Over the holiday break you may desire a reprieve from the kitchen or just a nice night out with the family. We've rounded up some of the more popular restaurants in Litchfield County that are suitable for families. Some will be serving up special holiday menus and others will just continue with their regular menu. Don't forget to call for reservations! We've also listed restaurants open on Christmas day in Fairfield County and the Hartford area.
If you and your kids like George Washington you'll have to have a meal here. A popular locals restaurant and great for families, the food is good and satisfying. The casual restaurant is decked out with G.W. memorabilia everywhere and has weekly specials as well as the typical children's menu. Open Christmas and New Year's Day.
20 Bee Brook Road Washington Depot, CT 06794 (860) 868-6633
Everyone loves the view overlooking beautiful Lake Waramaug. The food has an Austrian slant and the wait staff dresses up in Austrian garbe. Food is good and there is room for the whole family, including aunts, uncles and cousins. Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
22 Hopkins Road New Preston/Warren, CT 06777 (860) 868-7295
Good Italian family restaurant overlooking the New Milford Green. Bustling atmosphere with typical Italian fare such as chicken parmesan and thin crust pizzas. Open Christmas Eve, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.
7 Main Street, New Milford (860) 210-9065
The highest quality locally grown ingredients are prepared into the most delectable dishes. The contemporary Scandinavian atmosphere lends itself to this sophisticated menu. Best for adventurous eaters looking for a fine dining experience. Reservations highly recommended. Closed Dec. 25-28, 2016.
223 Litchfield Turnpike, Washington, CT (860) 868-9354
White Horse Country Pub
The White Horse is an English style pub. Great atmosphere. Large bar yet there is a separate dining room for families. Food is generous in size and good. A popular and busy restaurant. Closed Christmas day.
258 New Milford Turnpike New Preston, CT 06777
The Mayflower Grace
This is where you go if you want to have a fine dining experience. Probably best suited for older children. Luxurious interior and incredible food. Expensive. Serving Christmas Day Brunch and open for dinner on Christmas evening.
118 Woodbury Road, Route 47, Washington, CT 06793
da Capo Restaurant
An Italian restaurant with brick oven pizzas, pastas and salads. A Litchfield favorite. Make sure to make a reservation. Closed Christmas day.
625 Torrington Road Litchfield, CT 06759-2609 (860) 482-6246
The Village Restaurant
Scallops, Gnocchi, beef brisket are a few of the items offered at this popular Litchfield restaurant. They can book private dinners for 20 or more. Closed Christmas day.
25 West Street Litchfield, CT (860) 567-8307
A high end boutique hotel/inn. Winvian also has provides an incredible dining experience. This is a place for a fancy family gathering. Probably best suited for older children. Open Christmas day.
155 Alain White Road Morris, CT 06763 (860) 567-9600
Fife and Drum
A Kent staple since 1973, continental cuisine, homey and comfortable comes with a treat as the owner, an accomplished pianist, plays tunes for his customers. They have rooms that can be reserved for your entire clan if so needed. Closed Christmas day.
53 North Main Street, Kent, CT 06757 (860) 927-3509
Arethusa al Tavolo Restaurant
Enjoy authentic farm-to-table fine cuisine at Arethusa al tavolo in Bantam. Definitely a fine dining experience. Closed Christmas day.
828 Bantam Rd, Bantam, CT 06750 (860) 567-0043
Photo courtesy of Community Table.
Originally published 11/2/11.