20+ Boston Restaurants Open for Christmas Eve Dinner
Ring in the holidays with a Feast of Seven Fishes at Saltie Girl, a cheeky Moon Wok party at Mamaleh’s, whole animal roasts at Bisq, and more.
Christmastime is nearly here. Let a team of professionals take care of dinner the night before: Check out dining options, from prix-fixe menus to whole-roasted feasts, at some of Boston’s top restaurants. We’ll update this list as December 24 draws closer.
Looking to make a reservation on Christmas Day? You can, at these places.
Avery Bar and Artisan Bistro at the Ritz-Carlton
The cocktails are best enjoyed hearthside here, presenting a fitting transition into the winter. There are dinner options at Artisan Bistro, but to make the night even sweeter, swing by the build-your-own hot cocoa buffet at Avery Bar from 1-3 p.m.
Hot cocoa bar: $39 adults / $28 children, Artisan Bistro open 1-9 p.m., 10 Avery St., Boston, 617-574-7100, ritzcarlton.com.
The Somerville restaurant is offering a three-course prix-fixe featuring scallops, prime rib, halibut, crème brûlée , and much more. The general holiday merriment comes on the side.
$85, 5-8 p.m., 118 Beacon St., Somerville, 617-576-7700, bergamotrestaurant.com.
Over in Inman Square, Bergamot’s sibling is focused on whole animal dinners, like roasted chicken, lamb leg, and suckling pig. Complement that feast with small plates like grilled broccoli and beef heart tacos, or simply opt for a churro and a night cap.
$70, 5:30 p.m., 1071 Cambridge St., Cambridge, 617-714-3693, bisqcambridge.com.
The Seaport spot is slinging Greek eats and boozy cocktails for brunch and dinner on Christmas Eve, which is all we needed to hear.
Bruch 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., dinner 5 p.m.-midnight, 50 Pier Four Blvd., Seaport/Fort Point, 617-737-5051, committeeboston.com.
Jamie Bissonnette, Ken Oringer, and company are flooding their Italian enoteca with a multi-course seafood menu of calamari, oysters, swordfish meatballs, and more.
$75, $120 with wine pairing, 4:30-9:30 p.m., 253 Shawmut Ave., Boston, 617-391-0902, coppaboston.com.
Will you find yourself in Worcester this season? From Tuesday, December 20 through Christmas Eve, chef Jared Forman will offer his take on the Feast of Seven Fishes. His plates include oysters oreganata, calamari fritti, scungilli fra diavolo with sea urchin, plus dessert, an aperitivo, and more.
$65, plus $35 for optional wine pairing, 281 Main St., Worcester, 774-420-7107, deadhorsehill.com.
Join the Brookline restaurant for a special dinner seating. While a few specials will be available, there’s no shame in enjoying the standard plates of stuffed lobster and quinoa latkes—Hanukkah starts on the 24th, too.
5-9 p.m., bar service until 2 a.m., 1704 Beacon St., Brookline, 617-396-8752, fairstedkitchen.com.
Fight off the cold with the restaurant’s full menu of South American-inspired plates, like grilled octopus quesadillas and swiss chard empanadas. The bar will also be slinging draft cocktails and amaro flights.
5-10 p.m., 124 Broadway, Somerville, 617-764-1412, labrasasomerville.com.
A four-course meal of soul-warming Italian cuisine is only matched by a flight of wine. Luckily, the folks at La Morra are offering both.
$75, $105 with wine flight, $45 for children, 5-9 p.m., 48 Boylston St., Brookline, 617-739-0007, lamorra.com.
It’s a Jewish Christmas miracle at the Kendall Square delicatessen. The restaurant crew will be bumping Michael Jackson tunes and serving Chinese food-inspired specials all day long, alongside the spot’s normal menu, as part of the so-called “Moon Wok” event. Given the circumstances, reservations are recommended.
10 a.m.-10 p.m., 1 Kendall Sq, Bldg. 300, Cambridge, 617-958-3354, mamalehs.com.
The Waltham restaurant is open during special dinner hours this holiday to sate your cravings for salumi, pasta, and chilled craft beers.
5-8 p.m., 99 3rd Ave., Waltham, 781-622-1500, osteriaposto.com.
The Painted Burro
During two Christmas Eve seatings, get your fix of mezcal, tacos, and huevos rancheros. We won’t tell if you swing by both sessions.
Brunch from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., dinner from 4-9 p.m., 219 Elm St., Somerville, 617-776-0005, thepaintedburro.com.
If your shopping travels take you by the Prudential Center, refuel at Jody Adam’s Mediterranean haven during an extended brunch. That means pomegranate cinnamon buns, sea trout with poached eggs, and seasonal cocktails like the eggnog flip, served with flaming rum.
11:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Ring Rd, Boston, 617-536-1234, porto-boston.com.
The Davis Square restaurant is plating its take on the Feast of the Seven Fishes, with traditional Italian fare like salt cod tortellini, antipasti plates, and seared snapper. Additional wine pairings are available.
$65, plus $35 for wine pairing, 5 p.m., 187 Elm St., Somerville, 617-625-0600, postoboston.com.
Puritan & Company
Enjoy a three-course meal ranging from bay scallop bisque, to duck confit with sausage, to skillet-roasted chicken with spaghetti squash at this Inman Square restaurant. An a la carte starter option of charcuterie or oysters is also available.
$45, $15 for additional starter, 5:30-8:30 p.m., 1166 Cambridge St., Cambridge, 617-615-6195, puritancambridge.com.
Rosebud American Kitchen & Bar
Two seatings for brunch and dinner means two chances to nosh on entrées like St. Louis-style ribs, loaded mac and cheese, and griddled omelets.
Brunch 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Dinner 4-9 p.m., 381 Summer St., Somerville, 617-629-9500, rosebudkitchen.com.
The heavy-hitting new spot‘s first annual Feast of the Seven Fishes features an eight-course dinner with dishes like oysters, baked clams, and tinned chocolate soufflé. It’s also the first time the restaurant has accommodated reservations. Which is big news, considering how limited seating is. Don’t miss your chance to marvel at chef Kyle McClelland’s exclusive holiday menu.
$120, $165 with wine pairings, 8-10 p.m., 281 Dartmouth St., Back Bay, 617-267-0691, saltiegirl.com.
The Assembly Row storefront is cooking up fried chicken, deviled eggs, and biscuits all day Christmas Eve. Grab a bourbon cocktail and post up.
10 a.m.-1 a.m., 500 Assembly Row, Somerville, 617-764-5966, southernkincookhouse.com.
The Cambridge dive-ish bar is pouring draft beers and cocktails into the early hours of Christmas, with enough bar food to start your holiday snacking early.
11:30-2 a.m., One Kendall Square, Building 300, Lower Level, Cambridge, 617-848-4355, statepark.is.
This five-course feast from Fenway chefs Meghann Ward and Kevin Walsh features Italian-leaning plates like olive oil-poached tuna, braised octopus, and cauliflower pizza. Add a wine pairing and kick back at one of the hottest new spots of 2016.
$65, 5:30-9 p.m., 69 Kilmarnock Street, Fenway/Kenmore, 617-421-4470, tapestry.restaurant.
The Tap Trailhouse
Tavern food and beer are the dynamic duo we use to ease into the holiday season. Stop by this Freedom Trail bar and get things going early with wings and a fresh pint.
10-2 a.m., 19 Union St., Boston, 617-367-0033, thetaptrailhouse.com.
Ken Oringer and Jamie Bissonnette’s tapas restaurant will be open with a full menu, so you can go through as may Spanish small plates—and ears of grilled street corn—as necessary. A number of themed specials are also slated to make their debut.
5-9:30 p.m., 1704 Washington St., South End, 617-536-4300, toro-restaurant.com.
For the restaurant’s annual Southern Christmas Eve dinner, Andy Husbands and his crew are serving a slew of plates, priced a la carte. That includes pimento cheese fritters, cider-brined turkey, cornbread, pies, and much more.
5:30-10:30 p.m., 647 Tremont St., Boston, 617-266-4600, tremont647.com.
Wink & Nod
The Nepali fare from Gita is already a must-try, but Wink & Nod is keeping the doors open during Christmas Eve just in case you haven’t stopped by yet. Or, if you just want another serving of pork dumplings.
5 p.m.-2 a.m., 3 Appleton St., South End, 617-482-0117, winkandnod.com.