Boston Restaurants Open on Christmas Day

Leave your yuletide feast up to local professionals.

bar boulud

Bar Boulud. / Photo provided

The city tends to empty out on Christmas Day, as residents post up with family and spend the day indoors. But for those who would prefer to hit the town and grab a bite out, here are a handful of local restaurants keeping their doors—and kitchens—open.

Looking for Christmas Eve dining options? We got those, too.


With a dinner buffet full of glazed ham, winter vegetable bisque, and assorted pies, it’s hard to go wrong here.

$50, $19 for children, 5-8 p.m., Royal Sonesta Boston, 40 Edwin H Land Blvd, Cambridge, 617-806-4122,

Bar Boulud

Enjoy a three-course prix-fixe with dishes like roasted duck breast, braised short rib, and duck pâté. Opt for the sommelier-selected wine pairings to elevate your meal even further.

$85 pp, $144 w/ wine pairing, noon-8 p.m., 776 Boylston St., Boston, 617-535-8800,

Lobster bouillabaisse at Brasserie Jo. / Photo provided

Lobster bouillabaisse at Brasserie Jo. / Photo provided

Brasserie Jo

Chef Nick Calias is offering an a la carte Christmas Day menu alongside the restaurant’s normal offerings. Holiday specials include grilled veal chop, lobster bouillabaisse, foie gras parfait, and more.

The Colonnade Boston Hotel, 120 Huntington Ave., Boston, 617-425-3240,

The Fireplace brookline

The Fireplace. / Photo by David Barron

The Fireplace

The Brookline restaurant will serve a special a la carte menu of filet mignon bites, maple-glazed chicken, butternut squash bisque, and more this Christmas. And if you’re looking for mood lighting, the restaurant’s namesake doesn’t disappoint.

11 a.m.-9 p.m., 1634 Beacon St., Brookline, 617-975-1900,


It’s a Jewish Christmas miracle at the Kendall delicatessen. The restaurant crew will be bumping Michael Jackson tunes and serving Chinese food-inspired specials all day long, alongside the spot’s normal full menu, as part of the “Moon Wok” event. Given the circumstances, reservations are recommended.

10 a.m.-4 p.m., 1 Kendall Sq, Bldg 300, Cambridge, 617-958-3354,