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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mt. Airy’s homey enclave will serve a chef’s tasting menu, special cocktails and á la carte selections on Xmas Eve.
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.
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.
A Southern-inflected Christmas Eve includes four courses at The Little Lion for $45 per person.
The The Bellevue Hotel‘s soaring dining room serves up a prix-fixe meal (three courses for $62) on Christmas Eve in addition to the regular menu.
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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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.
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.
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).
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.
The French stalwart in Midtown Village offers its regular menu of classics plus some celebratory special dishes, like quenelles, beef Wellington and seafood salad.
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.
The sustainable steakhouse offers its regular menu with special holiday additions for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Book the Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package for a fall or winter getaway and get overnight accommodations as well as FREE hotel parking and awesome seasonal perks worth up to $198.