have buffets, but it's a mix of traditional Christmas offerings plus the addition of seafood - which is the Australian contribution to Christmas. Also Christmas night in Sydney hotels is like a ghost town, traditionally the quietest night of the year.

In Darling Harbour, there is a plethora of restaurant selections, as well as Cockle Bay and the newer Darling Park precinct. The hotel concierge can advise you what is open and what is not.

Personally? I'd forget the traditional Christmas thing and go eat at Chinatown. If you're already doing Christmas lunch at the beach, why eat something so similar?

Edited: 10:45 pm, August 25, 2013
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3. Re: Christmas Day Evening Meal

In Australia there are three main types of Christmas meals: The English roast, the BBQ-that-is-more-fancy-than-the-one-we-have-every-other-day-of-the-year, and the seafood buffet,

Given that you are English and have probably had your share of baked hams and plum puddings, and you won't have a BBQ, go for a seafood buffet.

Apart from Asian restaurants, mostly high-end city restaurants will be open for Christmas dinner. You don't mention your budget; you could try the Summit or Sydney Tower restaurants for a start. They would do a seafood dinner. Many of the big hotels near yours will have a seafood buffet on Christmas night. Look up a few and email them to ask. Have you looked at a Harbour Cruise for dinner? There are plenty and they are popular. This could be expensive, but unforgettable.

Whatever you choose, do book. Christmas night might be quiet for regular city life, but there are still a lot of travellers around.

Have a great time!

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4. Re: Christmas Day Evening Meal

Thanks for your replies, i will look into the options suggested, budget isn't a big issue so may look at a cruise

Thanks again

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5. Re: Christmas Day Evening Meal

I would strongly advise against a cruise.

Since the late 70's, no cruise company in Sydney has established themselves for even a half decent cuisine. Much better off finding the best restaurant that's open, then catch a ferry on a separate occasion.

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6. Re: Christmas Day Evening Meal

Any thoughts on the buffet at the Sydney Tower revolving restaurant?

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7. Re: Christmas Day Evening Meal

If you like all cuisine, the Garden Buffet at the Star City is a great choice too.

They open for lunch & dinner. For special occasions like Christmas, they change their menu from what they serve on an ordinary day :)

You don't need to book & they open at 5pm. Depending on what time you want to eat, it's best to get there before 6pm or you may have to wait in a long queue.

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