The restaurant openings and offerings for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day are now being set. Reservations are strongly suggested.
There are many choices for lunch on Christmas Eve and early dinners. Christmas choices are more limited.For those looking for La Vigilia, the Feast of the Seven Fishes, there are two choices on Federal Hill in Providence, one choice in Westerly and a takeout option from Iggy’s in Warwick.
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Restaurants in Providence serving Christmas dinner
Camille’s, 71 Bradford St., Providence, (401) 751-4812, camillesonthehill.com, will be seating parties at noon on Christmas Even with the regular dinner menu and seasonal specials. They are fully booked after 3 p.m.
Hemenway’s, 121 South Main St., Providence, (401) 351-8570, hemenwaysrestaurant.com, will be open Christmas Eve from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Capital Grille, 10 Memorial Boulevard, (401) 521-5600, thecapitalgrille.com, is open for Christmas Eve lunch and dinner until 10 p.m.
The Bluefin Grille at the Providence Marriott Downtown, 1 Orms St., will be open for breakfast 7 to 10 a.m. on Christmas Eve and 7 to 11 a.m. on Christmas Day. They will also be open for dinner, with a special holiday menu on Christmas Day from 5 to 10 p.m.
Los Andes, 903 Chalkstone Ave., Providence, (401) 649-4911, losandesri.com, will be open Christmas Eve from 5 to 8 p.m. They will be closed Christmas Day except for pre-orders of prime rib with pick-up 10 a.m. to noon. Email [email protected] to place an order.
Il Massimo, 134 Atwells Ave., (401) 273-0650, massimori.com, will be open Christmas Eve from 11:30 a.m. to close. They will serve a fixed price La Vigilia — Feast of the Seven Fishes — nightly from Dec. 17 through Christmas Eve.
Pane e Vino Ristorante & Enoteca, 365 Atwells Ave., Providence, (401) 223-2230, panevino.net, will be open Christmas Eve from 11:30 a.m. to close. They will serve a fixed price La Vigilia — Feast of the Seven Fishes — nightly from Dec. 17 through Christmas Eve.
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The Providence Oyster Bar, 283 Atwells Ave., Providence, (401) 272-8866, provoysterbar.com, will be open for Christmas Eve dinner from noon to 9 p.m.
The Malted Barley, 334 Westminster St., Providence, (401) 490-4300, themaltedbarley.com, will be open Christmas Eve noon to 3 p.m.
Sin Desserts, 1413 Westminster St, Providence, eatwicked.com, will be open Christmas Eve until 4 p.m. Closed Christmas and Sunday.
Waterman Grille, 4 Richmond Square, Providence, (401) 521-9229, watermangrille.com, is open Christmas Eve from 4 to 8 p.m.
Public Kitchen & Bar, Renaissance Providence, 120 Francis St., Providence, (401) 919-5050, publickitchenprovidence.com, open Christmas Eve 5 to 10 p.m.
Bellini Providence, 50 Westminster St., Providence, at The Beatrice, (401) 331-4050, bellinirestaurant.com/providence, will be open both Christmas Eve and Day with special menu additions for lunch 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and dinner 5 to 10 p.m.
Dining out in the East Bay for the Christmas holiday
DeWolf Tavern, 259 Thames St., Bristol, (401) 254-2005, dewolftavern.com, will be open Christmas Eve from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Christmas Day 1 to 6:30 p.m.
Lobster Pot, 119 Hope St., Bristol, (401) 253-9100, will be open Christmas Eve from noon to 9 p.m.
The Boat House Waterfront Dining, 227 Schooner Drive, Tiverton, (401) 624-6300, will be open Christmas Eve from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Casino Café & Grille, Tiverton Casino, 777 Tiverton Casino Blvd., Tiverton, (401) 816-6000, twinrivertiverton.com/casino-cafe-grille, will be open both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day from noon to 8 p.m.
West Bay: Options for dine-in and takeout Christmas dinner
Finn’s Harborside, 38 Water St., East Greenwich, (401) 884-6363, finnsharborside.com, will be open Christmas Eve from noon to 6 p.m.
Chapel Grille, 3000 Chapel View Blvd., Cranston, (401) 944-4900, chapelgrilleri.com, will be open Christmas Eve from 4 to 8 p.m.
Iron Works, 697 Jefferson Blvd., Warwick, (401) 739-5111, newportrestaurantgroup.com, will close at 5 p.m. on Christmas Eve.
Safehouse Modern Eatery, 195 Old Forge Rd., East Greenwich, (401) 885-4999, safehouseri.com, will be open Christmas Eve from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Besos Bistro, 378 Main St, East Greenwich, (401) 398-8855, besoskitchenandcocktails.com, will be open normal hours Christmas Eve from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Avvio Ristorante, 90 Hillside Rd., Cranston, (401) 942-2900, avvioristorante.com, serves 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Christmas Eve.
Iggy’s Doughboys & Chowder House, 889 Oakland Beach Ave., Warwick, (401) 737-9459, iggysri.com, as well as Iggy’s Boardwalk next door, both have Christmas Eve catering menus with plenty of fish dishes. Orders can be placed online or called in.
South County restaurants serving up Christmas dinner
Wickford on the Water, 85 Brown St., North Kingstown, (401) 294-7900, wickfordonthewater.com, is open Christmas Eve from 4 to 8 p.m.
Farmhouse Kitchen & Bar at Shelter Harbor Inn, 10 Wagner Rd, Westerly, (401) 322-8883, farmhousekitchenri.com, is open both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day from 4 to 8 p.m. .
The Weekapaug Inn, 25 Spray Rock Rd, Westerly, (855) 679-2995, oceanhouseevents.com, offers a Feast of the Fishes Christmas Eve from 5 to 8 p.m. The cost is $85 for adults and $40 for children 4 to12. On Christmas day, they host dinner at The Restaurant from 12:30 to 8 p.m. The cost is $85 for adults and $45 for children.
Ocean House, 1 Bluff Ave., Westerly, hosts Christmas Day brunch at The Bistro from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The cost is $95 per guest. Reserve by calling (401) 584-7000.
Bridge Restaurant, 37 Main St, Westerly, (401) 348-9700, bridgeri.com, will be open Christmas Eve. Call for hours.
Trio, 15 Kingstown Rd, Narragansett, (401) 792-4333, trio-ri.com, will be open Christmas Eve from 4 to 8 p.m.
Sea Craft, 113 Ocean Rd., Narragansett, (401) 515-7222, seacraftri.com, open Christmas Eve from 4 to 10 p.m.
Locanda, 3009 Tower Hill Rd., South Kingstown, (401) 661-9380, locandari.com, will be open Christmas Eve from 4 to 10 p.m.
Restaurants in northern Rhode Island open for Christmas dining
White Dog Distilling, 560 Mineral Spring Ave., Pawtucket, whitedogdistilling.com, will be open Christmas Eve from 2 to 8 p.m. for tastings, cocktails, bottles and gifts. Closed Christmas and Sunday.
The Lodge Pub and Eatery, 40 Breakneck Hill Rd., Lincoln, (401) 725-8510, will be open Christmas Eve until 5 p.m. Closed Christmas and Sunday.
Wicked Good Bar & Grill, Twin River, 100 Twin River Rd., Lincoln, twinriver.com/dining/wicked-good-bar-grill/, will be open noon to 8 p.m. on Christmas Eve and noon to 10 p.m. on Christmas Day.
Jerry Longo’s Meatballs and Martinis, Twin River, 100 Twin River Rd., Lincoln, (401) 723-3200, twinriver.com/dining/jerry-longos, opens Christmas Day 4 p.m. to midnight.
Juliana’s Italian Bakery will be open at both locations, 1998 Mineral Spring Ave., North Providence and 1181 High St., Cumberland, on Christmas Eve from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m
Newport: Restaurants serving food on Christmas
Castle Hill Inn, 590 Ocean Drive, (401) 849-3800, castlehillinn.com, has a three-course menu, priced at $98, featuring holiday classics of Christmas Goose En Croûte, along with Baked Stuffed Lobster, Blackbird Farm Ham and Grilled Beef Tenderloin. Seatings are between 4:30 and 8 p.m. on Christmas Eve and from noon to 8 p.m. on Christmas Day.
The Mooring Seafood Kitchen & Bar, 1 Sayers Wharf, (401) 846-2260, mooringrestaurant.com, is open Christmas Eve from noon to 7 p.m. with specials.
22 Bowen’s Wine Bar & Grill, 22 Bowen’s Wharf, (401) 841-8884, 22bowens.com, serves 5 to 9 p.m. Christmas Eve.
Bar ‘Cino, 22 Washington Square, Newport, (401) 619-8201, barcino.com, opens Christmas Eve, 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.