Christmas at Boston Restaurants

There’s no place like home for the holidays but anyone who’s had to prepare, serve and clean up after a huge Christmas meal knows the joy that comes from going out for the holiday – in that spirit, some of Boston’s best chefs and restaurants are welcoming you and yours to celebrate the holiday with them this year – see what they have planned at 606 Congress, Beacon Hill Bistro, The Café at the Taj, Cafe Fleuri, Clink, The Fireplace, Meritage, Miel and Sensing.

606 Congress
Have yourself a merry little Christmas at 606 Congress, where chef Greg Griffie is serving a family-style prix fixe menu on the holiday. Book a table at this waterfront favorite so you and yours can choose among appetizers like the lentil, chorizo and kale soup or the fried oyster platter, followed by entrees like pan-roasted lamb loin or herb-roasted halibut. Everyone shares sides (that’s the family-style part) so you’d better go in with a game plan to make sure you get the ones you want. Dessert options include eggnog cheesecake and a holiday cookie plate. Dinner costs $55 per person. Call 606 at 617.476.5606 for reservations and additional information.
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Beacon Hill Bistro
Chef Jason Bond the rest of the Beacon Hill Bistro bunch want to wish you and yours a very merry Christmas – and what better way to express those good tidings than with a delicious meal? Spend December 25th on the flat of Beacon Hill and indulge in chef Bond’s scrumptious three course prix fixe holiday meal. Reservations, which can be made by calling 617.723.7575, are available from 1:00 to 9:00pm. Dinner costs $55 per person or $80 with suggested wine pairings.
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The Café at the Taj
The Café at the Taj opens their doors for dinner from 5:30-11:00pm on Christmas Eve serving a three-course prix fixe from Franck Steigerwald. The menu, which includes choices like butternut squash veloute with seared scallop; and seared sea bass with tomato compote basil and lime beurre blanc sauce, costs $80 per person. To book a table – perhaps one looking out over the Public Garden or elegant Newbury Street – call 617.598.5255.
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Café Fleuri
After all the gifts have been opened and the house is looking a little worse for wear, head out and let someone else make your Christmas brunch. Chef Mark Sapienza and pastry chef Jed Hackney will be ready for you at Café Fleuri where they’re putting out a spread that would put visions of sugar plums to shame. To put everyone in the proper mood, there’ll be carolers and Santa himself may even make an appearance. Brunch, which costs $70 per adult and $35 for children ages 5 to 12, will have seatings between 10:30am and 4:00pm. For reservations, call 617.956.8751.

You’ll have a blue Christmas if you don’t spend it with the merry folks at Clink this year. Join chef Joseph Margate and his team as they dish up a tasty yuletide a la carte menu from 3:00 to 9:00pm. There’s something for everyone so bring the whole family along. Call Clink at 617.224.4004 to reserve a table.
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The Fireplace
Baby, its cold outside – make sure you have a seat inside at The Fireplace this Christmas Day. From noon to 9:00pm pull up a chair next to the eponymous hearth and indulge in some of chef-owner Jim Solomon’s comforting fare. In addition to his regular winter menu, he’ll be serving a few Christmas specials like the rack of lamb with port cherry sauce, chive-truffled mashed potatoes and toasted almond green beans; and a proper lobster mac and cheese, a cup of lobster bisque with caramelized Brussels sprouts & bacon.  To reserve a table, call 617.975.1900.
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Rejoice – chef Daniel Bruce is cooking up a delicious five-course meal to help you and yours celebrate Christmas this year. Spend December 25th at Meritage and enjoty the whole menu, each course of which can be paired with a festive wine. This lovely meal costs $115 per person or $145 with wines. Parents need not be afraid to celebrate with their kids either – children will enjoy a three course meal for $50 each and those under the age of three are completely free. Reservations, which can be garnered by calling 617.439.3995, are available from 5:00 to 10:00pm.

On Christmas Day, Miel Brasserie Provençale will be offering a traditional Christmas in Provence menu for both lunch and dinner. In true Provencal-style, the three-course meal will be followed by les treize desserts de Noël – the thirteen desserts of Christmas. Each dessert represents one of the attendees at the Last Supper and revelers are encouraged to eat from all thirteen dishes to bring good luck in the new year. Chef Josean Rosado‘s special menu will be available from 11:00am-3:00pm and then again from 4:00-11:00pm. Lunch costs $55 per adult and $26 per child, and dinner costs $68 per adult; $34 per child (prices do not include tax, gratuity or alcohol). Reservations are required and can be made by calling Miel directly at 617.217.5151.
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Whenever you’re ready for a little something to eat on Christmas Day, chef Gerard Barbin is prepared to host you at Sensing. He’ll be serving an a la carte brunch from 10:30am until 4:00pm and, if that doesn’t fit with your holiday plans, he’ll also be preparing both an a la carte menu and a $75 tasting menu from 4:30-10:00pm. Whatever your schedule, make time to enjoy a delicious meal at this waterfront gem. Call Sensing at 617.994.9001 for reservations.
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