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Where to Dine Out for Christmas Day 2019 Around Boston

14 holiday options, from steakhouses to French restaurants to Japanese barbecue

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For those not planning to cook on Christmas Day, a handful of local restaurants will be open for brunch or dinner (or both). Here’s the rundown on some options in and around Boston, from hotel buffets to steakhouses to French restaurants.

Tip: If none of these fits the bill, head straight to Boston’s Chinatown, much of which traditionally remains open on Christmas, or try any of the Boston area’s million Legal Sea Foods locations, most of which are open for both lunch and dinner on December 25.

Looking for restaurants serving a Feast of Seven Fishes dinner on Christmas Eve? Find those here, and visit the Eater Boston Holiday Dining Guide for holiday-related stories, maps, and guides all year long.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Several Restaurants at Encore Boston Harbor

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1 Broadway
Everett, MA 02149
(857) 770-7000
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Many restaurants at Everett’s new casino will be open on Christmas Day, and several will have holiday specials in addition to their regular a la carte menus:

Garden Cafe will serve a three-course dinner from 11 a.m. on, featuring prime rib, for $40.

Sinatra will add specials to its menu between 3 p.m. and 9 p.m., such as baked lobster pasta and halibut pot pie.

Rare will feature a holiday plate for $42 between 3 p.m. and 9 p.m. that includes Berkshire pork crown roast and whipped potatoes.

Call (857) 770-DINE for reservations.

2. Ruth's Chris Steak House

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375 Revolution Dr
Somerville, MA 02145
(857) 995-6122
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This fancy new addition to Assembly Row is open from noon to 8 p.m. on Christmas Day (and from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Christmas Eve). Locations in Boston and Waltham are also open but with different hours. Check each location’s page on the Ruth’s Chris website for details and to make a reservation: Somerville, Boston, Waltham.

3. Momi Nonmi

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1128 Cambridge St
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 945-7328
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This Inman Square izakaya will be open from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Christmas Day, serving two specials — a shokado bento ($38) and a five-course Christmas dinner ($68).

4. Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ

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HARVARD SQUARE, 16-18 Eliot St
Cambridge, MA 02138
(857) 259-6666
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Take the family for a meaty lunch or dinner of Japanese barbecue (yakiniku) at Gyu-Kaku. The international chain — which, locally, also has Brookline and Dorchester outposts — serves up a variety of meats that diners grill right at the table. Gyu-Kaku is also open on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. Reserve online.

5. Alcove

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50 Lovejoy Wharf
Boston, MA 02114
(617) 248-0050
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Alcove is open and serving its full dinner menu on Christmas Day from noon to 8 p.m. (as well as lunch, a mid-day menu, and dinner between 11:30 a.m. and 11 p.m. on Christmas Eve). Christmas Day will include a couple specials: fettuccine with Dog Patch Farm guanciale (with truffle options) and beef short rib. Reserve online.

6. Ma Maison

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272 Cambridge St
Boston, MA 02114
(617) 725-8855
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Open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Christmas Day (and 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Christmas Eve as well), this Beacon Hill French restaurant is offering a $75 four-course menu — and the items are available a la carte as well. Escargots Bourguignon, Dover sole, beef Wellington, and more. Reserve online.

7. Peregrine

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170 Charles St
Boston, MA 02114
(617) 826-1762
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Peregrine is open on Christmas Day (and Christmas Eve, too) for breakfast, a two-course lunch prix fixe, and a three-course dinner prix fixe; find hours, pricing, and menus here. There’s also a special Feast of the Seven Fishes tasting menu available both days, with very limited seating. Call the restaurant at (617) 826-1762 to reserve; you must specifically mention the Feast of the Seven Fishes, or you will be booked for the holiday prix fixe menu.

8. Miel at the Intercontinental

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510 Atlantic Ave
Boston, MA 02210
(617) 217-5151
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The French restaurant at the Intercontinental, Miel, is serving a three-course prix fixe menu on Christmas Day this year, available between noon and 8 p.m., for $75/person. Options include lobster bisque, short ribs with charred corn polenta, chocolate profiteroles, and more. (The same menu is also available Christmas Eve between 4:30 p.m. and 10 p.m.) Reserve online.

9. Outlook Kitchen at the Envoy Hotel

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70 Sleeper St
Boston, MA 02210
(617) 338-3030
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Outlook Kitchen is open from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Christmas Day, serving a three-course menu for $55 that includes options such as winter squash bisque, wild mushroom rigatoni, and tiramisu buche de Noel. Call (617) 530-1559 or reserve online.

10. Artisan Bistro at the Ritz-Carlton

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10 Avery Street The Ritz-Carlton, Boston Common
Boston, MA 02111
(617) 574-7176
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At the Ritz-Carlton’s Artisan Bistro, there’s a Christmas Day brunch buffet from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., including salads and lobster bisque, monkfish osso bucco, chocolate Yule log, and more. $75/adult, $35/child from three to 12, free for children two and under. Reserve by calling (617) 574-7176.

11. Aura at the Seaport Hotel

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1 Seaport Ln
Boston, MA 02210
(617) 385-4300
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Aura is serving a family-friendly brunch buffet (complete with a Santa visit) from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; $69 for adults, $25 for kids five to 12, and free for kids four and under. Dishes will include eggs Benedict, French toast, clam chowder, honey ham with Bourbon maple glaze, mac and cheese, and lots more, not to mention a chocolate fountain. Reserve online or call (617) 385-4304.

12. Morton's the Steakhouse

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2 Seaport Ln
Boston, MA 02210
(617) 526-0410
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Morton’s is open from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Christmas Day (and 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Christmas Eve), featuring a couple specials in addition to the regular menu: a cote de boeuf for $135 and a filet and lobster Oscar for $59. Reserve online.

13. Bar Boulud at the Mandarin Oriental

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776 Boylston St
Boston, MA 02199
(617) 535-8800
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Located at the Mandarin Oriental, Bar Boulud is serving a Christmas Day brunch buffet from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. ($98/adult, $49/child six to 11, free for children five and under). There’s also dinner service from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., $98/person, with dishes such as foie gras terrine, black winter truffle risotto, praline baked Alaska, and more. There’s an optional $52 wine pairing. (Bar Boulud is also open for Christmas Eve dinner from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the same pricing as Christmas Day dinner. Here’s the menu.) Reserve online.

14. Fogo de Chão Brazilian Steakhouse

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200 Dartmouth St
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 585-6300
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A steakhouse, but with a Brazilian twist: Get the churrasco experience at Fogo de Chão, where an endless parade of servers slice grilled meats onto your plate from long skewers. It’s open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Christmas Day (and 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Christmas Eve), serving the regular menu. Reserve online.

1. Several Restaurants at Encore Boston Harbor

1 Broadway, Everett, MA 02149

Many restaurants at Everett’s new casino will be open on Christmas Day, and several will have holiday specials in addition to their regular a la carte menus:

Garden Cafe will serve a three-course dinner from 11 a.m. on, featuring prime rib, for $40.

Sinatra will add specials to its menu between 3 p.m. and 9 p.m., such as baked lobster pasta and halibut pot pie.

Rare will feature a holiday plate for $42 between 3 p.m. and 9 p.m. that includes Berkshire pork crown roast and whipped potatoes.

Call (857) 770-DINE for reservations.

1 Broadway
Everett, MA 02149

2. Ruth's Chris Steak House

375 Revolution Dr, Somerville, MA 02145

This fancy new addition to Assembly Row is open from noon to 8 p.m. on Christmas Day (and from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Christmas Eve). Locations in Boston and Waltham are also open but with different hours. Check each location’s page on the Ruth’s Chris website for details and to make a reservation: Somerville, Boston, Waltham.

375 Revolution Dr
Somerville, MA 02145

3. Momi Nonmi

1128 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02139

This Inman Square izakaya will be open from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Christmas Day, serving two specials — a shokado bento ($38) and a five-course Christmas dinner ($68).

1128 Cambridge St
Cambridge, MA 02139

4. Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ

HARVARD SQUARE, 16-18 Eliot St, Cambridge, MA 02138

Take the family for a meaty lunch or dinner of Japanese barbecue (yakiniku) at Gyu-Kaku. The international chain — which, locally, also has Brookline and Dorchester outposts — serves up a variety of meats that diners grill right at the table. Gyu-Kaku is also open on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. Reserve online.

HARVARD SQUARE, 16-18 Eliot St
Cambridge, MA 02138

5. Alcove

50 Lovejoy Wharf, Boston, MA 02114

Alcove is open and serving its full dinner menu on Christmas Day from noon to 8 p.m. (as well as lunch, a mid-day menu, and dinner between 11:30 a.m. and 11 p.m. on Christmas Eve). Christmas Day will include a couple specials: fettuccine with Dog Patch Farm guanciale (with truffle options) and beef short rib. Reserve online.

50 Lovejoy Wharf
Boston, MA 02114

6. Ma Maison

272 Cambridge St, Boston, MA 02114

Open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Christmas Day (and 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Christmas Eve as well), this Beacon Hill French restaurant is offering a $75 four-course menu — and the items are available a la carte as well. Escargots Bourguignon, Dover sole, beef Wellington, and more. Reserve online.

272 Cambridge St
Boston, MA 02114

7. Peregrine

170 Charles St, Boston, MA 02114

Peregrine is open on Christmas Day (and Christmas Eve, too) for breakfast, a two-course lunch prix fixe, and a three-course dinner prix fixe; find hours, pricing, and menus here. There’s also a special Feast of the Seven Fishes tasting menu available both days, with very limited seating. Call the restaurant at (617) 826-1762 to reserve; you must specifically mention the Feast of the Seven Fishes, or you will be booked for the holiday prix fixe menu.

170 Charles St
Boston, MA 02114

8. Miel at the Intercontinental

510 Atlantic Ave, Boston, MA 02210

The French restaurant at the Intercontinental, Miel, is serving a three-course prix fixe menu on Christmas Day this year, available between noon and 8 p.m., for $75/person. Options include lobster bisque, short ribs with charred corn polenta, chocolate profiteroles, and more. (The same menu is also available Christmas Eve between 4:30 p.m. and 10 p.m.) Reserve online.

510 Atlantic Ave
Boston, MA 02210

9. Outlook Kitchen at the Envoy Hotel

70 Sleeper St, Boston, MA 02210

Outlook Kitchen is open from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Christmas Day, serving a three-course menu for $55 that includes options such as winter squash bisque, wild mushroom rigatoni, and tiramisu buche de Noel. Call (617) 530-1559 or reserve online.

70 Sleeper St
Boston, MA 02210

10. Artisan Bistro at the Ritz-Carlton

10 Avery Street The Ritz-Carlton, Boston Common, Boston, MA 02111

At the Ritz-Carlton’s Artisan Bistro, there’s a Christmas Day brunch buffet from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., including salads and lobster bisque, monkfish osso bucco, chocolate Yule log, and more. $75/adult, $35/child from three to 12, free for children two and under. Reserve by calling (617) 574-7176.

10 Avery Street The Ritz-Carlton, Boston Common
Boston, MA 02111

11. Aura at the Seaport Hotel

1 Seaport Ln, Boston, MA 02210

Aura is serving a family-friendly brunch buffet (complete with a Santa visit) from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; $69 for adults, $25 for kids five to 12, and free for kids four and under. Dishes will include eggs Benedict, French toast, clam chowder, honey ham with Bourbon maple glaze, mac and cheese, and lots more, not to mention a chocolate fountain. Reserve online or call (617) 385-4304.

1 Seaport Ln
Boston, MA 02210

12. Morton's the Steakhouse

2 Seaport Ln, Boston, MA 02210

Morton’s is open from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Christmas Day (and 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Christmas Eve), featuring a couple specials in addition to the regular menu: a cote de boeuf for $135 and a filet and lobster Oscar for $59. Reserve online.

2 Seaport Ln
Boston, MA 02210

13. Bar Boulud at the Mandarin Oriental

776 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02199

Located at the Mandarin Oriental, Bar Boulud is serving a Christmas Day brunch buffet from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. ($98/adult, $49/child six to 11, free for children five and under). There’s also dinner service from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., $98/person, with dishes such as foie gras terrine, black winter truffle risotto, praline baked Alaska, and more. There’s an optional $52 wine pairing. (Bar Boulud is also open for Christmas Eve dinner from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the same pricing as Christmas Day dinner. Here’s the menu.) Reserve online.

776 Boylston St
Boston, MA 02199

14. Fogo de Chão Brazilian Steakhouse

200 Dartmouth St, Boston, MA 02116

A steakhouse, but with a Brazilian twist: Get the churrasco experience at Fogo de Chão, where an endless parade of servers slice grilled meats onto your plate from long skewers. It’s open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Christmas Day (and 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Christmas Eve), serving the regular menu. Reserve online.

200 Dartmouth St
Boston, MA 02116

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