Restaurants Open on Christmas Day in Boston

Smith & Wollensky has a family friendly winter menu. Photo courtesy of the restaurant
Smith & Wollensky has a family friendly winter menu. Photo courtesy of the restaurant

Not only are there a bunch of amazing restaurants open in Boston on Christmas Day, but they have all kinds of special holiday plans for guests as well. As cozy as it is at home during the end of December, there's something about the idea of someone else doing the cooking for the family that is just so appealing—no matter what holiday you celebrate. We've complied a list of some of the best, including Boston restaurants open on Christmas Eve and those doing Christmas takeout. So read on and make your reservations before they're all booked up.

And with all that spare time not preparing Christmas dinner, you can try some of these 101 Christmas Activities for Kids. If you're looking for more family-friendly restaurants during the holidays and winter vacation, explore our list of Boston-area restaurants where kids can play.

Restaurants Open on Christmas in Boston

Legal Sea Foods – Various locations

This famous New England eatery is not only open on Christmas Day, but it also welcomes guests for holidays such as Hanukkah  and the Feast of the Seven Fishes, an Italian Christmas tradition. If you happen to be traveling by plane for the holidays, you're also in luck because this restaurant has locations in Boston Logan terminals A, B, C, and E. Call 617-266-7775 (Copley location) to reserve.

Tamo Bistro + Bar – Boston

Tamo is a picturesque Boston Seaport restaurant with a festive ambiance. Enjoy the views of the Boston Harbor while making holiday memories. Reservations can be made online via Open Table or by calling 617-385-4304.

Clink. – Boston

This Christmas, Clink. serves up main courses and delicious delicacies. This popular restaurant at the Liberty Bar is also hosting a Chef's Gala tasting menu for New Year's Eve. Reserve online or call 617-224-4004 to book your table.

 
In the mood for a delicious, traditional Italian meal, like lasagna? Photo courtesy of Fiore

Ristorante Fiore & Cantina Italiana – Boston

Fiore and its sister restaurant Cantina Italiana (up the street) are open for dinner and lunch on Christmas day for families in the mood for a delicious, traditional Italian meal. Reserve online or call 617-371-1176 (Fiore) / 617-723-4577 (Cantina Italiana) to reserve.

Restaurants Open On Christmas Day Near Boston

ArtBar​ – Cambridge

ArtBar's Christmas day buffet starts at 5pm and features traditional options, not to mention mouth-watering dessert options: peppermint cheesecake, s'mores skillet, pies, and panna cotta. Adults are $58, kids 12 and under are $25, and kids 3 and under are free. Call 617-806-4122 or reserve online.


A buffet is perfect for families. Photo courtesy of Henrietta's Table

Henrietta's Table – Cambridge

On Christmas day, head on over to The Charles Hotel for a warm breakfast or an afternoon/early evening meal that will be sure to satisfy you. Known for their fresh farm-to-table dining experience, your taste buds will thank you. Reserve your table online, or call 617-661-5005.

Concord's Colonial Inn – Concord

The Annual Christmas Day Buffet at the Colonial Inn is open once again! Enjoy a seafood bar, roasted meats, and seasonal favorites prepared by the chefs. Reservations are required. Call 978-341-8202 to reserve your spot.

Boston Restaurants Open on Christmas Eve

Smith & Wollensky – Boston-Atlantic Wharf & Wellesley

​Both locations of Smith & Wollensky's are open on Christmas Eve where they will be serving their popular winter menu. Tempt kids with steaks and burgers as well as mouthwatering desserts like Gigantic Chocolate Cake and Campfire Sundaes. Call 617-778-2200 (Congress St. location) to reserve.

 
Only available from November through April: Seared Maine diver scallops with farro risotto, grilled scallions, maitake mushrooms, and miso sauce. Photo courtesy of ​Rowes Wharf Sea Grill  

Rowes Wharf Sea Grille – Boston

Ring in the holiday with a gorgeous waterfront view at this classic seafood restaurant. Chef David Daniels has many specialties on the menu, including seafood towers and king crab mac and cheese. While the kids might enjoy some of the adult macaroni, there's also a nautical-themed kids menu for the younger guests. Reserve a table online.

Town Meeting Bistro – Lexington

On December 24, bring the whole family for a prix-fixe menu at Inn at Hastings Park. Enjoy the atmosphere of the restored historic main house and celebrate the Christmas season with a delicious 3-course meal. The price for adults is $85; children ages 4-12 are $45; children ages 3 and under free. Peruse the menu and reserve online.

 
Enjoy holiday cheer at Toscana on Christmas Eve in Beacon Hill or Harvard Square Staff photo from Toscana. Photo courtesy of Facebook

Toscano – Boston & Cambridge

Travel across the world without leaving the Boston area at either of these Toscana locations. The tastes and aromas on Christmas Eve will make you think that you were truly on a Tuscan vacation. Enjoy real Italian hospitality while dining on antipasti, cheeses, pasta, pizza, and much more. Reserve online at the Beacon Hill or Harvard Square locations.

 
Toscana Ristorante lamb shank with saffron risotto. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Branch Line – Watertown

If you've dined at Branch Line for weekend brunch, you know you can look forward to some yummy comfort food on Christmas Eve. While there is not yet a specific menu available online, dinner sides often include mac and cheese, creamed corn, and rosemary fries, to name a few. Reserve your table online or call 617-420-1900.

The Wayside Inn – Sudbury

Dine at a Massachusetts Historic Landmark that was established in 1716. The Wayside Inn is open for lunch on Christmas Eve. Currently, there are no available reservations, but you can call 978-443-1776 to inquire about cancellations or other availability. 

Boston Restaurants Open For Christmas Takeout

Urban Hearth – Cambridge

This restaurant is providing customers with a Christmas Order pick-up option this year. Order online, with such menu options as citrus roasted duck and mustard glazed ham. Be sure to add in a popular delight, like marzipan stollen or pumpkin cheesecake. Orders may be picked up on Christmas Eve from 9am to 12pm.

 
Take home a delicious Christmas dinner from Saltbox Kitchen: Whole baked Branzini en Papillote with buttered leeks and citrus fennel herbs. Photo courtesy of Saltbox Kitchen

Saltbox Kitchen – Concord

The website reads, "Let us do the cooking this Christmas!" Go ahead and take them up on their offer by ordering your Christmas meal online now. Place your order by December 15 for pickup on December 23. Enjoy items such as baked truffle parmesan and stuffed whole Cornish hen. 

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