Christmas Day can be a bit stressful at times, with the logistics of fitting many people under the one roof and the preparation of food and seating arrangments. If you haven’t eaten Christmas lunch at a restaurant before, I highly recommend it. No food prep, no washing up and no fitting outdoor furniture and bar stools around the dining table to squeeze everyone in!

There are a number of venues who are offering Christmas Day lunch in the Illawarra. 2020 has been a hell of a year, so why not make your Christmas lunch easy and let someone else cook, befoe enjoying a walk along the beach to spend time with your loved ones?

So, who’s open for business in the Illawarra on Christmas Day?

Steamers Bar and Grill
1 Marine Drive, Wollongong

Steamers Bar and Grill proudly use local ingredients and are passionate about providing a paddock to plate experience for their diners. The crew at Steamers have a Christmas lunch organised that will keep the whole family happy. Their 7 course Christmas lunch menu showcases their specialties such as Sydney rock oysters, but has a distinctive festive flavour such as cranberry and pistachio stuffed turkey, egg nog mousse or even their black cherry steamed pudding with brandy anglaise…yum!

Prices are as follows:
Adults – $199 per person

4 – 12 years – $65 per person (under 4 yrs eat free)
2 hr bookings from 11:30am – 3:30pm
Bookings are essential, so give the team a call today on (02) 4229 6895

Altitude 1148
Southern Gateway Centre, Bulli Tops

We might not be able to travel far in 2020, but the breathtaking views from Altitude 1148 are as good as anything you’ll find in the world!

Altitude 1148 combine tradition Indian flavours with a modern Australian menu and have prepared a delicious 3 course menu for Christmas Day. (2 courses for kids). There’s something for everyone, from exquisite seafood such as rock oysters and snapper to festive flavours like roast turkey and Christmas pudding, or even exotic Indian cuisine to enjoy. All while you enjoy the panoramic views from the top of the escarpment. 

There are 2 sittings available (11am- 1pm and 1:30pm – 3:30pm). Covid safe restictions mean than numbers are strictly limited and guests will need to remain seated.

Prices are $120 per person or $45 for children under 12. A non-refundable deposit is required on booking ($50 for groups under 10 and $100 for more than 10 persons) to secure your table. Full payment needs to be made 2 weeks prior to Christmas Day.
Ring to secure your seat today on (02) 4267 5443.

Harbourfront Seafood Restaurant
2 Endeavour Dr, Wollongong

Harbourfront has been known for its’ top notch Christmas Day menu for years and for 2020, they won’t disappoint. At the time of writing this article, Harbourfront have advised that they are booking out rapidly, so if you want to make an enquiry, don’t waste any time! Covid safe restrictions mean that numbers are limited to maintain the 4 square metre rule. Give the friendly staff a call on (02) 4227 2999

Lagoon Seafood Restaurant
George Hanley Dr, North Wollongong

This 4 course menu with drinks package is booking out fast. Will you choose the slow roasted eye fillet or the barramundi with scampi? At $169pp for adults and special rates for kids, this sounds like the perfect way to enjoy Christmas lunch with your loved ones, but without the fuss. Call (02) 4226 1677 to make a booking for your preferred time slot.

Thoughts:
I just wanted to make mention that when I updated this article, I had the sobering realisation that literally half of the venues listed here previously had to removed. Some are closed temporarily, some are closed permanently…That’s 2020 for you.
The Illawarra hospitality industry has suffered immensely this year (along with the rest of the world) and we can only hope that those livelihoods and businesses will be back bigger and better some day. Until then, please keep supporting our local businesses where you can.

Looking for some unique Christmas gifts that support Illawarra businesses? Check out my Illawarra Christmas Gift Guide 2020!