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Boston restaurants open on Christmas

Stay out of the kitchen and enjoy a festive meal cooked by a top chef at one of these restaurants open on Christmas

By Gerrish Lopez and Time Out Boston Staff

After so much seasonal cheer, shopping at holiday markets in Boston and attending festive Boston Christmas events, you may be too tired to cook on Christmas day. Give yourself a break and dine at one of the best Boston restaurants that are open on Christmas. From an intimate feasts to elaborate buffets, there's a meal for every type of celebration. While many have not yet announced their holiday menus, these restaurants typically offer Christmas dining, so check back as we update with details.

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Boston restaurants open on Christmas

Henrietta's Table, Restaurants, Boston
Photograph: Courtesy Henrietta's Table

1. Henrietta’s Table

Restaurants American Harvard Sq

For a farm-to-table holiday dining experience, Henrietta's Table is the place. Their holiday buffet is filled with dishes featuring local, seasonal ingredients. All the classics are there, plus lots of fresh veggie dishes, salads, local seafood, and baked goods.
Seatings 12pm-8pm, $95pp/$47.50 kids 5-12, free for kids 4 and under

Bar Boulud
Photograph: George Apostolidis

2. Bar Boulud

Restaurants French Back Bay

Bar Boulud's Christmas Feast is a French-inspired Christmas dinner. The three course prixe fixe includes the likes of a winter beet salad, black truffle risotto, pan-roasted filet mignon, and decadent sides. Finish with an indulgent dessert like the Praline Baked Alaska.
Seatings 5pm-10pm, $95pp, $52 wine pairing

The Bristol
Photograph: Courtesy The Bristol

3. The Bristol

Restaurants American Back Bay

Tucked into the first floor of the Four Seasons, with beautiful views of the Boston Public Garden across the street, this refined spot is a classic destination for Christmas dinner. The Christmas Buffet includes a raw bar, pasta bar, carving station, and more.
Seatings 11:30am-8pm, $110pp

Photograph: Courtesy Boston Harbor Hotel/Michael Blanchard

4. Meritage

Restaurants Contemporary American Waterfront

Located on the second floor of the tony Boston Harbor Hotel, Meritage is a wine-focused, waterfront hideaway that is perfect for oenophiles. Their holiday dining options are sure to be equally impressive. 
Details TBA

Encore Boston Harbor
Photograph: Courtesy Encore Boston Harbor

5. Encore Boston Harbor

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Encore Boston Harbor will offer a range of dining options on both Christmas Eve and Christmas day. Enjoy the beautiful casino then feast at one of the many restaurants including Sinatra, Red 8, Garden Cafe, Oyster Bar, Waterfront, Rare Steakhouse, and On Deck Burger Bar. Sinatra will be hosting a special Feast of the Seven Fishes on Christmas Eve.

La Morra
Photograph: Courtesy La Morra

6. La Morra

Restaurants Italian

La Morra makes Christmas dinner both traditional and stress-free. The Brookline Village Italian restaurant keeps it warm, communal and boisterous with its multi-course, family-style holiday meals.
Details TBA

Smith & Wollensky
Photograph: Courtesy Smith & Wollensky

7. Smith & Wollensky Boston – Atlantic Wharf

Restaurants Steakhouse Downtown

This national chain maintains a stunning waterfront location at Atlantic Wharf, between the Rose Kennedy Greenway and Fort Point Channel. The 10,000-square-foot space features an outdoor patio that adds to the relaxed, upscale ambiance. Christmas dinner will no doubt feature steak as the centerpiece.
Details TBA

Top of the Hub
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Top of the Hub

8. Top of the Hub

Restaurants American Back Bay

From 52 stories above the city skyline, you just might see Santa's sleigh as he heads out of town. The Christmas menu at Top of the Hub is typically a four-course feast that will please everyone in the family.
Details TBA

Eastern Standard, Restaurants and cafes, Boston
Photograph: Elan Fleisher

9. Eastern Standard

Restaurants Contemporary American Fenway/Kenmore

As it's located in the Hotel Commonwealth, Eastern Standard typically offers an early Christmas breakfast before starting its festive Christmas dinner service in the afternoon.
Details TBA


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