Are you looking for the best Christmas Eve dinner in Chicago? If so, keep reading!

If you don’t fancy cooking the night before Christmas, you might be looking for the best place to grab something to eat on Christmas Eve in Chicago.

On this list, I’ve’ve put together my favorite choices for Christmas Eve dinner in Chicago, ranging from high-end to budget-friendly.

So, no matter what kind of festive dinner in Chicago you’re after – hopefully, you’ll find something perfect on this list!

So, let’s get into it!

Heritage Restaurant & Caviar Bar

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  • Address: 2700 W Chicago Ave Humboldt Park Chicago, IL 60622, United States
  • Phone: 773-661-9577
  • Type of cuisine: Caviar, bar

If you love seafood (especially the indulgent side!) then you’re going to adore dining at Heritage Restaurant.

If you head here for Christmas Eve dinner in Chicago, you can expect to greeted with their “Home for the Holidays” tasting menu.

This indulgent and delicious five-course meal has some amazing dishes, including Hamachi crudo with coconut-lime broth, bone marrow and beignets (how delicious does that sound?).

There are also optional wine pairings too, so if you enjoy a few glasses of wine with your meal – this is an ideal combination!

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Bar Roma

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  • Address: 5101 N. Clark Street , Chicago, IL 60640, United States
  • Phone: (773) 942-7572
  • Type of cuisine:  Italian food

Next on my list of where to go for Christmas Eve dinner in Chicago, it’s the rustic Italian restaurant Bar Roma.

This magical little eatery is opening on Christmas Eve, with a beautiful festive-inspired menu that you’ll adore.

Chef Fred Ramos is the brains behind this gorgeous menu, and there are some really special dishes to be enjoyed, including beluga lentil soup, a tasty smoked salmon pinwheel and (not forgetting the classics) spaghetti arrabiata or beef tenderloin pizzaiola.

If you love classic Italian food, this is going to be a top choice.

Bocadillo Market

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This place is a cute little Spanish café and restaurant, located in the area of Lincoln Park. So if you’re around there, this might be an ideal place for Christmas Eve dinner in Chicago.

Bocadillo Market will be serving up their brunch from 10am to 4pm on Christmas Eve, so it’s a lovely option for Christmas Eve feasting, if you fancy eating a bit earlier in the day.

The food is delicious, and are served up as tasty little shareable bites. It’s festive food, with a twist.

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Andros Taverna

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  • Address: 2542 N Milwaukee Chicago IL 60647, United States
  • Phone: (773) 365-1900
  • Type of cuisine: Greek food

This place is one of the best Greek restaurants in the city, and it’s such a fun location to enjoy Christmas Eve dinner in Chicago.

Their much anticipated holiday menu will offer delicious greek food, of all varieties. We’re talking seafood, oysters, pasta, bread, dips (yum!).

The food here is driven by seasonality, and their food puts out some beautifully fresh and unique dishes, alongside innovative new dishes that you won’t have tried before.

Longman & Eagle

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The Christmas Eve dinner at Longman & Eagle is a little different than what you’d expect though!

They’ll be partnering with Chinese favorite Sun Wah BBQ, creating a wonderful but also limited-time menu for both for Christmas Eve and Day.

You’ll find some seriously tasty offerings on the menu. Including jumbo smoked salmon Rangoon, walnut shrimp po’ boy, General Foie’s chicken, and so much more.

How could you not want to try these amazing dishes?


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If you want somewhere a little fancy, and you want your Christmas Eve dinner in Chicago to be a swanky affair – then this is the place for you.

This place is located inside the Viceroy hotel, and theiy’re a gorgeous choice for Christmas Eve dining in Chicago.

There’ll be a special festive menu featuring all the holiday favorites you love, which is one of the reasons why we love this place.

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Osteria Via Stato

Next up on my list of where to visit for Christmas Eve dinner in Chicago, it’s Osteria Via Stato.

You’ll find executive chef David DiGregorio at the wheel here, and this is one you won’t want to miss!

They embrace the concept of Feast of the Seven Fishes, and an amazing Italian tradition you’ll want to try!

This is definitely one of the top Christmas Eve dinners in Chicago.

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The Chicago Firehouse Restaurant

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If you’re looking for Christmas Eve dinner in Chicago along the South Loop, then I think you’re going to love firehouse-turned-restaurant, The Chicago Firehouse Restaurant.

This place has a special menu for Christmas Eve, and we think you’re going to love it.

Highlights of this Christmas Eve dinner in Chicago include a tasty lobster bisque, and a creamy and perfect white truffle and wild mushroom risotto.

This is another wonderful pick, if you want to embrace the “Feast of the Seven Fishes” tradition!


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Testaccio is my next suggestion for Christmas Eve dinner in Chicago.

It’s another place to enjoy the Feast of the Seven Fishes, and here you’ll get chef Jacob Soloman cooking up a storm in the kitchen.

This amazing seven-course menu is full of delights from the sea, with an Italian twist that means you’ll leave full and satisfied. And with a huge smile on your face.

It’s an ideal way to bring in the Christmas holidays, and one of my favorite Christmas Eve dinners in Chicago.

Cafe Robey

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  • Address:1616 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL, United States
  • Phone: 872.315.3084
  • Type of cuisine: American Food

Cafe Robey is my next suggestion for Christmas Eve dinner in Chicago.

This lovely cafe offer a brilliant, and very generous, buffet on Christmas Eve (and Christmas Day if you were looking for Christmas Day options too!).

They have some serious pan-seared salmon, roasted beef strip with mushroom onion sauce, butternut squash mac and cheese and roast garlic mashed potatoes; round off your meal with desserts like French silk pie cups and sticky toffee pudding.  

I|O Godfrey

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  • Address: 127 WEST HURON AND LASALLE, CHICAGO, IL 60654,  United States
  • Phone: 312.374.1830
  • Type of cuisine: American Food & Bar

Here’s another choice, if you want to eat a little earlier in the day. This place is serving up a delicious brunch buffet on Christmas Eve, and it’s an amazing location to try if you’re in the River North area.

As with any great buffet, you’ll find an omelet station, some delicious prime rib (at the carving station!), pancakes and waffles for the people with a sweet tooth, and we haven’t even mentioned the sushi bar, salad bar and dessert table!

It’ll cost you around $39 per adult, and it’s a really lovely choice.

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Beatrix – Oak Brook

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Beatrix is a beautiful cafe / restaurant in Oak Brook, and it’s a lovely choice for Christmas Eve dinner in Chicago.

The vibe here is laid back, but the food here is sophisticated and stylish.

It’s a lovely pick, and their menu is fresh and delicious, with lots of seasonal and glorious veggies!

RPM Italian

Next on my list of places for Christmas Eve dinner in Chicago, it’s the wonderful RPM Italian.

This is another Italian place hosting a Feast of the Seven Fishes on Christmas Eve, and it’s a lovely choice if you want to enjoy some tasty Italian food.

This is one of those lovely and traditional Italian-American restaurants, and they sure know how to host a celebration!

You’ll find cured king salmon on there menu, but you’ll also find Mediterranean octopus (what a treat!), and delicious lobster risotto too.

Wildfire – Oak Brook

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This place describe themselves as ‘steak, chops, and seafood’ – so if that sounds like your kind of thing, then it’s a perfect option for Christmas Eve dinner in Chicago.

They’re open from 11am to 9pm on Christmas Eve, so you’ll be home in time to leave some carrots and milke for Santa and Rudolph!

If steak is your ‘thing’ then you’re going to absolutely adore dining here, their steaks are some of the juiciest i’ve ever seen. And I don’t know about you, but steak feels super festive and feast-worth to me!


Speaking of steak! This is another classic choice for eating steak in Chicago. Sure, it’s a chain restaurant, but sometimes chain places have their purpose!

Steak is a classic pick for Christmas Eve dinner in Chicago, it’s hearty, tasty and everyone loves it.

STK serves up lovely meat, but also a good selection of side dishes and appetizers too – so there’s something for everyone.

Siena Tavern

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  • Address: 51 W Kinzie St., Chicago, IL, United States
  • Phone: +1 312-595-1322
  • Type of cuisine: Italian food

My next suggestion for Christmas Eve dinner in Chicago, it’s Siena Tavern.

This place is an indulgent choice, and it’s an amazing location for anyone who loves truffles!

They have an impressive Christmas Eve menu here, and chef Fabio Viviani has created a beautiful menu putting truffles as the star of the show.

You’ll find dishes like truffled burrata on polenta toast (ummm, sign us up!) and even a juicy filet mignon with a truffled cauliflower puree.

Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille

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  • Address: 1780 E Golf Rd, Schaumburg, IL 60173, United States
  • Phone: +1 205-968-1597
  • Type of cuisine: Steakhouse & Grille

Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille is my next suggestion for Christmas Eve dinner in Chicago.

Again, we’ve suggested another wonderful steakhouse in Chicago, because we think steak is a great food option when it comes to Christmas Eve dinner.

It feels fancy, festive, and you know you’ll leave with a full belly and a smile!

Maya Del Sol

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  • Address: 144 S Oak Park Ave Oak Park, IL, 60302, United States
  • Phone: 708.358.9800
  • Type of cuisine: latin american food

Maya Del Sol is my next idea, and it’s one we think you’re going to enjoy! This place serves up Latin fusion cuisine, so this is a festive feast with a twist.

If you’re looking for a lovely atmosphere, and vibrant, stylish food choices – this is an amazing option for Christmas Eve dinner in Chicago.

The food is incredible, but the cocktails are also a reason to visit this place too!

We hope this list for where to find the best Christmas Eve dinner in Chicago has given you lots of ideas!

Which of these Christmas Eve dinners in Chicago will you be trying?

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