Philadelphia, PA

Where to Enjoy Christmas Dinner in Philadelphia

Marilyn Johnson

Are you looking for somewhere to dine on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day in the Philadelphia area? Here are some restaurants offering holiday meals. Check with the restaurants for availability and reservations.

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Where to Dine for Christmas in the Philadelphia area.Courtesy of Urban Farmer

Bank & Bourbon

1200 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19107 | (215) 231-7300

Celebrate Christmas at Bank & Bourbon on the ground floor of the Loews Hotel in Philadelphia. Enjoy a complete festive holiday buffet with a selection of seasonal salads, including a Roasted Squash Salad, Brussels Sprouts Caesar, carving stations featuring Montreal Smoked Short Rib, Honey-Baked Virginia Ham and Whole Roasted Verlasso Salmon, displays of seafood, local cheeses, and favorites like Whipped Ricotta and Bourbon Glazed Carrots. End the meal with sweet treats, including Chocolate Yule Log, seasonal pies, cookies, and more. The Christmas buffet is $85 per adult, $25 per child with an optional $35 wine pairing.

Bridget Foy’s

200 South Street, Philadelphia, PA | (215) 922-1813

Dine at Bridget Foy’s for Christmas, a celebrated restaurant at the corner of 2nd & South starting at 3 PM3 pm. An ala carte menu features appetizers such as lobster bisque ($13), smoked salmon toast ($12), steamed mussels ($17), and more. Hearty and comforting entrees such as Prime Rib ($34), Porchetta ($30), and Roasted Atlantic Salmon ($28). Dessert selections include a Yule Log ($12), eggnog cheesecake ($11), pear cranberry crisp ($12), and more.

Dim Sum House by Jane G

Rittenhouse—1930 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19103 | (215) 563-8800

University City—3939 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19104 | (215) 921-5377

Dim Sum House is excellent for those celebrating Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. In addition to its regular menu, new this year for dine-in or take-out is the Winter Lobster Feast. Choose from a Feast for Two ($125) or Feast for Six ($250) featuring Lobster Typhoon or Ginger Scallion Lobster, choice of dim sum offerings, selection of vegetables, and choice of rice or noodle dish. The Feast for Six also comes with Peking Duck or add to the Feast for Two ($20). Reservations for dine-in are suggested.

Le Cavalier (Wilmington)

42 W 11th St, Wilmington, DE 19801 | (302) 594-3154

Le Cavalier, a modern French brasserie in Wilmington, DE, will be offering a three-course menu for in-person dining on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Reservations can be made on Open Table and offered at $75/person. The dine-in menu will consist of highlights including Lobster with butter and champagne vinegar, Gnocchi Parisienne with brown butter, sage, and Honeycrisp apple, Duck Tangine with cranberry, and pine nut couscous, and Branzino Amandine with winter ratatouille. There will also be sweet finishes, including Baked Alaska and Bûche De Noël. Supplemental wine and beverage options will also be available.

Red Owl Tavern

433 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA | (215) 923-2267

Red Owl Tavern, the modern American tavern on Independence Mall inside the Kimpton Hotel Monaco, offers an evening of festive fare this Christmas. Enjoy a robust, prix fixe meal for $65 per person with offerings including Crispy Brussel Sprouts, Local Cheese of the Day, Roasted Amish Chicken, Scallops, and Braised Moroccan Spiced Lamb Shank with sweet potato purée, pearl onions, braised kale, and lamb jus. Pair with a heaping side such as garlic-smashed potatoes, delicata squash, and sautéed mixed veggies for the ultimate holiday feast.

Revolution Chop House (Valley Forge)

1160 First Avenue, King of Prussia, PA 19406 | (610) 768-5003

Located at Valley Forge Casino Resort in King of Prussia, Revolution Chop House will be open on Christmas Eve (4 to 8 PM) and Christmas Day (5 to 10 PM), featuring special menu items including Potato Leek Soup (chive oil, crispy leeks), Roast Prime Rib (choice of 16 oz. or 22 oz. cut, whipped potatoes, asparagus, beef jus, bearnaise sauce), and Peppermint Hot Chocolate Bread Pudding (vanilla crème anglaise, hot chocolate shooter), plus additional steakhouse options.

Seaview Hotel & Golf Club (Jersey Shore)

401 South New York Road, Galloway, NJ 08205 | (609) 652-1800

Seaview Hotel & Golf Club, the New Jersey Shore’s quintessential seaside resort located only 50 minutes from Center City, offers shore-goers a deluxe prix fixe meal in their elegant main dining room on Friday, December 24 and Saturday, December 25. For $49 per person, offerings include She Crab Soup, Winter Harvest Salad, choice of entrée between Tournedos Rossini, Half Roasted Bell & Evans Chicken, Chickpea Penne Pasta with Garden Meatless Meatballs, Fresh Florida Grouper Piccata, and for dessert, Hot Chocolate Flourless Cake with fresh winter raspberry coulis and caramel whipped cream.

Square 1682

121 South 17th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103 | (215) 563-5008

Square 1682, the modern American kitchen at the intersection of 17 and Sansom Streets, offers diners a spirited multi-course meal with small plates, sweet treats, entrées, and everything in-between. Standout dishes include Glazed Lamb Chops, Ricotta Ravioli, Beef Short Rib with glazed root vegetables and grilled broccoli, Branzino Filet served alongside lemon-scented potato, wilted spinach, and citrus, an all-vegan Cauliflower Curry, and house-made Cheesecake with wild berry compote for dessert. The three-course, an all-day feast is available for dine-in from 10 AM to 7 PM on Saturday, December 25, and is priced at $55 per person.

Steak 48

260 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102 | (215) 552-4848

Steak 48, located on the ground floor of The Atlantic building in Center City, is pleased to offer diners their upscale, modern steakhouse al a carte offering for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day starting from 4 to 9:30 PM. Guests can enjoy the restaurant’s signature offerings – a variety of prime steaks, fresh raw bar and seafood options, creative appetizers, hearty sides, and indulgent desserts.

The Wayward

1170 Ludlow Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107 | (215) 258-9430

Enjoy a seasonal, holiday-themed pre-fixed menu at The Wayward, an American brasserie located in Center City in the East Market Neighborhood (within the Canopy Hotel) from 5 to 9 PM for $65/per person. Choose from soup or salad for the first course, choice of Whole Branzino or Brick Oven Roasted Cornish Hen for the entrée, and sweet potato crème brûlée to end the meal. The restaurant is also open for Christmas Day brunch from 10 AM to 2 PM.

Urban Farmer

1850 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19103 | (215) 963-2788

Urban Farmer, Logan Square’s modern American steakhouse, has a top-notch selection of holiday fare available for take-away and dine-in this Christmas Eve and Christmas Day from 4 to 8:30 PM. Guests dining at Urban Farmer can enjoy elevated offerings served a la carte, including an 8oz. Pennsylvania Ham ($28) prepared with bourbon apple cider glaze and a 10oz. 1855 Beef Ribeye ($40) crafted with red wine beef jus and horseradish aioli. Both entrées are served with a heaping portion of Yukon potato purée and roasted winter vegetables. Desserts ($12 each) include Shoo Fly Pie, Apple Almond Crumb Pie, and Coconut Custard Pie – served by the slice and topped with a dollop of spiced whipped cream.

Merry Christmas!

Marilyn Johnson is a freelance food and travel writer covering the food and drink scene of Philadelphia, South Jersey, and beyond. Food news: phillygrub@gmail.com. Travel tips: phillygrubtrips@gmail.com.

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