Holiday Roundup: 6 Boston Dining Options for Christmas

Holiday Restaurants

This Christmas season Boston’s top restaurants and hotels are taking the hassle out of the holidays with a variety of decadent dinners, brunches, and holiday-inspired offerings on December 24 & 25. From Italian feasts to luxurious buffets, reservations are waiting to be made for all palates and preferences.

See the information below on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day specials from Boston-area chefs and restaurants including: Bistro du Midi, Boston Chops, Boston Harbor Hotel, Restaurant dante, il Casale Lexington, il Casale Belmont, Meritage Restaurant + Wine Bar, The Palm Boston, the Taj Boston, and more.

 

bistro du midi

Bistro du Midi

Indulge in a Provençal Christmas Eve at Bistro du Midi while taking in spectacular views overlooking the picturesque Public Garden. Executive Chef Robert Sisca will be serving the full dinner menu, with seasonal highlights including the Pork Belly with lentilles du puy, stracciatella, and pork jus, the Duck Breast with sweet potato, baby artichoke, almonds, and duck jus, and the Monkfish with squash, castelvetrano olives, romaine, and sauce au poivre. Chef Sisca will also be offering French-inspired a la carte additions including Oysters, Venison, Foie Gras, and Lobster specials.

Bistro du Midi is located at 272 Boylston St. in Boston’s Back Bay. Christmas Eve hours are 5:00PM – 10:00PM. The full menu will be available in the Main Dining Room and the Café, and the menu can be viewed here. For reservations, please call 617.426.7878 or visit www.bistrodumidi.com.

Chops

Boston Chops

This Christmas Eve guests of Boston Chops can relish in live festive music as they enjoy Chef Coombs’ show stopping twists on classic steakhouse fare at this urban steak bistro. Guests can indulge in new menu items such as the recently debuted 20 oz Prime Chateaubriand. Boston Chops is one of the only restaurants in the country to serve this specialty cut, which is known for being one of the tenderest cuts available. After selling out countless times when featured as a special, The Boston Chops team made the decision to feature the delicacy as a permanent item on their winter menu, just in time for the holidays. Boston Urban Hospitality invites Bostonians to get in the Christmas spirit with acoustic holiday entertainment as they treat themselves to delectable eats in the quaint South End neighborhood this Christmas Eve.

Boston Chops is located at 1375 Washington St. For reservations call (617) 227-5001 or visit www.BostonChops.com. The urban steakhouse will be open during regular hours on Christmas Eve, 5:00PM – 1:00AM, with dinner served between 5:00PM – 10:00PM.

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Boston Harbor Hotel

Start off Christmas with a bountiful holiday brunch with dishes from Chef Daniel Bruce that will be sure to put a smile on every guests face this Christmas Day. The brunch affair will take place in The Boston Harbor Hotel’s expansive Atlantic Room with views of Boston Harbor from the hotel’s second floor. Prepared by acclaimed Chef Daniel Bruce guests can enjoy an array of seasonal favorites including Cinnamon and Raisin Fresh Toast with Vermont maple syrup, Pastry Wrapped Salmon and Halibut with lemon shrimp sauce, Roast Organic Prime Rib of Beef with a horseradish shallot jus, Platter of Steamed Lobsters, Clams, Mussels and Crab Cakes, and fresh Omelets Made to Order. Guests can also indulge in an assortment of holiday-inspired pastries and sweets including Peppermint French Macaron, Dark Chocolate Yule Log, Caramel Banana Mousse, and Gingerbread Crème Brulèe.

Christmas Brunch in Boston Harbor Hotel’s Atlantic Room will be available on Christmas Day from 10:30AM – 3:30PM for $98 per adult and $50 per child 12 & under. For additional information or to make a reservation please call 617-748-1878 or visit www.bhh.com.

 


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Restaurant dante, il Casale Lexington, il Casale Belmont

Enjoy a taste of Italian holiday tradition at Restaurant dante, il Casale Lexington, and il Casale Belmont, where Chef/Owner Dante de Magistris and brothers Damian and Filippo are serving a special Festa di Pesce per la Vigilia di Natale (Feast of the Seven Fishes) on Christmas Eve. This 10th annual celebration features century-old dishes, each incorporating closely guarded recipes passed down to Dante from his Nonna. The below four-course menu will be available in addition to the regular menus:

Antipasto

Antipasto di Mare

Shrimp, calamari, clam, eel, octopus, baccalà, smelts

Primi

Capelli di Angeli “Aglio e Olio”

Angel hair pasta, garlic evoo, anchovy, capers, pine nuts, golden raisins

Secondi

Spigola

Striped bass baked in salt, mushrooms, leek puree, escarole, walnut stuffing

2009 Grechetto ‘Grecante,’ Arnoldo Caprai, Umbría

Dolce

Mostaccioli and Zeppole dei Poveri

Chocolate dry fruit “cookie cake”, Neapolitan fritters, orange pastry cream

 

The prix fixe is $75 per person and will be available on December 24, 2015. Restaurant dante is located at 40 Edwin H. Land Boulevard, Cambridge, in the Royal Sonesta Hotel and will be open on Christmas Eve from 5:30PM – 10:00PM. For reservations, please call 617.497.4200 or visit www.restaurantdante.com. il Casale Belmont is located at 50 Leonard Street in Belmont. Holiday hours for Christmas Eve are 5:00PM until 10:00PM. For reservations please call 617.209.4942 or visit www.ilcasalebelmont.com. Il Casale Lexington is located in the heart of Lexington Center at 1727 Mass Ave. Holiday hours for Christmas Eve are 5:00PM until 10:00PM. For more information or to make a reservation, please call 781.538.5846 or visit www.ilcasalelexington.com.

 

 

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Meritage Restaurant + Wine Bar

Chef Daniel Bruce invites Bostonians and visitors to celebrate Christmas with a special Christmas Eve and Christmas Day menu at Meritage, located inside the iconic Boston Harbor Hotel. Join Chef Bruce at the recently renovated Meritage restaurant for four courses of expertly prepared holiday fare at the Vineyard to Table restaurant with picturesque views of Boston Harbor. Guests can enjoy with dishes including Lavender Roasted Vermont Pheasant with ballotine thigh and acorn squash mash and Cardamom, Cinnamon and Black Pepper Grilled Filet Mignon with aged cheddar and horseradish cream, and walnut tossed French beans. The special holiday four-course menu is also available with expert wine pairings by Boston Harbor Hotel Sommelier Nicholas Daddona.  The full menu for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day dinner is as follows:

Christmas Celebration Menu

Choice of One Per Course

 

First Course

Sweet Pumpkin Bisque

Shave Duck Prosciutto

Winter Green Salad

Dried Cranberries, Goat Cheese and Cider Buttermilk Dressing

Pan Roasted Jumbo Shrimp

Garlic, Olive Oil, Lime, Baby Brussels Sprout

Wild Mushroom and Soft White Cornmeal Polenta

Fava Beans

 

Second Course

Grilled Atlantic Swordfish

Scarlet Turnips, Romanesco Broccoli, Yellow Curry Sauce

Pan Seared Diver Scallops

Red Quinoa, Melted Leeks, Pink Grapefruit Butter

Lavender Roasted Vermont Pheasant

Ballotine Thigh and Acorn Squash Mash

Ricotta and Aged Gouda Gnocchi

Winter Vegetable and Sage Bolognese

 

Third Course

Grilled Ora King Salmon Fillet

Caramelized Cipollini Onion, Fennel, Red Beet Sauce

Five Spice Char-Grilled Yellow Fin Tuna

Cherry Pinot Syrup, Sweet Garlic Cream*

Cardamom, Cinnamon and Black Pepper Grilled Filet Mignon

Aged Cheddar and Horseradish Cream, Walnut Tossed French Beans*

Cabernet Braised Beef Short Ribs

Tricolored Carrots, Black Tuscan Kale, Truffle Oil

 

Fourth Course

Martha’s Vineyard Prufrock Cheese

Toasted Boston Brown Bread, Roasted Red Pear

Apple Spice Cake

Granny Smith Apple, Cape Cranberry, Organic Cider

Bitter Chocolate Cremeux

Blackberry, Fennel Pollen, Cabernet

Maple Custard Filled Swedish Éclair

Pumpkin Confit, Sage, Hazelnuts

 

Meritage is located inside the Boston Harbor Hotel at 70 Rowes Wharf. The special Christmas Celebration menu will be available from 4:00PM – 8:00PM on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day for $115 for adults ($175 with wine pairings) and $55 children 12 & under. For more information, please visit www.bhh.com or call 617-439-3995 for reservations.

 

the palm

The Palm Boston

Known for 90 years of family tradition, The Palm Boston welcomes friends, families, and visitors of all ages to The Palm for a holiday celebration! Executive Chef Karen Mitchell will be serving up seasonal specials and The Palm’s full menu of classic Italian dishes including favorites the Veal Marsala and Chicken Parmigiana, their famous Steaks & Chops, and signature Seafood & Lobster offerings like the Palm Surf n’ Turf featuring 1.5lbs of Jumbo Nova Scotia Lobster. Share in the holiday spirit at The Palm’s expansive dining room featuring floor to ceiling widows and grand marble columns for an evening of unforgettable hospitality and cuisine.

The Palm Boston is located at One International Place in the Financial District. Christmas hours are from 5:00PM – 9:00PM, with the full menu available. For additional information or to make a reservation please visit http://www.thepalm.com/boston or call 617-867-9292.

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