If the idea of feasting at home on December 25 does not sound merry and bright, there’s a solution. A number of Boston-area restaurants — especially those located inside hotels — are keeping the lights on during Christmas Day and rolling out special feasts for the occasion. Check out the full list below, and grab a reservation sooner rather than later as tables at many spots are filling up fast.Read More
Where to Eat on Christmas Day
A guide to Boston-area restaurants that are open on the holiday
Rare Steakhouse — located inside the luxury Encore Boston Harbor hotel — is serving up a three-course meal on Christmas Day for $125 per person. There’s a little leeway with options available for each course, including a lemony roast chicken, citrus-crusted swordfish, or dijon-roasted prime rib for the entree.
Go big with a Christmas omakase dinner at Momi Nonmi, an upscale sushi spot known for its sake selection. Chef and owner Chris Chung is accepting reservations on December 25 for a varied omakase menu that starts at $170 per person, with a minimum of two people required on each reservation.
Take in waterfront views while feasting at Alcove, which is mixing its regular dinner menu with a few holiday specials on December 25. Chef Charles Draghi is in charge of the kitchen here; highlights include a hearty carbonara, tender grilled chicken served half or whole, and a smoked trout pate served with crispy everything bagel chips.
Christmas dinner at Ristorante Fiore in the North End doubles as a goodbye party this year. The long-running Italian spot is closing down permanently after service on the holiday. Owner Fiore Colella is retiring, while the space is changing hands to well-known Boston restaurateur Frank DePasquale, who plans to bring back a version of the Italian restaurant and nightclub Umbria in the new year.
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Speaking of DePasquale, all of his North End restaurants — including seafood spot Mare and other Italian favorites like Trattoria Il Panino and Bricco — are open on Christmas Day. Head to Mare on December 25 from 4 to 11 p.m. for oysters, crudo, and more, either indoors or while huddled around a warm firepit on the restaurant’s enclosed patio.
Grana at The Langham
The Langham Hotel’s restaurant Grana is doing a family-style menu on Christmas Day. Appetizers include candied butternut soup and burrata salad, followed by a braised beef short rib, and sides like wild mushroom risotto and crispy Brussels sprouts. Cap off the meal with a stop at the dessert buffet, where diners will find festive sweets like a black forest yule log and lemon ricotta pie. The meal costs $145 per person (or $65 for children aged five or older) and is served in three seatings between 11:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.
Boston Harbor Hotel
The swanky, waterfront Boston Harbor Hotel is hosting a blowout brunch on Christmas Day with roasted turkey, Peking duck, lobster mac and cheese, a charcuterie bar, a seafood bar — essentially, come hungry. The brunch is $210 per person, or $80 for children 12 and under.
Head up to the top of the Newbury Boston hotel to feast in style on Christmas Day. Major Food Group’s lauded Italian restaurant Contessa is serving a $195-per-person, four-course Christmas meal with dishes like spicy lobster rigatoni and ribeye tagliata. The dinner is served from 12 to 7 p.m. Can’t get a reservation? Guaranteed seatings come with a special hotel booking over the holiday.
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Atlantic Fish Company
Seafood mainstay Atlantic Fish Company is celebrating the holiday with a special menu that includes roasted porchetta, grilled steelhead trout, and a squid ink fregola with poached lobster. Seatings start at 3 p.m. on December 25, and the last seating is at 8:45 p.m.
Fogo de Chão Brazilian Steakhouse
Brazilian steakhouse chain Fogo de Chão in Back Bay will be open to customers on Christmas Day from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Go for the churrasco experience to get the restaurant’s roasted meats via all-you-can-eat tableside service for $65 per person.