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Grab a seat inside Monello for your holiday meal.
Grab a seat inside Monello for your holiday meal.
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Restaurants to Visit on December 24 in the Twin Cities

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Grab a seat inside Monello for your holiday meal.
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This year, the first night of Hanukkah and Christmas Eve share a date on the calendar, an event that only occurs a handful of times each century. That coincidence leads to a lot of dark restaurants, but we have scoured the cities for the spots that will have the lights on the ovens working overtime.

Whether celebrating with family or looking for solo solace, or for those who simply prefer allowing a professional do all the cooking, and cleaning up, these eateries are open on Christmas Eve and the first night of the Festival of Lights. You can enjoy a relaxing, delicious meal regardless of what you celebrate during these cold days of December.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Tullibee

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300 N Washington Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55401
Tullibee will present a pre-fixe meal on the 24, showcasing Chef Grae Nonas’ take on a Minnesota Christmas with dishes like a slice of Christmas ham with sweet and sour cabbage, crispy potatoes and bay scented carrots for the table. Most importantly, there will be glogg soaked seckle pears.
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  • 2. Monello

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    1115 2nd Ave S
    Minneapolis, MN 55403
    (612) 353-6207
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    The gorgeous eatery inside the Hotel Ivy has Michael DeCamp at the head of the kitchen - the longtime chef at La Belle Vie. Monello will serve its regular menu on the 24 while crafting a special menu on Christmas day for $45 per adult and $20 for kids.
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    3. FireLake Grill House & Cocktail Bar

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    2100 Killebrew Dr
    Bloomington, MN 55425
    (952) 851-4040
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    FireLake in the Radisson Blu Mall of America will be open regular hours serving regular menu on December 24, and will serve a special Prime Rib Christmas Day menu on the 25 for $42.95 for adults and $17.95 kids 12 and under.
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    4. O'Donovan's Irish Pub

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    700 1st Ave N
    Minneapolis, MN 55403
    (612) 317-8896
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    The Irish Pub welcomes patrons 365 days a year until 2 a.m., so stop by on the 24 for a quick pint or linger over MacCafferty’s Potato Soup and a Cork corned beef sandwich. You’ll never go back to turkey again.

    5. Holy Land - Northeast

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    2513 Central Ave NE
    Minneapolis, MN 55418
    (612) 781-2627
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    Hummus cravings do not take a holiday break, and neither does Holy Land’s Central Avenue location. While its Midtown Market location is closed on major holidays, the bustling Central Avenue restaurant is open 365 days a year.

    6. Smack Shack

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    603 Washington Ave N
    Minneapolis, MN 55401
    (612) 259-7288
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    The lobster citadel in the North Loop will be open until 9 pm on December 24th, serving its usual menu of casual seafood and other Southern-eque delicacies like braised lamb po’ boy or Southern fried chicken dinner.
    Francis Son

    7. Gianni's Steakhouse

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    635 Lake St E
    Wayzata, MN 55391
    (952) 404-1100
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    The classic steakhouse in Wayzata will be open on Christmas Eve from 4:00 -9:00 p.m. Reservations are strongly recommended if you want in on the signature spun salad, grilled steaks or the over the top stuffed Potatoes Papallete.

    8. Monte Carlo Restaurant

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    219 3rd Ave N
    Minneapolis, MN 55401
    (612) 333-5900
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    The landmark steakhouse, which opened in 1906, will keep regular business hours on the 24 and 25. According to owner John Rimarcik, those are their busiest days of the year. Nothing beats winter like a Monte Manhattan.

    9. CRAVE Restaurant Galleria

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    3520 Galleria
    Edina, MN 55435
    (952) 697-6000
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    While exact hours vary depending on the Crave location of your choosing, the entire mini-chain will be open for dinner on December 24.

    10. Rainbow Chinese

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    2739 Nicollet Ave
    Minneapolis, MN 55408
    (612) 870-7084
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    Rainbow Restaurant, the iconic Chinese spot on Eat Street, will be open on the 24, serving the usual menu at regular hours. While there are no special menu items for the holiday season, owner Tammy Wong says some favorites have been revised and added back to the menu.

    1. Tullibee

    300 N Washington Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55401

    2. Monello

    1115 2nd Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55403
    Photo courtesy Monello
    The gorgeous eatery inside the Hotel Ivy has Michael DeCamp at the head of the kitchen - the longtime chef at La Belle Vie. Monello will serve its regular menu on the 24 while crafting a special menu on Christmas day for $45 per adult and $20 for kids.
    1115 2nd Ave S
    Minneapolis, MN 55403

    3. FireLake Grill House & Cocktail Bar

    2100 Killebrew Dr, Bloomington, MN 55425
    Photo courtesy FireLake
    FireLake in the Radisson Blu Mall of America will be open regular hours serving regular menu on December 24, and will serve a special Prime Rib Christmas Day menu on the 25 for $42.95 for adults and $17.95 kids 12 and under.
    2100 Killebrew Dr
    Bloomington, MN 55425

    4. O'Donovan's Irish Pub

    700 1st Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55403
    The Irish Pub welcomes patrons 365 days a year until 2 a.m., so stop by on the 24 for a quick pint or linger over MacCafferty’s Potato Soup and a Cork corned beef sandwich. You’ll never go back to turkey again.
    700 1st Ave N
    Minneapolis, MN 55403

    5. Holy Land - Northeast

    2513 Central Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418
    Hummus cravings do not take a holiday break, and neither does Holy Land’s Central Avenue location. While its Midtown Market location is closed on major holidays, the bustling Central Avenue restaurant is open 365 days a year.
    2513 Central Ave NE
    Minneapolis, MN 55418

    6. Smack Shack

    603 Washington Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55401
    Francis Son
    The lobster citadel in the North Loop will be open until 9 pm on December 24th, serving its usual menu of casual seafood and other Southern-eque delicacies like braised lamb po’ boy or Southern fried chicken dinner.
    603 Washington Ave N
    Minneapolis, MN 55401

    7. Gianni's Steakhouse

    635 Lake St E, Wayzata, MN 55391
    The classic steakhouse in Wayzata will be open on Christmas Eve from 4:00 -9:00 p.m. Reservations are strongly recommended if you want in on the signature spun salad, grilled steaks or the over the top stuffed Potatoes Papallete.
    635 Lake St E
    Wayzata, MN 55391

    8. Monte Carlo Restaurant

    219 3rd Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55401
    The landmark steakhouse, which opened in 1906, will keep regular business hours on the 24 and 25. According to owner John Rimarcik, those are their busiest days of the year. Nothing beats winter like a Monte Manhattan.
    219 3rd Ave N
    Minneapolis, MN 55401

    9. CRAVE Restaurant Galleria

    3520 Galleria, Edina, MN 55435
    While exact hours vary depending on the Crave location of your choosing, the entire mini-chain will be open for dinner on December 24.
    3520 Galleria
    Edina, MN 55435

    10. Rainbow Chinese

    2739 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55408
    Rainbow Restaurant, the iconic Chinese spot on Eat Street, will be open on the 24, serving the usual menu at regular hours. While there are no special menu items for the holiday season, owner Tammy Wong says some favorites have been revised and added back to the menu.
    2739 Nicollet Ave
    Minneapolis, MN 55408

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