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December 10, 2012

Roundup: Top Picks For Restaurants Serving Christmas Eve Or Christmas Day Dinner In Philadelphia

Leave your holiday meal to the pros this Christmas. Consult our guide to Christmas Eve and Christmas Day dining in Philadelphia for the best restaurants offering holiday dinner. (Credit: iStockPhoto)

You’ve spent the past few weeks preparing for the holidays by wrapping presents, hanging stockings and decorating the tree, so it’s time to take a break and let some of the region’s top chefs take care of your holiday meal.

From extravagant brunches to fanciful feasts, restaurants throughout the Philadelphia area will make your Christmas Eve or Christmas Day meal one to remember.

Check out a few of our top picks for holiday meals, below:

Christmas Eve, Monday, December 24

10 Arts at the Ritz-Carlton: Celebrate the season at 10 Arts with a special six-course Christmas Eve dinner from 5:30–10 p.m. that includes lobster bisque, rack of lamb and chocolate gingerbread mousse cake. ($110 per person; $55 for children 4–12)

Amada: Celebrate Christmas Spanish style at Amada with Chef Garces’ a la carte menu plus special holiday tapas additions. (Pay as you go)

Bistro St. Tropez: Let Chef Patrice Rames and his team at Bistro St. Tropez do the cooking this Christmas Eve with a special five-course degustation menu which includes split pea soup with smoked Virginia ham, seared duck breast, assorted cheeses, desserts and more. ($49 per person; wine paring for an additional $30. A three-course meal is also available for $38 per person)

Garces Trading Company: Grab a bite to eat while shopping for last minute foodie gifts at Garces Trading Company. They’ll be open until 9 p.m. serving dinner. Don’t forget to pick up a Holiday Pie! (Pay as you go)

Citron and Rose: Head to Citron and Rose on the Main Line for a very Jewish Christmas feast (all kosher) from 5:30-10 p.m. (Pay as you go)

City Tap House: Toast the holidays with a craft brew at City Tap House, open until 8 p.m. (Pay as you go)

Cuba Libre: Forget ordinary and enjoy a Cuban Christmas Eve at Cuba Libre, open until 8 p.m. and serving their a la carte menu. (Pay as you go)

Devon Seafood Grill: Indulge in seafood favorites this holiday at Devon Seafood Grill. Their a la carte menu is served from 11 a.m.-10 p.m., perfect for a late-night dinner waiting up for Santa. (Pay as you go)

Federal Donuts: Get your favorite donuts and fried chicken at both FedNuts locations, unti 3 p.m. on Christmas Eve. (Pay as you go)

Fogo De Chao: Pig out this Christmas Eve on 15 different cuts of meat served table-side and prepared by Fogo De Chao’s expert gaucho chefs. Elastic waistbands recommended. ($51.50 per person)

Dozens more dining options for Christmas Eve and Day, below.

LaScala’s: Let Chef Nocella take care of Christmas Eve this year and wish you a Buon Natale at LaScala’s with traditional Italian favorites. (Pay as you go)

Le Virtù: Head to East Passyunk Avenue for a comforting Italian meal at Le Virtù featuring Timballo, layered crepes with pork sausuage and Torcinelli, fried anise-and-raisin dough tossed in sugar with eggnog sauce. ($65 per person)

London Grill: Enjoy the regular restaurant and bar menu and Christmas specials until midnight at London Grill, including Christmas ham and Italian fishes. (Pay as you go)

Positano Coast: Get a taste of the Mediterranean during a five-course dinner at Positano Coast. Highlights include lobster ravioli with caramelized leeks, shiitake mushrooms and swordfish with swiss chard, sea-beans and pea shoots. ($55 per person. Optional wine paring available for $20 extra)

Red Owl Tavern: The new Hotel Monaco’s Red Owl Tavern is open for breakfast on Christmas Eve. We highly recommend the cinnamon bread french toast. (Pay as you go)

Rouge: Rittenhouse Square favorite Rouge will be open for lunch and dinner from 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m. on Christmas Eve. (Pay as you go)

The Industry: Eat like a chef on Christmas Eve at The Industry in South Philly, open until 1 a.m. You may even stay up late enough to see Santa! (Pay as you go)

The Moshulu: Hop aboard the Moshulu from 4-9 p.m. for favorites from the classic a la carte menu and let your Christmas Eve cooking worries sail away. (Pay as you go)

The Twisted Tail: Carnivores rejoice! The Twisted Tail will be hosting a pig roast on Christmas Eve, accompanied by stuffing, sweet potato mash, mac n’ cheese and more. ($35 per person)

Twenty Manning Grill: Twenty Manning Grill will be open for Christmas Eve and serving their a la carte menu from 5-8 p.m. with holiday cheer. (Pay as you go)

Village Whiskey: If a juicy foie gras burger sounds like your ideal Christmas Eve dinner then head to Village Whiskey this season. They’ll be open until 8 p.m. and serving their a la carte menu. (Pay as you go)

Christmas Day, Tuesday, December 25

10 Arts at the Ritz-Carlton: Wake up to a delicious Christmas Day brunch at 10 Arts from 7 a.m.-noon. And if you skipped out on the Christmas Eve tasting menu you can still celebrate the holidays at 10 Arts with a four-course tasting menu on Christmas Day from 2–8 p.m. ($110 per person; $55 for children 4 – 12)

Azalea at Omni at Independence Park: From 4-9 p.m. on Christmas Day, stop into the Omni hotel’s Azalea restaurant for Holiday Five Course Menu: soup, salad, intermezzo, entree and dessert. (Pay as you go)

Balcony: Sit high above the Avenue of the Arts on Christmas Day and enjoy a special holiday breakfast, brunch and dinner at Balcony at the Doubletree by Hilton Center City. (Pay as you go)

Bridget Foy’s: Bridget Foy’s on South Street has your traditional Christmas dinner covered with favorites like lobster bisque, glazed ham and filet mignon from 3–8 p.m. (Pay as you go)

Chez Colette: Enjoy a relaxing and soulful Christmas dinner at Chez Colette complete with live jazz, apricot-glazed turkey, saffron shrimp crab cakes and pear shortcakes with brandied cream. ($64 per person; $32 for children under 12)

Citron and Rose: If you missed out on Citron and Rose for Christmas Eve, here’s your second chance to feast on Jewish delicacies on Christmas Day from 5:30-10 p.m. courtesy Chef Michael Solomonov (Pay as you go)

Fountain Restaurant and Swann Lounge at the Four Seasons: Put on your Sunday best for a special Christmas Day feast at the Fountain Restaurant or Swann Lounge at the Four Seasons. The Fountain Restaurant will be open from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. and the Swann Lounge will be open from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. ($103 per person, $51.50 for children 5-12)

Lacroix: Lacroix at the Rittenhouse Hotel will be serving a lavish Christmas day brunch all day long. ($75 per person)

Nineteen – XIX: Nineteen will be adding several festive additions to their menu on Christmas day from 4–8 p.m. (Pay as you go)

Paramour at the Wayne Hotel: Paramour’s Executive Chef Michael Giampa will be preparing a special four-course dinner Christmas Day featuring field mushroom soup with black truffles, bison ribeye and a chocolate hazelnut torte. ($65 per person; optional wine paring for $30)

The Plough and the Stars: Make your reservations now for The Plough and the Stars’ special Christmas dinner menu, served from noon–8:15 p.m. (Pay as you go)

R2L: You may see Santa flying by as you enjoy a special Christmas Day Supper at R2L on the 37th floor of Two Liberty Place. The family-style meal features parsnip and chestnut soup, seven fishes stew, prime rib and a dessert buffet. ($65 per person; $30 for children 12 and under)

SoleFood: Head to the Loews Philadelphia Hotel for a three-course prix fixe Christmas dinner at SoleFood featuring seared salmon, roasted Lancaster chicken and traditional desserts from 5:30–10 p.m. ($36 per person; $10 for children)

Tavern 17: Get in the festive spirit at Tavern 17 with a three-course Christmas dinner from 2–8 p.m. ($35 per person; $16.95 for children 3-10)

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sue says:

I called Bridget Foy’s last week and was told they were NOT open on Christmas this year.

Rebekah says:

If you don’t feel like driving into the city check out The Desmond Hotel in Malvern. Serving a wonderful Christmas dinner this year starting at 3pm. Reservations required. http://www.desmondgv.com/events/