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Boston restaurants open on Christmas

Sometimes, a holiday meal tastes better when someone else is cooking—take advantage of these restaurants open on Christmas Day

JQ Louise
Katy Kostakis
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JQ Louise
Written by Katy Kostakis
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he December holidays are certainly a magical time, and here in Boston, the festivities that make the season dazzle and sparkle extend to restaurants throughout the city. If you wish to have your chestnuts roasted over someone else’s fire rather than your own on Christmas Day, you can deck the halls of these eateries open on December 25. For more joyful activities to make your holidays merry and bright, check out the jaw-dropping splendor of Boston’s best Christmas lights, grab some gifts at some of Boston’s winter holiday Christmas markets, or coast along the frost at one of the best ice skating rinks in Boston.  

RECOMMENDED: See the full guide to Christmas in Boston

Boston restaurants open on Christmas

  • Restaurants
  • Contemporary American
  • Harvard Sq
  • price 4 of 4

Since 1975, this refined Harvard Square stalwart has led the local farm-to-table charge, celebrating regional ingredients with an elegant, seasonal menu. The kitchen personifies a sophisticated approach to New England dining. Locally-sourced seafood and meats, plus homemade pastas, are all meticulously and imaginatively prepared. It’s certainly that typical cozy, comfort food you’d expect on Christmas Day, just without you having to do all the prep.

  • Restaurants
  • American
  • Harvard Sq
  • price 3 of 4

Nestled inside The Charles Hotel, this farm-to-table dining experience offers a uniquely fresh approach to your Christmas day eats. Stop in for breakfast from 7am to 11am or for an a la carte meal from noon until 6pm. Expect warming dishes that feature local, seasonal ingredients, lots of fresh vegetables and seafood.

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  • Restaurants
  • French
  • Porter Sq
  • price 3 of 4

Open for Christmas Day Dinner, this chic bistro from Sandrine Rossi offers a colorful space to toast the holidays at the Porter Square Hotel. Diners select from a range of small plates, both hot and cold, offering fresh spins on French classics such as steak tartare, mussels and steak frites. Their French wine list is phenomenal, but nothing quite embodies a celebration like a glass (or bottle) of champagne—joyeux Noël!

  • Bars
  • Hotel bars
  • Back Bay
  • price 2 of 4

Located within the Grande Dame, Fairmont Copley Plaza, on the border of Boston’s Back Bay and South End neighborhoods, OAK Long Bar & Kitchen is a chic loungy restaurant that is always serving up some amazing cocktails and dishes. But this Christmas, guests are in for a treat because there are some very special specials on the menu! 

Specials available 3-10pm in addition to the All Day Menu

  • BEEF WELLINGTON ($75) foie gras, chanterelle mushrooms, watercress purée, au jus, shaved truffles
  • BAKED ALASKA ($20) white chocolate sponge, winter spiced vanilla ice cream, Grand Marnier

 

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  • Restaurants
  • Mediterranean
  • Beacon Hill
  • price 2 of 4

Peregrine at The Whitney Hotel focuses on the cuisines of Sardinia, Sicily, Corsica and Catalonia. Peregrine features locally sourced dishes that range from snacks to antipasti and appetizers alongside more filling fare including seasonal savory dishes, handmade pastas and desserts. Dinner will be available from 3-9pm on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, for $95/per person. The 4-course meal will include the traditional seven fishes with an opportunity to add-on wine tastings and additional items. There is also a $75/per person option where guests can enjoy a 3-course meal with options including Duck Confit, Gnocchi di Sardi, Roast Duck Breast and Buche de Noel.

  • Hotels
  • Seaport District
  • price 3 of 4

Set in the heart of Boston’s Seaport District, Para Maria brings both guests and locals alike back to tradition. A place to connect with friends and family over handcrafted Latin-inspired cuisine, this restaurant offers large, shareable plates that serve as the focal point of a communal dining experience. Para Maria focuses on fresh, locally sourced seafood, authentic tortilla dishes, house-made sauces, a seasonally rotating cocktail program and more. And on Christmas Day, seatings are available from 11-4pm.

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  • Restaurants
  • American creative
  • North End
  • price 3 of 4

Alcove is the first restaurant from local hospitality veteran Tom Schlesinger-Guidelli (Island Creek Oyster Bar, Eastern Standard) and the kitchen merges New England-sourced ingredients with Mediterranean techniques and flavors. If you’re seeking warmer weather amidst our harsh winters, Alcove’s menu will take you on a culinary trip with coastal dishes that temporarily transport you to the Med. Check the site for their holiday hours and offerings, which will be released in the coming weeks.

  • Restaurants
  • Seafood

Located at Encore Boston Harbor, Rare Steakhouse offers one of New England’s most uniquely curated steak selections, offering classic filets and bone-in ribeyes, as well as domestic Wagyu and Japanese Wagyu cuts, including an A5 Kobe striploin or tenderloin (Encore Boston Harbor is the only Kobe Beef Federation user registered in Massachusetts). Treat yourself to turf or opt for surf this Christmas Dinner, during the restaurant’s opening hours, from 3pm until 10pm. There’s a special three-course holiday menu, which is priced at $85 per person.

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  • Restaurants
  • Steakhouse
  • Back Bay
  • price 4 of 4

As one of the Back Bay’s most popular special occasion restaurants, Abe and Louie’s understands the allure of the classic chophouse and delivers on every level: red banquette booths, dark wood paneling, and prime Midwestern steaks aged at least 30 days on the bone. It’s no wonder then that this restaurant is open on Christmas Day as it provides the ultimate atmosphere for a swanky holiday lunch or dinner. Choose from their collection of corn-fed, Midwestern, USDA Prime Grade cuts of beef or go all in with a seafood tower.

  • Restaurants
  • Seafood
  • Waterfront

At this iconic waterfront hotel, diners have options. Choose from Christmas Day brunch at the Atlantic Room, breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea at Sea Grille, or a casual meal at the Rowes Wharf Bar. Brunch seating starts at 11am, with the last seating at 3pm (dining room closes at 4pm) where guests can expect live jazz and a visit from Santa. The venues are also open on Christmas Eve, in case you’re seeking out a staycation situation for the holiday.

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  • Bars
  • Beer bars
  • Somerville
  • price 2 of 4

f something more lowkey is on the agenda for your holiday lunch or dinner, spend it at this cozy pub in Somerville’s bustling Davis Square. Open on Christmas Day from 3pm-10pm, munch on a Tavern Burger, Mac & Cheese, a Foghorn Leghorn (fried chicken, banana peppers, and pickled cucumbers) or French Kiss (apple, candied walnuts, and brie) pizza, grab one of their tempting signature cocktails like the Foolish Pleasure (gin, prosecco, grapefruit and rosemary syrup) or from its assortment of ales, lagers, sours, and ciders, and just kick back, relax, and celebrate. 



  • Restaurants
  • Seafood
  • North End
  • price 3 of 4

Part of North End restaurateur Frank DePasquales local empire, Mares calling card is its crudo menu, best enjoyed on the sleek patio with fire pits and a retractable roof that makes year-round al fresco dining possible—even on Christmas Day. The kitchen preps a variety of Italian-accented seafood dishes, as well as a handful of plates whose ingredients don't hail from the ocean.

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  • Restaurants
  • Steakhouse
  • Seaport District
  • price 4 of 4

Get dressed up and head over to this national steakhouse chain’s location in the tony Seaport District to enjoy a holiday meal for the ages. Open on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, choose from an array of dishes, from raw oysters to shrimp cocktail to an expertly-prepared filet mignon or ribeye with all the trimmings. Pair with a gorgeous Napa Valley wine from their impressive list and you have everything you need to spend this Christmas in style. 



  • Restaurants
  • Contemporary American
  • West End

Tucked inside the Liberty Hotel, on the cusp of Boston’s charming Beacon Hill neighborhood, Clink is open from 7am until 8pm on Christmas Day. Stop by for breakfast or lunch, when a special Christmas Brunch Menu will also be available (from 7am until 3pm). For dinner, Clink is offering a special holiday menu that showcases the restaurant’s signature seafood and Italian fare. Raise a glass and do as the restaurant name implies—clink.

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  • Restaurants
  • Steakhouse
  • Seaport District
  • price 4 of 4

For many families, a steakhouse and Christmas dinner go hand in hand. Whether or not this is your typical tradition, you can’t deny that a classy night out in the Seaport makes for a festive affair. Open from the afternoon to later in the evening on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, Mastro’s offers luxurious surf and turf with stunning views of Boston Harbor from floor-to-ceiling windows-perfect for watching the city lights twinkle as you indulge in sizzling steaks, decadent seafood towers and a range of appetizers and entrees, from oysters and crab cakes to sushi and lamb.



  • Restaurants
  • North End
  • price 3 of 4

This North End hotspot is famed for its martinis and homemade pasta dishes, served in its moody-lit, suave dining room. This year, it’s open on Christmas Day from noon until 8pm and will be serving a special menu featuring Italian favorites, seafood and premium steak cuts. Check their website for the soon-to-be released menu, in case you’re seeking a specific dish.



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