44 Chicago restaurants serving Christmas dinner so you don't have to
For a time meant to be full of joy, Christmas can sure be stressful. You’re expected to decorate, host and also throw together an extravagant meal — I’m exhausted just thinking about it.
Make it easier on yourself by letting one of the many restaurants open during the holidays take care of dinner, so you can focus on giving your loved ones some quality time. Scroll through this list, make a reservation and look forward to a stress-free evening filled with delicious food.
Beatrix will serve brunch with such items as lemon pancakes, avocado toast and spicy chicken tinga. 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Christmas Eve, multiple locations, 312-284-1377, beatrixrestaurants.com.
Booth One will serve classic dishes, like beef Wellington and Dover sole, and modern takes, like a Japanese snapper ceviche on Christmas Day. The night before, dine on roast chicken frites, dry-aged New York sirloin and other chef specials. 4-9 p.m. Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, 1301 N. State Parkway, 312-649-0535, boothone.com.
Bub City will serve a Southern barbecue brunch with a DIY bloody mary bar and $5 draft beers all day. Brunch, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Christmas Eve, multiple locations, 312-610-4200, bub-city.com.
Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba! will serve tapas and bloody marys, waffles with house-made chocolate-hazelnut spread, and breakfast paella with Spanish sausage. Brunch, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; dinner, 3-9 p.m. Christmas Eve; 2024 N. Halsted St., 773-935-5000, cafebabareeba.com.
Di Pescara will make your family dinner all day on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, with items like seafood, sushi and house-made gnocchi, in addition to seasonal specials. Noon to 9 p.m. Christmas Eve, noon to 7 p.m. Christmas Day, 2124 Northbrook Court, Northbrook, 847-498-4321, di-pescara.com.
Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab offers bone-in fillet, Florida stone crab claws, Dover sole and fried chicken. 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Christmas Eve, 60 E. Grand Ave., 312-379-5637, joes.net.
Mon Ami Gabi will serve French classics, like escargot, steak frites, onion soup and beef bourguignon. 4-9 p.m. Christmas Eve, 2300 N. Lincoln Park West, 773-348-8886, monamigabi.com.
Osteria Via Stato will serve the Feast of Seven Fishes, a multicourse meal featuring seafood dishes, like lobster, shrimp and fennel risotto. The Italian meal comes with dessert and sides. $59.95/person, 4-9:30 p.m. Christmas Eve. 620 N. State St., 312-642-8450, osteriaviastato.com.
Il Porcellino will serve Christmas Eve dinner with items like pan-seared scallops and a Maine lobster over linguine. 4-10 p.m. Christmas Eve, 59 W. Hubbard St., 312-595-0800, ilporcellinochicago.com.
Ramen-san will serve noodles and Asahi beer, while showing classic Christmas movies. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Christmas Eve, 59 W. Hubbard St., 312-377-9950, ramensan.com.
Reel Club will serve its seafood brunch buffet, with assorted sushi rolls, smoked fish, carved prime rib, and an omelet station. Brunch is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and dinner from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Christmas Eve, 272 Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook, 630-368-9400, reel-club.com.
R.J. Grunts will offer an all-you-can-eat brunch Christmas Eve with salad bar, pecan bread pudding French toast, mini Belgian waffles and more. Brunch, $15.95, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; the restaurant will be open until 7 p.m.; 2056 N. Lincoln Park West, 773-929-5363, rjgruntschicago.com
RPM Italian will serve the Feast of Seven Fishes, with dishes like whole roasted lobster and wild Dover sole. The regular dinner menu will also be available. Dinner is $85/person, noon to 10 p.m. Christmas Eve, 52 W. Illinois St., 312-222-1888, rpmrestaurants.com.
RPM Steak will serve its traditional dinner menu, as well as seasonal specials. Noon to 10 p.m. Christmas Eve, 66 W. Kinzie St., 312-284-4990, rpmrestaurants.com.
Shaw’s Crab House will serve a special brunch menu on Christmas Eve, with roasted leg of lamb, honey ham, holiday pies and cookies. Brunch is $75/adults and $20/kids 12 and under. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Christmas Eve. 21 E. Hubbard St., 312-527-2722, shawscrabhouse.com.
Stella Barra Pizzeria is hosting a brunch buffet with $5 bloody marys, mimosas and bellinis, and also dinner, where you can eat pizzas, like a spicy salumi and burrata, or a butternut squash. Brunch is $19.95/person. Brunch is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and dinner is 2-10 p.m. on Christmas Eve. At 1954 N. Halsted St., 772-634-4101, stellabarra.com.
Summer House Santa Monica has your brunch, lunch and dinner planned, with cinnamon roll bread pudding, wood-grilled prime burger, ancho-marinated chicken tacos and more. Brunch, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.; lunch, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; dinner, 4-10 p.m. Christmas Eve; 1954 N. Halsted St., 773-634-4100, summerhousesm.com/chicago.
Wildfire will serve an all-day dinner menu that includes pizza, salads, prime burgers and sandwiches. Daily specials will also be available. 11:15 a.m. to 9 p.m. Christmas Day, 3-9 p.m. Christmas Eve, 235 Parkway Drive, Lincolnshire, 847-279-7900, wildfirerestaurant.com.