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, skip the stress and consider supporting local restaurants around the state that are open on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. Plus, did we mention these takeout meals are entirely delicious?
Pick up a holiday meal to-go from The Back Burner. Starters range from jumbo shrimp cocktail to imperial stuffed mushrooms, and entrée choices include prime rib, stuffed salmon, beef tenderloin, crab cakes and more. Order by Dec. 21 to ensure availability.
425 Hockessin Corner, Hockessin • 239-2314
Big Fish has your holiday meal covered. View the Home for the Holidays menu online, and choose from seafood dinners, turkey and ham dinners, homemade sides and even a four-course Christmas Eve menu that serves six, plus much more. Orders must be placed by Dec. 21 for Christmas Eve pickup, since Big Fish is closed on Christmas Day.
720 Justison St., Wilmington • 652-3474
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. 21; view the full menu here.
90 E. Main St., Newark • 738-5811
Usher in the holiday with Harry’s Christmas Eve a la carte menu in the restaurant from 1-9 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 Rd., Wilmington • 475-3000
Market Kitchen & Bar offers dine-in or takeout experiences on Christmas Eve from 4-8 p.m. Enjoy the delicious tastes of the pepper-crusted salmon medallion as a starter or a choice of the grilled filet and the roasted chicken breast for an entrée.
100 Continental Dr., Newark •
Order holiday feasts to-go at Piccolina Toscana by Dec. 20 for Christmas Eve pickup. Feasts serve four for $180 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 stuffed cabbage.
18949 Coastal Hwy., Rehoboth Beach • 645-1700
Open on Christmas Day, Summer House is serving up a festive menu complete with starters like the Christmas queso dip, mains, homemade sides and desserts—and don’t forget the featured cocktails.
228 Rehoboth Ave,. Rehoboth Beach • 227-3895