Where to Dine on Christmas Day

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Yes, December 25th is looming large. And if you’re not planning on cooking or demanding to be fed at someone’s home, well, it’s time to make reservations somewhere. Click through for our round-up of Boston restaurants offering special Christmas menus.

This swank-tuary inside the Mandarin Oriental hosts an $85 brunch and a $58 dinner. (Kids dine for $35 and $31, respectively.) Brunch begins at 11 a.m. and dinner begins at 5:30 p.m. At brunch, enjoy dim sum, a hot and cold buffet, carving stations, a “hen house” station (with eggs most any way you want ‘em), and an assortment of desserts. A dinner tasting menu features cured ham and rabbit loin, seared scallops with fennel broth, grilled wagyu beef strip loin, and more. Call (617) 535-8800 for reservations.

The Seaport Hotel’s flagship restaurant serves a $65 ($24 for kids) Christmas brunch that includes traditional and crab cake Benedict, French toast, chicken apple and pork sausage, quiches and strudels, assorted cheeses and fruit, smoked salmon, carving stations, whipped sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, stuffing, and plenty of desserts. Seatings are at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Kids under six eat free. Call (617) 385-4300 for prepaid reservations.

Cafe Fleuri at the Langham

This is one of the biggest brunches in Boston and the place to stuff yourself silly on Christmas Day. Their $70 meal ($35 for kids) includes artisanal cheeses and meats, a raw bar, salads of every persuasion, Benedicts, French toast, blintzes, omelets, pastries, and a kids’ station. If they don’t have it, you didn’t want it anyway. Seatings begin at 10:30 a.m. and last until 3:45 p.m.; kids under four eat free. Call (617) 956-8751 for reservations.

Clink at the Liberty Hotel will serve dinner from 3 p.m. until 9 p.m.; prices are a la carte. Always adventurous Chef Joseph Margate offers an eclectic menu that includes yellowfish sashimi, lobster bisque, Vermont pheasant, elk chops, corn pasta with sage butter, frozen lemon souffle, pear & cranberry cobbler, and more. Call (617) 224-4004 for reservations.

Eastern Standard
They’ll open for breakfast at 7 a.m. and then serve a $55 dinner menu from 2 p.m. until 8 p.m., with a separate $20 menu for kids. Enjoy an a la carte bounty of local shellfish, then choose an appetizer, main course, and dessert. Apps include nontraditional holiday items like Hudson Valley foie gras ragout and crispy frog legs. Main courses include earthy delicacies like roasted Christmas goose and wild rice, cassoulet with smoked venison sausage, and foraged mushroom risotto. Dessert highlights include apple cider cake, chocolate mousse torte with cinnamon ice cream, and classic crème brûlée. Call (617) 532-9100 for reservations.

In addition to their daily winter menu, Market offers up a three-course, $42 set Christmas menu that includes pear, frisée and apple Salad, goat cheese, walnut vinaigrette; tenderloin of beef, miso butter and roasted brussels sprouts; and warm chocolate cake with vanilla ice cream. Call (617) 310-6790 for reservations.

Where to Dine on Christmas Day