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Savoring the Season: Dine-In and To-Go Spots for Christmas Brunch and Dinner

Christmas is almost here, and with all the hustle and bustle of the season, cooking may be the last thing on your mind. Spend more time with your family and less time worrying about cooking this Christmas when you dine out or order to-go. Trying to figure out what restaurants are serving up something special for the holiday can be time-consuming, so we’ve put together a list of some of our favorite dining offerings around the Bay Area for Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Eve.

Holiday Brunch and Dinner


Catch 23

Christmas Eve Dinner
10103 Montague St., Tampa, FL 33626

Catch 23 is serving up a special Christmas Eve menu with an array of festive items. In addition their regular menu, enjoy Baked Brie with apricots, honey, and prosciutto, a prime rib dinner with potatoes au gratin, cornflake-crusted mahi with spaghetti squash, and vanilla bean cheesecake with chocolate and raspberry. Prices vary based on menu.

Bon Appétit

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Dinner
148 Marina Plaza, Dunedin, FL 34698

Bon Appétit is pulling out all the stops to make sure this Christmas is extra special. They’re offering both a four-course plated dinner and a buffet option, so your family can choose the one that works best. The Four-Course Dinner features plenty of options, including escargot, slow-roasted Christmas goose, and pumpkin cheesecake. If loading your plate up at the buffet is more your style, you’ll find a plethora of options including seared pepper-crusted tuna with wasabi & pickled ginger, roasted Carolina turkey with giblet gravy, and chilled mussels & clams in coconut Thai curry. Regardless of the option you choose, you’ll receive a complimentary champagne toast. They also have Christmas Eve offerings if you prefer to dine out before Santa arrives.

Cost: $85 per adult, $19.95 for children under 10.

Image Credit: Bon Apetit

K Club Bar & Bistro at The Karol Hotel

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Dinner
2675 Ulmerton Road, Clearwater, FL 33762

K Club Bar & Bistro at The Karol Hotel in Clearwater is dishing up a three-course, family-style, prix fixe dinner on Christmas Even and Christmas Day. Entrée choices include honey glazed ham, roasted turkey tenderloin, pan-roasted salmon, herb rubbed rack of lamb, or prime rib. You’ll also get your choice of two family-style sides, with options including cornbread casserole, whipped potatoes, and green bean casserole. Finish it off with Key Lime pie to add a bit of a Florida touch!

Cost: Varies based on entrée selection (children 12 and under are $14).

River’s Edge at The Sheraton Tampa Riverwalk Hotel

Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve Brunch and Dinner
200 N. Ashley Drive, Tampa, FL 33602

It’s time to eat, drink, and be merry! Locals and travelers can enjoy a three-course dinner with an array of mouth-watering options such as Maine Lobster Bisque, Seared Tenderloin Carpaccio, 12 Hour Short Rib and Grilled Black Grouper ($65 per adult, children’s menu available for ages 12 and under). Too tired to cook after opening presents on Christmas morning? River’s Edge will have a special holiday buffet on both Christmas and New Year’s Eve mornings ($27 per person).

Before ringing in 2022, you can enjoy an irresistible three-course dinner on New Year’s Eve that includes a diverse spread of dishes like Ruskin Tomato Bisque, Seared Diver Scallops, Grilled New York Strip and Vanilla Crème Brûlée ($85 per adult, regular children’s menu for ages 12 and under).

The Rusty Pelican

Christmas Day Brunch and Dinner
2425 N Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL 33607

The Rusty Pelican is a staple for celebrating special occasions in Tampa Bay. Soak in stunning views of the bay from Rocky Point as you choose from a three-course brunch featuring items such as Pineapple & Cherry Glazed Ham, Steak & Eggs Benedict, Fried Chicken & Waffles, and Gingerbread Cheesecake, or an a la carte dinner with everything from raw oysters to decadent steaks. With a variety of special holiday menu items to choose from, we’re certain you won’t be disappointed!

Cost: Brunch – $79 per adult, $35 per child; Dinner – regular menu prices

Ocean Hai

Christmas Day Brunch and Dinner
100 Coronado Drive, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767

After you open your presents, spend Christmas morning enjoying brunch with your loved ones at Ocean Hai. Located in the Wyndham Grand Clearwater on Clearwater Beach, both the ocean views and the elevated buffet options are extensive. From oysters to omelets and holiday treats, there’s something sure to satisfy your Christmas morning cravings. Prefer to dine out for dinner? Ocean Hai will also serve a three-course Christmas dinner special alongside the full a la carte menu.

Cost: Brunch – $57 per adult, $25 Children (6-12), complimentary for children 5 and under; Dinner – $95 per adult.

The Don CeSar

Christmas Day Brunch and Dinner
3400 Gulf Boulevard, St. Pete Beach, FL 33706

What better way to spend your Christmas Day than with your loved ones at one of the most iconic hotels in the area? Head to the pink palace (AKA The Don CeSar) for the prix fixe dinner of your dreams. Maritana’s three-course holiday-inspired menu includes two extremely unique entrée options: rabbit saddle with a hazelnut vinaigrette, forest mushrooms, and crisp prosciutto over a linguini in a black garlic and thyme pesto, OR pan-seared sheepshead with a green apple curry, littleneck clams, braised swiss chard, white wine poached apples, and jasmine rice. Finish with either eggnog cheesecake or chocolate espresso Buche de Noel, then digest with a long walk on the beach. $88 per adult, plus parking.

Other dining options include Christmas Dinner at Society Table and Rowe Bar ($78 per adult, plus parking) and a Christmas Day brunch buffet ($88 per adult, $29 per child, plus parking) that includes a raw bar, omelets made to order, hand carved Whole Turkey, Leg of lamb, pheasant breast and unlimited champagne.

Image Credit: Don Cesar

HEW Parlor & Chophouse at The Fenway Hotel

Christmas Day Brunch and Dinner
453 Edgewater Drive, Dunedin, FL 33698

Indulge in a delicious family-style Christmas meal at HEW Parlor & Chophouse at the Fenway Hotel in Dunedin. They’ll be serving up classic Christmas delicacies, including grilled country ham, traditional turkey stuffing, and buttermilk whipped potatoes. For the most important course (dessert), you can enjoy pumpkin pie and a chocolate mousse layer cake. They will also have their regular brunch menu available from 8:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. (prices vary by menu item).

Cost: $75 per adult, $25 per child (ages 6-13), complimentary for children 5 and under.

Packard’s Steakhouse

Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve Dinner
36750 U.S. Highway 19 North, Palm Harbor, FL 34684

The signature steakhouse at Innisbrook Resort has two special holiday menus. Christmas Day dinner will include a one-pound prime rib special with roasted fingerling potatoes, broccolini and horseradish cream ($72 per person). Half lobster tail and shrimp can be added for an additional $32. On New Year’s Eve, they’ll be serving up a special menu with items such as amuse-bouche, gulf shrimp cocktail, charred cauliflower, roasted eggplant soup, lobster lasagna veal rib chop, and truffle risotto.


Holiday Dining In and To-Go



Christmas Eve Lunch and Christmas Day Dinner
12227 W. Linebaugh Ave, Tampa, FL 33626

Mother’s restaurant in Westchase has you covered, whether you feel like dining in or staying home. They will be open Christmas Eve until 4:00 and will reopen for dinner on Christmas day at 4:00. A special Christmas night menu will also be available starting at $12.99. Their Feast-To-Go Menu brings their homemade items straight from their scratch kitchen to yours. For $155, their meal includes turkey or ham, broccoli and carrots, sweet mash, stuffing, pumpkin pie, and a bottle of wine, and feeds 8-10 people. A baked ziti can be added on for an additional $35. Their Family Dinner is $50 and includes the same items minus the pie and wine, feeds 3-5 people, and will be available for dining in or to-go. To-go orders must be placed by December 20 at 4:00 p.m. and picked up on December 24 by 2:00 p.m.

Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse

Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Eve Dinner
Tampa: 1700 N. Westshore Blvd., Tampa, FL 33607
St. Petersburg: 131 2nd Ave., N, St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Ruth’s Chris is serving up an indulgent holiday feast that can be enjoying either in their dining room or your own. Their pre-fixe holiday meal includes lobster bisque, surf and turf, creamed spinach, and bread pudding along with several festive-themed cocktails. Prefer to celebrate at home? Their Celebration Feast serves four and includes roasted beef tenderloin, salad, garlic mashed potatoes, creamed spinach, and chocolate sin cakes ($195). Holiday sides to-go include sweet potato casserole, au gratin potatoes, sausage and herb stuffing, and green beans with garlic (starting at $27.95). To-go orders must be placed 48 hours in advance.

Élevage SoHo Kitchen & Bar

Christmas Day Brunch and Dinner
1207 S Howard Ave, Tampa, FL 33606

Celebrate the season at The Epicurian, one of Tampa Bay’s most iconic hotels, when you dine at its signature restaurant, Élevage SoHo Kitchen & Bar. The family-style, three-course prix fixe Christmas dinner includes entree options like traditional Christmas goose, beer short ribs, rosemary & garlic roasted porchetta, orange & hazelnut crusted grouper, and mixed vegetable risotto. Christmas dinner will be served from 4-9pm. Activities in the ballroom will keep the little ones occupied while the adults enjoy a complimentary glass of champagne. Guests can also enjoy a regular brunch menu from 7am-2pm.

Holiday dinners are available to-go if you prefer to stay in the comfort of your own home. Pricing is the same and orders must be placed by December 23, 2021.

Cost: Varies based on entrée selection (children 12 and under are $25)

Columbia Restaurant

Christmas Day Dinner
Tampa: 2117 E Seventh Ave., Tampa, FL 33605
Clearwater: 1241 Gulf Blvd., Clearwater, FL 33767

Celebrate at Columbia with a festive feast on Christmas Day. In addition to their regular menu, they will have featured specials including Lechon Asado (roasted pork) and Roast Turkey. They will also have a family-style curbside Noche Buena/Christmas Takeout meal for $175 plus tax. The curbside Noche Buena/Christmas family-style takeout meal feeds 8 to 10 people. Orders must be placed by December 19 at 2:00 p.m.


Holiday Meals To-Go



1700 West Fig St., Tampa, FL 33606

Whether you’re entertaining friends this season or hosting dinner on Christmas Day, Willa’s is serving up a holiday menu to-go all month long. Guests can choose from holiday favorites with a Willa’s twist like Roasted Beef Tenderloin with horseradish mustard crema, Applewood Smoked Nueske Ham glazed with maple dijon, Coconut Squash with brown butter, cheese and charcuterie platters, and Bûche De Noël. Pick-up can be scheduled Wednesday through Sunday from 9am-7pm with 48 hours notice.

Image Credit: Willa’s

Goody Goody

Christmas Dessert
1601 W. Swann Ave., Tampa, FL 33606

Make Christmas goody goody with some of the most famous pies in Tampa. Notorious for their signature Butterscotch pie, Goody Goody will be taking to-go orders for that plus their Chocolate Cream Pie, Coconut Cream Pie, Banana Cream Pie, and their seasonal Milk Chocolate Pecan Pie. They’re sure to be the perfect ending to your holiday meal! Orders must be placed online by December 21 at noon and can be picked up on December 23 or 24 from 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Cost: $30 per pie

Metro Diner

Christmas Dinner
Tampa: 4011 W. Kennedy Blvd. Tampa, FL 336.9
St. Petersburg: 5250 4th St. North, St. Petersburg, FL 33703

Metro Diner wants to make your holiday hosting as stress-free as possible. Whether you’re keeping it small or opening up your home to family and friends, their Holiday at Home Feast has options to work with any size crowd. Choices includes baked ham or roast turkey plus items such as mashed potatoes, sweet potato mash, green bean casserole, cornbread stuffing, cranberry sauce, and macaroni and cheese. Orders must be placed by December 23 at 8:00 p.m. for pickup on December 24.

Cost: $15 for one serving, $59.99 for four, $115.49 for eight.

Brie Gorecki
Brie Gorecki
Brie has been writing for websites and local publications for over 10 years. A USF graduate, she has worked for several major companies in New York, Atlanta and here in Tampa. You can read her articles on Tampa Bay Parenting, Tampa Bay Date Night Guide and Orlando Date Night Guide. She’s a Disney fanatic, an animal lover, and is a huge foodie who loves trying all the amazing restaurants around Tampa Bay. She’s a proud mom to a sweet little Star Wars and Godzilla-loving boy, and to her “fur-babies,” a rescue dog and cat from Humane Society of Tampa Bay. She loves spending time with her family, whether it’s a date night out with her husband or a day filled with roller coaster rides at a theme park.

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