Urban Farmer offers Christmas dinner outdoors with portable heaters. Photo courtesy of Urban Farmer Philadelphia
Urban Farmer offers Christmas dinner outdoors with portable heaters. Photo courtesy of Urban Farmer Philadelphia

Philly Area Restaurants Open Christmas Day for Takeout

That Christmas goose might be getting fat, but you have no desire to cook it. And who could blame you? After this year, Philly families deserve to spend time enjoying a holiday meal instead of food shopping, prepping, cooking, and cleaning up the kitchen.

The Philadelphia area is fortunate to have plenty of great restaurants from which to choose. In addition to saving time on making your holiday meal, you can support local businesses during these unusual times. Since restaurants located in Philadelphia are not permitted to have indoor dining until January 2021, we've included a few spots that offer takeout on Christmas Eve and/or Christmas Day as alternatives.

Bon appétit!

For additional holiday fun, browse through our Philadelphia Holiday Guide, which is filled with great ways to make memories this holiday season.

Philadelphia-Area Restaurants Open on Christmas Day 

Appetites on Main—Exton

2020 Update: The restaurant has not made a decision on whether to open on Christmas Day this year.
Open during normal hours on Christmas Eve and at 8pm on Christmas Day, Appetites on Main offers limited menu selections. Guests can check the website for updated details.

Barrel's Fine Foods —Philadelphia

2020 Update: Orders must be placed by December 22 for pick up on Christmas Eve from 8am-noon.
While the restaurant itself is not open on Christmas Day, it's worth a little planning to have a delicious holiday dinner from Barrel's. This South Philly restaurant offers antipasto, salads, appetizers, pastas, seafood, chicken dishes, and hoagie trays. Call in advance to place your order.

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Enjoy takeout from Bocelli's on Christmas Day. Photo courtesy of Bocelli's Restaurant, Doylestown

Bocelli's— Doylestown

2020 Update: This Bucks County restaurant is open on Christmas Day from 12 pm-6pm for dining and takeout.
Families can enjoy delicious Italian cuisine at Bocelli's. Dishes such as chicken marsala, Caesar salad, pasta alla pomodoro, and crab and lobster ravioli are just some of the items on the menu.

Buca di Beppo—Multiple Locations

2020 Update: Provided regulations allow, both the Exton and Reading locations plan to be open.
If traditional meals aren’t your thing, celebrate Christmas with authentic Italian cuisine. Buca di Beppo has locations in Exton and Reading and offer both dine-in and takeout options on Christmas Day. Options include eggplant parmesan, chicken saltimbocca, penne a la vodka, ravioli, an assortment of vegetables, and pizza.

Lily Sushi & Grill— Kennett Square

2020 Update: This restaurant is open on Christmas Day from 11am to 9:30pm. Reservations are strongly suggested.
Looking for a spot for Asian cuisine? This Chester County restaurant has signature rolls, sushi, and sashimi. General Tso's shrimp, Chilean sea bass, and Alaskan salmon are seafood favorites. Teriyaki and hibachi options are also available.

Red Owl Tavern—Philadelphia

2020 Update: This spot is open for takeout on Christmas Day.
Red Owl Tavern prides itself on using the best local ingredients for its menu. This year, the restaurant plans to be open for takeout only and anticipates offering pre-orders of to-go dinners that accommodate larger families. 

Square 1682—Philadelphia

2020 Update: This Center City restaurant is open for Christmas Day take out.
Serving its classic brunch or traditional Christmas dinner, Square 1682 can please any appetite. Christmas dinner consists of roasted filet mignon, crispy Brussel sprouts and bacon, béarnaise sauce, Ahi tuna, sesame broccoli, ginger aioli, lemon pepper chicken, haricot verts, 1682 hot sauce and cauliflower curry. Make sure to place your order today.

Tom's Dim Sum— Media/Chinatown

2020 Update: The Media location is open on Christmas Day for dining. However, the Chinatown location is only open for takeout.
Serving traditional Chinese cuisine, this restaurant has two locations, one in Delaware County and another in Philly. Guests can expect everything from dumplings and soup to rice and chicken, pork, and beef entrees. Takeout customers should order online in advance.

Tsunami—West Chester

2020 Update: This spot is open for takeout on Christmas Day.
If you're family has a hankering for Thai, Tsumani in West Chester is ready for your order. Indulge in some sushi, tempura, fried rice, noodles, miso soup, and more.

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Urban Farmer offers a family-style menu on Christmas Day. Photo courtesy of Urban Farmer Philadelphia

Urban Farmer—Philadelphia

2020 Update: This spot is open for outdoor dining on Christmas Day. Takeout orders can be picked up between 2 and 8pm on Christmas Eve and 11 am and 4pm on Christmas Day.
This Logan Square eatery is offering an amazing menu for Christmas Day. Outdoor patio seating starts at 4pm and features heaters to keep guests comfortable. Takeaway service is also available on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year's Eve. Family-style meals include a choice of roasted 1855 beef ribeye or Pennsylvania ham with sides such as Brussels sprouts, Yukon potato puree, and roasted winter vegetables, as well as choice of coconut custard, shoo fly, or apple almond crumb pie.

1906 —Kennett Square

2020 Update: Prepaid reservations are needed in advance.
Open for both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, 1906 at Longwood Gardens offers a prix fixe Christmas lunch and dinner. Menu items include local mushroom soup, beef short rib burger, salmon, pork chops, scallops, and filet mignon. Finish off the meal with creme brulee or chocolate torte. Before or after eating, be sure to spend time touring the magical grounds.

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Appetites on Main
286 Main Street
Exton, PA 19341

Urban Farmer
1850 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Red Owl Tavern
433 Chestnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Square 1682
121 S 17th St Hotel Palomar
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Buca diBeppo
300 Main St
Exton, PA 19341

Buca di Beppo
2745 Paper Mill Rd
Wyomissing, PA 19610

Longwood Gardens
1001 Longwood Road
Kennett Square, PA 19348

Barrel's Fine Foods
1725 Wolf St
Philadelphia, PA 19145

33 North Main Street
Doylestown, PA 18901

Tom's Dim Sum
13 E State St,
Media, PA 19063

Lily Sushi & Grill
104 w.State St
Kennett Square, PA 19348

10 W Market St
West Chester,, PA 19382
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