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December 18, 2010

Dining options for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day


These lists of restaurants opening their doors for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day are not comprehensive. 

I did get some replies to my request for information. If your restaurant isn't listed here, it's because you're not keeping in touch with me.

There's still time, though. Email me, and I'll add your information in.

The Christmas Day find might be Eichenkranz, over in Brewers Hill


Open for Christmas Eve


AIDA Bistro & Wine Bar -- Now in its new home, the Columbia bistro will celebrate Christmas Eve with a $38 fixed-price three course menu. A la carte accommodations will be made for non-fish eating diners as well as children.

Aldo's -- Chef Aldo's "Feast of the Seven Fishes" menu, an annual tradition at Aldo's since being featured on Food Network, will be offered on Christmas Eve--in addition to the standard menu.
Guests ordering from the Feast  menu make their own selections from a menu of four courses, available at $59 per person, exclusive of beverages, gratuity or tax. Reservations are strongly advised, unless guests prefer to dine at the bar. 

Brightons -- The restaurant at the InterContinental Hotel is taking reservations for its 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. seatings

Cafe Spice -- open, serving regular Indian menu until 10 p.m.

Cafe Gia -- open, and serving from regular menu

Charleston -- open but completely booked

Cinghiale -- Accepting reservations until 9pm. The full a la carte menu will be available with a few celebratory items added. There are always two prix fixe options available: $29 or $59. Both have wine-pairing options.

Da Mimmo -- Da Mimmo will offer a seven course seafood dinner on Christmas Eve and will also have the regular menu and daily specialities available from 11:30 am until 11:30 pm. After dinner guests are invited to attend Midnight Mass at St Leo the Great Roman Catholic Church. 

Dogwood -- The Hampden restaurant will offer a special "Feast of the Seven Fishes" menu along  limited selections from its regular menu

Donna's Cross Keys -- The restaurant will serve a $35 fixed-price "Feast of the Seven Fishes" ($45 with wine pairings.)

Eichenkranz -- Open until 9 p.m. on Christmas Eve

Fogo de Chao  -- Open from 5 to 10:30 p.m.

Germano's Trattoria -- Open on Christmas Eve. Germano Fabiani is preparing his favorite Christmas dinner, Agnello al forno--oven roasted lamb with aromatic herbs with new potatoes and seasonal greens. This dish will be on the menu all week, beginning Tuesday night.

Jack's Bistro -- Taking reservations for all size parties on Christmas Eve. Jack's says, " We don't believe in encouraging our guests spend an arm and a leg on special occasions, so we will be offering our current menu and some fun specials for your enjoyment."

Kali's Court -- Open and serving the regular menu

Kali's Court Mezze -- Open and serving the regular menu

Mari Luna Latin Grille -- Serving regular menu at regular hours

Meli -- Open and serving the regular menu.

Milton Inn -- The restaurant has limited availability for its late afternoon seating. But another option here is a Christmas Eve lunch.

Mt. Washington Tavern -- Open and serving the regular menu

Oregon Grille -- Open for Christmas Eve, serving regular menu. There was space available when I called today.

Pazo -- Accepting reservations until 9pm. A special Christmas Eve buffet will be available for $39 per person or $25 for kids 12 and under.

Petit Louis -- Accepting reservations until 9pm. Very little space remains. A celebratory prix fixe menu will be available for $38 per person or $56 with paired wines, and the full a la carte menu will also be available.

Porters -- Open and serving the regular menu

The Prime Rib -- Open for Christmas Eve from 4 to 10 p.m., and serving the regular menu

Regi's -- Open for Christmas Eve from 4 to 11 p.m., and serving from regular menu with additional holiday specials

Rusty Scupper -- Open until 10 p.m., and serving from the regular menu until 10 p.m.

Sullivan's Steakhouse -- Open on Christmas Eve. The weekly Swinging at Sully’s event, usually held on Thursdays, will be held again tonight. The event features  $5 martinis and wine and half-priced bar entrees, cigar selections, and a jazz trio. 

Sotto Sopra --Open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Tapas Adela -- Open and serving the regular menu

Taste Mediterranean Grill -- Open for Christmas Eve, serving from the regular menu with a selection of specials

Open for Christmas Day

Akbar -- The Downtown and Columbia locations are open

Brightons -- The restaurant at the InterContinental Hotel will serve a holiday buffet, with seatings at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. and is also taking evening reservations for its 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. seatings

Cafe Gia -- open at 4 p.m.

Cafe Spice -- open with regular Indian menu from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Eichenkranz -- The Brewers Hill German Restaurant is open Christmas Day from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. In addition to the regular menu, the restaurant will serve a traditional turkey dinner.

Fogo de Chao -- Open from 4 to 9 p.m.

Helmand -- Open from 5 to 10 p.m.

Mt. Washington Tavern -- The bars open at 6 p.m., with a limited menu available.

Porters -- The Federal Hill restaurant in planning to be open on Christmas evening with a limited menu and specials.

The Prime Rib -- Open from 4 to 10 p.m.

Sotto Sopra -- Open from noon to 9 p.m. 

Posted by Richard Gorelick at 9:58 AM | | Comments (22)


Regi's Federal Hill Is Open Christmas Eve With Full Dinner Menu & Holiday Specials 4:00 - 11:00.

Doesn't Tov Pizza have, for lack of better description, some kind of Christmas party. Since the 25th is on saturday this year, I imagine they'll open up around 6 that night.

If you're restaurant ... i thought this paper had an editor!


I'll fix that "you're" tomorrow. Thanks for pointing it out. I was a little fatigued.


I'll add in Regi's, too.


Tov like a good bet. Let's see if they contact me.

Richard Gorelick

Eichenkrantz has been open on Christmas day as long as I've been in Baltimore (granted, only a few years...).

more importantly which bars are open? God know Midnight Sun won't cover it.

Double B,
Cat's Eye Pub will be opening @ 3:00

We tried Woodberry first, since we haven't been there yet, but they are booked until 9:30. We then tried Petit Louis, and were met with a serious pet-peeve: no one answering the phone to take reservations. I don't care if you are closed on Monday, you should have an answering service or at the very least, voice mail. Considering how service oriented they usually are, I would have expected that little extra step from Petit Louis. We then tried B&O, and they are closed for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Great for their employees (except for massive tip potential lost), bummer for us. Cinghiale saved the day - just made our reservation for two at 6 pm. Perfect timing for us since we have to sing early services, take a break to eat, then sing more services/masses...

when did you call Petit Louis? I'd like to let them know the problem...


I called around 11:30 and my husband tried again around noon. Both times it just rang repeatedly, no answer. We have only been to Petit Louis for lunch in the past, so it looks like dinner will have to wait for 2011... We are going to another Wolf-Foreman restaurant, and one that we have both always enjoyed, so no real tragedy on our part.

John Reusing just tweeted me that Bad Decisions will be open at 5pm on both days. Definitely a good place to hang with like-minded ombibulous malcontents.

For your Baltimore Co folks, I saw a sign at my favorite sushi restaurant Greenleaf (near Shawan and York in the Giant shopping center) that says they will be open on Christmas day.

Sotto Sopra Restaurant on Charles Street is open on Xmas Eve and Xmas Day.

We are headed to Cafe Troia in Towson for Christmas eve dinner. Got reservations easily on

The last I looked, 611 south Fagley St is not on Butcher's Hill, but smack dad in the heart of Highlandtown. Did Eichenkranz move and not tell anyone? Of course, Butcher's Hill sounds so much more upscale than Highlandtown, doesn't it?

The last I looked, 611 south Fagley St is not on Butcher's Hill, but smack dab in the heart of Highlandtown. Did Eichenkranz move and not tell anyone? Of course, Butcher's Hill sounds so much more upscale than Highlandtown, doesn't it?

Oh so sorry, Of course you wrote Brewer's Hill and I read Butcher's Hill. A thousand pardons for my oversight.

Yeah, the boundary between Brewer's Hill and Highlandtown is a bit odd. What with Brewer's Hill getting all developed, I expect it to start nibbling away at Highlandtown just like Canton has.

I'd say Eichenkranz is in Highlandtown, but wouldn't argue with someone who said it was in Brewer's Hill.

I always use this for neighborhood placement And it says that 611 S. Fagley is in Brewers Hill

i seem to remember more restaurants being open on Christmas day in the past. i have been to sotta sopra and mc cormick & schmick the last two years. i have reso's for harbor court, but can u dig up last years list from EL.

I found them and attached them to a post I did today

A special Italian Christmas Eve "seven fishes" tasting menu, with wines at Donna's Cross Keys. menu on

A special Italian Christmas Eve "seven fishes" tasting menu, with wines at Donna's Cross Keys. menu on

Cafe Gia is open on Christmas day (at least according to facebook).

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Richard Gorelick was appointed The Baltimore Sun's restaurant critic in September 2010. Before joining the paper staff fulltime, he contributed freelance criticism and features articles about food to area and regional publications. Along the way, he dispatched for short-distance trucking companies, shilled for cultural non-profits, and assisted in cognitive neurology research – never the subject, always the control.

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