After days of dining on turkey, sweet potatoes, clove dotted ham, and more turkey, it may be time to recharge with a cleansing broth or a delightful little cocktail. But where does one get away from family find such culinary delights on Christmas Day, without spending another eight hours at the stove? There are plenty of restaurants around the metro that serve as respite from the kitchen, even on December 25.Read More
21 Twin Cities Restaurants Open and Serving on Christmas Day
From steaks to pho to a nice pastrami sandwich, there are tons of dining options on December 25
1. ninetwentyfive (925)
Wayzata is so lovely this time of year, with snow gathering on the lake and lights twinkling everywhere. The sprawling restaurant in Wayzata’s Hotel Landing will be serving its regular menu on Christmas Day.
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The Bloomington restaurant has earned a stellar reputation for its weekend Not Your Basic Brunch Buffet. Christmas Day lands on a Wednesday this year, but Lela will be offering the brunch buffet regardless. Sleeping in? Lela’s dinner service starts at 5:00 p.m.
3. The Lowry
Oysters and whiskey are always a good idea. Lowry will begin serving its regular menu, which also includes burgers, salads and much more, starting at 5 p.m.
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4. Quang Restaurant
The iconic Eat Street Vietnamese spot will be serving steaming bowls of pho, fresh spring rolls and the rest of its beloved menu to anyone looking to cleanse their palate after a day of indulging on sugar cookies.
5. The Freehouse
If you hurry, you might be able to reserve one of three igloos on Freehouse’s patio. These heated, festive bubbles fit up to eight people and come with a food and beverage minimum.
Located in the Hotel Ivy in downtown Minneapolis, Monello will be serving breakfast from 6:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., switching to a special Christmas menu from 11am - 7pm.
7. Manny's Steakhouse
Stellar hospitality, old-school elegance and heritage beef steaks await at Manny’s during regular business hours. An old-fashioned at the bar is also a must.
8. The Monte Carlo
Old school elegance and charm with a huge glittering bar and dining room straight out of another era. Try an order of the iconic Beijing spiced wings or a classic chopped liver.
9. Betty Danger's Country Club
Betty Dangers is pulling out all the stops with its over the top, unapologetic Mary’s Christmas Palace. Bar and restaurant will open Christmas Day at 5 p.m. with festive cocktails, crackling fireplaces all the Christmasy music you can stomach.
This downtown hang-out is known for its award-winning wings recipe, which has been perfected over the last three decades. Serving wings, burgers and more starting at 5:00 p.m.
11. Giulia at the Emery, Autograph Collection
Gulia offers a reawakening of dull, winter-weary senses, with lush greenery and floor to ceiling windows. Stop by for a gorgeous plating of octopus risotto - offered on Christmas day as a part of Gulia’s Feast of the Seven Fishes December 23 to 29.
12. Nicollet Island Inn
The stately dining room over-looking the banks of the Mississippi River is the perfect setting for an elegant pre-fixed dinner at the Inn. Reservations strongly encouraged.
13. Holy Land
Holy Land’s Central Avenue location is open 365 days a year, which, lucky for all hummus lovers, includes Christmas Day. Nosh on pitas, falafel and tabbouleh like they did in the olden days.
14. Urbana Craeft Kitchen & Market
Located in the Hyatt Regency hotel near the Mall of America, Urbana Craeft Kitchen & Market’s focus is on locally sourced ingredients, including produce from its own garden and honey from rooftop hives. Let Chef Biswadeep Saha and his team do all the cooking while you sip on a Cinnamule or two.
Hanukah week eclipses Christmas this year, which presents a perfect excuse to visit Cecil’s in Highland Park for matza ball soup, giant Reuben sandwiches and a few slices of cheesecake. Open until 3 p.m.
16. W. A. Frost and Company
It doesn’t get much more fancy than the gorgeous spaces inside this historic Cathedral Hill establishment. Find a seat by the fireplace and fill a goblet with cheer starting at 4 p.m.
17. Moscow on the Hill
Eggnog is great and all, but have you had vodka? Moscow on the Hill will open for dinner service on Christmas ay, serving house-infused vodkas distilled by Wisconsin’s 45th Parallel Co. alongside bowls of borsht, caviar dotted blini and white Russian tiramisu. Did we mention vodka?
18. Mickey's Dining Car
The art deco railroad car diner serves breakfast all day, every single day of the year, in case Santa didn’t bring a dozen muffins to your house.
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19. The St. Paul Grill
Reservations are strongly encouraged for the lovely restaurant inside the St. Paul Hotel. Christmas Day service will be a three-course pre-fixed menu that will include the popular wild rice soup, which is worth the price of admissions alone.
20. Pazzaluna Urban Italian Restaurant
The popular Italian eatery in downtown St. Paul will open at 4 p.m. and offer a pre-fixe menu on Christmas day. The menu was being finessed at the time of publication, but wine - and good cheer – is certain to be flowing.
21. Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Woodbury
A movie and dinner on a cold winter’s day? What could be better than that? The Woodbury theater serves pizzas, burgers and more, all without leaving your seat. From time to time, chefs create themey menu items based on popular flicks. Do we dare hope for a Frozen II inspired cocktail?