Christmas Eve is right around the corner, and if no one in your family has decided who is hosting this year, why not choose to dine out? There are plenty of restaurants around the state that are open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, so skip the stress and leave the cooking to the professionals.
Available from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., enjoy an array of starters like pumpkin mushroom soup and a beets and blue salad, followed by a hearty entrée (think crab cakes, roasted stuffed squash and a 7-ounce barrel-cut ribeye).
425 Hockessin Corner, Hockessinâ€‹
239-2314 • backburner.com
Enjoy an intimate, relaxed and quiet Christmas Eve dinner. Service is from 4:30-9 p.m.; call the restaurant for reservations at 655-9463 or visit OpenTable at opentable.com/r/domaine-hudson-reservations-wilmington.
1314 N. Washington St., Wilmington
655-9463 • domainehudson.com
Heirloom is accepting reservations for Christmas Eve from 4-9 p.m. Call to secure your spot.
212 Savannah Road, Lewes
313-4065 • heirloomdelaware.com
Experience V&M Bistro’s take on a traditional Italian Christmas meal. The “Feast of the Seven Fishes” menu (available all December long) includes three unique courses of handcrafted seafood dishes. Dinner is $49.95 per person; RSVP by calling 479-7999. Restaurant hours are from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Dec. 23 and Christmas Eve; closed Christmas Day.
1717 Marsh Road, Wilmington
479-7999 • vmbistro.com
(FROM LEFT): Stufato di baccala’ (Aged codfish stew); Misto di Mare (Mixture of the sea).// Photos courtesy of V&M Bistro
On Christmas Eve, the Hotel du Pont is offering two seatings (5 p.m. and 8 p.m.) and a five-course dinner that is $85 per person and $35 for children 12 and under. There are three seatings for Christmas Day brunch—10:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. the decadent buffet has options including a Caesar salad station and seafood bar as well as your choice of one entrée. The brunch is $75 per person and $35 for children 12 and under.
42 W. 11th St., Wilmington
594-3100 • hoteldupont.com/en/dining-en.html
Enjoy starters and salads, carving stations and desserts at Victoria’s Restaurant in the Boardwalk Plaza Hotel. Adults are $59.95, children 5-12 are $29.95 and children under 5 are $19.95. Call 227-0615 for reservations.
2 Olive Ave., Rehoboth Beach
227-7169 • boardwalkplaza.com/dining/
A limited menu is being served from 1 to 9 p.m. Cost is $24.99 for adults and $8.99 for children. Reservations are suggested.
Del. 54 and The Bay, Fenwick Island
539-3095 • harpoonhannasrestaurant.com
The Christmas Day breakfast buffet is available from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. The cost is $29.95 for adults; $14.95 for children ages 4 to 11 and is free for children 3 and younger. Reservations are required—call 631-1542.
100 Continental Drive, Newark
454-1500 • hiltonchristiana.com
Rosenfeld’s is open Christmas Day from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. You cannot go wrong with their potato latkes, matzo ball soup and enormous Reuben sandwiches.
18949 Coastal Highway, Rehoboth Beach
645-1700 • facebook.com/RosenfeldsRehoboth/