Christmas is just around the corner and you know what that means; we’ve officially entered “the most wonderful time of the year.” But it’s also the busiest time of the year. Between gift shopping, attending parties and trying to keep up with daily activities, it can be difficult to save any energy for the big day itself. That’s why we’ve put together the ultimate list of New Jersey restaurants open on Christmas day. Sit back, relax and let someone else do the cooking!
Featured NJ Restaurants Open on Christmas
Location: 2 Whippany Road, Morristown
Details: Blue Morel’s annual Christmas dinner is not to be missed. This restaurant and wine bar serves up some of the most delectable New American dishes in the region, with fresh, locally-sourced ingredients used in every meal. It’s a true Christmas treat to dive into the offerings here and the menu (still to come) never disappoints. Call today to reserve your table for Dec. 25!
More info: Visit bluemorel.com or call 973-451-2619.
Location: 2-27 Saddle River Road, Fair Lawn
Details: Oceanos Oyster Bar & Sea Grill is the place to add some spice to your Christmas dinner. Serving up Greek and Mediterranean seafood, Oceanos is sure to have something fresh and unique to offer on Dec. 25. This family-owned and operated business has the telltale signs of a meal well-made in each and every bite, with only the freshest seafood hand-selected and cooked to order. So, put an exotic twist on your holiday and head to Oceanos!
More info: Visit www.oceanosrestaurant.com or call 201-796-0546.
Location: 1700 Harbor Boulevard, Weehawken
Details: Celebrate Christmas with a view at Chart House. Nestled on a pier jutting out into the Hudson, there’s no better spot to take in the skyline while feasting on a menu packed with decadent options. Whether you’re in the mood for prime rib or lobster, you won’t be let down at Chart House on Christmas day. They even offer a gluten-free menu for those looking for more specific options. Don’t miss your chance to watch the skyline light up on the most magical day of the year!
More info: Visit www.chart-house.com or call 201-348-6628.
Location: 3 Wild Turkey Way, Hamburg
Details: Looking for an adults-only spot to head to on Christmas Day? Look no further than Crystal Springs Resort’s Restaurant Latour. That’s right, this restaurant is located in the beautiful Crystal Springs Resort, so your Christmas meal can easily be transitioned into a Christmas getaway. The menu here keeps it local, utilizing seasonal ingredients from farms and artisan producers in the area to craft a totally unique and mouthwatering dining experience. Call today to reserve your spot.
More info: Visit www.crystalgolfresort.com or call 855-977-6473.
Location: 7800 River Road, North Bergen
Details: Take in some Miami vibes with a view this Christmas at Waterside Restaurant & Caterers in North Bergen. Situated directly on the Hudson River, Waterside lives up to its name and then some with the floor-to-ceiling windows that give diners a breathtaking look at the skyline. The menu is fittingly jam-packed with Mediterranean seafood options, as well as some “big plates” like a 22 oz. pork porterhouse and a buffalo mozzarella ravioli dish. There’s something for everyone, as there should be on Christmas day.
More info: Visit watersiderestaurantandcatering.com or call 201-861-7767.
Location: 27 Mine Brook Road, Bernardsville
Details: For those Christmas diners with a decidedly sophisticated palate, take a look at Bernards Inn. These divine dishes are sure to satisfy all cravings and even offer an adventurous meal for first-time diners. With menu items centered on main ingredients such as pheasant, venison and duck, it’s impossible to go wrong. It’s a truly luxurious and special way to spend the holiday, so don’t miss your chance to dine (or stay over!) at Bernards Inn.
More info: Visit www.bernardsinn.com or call 908-766-0002.
Ruth’s Chris Steak House
Location: 2 Village Boulevard, Princeton
Details: Widely considered one of the foremost steakhouses in the country, Ruth’s Chris offers a menu filled with melt-in-your-mouth items, including the steak (it’s that tender). With restaurants in Parsippany and Weehawken as well, there are a few options in terms of location, but Princeton at Christmas-time is as old school as it gets; we recommend walking the beautiful paths through the university or taking a drive through the small town before heading to dinner. It’s sure to be a beautiful way to spend the day and, if it snows, all the better!
More info: Visit www.ruthschris.com or call 973-889-1400.
Location: 33 Lafayette Street, Riverside
Details: Café Madison has a menu chock-full of seasonal options, and they go all out for the holidays. Though their Christmas menu hasn’t posted yet, if their Thanksgiving selections are any indication, you’re sure to have your choice of classic holiday dishes. For those looking forward to a nice cocktail to celebrate the season, Café Madison is known for their “waterwall” martini bar. Call today to reserve your table!
More info: Visit www.cafemadison.com or call 856-764-4444.
Ram’s Head Inn
Location: 9 W. White Horse Pike, Galloway
Details: Settle in for a mouthwatering three-course Christmas meal at the Ram’s Head Inn. With options like espresso rubbed seared beef carpaccio and pan seared filet of sesame salmon mixed with traditional options such as roasted turkey and honey smoked ham, there are a variety of flavors to enjoy. If you’re bringing the whole family, there will be kid’s portions available on many of the third course options. Who could ask for more?
More info: www.ramsheadinn.com or call 609-652-1700
McLoone’s Pier House
Location: 1 Ocean Avenue, Long Branch
Details: McLoone’s is all set to welcome you on Christmas day. Open from noon to 5:00 pm, their menu is filled with everything from New York strip steak to butternut swordfish. There are also a number of first-course options (I spy burrata) available to guests, plus a complimentary glass of champagne for those who are 21 and older. Head to Long Branch and take in the beautiful ocean views while you sip champagne and toast the end of another wonderful year!
More info: Visit www.mcloonespierhouse.com or call 732-923-1006.
Scarborough Fair Restaurant
Location: 1414 Meetinghouse Road, Sea Girt
Details: Touted as the “Jersey Shore’s most romantic restaurant,” Scarborough Fair is the spot to go if you’re looking to add a little love to your holiday celebration. Christmas proposal, anyone? The Dec. 25 menu here is sure to contain the classics, along with some seasonal sides and appetizers, so head on in for a traditional Christmas experience at the Jersey Shore. There’s no place quite as serene and picturesque to spend the holiday.
More info: Visit scarboroughfairrestaurant.com or call 732-223-6658.
Location: 25 Jackson Street, Cape May
Details: The Ebbitt Room is located inside the beautiful Virginia Hotel and Cottages in picturesque, Victorian Cape May. The menu here is short and sweet with an optional wine-pairing menu for those looking to add even more spirit to their Christmas celebration. Choose from four main course options – jumbo lump crab cakes, Plum Farm Heritage turkey breast, red wine braised lamb shank and grilled barrel cut ribeye steak – as well as an array of delicious appetizer and dessert selections. Whether you’re going for dinner or the weekend, call today to book a spot!
More info: Visit www.caperesorts.com or call 609-884-5700.
Molly Pitcher Inn
Location: 88 Riverside Avenue, Red Bank
Details: Looking for a brunch spot to start your Christmas off right? Molly Pitcher Inn’s got you covered. After all, Dec. 25 falls on a Sunday this year, and there’s no better day of the week for brunch. Reservations start on Nov. 25 at 6:30 am, so be sure to set your alarm so you can enjoy some seafood by the Navesink River on Christmas day. The menu is packed with options such as filet mignon, rack of lamb and various seafood dishes to keep your belly full and your spirits high.
More info: Visit themollypitcher.com or call 732-810-0313.
McCormick and Schmick’s Seafood & Steaks
Location: 777 Harrah’s Boulevard, Atlantic City
Details: Looking to get lucky this Christmas? Be sure to include McCormick & Schmick’s in your trip to Atlantic City. With all of the seafood and steak options your heart desires, there’s no way for carnivores to go wrong. The options range from fish & chips to shrimp and andouille ‘mac & cheese’ all the way to center cut filet mignon. You’ll be eating like kings and queens in New Jersey’s “sin city.”
More info: Visit www.mccormickandschmicks.com or call 908-707-9996.
Location: 1000 Ocean Avenue, Asbury Park
Details: Langosta Lounge is hosting a Christmas Community Dinner on Christmas Day. The thoughtful and gracious meal is a free holiday dinner for those less fortunate in need of a hot meal and some company, serving as a wonderful display of holiday spirit. The Community Dinner is something Langosta does every year on both Thanksgiving and Christmas, and if the huge crowd that shows up is any indication, their effort is truly appreciated by those they serve.
More info: Visit langostalounge.com or call 732-455-3275.
Statewide Listings for Restaurants Open on Christmas
The Melting Pot
Tuesday, November 28, 2017 - Saturday, December 30, 2017: Looking for a new holiday tradition? Kids dressed in pajamas will receive a portion of chocolate fondue free with the purchase of adult cheese & chocolate fondue portions. This offer will get the …
Saturday, December 9, 2017 - Saturday, December 23, 2017: December 9, 15 & 23. “Treat yourself and your family to the perfect gift celebrating the holidays – “A Christmas Carol.” They’ve decked the halls with your favorite holiday music, sparkling …
The Telford Inn
Sunday, December 24, 2017: The Telford Inn will be serving their Traditional Brunch from 9am to 12:30pm. Sit Down Dinner from 2pm to 7pm. Info
Sunday, December 24, 2017: On Christmas Eve, Winberies is open from 10 am until 8 pm serving brunch and dinner. Bar is open until 9 pm. Info
Salt Creek Grille
Sunday, December 24, 2017: New Jersey’s most popular waterfront American grille – is pleased to present a new holiday offering this year with a very special Christmas Eve Sunday Brunch (11-2:30) plus the traditional special dinner …
Wet Willies Atlantic City
Sunday, December 24, 2017: Christmas Eve at Wet Willie's! Mix your own drinks at Wet Willie's of Atlantic City NJ! Info
Sunday, December 24, 2017: For Christmas Eve Biagios will be serving a special holiday menu. Info
Sunday, December 24, 2017: Restaurant Latour 2-Course & 3-Course Christmas Eve Brunch. Enjoy a holiday brunch menu at 4-star Restaurant Latour, highlighting the season's best ingredients. Info
Long Hill Tavern
Sunday, December 24, 2017: They open at 11:00 am with their regular brunch menu. Dinner will be served from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Info
Sunday, December 24, 2017: Join The Dubliner on Xmas Eve! Open all day & night! Info
Sunday, December 24, 2017: Bahrs Landing is taking reservations until 7:30pm for Christmas Eve. Full menu plus specials. Info
Sunday, December 24, 2017: Catch 19 is open on Christmas Eve! Info
Due Amici Italian Grill
Sunday, December 24, 2017: Due Amici is open on Christmas Eve! Call 856-303-8828 for reservations! Info
Sunday, December 24, 2017: This is a traditional meal in Italy known as “La Vigila” The Vigil. It is to commemorate the wait for the midnight birth of baby Jesus. The number seven represents …
Morton's The Steakhouse
Sunday, December 24, 2017 - Monday, December 25, 2017: Celebrate Christmas Eve and Christmas Day with family and friends. They will be featuring a full standard menu. For reservations, call 201-487-1303. Info
Aqua Blu Kitchen & Cocktails
Sunday, December 24, 2017: Join in at Aqua Blu on Christmas Eve! Info
Cinders Wood Fire Grill
Sunday, December 24, 2017: The Specials are Fablulous feast of the 7 fishes just to name one. Call 973-928-7000 for reservations. Info
il Villaggio Cherry Hill
Sunday, December 24, 2017: Enjoy Christmas Eve at il Villaggio with a fantastic dinner. Info
Sunday, December 24, 2017: Join in on Christmas Eve! Mohawk House invites you to experience the good life at their Grand Country Estate nestled on 3 acres of rolling hills and countryside in the …
The Bonney Read
Sunday, December 24, 2017: Bubbles & Pearls Special! A dozen oysters with select bubbles all day long! Info
Twin Door Tavern
Sunday, December 24, 2017: Menu features soup, baked stuffed clams, lobster man and cheese, sirloin steak, jumbo shrimp, homemade manicotti and more. Info
Sunday, December 24, 2017: Serving their full dinner menu in addition to Executive Chef Francis X. Failivene's Christmas Eve's three course dinner. Info
Sunday, December 24, 2017 - Monday, December 25, 2017: Legal Seafood will be serving lunch and dinner on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. For more information or to make reservations, call 201-843-8483. Info
Caffe Aldo Lamberti
Sunday, December 24, 2017: Join Caffe Aldo Lamberti for Christmas Eve Dinner to enjoy their Chef's Special a la Carte Menu along with tunes sung by Cherry Hill East Christmas Carolers. Reserve today: 856.663.1747. …
The Peacock Inn, An Ascend Hotel Collection Member
Sunday, December 24, 2017: Christmas Eve at Peacock Inn Restaurant. 3-Course Menu | $95 per person. 2-Course Children's Menu | Ages 10 & Under | $45 per person. Info
Ruth's Chris Steak House
Sunday, December 24, 2017: Join Ruth's Chris Steak House on Christmas Eve! Info
Sunday, December 24, 2017: Solaris will be serving a special Christmas menu. For reservations, call 201-487-1969. Info
Sunday, December 24, 2017: Chirstmas Eve Dinner Served 2-8pm. They will be serving their Holiday Menu all day this Day. Reservations are required! 856-228-4235. Info
Max's Seafood Café
Sunday, December 24, 2017: Enjoy Feast of the Seven Fishes at Max’s Seafood Cafe on Christmas Eve. Info
Olive Lucy's Kitchen Table
Sunday, December 24, 2017: Olive Lucy's Kitchen Table will be serving Italian food for Christmas Eve. For reservations, call 973-998-8333. Info
Nunzio Ristorante Rustico
Sunday, December 24, 2017: Celebrate “La Vigilia” with their traditional Italian Seven Fish menu. Or enjoy a traditional Christmas Eve featuring a holiday menu including traditional roasted meats, homemade pastas & appetizers. Info
Ruth's Chris Steak House - Atlantic City
Sunday, December 24, 2017: Join Ruth's Chris Steak House on Christmas Eve! Info
The Melting Pot
Sunday, December 24, 2017: Christmas Eve at the Melting Pot. What a great way to start you holiday. Their regular menu will be available. They will be taking reservations from 3 - 8 pm. …
Black Forest Inn
Sunday, December 24, 2017: Join Black Forest Inn on Christmas Eve! Info
Sunday, December 24, 2017: Feast of the Seven Fishes Christmas Eve Dinner! Reservations required: (856) 589-8883. Info
Stone House at Stirling Ridge
Sunday, December 24, 2017: The Stone House will be serving up holiday favorites as part of a special prix-fixe menu. For reservations, call 908-754-1222. Info
Fox & Hound Tavern
Sunday, December 24, 2017: Christmas Eve Dinner at Fox and Hound Tavern. Don't forget to reserve for Christmas Eve! Executive Chef : Brian Spagnola. Info
Sunday, December 24, 2017: Seating times will be between 4 p.m. and 8 pm. They are offering their regular Christmas menu with additional old world Italian seafood specials. Make your reservation early by calling 609-978-9785. Info
Sunday, December 24, 2017: Join Avenue on Christmas Eve! Info
Blend On Main
Sunday, December 24, 2017: Celebrate Christmas Eve at Blend and enjoy their Pre Fixed Menu during any one of their three exclusive seatings at 4pm, 6pm and 8pm. Info
Sunday, December 24, 2017: Celebrate Christmas Eve with a special 3 course menu for $75 adults / $38 children under 12 years. Seating from 4pm to 9pm. The Wine Room, their private dining room, is available …
Sunday, December 24, 2017: Fascino Restaurant is open Christmas Eve. Info
Sunday, December 24, 2017: Celebrate Christmas Eve at Gladstone Tavern — Dinner service begins at 4pm. Make Your Reservations Early! Info
The Pluckemin Inn
Sunday, December 24, 2017: Three courses $70, Four courses $80. Menu includes an appetizer, entree and dessert. Info
Sunday, December 24, 2017: The Franklinville Inn will be open on Christmas Eve from 4pm to 8pm. Info
The Frog and The Peach
Sunday, December 24, 2017: The Frog and The Peach is featuring an a la cart menu for Christmas Eve. They will be closed on Christmas Day. Info
The Olde Mill Inn & Grain House Restaurant
Sunday, December 24, 2017: Christmas Eve can be such a busy time, and the Grain House Christmas Eve Buffet is a relaxing way to enjoy your Christmas Eve dinner. Info
Blu Grotto Ristorante
Sunday, December 24, 2017: Join Blu Grotto Ristorante on Christmas Eve! Call 732-571-7900 for Reservations. Info
Sunday, December 24, 2017: 5 Course Menu. Adults $99, children 12 and under $55. Most dietary restrictions and allergies can be accommodated. Info
Liberty House Restaurant
Sunday, December 24, 2017: Celebrate Christmas Eve at The Liberty House with a special four course menu of holiday favorites. For reservations, call 201-395-0300. Info
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- Blue Morel / Facebook
- Oceanos / Facebook
- Chart House / Facebook
- Restaurant Latour / Instagram
- Waterside Restaurant & Catering / Facebook
- Bernards Inn / Facebook
- Ruth's Chris Steak House
- Cafe Madison
- Ram's Head Inn / Facebook
- McLoone's Pier House / Facebook
- Scarborough Fair Restaurant
- Ebbitt Room / CapeMay.com
- Molly Pitcher Inn / Facebook
- McCormick and Schmick's Seafood & Steaks / Facebook
- Langosta Lounge / Facebook