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Recs for Christmas Dinner in Providence area?

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OOliver Dec 9, 2013 01:16 PM

Hello my friends at Chowhound! I haven' visited this board in a while, and now I come with a question...a friend of mine and his mother should be joining my dad and I for Christmas, and we've decided no one will cook...we will eat at a restaurant instead. Any good ideas of where we should venture for Christmas dinner? I'm guessing it will be mid-afternoon. We both live on the Providence/North Providence line...I don't think we want to venture too far if there are any good ideas in the Prov. area - but I am open to anything anyone can suggest. The only thing we're not looking for is seafood, since both families will be having enough of that on Christmas Eve. Thanks in advance!!

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    JaneRI RE: OOliver Dec 9, 2013 06:52 PM

    No specific recommendations, but the Projo usually publishes an article of what restaurants will be open Christmas Even and Christmas day.

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      OOliver RE: JaneRI Dec 29, 2013 01:15 PM

      We ended up at the Bluefin Grille at the Providence Mariott for their Christmas Buffet ($35).

      There were three of us, and our reservations were for 1:30 (they had seatings every two hours beginning at 11:30, and ending at 5:30). The place was mobbed, mostly with older people, no little children (which is why we picked it). We didn't get seated until 3:30, because they were so behind - the hostess was explaining to us that some of the 11:30 people were still there 4 hours later - exchanging gifts, etc. - which was messing up their seating plans. She did send over a round of drinks to apologize.

      As for the food, it was outstanding. The buffet was constantly refilled, the line moved quickly and everything went smoothly. Service was excellent. Much better than in the past (I was there for Easter once, about five years ago). Will definitely return for a holiday again.

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