Restaurants Open on Christmas in Connecticut

Millwright's is hosting a 4-course Prix Fixe Christmas Eve dinner. Photo courtesy of Millwright's Restaurant
Millwright's is hosting a 4-course Prix Fixe Christmas Eve dinner. Photo courtesy of Millwright's Restaurant

While most restaurants close on Christmas Day, there are a few restaurants open on Christmas in Connecticut to serve customers a delicious holiday meal. Most of these restaurants require a reservation either on Christmas Eve or on Christmas, beginning early in the afternoon, after you've opened presents. But then, it's as easy as pie (apple? pumpkin?). Eating out on Christmas could be especially enjoyable for mom and dad—just leave the cooking, and the dishes, to these friendly establishments.

If you'd rather eat in the comfort of your own home, there's several wonderful locations offering Christmas takeout, too. Many of them will deliver holiday meals to your door. You never know, ordering Christmas dinner in might become one of your family's newest memory-making holiday experiences!

If you're looking for more places to eat as a family during the holidays and winter vacation, explore our Connecticut Restuarant Guide. And with all that spare time not preparing Christmas dinner, you can try some of these 101 Christmas Activities for Kids.

Restaurants Open for Christmas in Fairfield County

Bernard's is open for Christmas Eve dinner and on Christmas Day at 50% capacity. Photo courtesy of Bernards in Ridgefield

Bernard's — Ridgefield

Enjoy a pre-fixe meal on either Christmas Eve or Christmas Day at Bernard's. Celebrate with oysters or a bowl of Celery Root and Truffle Soup and finish with a special selection of Christmas desserts. Bernard's has a children's menu as well that has all the favorites. Bernard's will be serving this holiday meal at 50% occupancy, so make your reservations today.

Artisan — Southport

Browse through the menu at Artisan and then make your reservations for a wonderful 3-course Christmas Eve or Christmas Day dinner with your family. This white tablecloth restuarant is offering many appetizers including Maine lobster and foie gras as well as 8 different entree selections. This establishment would be appropriate for an older child with adventurous tastebuds.

Enjoy some truly yummy comfort food at B.J. Ryans in Norwalk. Photo courtesy of the restaurant

B.J. Ryans — Norwalk

Family-friendly and relaxed—picture laughing and eating as you dig into some truly yummy comfort food. B.J. Ryans' holiday menu will be served Christmas Eve during the day and Christmas Day in the evening until 2am. 

Duck with celery puree. Photo courtesy of the Roger Sherman Inn

The Roger Sherman Inn — New Canaan

Christmas 2021 will be special (and classy) at the Roger Sherman Inn. Enjoy a pre-fixe menu including oysters, lobster, and foie gras. Then dive into the entree of your choice from Cornish hen to Beef Wellington. Vegan dishes are available upon request. Call ahead and make your reservations. 

Restaurants Open for Christmas in Hartford

The staff at Ichiro Hibachi and Sushi in West Hartford. Photo courtesy of Ichiro, Facebook

Ichiro Hibachi and Sushi — West Hartford

Ichiro will be open on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day for their regular hours. Choose from their creative and beautifully presented menu.

Great Taste — New Britain

Great Taste is open 364 days of the year. The menu is full of Chinese specialties including wonton soup, egg rolls, Lo Mein, fried rices, and all things sea and land. Sit at a great big table with several of your family members. 

Try this Berkshire pork chop offered on the Christmas Day Menu in Simsbury. Photo courtesy of Millwright's Restaurant

Millwrights — Simsbury

Millwright's is offering a family-friendly Christmas Eve meal. Four courses include salad, appetizer, entree, and dessert. 

Artisan — West Hartford

Come and enjoy a delicious meal on either Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. Three courses are included in this upscale dining experience. Entrees are anything but standard, and the littlest foodies will delight in the creativity. Arctic Char with rutabaga and Genevoise, Berkshire pork chop with a kale lollypop and hard cider jus, crispy duck breast with hen of the woods and Concord grape agro dolce, and more. Just try and save room for the Christmas pudding.   

Dine among a beautiful display of holiday lights on Christmas in Southington. Photo courtesy of Cava Restaurant

Cava Restaurant — Southington

Touted as "the most decorated restaurant in Connecticut," Cava's 250,000 holidays lights and decorations will stun everyone who eats there. They are open on Christmas Eve for dinner. Make sure you reserve your family's table soon.

Restaurants Open for Christmas in Eastern Connecticut 

Cedars at Foxwoods — Mashantucket

Come to the Casino on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day and eat your  holiday meal at Cedars. Reservations should be made online and are available every 15 minutes. Steak isn't all they are famous for. Their holiday menu includes your very own holiday charcuterie board, your choice of duck or steak, and dessert.

Restaurants open for Christmas in New Haven 

Seared duck from the Christmas Day Dinner Buffet. Photo courtesy of the Saybrook Inn 

Saybrook Inn — Saybrook

The Saybrook Inn will be serving a Christas buffet dinner on December 25 from 11am to 5pm. Enjoy the plentiful options available from the harvest table, the soup station, and the carving station. 

The Wharf Restaurant — Madison

Dine on the water at The Wharf. The 3-course pre-fixe Christmas meal is available both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. They have a pastry chef on-site—so expect great things for your holiday dessert course!

Christmas on the water is a truly special holiday treat. Photo courtesy of Dattilo at the Water's Edge Resort

Water's Edge Resort and Spa — Westbrook

Enjoy your holiday meal on either Christmas Eve or Christmas Day at Dattilo Fine Italian Restaurant. Dattilo's is a newly renovated restaurant and yes, they have a kid's menu.

The Griswold Inn — Essex

Eat your holiday meal at a historic inn. Griswold Inn's after 5pm holiday Bill of Fare includes seasonal game and traditional favoritesis and is available for the entire month of December. The restaurant also has a live a capella group singing for your entertainment. 

Order Christmas Takeout in Connecticut

The Kitchen — Hartford

Order by December 17 and bring home a delicious meal that includes things like an appetizer box, salmon or tenderloin, and one of several scrumptuous desserts. If you prefer to pick up a holiday breakfast, they have that, too.

Let Simply Delicious dress and deliver your asparagus for your holiday meal. Photo courtesy of Simply Delicious Holiday Catering, Facebook

Simply Delicious — Norwalk

Simply Delicious can provide your family with a wide assortment of items to enjoy at your Christmas or holiday meal, from apps and salads to soups and entrees. Or, if you prefer you can order an entire meal based on a variety of themes available. Orders will be taken through December 20. Additionally, they will deliver.

No delivery charge to bring you a delicious pear crostata on Christmas Eve. Photo courtesy Herbaceous Catering

Herbaceous Catering — Bridgeport

Order ahead and Herbaceous will deliver your meal on Christmas Eve—just like Santa!. You can order everything from a charcuterie board to two different Mason jar salads, lasanga Bolognese and a mouth-watering pear crostata. This is a very reasonably priced meal, too. 

Michael-Joseph's — Darien

Eat, drink, and be merry—and let someone else do all the prep. Michael-Joseph's is offering a Meditarranean/Italian repast that you can enjoy at home with family. Try something new, like carmelized leek, tomato, and Gruyere quiche, or go for something a little more familiar, like Maine lobster bisque. Finish it all off with a fun and traditional Yule Log, a.k.a. Chocolat Buche de Noel. 

Rossittos's — Branford

Looking forward to an Italian feast for the holidays? Order at Rossitto's ahead of time, and dive into bruschetta, lasagna, calamari. If it is spelled with a vowel at the end, Rossitto's has it. 

Allez Catering — Manchester

Allez Catering offers two holiday menus including a vegeterian menu to make your holiday get together perfect.


Published 12/1/2021


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