Christmas Eve is quite possibly the most magical night of the year — for kids eagerly anticipating a visit from Santa Claus and adults who are happy to be in the home stretch of holiday stress. But where to feast? You could cook up dinner at home; but you have Christmas Day for that. Why not go out on the town with the family and enjoy a memorable meal together — no cleanup required. Here are four local restaurants serving up quite the holiday spread.
231 S. 15th
Looking for a place to celebrate the Feast of the Seven Fishes? Fine Palate has you covered. For only $65, enjoy osetra caviar, salt roasted oyster, Mediterranean octopus salad, scungilli San Marzano, spaghetti vongole, escabeche and Spanish lobster paella. Dessert is also included. Please note that the restaurant will not be open for lunch service.
The Little Lion
243 Chestnut St.
If you’re dreaming of an Old City Christmas Eve, dining at the Little Lion comes with all the trimmings, decked out from head to toe in twinkling lights and holiday greenery. Serving up comfort food favorites like prime rib, smoked glazed ham and cheddar grits, guests can enjoy a dinner menu that includes three sides, two entrees and individual desserts for only $40. They will also be open for brunch until 4 p.m. on Christmas Eve.
200 South St.
This Society Hill staple offers a perfect view of Headhouse Square — with its cobblestone and decked out Christmas tree. A special a la carte menu will be available from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day and will feature items like seared swordfish, sticky toffee pudding and spiked hot cocoa for the adults at the table.
Taproom on 19th
2400 S 19th St.
Perhaps you’re still rushing around doing last minute shopping on Christmas Eve? There’s no need to go hungry — Taproom on 19th is open from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. that day. Offering seafood entrees and steak specials, simmer down with a beer or two and brace yourself for a full day with the extended family on Christmas.