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Christmas in St. Paul
Christmas in St. Paul
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Where to Eat on Christmas in the Twin Cities

The best restaurants to grab a bite Christmas Eve or Day.

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Christmas in St. Paul
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For some, dining out on Christmas Eve is a traditional get-together with friends over pot stickers and dumplings. For others, a fancy meal on Christmas Day is the perfect way to avoid a sink full of dirty dishes. Either way, here is a short list of a few eateries open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, regardless of what you celebrate during these cold days of December.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Lela

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5601 W 78th St
Minneapolis, MN 55439
(952) 656-5980
The new swanky restaurant in the Sheraton Bloomington straddles the line between classic and modern cuisine with handmade pastas, sizzling steaks and the seemingly requisite seafood crudo. Lela will be open regular hours on Christmas Eve with its usual menu, but will offer a special Christmas Day family-style seating at $39 per person, that will include a carrot vanilla bisque, a choice of entrees and a Yule Log to share for dessert.

2. St. Paul Grill

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350 Market St
Saint Paul, MN 55102
(651) 224-7455
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The St. Paul hotel is a popular destination any time of the year, but it is especially festive during the holidays. The St. Paul Grill will serve its regular menu on Christmas Eve, with a special Christmas Day, three-course prix fixe menu featuring their famous cream of Minnesota wild rice soup, honey glazed ham with chutney and bread pudding with crème anglais.

3. Manny's Steakhouse

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826 S Marquette Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55402
(612) 339-9900
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Noticing a theme? The secret to exceptional Christmas time dining is to visit restaurants housed in local hotels. Named one of the 10 Best Steakhouses in the world by Men’s Journal, Manny’s will serve its usual steaks and seafood on Christmas Eve, while on Christmas Day they will hold their signature Holiday Buffet service for $40 for adults and $12.95 for the kiddos.

4. Holy Land - Northeast

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2513 Central Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418
(612) 781-2627
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With two locations, Holy Land has been satisfying hummus cravings in Minneapolis for thirty years. While its Midtown Market location is closed on major holidays, the bustling Central Avenue restaurant is open 365 days a year, allowing the masses to feast on Middle Eastern favorites like gyros and falafel on Christmas Eve and, if so moved, again on Christmas Day.

5. Krung Thep Thai

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2523 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55404
(612) 874-7721
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Krungthep Thai has been hailed as a Twin Cities favorite since its birth as the little sister to beloved St. Paul staple Bangkok Thai Deli. The Eat Street establishment will be serving its rich curries, boat noodle soups and ultra fresh papaya salads until 6 p.m. on Christmas Eve and regular hours on Christmas Day.

6. The Freehouse

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701 Washington Ave N
Minneapolis, MN 55401
(612) 339-7011
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All of Blue Plate’s eight restaurants will be open shorter hours on Christmas Eve, offering their usual favorite-filled menus. Freehouse, Lowry and Groveland Tap will also open Christmas Day at 5 pm, when the Freehouse and Lowry will wisely offer a couple of Christmasy cocktails like the Spice Cake Cocktail crafted with spiced rum, orgeat, bitters and all spice. Wonder why no one offers fruitcake cocktails?
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7. Mickey's Diner

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36 7th St W
Saint Paul, MN 55102
(651) 698-0259
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Mickey’s Diner, an iconic piece of Americana in the heart of Saint Paul, has been operating 24/7 every day of the year for nearly 70 years. What could be more Norman Rockwell than taking the kids for a stack of fluffy buttermilk pancakes and an-old fashioned malt after gift opening? It doesn’t even matter how long they take to rip that wrapping paper off because Mickey’s serves breakfast all day.
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8. FireLake Grill House & Cocktail Bar

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31 S 7th St
Minneapolis, MN 55402
(612) 216-3473
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Both Firelakes at the Mall of America and downtown Minneapolis are open on Christmas. On the 25th chef Jim Kynberg will be preparing a traditional roast goose dinner (or roast beef, if you prefer). The Mall of America has prime rib and popovers.

1. Lela

5601 W 78th St, Minneapolis, MN 55439
The new swanky restaurant in the Sheraton Bloomington straddles the line between classic and modern cuisine with handmade pastas, sizzling steaks and the seemingly requisite seafood crudo. Lela will be open regular hours on Christmas Eve with its usual menu, but will offer a special Christmas Day family-style seating at $39 per person, that will include a carrot vanilla bisque, a choice of entrees and a Yule Log to share for dessert.
5601 W 78th St
Minneapolis, MN 55439

2. St. Paul Grill

350 Market St, Saint Paul, MN 55102
The St. Paul hotel is a popular destination any time of the year, but it is especially festive during the holidays. The St. Paul Grill will serve its regular menu on Christmas Eve, with a special Christmas Day, three-course prix fixe menu featuring their famous cream of Minnesota wild rice soup, honey glazed ham with chutney and bread pudding with crème anglais.
350 Market St
Saint Paul, MN 55102

3. Manny's Steakhouse

826 S Marquette Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55402
Noticing a theme? The secret to exceptional Christmas time dining is to visit restaurants housed in local hotels. Named one of the 10 Best Steakhouses in the world by Men’s Journal, Manny’s will serve its usual steaks and seafood on Christmas Eve, while on Christmas Day they will hold their signature Holiday Buffet service for $40 for adults and $12.95 for the kiddos.
826 S Marquette Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55402

4. Holy Land - Northeast

2513 Central Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418
With two locations, Holy Land has been satisfying hummus cravings in Minneapolis for thirty years. While its Midtown Market location is closed on major holidays, the bustling Central Avenue restaurant is open 365 days a year, allowing the masses to feast on Middle Eastern favorites like gyros and falafel on Christmas Eve and, if so moved, again on Christmas Day.
2513 Central Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418

5. Krung Thep Thai

2523 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404
Krungthep Thai has been hailed as a Twin Cities favorite since its birth as the little sister to beloved St. Paul staple Bangkok Thai Deli. The Eat Street establishment will be serving its rich curries, boat noodle soups and ultra fresh papaya salads until 6 p.m. on Christmas Eve and regular hours on Christmas Day.
2523 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55404

6. The Freehouse

701 Washington Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55401
Katie Cannon
All of Blue Plate’s eight restaurants will be open shorter hours on Christmas Eve, offering their usual favorite-filled menus. Freehouse, Lowry and Groveland Tap will also open Christmas Day at 5 pm, when the Freehouse and Lowry will wisely offer a couple of Christmasy cocktails like the Spice Cake Cocktail crafted with spiced rum, orgeat, bitters and all spice. Wonder why no one offers fruitcake cocktails?
701 Washington Ave N
Minneapolis, MN 55401

7. Mickey's Diner

36 7th St W, Saint Paul, MN 55102
Photo courtesy Mickey's Dine
Mickey’s Diner, an iconic piece of Americana in the heart of Saint Paul, has been operating 24/7 every day of the year for nearly 70 years. What could be more Norman Rockwell than taking the kids for a stack of fluffy buttermilk pancakes and an-old fashioned malt after gift opening? It doesn’t even matter how long they take to rip that wrapping paper off because Mickey’s serves breakfast all day.
36 7th St W
Saint Paul, MN 55102

8. FireLake Grill House & Cocktail Bar

31 S 7th St, Minneapolis, MN 55402
Both Firelakes at the Mall of America and downtown Minneapolis are open on Christmas. On the 25th chef Jim Kynberg will be preparing a traditional roast goose dinner (or roast beef, if you prefer). The Mall of America has prime rib and popovers.
31 S 7th St
Minneapolis, MN 55402

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