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Feb 12, 2009 09:11 AM

Christmas Eve Dining options in Columbus

Looking to start a Christmas Eve tradition of having a nice dinner out on Christmas Eve. My in-laws used to do this in Cleveland and I always enjoyed it. Anyone know of good restaurants open on Christmas Eve in Columbus??

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  1. did this post get stuck in teh internets for a few months or are you planning REALLY far ahead?

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    1. re: tex.s.toast

      For once in my life I'm planning ahead, I know it's seems crazy. The place my in-laws go in Cleveland is booked for the next year by the end of February, so I thought I'd at least get a few names of places.

      1. re: mrppeters

        Please pardon my derail but I can't help it. When I think of open-for-Christmas in Cleveland, I can only think of hotels and Chinese. There's only one where I'd bother to make a reservation but certainly not more than a few days in advance.

        Where do your in-laws go on Christmas Eve?

        1. re: stuart

          I cannot imagine a single place in Cleveland being booked this far ahead, nor can I imagine a place in Cbus taking reservations this far ahead.

          That said - the best food in Columbus is found at The Refectory (French), The Worthingtoon Inn (New American), Rosendales (Haute-Cuisine), Rigsby's (Italian), Kihachi (Japanese).

    2. I -highly- recommend reservations if you do this, but some friends of mine and I have gone to Hunan House or Joey Chang's on Christmas Eve before. The problem is that both were very packed. We made the mistake of going to HH without reservations and waited almost two hours for a table. At Joey Chang's the following year we'd learned our lesson, and were only seated about 10 minutes after our reservation, which seemed pretty good for how busy it was.