Where to Indulge in Holiday Lunch in Boston
Here’s the 2022 rundown on special weekday lunch menus available around the city this holiday season, featuring luxurious steaks, seafood, and lots more.
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One particularly fun aspect of the holiday season in Boston is special holiday lunches: Some of the city’s typically dinner-only spots add a midday meal to their schedule temporarily, and some others that do regularly serve lunch make it extra fancy for the season. It’s a nice way to jazz up your winter break—or sneak out of work for a leisurely afternoon eating lobster thermidor or wagyu steak with a side of champagne.
Here are the details for 10 holiday lunches to try around Boston in December 2022.
Last updated December 1, 2022.
This South End restaurant takes inspiration from the Iberian Peninsula with seafood-focused small plates. While it does regularly serve lunch throughout the year, it’s adding a special three-course lunch menu for $75 per person from December 1 through 23. You’ll find dishes such as salt-cod croquettes with squid-ink aioli; scallops with chestnut purée, blood orange, endive, and roasted cauliflower; and more. Call or reserve online.
600 Harrison Ave., Boston, 857-233-2898, atlanticoboston.com.
Bistro du Midi
This Public Garden-adjacent French restaurant, around since 2009, features a fireplace on its second floor—a great place to cozy up on a chilly day. An à la carte lunch menu is available throughout the year, but on weekdays throughout December, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Bistro du Midi is offering its special holiday “Bouchon” lunch, a three-course prix fixe for $36 per person. Start with French onion soup or a kale Caesar salad (we’d go with the soup, but follow your heart); choose from chicken paillard, tuna pan bagnat, or moules au pastis for the second course; and end with a seasonal orange-flavored crème brûlée with anise biscotti.
272 Boylston St., Boston, 617-279-8000, bistrodumidi.com.
This one’s being promoted as “holiday brunch” rather than “lunch,” but we’ll allow it. The South End cafe and bakery is serving a special four-course prix fixe menu ($65 per person) Fridays in December—the 2nd, 9th, 16th, and 23rd—from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Start with cheese and charcuterie; head into salads; choose from lobster eggs Benedict or butternut squash ravioli for the main; and enjoy gingerbread waffles or other desserts to finish. A wine pairing is available, too, for a $45 supplement. Reserve via OpenTable—find the holiday brunch under “Experiences.”
314 Shawmut Ave., Boston, 617-482-1015, southendbuttery.com.
Grill 23 & Bar
This classy Back Bay steakhouse is always decorated gorgeously for the holiday season, and it opens for special lunch hours from December 14 to 16 and 21 to 23, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. It’s an à la carte menu, and it’s jam-packed with steaks, including a Wagyu striploin, not to mention a lobster roll, lobster mac ’n’ cheese, lobster bisque…and sure, some non-lobster, non-steak things, too. Call or reserve online.
161 Berkeley St., Boston, 617-542-2255, grill23.com.
The intimate Downtown Crossing wine bar is offering a four-course holiday lunch on three Fridays (December 2, 9, and 16) from noon to 3 p.m. Priced at $50 per person, the menu includes scallop crudo, lobster bisque, porchetta, and passionfruit cheesecake. (More details here.) Reserve via Resy.
45 Province St., Boston, 617-208-6000, haleyhenry.com.
Little Whale Oyster Bar
Like its siblings Atlántico and Select Oyster Bar elsewhere on this list, Back Bay newcomer Little Whale Oyster Bar is adding a holiday three-course menu to its regular lunch offerings from December 1 through 24. For $75 per person, the menu includes dishes such as tuna crudo with green goddess dressing and a seafood stew packed with hake, lobster, and mussels.
314 Newbury St., Boston, 857-277-0800, littlewhaleboston.com.
Along with sibling Haley.Henry (see above), this Fenway wine bar is offering lunch from noon to 3 p.m. on December 2, 9, and 16—four courses for $50. On the menu: koginut soup, Parisienne gnocchi (with optional poached lobster), and more. Book on Resy.
186 Brookline Ave., Boston, 857-317-3884, nathaliebar.com.
Nautilus Pier 4
This Seaport District hot spot with Nantucket roots is usually only open for dinner, but it’s open for lunch service on Fridays and Saturdays from December 2 through 31 (closed December 24) from noon to 3 p.m., featuring some of its dinner favorites alongside more lunch-y specials. (The popular Peking-inspired whole roasted duck is on the menu.) Call or reserve online.
300 Pier Four Blvd., Boston, 857-957-0998, thenautilus.com/boston.
Select Oyster Bar
One more from the Atlántico/Little Whale crew: Select Oyster Bar is offering a three-course lunch alongside its usual lunch menu from December 1 through 24 for $75 per person. This Back Bay seafood spot will be featuring dishes such as Faroe Islands salmon crudo and Greek branzino with roasted mushrooms.
50 Gloucester St., Boston, 857-239-8064, selectboston.com.
The glitzy Downtown Crossing restaurant is bringing back its champagne-filled annual holiday lunch series, an homage to the longtime previous occupant of its space, Locke-Ober. Taking place on Fridays from December 2 until Christmas, the lunches are a throwback to the glory days of Locke-Ober, with modern twists on the old restaurant’s classics, like baked oysters Savannah, lobster thermidor, prime rib, and baked Alaska. Call to reserve a spot.
2 Winter Place, Boston, 617-267-0047, yvonnesboston.com.