The holidays are traditionally a high-stress time of year, and with COVID-19 throwing additional roadblocks on gatherings this season, planning a holiday meal can seem especially overwhelming right now. Instead, save the stress and consider supporting local restaurants around the state that are open on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day.
Located on the main level of the clubhouse at White Clay Creek Country Club, At The Rail Wine Bar & Grille is offering holiday meals to-go. Meals serve up to 12 people for $195, and include menu options like maple rosemary roast turkey, sliced apple wood ham, caramelized onion stuffing and more. Call to place an order or for more information.
777 Delaware Park Blvd., Wilmington • 994-6700, ext. 7194
Pick up a Holiday Meal Kit to-go from The Back Burner. Starters range from twice-baked potato to shrimp cocktail, and entree choices include prime rib, crab cakes, surf and turf and more. Order by Dec. 21 to ensure availability.
425 Hockessin Corner, Hockessin • 239-2732
Bardea Food & Drink is offering a five-course family meal for four that costs $150 per meal (add $50 for signature ribeye). All orders must be placed by 12/21 for a 12/24 pickup. Visit bardeawilmington.com for the full menu.
620 N. Market St., Wilmington • 426-2069
Christmas brunch to-go at Bethany Blues serves 8-10 people for $159, or 4-5 people for $89. Choose from a variety of menu items, add-ons and dessert options. View the full menu at bethanyblues.com. Place orders by Dec. 18 for Dec. 23 pickup. Lewes location only.
8385 Coastal Highway, Lewes • 644-2500
Big Fish has your holiday meal covered. View the Home for the Holidays menu here and choose from seafood dinners, turkey dinners, homemade sides or even a four course Christmas Eve menu that serves six, plus much more. Orders must be placed by Dec. 22 for Christmas Eve pickup, Big Fish is closed on Christmas Day. Call to place your order.
720 Justison St., Wilmington • 652-3474
Christmas Eve dinner is served at the Blue Moon from 5-9 p.m. Reservations suggested; closed Christmas Day.
35 Baltimore Ave., Rehoboth Beach • 227-6515
The Christmas a la carte menu at Victoria’s Restaurant includes starters like band bang shrimp and seared pistachio scallops, plus entrees like filet mignon and lobster tail. Seating is limited, be sure to call 227-0615 to make reservations. Open Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
2 Olive Ave., Rehoboth Beach • 227-0615
Christmas catering at Caffé Gelato has something for everyone. Choose from half or full trays that include options like spiral ham, homemade butternut squash and ricotta ravioli, baby red-skin potatoes and more. Order by Dec. 19; view the full menu here.
90 E. Main St., Newark • 738-5811
Capers & Lemons is offering Christmas Eve holiday meal packages for six, featuring favorites like market meatballs, baked rigatoni and more. Order cut-offs are a week prior, call today to secure your meal.
301 Little Falls Drive, Wilmington • 256-0524
Christmas dinner at Harpoon Hanna’s features a plated feast of baked ham, shaved prime rib and sides for $29.99; $11.99 for children. A limited menu will also be available. Reservations are recommended, walk-ins welcome.
39064 Harpoon Road, Fenwick Island • 539-3095
Usher in the holiday with Harry’s Christmas Eve a la carte menu in the restaurant from 2-9 p.m., or bring the celebration home with Harry’s Christmas Eve takeout menu, which boasts everything from create-your-own surf and turf to crab mac and cheese as one of the many side options.
2020 Naamans Road, Wilmington • 475-3000
Heirloom is currently accepting reservations for Christmas Eve. The restaurant, which opens at 4 p.m. on the holiday, is offering a Christmas Eve pop-up menu featuring favorites like house-made sourdough bread and butter, a cheese board and desserts.
212 Savannah Road, Lewes • 313-4065
Call for Christmas Eve reservations. Closed on Christmas Day.
1336 Old Lancaster Pike, Hockessin • 234-2255
Christmas Dinner at Home Grown Café features a choice of entree, six sides and optional add-ons. Orders must be placed and paid for by Dec. 18, pickup by noon on Dec. 24. Serves two or six people. Call for more information.
126 E. Main St., Newark • 266-6993
Iron Hill is offering holiday dinners for six to go, featuring ready-to-roast main courses and sides. A la carte options are also available; visit ironhillbrewery.com for the full menu. Call your local Iron Hill location to reserve today.
Klondike Kate’s has transformed into the Sleigh Bar, and is offering 12 days of events leading up to Christmas, including PJ Day on Christmas Eve, complete with a special all-day brunch menu.
158 E. Main St. Newark • 737-6100
The Christmas Eve menu at Krazy Kat’s Restaurant boasts entrees like seafood risotto and handmade potato gnocchi. Call to make a reservation.
Le Cavalier at HOTEL DU PONT is offering a special Christmas menu on Dec. 24-25, featuring small plates that range from lobster with butter to marinated leeks, entrees like short rib beef bourguignon, whole roasted eggplant and more. Le Cavalier is also offering their Maison x Le Cav take home experience and a brunch package. Get more information and make reservations at lecavalierde.com.
42 West 11th St., Wilmington • 594-3154
Pre-order holiday trays at Limestone BBQ & Bourbon for pickup on Dec. 24, and heat them yourself for a filling holiday feast. Choose from half pans that feed 6-8 including sweet potato casserole, smoked brisket and more.
2062 Limestone Road, Wilmington • 274-2085
Offering dine-in or takeout on Christmas Eve from 4-8 p.m. View the full menu here.
Order holiday feasts to-go at Piccolina Toscana by Dec. 20 for Christmas Eve pickup. Feasts serve 4-6 for $160, and feature entrees like halibut, roasted beef tenderloin and rack of lamb, plus included sides. View the menu here.
1412 N. DuPont St., Wilmington • 654-8001
Rosenfeld’s Rehoboth Beach location is open on Christmas Day and is a great option to stop and grab favorites like the reuben sandwich, matzo ball soup, or the kasha varnishkas with brown gravy.
18949 Coastal Highway, Rehoboth Beach • 645-1700
Stone Balloon is hosting a Feast of the Seven Fishes holiday dinner on Dec. 23, with takeout options available for couples. Call to reserve your spot today.