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Where to Eat on Christmas Eve and Day in MPLS, '13

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Ready or not, Christmas is two weeks away. Perhaps you have some figgy pudding already in the works, but if not, there are plenty of local restaurants that will be open and ready to serve on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, whether you desire the more traditional route of prime rib and popovers, some casual diner grub, or something a little different—lobster rolls, Tex-Mex, or Russian dumplings. Here, we've mapped a dozen options for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day dining, along with their festivity factor, reservation availability, and operating hours.

Are you headed to another restaurant on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day? Let us know in the comments.


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Bar Louie

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1348 Lagoon Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55408
(612) 824-1529
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Festivity Factor: Good for a post-family holiday wind-down, Bar Louie is best known for its long martini list and small plates selection. A cocktail and some sliders alone at the bar sound just right after a week of relatives. Reservation Availability: Does not accept reservations. Eve Hours: Closed Day Hours: 7 p.m. - 2 a.m.

2. Common Roots Cafe

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2558 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55405
(612) 871-2360
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Festivity Factor: A sunny corner cafe, Common Roots maintains a simple and seasonal menu. They get their fair share of holiday feel-good vibes with a mostly local, mostly organic standard featuring entrees like the roasted sweet potato melt sandwich and feta mushroom pie with harissa sauce. Reservations: Does not accept reservations.m Eve Hours: 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. Day Hours: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

3. moto-i

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2940 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55408
(612) 821-6262
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Festivity Factor: This sake brewery has the two Christmas party essentials — booze and finger food. Try miso popcorn and a sake cocktail or pork-belly bites and a beer from the local-brew-only taps for a casual Christmas happy hour. Reservations: Highly Available Eve Hours: 12 p.m. - 3 p.m. Day Hours: Closed

4. The Bad Waitress Diner & Coffee Shop

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2 E 26th St
Minneapolis, MN 55404
(612) 872-7575
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Festivity Factor: The usually retro kitschy decor at the BW steps up its game with twinkle lights and snowflake accents this time of year, making for playful brunch surroundings. Seasonally flavored fritattas and pancakes paired with Spyhouse coffee make this spot a good choice for fuelling up before that last-minute, all-day wrap-a-thon. Reservations: Does not accept reservations. Eve Hours: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Day Hours: Closed

5. Little Tijuana Restaurant

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17 E 26th St
Minneapolis, MN 55404
(612) 872-0578
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Festivity Factor: This tex-mex joint covers the holiday bases — they’ve got a full bar including four flavors of daiquiris, and huge carb-y entrees in the $10 range, making appetizers and desserts a splurge possibility. Chocolate chimichangas might be the new Christmas tradition. Reservation Availability: Does not accept reservations. Eve Hours: 11 a.m. - 2 a.m. Day Hours: 11 a.m. - 2 a.m.

6. Buca di Beppo

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1204 Harmon Pl
Minneapolis, MN 55403
(612) 288-0138
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Festivity Factor: The Disneyland of Italian-American cuisine, Buca dishes up overflowing family-style dishes of vodka penne, chicken parmigiana, and sausage with peppers among other favorites in two sizes — “serves two or more” or “serves four or more.” Go with a big group to avoid leftover-overload — Santa probably doesn’t need a side of baked ziti with his milk and cookies this year. Reservation Availability: High Availability Eve Hours: 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. Day Hours: 11 a.m. - 11 p.m.

7. Smack Shack

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603 Washington Ave N
Minneapolis, MN 55401
(612) 259-7288
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Festivity Factor: Smack Shack isn’t rolling out any extravagant specials this year, but there’s hardly a need with New England lobster featured as one of the most prominent ingredients on the menu. Get it in guacamole, on a roll, boiled, or in a seafood stew for a coastal Christmas meal. Reservation Availability: High Availability Eve Hours: 11 a.m. - 1 a.m. Day Hours: 11 a.m. - 1 a.m.

8. FireLake Grill House & Cocktail Bar

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2100 Killebrew Dr
Bloomington, MN 55425
(952) 851-4040
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Festivity factor: Go the traditional route at this MOA adjacent spot with a four course prime rib dinner Maple popovers, a warm spinach salad, hearty prime rib with potatoes, and a chocolate toffee pudding cost $36.95 for adults and $12.95 for kids. Reservations: High Availability Eve Hours: 6 a.m. - 10 p.m. Day Hours: 6 a.m. - 10 p.m. (Holiday prix fixe menu from noon to 8 p.m. Christmas Day only)

9. Pagoda

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1417 4th St SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414
(612) 378-4710
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Festivity Factor: Pagoda has tons of Malaysian, Chinese, and Korean dishes to mix and match for a family-style meal out, making this a good spot for a clan of picky eaters. For the really hungry holiday diners this year, they’re gifting a whole roast duck to any customer that spends more than $100. Reservations: Highly Available Eve Hours: 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. Day Hours: 10 a.m. - 11 p.m.

10. Cecil's Delicatessen & Bakery

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651 Cleveland Ave S
Saint Paul, MN 55116
(651) 698-0334
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Festivity Factor: A good choice for those not celebrating, Cecil’s is a casual spot with a huge selection of traditional deli fare. Try a salty reuben with swiss, a huge bowl of chicken noodle matzo ball soup, or creamy cheese blintzes for a relaxed and filling winter meal. Reservation Availability: Does not accept reservations. Eve Hours: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Day Hours: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

11. Mickey's Diner

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1950 7th St W
Saint Paul, MN 55116
(651) 698-8387
Festivity Factor: This historic St. Paul spot is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to fulfill any midnight cravings on Christmas Eve. For a little solitude or a steaming stack of sweet blueberry pancakes on the way to the airport, it fits the bill. Reservations: Does not accept reservations. Eve Hours: 24/7 Day Hours: 24/7

12. Moscow on the Hill

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371 Selby Ave
Saint Paul, MN 55102
(651) 291-1236
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Festivity Factor: The rich, rib-sticking food here could make any meal seem like a holiday. There are “peasant” pork and beef dumplings smothered in cheese sauce for a new Christmas pick, or a beef tenderloin dinner with porcini sauce for a more standard meal. Any of the hearty entrees pairs well with a cocktail from the extensive vodka menu. Reservation Availability: Strongly recommended, available. Eve Hours: 11 a.m. - 11:30 p.m. (Kitchen closes at 10:30 p.m.) Day Hours: 4 p.m. - 11:30 p.m. (Kitchen closes at 10:30 p.m.)

1. Bar Louie

1348 Lagoon Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55408
Festivity Factor: Good for a post-family holiday wind-down, Bar Louie is best known for its long martini list and small plates selection. A cocktail and some sliders alone at the bar sound just right after a week of relatives. Reservation Availability: Does not accept reservations. Eve Hours: Closed Day Hours: 7 p.m. - 2 a.m.
1348 Lagoon Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55408

2. Common Roots Cafe

2558 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55405
Festivity Factor: A sunny corner cafe, Common Roots maintains a simple and seasonal menu. They get their fair share of holiday feel-good vibes with a mostly local, mostly organic standard featuring entrees like the roasted sweet potato melt sandwich and feta mushroom pie with harissa sauce. Reservations: Does not accept reservations.m Eve Hours: 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. Day Hours: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
2558 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55405

3. moto-i

2940 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55408
Festivity Factor: This sake brewery has the two Christmas party essentials — booze and finger food. Try miso popcorn and a sake cocktail or pork-belly bites and a beer from the local-brew-only taps for a casual Christmas happy hour. Reservations: Highly Available Eve Hours: 12 p.m. - 3 p.m. Day Hours: Closed
2940 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55408

4. The Bad Waitress Diner & Coffee Shop

2 E 26th St, Minneapolis, MN 55404
Festivity Factor: The usually retro kitschy decor at the BW steps up its game with twinkle lights and snowflake accents this time of year, making for playful brunch surroundings. Seasonally flavored fritattas and pancakes paired with Spyhouse coffee make this spot a good choice for fuelling up before that last-minute, all-day wrap-a-thon. Reservations: Does not accept reservations. Eve Hours: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Day Hours: Closed
2 E 26th St
Minneapolis, MN 55404

5. Little Tijuana Restaurant

17 E 26th St, Minneapolis, MN 55404
Festivity Factor: This tex-mex joint covers the holiday bases — they’ve got a full bar including four flavors of daiquiris, and huge carb-y entrees in the $10 range, making appetizers and desserts a splurge possibility. Chocolate chimichangas might be the new Christmas tradition. Reservation Availability: Does not accept reservations. Eve Hours: 11 a.m. - 2 a.m. Day Hours: 11 a.m. - 2 a.m.
17 E 26th St
Minneapolis, MN 55404

6. Buca di Beppo

1204 Harmon Pl, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Festivity Factor: The Disneyland of Italian-American cuisine, Buca dishes up overflowing family-style dishes of vodka penne, chicken parmigiana, and sausage with peppers among other favorites in two sizes — “serves two or more” or “serves four or more.” Go with a big group to avoid leftover-overload — Santa probably doesn’t need a side of baked ziti with his milk and cookies this year. Reservation Availability: High Availability Eve Hours: 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. Day Hours: 11 a.m. - 11 p.m.
1204 Harmon Pl
Minneapolis, MN 55403

7. Smack Shack

603 Washington Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55401
Festivity Factor: Smack Shack isn’t rolling out any extravagant specials this year, but there’s hardly a need with New England lobster featured as one of the most prominent ingredients on the menu. Get it in guacamole, on a roll, boiled, or in a seafood stew for a coastal Christmas meal. Reservation Availability: High Availability Eve Hours: 11 a.m. - 1 a.m. Day Hours: 11 a.m. - 1 a.m.
603 Washington Ave N
Minneapolis, MN 55401

8. FireLake Grill House & Cocktail Bar

2100 Killebrew Dr, Bloomington, MN 55425
Festivity factor: Go the traditional route at this MOA adjacent spot with a four course prime rib dinner Maple popovers, a warm spinach salad, hearty prime rib with potatoes, and a chocolate toffee pudding cost $36.95 for adults and $12.95 for kids. Reservations: High Availability Eve Hours: 6 a.m. - 10 p.m. Day Hours: 6 a.m. - 10 p.m. (Holiday prix fixe menu from noon to 8 p.m. Christmas Day only)
2100 Killebrew Dr
Bloomington, MN 55425

9. Pagoda

1417 4th St SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414
Festivity Factor: Pagoda has tons of Malaysian, Chinese, and Korean dishes to mix and match for a family-style meal out, making this a good spot for a clan of picky eaters. For the really hungry holiday diners this year, they’re gifting a whole roast duck to any customer that spends more than $100. Reservations: Highly Available Eve Hours: 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. Day Hours: 10 a.m. - 11 p.m.
1417 4th St SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414

10. Cecil's Delicatessen & Bakery

651 Cleveland Ave S, Saint Paul, MN 55116
Festivity Factor: A good choice for those not celebrating, Cecil’s is a casual spot with a huge selection of traditional deli fare. Try a salty reuben with swiss, a huge bowl of chicken noodle matzo ball soup, or creamy cheese blintzes for a relaxed and filling winter meal. Reservation Availability: Does not accept reservations. Eve Hours: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Day Hours: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
651 Cleveland Ave S
Saint Paul, MN 55116

11. Mickey's Diner

1950 7th St W, Saint Paul, MN 55116
Festivity Factor: This historic St. Paul spot is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to fulfill any midnight cravings on Christmas Eve. For a little solitude or a steaming stack of sweet blueberry pancakes on the way to the airport, it fits the bill. Reservations: Does not accept reservations. Eve Hours: 24/7 Day Hours: 24/7
1950 7th St W
Saint Paul, MN 55116

12. Moscow on the Hill

371 Selby Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55102
Festivity Factor: The rich, rib-sticking food here could make any meal seem like a holiday. There are “peasant” pork and beef dumplings smothered in cheese sauce for a new Christmas pick, or a beef tenderloin dinner with porcini sauce for a more standard meal. Any of the hearty entrees pairs well with a cocktail from the extensive vodka menu. Reservation Availability: Strongly recommended, available. Eve Hours: 11 a.m. - 11:30 p.m. (Kitchen closes at 10:30 p.m.) Day Hours: 4 p.m. - 11:30 p.m. (Kitchen closes at 10:30 p.m.)
371 Selby Ave
Saint Paul, MN 55102

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