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’Tis the Season for Special Holiday Lunch at Boston Restaurants

Celebrate the season with a special meal at Yvonne's, Les Sablons, and more of Boston's finest restaurants.

Savor this busy season by making time for an indulgent lunch with family and friends. Old favorites like No. 9 Park return with weekday lunch on the Boston Common—perfect for an après-skating warm-up—and new spots, like Les Sablons in Cambridge, also make December days merry and bright. Check out the festive lunch offerings below, and happy holidays.

Holiday lunch at Les Sablons

Holiday lunch at Les Sablons. / Photo by Emily Hagen

Les Sablons

Get in the spirit with King crab cocktail with horseradish crème fraîche, baked Chilmark oysters with Meyer lemon sabayon and black truffle, roasted-mushroom-and-rabbit tart, and more French-inspired delicacies from chef Jeremy Sewall. The swanky, upstairs dining room at the latest from Sewall and his Island Creek Oyster partners does its first holiday lunch series in Harvard Square this year, from Monday, Nov. 27-Friday, Dec. 29. Sommelier Lauren Dadonna has curated list of sparklers, and oyster man Skip Bennett will share the freshest varieties from his Duxbury farm. Weekend brunch continues on Sundays this season, as well.

Weekdays, November 27-December 29, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., 2 Bennett St., Cambridge, 617-268-6800, lscambridge.com.

Legal Harborside holiday lunch

Legal Harborside photo provided

Legal Harborside

Have your holiday lunch with a side of harbor views. The second floor of the illustrious Seaport location of Legal Sea Foods is serving December lunch for the first time this year, with an exclusive, a la carte menu with choices like house-made clam dip with potato chips; tuna poké; and broiled shrimp with couscous and butternut squash. The festive mid-day meal runs weekdays until December 29.

Weekdays through December 29, noon-3 p.m., 270 Northern Ave., second floor, Boston, 617-477-2900, legalseafoods.com.

A festive wreath of a chicory salad is new to the No. 9 Park holiday lunch menu in 2017

A festive wreath of a chicory salad is new to the No. 9 Park holiday lunch menu in 2017. / Photo provided

No. 9 Park

A sure sign of the season: No. 9 Park’s iconic holiday lunch begins Monday, Nov. 27. Favorites like French onion soup, rock shrimp bigoli, and a warming Tom & Jerry return alongside new specials, like roasted goose for two. Guest bartenders join the fun (see who’s coming over on Instagram), and both a la carte options and a $75 tasting menu are available. To reserve, call 617-742-9991 or go online.

Weekdays, November 27-December 22, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m., 9 Park St., Boston, 617-742-9991, no9park.com.

Venison, duck leg, and fettuccine from the holiday lunch menu at Osteria Posto

Venison, duck leg, and fettuccine from the holiday lunch menu at Osteria Posto. / Photo provided

Osteria Posto

If you live or work near the Alpine Restaurant Group’s swanky suburban spot, treat your colleagues and compatriots to a seasonal, three-course menu ($49) from chef Joe Cassinelli. Items like a tri colore salad with winter citrus, fettucini with black truffles and marsala, and roasted venison saddle with cider-braised red cabbage are also available a la carte at the bar only.

Weekdays, November 27-December 22, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., 99 Third Ave., Waltham, 781-622-1500, osteriaposto.com.

Cherrywood smoked brownie at Cultivar. / Galdones Photography

Cultivar

Chef Mary Dumont welcomes her first holiday season in downtown Boston with a three-course prix-fixe ($50), with optional wine or cocktail pairings for an additional $35, alongside her regular menu on weekdays. (Weekend brunch continues as usual.) Choose among courses like celery root agnolotti with cultured butter and black truffle, seared dayboat scallops with radish and winter citrus beurre blanc, and pastry chef Robert Gonzalez’s cherrywood-smoked brownie.

Weekdays, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. 1 Court St., Boston, 617-979-8203, cultivarboston.com.

Holiday lunch at Yvonne's in 2015

Holiday lunch at Yvonne’s in 2015. / Photo by Lisa Richov provided

Yvonne’s

Some long lost holiday traditions, like the Jordan Marsh Enchanted Village, are gone from Downtown Crossing. But luxurious lunch at Locke-Ober continues at its successor, Yvonne’s, every Friday in December. Culinary director Tom Berry and executive chef Juan Pedrosa pay homage to the past with recipes straight from Locke-Ober menus, like lobster a la Stroganoff, and short rib and filet mignon “turf & turf” Rossini. There’s ample Champagne to go around, and Yvonne’s beverage director Nicole Lebedevitch has a new Martini Lounge menu for the special event. Call or click for reservations.

Fridays, December 1-22, seatings at 12, 12:30, 1, 1:30 p.m., 2 Winter Place, Boston, 617-267-0047, yvonnesboston.com.

Grill 23 & Bar during the holidays

Grill 23 & Bar during the holidays. / Photo by Warren Jagger provided

Grill 23 & Bar

Ken and Chris Himmel’s incomparable steakhouse brings back annual holiday lunch beginning December 11. Executive chef Brian Kevorkian is preparing a la carte steakhouse options, including Japanese wagyu strip loin, and lobster mac and cheese; entrees like pan-seared halibut with navy beans, fennel, and veal demi-glace; raw bar offerings, and more.

Weekdays, December 11-22, 11:30 a.m.-2:30.p.m., 161 Berkeley St., Boston, 617-542-2255, grill23.com.

This post will be updated with new information throughout the season. A previous version of this post said Legal Harborside’s holiday lunch is every day, but it is in fact weekdays only.


Jacqueline Cain Associate Food Editor at Boston Magazine jcain@bostonmagazine.com