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Christmas lunch on the northern beaches
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If you are hoping to spend Christmas Day in Manly, there are plenty of venues that will take care of the planning, organising and feasting stress. You will be able to sit back, relax and enjoy the festive vibe with your loved ones. Best of all, there is no washing up afterwards!  There is nothing more Australian than celebrating Christmas Day with a delicious lunch beside the beach. This year it will be a bit different with Covid-19 restrictions in place, numbers will be limited and bookings will be essential. We have created a list of the places in Manly and surrounding suburbs where you can celebrate Christmas day with family and friends. Get in quick, so as not to miss out!

We will be continually updating the venues as more information is released.


Begin the day bright and early with a Christmas Day breakfast and ocean views at Bluewater Cafe.  Lunch and dinner will be served from 12pm to 8pm.

What is the Cost?

Christmas Day breakfast from 6.30am until 11.30am

Adult –from $30

Child – $25

Christmas Day lunch or dinner

Adult – $100

Child (under 12) – $45

How to Book?

Contact 02 9976 2051 for all bookings and enquiries

Dee Why RSL

Leave the stress of cooking a big Christmas lunch in the past and head to Dee Why RSL.

The newly renovated Flame bar and their Bistro are both offering a three course menu which offers a variety of Christmas favourites and live music.

Who doesn’t love a Christmas buffet? In Dee Why RSL’s Showroom you can enjoy a buffet with all festive favourites.

Their Gaming and Bistro bars will also be open to the public to purchase drinks only.

What is the Cost?

Flame Bar – 3 course a la carte menu

Adult – $149 members/ $175.30 non-members

Child $59 members/ $69.50 non-members

Showroom – Buffet

Adult – $125 members/ $150 non-members

Child $55 members/ $65 non-members

Bistro – 3 course menu

Adult – $59 members/ $69.50 non-members

Child $30 members/ $37.50 non-members

How to Book?

Contact their reception on 9454 4000 to secure your table

Fratelli Fresh – Manly

Fratelli Fresh Manly is open just across the road from Manly Wharf for a 4-course share-style Christmas Day lunch – served Italian style with a festive atmosphere and a Limoncello on arrival!

What is the Cost?

Adult – $89

Child $39

Optional extras

2 hour drinks package $39 per person

How to Book?

Book online

Harbord Diggers

Harbord Diggers is open for Christmas Day with some restaurants offering bookings for set lunches.

If you are looking for an Italian inspired menu with an emphasis on seafood, head to AcquaFresca by Pilu and indulge in their four-course sharing menu.

Teddy’s is offering a three course meal with Australian Christmas classics, including baked ham, prawns, oysters and Pavlova.

DD Collective will also be open over Christmas where you can enjoy a hot Christmas lunch with your choice of a seafood or croquette entree, hot roast with all the trimmings for mains, and a Christmas pudding or tiramisu for dessert.

What is the Cost?

AcquaFresca by Pilu

Adult – $150

Child (under 12) – $65

Teddy Larkins

Adult – $160

Child (under 12) – $60

DD Collective

Adult – $90

Child – $40

How to Book?

AcquaFresca by Pilu – call direct (02) 90718681 or book online 

Teddy Larkins  – Call direct (02) 8592 4276 or book online 

DD Collective – Call direct or book online

Harbord Hotel

Spend your Christmas Day with Harbord Hotel. Their head Chef Adam Rust has created a delectable four course menu, designed to be shared family-style. Plus the best part, no washing up and more time for fun!

What is the Cost?

Adult – $195

Child (under 12) – $45

How to Book?

Book a table online

El Camino

Fill your Christmas with tacos, margaritas and sombreros at El Camino Manly. Enjoy their usual Tex-Mex menu from 11am until 3pm on Christmas day. A Tex-Mex Christmas Lunch feast while watching Manly Cove at El Camino Manly.

What is the Cost?

They are offering their normal menu, however, a holiday surcharge will apply.

How to Book?

Book online 

Manly Beaches

Christmas Day is generally warm and sunny, making it the perfect day for a swim at the beach and a barbeque lunch. Bring your own picnic and cook up a storm on one of the free electric barbeques located at various beach locations such as Shelly Beach, Little Manly, Forty Baskets, Clontarf Reserve, to name a few.

What is the Cost?


Manly Pacific

Celebrate Christmas Day along the beachfront at Manly Pacific from 12:30pm. You can have seafood table platters including lobster, prawns, crab, Morton bay bugs or a traditional roast, drinks and more. You can also expect Santa to make an appearance.

What is the Cost?

Adult – $240

Child (5-12) – $100

Infant (0-4) – Free

How to Book?

Contact 02 8966 7420 or email:


Celebrate your Christmas Day Lunch overlooking the picturesque Pittwater at Pasadena in Church Point. Expect to enjoy a delicious four course seafood feast with French bubbles on arrival. You can upgrade to enjoy an unlimited drinks package.

What is the Cost?

Adult – $160

Child (under 12) – $50

Optional 2.5 hour beverage package

How to Book?

Book online at or contact (02) 8998 7810 for all bookings and enquiries

Pilu at Freshwater

Enjoy a delicious gourmet 4 course Sardinian style Christmas lunch at Pilu at Freshwater. The festive menu combines delicious seafood, pasta and beef with shared entrees and sides in a fantastic location at Freshwater Beach.

What is the Cost?

Adult – $290

Child (under 12) – $90

How to Book?

Contact (02) 9938 3331 or for all bookings and enquiries

Taronga Zoo

Taronga Zoo never closes! All tours, talks and enclosures are operating as usual. It is also a special day for the animals who are given enrichment presents, such as Christmas tree shaped ice blocks. Pack a special picnic hamper and enjoy a relaxing day discovering the animals, the great harbour views and Taronga’s beautiful bushland setting!

What is the Cost?

Adult – $44.10

Child (4-15) – $26.10

Concession- $35.10

Infant (0-3) – Free

How to Book?

Book online on

The Bavarian

Enjoy a German flavoured Christmas lunch with festive schnapps at The Bavarian in a stunning location overlooking the waters of Manly Cove. You can indulge in a 3-course share-style Christmas feast, including refreshing cocktails, select beers, wine and ciders.

What is the Cost?

Adult – $79 per person

How to Book?

Book online