As cozy as it is at home during the end of December, there's something about the idea of someone else doing the cooking and clean-up for the family that is just so appealing—no matter what holiday you celebrate. As it turns out, 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. We've complied a list of some of the best so read on...and then make your reservations before they're all booked up!
Legal Seafoods—various locations
This famous New England eatery is open not only on Christmas, but they will also be celebrating Chanukah over the eight days of the holiday, as well as a Feast of the Seven Fishes, an Italian Christmas tradition. Call 617-266-7775 (Copley location) to reserve.
Tamo Bistro + Bar—Boston
Tamo is hosting a festive Christmas brunch with both lunch and dinner options. Kids can even enjoy a visit with Santa himself. Call 617-385-4304 to reserve.
This Christmas, Clink serves up main courses, sharing platters, and traditional holiday a la carte options like roasted Christmas goose and egg nog crème brûlée. Call 617-224-4404 to reserve.
Ma Maison is serving both lunch and dinner on Christmas Day. Photo courtesy of Ma Maison
Casual-elegant Ma Maison has a delectable-sounding prix-fixe holiday menu for lunch and dinner on Christmas day which includes classic festive items like Maine lobster bisque and Buche de Noël. Call 617-385-4304 to reserve.
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. Call 617-725-8855 to reserve.
A buffet is perfect for families. Photo courtesy of Henrietta's Table
This Harvard Square staple is open all day serving breakfast, and then a Christmas lunch and dinner buffet. Buffets are $90 per person, kids 5 to 12 are $45, and kids 4 and under eat free. Call 617-661-5505 to reserve.
ArtBar's Christmas day buffet starts at 5pm and features traditional options including a homemade pie station. Adults are $50, kids 12 and under are $19, and kids 3 and under are free. Call 617-806-4122 to reserve.
Smith & Wollensky's—Boston (Waterfront and Back Bay)
Both locations of Smith & Wollensky's are open on Christmas day 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 Butterscotch Creme Caramel. Call 617-778-2200 (Congress St. location) to reserve.