Philadelphia, PA - With Christmas rapidly coming, so is the anxiety and stress which can happen when preparing a traditional Christmas dinner in your own home. Listed below is a list of Philly dining establishments to take the stress out of Christmas dinner this year by providing guests a wide array of dining out alternatives. From self-indulgent à la carte items to time-honored prix-fixe menus, as well as a Chinatown pop-up dinner inspired by A Christmas Story as well as a no-fuss à la carte supper — imagine Grass Fed Beef Burger along with all of the traditional fixings.
Opened Philadelphia Christmas Eve and Christmas Restaurants
Also check out, Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar with a three-course holiday indulgence menu for dinner straight off your wish list. The merriment begins with choice of indulgent starters: Wild Mushroom Soup or Seafood Louie Wedge Salad followed by the main event: Filet Mignon & Colossal North Atlantic Lobster Tail, all dressed up for the holidays with cabernet demi-glace, mixed sautéed mushrooms, and merlot salt. And for dessert: Pumpkin Cheesecake. 99 per Guest.
Urban Farmer, Philadelphia’s modern American ‘chic’ steakhouse, is celebrating Christmas with deluxe à la carte features available from 4-9 pm on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. In addition to the regular dinner menu, Urban Farmer will offer festive dishes from Executive Chef Seth Pettit, including Harissa-charred Octopus ($21), Mushroom & Herb-crusted Brandt Prime Rib ($56), Merus Cut Alaskan King Crab Legs ($46), Chocolate Cherry Baked Alaska ($12), and more. Urban Farmer will also offer brunch on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day from 6:30 am - 3 pm. 1850 Benjamin Franklin Parkway | 215.963.2788 | www.urbanfarmerphiladelphia.com
Square 1682, Rittenhouse’s dynamic restaurant and bar adjacent to Hotel Palomar, is celebrating the holiday with a three-course prix-fixe menu from Executive Chef Mack Horebe available on Christmas Day from 2:30-7:45 pm for $60. Guests can choose from a selection of starters including Pumpkin Soup, Gnocchi and Meatballs, Charred Heirloom Carrots, or Brussel Sprouts. For the main course, Chef Mack is serving up Red Curry and Roots, Roasted Duck Breast, Honey Glazed Country Ham and Salmon. The dinner will conclude with either a Blood Orange Cheesecake or Dutch Apple Pie. Guests will also have the option of ordering from a limited à la carte menu in addition to the prix-fixe dinner. 121 S 17th St. | 215.563.5008 | www.square1682.com
Red Owl Tavern, the bustling restaurant and bar across the street from Independence Mall in Old City, is celebrating Christmas with their 3rd annual Chinatown Pop-up dinner inspired by A Christmas Story on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day from 5-8 pm. In the movie, Ralphie and his family go to a Chinese restaurant for dinner on Christmas after a mishap with their home-cooked meal. Executive Chef Robert Surdam’s über-popular Chinese-American à la carte menu will boast favorites such as the Shrimp Dumplings ($13), Duck Confit Steam Buns ($14), General Tso’s Chicken ($21) and Whole Peking Duck ($48). Guests can enjoy their meal and then take a photo with the famous leg lamp. Reservations are encouraged. 433 Chestnut St. | www.redowltavern.com | 215.923.2267
CO-OP, The Study hotel’s bustling restaurant and lounge located on the corner of 33rd and Chestnut Sts., will be open from 3-9 pm on Christmas Day for those who aren't interested in a prix-fixe menu or would prefer a nice juicy burger instead of a traditional Christmas dinner. Guests can enjoy Cauliflower Dukkah ($16), Crab Fiorelli ($23), Grass Fed Beef Burger ($16), Seared Sea Scallops ($28), Steak Frites ($28), and more, as well as a selection of salads, snacks and sides. Dinner can be paired with one of CO-OP’s craft cocktails or a glass of wine or pint of locally-made draft beer. 20 S 33rd St. | www.coopphilly.com | 215.398.1874