Where to Eat Christmas Dinner in Philadelphia This Year
From the Feast of the Seven Fishes to holiday brunch.
The holiday season has come to Philly, and with it all the goods to keep you warm and fed this December. Whether you’re opting to stay home or go out, some of the city’s best restaurants are offering special menus and to-go packages that take the stress out of feeding even your most hard-to-please relatives.
From boozy Christmas brunches and all-you-can-eat holiday feasts to high-brow French fare you can take home, Philly has you covered. Check out our picks for what and where to eat this holiday.
Aqimero, located in the lobby of the Ritz-Carlton, has two great options to help you celebrate the holiday in style. Opt for a decadent five-course boozy brunch on Christmas Day or take your pick of holiday at-home packages. To-go options can feed up to eight and includes decadent entrees and sides, including a rib roast and lots of Parker House rolls. If you feel like brunching, book a table for before your Christmas Eve or Christmas Day festivities and you’re in for raw bar items, pina colada French toast, and more.
Bank & Bourbon
Visit Bank & Bourbon for a family-friendly holiday buffet on Christmas Day. The Loews Hotel restaurant is offering a generous spread of seafood, cheese, veggies, and aged ham displays, among others, as well as salads and other carving stations. Save room for dessert, which includes apple pie, berry cheesecake, plum torte, and other sweets.
Stop by Bridget Foy’s on Christmas Day for festive drinks and dishes to get you in the spirit. Order some crab hush puppies, mac n’ cheese, warm tomato soup, and other comforts before choosing between roasted salmon, prime rib, mushroom capanelle, or porchetta. For dessert, there will be traditional holiday cookies, yule logs, eggnog cheesecake, and more.
As is tradition, Chima Steakhouse will be open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day with its signature offerings of nonstop meat, a wraparound salad bar, and, of course, Brazilian cheese bread. Sit back, relax, and let the goods come to you—all you have to do is make sure to wear some elastic that day.
Cry Baby Pasta
If you’re on the hunt for the Feast of the Seven Fishes, Cry Baby Pasta has you covered on Christmas Eve. The $55 per person meal includes lobster arancini, fried calamari, clams casino, salmon rillettes, scallop tortellini, grilled octopus, crab tagliatelle, and a dessert spread of egg nog budinos, rainbow cookies, and chocolate peppermint. The perfect feast to lull you into a long winter’s nap.
DanDan is open for delivery and dining this Christmas, so fill your table with all the Sichuan and Taiwanese goodies you desire, from spicy beef hand-ripped noodles to veggie potstickers to the signature Sichuan clay pot with your choice of chicken, lamb, shrimp, tofu, and more. DanDan will also be open for delivery and takeout if you’re staying home this year.
Di Bruno Bros.
Make your holiday a catered affair with help from Di Bruno Bros. Whether you’re prepping for a holiday party or just want to ensure your family is properly fed come Christmas morning, Di Bruno Bros. has a new holiday menu with assorted hos d’oeuvres, antipasti, and entrees to cover all the bases. Take a look at the full casual catering options here. Even if you don’t really need full-blown catering, find time to stop by the Di Bruno’s shop this season to pick up some snacks (re: cheese) that could come in handy while you’re entertaining.
Dim Sum House By Jane G's
From dumplings and buns to scallion pancakes and other favorites, Dim Sum House has it all. So get your fix of Cantonese and Shanghai dim sum along with plenty of other Chinese dishes this holiday season, as both Dim Sum House locations in Rittenhouse and University City will remain open for dining in and takeout on Christmas Day.
Garces Trading Company
Garces Trading Company is prepared to feed you all throughout the holiday season, with a vast selection of to-go packages tapping into various concepts within the restaurant group. The Christmas Dinner option starts at $55 per person for your choice of roasted turkey breast or prime rib with bordelaise and horseradish creme fraiche with Parker House rolls, shrimp cocktail, plenty of sides, and dessert. Or for a more casual affair, choose from packages like a Buena Onda taco party, a Village Whiskey build-your-own burger celebration, and more.
Lacroix Restaurant at The Rittenhouse
Attention early risers: Treat yourself on Christmas morning to a scenic breakfast overlooking the park at Lacroix on Rittenhouse. Seatings start at 7 am and run through 10 am, so start your holiday off with sourdough pancakes, fresh fruit, house-baked croissants, and lots of French press coffee. Lacroix has the same breakfast offering for Christmas Eve as well so you can start celebrating first thing in the morning.
Le Cavalier has been getting the Wilmington food scene buzzing, so if you’re in the area for the holidays head to the French brasserie for a festive three-course menu. The offerings include gnocchi parisienne with brown butter, sage, and honeycrisp apples, branzino with winter ratatouille, and tons of other decadent options. End the feast with a Buche de Noel, and it’s safe to say you have made rather merry. If you prefer to take the feast home, Maison x Le Cav will offer a family-style, three-course meal for two at $155 per package for Christmas Eve pickup.
Spice up your Christmas Eve routine with dinner at Moshulu. There is plenty of festive ambiance in the restaurant’s dining room and you’ll be just a walk away from more cheer at Penn’s Landing. Moshulu will be open from 4 to 8 pm for dinner, where you’ll dig into a smattering of seafood, sushi, and raw bar items.
Take in the twinkly garland and quieter-than-usual park with dining at Parc on Christmas Day. The French destination will have all the cozy comforts you need, from ultra cheesy onion soup to a heaping helping of steak frites. And, of course, make sure to get a Buche de Noel for dessert, finished with a crunchy hazelnut praline.
Pumpkin is offering a four-course “Le Réveillon” Christmas dinner, which you can enjoy at the restaurant on Christmas Eve or bring home for the holiday. You’ll start off dinner at this BYOB restaurant with poached shrimp remoulade before glazed quail, braised monkfish, and black-eyed pea gumbo. For dessert, it’s sticky toffee pudding with whipped cream to feel extra seasonal.
Dine at Urban Farmer this Christmas Eve or Christmas Day starting at 4 pm, where you’ll have your pick of specials including Pennsylvania ham or beef rib eye, plus sides and by-the-slice desserts, including shoofly pie, apple almond crumble, and coconut custard.