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December 14, 2016

Ideas for dining out on Christmas in Philadelphia

Find the option that fits your family best

Holidays Christmas
Little Lion Christmas Dinner Courtesy of The Little Lion/PhillyVoice

The Little Lion is offering dinner on both Christmas Eve and Christmas.

Scrambling to figure out dinner on Dec. 24 or Dec. 25? Take some of the pressure off by opting to dine out on the holiday.

Philadelphia has a lot of options over the Christmas weekend, whether you're looking for brunch, dinner or something in-between. 

Below, we've narrowed down the choices to a select few. The only thing left to do is make a reservation at the spot that fits your family and schedule best.

The Something-For-Everyone Option:

The Little Lion

Courtesy of The Little Lion/PhillyVoice

Red velvet cheesecake stuffed French toast is available at Little Lion's Christmas Day brunch buffet.

The Little Lion will host a family-style Christmas Eve dinner, a Christmas Day brunch buffet and a Christmas Day dinner buffet with raw bar.

Expect dishes like prime rib, glazed ham, catfish, mac & cheese and eggnog cheesecake on Christmas Eve.

On Christmas, brunch will include made-to-order omelets, an eggs Benedict station, red velvet cheesecake stuffed French toast, bread pudding and more.

The dinner buffet will feature Little Lion’s famous Southern fried chicken, a raw bar, pasta station, a carving station, other hot entrees, salads and a dessert display.

Christmas Eve Dinner: Beginning at 4 p.m. | $40 per person
Christmas Day Brunch: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. | $40 per adult, $15 per child
Christmas Day Dinner: 5-9 p.m. | $45 per adult, $15 per child
243 Chestnut St.
(267) 273-0688

The All-You-Can-Eat Choice:

Sofitel Philadelphia

Enjoy an unlimited buffet of made-to-order omelets, croissants, slow-cooked prime rib and roasted salmon, among the mix. Brunch comes with a complimentary glass of Champagne for those 21-plus.

Sunday, Dec. 25
10 a.m.-2 p.m. | $50 per person
120 S. 17th St.
(215) 569-8300

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The Between Meals Pick:

Liberté Lounge

Planning on being out-and-about on Christmas? The Liberté Lounge is offering a mid-day option perfect for a light bite before a big family dinner.

The $35 menu includes tea sandwiches, pastries, scones, a selection of teas and a glass of Champagne or a mimosa.

Sunday, Dec. 25
2-4 p.m. | $35 per person
120 S. 17th St.
(215) 569-8300

The Conversation Starter Special:

Red Owl Tavern

Red Owl Tavern’s new executive chef Caitlin Mateo came up with a pop culture-themed dinner idea for both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day dinner.

Mateo is creating a pop-up dining experience inspired by the holiday film "A Christmas Story." 

There will be a whole Peking duck, General Tso’s chicken, short rib ramen, sweet & sour broccoli and shrimp dumplings among the mix of Chinese dishes.

As for drinks, there will be four specialty cocktails available.

Saturday, Dec. 24 through Sunday, Dec. 25
Beginning at 5 p.m. | Pay-as-you-go
433 Chestnut St.
(215) 923-2267