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Susan Axelrod

Susan Axelrod's food writing career began in the kitchen; she owned a restaurant and catering business for 10 years before turning to journalism. By day, she is an online content producer for and the Portland Press Herald. To relax, she bakes, gardens and hikes with her husband and their three dogs, preferably followed by a cocktail. Susan can be contacted at 791-6310 or On Twitter: @susansaxelrod

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Posted: December 16, 2014

Holiday dining guide: Maine restaurants open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

Written by: Susan Axelrod

The White Barn Inn in Kennebunk serves festive fare on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. (Press Herald file photo)

Whether you choose a formal, white tablecloth dinner, outrageous sandwiches, egg rolls and stir-fries, French cuisine or Italian fare, Maine restaurants are open and ready to serve you on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. For most of the following, reservations are recommended. Check back for updates.


The Brunswick Hotel and Tavern

4 Noble St. | 207-837-6565 |
Christmas Eve: Open regular hours serving regular menu.
Christmas Day: 3-course menu served from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; entrees include slow-roasted duck with spiced orange compote and Australian grass-fed beef tenderloin with a blackberry-merlot reduction. Adults $46; seniors $38; kids 12 and under $24. Special kid-friendly menu available.


Hartstone Inn

41 Elm St. | 800-788-4823 |
Christmas Eve: Seatings from 5:30 to 8 p.m.; prix-fixe, 5-course menu beginning with Maine lobster savarin and ending with gingerbread souffle, $55.
Christmas Day: Seatings at 2 and 5 p.m.; prix-fixe, 5-course menu beginning with Maine lobster and winter squash risotto and ending with eggnog souffle, $55.

Natalie’s at the Camden Harbour Inn

83 Bayview St. | 207-236-7008 |
Christmas Eve: Open from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., serving regular menu options, including 3-course prix-fixe menu; 7-course chef’s tasting menu and 5-course lobster tasting menu. Also offering lighter fare at the bar.
Christmas Day: 5-course Christmas Celebration menu, with seatings at 1 p.m., 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.; vegetarian option available for each course; $85 per person.


Sea Glass at Inn by the Sea

40 Bowery Beach Rd. | 207-799-3134 |
Christmas Eve and Christmas Day: Open and serving the regular menu in addition to holiday specials.


Harraseeket Inn

162 Main St.; 207-865-9377 |
Christmas Day: Reservations for the historic inn’s annual Grand Holiday Buffet are all taken – and there’s a waiting list. But if you’re willing to walk a little farther with your plate, you can enjoy the same menu at the inn’s casual and cozy Broad Arrow Tavern from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. for $60 per person. Among the highlights: Roast prime rib with Yorkshire pudding, lobster and avocado salad, and Bali-style seared duck breast with confit leg and squash risotto cake. Or, order from the Tavern’s a la carte menu. First come, first served.


The Kennebunk Inn

45 Main St. | 207-985-3351 |
Christmas Eve: Open from 4 to 8 p.m. with an a la carte menu that includes special holiday entrees, items from the restaurant’s regular menu and their signature lobster pot pie.

Stripers Waterside

133 Ocean Ave. | 207-967-3118 |
Christmas Day: Serving from 4 to 6 p.m. with an a la carte menu that includes baked ham, roast sirloin and lobster pie.

The White Barn Inn

37 Beach Ave. | 207-967-2321 |
Christmas Eve: 4-course menu served from 6 to 9 p.m. includes a choice of appetizer, intermezzo, main and dessert, with offerings such as pan roasted New England pheasant breast and beef tenderloin with foie gras glaze; $115 per person; wine pairings additional.
Christmas Day: 3-course menu served from noon to 7 p.m. Feast on dishes like roast goose, bison loin and traditional Christmas pudding; $97 per person; wine pairings additional.


Clay Hill Farm

200 Clay Hill Rd. | 207-361-2272 |
Christmas Eve: serving from 5 to 7 p.m.; Christmas Day: serving from 1 to 4 p.m.; 3-course menu will be the same for both days, entrees include prime rib, lamb shank, lobster-stuffed haddock, $52.


Hoss & Mary’s Tasty Grub

27 West Grand Ave. | 207-934-2411 |
Christmas Eve and Christmas Day: The over-the-top sandwich shop is open regular hours (11 a.m.-7 p.m.) and serving the regular menu, which means you’re in luck if you’re craving a crazy-good creation like the Double Dragon (shaved steak, pastrami, nacho cheese, grilled onion, Russian dressing and homemade cole slaw) or The Flaming Mobster ( 1/4-pound burger dipped in buffalo sauce, topped with crispy bacon, lettuce, mayo, nacho cheese and tender fried lobster). Try to save room for one of their outrageous desserts, because it’s Christmas, after all.


Five Fifty-Five

555 Congress St. | 207-761-0555 |
Christmas Eve: Serving regular menu and holiday specials from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m, with the traditional Italian “Feast of the Seven Fishes” available as a tasting menu option for $85 per person. Among the dishes are: scallop ceviche with shaved fennel, local beets and citrus; squid ink risotto with charred scallions; and char with white beans and Wriggins Farm bacon.

C2 – Congress Squared

157 High St. | 207-517-8831 |
Christmas Eve: Open regular hours with holiday specials.
Christmas Day: 3-course menu served from noon to 8 p.m.; $65 per person.

Timber Steakhouse & Rotisserie

106 Exchange St. | 207-805-1469 |
Christmas Eve: For a holiday twist, Timber’s chefs have veered away from steaks and chops to come up with a 5-course Asian menu — “Down East meets Far East” – served from 2 to 8 pm. for $49 per person. It begins with homemade duck confit and shrimp wonton soup and finishes with tempura-fried bananas, green tea ice cream and ginger-chocolate ganache — which frankly sounds much better than fruitcake.

Petite Jacqueline

190 State St. | 207-553-7044 |
Christmas Eve: Serving all day from 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. with regular menus and holiday specials; dinner menu available starting at 5 p.m.

Twenty Milk Street at the Portland Regency Hotel & Spa

20 Milk St. | 207-774-4200 |
Christmas Eve and Christmas Day: Special a la carte menu served from 5 to 8 p.m. Entrees include prime rib, swordfish, pumpkin risotto and duck.

Zen Chinese Bistro

45 Danforth St. | 207-775-688 |
Christmas Eve and Christmas Day: Open from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. for dine-in, takeout and delivery from the regular menu.



521 Route 1 | 207-883-9562 |
Feast on antipasto, fried calamari, baked ziti and other Italian-American favorites on Christmas Eve until 8 p.m. and Christmas Day noon – 6 p.m.


Fire and Water Fish & Chophouse at Marriott Sable Oaks

200 Sable Oaks Drive | 207-871-8000 |
Christmas Day: Buffet served from noon to 3 p.m.; 3-course dinner served 5 to 9 p.m., entrees include roast turkey, steak and swordfish. Both options: $32 per person, 10% discount for seniors, $16 children under 12.

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