Holiday dining guide

Local dining options on Christmas Day

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If you're planning where you and your family will be eating on Christmas Day, several location restaurants are offering special meals.

According to Visit Orlando:

•Buca di Beppo - Florida Mall
Open at 11 a.m. on Christmas.
•Bull & Bear at Waldorf Astoria Orlando
Four-course holiday dinner, served on Christmas Day at Bull & Bear from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.. This dining experience includes a choice of entrees, along with special selections. The standard Bull & Bear a la carte menu will also be available. $105 per person. Wine pairing programs are available. Tax and gratuity are additional. Reservations required: 407-597-5409.
•Café Osceola at Rosen Shingle Creek
Holiday buffet featuring a spread of over 44 dishes - all of your holiday favorites, chef-manned carving stations, decadent desserts, unlimited champagne mimosas and more. 11:30 a.m. - 7 p.m. $65.95 per person*, $29.95 kids (4-12 yrs. Old) *Children 3 & under eat free. Complimentary valet parking. Enjoy a 25% discount for Florida residents.
•Christini's Ristorante Italiano
Celebrate Christmas with family and friends, cherishing the season.
•Columbia Restaurant - Celebration
Open at 11 a.m. serving a choice of traditional Christmas features, along with our complete dinner menu.
•David's Club Bar & Grill
3 Course Prime Rib Dinner. Choice of Butternut Squash soup or House Salad and White Chocolate Cheesecake for dessert. Adults $30, children aged 7-12 $15, age 6 & under free
•Deep blu Seafood Grille at Wyndham Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek
Regular menu and a Christmas Day dinner special.
•Emeril's Restaurant Orlando
Enjoy an Emeril-style Christmas meal created by Chef Bernard Carmouche at Emeril's Orlando located at the epicenter of Universal's CityWalk.
•Emeril's Tchoup Chop
Enjoy an Emeril-style Christmas meal created by Chef Ryan Vargas at Emeril's Tchoup Chop located in the Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando.
•The Knife Restaurant - Orlando
All you can eat Steakhouse, salad, dessert and beverage included. Lunch and Dinner $28.50 per person
•Mama Della's Ristorante at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel
•McCoy's Bar and Grill at Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport
Leave the cooking to us this year and join us for Christmas. Enjoy pre-fixe specials on Dec. 24 from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Dec. 25 from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
•Napa Restaurant at Hyatt Regency Orlando
•Oscar's - Waldorf Astoria Orlando
On Christmas Eve and Christmas, Oscar's will feature a holiday family buffet from 5 p.m.- 10 p.m. Holiday dinner buffet is $59 per person. $29 per child under 12. For guests who paid the resort fee, children under 12 are complimentary. Tax and gratuity are additional. Reservations: 407-597-5450.
•Rosen Centre
With everything from soup, salad, omelets & waffles, baked ham, tender turkey and fresh seafood to everyone's favorite holiday desserts, Rosen Centre's Holiday Buffet gives you the chance to experience Christmas Day surrounded by those you love. Being served in both the Everglades and Café Gauguin Restaurants from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. price for this dining delight is $39.95 (adult) and $16.95 (children 4-12), under 4 are free. Tax and Gratuity are extra, but valet parking is complimentary. Reservations are strongly recommended 407-996-8551.
•Rosen Plaza Hotel
Enjoy a Christmas Buffet in the Grand Ballroom of the Rosen Plaza Hotel with a wide variety of soups, salads, seafood and pasta stations as well as a Hot Buffet and Carving Station and Holiday desserts. Dine from 12 PM to 5 PM for $36.95 (adult) and $15.95 (children 3-10), under 4 are free. Prices do not include tax or service charges. Reservations are strongly recommended 407-996-9700.
•Ruth's Chris Steak House - Orlando
A festive Christmas meal...without all the work! Celebrate with a 6oz filet and twin lobster tails for $46.95 or a 12oz ribeye with twin lobster tails for $56.95. Open Early.
•Spencer's for Steaks and Chops
Regular menu will be available for dinner starting at 5:30pm with holiday specials and specialty drinks.
•Trattoria del Porto at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel
Enjoy our Christmas Day Sparkling Wine Buffet 11am-7pm Adults $62; Children $18 (3-9 Come Celebrate this Holiday Season with our Italian Family!
•Waldorf Astoria Orlando
Guests can savor a traditional family-style Christmas dinner with all the trimmings in the luxurious comfort and privacy of their suite. $70 per person. Tax, delivery charge and gratuity are additional. Requests for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Private Dining must be received prior to 2pm of the corresponding day to 407-597-5480.

Several chain restaurants will be open as well. Several Smokey Bones Bar & Grill, TGI Friday's, Ruby Tuesday and Applebee's locations have hours on Christmas Day. Be sure to call your neighborhood restaurant to see if they are participating.

Several restaurants at Disney will also be open, according to their blog:

In the theme parks:

•At Epcot, Biergarten Restaurant at the Germany Pavilion will plus up the buffet with special holiday dishes, and Le Cellier Steakhouse is offering a special menu.
•At Disney's Animal Kingdom, Tusker House Restaurant will have Christmas specials on the buffet.
•At Disney's Hollywood Studios, Hollywood & Vine will have Christmas lunch and two dinner seatings with carved turkey breast, cornbread stuffing, root beer glazed butternut squash, spiced pumpkin mousse on the buffet.
•In Magic Kingdom Park, The Diamond Horseshoe in Frontierland will offer Christmas Day dinner, and Tangaroa Terrace and Tortuga Tavern will feature a special holiday dinner buffet.
•At Downtown Disney, Fulton's Crab House and Portobello will have a holiday prix fixe offering.

In the resorts:

•Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground — Mickey's Backyard Christmas Day Feast at Mickey's Backyard BBQ show located at the Fort Wilderness Pavilion. Two shows at 5 and 7 p.m. will offer all the holiday classics. (Trail's End Restaurant is also offering lunch and dinner options.)
•Disney's Yacht & Beach Club Resorts – Cape May Café will be serving hand-carved smoked ham with winter pineapple chutney and turkey with stuffing. Captain's Grille will offer a holiday buffet. Yachtsman Steakhouse will feature a special menu.
•Disney's Contemporary Resort – The Wave … of American Flavors will offer a special menu. And Chef Mickey's will offer a Christmas Day brunch.
•Disney's Grand Floridian Resort and Spa – Cítricos will have two seatings at 5 and 7:30 p.m. as well as special Christmas Day seating in the private Chef's Domain, offering a four-course menu.
•Disney's Boardwalk – Flying Fish Cafe will feature a prixe fixe four-course menu.
•Disney's Wilderness Lodge Resort – Whispering Canyon Café will offer an all-you-care-to-eat holiday dinner with turkey, ham, beef strip loin, stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, cornbread and cranberry sauce.

Additional information and dining reservations can be made by visiting or calling 407-WDW-DINE (3463).

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