The Best Restaurants Open on Christmas
If all you’re asking for this Christmas is a 240-day dry-aged rib eye or an epic brunch that you don’t have to actually cook (or clean up), consider your wish fulfilled. Some of America’s best restaurants — from New York City to Los Angeles to Chicago — are ready to make your dream come true with Christmas Day brunch buffets, luxe prix-fixe menus, and more relaxed meals served a la carte.
There’s really nothing quite like a decadent Christmas Day brunch and, fortunately, there are several excellent iterations across the country. For starters, there’s the complimentary bubbly and omelet bar at the Michelin-starred Luce in San Francisco or the upscale buffet at the Capitol Grille inside Nashville’s legendary Hermitage Hotel.
Several of the country’s finest chefs are serving dreamy multi-course menus perfect for this #treatyoself kind of day. In Boston, Daniel Boulud’s menu includes creamy pumpkin risotto and oven-roasted prime rib, while Wolfgang Puck at the Hotel Bel-Air will be serving dishes like hand-cut papardelle pasta with wild field mushrooms and pan-roasted organic Jidori chicken with French black truffle.
But if your main Christmas wish is just to have a relaxed meal without any fuss, there are still more excellent restaurants that will be offering their regular menus — with perhaps a special or two thrown in there. New York City hotspot Marta will be satisfying your pizza cravings during lunch and dinner hours. And about that steak you've been craving? Chef John Tesar will be serving plenty at his Dallas restaurant Knife.
So whatever your holiday feasting wish may be, go forth, make reservations and fulfill it.
Nico Osteria in Chicago
James Beard Award-winning chef Paul Kahan’s Gold Coast Italian osteria will be open on Christmas Day with a luxe four-course tasting menu. Feast on grilled octopus, lobster spaghetti, and prosciutto wrapped monkfish, plus a traditional bûche de noël for dessert. The menu runs at $125 per person. The restaurant will also be offering an a la carte menu on Christmas Day.
Marta in New York City
Who needs a fancy Christmas brunch when there are thin, Roman-style pizzas to be eaten? Marta, the beloved pizzeria from New York restaurateur Danny Meyer and chef Nick Anderer, will be open on Christmas Day for lunch and dinner.
Domenica in New Orleans
If you’re looking for an amazing meal in New Orleans on Christmas Day, you can’t do better than Domenica. Helmed by James Beard Award-winning chef Alon Shaya — and part of John Besh’s powerhouse restaurant group — Domenica is nationally regarded for its rustic Italian menu. On Christmas Day, Domenica will be offering a $60 per person four-course menu of dishes like fried Tuscan kale, shrimp risotto with saffron and lemon, and roasted pork loin with Sicilian style broccoli. Desserts include milk chocolate panna cotta and satsuma cream cake with strawberry, ricotta, and pine nuts.
Bourbon Steak in Washington, DC
If you’re out seeing the lights of Georgetown on Christmas Day, you’d be well-served to stop in for dinner at Bourbon Steak at the Four Seasons Hotel. The restaurant will be open for dinner and serving its regular menu with dishes like lobster pot pie, the chef's selection of Wagyu, and scallops with cauliflower, along with some holiday specials. If you want to stop in a little earlier they will be serving cocktails in the lounge beginning at 2:30 p.m.
Restaurant Guy Savoy in Las Vegas
Sure, you’re in Vegas so there are plenty of casino buffet options available on Christmas Day — many of them excellent choices, too — but if you’re looking to go all out there’s always Restaurant Guy Savoy. The renowned French chef will be offering a “prestige” holiday menu at his Caesars Palace restaurant on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and Dec. 26. That menu includes dungeness crab, seared foie-gras, artichoke and black truffle soup, and a dessert trolley, all for $385 per person.
Bar Boulud in Boston
Chef Daniel Boulud’s Boston outpost Bar Boulud in the Mandarin Oriental will be open on Christmas Day and serving a Christmas buffet brunch for $95 per adult and $48 per child 12 and under. Options include oven-roasted prime rib, seared salmon, and creamy pumpkin risotto. Pastry chef Robert Differ will have many desserts on display.
Luce in San Francisco
San Francisco’s Michelin-starred restaurant Luce will be open on Christmas Day serving both brunch and dinner. From 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., stop in for complimentary bubbly and a buffet with an omelet station and dim sum for $95 per person (or $45 for kids aged 4 to 12). Or, should you be more in the mood for a Christmas dinner, Luce will have a three-course prix fixe menu for $115 per person with dishes like duck breast glazed with honey and spice chestnuts and roasted apple; diver scallop with chile, pistachio, and brown butter; and cardamom panna cotta with pistachio and lemon.
Capitol Grille in Nashville
Located inside Nashville’s historic Hermitage Hotel, the Capitol Grille serves seasonal Southern dishes using ingredients from the nearby Double H Farms — and using the beef from its very own heritage-breed cattle. This year, the restaurant is hosting a Christmas Day brunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with cheese, waffle, carving stations, and more, and a three-course dinner with choices like pastrami cured salmon, apple cider pork chops, and peppermint chocolate pie.
Knife in Dallas
If you’re looking to treat yourself to a perfect Christmas Day steak dinner, look no further than Knife at the Highland Dallas. Chef John Tesar’s highly acclaimed temple of red meat will be offering a couple of specials in limited supply so be sure to get a reservation on the earlier side.
Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel-Air in Los Angeles
Celebrate this Christmas with the help of one of the world’s most famous chefs, Wolfgang Puck. His fine dining restaurant at the Hotel Bel-Air will be open for brunch — with a menu including hand-cut tortelloni with black truffle butter and roasted butternut squash soup — and dinner, with chilled Kumamoto oysters, Peking Chinese duck, whole roasted rack of veal, and more.
dinner (from 5 to 9 p.m.) serving a four-course prix fixe menu. Dishes will include house-smoked salmon blinis, kabocha pumpkin soup, steamed striped bass, and Wolf Ranch quail with Brussels sprouts, parsnip puree, Medjool dates, and French black truffles. The meal ends with a “Christmas Day dessert feast buffet,” which sounds amazing. The set menu will run you $165 per person, or $65 for children 12 and under.
Red Rooster in New York City
Chef Marcus Samuelsson’s iconic Harlem restaurant Red Rooster will open Christmas Day for brunch and dinner with its regular menus and holiday specials. Brunch offerings include the famous hot honey yardbird, chicken and waffles, and West Side French toast with orange creamsicle frosting; dinner includes jerk chicken, ribeye with sweet potato puree and pepper jam, and Block Party ribs with pickled slaw.