You can enjoy a nice Christmas meal with your family and not be the one to cook it. If you feel like getting out this year, here are restaurants in the St. Louis area that are open on Christmas Day 2012.
For other ideas on what to do on December 25, check out the Attractions and Stores Open on Christmas Day in St. Louis.
The Ritz-Carlton in Clayton is serving a gourmet holiday brunch on Christmas Day in The Restaurant. The menu includes made-to-order omelets, freshly made sushi, maple glazed ham, roasted turkey, delicious desserts and more. Brunch is served from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The cost is $82 for adults and $41 for children ages 12 and younger. For more information or to make reservations, call (314) 719-1433.
Pere Marquette Lodge in Grafton, Illinois, is a nice place to spend some time on Christmas Day. Each year, the lodge serves a huge Christmas buffet. The menu includes a wide variety of traditional holiday and breakfast items. The buffet is served from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The cost is $24.95 for adults, $9.95 and for children ages four to 11. Children three and younger are free. Reservations are accepted for parties of six or more. For more information or to make a reservation, call (618) 786-2331.
For a Christmas meal with an incredible view, consider making reservations at the Top of the Riverfront at the Millennium Hotel in downtown St. Louis. The restaurant sits on the 28th floor of the hotel and revolves 360 degrees, providing incredible views of the Gateway Arch and the downtown skyline. The Top of the Riverfront is known for its weekly Sunday brunch, but really goes all out on holidays with carving stations, gourmet breakfast entrees and fabulous desserts. For more information or to make reservations, call (314) 241-3191.
Cafe Eau and the Eau Bistro at the Chase Park Plaza in the Central West End
are both open on Christmas Day. The Bistro offers a more upscale setting, while the cafe is elegant, but casual. For more information about reservations and dining options, call (877) 587-2427.
For a good, non-traditional Christmas meal, try Sesame Chinese Restaurant at 10500 Watson Road in Sunset Hills. The restaurant has a wide variety of Chinese dishes served in a nice, comfy dining room. It's often busy on Christmas, but not so busy that you have to wait more than a few minutes to get a table. Sesame also won a Readers' Choice Award from Sauce Magazine in 2008. For more information, call (314) 821-5038.
After Christmas, don't forget to make plans to ring in the New Year! For ideas on what to do, see 25 Ways to Celebrate New Year's Eve in St. Louis.