Christmas, like Thanksgiving, is a family holiday, a time for friends and relations to gather around a festive table to eat and drink and celebrate. While Thanksgiving dinner is usually a reasonably casual affair, prepared at home, Christmas dinner doesn’t have to be.
Whether a nighttime feast on Christmas Eve or a leisurely afternoon or evening repast on the day itself, Christmas dinner is a good excuse to let somebody else do the cooking. Christmas season is a busy one, with all the shopping and wrapping, all the parties and preparations leading up to the day itself. If you eat Christmas dinner out, you won’t have to spend the day, or even part of it, prepping and cooking — and you won’t have to clean up afterwards.
24/7 Wall St. has identified the best restaurant in every state that’s open for dinner Christmas Eve or Christmas Day or both. We reviewed for each state user reviews on Google, Yelp, and other restaurant rating sites.
A number of these are hotel restaurants or Asian eateries; some are upscale and others are very casual. Note that hours may be limited, especially on Christmas Day; that some restaurants offer only fixed-price holiday menus for the occasion; and that reservations are usually essential and should be made as soon as possible.