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Merry meals
Where to dine out for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

12/15/16
By Angie Sykeny asykeny@hippopress.com



Go out for a special holiday dinner or enjoy a meal from one of these local restaurants open Christmas Eve on Saturday, Dec. 24, and Christmas Day on Sunday, Dec. 25. 

 
Special meals 
A Tuscan Christmas Carol (Tuscan Kitchen, 67 Main St., Salem, 952-4875, tuscanbrands.com) takes place the day before Christmas Eve on Friday, Dec. 23, from 7 to 9 p.m. The event features a four-course holiday dinner including a meat and cheese sampler, rigatoni, wood-grilled sirloin and double chocolate gelato. There will also be live music tributes to Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin. Tickets cost $116.20. 
Christmas Day Buffet at Bedford Village Inn (2 Olde Bedford Way, Bedford, 472-2001, bedfordvillageinn.com) will be served for guests from 2 to 6 p.m., in the Charolais Room of The Grand. The menu features stationary displays like poached shrimp with cocktail sauce, smoked salmon and a charcuterie and cheese board; soups, salads and focaccia; entrees including rigatoni pasta, cod fillet and chicken breast with herbed jus; a carving station including turkey with cranberry sauce and gravy, smoked honey Dijon ham, mashed potatoes, Brussels sprouts and rolls; and a dessert buffet with assorted finger pastries, tortes, cakes, pies and cookies. The cost is $65 for adults and $29 for children. 
Christmas Day Buffet at the Wentworth (Wentworth by the Sea, 588 Wentworth Road, New Castle, 422-7322, wentworth.com) will be served from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Wentworth Ballroom. The menu features a chilled salad bar, freshly squeezed fruit juices, a raw bar, an omelet station, a Belgian waffle station, an artisan cheese display, a carving station with prime rib and ham, various seasonal hot entrees, a dessert display and complimentary Champagne. The cost is $54.95 for adults and $24.95 for children under age 12. 
Christmas Dinner at the Wentworth (Wentworth by the Sea, 588 Wentworth Road, New Castle, 422-7322, wentworth.com) will be served on Christmas Day from 1 to 10 p.m., in the SALT Kitchen and Bar. The three-course menu includes hardwood-smoked turkey, pan-seared swordfish, cocoa- and chili-rubbed cadillac beef ribeye and wild mushroom ravioli. The cost is $54.95 for adults and $24.95 for children under age 12. 
Christmas Eve Dinner at Bedford Village Inn (2 Olde Bedford Way, Bedford, 472-2001, bedfordvillageinn.com) will be served from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m., in the dining room and Corks wine bar. The three-course prix fixe menu features appetizers including chestnut soup, calamari, shrimp, potato and cheddar bisque, stuffed cabbage and duck leg confit; salads and entrees including pan-roasted salmon, shellfish, roasted chicken breast, roasted pork loin, duet of beef, roasted cauliflower and pheasant breast. A children’s menu features chestnut soup and macaroni and cheese as appetizers; and entrees including roasted salmon, roast chicken breast, filet mignon and chicken fingers. A grand dessert buffet and cordials will be served in the Great Hall following dinner. The cost is $79 for adults and $39 for children. Reservations are required. 
Christmas Eve Dinner at Copper Door (15 Leavy Drive, Bedford, 488-2677, copperdoorrestaurant.com) will accept reservations until 8 p.m. The prix fixe menu features soups and salads, small plates including wild mushroom tart, shrimp cocktail, sirloin spring rolls and tuna tartare; entrees including New York sirloin, grilled swordfish, macadamia-crusted short rib, pan-seared halibut, wild mushroom ravioli and sesame seared duck; and desserts including candy cane cheesecake, salted caramel tart and warm cookies with crème anglaise. Dinner is offered in two-course ($59), three-course ($69) and four-course ($79) options. 
Christmas Eve Dinner at Epoch Restaurant & Bar (The Exeter Inn, 90 Front St., Exeter, 778-3762, epochrestaurant.com) will be served from 4:30 to 10 p.m. The six-course prix fixe menu features prosciutto and fig crostini as an amuse bouche; soups and salads; appetizers including lobster tail macaroni and cheese, grilled quail and port poached pear; entrees including bronzed sea scallops, brined pork chops, char grilled filet mignon, pan roasted salmon and a duck duo; and desserts including eggnog creme brulee, flourless chocolate cake and gingerbread pudding. The cost is $59.99 per person. Dinner with a wine pairing costs $85.99. 
Christmas Eve Feast Buffet at Giorgio’s Ristorante (524 Nashua St., Milford, 673-3939; 270 Granite St., Manchester, 232-3323, giorgios.com) will accept reservations from 4 to 8:30 p.m. The cost is $34.99 for adults and $14.99 for kids under age 12. 
The Eve of Christmas Eve Dinner at Colby Hill Inn (33 The Oaks, Henniker, 428-3281, colbyhillinn.com) takes place the day before Christmas Eve on Friday, Dec. 23. The three-course menu features appetizers including Slovak sour mushroom soup, wild mushroom and sauerkraut pierogi, winter green salad and cheese fondue; entrees including a roast goose with cherry kumquat relish, wiener schnitzel and juniper roast venison loin; and desserts including apple strudel, sacher torte and christstollen with chocolate-dipped ginger lebkuchen cookie. There will also be bar specials including Glühwein, Kirschwasser and Bauer’s Obstler Pear and Apple Brandy. The cost is $65. 
Feast of the Seven Fishes at Tuscan Kitchen (67 Main St., Salem, 952-4875, tuscanbrands.com) authentic Italian meal takes place on Christmas Eve from 3 to 8 p.m. The cost is $55 per person, or $85 to include a wine pairing. 
Grand Christmas Feast at Lakehouse Grille (281 Daniel Webster Highway, Meredith, 279-5221, thecman.com) will be served on Christmas Day from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The menu features starters including shrimp with cocktail sauce, corn and lobster chowder, salads and assorted breads; entrees including roasted chicken, baked cod, whipped potatoes, roasted squash, creamed Brussels sprouts and mashed sweet potatoes; a carving station with slow-roasted sirloin or beef, caramelized onion au jus and grilled and roasted brined pork loin; and desserts including assorted cakes, pies and pastries. The cost is $42.95 for adults and $18.95 for kids under age 13.
 
Open Christmas Eve 
900 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria (50 Dow St., Manchester, 641-0900; Brickyard Square, 24 Calef Highway, Epping, 734-2809, 900degrees.com) will be open from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
Airport Diner (2280 Brown Ave., Manchester, 623-5040, thecman.com) will be open from 5 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Alan’s of Boscawen (133 N. Main St., Boscawen, 753-6631, alansofboscawen.com) will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. 
The Barley House (132 N. Main St., Concord, 228-6363; 43 Lafayette Road, North Hampton, 379-9161, thebarleyhouse.com) will be open for lunch starting at 11 a.m. Dinner hours TBD.  
The Bistro at LaBelle Winery (345 Route 101, Amherst, 672-9898, thebistroatlabelle.com) will be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 
The Black Forest Cafe (212 Route 101, Amherst, 672-0500, theblackforestcafe.com) will be seating in the dining room from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and closing at 3 p.m. The marketplace will be open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. 
Cactus Jack’s (782 S. Willow St., Manchester, 627-8600; 1182 Union Ave., Laconia, 528-7800, cactusjacksnh.com) will be open from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
Canoe Restaurant (216 S. River Road, Bedford, 935-8070; 232 Whittier Highway., Center Harbor, 253-4762, magicfoodsrestaurantgroup.com/canoe-restaurant-and-tavern) will be open and taking reservations until 8 p.m. 
• The Coach Stop Restaurant & Tavern (176 Mammoth Road, Londonderry, 437-2022, coachstopnh.com) will be open from 4 to 9 p.m., with a modified Christmas Eve dinner menu. 
• Common Man Restaurants (25 Water St., Concord, 228-3463; 304 Daniel Webster Highway, Merrimack, 429-3463; 60 Main St., Ashland, 968-7030; thecman.com) will serve lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. 
Country Tavern (452 Amherst St., Nashua, 889-5871, countrytavern.org) will be open and seating until 2:30 p.m. 
Cucina Toscana (427 Amherst St., Nashua, 821-7356, cucinatoscananashua.com) will be open during its regular hours, from noon to 10 p.m. 
The Derryfield Restaurant (625 Mammoth Road, Manchester, 623-2880, thederryfield.com) will be open for lunch and dinner until 6 p.m. 
Epoch Restaurant & Bar (The Exeter Inn, 90 Front St., Exeter, 778-3762, epochrestaurant.com) will be open for its regular breakfast from 7 to 10 a.m., and lunch from noon to 2 p.m. 
Firefly American Bistro & Bar (22 Concord St., Manchester, 935-9740, fireflynh.com) will be open for lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
The Foundry Restaurant (50 Commercial St., Manchester, 836-1925, foundrynh.com) will be open from 4 to 8 p.m., with its regular dinner menu. 
Fratello’s Italian Grille (155 Dow St., Manchester, 624-2022; 194 Main St., Nashua, 889-2022; fratellos.com) will be open from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., serving lunch and dinner.
Gauchos Churrascaria Brazilian Steak House (62 Lowell St., Manchester, 669-9460, gauchosbraziliansteakhouse.com) will be open from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., serving lunch and dinner. 
Granite Restaurant & Bar (96 Pleasant St., Concord, 227-9005, graniterestaurant.com) will be open for dinner from 5 to 8 p.m. 
Hanover Street Chophouse (149 Hanover St., Manchester, 644-2467, hanoverstreetchophouse.com) will be open from noon to 4 p.m., with its regular dinner menu. 
Hart’s Turkey Farm (233 Daniel Webster Hwy., Meredith, 279-6212, hartsturkeyfarm.com) will be open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. 
The Homestead Restaurant (641 Daniel Webster Highway, Merrimack, 429-2022, homesteadnh.com) will be open from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., serving lunch and dinner.
Lakehouse Grille (281 Daniel Webster Highway, Meredith, 279-5221, thecman.com) will serve lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., and dinner from 5 to 9 p.m.
• The Local Moose Cafe (124 Queen City Ave., Manchester, 232-2669, thelocalmoosecafe.com) will be open from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 
Martha’s Exchange (185 Main St., Nashua, 883-8781, marthas-exchange.com) will be open during its regular hours, from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. 
Murphy’s Diner (516 Elm St., Manchester 792-4004. murphysdiner.com) will be open from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. 
Murphy’s Taproom (494 Elm St., Manchester, 644-3535, murphystaproom.net) will be open from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m.
O Steaks & Seafood (11 S. Main St., Concord, 856-7925; 62 Doris Ray Court, Laconia, 524-9373, magicfoodsrestaurantgroup.com/osteaks) will be open and taking reservations until 8 p.m.
Red Arrow Diner (61 Lowell St., Manchester, 626-1118; 63 Union Square, Milford, 249-9222; 137 Rockingham Road, Londonderry, 552-3091, redarrowdiner.com) is open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert 24 hours a day year round, including Christmas Eve. 
The Red Blazer Restaurant and Pub (72 Manchester St., Concord, 224-4101, theredblazer.com) will be open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., serving lunch and dinner.
Republic Cafe & Bistro (1069 Elm St., Manchester, 666-3723, republiccafe.com) will be open for breakfast and lunch from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
• Restaurant Tek-Nique (170 Route 101, Bedford, 488-5629, restaurantteknique.com) will be open for dinner from 4 to 9:30 p.m. 
Route 104 Diner (752 Route 104, New Hampton, 744-0120, thecman.com) will be open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., serving breakfast and lunch. 
T-Bones Great American Eatery (77 Lowell Road, Hudson, 882-6677; 25 S. River Road, Bedford, 641-6100; 39 Crystal Ave., Derry, 434-3200; 311 S. Broadway, Salem, 893-3444; 1182 Union Ave., Laconia, 528-7800, t-bones.com) will be open from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Bedford location will open at 11 a.m.). 
Tilt’n Diner (61 Laconia Road, Tilton, 286-2204, thecman.com) will be open from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m., serving breakfast and lunch.
• The Wild Rover (21 Kosciuszko St., Manchester, 669-7722, wildroverpub.com) will be open during its regular hours, from 10 a.m. to 1 a.m. 
The Windham Restaurant (59 Range Road, Windham, 870-9270, windhamrestaurant.com) will open at 3 p.m., with seatings until 8 p.m, serving its regular menu and a Christmas Eve specials menu. 
 
Open Christmas Day 
Epoch Restaurant & Bar (The Exeter Inn, 90 Front St., Exeter, 778-3762, epochrestaurant.com) will be open with a limited bar menu from 5 to 8 p.m. 
Gauchos Churrascaria Brazilian Steak House (62 Lowell St., Manchester, 669-9460, gauchosbraziliansteakhouse.com) will be open for breakfast and a brunch buffet ($17.95) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., and dinner from 3:30 to 7 p.m.
The Lobby Bar at The Grand (Bedford Village Inn, 2 Olde Bedford Way, Bedford, 472-2001, bedfordvillageinn.com) will be open from noon to 9 p.m. 
Murphy’s Taproom (494 Elm St., Manchester, 644-3535, murphystaproom.net) will be open from 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. 
Red Arrow Diner (61 Lowell St., Manchester, 626-1118; 63 Union Square, Milford, 249-9222; 137 Rockingham Road, Londonderry, 552-3091, redarrowdiner.com) is open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert 24 hours a day year round, including Christmas Day. 





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