6 Sydney Restaurants to Book Your Premium Christmas Dining Experience

Ormeggio Deck Imperial Table Ormeggio Deck set for an intimate exclusive group booking with an imperial style table

Here are some fabulous 6 Sydney restaurants to book your Christmas dining experience.

Christmas is coming, and organising a big dinner or lunch for family or friends on the special day can be stressful. From gorgeous global cuisine to impressive wine lists and mixologists, harbour views and interiors to blow you away, there are so many restaurants to choose from.

Here are some of the best restaurants in Sydney to enjoy a unique Christmas dining experience.

Sokyo – Darling Habour

Christmas dining experience at the Sokyo Darling harbour
Sokyo at the Star Casino, Darling Harbour. Image courtesy of Anna Kucera.

Enjoy delicious Japanese cuisine on Christmas day at Sokyo, in Sydney’s Star Casino. Sokyo pays homage to Japanese heritage while infusing the fantastic food with a modern touch, using Australia’s finest produce.

Chef Dany Karam shows his inventive take on Japanese cuisine. Sokyo has some of the most impressive, delicious options, including Dengakuman, a miso-glazed tooth fish, Japanese salsa, pickled cucumber and the Sokyo lunch experience with dishes including Whiting Tempura, Chirashi Zushi and Miso Soup.

The dimly-lit interior makes for a perfect, intimate dining experience. The interiors are complete with a sunken dining room and bold Japanese calligraphy.

Reservations are released on the 1st of each month at 10 am for bookings available in the upcoming month.

Ormeggio at The Spit – Mosman

Ormeggio Terrazza
Outdoor al fresco bar area at Ormeggio, the Terrazza, overlooking Middle Harbour. Christmas dining experience
The outdoor al fresco bar area at Ormeggio, the Terrazza, overlooking Middle Harbour.

Ormeggio has some of Sydney’s most high-quality and sustainable seafood, unique cocktails and breathtaking water views.

It sits on the gorgeous bay of Mosman, with the option of sitting outside and inside, either way enjoying the view of the stunning water.

Ormeggio is a perfect Australian summer destination, with a regularly changing ‘Ormeggio Classic’ sharing menu, perfect for a family Christmas dinner. At Christmas lunch, you’ll get a luxury four-course sharing menu for $350 per adult or $150 for children.

The executive chef Alessandro Pavoni began his career in Brescia, in Italy’s north, working at Carlo Magno with the famous chefs Iginio Massari and Giuseppe Maffioli. Alessandro’s dream of owning his own restaurant became a reality with Ormeggio at The Spit.

The unique and delicious specialties like Pavoni risotto, tuna ‘cotoletta’, and crudo crostini will make an unforgettable Christmas meal.

a’Mare – Barangaroo

Christmas dining experience. Delicious Tiramisu at a'mare in the Crown Casino, Sydney
Delicious Tiramisu at a’mare in the Crown Casino, Sydney.

a’Mare is the perfect restaurant destination for a grand Christmas. Located in the Crown Casino at Barangaroo, no one does Christmas better. It is a perfect fuse of traditional Italian and a unique Sydney feel.

Designed by acclaimed Chef and Restaurateur Alessandro Pavoni, a’Mare has been awarded one prestigious Chef Hat from the Good Food Guide Awards. The food pays tribute to Pavoni’s memories of Italy, with dishes celebrating the simplicity of fine ingredients and storytelling.

The window-filled interior makes the restaurant open and bright, perfect for lunch with family or friends. The dining room is inspired by the palazzos of old-school Italy, including Venice, Milan, Rome and Lake Garda.

For $450, be transported to some of Italy’s best food locations with a five-course meal.

Kitchens On Kent At The Langham – CBD

Buffet dining experience at Kitchens on Kent.
The fantastic buffet dining at Kitchens on Kent.

Located in one of Sydney’s best five-star hotels, The Langham, Kitchens on Kent is Sydney’s ideal premium and festive buffet. The Langham hosts an annual Christmas extravaganza, typically from Thursday, 1 December through to Friday, 23 December, at the starting price of $108 per head.

As for Christmas Eve, lunch and dinner events will cost $248 per person with a two-hour unlimited wine and sparkling package. Christmas Day, Kitchens on Kent buffet lunch seating will be $448 for adults and $348 per person for the dinner seating, including drinks.

The buffet will include flavours from around the world, including Assorted sushi rolls and nigiri, Chicken and leek fricassee with cream and tarragon and Riverina Angus beef flank with a Japanese BBQ Glaze.

Epicurean – Barangaroo

Christmas dining. Interior of the Epicurean restaurant
The gorgeous open interior of The Epicurean.

Epicurean’s open kitchen dining is perfect for a lavish Christmas experience with family or friends. Across nine live kitchens, fresh and unique flavours are combined to create an array of global cuisines, including Japanese, Chinese, Indian, Italian and more.

The cold seafood counter showcases the finest local produce and daily seasonal selection of seafood. Guests are welcomed to go through many culinary specialties, from the sushi bar to the Asian, Western and salad food stations, ending with the decadent dessert bar.

The views outside the Epicurean are breathtaking. The Barangaroo Harbour surrounds the restaurants, with windows around the dining room interior. Seeing the food being prepared by the talented chefs is an unforgettable experience.

Epicurean at the Crown Sydney will be serving festive lunches from the end of November to December. Although the prices for Christmas are not available, bookings for Christmas lunch were $480 per adult ($240 per child) and dinner for $320 per adult ($160 per child).

OTTO Ristorante – Wolloomooloo

Views of the Finger Wharf, Woolloomooloo, outside OTTO Ristorante.
Views of the Finger Wharf, Woolloomooloo, outside OTTO Ristorante.

OTTO Ristorante is the perfect place to sit by the sparkling water and enjoy the famous pasta OTTO is known for.

The restaurant is situated in the surrounds of the Finger Wharf at Woolloomooloo. As one of Sydney’s most respected dining locations, it has recently received the One Hat in the 2023 Good Food Guide.

The modern Italian cuisine pays homage to the classics. A, a wine list focused on local wines that lean toward Italy in style and texture and authentic Italian wines is offered.

Head Chef Richard Ptacnik joined OTTO in 2004, having worked around Europe, including Berlin, Switzerland and his native Prague. His food style pays homage to the classics infused with modern Italian cuisine.

The four-course menu costs $475, with the option to add on a four-hour classic or signature beverage package for $95 or $145. Whilst the Christmas menu is yet to be released, it usually includes all of the restaurant’s signature dishes.

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