15 Restaurants Open on Christmas Near DC
You've decked the halls, trimmed the trees, and bought the presents. Now it's time to plan Christmas Eve and Christmas dinner. If you've run out of steam (or just want to keep things simple this year), don't stress—there are many restaurants open on Christmas Day and Christmas Eve in the DC area that will give your family a memorable meal without all the cooking and cleanup.
Below are 15 family-friendly restaurants open on Christmas Eve and/or Christmas Day in and around DC in 2021. They all offer mouth-watering menus for your festive elves to enjoy, and include restaurants open on Christmas in the District, Northern Virginia, and Maryland. Many of the restaurants have special pricing for children, and several offer an eat-at-home option for those who don't want to go out. Make reservations or order take-home meals soon, as these restaurants are sure to fill up quickly!
For ideas on fun things to do with kids near DC before or after your Christmas Eve or Christmas meal, check out our Christmas Activities and Holiday Guide for DC Kids. And don't forget—we're always adding more fun activities to our events calendar!
Restaurants Open on Christmas in DC
Open all of Christmas weekend, this Georgetown Italian bistro will serve a traditional Christmas dinner with a choice of ham or turkey and all the fixings. For only $30 per person, families can enjoy a three-course meal complete with apple or pecan pie and vanilla ice cream for dessert.
This Michelin-recognized restaurant in the Park Hyatt is an upscale option for Christmas dinner. Choose from five appetizers and six main courses such as crab cakes, halibut, and prime rib with butter-whipped potatoes, served with sides of roasted carrots and parsnips to share. A choice of three desserts caps things off. The prix fixe menu is $125 per person and $55 for children under 12. Blue Duck Tavern is also open on Christmas Eve.
Brasserie Liberte serves its regular menu items, including beef bourguignon, on Christmas Day. Photo courtesy of the restaurant
Brasserie Liberte, a modern French restaurant with an American twist in Georgetown, is open 11am - 10pm on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. On Christmas Eve, families can select from a three-course prix fixe menu for $64.95 per person, which includes both fancier fare like filet mignon and coq au vin and more kid-friendly options such as steak frites and fettuccine bolognese. On Christmas Day, the restaurant will serve its regular brunch menu from 11am - 2:45pm and its regular dinner menu from 3-10pm, both of which have items children will enjoy.
Corduroy, a modern farm-to-table American restaurant in DC's Shaw neighborhood, is open on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The restaurant will offer a three-course holiday prix fixe menu for $75 per person ($45 for children under 12). The menu includes holiday favorites such as prime beef strip loin and Lyonnaise potatoes.
Farmers & Distillers offers two extensive buffets on Christmas Day. The brunch buffet, served from 9am - 12pm, includes a huge variety of breakfast and dinner items, including a French toast table with toppings like bananas foster, strawberries, and maple syrup. Adults and children age 13 and older cost $29.99 per person, kids ages 7-12 cost $15, and children 6 and under are free. The Christmas dinner buffet, served from 12-8pm, offers a veritable “festival of food” to choose from, including pasta, seafood, a carving station, a dessert table, and more. The price is $44.99 per person age 13 and over and $22 for kids ages 7-12, while children under 7 are free. Farmers & Distillers also offers a take-home menu of both pre-cooked meals and cook-at-home selections. Order by December 18.
Farmers Fishers Bakers offers the same festive buffet options as its sister restaurant, Farmers & Distillers, on Christmas Day. It is also open on Christmas Eve with its regular menu. Or, families can order a hot, ready-to-eat Christmas prix fixe dinner for $42.99 per person for pickup or delivery.
Georgia Brown's pork chop with candied yams and brussels sprouts would make a fine Christmas dinner. Photo courtesy of the restaurant
This iconic restaurant in downtown DC is open on both Christmas Day and Christmas Eve with its regular menu. Families can enjoy Southern Low Country fare including fried chicken, steak, gumbo, mac and cheese, and more. Georgia Brown's also has online ordering available for families to enjoy a delicious Christmas dinner at home.
Restaurants Open on Christmas in Maryland
8. Founding Farmers — Potomac
Founding Farmers, which also has locations in Northern Virginia and DC, will serve a prix fixe menu in the restaurant or for pick-up as part of its Christmas at Home option. The menu includes butternut squash soup or a Farmer’s salad for appetizer; a choice of five main courses such as herb-crusted prime rib, southern fried chicken, and pan-seared whitefish; various side dishes; and cheesecake, apple pie, pecan pie, or seasonal sorbet for dessert. Open 12-8pm on Christmas, the prix fixe menu is $42.99 for adults and $20 for children age 12 and under.
9. Normandie Farm — Potomac
Enjoy a wide assortment of choices at Normandie Farm’s Christmas Eve and Christmas Day buffets. Options include a variety of salads, a raw bar with fresh oysters and clams, veal marsala, chicken coq au vin, seared salmon, and a dessert bar. Reservations are available on Christmas Eve from 4-8pm and on Christmas Day from 11am - 6:30pm. The meal costs $65 for adults and $18 for children age 12 and under.
10. Fogo de Chão — Bethesda
With locations in Tyson’s, Virginia, and DC in addition to Bethesda, Brazilian steakhouse Fogo de Chão is open on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day from 11am - 10:30pm. It serves its regular dinner menu on both days, and also offers holiday catering and to-go holiday meals for delivery or pickup. To-go choices include a choice of fire-roasted meats, a wide variety of festive sides, candy cane cocoa fudge brownies, and the option to add a Fogo tribute wine.
The sushi chefs at Kabuto Hibachi are both talented and entertaining! Photo courtesy of Kabuto Hibachi, Facebook
11. Kabuto Hibachi, Sushi, & Udon — Rockville
If you're looking for something other than the traditional holiday fare, Kabuto is a festive and fun option that's open on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Kids get a kick out of the fun shows put on by the hibachi chefs, and children's hibachi meals for ages 12 and under cost only $12-$14 (adult meals range from $21 to $42). Hibachi meals come with a choice of meat and seafood along with soup, salad, two pieces of shrimp, mixed veggies, noodles, and fried rice. As its name suggests, Kabuto also serves sushi and udon.
Restaurants Open on Christmas in Northern Virginia
12. Essy’s Carriage House — Arlington
In business for over 45 years, Essy’s Carriage House is open on both Christmas Day and Christmas Eve. It offers a special Christmas menu with choices such as prime rib, filet mignon, Alaskan salmon, lamb loin chop, and its signature lump crab cake, plus a variety of desserts and appetizers. Reservations are available between 5 and 10pm on Christmas Eve and from noon - 9pm on Christmas Day.
The Majestic's Art Deco interior serves as a glamorous backdrop for Christmas dinner. Photo courtesy of the restaurant
13. The Majestic — Alexandria
A fixture in Old Town Alexandria for over 80 years with a glamorous Art Deco interior, The Majestic is open on Christmas Day from 11:30am - 10pm. It offers a three-course prix fixe menu for $69 per person and $19 for children under 10. Choices include duck campanelle, prime rib, seared halibut, braised lamb shank, two sides for the table, and desserts like coconut cake, chocolate cheesecake, and pecan pie. The Majestic is also open on Christmas Eve with its regular menu.
14. Morton’s the Steakhouse — Arlington & Reston
This classic steakhouse, which also has locations in Bethesda and DC, is open on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Enjoy its regular menu or a special menu for two with a mesclun salad, Chateaubriand with various sides, and bread pudding or cheesecake for dessert for $179.
15. Lena's Wood-Fired Pizza & Tap — Alexandria
This popular pizza and Italian restaurant near Old Town and Del Ray is open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day with both its regular menu and some special Christmas items, including prime rib, pork loin, and baked alfredo mac and cheese. The hours are 11am - midnight on Christmas Eve and 11am-6pm on Christmas Day. Families can also order a Christmas meal package to-go for pickup between 2pm and 6pm on Christmas Eve and 11am and 3pm on Christmas Day. Be sure to order by December 21.