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Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Dinners at Philadelphia Restaurants for 2017

No need to don an apron for this holiday

The holidays come on fast every December, even as to-do lists seem to grow. Give yourself the gift of relaxation—and give your loved ones the gift of guaranteed deliciousness—with a restaurant reservation.

Eateries in the Philadelphia region are ready to serve with Seven Fishes seafood feasts, Christmas Eve buffets and prix-fixe meals, and many great options for pre- or post-gift exchange repasts on Christmas Day.

Whether it’s a hotel dining room or an independent bistro, the cooking will be festive and the spirits will be flowing.

Read on for some of the best ways to share edible holiday cheer this year.

Christmas Eve | Christmas Day

Christmas Eve — Sunday, December 24, 2017

Feast of the Seven Fishes


Sunday, December 24, 2017

Center City’s Davio’s location serves a three-course seafood spread of lobster bisque, grilled shellfish salad and black seabass over jumbo crab spinach risotto for $75 per person.

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Pasta at Fork restaurant

Feast on a delicious dinner this Christmas Eve for under $100 per person at Fork. (Photo courtesy Fork)

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Old City‘s dining destination delivers an Italian-inspired pesce dinner with dishes like fried smelts with seaweed salt, red wine gnochetti with braised octopus and semolina cake with cranberry and citrus for $85 per person.

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Sunday, December 24, 2017

From noon to 8 p.m., the Newtown Square Italian kitchen turns out an á la carte fish dinner to honor the coming of Santa.

More about Feast of the Seven Fishes at Teca

Prix-Fixe Dinners



Feast on unlimited suckling pig this Christmas Eve at Amada. (N. Sheldon for Visit Philadelphia)

December 24, 2017

Amada invites you to come out and pig out (in style) on Christmas Eve. The Old City spot is offering a three-course meal centered around all-you-can-eat suckling pig paired with herb roasted fingerling potatoes, grilled onions and two bean dishes. Tickets are $60 per adult and $25 per child 12 years old and younger.

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Bistrot La Minette

December 14-30, 2017

Celebrate as the French would at Bistrot La Minette with a decadent, five-course meal ($65; $100 with wine pairing). Dishes include chestnut soup, escargot in puff pastry, seared scallops, bacon-wrapped venison loin and, to wrap up the experience on a sweet note, a classic Bûche de Noël Traditionnelle.

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Bank and Bourbon

The three-course meal at the Loews Hotel is available on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. (M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia)

December 24-25, 2017

The holiday-friendly kitchen at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel offers a three-course spread with wine pairing, featuring delicacies such as charred mushroom toast, filet mignon with spinach puree and a chocolate yule log. Available on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, the meal costs $55 per person (plus $35 more for the wine pairing), not including tax and gratuity. Seatings run from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Reserve online or by calling (215) 231-7300.

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City Tavern

City Tavern

Bring the whole family for a banquet-style meal at Old City’s colonial eatery. (J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia)

Sunday, December 24, 2017

A four-course family-style banquet at Old City’s colonial-era eatery includes a champagne shrub, appetizer sampler, salad, traditional turkey (or ham, roast beef, salmon or tofu) and trimmings — plus a selection of desserts with madeira toast — all for $92.95 a person or $35.95 for children 12 and under. Bonus: Strolling musicians provide a live soundtrack.

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Sunday, December 24, 2017

Mt. Airy’s homey enclave will serve a chef’s tasting menu, special cocktails and á la carte selections on Xmas Eve.

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Liberté Urban Lounge

December 24-25, 2017

The restaurant at the Sofitel Hotel celebrates Noel with dinners on both Christmas Day and Christmas Eve, featuring three courses with crispy pork belly, braised lamb shank or prime rib for $35.

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Paris Bistro

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Holiday diners can indulge in three courses of French fare, wine flights and a traditional bûche de Noel at Paris Bistro this Christmas Eve. The regular á la carte menu will also be available.

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The Little Lion

The Little Lion

Get your hands on a Southern-style Christmas Eve dinner this year at The Little Lion. (J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia)

Sunday, December 24, 2017

A Southern-inflected Christmas Eve includes four courses at The Little Lion for $45 per person.

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XIX Nineteen

XIX Nineteen

Feast on a delicious three-course meal 19 floors above ground at XIX. (G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia)

Sunday, December 24, 2017

The Hyatt at the Bellevue‘s soaring dining room serves up a prix-fixe meal (three courses for $62) on Christmas Eve in addition to the regular menu.

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Buffet Dinners


December 24-25, 2017

Meat eaters find special Christmas joy at Chima Brazilian Steakhouse with all-you-can-eat steak and plenty of sides. Christmas Eve hours are from 4:30 to 10 p.m.; Christmas Day hours run from 1 to 8 p.m.

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Fogo De Chao

December 24-25, 2017

There’s no choosing between ham or turkey at this Brazilian grill, where all fire-roasted meats, seasonal beef, vegetables, sides and sweet potato casserole are included in the buffet ($52.95, with children at half price) available on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

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LaCroix at The Rittenhouse

Enjoy a holiday brunch and dinner at LaCroix at The Rittenhouse this season. (Photo courtesy LaCroix at The Rittenhouse)

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Choose the abundant buffet for brunch or dinner at Lacroix in The Rittenhouse for the holiday eve. Brunch is $105 per person, and dinner is $125 per person.

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Sunday, December 24, 2017

From 2 to 8 p.m. the Penn’s Landing culinary fixture serves a proud spread of hors d’oeuvres, seafood, carved meats and/or plated entrees like seared scallops with capers, raisins and brown butter, and a festive array of desserts for $70 per person (not including tax, gratuity and beverages).

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Spirit of Philadelphia

Spirit of Philadelphia

Cruise into Christmas with a buffet that includes music, dancing and more. (Photo courtesy Spirit of Philadelphia)

Sunday, December 24, 2017

The Spirit of Philadelphia treats holiday-goers to a lunch cruise or to a classic buffet on the Delaware River with a DJ, dancing and holiday decor. The cruise and meal costs $43.90 for adults and $25.95 for children.

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A la Carte

Caribou Café

Sunday, December 24, 2017

The French stalwart in Midtown Village offers its regular menu of classics plus some celebratory special dishes, like quenelles, beef Wellington and seafood salad.

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Suburban Beer Garden

Sunday, December 24, 2017

If the holiday calls for craft beer and local, sustainable cookery, Exton’s Suburban Beer Garden has the ticket, open with the regular menu until 4 p.m. on Christmas Eve.

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Urban Farmer

Enjoy festive additions at Urban Farmer at The Logan, Philadelphia’s Hotel. (Photo by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia)

December 24-25, 2017

The sustainable steakhouse offers its regular menu with special holiday additions for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

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Something Different

9th Annual Moo Shu Jew Show at Ocean Harbor Restaurant

Sunday, December 24, 2017

The Gershman Y’s answer to Christmas Eve is a multi-course Chinese banquet at Ocean Harbor Restaurant in Chinatown with stand-up comedy to keep the proceedings fun and festive. Tickets are $82 in advance and $92 at the door.

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Red Owl Tavern

Red Owl Tavern

The second annual pop-up dinner at Red Owl Tavern features Chinese cuisine on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. (M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia)

December 24-25, 2017

Chef Caitlin Mateo takes inspiration from neighboring Chinatown for her second annual Pop-Up Dinner with Chinese dishes on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The movie A Christmas Story will be showing and diners are invited to wear ugly sweaters.

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Christmas Day — Monday, December 25, 2017


Aqimero at the Ritz-Carlton Philadelphia

Aqimero serves up a four-course dinner all day on Christmas. (Photo courtesy Aqimero)

Monday, December 25, 2017

The restaurant at the Ritz-Carlton hosts a four-course dinner on Christmas with seatings from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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Pineville Tavern

Monday, December 25, 2017

A hefty buffet takes over the dining room at the historic Pineville Tavern in Bucks County for $29 adults and $15 for children under 12. On the menu: family-style appetizers like oysters Rockefeller, carved-to-order meats, stuffing, sweet potatoes and veggies, and desserts like pumpkin pie and tiramisu.

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XIX Nineteen

Monday, December 25, 2017

Christmas morning at the Hyatt at the Bellevue means three-course brunch for $38 per person, with the option of a Build Your Own Bloody Mary bar for $15 additional.

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