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Out on holiday
Where to dine out for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

12/07/17
By Matt Ingersoll listings@hippopress.com



 Enjoy special holiday dinners at any one of these local restaurants, several of which are open for lunch and dinner for Christmas Eve, Sunday, Dec. 24. A small handful of restaurants will also be open Christmas Day, Monday, Dec. 25.

You can start your festivities extra early with The Eve of Christmas Eve Dinner at Colby Hill Inn (33 The Oaks, Henniker, 428-3281, colbyhillinn.com), which is happening on Friday, Dec. 23. On the menu this year includes your choice of an appetizer (traditional Slovak sour mushroom soup, truffled potato and chive pierogi, maultaschensuppe, winter greens, marinated beets, pomegranate and walnuts, or cheese fondue with traditional Swiss accoutrements), an entree (roast Christmas goose with cherry kumquat relish, wiener schnitzel, roast salmon with dill and horseradish, or juniper roast venison loin), and a dessert (apple strudel, sacher torte, christstollen with gluhwein or hot Swiss chocolate or peppermint crème brulee). The cost is $65 per person.
 
Special Christmas Eve meals
• Christmas Eve brunch at LaBelle Winery (345 Route 101, Amherst, 672-9898, labellewinerynh.com) will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The regular Bistro menu will be served alongside a special a la carte brunch menu created just for Christmas Eve, with items like eggs benedict, short rib ragu, spiced egg nog pancakes, Bloody Mary toast and more. Brunch items ranging for kids will also be available and will include French toast sticks, snowman pancakes, scarmbled eggs and bacon and fruit cups.
• 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. This year’s menu includes appetizers like chestnut soup, salt cod fritters, calamari bruschetta, lobster shrimp and chowder, Parmesan risotto and braised beef short ribs; salads like mesclun salad and spinach salad; and entrees like seafood pot au feu, pan roasted giannone chicken breast, and center cut filet mignon. A grand dessert buffet and cordials will also 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 Restaurant (15 Leavy Drive, Bedford, 488-2677; 41 S. Broadway, Salem, 458-2033; copperdoorrestaurant.com) is accepting reservations until 8 p.m. Dinner is offered in two-course ($59), three-course ($69) or four-course ($79). The menu includes appetizers like wasabi seared tuna, short rib manicotti, Mediterranean flatbread and crispy Buffalo shrimp, soups and salads like five-onion gratinee, corn chowder, spinach salad, and arugula and grapefruit salad, entrees like bone-in New York sirloin, coffee-crusted pork chop, cedar roasted salmon, pepper-dusted rib-eye, pan seared scallops and wild mushroom ravioli, and desserts like apple bread pudding, triple chocolate cheesecake and gingerbread cupcakes.
• Feast of the Seven Fishes at Tuscan Kitchen (67 Main St., Salem, 952-4875, tuscanbrands.com) is happening on Christmas Eve from 3 to 8 p.m. The cost is $55 per person, or $85 to include a wine pairing.
• Feast of the Seven Fishes at Campo Enoteca (969 Elm St., Manchester, 625-0256, campoenoteca.com) is happening on Sunday, Dec. 24. This year’s menu is a Sicilian seafood soup, baccala and anchovy with whipped potato and garlic confit, fried mussel salad, monkfish and eggplant skewer and more. The cost is $65 per person and reservations are required.
• Giorgio’s Ristorante & Meze Bar (270 Granite St., Manchester, 232-3323; 524 Nashua St., Milford, 673-3939, giorgios.com) will be serving its annual Christmas Eve buffet (Manchester and Milford locations only). Reservations must be made in advance. The cost is $34.99 for adults and $14.99 for kids under 12.
 
Special Christmas Day meals
• Christmas Day Buffet at Bedford Village Inn (2 Olde Bedford Way, Bedford, 472-2001, bedfordvillageinn.com) will include a three-course prix fixe menu offered in the Lobby Bar, which will be open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. The menu includes various appetizers like New England clam chowder, mesclun salad, roasted mushroom risotto and grilled gulf shrimp; entrees like Scottish salmon fillet, pan roasted giannone chicken breast, center cut filet mignon and quinoa and goat cheese croquettes; and a selection of various desserts.The cost is $79 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 include a carving station, a salad bar, a dessert display, sparkling fountains, complimentary Champagne and more. The cost is $54.95 for adults and $24.95 for kids under 12.
• Christmas Dinner at the Wentworth (Wentworth by the Sea, 588 Wentworth Road, New Castle, 422-7322, wentworth.com) will be served from 1 to 10 p.m. in the SALT Kitchen and Bar. This year’s menu includes oven roasted turkey breast, Vadouvan dusted swordfish, peppercorn dusted beef tenderloin, and pan seared branzino provencal. The cost is $54.95 for adults and $24.95 for kids under 12.
 
Open on 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. at both locations.
• Airport Diner (2280 Brown Ave., Manchester, 623-5040, thecman.com) will be open from 5 a.m. to 6 p.m.
• Alan’s of Boscawen (133 N. Main St., Boscawen, 753-6631, alansofboscawen.com) will be open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
• Belmont Hall & Restaurant (718 Grove St., Manchester, 625-8540, belmontrestaurant.com) will be serving its regular breakfast menu from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.
• The Black Forest Cafe & Bakery (212 Route 101, Amherst, 672-0500, theblackforestcafe.com) will be serving its regular menu until 5 p.m.
• Buckley’s Great Steaks (438 Daniel Webster Highway, Merrimack, 424-0995, buckleysgreatsteaks.com) will be serving its regular menu from 4 to 9 p.m.
• Cactus Jack’s (782 S. Willow St., Manchester, 627-8600; 1182 Union Ave., Laconia, 528-7800; cactusjacksnh.com) will be serving its regular menu until 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 from 11:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. at both locations.
• Chez Vachon (136 Kelley St., Manchester, 625-9660, chezvachon.com) will be serving its regular menu from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
• The Coach Stop Restaurant & Tavern (176 Mammoth Road, Londonderry, 437-2022, coachstopnh.com) will be open from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
• Country Spirit (262 Maple St., Henniker, 428-7007, hennikercountryspirit.com) will be serving its regular menu until 5 p.m.
• Cucina Toscana (427 Amherst St., Nashua, 821-7356, cucinatoscananashua.com) will be open its regular hours, from noon to 10 p.m.
• The Derryfield Restaurant (625 N. Mammoth Road, Manchester, 623-2880, derryfieldrestaurant.com) will be open for lunch until 3 p.m., with the bar closing around 5 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 will be serving a Sunday brunch menu from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
• Foster’s Boiler Room (The Common Man Inn & Spa, 231 Main St., Plymouth, 536-2764, thecman.com) will be open from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
• The Foundry (50 Commercial St., Manchester, 836-1925, foundrynh.com) will be open for lunch and dinner, but will close at 7:30 p.m.
• 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 (The Centennial Hotel, 96 Pleasant St., Concord, 227-9005, graniterestaurant.com) will be open for brunch from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and 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 Highway, Meredith, 279-6212, hartsturkeyfarm.com) will be open from 11:15 a.m. to 2 p.m.
• The Homestead Restaurant (641 Daniel Webster Highway, Merrimack, 429-2022, homesteadnh.com) will be open until 7 p.m.
• LaBelle Winery (345 Route 101, Amherst, 672-9898, labellewinerynh.com) The Bistro will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
• Lakehouse Grille (281 Daniel Webster Highway, Meredith, 279-5221, thecman.com) will be serving a Christmas Eve brunch beginning at 9 a.m. and dinner beginning at 5 p.m.
• The Local Moose Cafe (124 Queen City Ave., Manchester, 232-2669, thelocalmoosecafe.com) will be open from 8 a.m. to noon.
• Martha’s Exchange (185 Main St., Nashua, 883-8781, marthas-exchange.com) will be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
• MT’s Local Kitchen & Wine Bar (212 Main St., Nashua, 595-9334, mtslocal.com) will be serving its regular menu from 4 to 8 p.m.
• Murphy’s Diner (516 Elm St., Manchester, 792-4004, murphysdiner.com) will be open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
• Murphy’s Taproom (494 Elm St., Manchester, 644-3535, murphystaproom.com) will be open from 11:30 a.m. to 1 a.m.
• Murphy’s Taproom & Carriage House (393 Route 101, Bedford, 488-5975, murphystaproom.com) will be closing at 6 p.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.
• Old School Bar & Grill (49 Range Road, Windham, 458-6051, oldschoolbarandgrill.com) will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
• Piccola Italia Ristorante (815 Elm St., Manchester, 606-5100, piccolaitalianh.com) will be open from noon to 10 p.m., serving its dinner menu with additional specials.
• The Red Arrow Diner (61 Lowell St., Manchester, 626-1118; 137 Rockingham Road, Londonderry, 552-3091; 63 Union Square, Milford, 249-9222; 112 Loudon Road, Concord, 415-0444; redarrowdiner.com) is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner 24 hours a day, including Christmas Eve.
• The Red Blazer Restaurant & Pub (72 Manchester St., Concord, 224-4101, theredblazer.com) will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
• Republic Cafe & Bistro (1069 Elm St., Manchester, 666-3723, republiccafe.com) will be open for breakfast and lunch, most likely closing around 6 p.m.
• River Road Tavern (193 S. River Road, Bedford, 206-5837, riverroadtavern.com) will be open its regular Sunday hours, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
• Stonehurst Manor (3351 White Mountain Highway, North Conway, 356-3113, stonehurstmanor.com) will be serving its regular dinner menu from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
• Tilt’n Diner (61 Laconia Road, Tilton, 286-2204, thecman.com) will be open until 3 p.m.
• Tommy K’s Restaurant & Bar (2323 Brown Ave., Manchester, 935-7404, tommyksmanchester.com) will be open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
• The Tuckaway Tavern & Butchery (58 Route 27, Raymond, 244-2431, thetuckaway.com) will be open from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
• Umami Farm Fresh Cafe (284 First New Hampshire Turnpike, Northwood, 942-6427, umaminh.com) will be serving its Sunday brunch menu from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
• Windham Restaurant (59 Route 111, Windham, 870-9270, windhamrestaurant.com) will be open from 1 to 8 p.m.
 
Open on Christmas Day
• Epoch Restaurant & Bar (The Exeter Inn, 90 Front St., Exeter, 778-3762, epochrestaurant.com) will be open for dinner from 5 to 9 p.m., with drinks served until about 9 p.m.
• Gauchos Churrascaria Brazilian Steak House (62 Lowell St., Manchester, 669-9460, gauchosbraziliansteakhouse.com) will be open during its regular hours, serving lunch and dinner.
• Lakehouse Grille (281 Daniel Webster Highway, Meredith, 279-5221, thecman.com) will be serving its annual Christmas Day brunch beginning at 11:30 a.m.
• Murphy’s Taproom (494 Elm St., Manchester, 644-3535, murphystaproom.com) will be open from 11:30 a.m. to 1 a.m.
• The Red Arrow Diner (61 Lowell St., Manchester, 626-1118; 137 Rockingham Road, Londonderry, 552-3091; 63 Union Square, Milford, 249-9222; 112 Loudon Road, Concord, 415-0444; redarrowdiner.com) is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner 24 hours a day, including Christmas Day.
• River Road Tavern (193 S. River Road, Bedford, 206-5837, riverroadtavern.com) will be serving dinner from 4 to 8 p.m.
• Stonehurst Manor (3351 White Mountain Highway, North Conway, 356-3113, stonehurstmanor.com) will have a special holiday menu on Christmas Day, with seatings at 2, 4, 6 and 8 p.m.
• Tommy K’s Restaurant & Bar (2323 Brown Ave., Manchester, 935-7404, tommyksmanchester.com) will open at 4 p.m. on Christmas Day. 





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