A Holiday vacation to Orlando will treat you to spectacular seasonal displays found nowhere else in the world. Theme parks glow with pinpoints of twinkling light, while jingle bells sound out best-loved Christmas carols. There are only two things missing from this traditional Holiday scenario — the family feast, and the drifting snow. And even though Florida skies rarely serve up winter snows, these Orlando restaurants will open on December 25th to serve you delightful Holiday dishes dreamed up just for Christmas Day.
Here are some of the best dining options sure to please a family that’s hungry for good food and vacation good cheer!
With a mission to celebrate the “fun and enthusiasm of an authentic Italian gathering,” this vintage-style restaurant may just be the perfect setting for a family holiday feast. Northern and Southern Italian cuisine is served family-style and meant to be shared! Open Christmas Day, Buca di Beppo will serve a regular menu plus a few holiday specials. You can enjoy authentic Italian pastas, delicious entrees, pizzas, fresh salads, and decadent desserts, along with beer and wine.
Location: Maitland and Orlando
Phone: 407-622-7663 (Maitland) and 407-859-7844 (Orlando)
Hours: 11am-9pm Christmas Eve and 11am – 8pm Christmas Day
Awarded “Best French Restaurant 2009” by MyCityEats Orlando, Chez Vincent offers French cuisine in a casual atmosphere. Christmas dinner will include regular entrees such as duck a l’orange with a Grand Marnier sauce, rack of lamb with blue cheese sauce, venison, and Atlantic salmon with dill sauce. The restaurant will also feature a traditional turkey dinner with potato puree, a fall vegetable sauté and country Dijon sauce or cranberry Port wine sauce. Top it off with pumpkin soufflé for 2 or a Tarte Tatin (warm upside down apple pie with vanilla bean ice cream).
Location: Winter Park
Hours: Christmas dinner 4pm – 10pm
Blending flavors from selective Italian regional cuisine into a five-star dining experience is a Christini’s specialty. As they say, “to enter Christini’s is to enter Italy.”
On December 24 and 25, the restaurant will serve a holiday menu items in addition to the regular menu. Enjoy Costate Di Agnello (Colorado Rack of lamb), whipped potatoes, roasted baby vegetables, mint and lamb au jus.
Hours: From 5pm
As the oldest restaurant group in Florida, Colombia restaurants have been owned and operated by 5 generations for over 110 years! This year, the restauranteurs have created two Holiday specials along with regular menu favorites such as paella. The dishes here may not be traditional, but they promise to be both flavorful and unique. The Christmas Day menu includes
Slow-roasted lechon (pork) marinated with sour orange juice, garlic, oregano and bay leaves. The dish is served with mojo, yuca, moros y cristianos and platanos maduros.
If you prefer a traditional dinner, enjoy roast turkey served with Columbia stuffing, sautéed carrots and string beans, sweet potato pecan casserole, whipped potatoes, and homemade cranberry sauce and giblet gravy.
Hours: From 11am on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day
At Universal’s CityWalk®, Emeril’s creative dishes are showcased in a modern “food studio” with open kitchen and food bar. Chefs have created a varied Christmas menu including dishes from seafood to ham and prime rib. Menu items include blue crab avocado salad or confit duck salad, crab crusted trout, smoked lamb chop or prime rib. A la carte dinner items will also be available.
Location: Universal CityWalk, Orlando
Hours: Noon – 9pm
When it comes to sushi, you could say that every bite is gift wrapped! Enjoy a RA Holiday Happy Hour or any items from the full menu, available from open to close on Christmas Day. Entrees include Black Pepper Sirloin Steak, Chicken Yakisoba, a dinner sashimi assortment, or the Bara Chirashi bowl.
Location: Pointe Orlando
Hours: 3pm to 11pm
All Orlando area eateries are open serving an a la carte menu that will include holiday specials as well as signature steaks or surf and turf.
Winter Park (407-622-2444)
Lake Mary (407-804-8220)
5pm – 9pm Christmas Eve and noon-8 pm Christmas Day
Mediterranean flavor meets Christmas celebrations with a three-course meal that includes traditional Greek favorites. Look for your choice of a hummus & pita platter or Dolmades for an appetizer, lamb chops or chicken or beef brochette for the entree, and Baklava among the desserts.
Hours: 12pm – 11 pm
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