13 Boston Restaurants That Have Christmas Dinner Covered This Year
The Feast of the Seven Fishes, holiday brunches, and so much more.
Where’s your head right now: Cook in, or eat out? Personally, we’re in the camp of still being burnt out from cooking for the last holiday, so we’re ready to treat ourselves to a holiday meal. Ordering takeout or making a reservation is also a great way to support your favorite restaurants this holiday season, so it’s a win-win. So whether your holiday celebration includes a Feast of the Seven Fishes or Christmas Day brunch, we’ve got you covered with some of the best in-person and takeout options available to you this holiday season.
You know what? Taking home classic French fare sounds like a pretty great holiday plan to us this year. Kick it off with a foie gras mushroom tartlet, move onto a beef tenderloin au poivre or maybe duck a l’orange, and finish it up with a dark chocolate Buche de Noel, stuffing yourself with brie and French dinner rolls along the way for $74 per person..
How to order: Call 617-424-8577
Yes, the bar’s full food menu is available on Christmas Day—until 1 am, in fact—but let’s be honest, you’re probably there to drink. So order up warm season cocktails like the What the Elf (peppermint vodka, chocolate liqueur, mocha RumChata, simple syrup, chocolate bitters, white chocolate), S’Môr Booze Please (RumChata, hot chocolate, crème de menthe), and the Rowdy Toddy Piper, a twist on the classic hot toddy that includes lemon and clove-infused bourbon, honey syrup, and hot water.
If you’re team Christmas Eve over Christmas Day, you’ll appreciate Bar Enza’s night-before spread: a five-course, truffle-centric menu for $155 per person that includes lobster sunchokes salad with white truffle fonduta; shrimp scampi with black truffles; truffled beef steak with twice-baked potato; and white truffle gelato with toasted panettone.
A four-course, prix-fixe menu with epic views of the city sounds like a divine present to us. The restaurant atop the Newbury hotel is offering a Christmas Day dinner for $195 per person that includes squash carpaccio, prime rib with au jus, and grilled branzino—pretty much all the stuff you’re not even remotely capable of making yourself.
This South End stalwart isn’t about to let you down now. The restaurant is offering a $74 per person takeout menu for Christmas Eve, and it’s chock full of classics: butternut and apple bisque, duck confit, pomegranate-braised lamb shanks, bacon-wrapped scallops, and brioche dinner rolls with whipped butter. Add on some shrimp cocktail, a charcuterie and cheese plate, and the dark chocolate yule log, and you have a spread that surpasses anything you’d feel like whipping up at home.
How to order: Via website
This nod to the Feast of the Seven Fishes as an important twist. MIDA’s Feast of the Seven Pastas, available both for dine-in and takeout on December 23, includes salad, bread, holiday cookies, and seven different entree pasta dishes for $110 per person. Spring for the wine pairing ($70), which nets you two perfectly matched bottles.
OAK Long Bar + Kitchen
The Fairmont Copley Plaza serves as a perfect holiday backdrop, and OAK Long Bar + Kitchen adds to that with an epic holiday meal. The restaurant will offer its full menu all day long, plus two specials: a 16-ounce herb-crusted prime rib, and a green apple tart tatin served with dulce de leche and vanilla bean espresso.
One + One
This three-course indulgence is just in time for the holidays. On Christmas Day, tuck in for a $149 per person menu that starts with an appetizer of choice and moves onto entrees like roasted duck breast, pan-seared sea bass, and braised short rib, all accompanied by seasonal sides. It all wraps up with a dessert buffet that features gingerbread whoopie pie, Buche de Noel, and chocolate cream pie verrine.
How to book: Call 857-449-2435
Red meat feels like the perfect way to bid 2021 adieu. So head to Rare Steakhouse for a prix-fixe, three-course menu for $85 per person that includes smoked oyster chowder; a choice of Dijon-roasted prime rib, braised lamb shank, or Chilean sea bass; and a choice of caramelized apple tart or the signature cheesecake for dessert. And if none of this speaks to you, you’re welcome to order off the a la carte menu.
How to book: Via website
Another hotel meal we can absolutely get behind, this English pub-style restaurant at the Revere hotel has a la carte holiday specials like prime rib, duck breast, and wood-roasted oysters. Christmas desserts include a candy cane lava cake and an eggnog crème brulee.
If your ideal Christmas is all about the Feast of the Seven Fishes, dive into the decadent treats at Ristorante Lucia. The restaurant is offering a prix-fixe menu to take home for $75 per person with all the must-haves, like baccala fritters, vongole ripieni (stuffed clams), paccheri con salmone spricciolata, and caposante gratinati al forno. You’ll wrap up the evening with panettone and eggnog bread pudding.
How to order: Via website
Rowes Wharf Sea Grille
With Santa Claus, a jazz quartet, and a decadent buffet, Rowes Wharf Sea Grille has it all for brunch on Christmas Day. Start with omelets made to order, bagels with smoked fish, muffins, sausage, and Captain Crunch French toast, pause, then move onto entrees like lobster risotto, slow-roasted Wagyu prime rib, and Peking duck, to name but a few. The menu runs $135 for adults and $60 for children under 12.
Smoke Shop BBQ
Hunker down with your family, friends, and a whole lot of barbecue with the to-go boxes from Smoke Shop BBQ. The Christmas boxes are designed to serve two with leftovers and include Texas-style brisket, pork belly burnt ends, and pulled chicken, plus mashed potatoes, pit beans, Brussels sprouts, and eggnog butter cake.