Where to eat in Orlando on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

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Chinese food isn't your only option for a dinner out on Christmas, but we won't blame you if you beeline for the beef with broccoli. - IMAGE COURTESY FLICKR CREATIVE COMMONS
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  • Chinese food isn't your only option for a dinner out on Christmas, but we won't blame you if you beeline for the beef with broccoli.
If the one thing on your Christmas list is not to spend the holiday in the kitchen, you’re in luck, and no, Chinese food isn’t your only option (though that’s an awesome tradition to start). Here’s a list of all the places fit to feast in Orlando on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

1921 by Norman Van Aken
There won't be anyone on the roads, so your schlep to Mount Dora should be a breeze. The holiday prix-fixe menu includes Cream of Sweet Corn, Smoked Brisket Raviolo, Roasted Honeynut Squash and Braised Lamb. And, of course, chocolate cake. Only open Christmas Eve.
Make a reservation by calling 352-385-1921.

Canvas Restaurant & Market
On both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, the Lake Nona dining room will serve its full menu, plus a family-style 32-ounce porterhouse served with smashed root vegetables and broccolini.
Make a reservation by calling 407-313-7800 or online.

Chroma Modern Kitchen + Bar
Details are slim, but there will be specials coming from chef Bergeron, as well as Chroma's full a la carte menu of new classics. Only open Christmas Eve.
Make a reservation by calling 407-955-4340 or online.

F&D Kitchen and Bar
The Lake Mary resto will be open on Christmas Eve serving their full menu as well as some holiday specials from Chef Cornejo.
Make a reservation by calling 407-915-5687 or online.

Pizza Bruno
Yes, Virginia, you can have pizza on Christmas Eve. You can try some of the traditional Italian brunch selections from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the day, as well as the new December seasonal pizza, The Three B's: vodka sauce, basil, meatballs, mozzarella, Calbrian chilies and Pecorino cheese.

The Ravenous Pig
A three-course Holiday Sunday Supper will be served alongside the Pig's normal menu. The $50 meal includes sunchoke soup with oysters, smoked prime rib and a holiday dessert.
Make reservations by calling 407-628-2333 or online.

Urbain 40
On both Dec. 24 and 25, the French-forward boite will serve a $49 holiday meal that includes the choice of multiple starters, mains and desserts, including a traditional French bûche de noël. Chic!
Make reservations by calling 407-872-2640 or online.

Taverna Opa
On Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, the $28 family-style menu includes two cold and three hot mezze and a platter of chicken kebab, beef kebab and lamb chops. Nothing says Christmas quite like belly dancing, and the show starts at 7 p.m.

Tapa Toro
Stuff yourself silly with Chef Lopez's fabulous all-you-can-eat paella with salad and dessert for just $30 per person on Dec. 24 and 25.

Mango's Tropical Cafe
Shake what Santa gave ya at Mango's on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day with a $39 dinner menu full of Latin favorites fused with traditional holiday fare. The regular menu will also be served both nights.

Reel Fish Coastal Kitchen + Bar
On Christmas Eve, enjoy the Feast of the Seven Fishes Italian-style holiday menu for $69 per person. Yes, there are six dishes featuring fish, and one dessert. Expect bacon-wrapped scallops, whole fried snapper, lobster ravioli and carrot and red velvet cakes for dessert. In the spirit of the season, 10 percent of the proceeds will be donated to the Coastal Conservation Association.
Make a reservation by calling 407-543-3474.

Highball & Harvest
It's the end of the year, so you might as well put on the Ritz, so to speak. The Ritz-Carlton Grande Lakes' gastropub is celebrating with a $115 menu by Chef Scott Pizzo ('tis the season to open the wallet, eh?) on Dec. 25 from 12-9 p.m. Reservations are required.
Make a reservation by calling 407-393-4648.

Outpost Neighborhood Kitchen
From 3-7:30 p.m., the College Park throwback boite will serve a three-course menu that includes kangaroo tartare (you read that right), prime rib, and beignets, among other choices.

Se7en Bites
The Milk District bakeshop and will be open for their normal brunch hours on Christmas Eve from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. We're hoping owner/head baker Trina Gregory-Propst will grace us with a holiday headscarf to kick off the celebration.