If you are still recovering from the Thanksgiving holiday feast and don’t want to deal with the hassles of hosting yet another time-honored dinner again this year, why not leave it to the professionals? Start the holidays off right the night before by indulging in the Italian tradition of the Feast of the Seven Fishes at restaurants like Davio’s for a special four-course prix fixe menu that includes dishes like swordfish roulade with shrimp, escarole, mascarpone, roasted potatoes and lemon caper butter; or head over to STRIP by Strega at Park Plaza where you can sample a prix-fixe menu that features garlicky sautéed clams, scallops with parsnip puree and crispy calamari fritti. If you can’t make it out on Christmas Eve, here’s a look at five haute restaurants where you can celebrate Christmas Day in Boston.
1 The Seaport HotelSeaport Hotel
If you are an early riser, after opening your Christmas presents, head over to The Seaport Hotel for an indulgent brunch that runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The buffet is being held inside the hotel's restaurant (Aura) where Chef Robert Tobin has created a special menu menu for the day that includes traditional breakfast offerings (think eggs Benedict, French toast, bacon, leek and truffle quiche, and smoked salmon). From there, you will move onto heartier holiday dishes like New England clam chowder, roast sirloin with red wine and porcini mushrooms, pan roasted salmon with creamed spinach, mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese and braised green beans. Be sure to save some room for a sampling of sweet treats along with a chocolate fountain for dessert. For reservations, call 617-385-4304.
One Seaport Lane Boston, MA 02210
2 Brasserie JoBrasserie Jo
For a French spin on Christmas day offerings, book a table at Brasserie Jo located inside the Colonnade Hotel. The regular menu is available, but specialty dishes here include a foie gras parfait starter with parsnip mousse, port gelee and winter fruit; and a frisee salad with crispy lamb belly served with a charred baguette, warm brie drizzle and winter squash. Main entrees include a grilled veal chop, savory thyme brioche pudding, spinach, salsify and mustard Jus as well as a bouillabaisse with saffron roullie and a toasted baguette. The featured dessert is Bouche de Noel with crème Anglaise. For reservations, call 617-424-7000.
120 Huntington Avenue Boston, MA 02116
3 Bar BouludBar Boulud
For a more formal Christmas dinner experience, head over to Bar Boulud inside the Mandarin Oriental, Boston for a special three-course, prix-fixe feast. Chef de Cuisine Michael Denk and his culinary team have created a French and New England inspired menu of favorite classic dishes like duck pâté featuring foie gras, apricots and pistachios; Chef Daniel Boulud's classic Maine Peekytoe crab salad served with endive, grapefruit, crème fraîche, celery and blood orange; and seared halibut prepared with a parsley garlic crust, mussel velouté, saffron and fingerling potatoes. The dessert menu includes peppermint chocolate coupe of white chocolate namelaka, cool and creamy peppermint ice cream, and a rich chocolate biscuit; warm gingerbread pudding topped with brandy anglaise, orange-ginger crumb and a dollop of vanilla ice cream; and apple crisp topped with fresh almond cream, cinnamon streusel and ginger ice cream. For reservations, call 617-535-8800.
776 Boylston Street Boston, Massachusetts 02199
4 Meritage Restaurant + Wine BarMeritage
Tucked inside the Boston Harbor Hotel, Meritage Restaurant + Wine Bar knows how to do Christmas dinner well. With one of the best views in the city overlooking Boston Harbor, the four-course, prix-fixe dinner menu here is being served from 4 to 9 p.m. Chef Daniel Bruce has prepared a specialty menu that includes everything from pan seared cracked pepper and parmesan cheese gnocchi with smoked carrot puree; and roasted Maine organic chicken breast served with French black truffles to cabernet braised prime short ribs with truffle oil and a duet of Vermont aged cheddar and Martha's Vineyard Prufrock. For reservations, call 617-439-3995.
70 Rowes Wharf Boston, MA 02110
5 Cafe FleuriCafe Fleuri
One of the most lavish brunches in the city can be found at the Langham Hotel, so it's no surprise they are hosting a special Christmas City Brunch buffet that is sure to be spectacular. The restaurant will be filled with a variety of culinary creations, carving stations, mimosas and bloody Mary bars and fun for the kids, including face painting and a special visit from Santa. A decadent raw bar will feature sushi rolls, local oysters and shrimp cocktail. Make your own salad, take some fresh fruit and head over to the carving station, but be sure to save some room for dessert, especially the chocolates that are featured in their famous weekly Chocolate Bar. For reservations, call 617-451-1900.
250 Franklin Street Boston, MA 02110