Dining out options on Christmas Day

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No cooking. No cleaning.  

Letting someone else do the heavy lifting in the kitchen on Christmas Day has been growing in popularity the past few years.

Home for the holidays might not necessarily mean a home-cooked meal. And the beginning of December is usually when readers start asking us about area restaurants that are open on Christmas Day.  

Here’s one letter we’ve received:

Can you please tell me what good restaurants are taking reservations for Christmas Day?

Alfred Messina

There are restaurants operating throughout Delaware and a little beyond the state line on Dec. 25, though your options at some fine dining establishments might be limited if you don’t make reservations ahead of time.

We have a few updates from previous years. 

For one, Rosenfeld’s Jewish Delicatessen, a new eatery at 18949 Coastal Highway that opened this past spring in Rehoboth Beach, will be open Christmas Day from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. They do take reservations for larger parties.

Call (302) 645-1700 or visit www.rosenfeldsjewishdeli.com/

Waffle House locations at 598 West Main St., Middletown; 37 S. Cory Lane, Smyrna; 4003 S. Dupont Highway, Dover, and at 261 Belle Hill Road, Elkton, Maryland, are all open on Christmas Day.

Many IHOP locations will be open on Dec. 25, but they might have limited hours. For example, the IHOP at 148 N Dupont Highway in New Castle is serving food from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call the individual Delaware restaurants for more information. Denny’s at 80 Macintosh Plaza in Newark is open 24 hours daily, no matter what holiday.

Boston Market at 3900 Concord Pike in Wilmington will be open on Christmas Day. And Old Country Buffet at 1325 New Churchmans Road near Newark is open on Dec. 25 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Call (302) 738-2292.

River Rock Kitchen at the Westin Hotel, 818 Shipyard Drive, Wilmington Riverfront, will be open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Reservations are required. For more information, call (302) 397-5518 or visit riverrockkitchen.com

The Hotel du Pont’s Green Room, 11th and Market streets in downtown Wilmington, has seatings on Christmas Day, including brunch at noon and 2:30 p.m. and a dessert buffet. The cost is $75 for adults; $35 for children younger than 12; and free for children younger than 5.

Dinner at the hotel is $95 per person, with a $35 holiday menu for children under 12. Visit www.hoteldupont.com. For reservations, call (302) 594-3125.

Reservations are a must at Victoria’s Restaurant in the Boardwalk Plaza Hotel in Rehoboth Beach. The daylong Christmas buffet is $59.95 for adults, $29.95 for children 5-12 and $19.95 for children younger than 5. Call (302) 227-0615 or visit boardwalkplaza.com/dining/

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The Hilton Wilmington-Christiana, 100 Continental Dr, near Stanton, has a Christmas Day breakfast buffet with an omelet station from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. The cost is $24.95 for adults; $12.95 for children younger than 12; and free for children 4 and younger. Reservations are highly recommended. Call (302) 631-1540 or visit www3.hilton.com/en/hotels/delaware/hilton-wilmington-christiana-ILGCHHF/dining/index.html

Krazy Kat’s at the Inn at Montchanin Village, Del. 100 and Kirk Road in Montchanin, is open Christmas Day. Reservations go very fast. There were still some tables available when we checked Open Table this week. Call (302) 888-4200 or visit www.montchanin.com/dining.html

Longwood Gardens, 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, is open on Christmas Day, but tables might no longer be available at its 1906 Fine Dining restaurant. You could luck into a cancellation. Visit longwoodgardens.org or call (610) 388-1000.

While this is by no means a complete list, here are some more Delaware-area Christmas Day dining possibilities:

Bear Diner, 603 Pulaski Highway (U.S. 40), (302) 322-6242, www.beardinerde.com. Open 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

The Cafe on 26, 84 Atlantic Ave., Ocean View, will be open Christmas from 3 to 8 p.m.; reservations highly suggested; (302) 539- 2233; www.thecafeon26.com

Chef Tan, 108 E. Main St., Newark, (302) 366-0900. Open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Confucius, 57 Wilmington Ave., Rehoboth Beach, (302) 227-3848, confuciusrb.com.

Golden Dove, 1101 N. Du Pont Highway, New Castle, (302) 322-1180. Open 24 hours.

Harpoon Hanna’s, Del. 54 and The Bay, Fenwick Island, (302) 539-3095; www.harpoonhannasrestaurant.com. Bar opens at 11 a.m. Reservations are suggested.

Jasmine Asian Cuisine, 3618 Concord Pike, Talleyville, (302) 479-5618.

Joe’s Crab Shack, 600 S. Madison St., Wilmington Riverfront, (302) 777-1803; open from 4 to 10 p.m.; www.joescrabshack.com.

Le Shio Asian Cuisine, 2303A Concord Pike, Fairfax Shopping Center, Fairfax, (302) 888-0145.

Longwood Family Restaurant, 938 East Baltimore Pike, Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, (610) 388-1144, www.longwoodfamilyrestaurant.com.

Marsh Road Diner, 407 Marsh Road, near Penny Hill, (302) 762-6030. Open 24 hours.

Palace of Asia, 3421 Kirkwood Highway, near Del. 41, Prices Corner, (302) 994-9200.

Pinang Asian Cuisine, Malaysian Restaurant Sushi Bar, 218 Louviers Drive, Shoppes of Louviers, near Newark, (302) 368-2298.

Ramen Kumamoto, 165 E. Main St., Newark, (302) 733-0888. 

Rice restaurant, 2015 Limestone Road, Wilmington, (302) 999-7423; open from noon to 10 p.m.

Route 40 Diner, 1705 Pulaski Highway, White Clay Shopping Center, Bear, (302) 836-4936. Open 6 a.m. to about 10 p.m.

Rasa Sayang Malaysian Cuisine, 1601 Concord Pike, Independence Mall Shopping Center, Fairfax, (302) 543-5286.

Rudy’s Family Diner, 17064 S. Du Pont Highway, Harrington, (302) 786-2766. A breakfast buffet for $8.99 is from 6 a.m. to noon; $20.99 dinner buffet is from 2 to 8 p.m. 

Sage Diner, 1300 Veale Road, Brandywine Hundred, (302) 543-4377. Open 6 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Crownery Restaurant, 228 Lantana Drive, Lantana Square Shopping Center, Hockessin, (302) 239-3825, thecrownery.com. Open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Yi Palace, 4601-4605 Concord Pike, Talleyville, (302) 477-6900. Open 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Contact Patricia Talorico at (302) 324-2861 or ptalorico@delawareonline.com and on Twitter @pattytalorico

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