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.