Regardless of what you are celebrating this holiday season – December has become known as a time for families to get together and celebrate each other. Gifts might be exchanged, stories may be told, but most importantly a meal must be shared. Everyone has their own traditions for the holidays – whether you cook a holiday ham the size of the family dog every year or spend the day eating cookies hiding from the snow. There’s no wrong way to do handle the holidays.

Do you live in the Kansas City area and not feel like cooking? Well, then you’re in luck. We picked some of our favorite restaurants in the area that will be open and serving on Christmas Eve and even in a couple of cases – Christmas Day. Some of these restaurants will be serving their regular menu and some have a special fixed price menu for the night. There’s even a few that are great for the whole family.

Gram & Dun

600 Ward Pkway, Kansas City, MO 64112

Whether you want to make it a family brunch affair before the festivities begin – or are planning your night out around an extravagant Christmas Eve dinner out – Gram & Dun has you covered. They are open from 9:30am – 3:30pm for brunch and are serving dinner from 4pm – 10pm. They will be closed on Christmas day so the 24th is your only chance at a holiday feast. They will be featuring their traditional menus all day so yes the tempura sweet potato appetizer is definitely an option. The brussels sprout & kale salad is out of this world as well. Pair it with a nice family setting for a perfect Christmas Eve.

Lidia’s Restaurant

101 W 22nd St, Kansas City, MO 64108

Pescatarians and seafood lovers are going to absolutely love an outing to Lidia’s for Christmas Eve. A yearly tradition – guests are invited to enjoy The Feast of The Seven Fishes. The Dinner, which draws inspiration from the Italian tradition of “La Vigilia”  will be served starting at 6pm in their loft. The fixed menu costs $60 per person with an optional $30 wine pairing. Grilled octopus, monkfish, soft shell crab and lobster are just some of the seafood that you will be served in this extravagant, traditional meal.

Gaslight Grill

5020 W 137th St, Overland Park, KS 66224

Gaslight Grill will not be featuring their usual Sunday brunch on Christmas Eve. Instead they will open for dinner at 3:00 pm with their last seating at 10:30 pm. Guests are invited to enjoy the regular dinner menu all night. Treat yourself for the holidays and choose from their signature steak menu. Their beef wellington is legitimately one of the most delicious things I’ve ever eaten. Their chilean seabass will make any fish lover’s mouth water.


1911 Main St, Kansas City, MO 64108

Affäre will be open on both December 24th and 25th for brunch and dinner so no matter what day you want to get together with your family Affäre is happy to serve you. They will have their brunch menu in the morning until 2:30 pm and then feature a special Christmas eve/Christmas day dinner from 3:00 – 9:00. Dinner will run you $62 with an optional $38 wine pairing. Each course has a choice so most diners should be able to craft a dinner that caters to their palate.

Firebirds Wood Fired Grill

6601 W 135th St, Overland Park, KS 66223

Firebirds is perfect for an intimate dinner for two or bring the whole family to enjoy a delicious meal for the holidays. Their wide variety of menu items ensures that every diner will be able to find something they like. Save room for dessert. Their Creme Brulee cheesecake is the perfect cap to a holiday cheat meal.

Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar

4814 Roanoke Pkwy, Kansas City, MO 64112

Jax Fish House known for being committed to Sustainable Seafood and will have their own take on The Feast of The Seven Fishes for the holiday. This seven course meal is $55.00 per person and can be paired with an optional pairing of wine as well. The 7 courses will feature several different kinds of seafood and reservations must be made. In addition to the $55 fixed price menu they will feature a kid’s feast, and a limited dinner menu in case seafood isn’t your thing. Your whole party is guaranteed to leave happy.


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