The best time of year has arrived! Feeling stressed from the holidays? Restaurants in Tampa Bay want to take the stress of cooking off your back and invite you into their dining rooms for Christmas. Here’s a roundup of some of the area’s tastiest specials available for sit-down on Christmas Eve and/or Christmas Day.
Open Christmas Eve (Closed Christmas Day)
2208 W. Morrison Ave., Tampa | (813) 258-2233
Open 5-10 p.m. Christmas Eve (Closed Christmas Day)
Haven will be offering Christmas specials including cocktails and appetizers. Some specials will include $10 Bern’s Aged Beef Burger and $10 Chef’s Cheese Plate.
Forbici Modern Italian
1602 W. Snow Avenue, Tampa, FL 33606 | (813) 251-8001
Open 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Christmas Eve (Closed Christmas Day)
Forbici will have many chef specials and an assortment of Italian dishes. Menu specials include items like the Sano Shrimp Wrap and Brie & Apple Pizza. Some cocktails they will have to offer are the Griswold Old Fashioned, Mistletoe and Thorns and the Sgroppino De Gigante.
Open Christmas Day
Élevage SoHo Kitchen & Bar at Epicurean Hotel
1207 S. Howard Ave., Tampa, FL 33606 |(813) 999-8726
Open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Christmas Day
Enjoy a three-course dinner for $90 for adults and an a la carte menu for children 12 and under. They will also have the regular menu offered until 10 p.m. The special Christmas menu will consist of:
- First course: Potato-wrapped Goat Cheese; Jumbo Lump Crab Cake; Porcini Tartlet or Curried Butternut Squash Soup
- Second course: Stuffed Pheasant Breast; Filet Mignon; Horseradish Crusted Sturgeon or Roasted Beet Risotto
- Third course: Dark Chocolate Brownie; Coquito Crème Brûlée; Fruit Cake Bread Pudding or Chocolate Chip Cookie with Ice Cream
Hotel Haya: 1412 E 7th Ave, Tampa, FL 33605 | (813) 568-1200
Open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Christmas Day
Flor Fina will be offering a four-course family style feast. Everything on the menu will be Mediterranean-styled dishes, including New Year’s Seafood Stew and Brown Sugar Crusted Porchetta Date Pound Cake with a spiced rum glaze. Adults will be $75, $25 for children and children 5 and under eat for free. They will also be offering pictures for guests with Mr. and Mrs. Clause from 12:30-3:30 p.m.
The Floridian Palace
905 N Florida Ave, Tampa | (813) 225-1700
Open 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Christmas Day
The Floridian Palace will be offering a Christmas-inspired brunch. The brunch will include assortments like a Peel & Eat Shrimp Bar, Egg & Omelet Station, Lasagna Station and Prime Rib Carving Station. The buffet will be all you can eat and have plenty of holiday staples included as well. It will be $49 per person and an unlimited mimosa and bloody mary bar for $15 per person.
Already planning for New Year’s Eve? Check out these New Year’s Eve Events in Tampa Bay.