Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Bethesda restaurants open for Christmas 2016

It's not too late to make dinner reservations for Christmas Day. But if you'd like to celebrate the holiday by dining out, the time to make reservations is now - some restaurants have few or no seats remaining. Here is my annual roundup of restaurants open for dinner on Christmas Day. Merry Christmas, Happy Chanukah, and Happy Holidays to each of my readers!

City Perch
The main course for Christmas
Day at City Perch: Herb-crusted
prime rib (Photo Dylan+Jeni)
City Perch at Pike & Rose in North Bethesda will be open on Christmas Day and New Year's Eve this year. Get 3 1/2 hours free parking with validation from the restaurant, which is part of the iPic Theater. Very few seats left for Christmas dinner, according to OpenTable. Hurry!
City Perch Christmas menu
(click to enlarge)

11830 Grand Park Avenue


From a classic Italian restaurant in downtown Bethesda, you might expect traditional feast of the seven fishes to be held on Christmas Eve, just as they do in Positano Italy. And you will find it Christmas Eve, from noon until 10:00 PM.

And you'll also find it Christmas Day, from noon to 9:00 PM, as well. The menu both days includes Clams Casino, Fried Cod, Linguini Clams, Octopus and Calamari Salad, Fried Smelts, Stuffed Shrimp, Calamari a la Luciana.

Pricing will be a la carte. You can order individual items, or all seven. Prepare for the aromas of Christmas sweets to fill the room. For those who would like to order something else, their regular menu is also available all day.

4948-4940 Fairmont Avenue


The popular delicatessen in Bethesda's Woodmont Triangle neighborhood will be open 9:30 AM to 8:00 PM with its full menu on Christmas Day.

4914 Cordell Avenue  
(240) 800-4879


Here's a welcome change for Christmas. This downtown Bethesda gem is offering a special Christmas sushi plate. But they're also just about booked-up, according to OpenTable.

7345 Wisconsin Avenue
(301) 656-5234

Founding Farmers

This popular American restaurant at Park Potomac will be serving up Christmas favorites from noon until 8 PM on Christmas Day.

12505 Park Potomac Avenue
(301) 340-8783


A veritable downtown Bethesda Christmas tradition, atop the Bethesda Metro station.

7400 Wisconsin Avenue
(301) 657-2650

Ruth's Chris Steak House

Another Christmas tradition in downtown Bethesda. 

7315 Wisconsin Avenue
(301) 652-7877


Anonymous said...

Robert, which of these are your favorite? Trying to plan a last minute family lunch! Tnxs for any feedback!

Anonymous said...

Uh oh... looks like someone else has the "in" at Owen's Ordinary now...

Where will Dyer get his food now?

#SponsoredContent #Scooped

Anonymous said...

Will the soup kitchen at the Lutheran church be open?

Anonymous said...

Park Potomac isn't in Bethesda. The second word is your clue.

Anonymous said...

STFU. I like Park Potomac and appreciate the news.
The Trader Joe's and new Target aren't Bethesda either. They're Chevy Chase. It's a side-of-the-street thing.

Robert Dyer said...

5:11: Park Potomac is very much a part of today's definition of "Bethesda." Just crossing I-270 doesn't mean you're in Potomac. Your continued hypocrisy of nitpicking something like that, but saying nothing when Bethesda Magazine reports on Comet Ping Pong in the District, or a drug bust in Clarksburg, makes it clear you are just a dishonest paid troll, as well as a dumpster-diving hobo.

8:56: I paid for my meal at Owen's Ordinary, idiot. I did an actual review, not just a slideshow for extra clicks per photo.

10:30: You should know, as Bethesda's resident dumpster-diving hobo!

Robert Dyer said...

8:54: The only one I've dined at on Christmas Day so far was Founding Farmers. I thought the food was very good, but they ran out of a number of items, especially desserts. So I didn't get a dessert I wanted.

Anonymous said...

Your family doesn't invite you to Christmas dinner, Dyer?

Robert Dyer said...

6:48: There's nothing written above that suggests that. You seem to be projecting your own issues onto others.

Anonymous said...

6:48AM is hinting he wants to ask you to his house for Christmas dinner, Robert.
Turn him down. I don't trust him.