Are you sick of cooking a huge meal every Christmas? How about leaving the cooking and dishes to someone else this year and take the gang out to eat on Christmas day. Here’s a list of the best restaurants open Christmas and what their cooking up for this year’s holiday feast or buffet.
Renaissance International Plaza Hotel
200 Jim Walter Blvd.
Tampa, FL, 33607
813-313-3235 | marriott.com
PRICE: $45 for adults & $18.95 for children 12 and under
HOURS: 10am – 8pm
Enjoy a lavish Christmas Day buffet featuring oven-roasted turkey and prime rib carving stations, seafood, pastas and salads made with organic vegetables, and a dessert station to die for. They will also serve freshly made pizza in case you have a picky eater. Reservations are recommended. Complimentary mimosas will be served to adults (one per person).
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Tampa’s Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
5223 N Orient Road
PRICE: $30-$35 HOURS: various
All of Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino’s restaurants will be open on Christmas Day. Try Rise Kitchen & Bakery, Council Oak, Fresh Harvest or the Hard Rock Safe for your Christmas meal.
SHOR American Seafood Grill
Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach
301 S. Gulfview Blvd.
Clearwater, FL 33767
727-373-4780 | shorgrill.com
PRICE: Adults $55 Child (5-12) $25 HOURS: 11am-3pm
The resort’s SHOR American Seafood Grill offers a Christmas Day brunch buffet that includes breakfast food in addition to traditional turkey and ham holiday favorites. There also will be a large seafood bar and dessert station. Brunch includes FREE unlimited mimosas and create-your-own Bloody Mary cocktails for those 21 and over. Live jazz music will accompany the brunch, and even Santa will be on-site for picture taking. Complimentary parking.
Mitchell’s Fish Market
204 Westshore Plaza
Tampa, FL 33609
813-289-3663 | mitchellsfishmarket.com
PRICE: $24.99 HOURS: 12pm-19pm
Mitchell’s celebrates Christmas with a traditional 3- course turkey meal plus, all your favorite seafood dishes.
Don Cesar Hotel
3400 Gulf Blvd.
St Pete Beach, FL 33706
PRICE: $85 per person HOURS: 3pm – 10pm
Executive Chef Kenny Hunsberger and Chef de Cuisine, Gavin Pera, have created a beautiful holiday inspired four-course menu.
Bob Heilmans BeachComber
447 Mandalay Ave
Clearwater, FL 33767
727-442-4144 | heilmansbeachcomber.com
Christmas day menu offers nine entree choices including Stuffed Fresh North Carolina Turkey. This meal includes soup, salad, two sides and desert for $28. Heilmans also offers Ham, Prime Rib and seafood entrees. Reservations recommended. Children’s menu.
Dempsey’s Steak House
5700 Saddlebrook Way
Wesley Chapel, FL 33543
813-973-1111 | saddlebrook.com
PRICE: Adults $54 Children 10 and under $24.95 HOURS: Noon – 5pm
Discover why Saddlebrook is famous for their Christmas Buffet. This festive buffet comes with 8 stations including carving stations for ham or prime rib and all the trimmings and desserts you can eat.
PRICE: $24 per person HOURS: 11am – 4pm
Enjoy a traditional Christmas Day buffet filled with all your holiday favorites in a relaxed and casual setting. Discounted valet parking with ticket validation.