June 24, 2024


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What restaurants are open on Christmas Day in South Jersey?

Decisions, decisions.

Do you want to cook on Christmas Day and have family and friends over or do you want to go out and leave the cooking to someone else?

Takeout is also an option.

There aren’t many places open on Christmas in South Jersey, but there are a handful of places to choose from.

And there’s a variety, from Japanese or Chinese food, to Italian to diner fare. Some places will have turkey, dressing and sides available and others will have their regular menus.

If you’re willing to take a drive down the Atlantic City Expressway or Route 30, Atlantic City could be a great holiday destination as there are a nice mix of places open there.

Whatever you choose to do, please be safe and enjoy yourself.

Reminder, just because a place is open, don’t assume they have availability. A reservation is always recommended. If a restaurant does not take reservations, confirm  hours ahead of time as staffing or supply chain issues could always mean last-minute changes.

Now, here are 12 restaurants open on Christmas Day:

Benihana has locations in the United States, Brazil, El Salvador, Panama and Aruba

Benihana, Pennsauken

If you’ve never been to Benihana, here’s your chance.

Some people desire something different for Christmas dinner and hibachi could be just that.

Who isn’t fascinated when the tableside chefs create all the theatrics with fire as they cook the food in front of you? That’s the fun part.

Benihana will serve its regular menu on Christmas Day, which includes the Hibachi chicken rice where steak or shrimp can be added for an additional price; spicy chicken rice; Benihana salad, which comes with crisp greens, red cabbage, carrots and grape tomatoes in a homemade tangy ginger dressing; seaweed salad; miso soup; Benihana onion soup; sushi rolls; noodles; steak and chicken; lobster tails,; colossal shrimp, and more.

Go: 5255 Marlton Pike West, 856-665-6320; benihana.com

Several South Jersey Boston Market locations are open on Christmas Day.

Boston Market, Moorestown, Blackwood

Only certain Boston Market locations are open on Christmas Day.

Hours are approximately 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the holiday.

Individual meals are available, as well as Holiday Buffet meals to feed multiple people.

Holiday Buffet meals offer three possible entrée selections — boneless roasted turkey, honey-glazed ham and rotisserie chicken. An example of what a Holiday Buffet meal costs: boneless roasted turkey for 10, which includes two sides (such as mashed potatoes with gravy and vegetable stuffing) with dinner rolls and apple and pumpkin pie for dessert comes to $139.90. Entrée selections alone for 10 people are $13.99 a piece. You can add more desserts, entrée or sides to your orders.

Boston Market also will individually plate your meals for up to 250 people and deliver it. That option offers more choices such as meatloaf, baby back ribs and more.

Go: 1201 Nixon Dr., Moorestown, 856-802-0044; 5716 E Black Horse Pike, Blackwood, 856-227-6700; bostonmarket.com

The porterhouse at Carmine's in Atlantic City is truly a “wow” dish.

Carmine’s, Atlantic City

Carmine’s is not only open on Christmas Day but also on Christmas Eve, New Years Eve and New Years Day — and that includes all of their locations.  

For Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, additional specials available for dine-in, take-out, or delivery include roasted beef tenderloin with grilled asparagus; Contadina potatoes; roasted mushrooms, oreganata stuffed tomatoes, and roasted Cipollini onion in a red wine sauce; pan-seared Chilean seabass cioppino with clams, mussels, scallops, pomodoro tomatoes and fennel in a light saffron sauce; and penne Boscaiola with sweet Italian sausage, spicy soppressata and mushrooms in a tomato-cream sauce. Their full menu of classic Italian dishes also will be available.