By Nancy Burgess

Christmas dinner is a special meal to be shared with family and, often, with good friends. When the presents are open and everyone is enjoying the holiday cheer, cooking dinner should be the last thing to worry about. Instead, make a reservation at one of these fine Boston restaurants, which are open for business on Christmas Day. The menu offerings are holiday-inspired and will please everyone’s taste.

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(Photo Credit: Cafe Fleuri at The Langham Hotel Boston)

(Photo Credit: Cafe Fleuri at The Langham Hotel Boston)

Cafe Fleuri
250 Franklin St.
Boston, MA 02110
(617) 451-1900

Cafe Fleuri is located in the Langham Hotel in the Financial District of the city. The Christmas City Brunch menu at this eatery offers a varied array of food choices and includes a Mimosa for each adult. While enjoying a festive holiday brunch, Santa plans to make a visit before heading back to the North Pole. There is a jazz trio to entertain the guests and fun activities for the kids, including face painting. There are set times for reservations and this brunch sells out quickly so call early to reserve a table.

(Photo Credit: The Fireplace)

(Photo Credit: The Fireplace)

The Fireplace
1634 Beacon St.
Brookline, MA 02445
(617) 975-1900

The Fireplace is the first Certified Green Restaurant in Boston, which serves locally grown, in-season menu options. There are holiday-inspired appetizers, soups & salads, entrees, sides and desserts offered, as well as a kids menu to satisfy the little ones. The Fireplace offers reservations from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. on Christmas Day in a cozy, holiday-decorated atmosphere with the some of best ambiance in the city.

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(Photo Credit: Meritage)

(Photo Credit: Meritage)

Meritage Restaurant + Wine Bar
70 Rowes Wharf
Boston, MA 02110
(617) 748-1878

Located in the Boston Harbor Hotel, the Meritage Restaurant offers a Christmas Day Brunch from 10:30 AM to 4:00 PM and then switches to a four-course Christmas dinner menu from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Santa will make a visit and a jazz band will entertain the guests with some live holiday jazz. This restaurant offers a spectacular view of the picturesque Boston Harbor directly from the dinner table.

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(Photo Credit: Beacon Hill Hotel and Bistro)

(Photo Credit: Beacon Hill Hotel and Bistro)

Beacon Hill Bistro
25 Charles St.
Boston, MA 02114
(617) 723-1133

Nestled in the historic Beacon Hill neighborhood, Beacon Hill Bistro is the perfect place to indulge in a delicious Christmas Day dinner with family and friends. The menu is American with an international flare and offers food that will satisfy everyone. There are lovely seating choices, either close to the fire for a cozy feel, in the dining room for a more formal affair or in the bar, where the atmosphere is a bit more relaxed. After dinner, a holiday stroll through the Beacon Hill neighborhood will offer some beautiful sights and sounds of Christmas.

(Photo Credit: Eastern Standard Kitchen and Drinks)

(Photo Credit: Eastern Standard Kitchen and Drinks)

Eastern Standard
528 Commonwealth Ave.
Boston, MA 02215
(617) 532-9100

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Eastern Standard is located in the Kenmore Square neighborhood of the city, close to historic Fenway Park. The dark wood walls and warm atmosphere add to the holiday ambiance. The menu at Eastern Standard is a 3-course prix fixe for dinner and offers a nice selection of choices for the holiday fare.

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Post Author: Nancy Burgess, Speakeasy