Top Ten Restaurants Open Christmas Day
This list has more hotel dining rooms on it than I had hoped, but it turned out that some of the restaurants Open Table lists as serving Christmas dinner (Pazza Luna, Trapeze) actually aren't, I was told when I called. That glitch may have been fixed by the time you read this.
I called some restaurants I hoped would be open but aren't, like Antrim 1844. Still, there are more open than when I used to make up a list for my Table Talk column 15 years ago, and the list was about two. Restaurants are catching on that people these days like to eat out, even on the major holidays.
I wanted to give a range of options so that people who are just looking for a place that isn't Chinese and people who are willing to spend major amounts of money on a special holiday meal will find something to like. I also hope that if I missed any, restaurants will feel free to post what they have to offer below. ...
*Bistro 300 in the Hyatt downtown has been recently renovated; it will be open its regular hours with its regular menu. Pisces, the Hyatt's fancier restaurant, will be closed; and, in fact, will be closed after New Year's Eve for the month of January.
*Brightons in the Intercontinental Harbor Court Hotel will be one of the prettiest places to have Christmas dinner. It will probably be just offering its regular menu with a few festive touches.
*Chart House in Annapolis plans to be open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. The regular menu, with its emphasis on seafood, will be served, plus holiday specials that haven't been decided yet.
*Eichenkranz will be serving its regular menu of German and American dishes plus a special holiday dinner of turkey and ham. It will be open from 8:30 a.m. (for breakfast!) to 8 p.m., at least that's what they told me; but I would call closer to Christmas Day to make sure that doesn't change.
*Grille 700 in the Marriott, Harbor East, does contemporary American food. I went when it first opened and had a good meal for a hotel restaurant. It will be serving its regular menu all day.
*Jimmy's Famous Seafood (6526 Holabird Ave. in Dundalk, 410-633-4040) will have a Christmas menu, but the details haven't been finalized. Hours will be 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
*McCormick & Schmick's in the Inner Harbor is serving its regular menu from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. There will be a few holiday specials, says the chef, but they will be seafood.
*Rams Head Tavern in Annapolis is kind of a funky choice for Christmas dinner, but it will be open after 6 p.m. serving its regular menu. I just found out the Baltimore location's restaurant closed this past weekend.
*Sotto Sopra in Mount Vernon will have a special menu; the details haven't been set yet. Hours: 3 p.m. to 10 p.m.
*Sherwood's Landing in the Inn at Perry Cabin in St. Michaels is a trek for Baltimoreans, but there is a holiday package with lodging available. Or you can just have dinner there from noon to 8 p.m. The regular menu is being served with some holiday dishes.
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