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Where to Eat on Christmas Day in the Twin Cities

Matzo ball soup, all-you-can-eat brunch buffets, and hot pot

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For anyone less-than-excited at the prospect of spending Christmas in the kitchen, these Twin Cities restaurants offer festive, piping hot meals. Here’s where to dine on Christmas Day around Minneapolis and St. Paul.

Note that these restaurants are listed geographically.

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The Saint Paul Hotel

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Enjoy a brunch buffet in the hotel’s elegantly appointed Drake dining room from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  Buffet items include shrimp cocktail, chef-carved prime rib, seared salmon with caviar and champagne cream sauce, roasted pear and brie bread pudding, and a dessert display loaded with pies, cakes, mousse cups, and other festive treats. Adults are $45.95 per guest and children are $19.95 each.

Moscow on the Hill

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Moscow on the Hill’s cozy interior is perfect for the holiday season. Feast on hearty Russian, Ukrainian, and Eastern European fare from the regular dinner menu, with specialties like borscht, beef stroganoff, and chicken kiev. There are also plenty of vegetarian options like deruny (Ukrainian-style potato pancakes) and vareniki, potato-stuffed handmade dumplings. The restaurant will be open from 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., with the kitchen closing at 9:00 p.m.

Master Noodle (Saint Paul)

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Savor a comforting bowl of soup made with fresh, hand-pulled noodles at Master Noodle — or noodle salads, fried noodles, and rice dishes, plus bubble tea. Hours are 11:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Cecil's

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Cecil’s is always buzzing on Christmas. This fourth-generation delicatessen has all the New York-style Jewish deli staples, including matzo ball soup, Reuben sandwiches (there’s even a vegetarian version), and bagels piled with lox and cream cheese. Cecil’s also make its beloved latkes year round. The restaurant is open from 9:00 a.m. to 3 p.m.; the deli is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Shuang Cheng

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There’s a dizzying array of Chinese fare on the menu at Shuang Cheng, with seafood dishes especially well-represented, like shrimp stir fried in lobster sauce and steamed walleye with ginger and scallions. The hot pot (choose from over a dozen meat, seafood, and vegetarian options) is a tasty way to take the chill off a winter day. Hours are 11:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Holy Land

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Enjoy Mediterranean cuisine in a casual atmosphere, with a wide-ranging menu including gyros, wood-fired rotisserie chicken, Persian-style kabobs, handmade samosas, and hummus with fresh pitas. The restaurant is certified halal, and there are plenty of vegan, gluten-free, and vegetarian items. Hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Nicollet Island Inn

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The Nicollet Island Inn’s historic dining room is decked out for the season and will be serving a special four-course prix fixe menu from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. for $70 per adult and $18 per kid under 12. In addition to a Christmas cookie starter and a choice of dessert, the menu features a choice of cauliflower onion soup or a mixed green salad with champagne vinaigrette, plus main course options including pan-seared salmon, roasted tenderloin medallions, and gluten-free four-cheese tortellini. Reservations are recommended.

Nordic Village at the Four Seasons Hotel

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The Christmas Day menu at the Four Seasons’ Nordic Village features a family-style four-course menu of Norwegian lefse, onion soup, and cheese fondue, plus an option of herb-crusted black cod, grilled lamb chops, and braised pork belly, with S’mores and Christmas cookies to finish. $165 per adult, $65 for children 12 and under; from 12 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.; reservations are available on Tock.

Mara Restaurant and Bar

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Opulent Mara at the Four Seasons Hotel is open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Christmas Day, serving the full menu plus a number of “Christmas-themed” dishes. Pricing is a la carte, and the bar is open from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Make a reservation on Tock.

The swanky Italian restaurant inside the Hotel Emery will be open from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. The special Christmas menu will be available soon, with brunch served during the morning and early afternoon and a dinner menu served in the evening. Guilia is known for its scratch-made Northern Italian pastas and wood-fired pizzas from chef Steven Brown — it has plenty of vegetarian options, too.

Manny's Steakhouse

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A Christmas Day all-you-can-eat brunch buffet will be offered from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for $59.95 per adult and $19.95 for kids ages three to 12. Buffet items include prime rib, salmon with king crab, eggs Benedict, shrimp cocktails, bagels and lox, oysters, truffled deviled eggs, salads, fruit, fresh pastries, and desserts. The regular steak and seafood-centric dinner menu will be served starting at 3:00 p.m.

Breva Bar & Grill

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Breva’s Christmas Day three-course menu includes a soup or salad, a choice of filet mignon, salmon, or honey-glazed pork roast, and a choice of sticky toffee pudding, cheesecake, or chocolate pecan pie.

Quang Restaurant

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This Eat Street staple will be serving its encyclopedic menu of Vietnamese specialties, including pho, banh mi, egg rolls, and vermicelli salads, with vegetarian and gluten-free options available.  Hours are 11:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ

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Enjoy the fun of Japanese barbecue without the cleanup: Guests can grill their own meat, seafood, and vegetables on smokeless grills set up on the center of the table. A special holiday menu for two, four, or eight includes various cuts of beef, chicken, and seafood to grill tableside, plus rice, soup, salad, and S’mores. Larger groups can take advantage of the party-size 100-ounce Kirin beer tower for $40. The restaurant opens at 11:30 a.m. with a final seating at 10:00 p.m.

Raag Progressive

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Raag Progressive is offering a family-style holiday dinner from December 22 to December 31. Laden with hariyali tikki kebabs, tandoori shrimp skewers, garlic naan, and more, these platters are complemented with rum, wine, and fruit plum cake for dessert. A full platter is $139; a half platter is $75; and a full platter is available for takeout for $129.

Benihana

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Visit the hibachi chain’s Golden Valley outpost for a steak, seafood, chicken, or tofu teppanyaki meal cooked tableside with a theatrical flourish. There’s also sushi and holiday cocktails like a merry margarita and spiced cranberry mojito. Hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

The Saint Paul Hotel

Enjoy a brunch buffet in the hotel’s elegantly appointed Drake dining room from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  Buffet items include shrimp cocktail, chef-carved prime rib, seared salmon with caviar and champagne cream sauce, roasted pear and brie bread pudding, and a dessert display loaded with pies, cakes, mousse cups, and other festive treats. Adults are $45.95 per guest and children are $19.95 each.

Moscow on the Hill

Moscow on the Hill’s cozy interior is perfect for the holiday season. Feast on hearty Russian, Ukrainian, and Eastern European fare from the regular dinner menu, with specialties like borscht, beef stroganoff, and chicken kiev. There are also plenty of vegetarian options like deruny (Ukrainian-style potato pancakes) and vareniki, potato-stuffed handmade dumplings. The restaurant will be open from 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., with the kitchen closing at 9:00 p.m.

Master Noodle (Saint Paul)

Savor a comforting bowl of soup made with fresh, hand-pulled noodles at Master Noodle — or noodle salads, fried noodles, and rice dishes, plus bubble tea. Hours are 11:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Cecil's

Cecil’s is always buzzing on Christmas. This fourth-generation delicatessen has all the New York-style Jewish deli staples, including matzo ball soup, Reuben sandwiches (there’s even a vegetarian version), and bagels piled with lox and cream cheese. Cecil’s also make its beloved latkes year round. The restaurant is open from 9:00 a.m. to 3 p.m.; the deli is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Shuang Cheng

There’s a dizzying array of Chinese fare on the menu at Shuang Cheng, with seafood dishes especially well-represented, like shrimp stir fried in lobster sauce and steamed walleye with ginger and scallions. The hot pot (choose from over a dozen meat, seafood, and vegetarian options) is a tasty way to take the chill off a winter day. Hours are 11:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Holy Land

Enjoy Mediterranean cuisine in a casual atmosphere, with a wide-ranging menu including gyros, wood-fired rotisserie chicken, Persian-style kabobs, handmade samosas, and hummus with fresh pitas. The restaurant is certified halal, and there are plenty of vegan, gluten-free, and vegetarian items. Hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Nicollet Island Inn

The Nicollet Island Inn’s historic dining room is decked out for the season and will be serving a special four-course prix fixe menu from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. for $70 per adult and $18 per kid under 12. In addition to a Christmas cookie starter and a choice of dessert, the menu features a choice of cauliflower onion soup or a mixed green salad with champagne vinaigrette, plus main course options including pan-seared salmon, roasted tenderloin medallions, and gluten-free four-cheese tortellini. Reservations are recommended.

Nordic Village at the Four Seasons Hotel

The Christmas Day menu at the Four Seasons’ Nordic Village features a family-style four-course menu of Norwegian lefse, onion soup, and cheese fondue, plus an option of herb-crusted black cod, grilled lamb chops, and braised pork belly, with S’mores and Christmas cookies to finish. $165 per adult, $65 for children 12 and under; from 12 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.; reservations are available on Tock.

Mara Restaurant and Bar

Opulent Mara at the Four Seasons Hotel is open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Christmas Day, serving the full menu plus a number of “Christmas-themed” dishes. Pricing is a la carte, and the bar is open from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Make a reservation on Tock.

Giulia

The swanky Italian restaurant inside the Hotel Emery will be open from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. The special Christmas menu will be available soon, with brunch served during the morning and early afternoon and a dinner menu served in the evening. Guilia is known for its scratch-made Northern Italian pastas and wood-fired pizzas from chef Steven Brown — it has plenty of vegetarian options, too.

Manny's Steakhouse

A Christmas Day all-you-can-eat brunch buffet will be offered from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for $59.95 per adult and $19.95 for kids ages three to 12. Buffet items include prime rib, salmon with king crab, eggs Benedict, shrimp cocktails, bagels and lox, oysters, truffled deviled eggs, salads, fruit, fresh pastries, and desserts. The regular steak and seafood-centric dinner menu will be served starting at 3:00 p.m.

Breva Bar & Grill

Breva’s Christmas Day three-course menu includes a soup or salad, a choice of filet mignon, salmon, or honey-glazed pork roast, and a choice of sticky toffee pudding, cheesecake, or chocolate pecan pie.

Quang Restaurant

This Eat Street staple will be serving its encyclopedic menu of Vietnamese specialties, including pho, banh mi, egg rolls, and vermicelli salads, with vegetarian and gluten-free options available.  Hours are 11:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ

Enjoy the fun of Japanese barbecue without the cleanup: Guests can grill their own meat, seafood, and vegetables on smokeless grills set up on the center of the table. A special holiday menu for two, four, or eight includes various cuts of beef, chicken, and seafood to grill tableside, plus rice, soup, salad, and S’mores. Larger groups can take advantage of the party-size 100-ounce Kirin beer tower for $40. The restaurant opens at 11:30 a.m. with a final seating at 10:00 p.m.

Raag Progressive

Raag Progressive is offering a family-style holiday dinner from December 22 to December 31. Laden with hariyali tikki kebabs, tandoori shrimp skewers, garlic naan, and more, these platters are complemented with rum, wine, and fruit plum cake for dessert. A full platter is $139; a half platter is $75; and a full platter is available for takeout for $129.

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Benihana

Visit the hibachi chain’s Golden Valley outpost for a steak, seafood, chicken, or tofu teppanyaki meal cooked tableside with a theatrical flourish. There’s also sushi and holiday cocktails like a merry margarita and spiced cranberry mojito. Hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

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