Sometimes Christmas dinner cooking goes terribly wrong, and sometimes you don't feel like starting the process in the first place. If you aren't up for a meal at home this Christmas, you're in luck. A handful of high-quality restaurants are open on Christmas Day in Jacksonville. Some of the featured restaurants were also open on Thanksgiving, although there are fewer dining options for Christmas.
The Blue Fish, which was open on Thanksgiving Day, is open on Christmas Day, serving a special, albeit non-traditional Christmas dinner. Appetizers include crab cakes, fried green tomatoes, shrimp and oysters, while entrees include fresh fish, shrimp and grits, rib-eye steak, lamb, filet mignon and much more. Soups and salads are also available. Prices are set for individual menu items.
Azurea, the restaurant inside One Ocean Resort in Jacksonville Beach, is open on Christmas Day, serving brunch and dinner. The brunch is served until 11:30 a.m., while the dinner is served from 5:30 to 10 p.m. The restaurant features a choice of seven main courses, including Hand-Rolled Winter Squash Dumplings, Coriander Dusted Chilean Sea Bass and Red Wine Braised Colorado Lamb Shank. Reservations are required Reservations are required.
Bubba di Beppo is an Itailian chain on Southside Blvd. The restaurant is open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Christmas Day, serving its usual menu.
Columbia Restaurant in St. Augustine features two special menu items for Christmas day: Lechon Asado and Virginia Baked Ham. The restaurant is also serving from its usual menu. The special is $19.95 for adults and $5.95 for children. Columbia Restaurant also has numerous gluten-free dining options.
Juliette's Restaurant features a brunch buffet during the day, and a plated dinner in the evening. The cost of the brunch buffet is $26 for adults and $9 for children. It's served from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The dinner is served from 5:30 to 9 p.m., and features herb-roaster turkey or prime rib. The cost of the plated dinner is $22 for adults and $9 for children. The restaurant features live music from 11:30 to 3 p.m.
Trellises features a Christmas Day brunch buffet, but the restaurant is not open for dinner. The buffet is $29.95 for adults and $14.95 for children (under 5 eat free). It features a cold bar, complete with salad and fresh vegetables, a seafood bar, a carving station, a pasta bar, a dessert bar and numerous entrees, including roasted duck and New Zealand lamb chops. The restaurant is open from Noon to 5 p.m.