Generally speaking, the streets of Connecticut empty out for the Christmas holiday, with most restaurants and shops staying closed for the day, but in case you're looking for a home cooked meal alternative or just an excuse to get out of the house for a few hours (did I say that?), we've rounded up some of our favorite Christmas Day meals in Fairfield County. And we've listed restaurants open in the Hartford area as well as Litchfield County.
You'll want to make reservations soon, particularly if you have a large group, and take note that not all prix fixe menus offer a lower-priced children's alternative. And maybe after dinner, plan to check out the Christmas lights in one of these areas.
Known for its lovely holiday feasts, which are best for older children, Artisan is tucked in the stunning Delmar Hotel. Their prix fixe Christmas meal is a three-course affair that will be served from noon 7:00pm. Reservations are essential.
BJ Ryan's Pub—Norwalk
Holidays can be overwhelming for young kids, which is why we're glad for places like BJ Ryan's, proudly advertising a kitchen open 365 days a year and serving all the classics: burgers, pizzas, and (my personal favorite) pulled pork nachos. Open Christmas Day from 11:30am-midnight.
Photo courtesy of L'Escale
Attached to the prestigious Delamar Hotel, the dining room at L’Escale overlooks the picturesque Greenwich Harbor. Cozy up alongside the fireplace and enjoy an elegant three-course prix fixe feast packed with flavors from the south of France at L'escale for their signature Christmas Day brunch from 12-7p.m. Reservations required, limited seating.
In the mood for dumplings? Try Wilton's Hunan Cafe, where you will find delicious Chinese specialties. The egg rolls are delicious, and the atmosphere is inviting. Open Christmas Day from 12pm-10pm.
Long Ridge Tavern—Stamford
This unique setting feels like an escape to the country with a dining room surrounded by antiques and charming decorations. They are open on Christmas Day from 12-6pm with a special menu and a children's menu for kids age 10. Reservations required.
From Brioche French Toast to the crowd-pleasing J House Burger, J House offers a fantastic two course prix fixe Christmas Day brunch from 10:30 to 2:30pm.
Roger Sherman Inn—New Canaan
This classic New England inn offers an extravagant prix fixe menu from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. and includes Christmas delicacies such as lobster bisque and venison medallions. There is a children's option for those 12 and under but this venue is not recommended for young children. Reservations required, limited seating available.
Located in the Hyatt Regency, Winfield's offers a traditional holiday brunch on Christmas Day with seatings from noon to 3:30pm. Reservations are recommended.
The Blind Rhino—Norwalk
The Blind Rhino will be open on Christmas at 5pm for food and football.
Originally published 12/4/2011.
Photo Credit: Colour Box