CHRISTMAS DINING
Where to Celebrate in Montgomery County

From the Cratchits gathering around their gigantic Christmas goose or the Whos of Whoville digging into roast beast, Christmas dinner is a big deal. The best gift of all may be relieving the family chef of his or her culinary duties for the day and taking the crew out to eat.

The following guide should point you in the right direction for your traditional holiday meal in Montgomery County. Best of all, nobody is saddled with having to load the dishwasher afterward.

The Christmas dinner traditions of Italy center on seafood, especially with the Feast of Seven Fishes. The best places in the area to toast "buon Natale" with family and friends include the restaurants below.

BONEFISH GRILL
160 North Gulph Road
King of Prussia, PA 19406

bonefish

This Bonefish Grill location is among the newest in the chain, with an open an inviting floorplan that is festively welcoming to parties of two or tables full of siblings, aunts, uncles and cousins. The menu is full of under-the-sea treats, including crab-and-corn chowder and bang-bang-shrimp.

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LEGAL SEA FOODS
680 West DeKalb Pike
King of Prussia, PA 19406

The service at Legal Sea Foods is solid and the setting is comfortable and relaxing for a holiday gathering. Menu-wise, it's hard to go wrong with choices like the seafood casserole, which overflows with shrimp, lobster and scallops.

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TAPHOUSE 23
266 East 4th Street
Bridgeport, PA 19405

Although Christmas is usually associated with angels, Taphouse 23 serves seafood fra diavolo, "brother devil." It's a nod to the spicy combination of shrimp, scallops and calamari, tossed with linguine in a zingy marinara.

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PESCATORE
134 Bala Ave
Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004

Specialties appropriate to the Feast of Seven Fishes at Pescatore include grilled octopus, served in a smoked paprika aoli with cannellini beans, capers, Kalamata olives and cherry tomatoes.

 

PARC BISTRO
4067 Skippack Pike
Skippack, PA 19473

When ordering the oyster stew at Parc Bistro, Christmas Eve diners will make extensive use of the accompanying bread basket. The soup is definitely a dipper.

PASTA

If your traditional meal on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day is pasta, we can point you in the right direction.

MAGGIANO'S LITTLE ITALY
160 North Gulph Road, Suite 205
King of Prussia, PA 19406

Maggiano's

The family-style service at Maggiano's Little Italy brings back the days when Christmas Eve dinner was at gramma's and the wine and conversation flowed freely.

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PEPPERS ITALIAN RESTAURANT & BAR
239 Town Center Road
King of Prussia, PA 19406

Make your Christmas Eve open house easier through the take-out menu at Peppers Italian Restaurant & Bar. It's a great place for calamari, among other dishes.

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RALPH'S OF SOUTH PHILLY
480 North Gulph Road
King of Prussia, PA 19406

Romantic Dining

The menu at Ralph's of South Philly is across-the-board terrific. Plus it has a cool, 1950s style, as if Frank Sinatra were due at any moment, singing his retro version of "Jingle Bells."

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BAR LUCCA
729 East Hector Street
Conshohocken, PA 19428

Bar Lucca has a number of recommendable Italian dishes. A standout appetizer for Christmas Eve - or anytime - is the gnocchi, served with black garlic cream, pancetta, green onions and parmesan crisps.

RISTORANTE TOSCANO
213 North Broad Street
Lansdale, PA 19446

Holidays are all about family, something that Ristorante Toscano Chef John Bruno understands wholly. He's still using his Nana Bruno's sauce recipes.

ARUGULA RISTORANTE
2350 Butler Pike
Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462

The spacious dining room at Arugula Ristorante is built around an open kitchen and traditional old world wood burning oven, putting your celebratory meal in a comfortable, homespun setting.

BEEF AND FOWL

Bring plenty of family and friends to the table and partake of Christmas turkey with all the trimmings or a thick slice of beef, cooked to savory perfection.

FARMER'S DAUGHTER RESTAURANT
1401 Morris Road
Blue Bell, PA 19422

Farmer's Daughter Farm-To-Table Meal

The prix fixe Christmas dinner at The Farmer's Daughter is a four-course holiday journey whose third course includes seared, farm-raised duck. For dessert, help yourself to a chocolatey slice of traditional yule log.

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CREED'S SEAFOOD AND STEAKS
499 N. Gulph Road
King of Prussia, PA 19406

 Creed's Steak

As a festive opener to a five-star holiday meal, order the Baked Brie "Apple Pie" at Creed's Seafood & Steaks. It's an appetizer of puffed pastry, fig spread, roasted apple chutney, brown sugar gastrique.

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MORTON'S THE STEAKHOUSE
640 West DeKalb Pike, Suite 1250
King of Prussia, PA 19406

Morton's Steakhouse Toast

Start with a celebratory toast to the season in Bar 1221 in Morton's the Steakhouse, where martinis reflect the flavors of the season. Once seated, face the challenge of selecting from among the menu's many prime cuts.

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RUTH'S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE
220 North Gulph Road
King of Prussia, PA 19406

Ruth's Chris Steakhouse

The petite ribeye at Ruth's Chris can be blackened with a bleu cheese char, adding a startling zip to the mellow flavor of the meat. Private dining rooms can accommodate from 10-100 family and friends.

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SULLIVAN'S STEAKHOUSE
700 West DeKalb Pike
King of Prussia, PA 19406

Sullivan's Steakhouse

At this festive time of year, one of Sullivan's signature cocktails is the Moscow Mule, made with Russian standard vodka, fresh lime juice and topped with ginger beer. The flavors of Christmas also permeate the dessert menu, especially with the s'mores mousse cake.

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THE CAPITAL GRILLE
236 Mall Boulevard
King of Prussia, PA 19406

The Capital Grille

Befitting of the luxurious interior of the dining room, holiday meals at The Capital Grille can be accompanied by a bottle of Dom Pérignon, served elegantly tableside. Chef's recommendations include a coffee-rubbed, boldly flavored New York strip.

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CHRISTMAS BRUNCH

After the presents have been opened Christmas morning, take the crew out for a meal where everyone can choose favorite dishes for him- or herself.

HOTEL FIESOLE
4046 Skippack Pike
Skippack, PA 19474

Skippack Village is one of the most picturesque sections of Montgomery County, especially in December, when decorations hang from just about every bough. The Hotel Fiesole nestled right along Route 73, is a great location for brunch on December 25, served from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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