While many people love cooking for friends and family during the holiday season, there are others who dread it. Let’s face it, preparing a meal for a group is a lot of pressure because if something goes wrong, there will be disappointed people.
Since many restaurants on Cape Cod are small, locally-owned establishments, you won’t find an abundance of eateries open on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. There are dining options, however, and the following venues are either open for Christmas or provide takeaway meals that you can heat the next day, helping to ease your cooking worries.
Dan'l Webster Inn and Spa
At the Dan'l Webster Inn and Spa in Sandwich, you can pick up a turkey dinner to go for $28.95 per person. Each meal is packaged and ready to serve, so all you have to do is heat it on Christmas night and forget about the rest. The dinner comes with corn chowder, baked rolls, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, butternut squash, peas, mushrooms, stuffing, gravy, and, of course, roasted turkey.
Keep in mind that you'll have to place the order for your Christmas dinner by December 20 at 3:00 PM and pick it up by 11:00 AM on December 24.
Hearth 'n Kettle
There's a similar deal for a takeaway Christmas dinner at the Hearth 'n Kettle's locations in Hyannis and Yarmouth on Cape Cod, and Plymouth on the mainland. This traditional Christmas dinner comes with the same items as the dinner at the Dan'l Webster Inn and Spa, except it includes your choice of chicken barley soup or clam chowder and costs $19.99 per person.
You must place your order before 3:00 PM on December 20 and pick your food up by noon on Christmas Eve.
If you're in the mood to head out for dinner on Christmas Eve, check out the prix fixe menu at PB Boulangerie Bistro. The feast costs $95 per person and includes a selection of appetizers, including soup, salads, smoked salmon, and fine cheeses. You can order foie gras, as well, for an additional charge. The entrees on offer include yellowfin tuna, a seafood platter, organic roasted chicken, sirloin steak, and quenelle de Lyon, with Buche de Noel for dessert.
If you're looking to experience Christmas in a different way, perhaps with a touch of Paris sprinkled in, PB Boulangerie Bistro in Wellfleet has you covered.
There's another great Christmas Eve dinner served at The Pheasant, which is right along Main Street in the heart of Dennis. The restaurant is open from 4:00 – 9:00 PM and will have its regular menu available, in addition to a cranberry-glazed duck for two that you must order in advance. The duck costs $65 and comes with grilled sourdough, Brussels sprout sauerkraut, pickled shiitakes, local cranberries, and Bibb lettuce.
The Pheasant is housed in an old barn with fireplaces inside, creating the perfect Christmas Eve atmosphere for dinner with friends and family.
Sea Crest Beach Hotel
What is there to do between present opening and dinner time on Christmas Day? The answer in Falmouth is to enjoy brunch at the Sea Crest Beach Hotel. Between noon and 3:00 PM, you can head to the hotel's restaurant for a full brunch buffet featuring made-to-order eggs, waffles, bread, ham, lamb, swordfish, chicken, vegetables, bacon, sausage, potatoes, berries, salad, yogurt, and pretty much anything else you can imagine. The meal is $45 for adults and $23 for children 12 and under.
Limited seating at the restaurants makes reservations a necessity for the brunch. You can book your table online or call the hotel in advance.
The Barnstable Restaurant and Tavern
Located right on Main Street, The Barnstable Restaurant and Tavern is open on Christmas Day this year for an incredible dinner. The cost ranges from $39-45, depending on which entree you order, with many options available. For an appetizer, you can choose between butternut squash bisque, homemade clam chowder, chilled shrimp, house salad, and Caesar salad, while the entrees are braised beef, chicken breast, scrod filet, baked salmon, or three cheese lasagna. There's also a choice of pecan pie, chocolate cake, apple and raisin crisp, tiramisu, and ice cream for dessert.
Call 508-362-2355 to make reservations for your Christmas dinner at The Barnstable Restaurant and Tavern this year.
Finally, Villaggio Ristorante in Cotuit is open on Christmas Day between noon and 10:00 PM. This restaurant doesn’t do anything special for Christmas, as they’ll be serving their regular menu all day long. You might want to make reservations, however, just to make sure that a table is available for you upon arrival.
You can book your dinner through Open Table, which is accessible via the restaurant’s website, or by calling 508-548-5000.
There are Places to Eat
As you can see, if you’re one of those people who doesn’t look forward to cooking on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, you’ll have a few options at your disposal this year. Even if you’re committed to hosting company over the holidays, you can order ahead and have a perfectly-cooked meal waiting for them upon arrival.
Christmas on Cape Cod is always memorable, and these establishments allow you to enjoy the season more and spend less time in the kitchen.