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Christmas in Charleston: 15 Great Choices for Dining Out

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Henrietta’s
| Robert Donovan

Just because it's Christmas Day doesn't mean settling for a frozen dinner or Chinese take-out. Charleston offers a few options for eating out on December 25. Selections run from super fancy spots with white-glove service to barbecue. While everyone else is worrying about basting hams and turkeys, relax, and let someone else do the work. Take a peek at the map to see what's open on the holiday.

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Kiawah Island Golf Resort

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The resort at Kiawah hosts a variety of lavish meals, from the Ocean Room steakhouse menu to the Jasmine Porch buffet.

The Watch Rooftop Kitchen and Spirits

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Stop by The Watch from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. for a cosmopolitan meets Southern menu. Watch the sparkling Christmas lights down below from the highest restaurant in Charleston.

Henrietta's at The Dewberry

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Southern brasserie Henrietta's will open the doors for Christmas guests in need. Dine in style at the posh restaurant situated in the ultra slick Dewberry hotel.

Henrietta's and The Living Room Robert DOnovan

Leyla Fine Lebanese Cuisine

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Skip the turkey and ham and go for Lebanese on Christmas at King Street eatery Leyla.

1KEPT Charleston

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Downtown restaurant 1KEPT keeps the lights on for Christmas with offers of steak frites, pork portherhouses, shrimp and grits, and more.

Charleston Grill

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The reservations are slim, but fine dining staple Charleston Grill puts on a "positively flawless" Christmas every year. Try for a seat at the bar to experience chef Michelle Weaver’s magical menu.

Charleston Grill

Poogan's Porch

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Poogan’s Porch will be open on Christmas to take care of you. The restaurant is offering Southern favorites and some of the best biscuits around.

Peninsula Grill

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The holidays are traditionally a sold out event at Peninsula Grill, but give the reservation line a try. Better yet, slide into the champagne bar if there’s a free seat.

Hank's Seafood Restaurant

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Give seafood a try this Christmas. Hank’s is open on the holiday and serving up Charleston classics like she-crab soup, shrimp and grits, and other fishy favorites. Yes, there’s meaty options for those who prefer their plates from land instead of the ocean.

Ruth's Chris Steak House

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Ruth’s Chris stays open on Christmas with the regular dinner menu and a prix fixe seasonal menu. Celebrate with steak.

5Church Charleston

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Hip space 5Church will host a Christmas buffet on December 25, from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Stop in to see what former Top Chef contestant Jamie Lynch has in store for the holiday. Adults are $45, and kids under 10 are $20.

First Look Inside 5Church Emma Humphries

Blossom

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Skip the turkey and go straight to the grilled sea scallops with creamy grits. Blossom offers lots of non-traditional entrées, like oak-seared salmon and beef short ribs. For the die-hard holiday fans, there will be a turkey and ham plate.

Magnolias

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Don't attempt fried mac and cheese or boiled peanut hummus for the holiday — let Magnolias take care of it. The East Bay institution has the traditional turkey with all the trimmings or alternatives like beef short ribs or fried catfish.

Poogan's Smokehouse

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Meat-tastic eatery Poogan’s Smokehouse will stay open on Christmas to serve barbecue plates, fried chicken, and Southern fare in a relaxed atmosphere.

Poke Around Recently Opened Poogan's Smokehouse

Drawing Room

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Art hotel restaurant Drawing Room offers a full menu of contemporary, wintery flavors for any Christmas Day needs.

the drawing room

Kiawah Island Golf Resort

The resort at Kiawah hosts a variety of lavish meals, from the Ocean Room steakhouse menu to the Jasmine Porch buffet.

The Watch Rooftop Kitchen and Spirits

Stop by The Watch from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. for a cosmopolitan meets Southern menu. Watch the sparkling Christmas lights down below from the highest restaurant in Charleston.

Henrietta's at The Dewberry

Southern brasserie Henrietta's will open the doors for Christmas guests in need. Dine in style at the posh restaurant situated in the ultra slick Dewberry hotel.

Henrietta's and The Living Room Robert DOnovan

Leyla Fine Lebanese Cuisine

Skip the turkey and ham and go for Lebanese on Christmas at King Street eatery Leyla.

1KEPT Charleston

Downtown restaurant 1KEPT keeps the lights on for Christmas with offers of steak frites, pork portherhouses, shrimp and grits, and more.

Charleston Grill

The reservations are slim, but fine dining staple Charleston Grill puts on a "positively flawless" Christmas every year. Try for a seat at the bar to experience chef Michelle Weaver’s magical menu.

Charleston Grill

Poogan's Porch

Poogan’s Porch will be open on Christmas to take care of you. The restaurant is offering Southern favorites and some of the best biscuits around.

Peninsula Grill

The holidays are traditionally a sold out event at Peninsula Grill, but give the reservation line a try. Better yet, slide into the champagne bar if there’s a free seat.

Hank's Seafood Restaurant

Give seafood a try this Christmas. Hank’s is open on the holiday and serving up Charleston classics like she-crab soup, shrimp and grits, and other fishy favorites. Yes, there’s meaty options for those who prefer their plates from land instead of the ocean.

Ruth's Chris Steak House

Ruth’s Chris stays open on Christmas with the regular dinner menu and a prix fixe seasonal menu. Celebrate with steak.

5Church Charleston

Hip space 5Church will host a Christmas buffet on December 25, from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Stop in to see what former Top Chef contestant Jamie Lynch has in store for the holiday. Adults are $45, and kids under 10 are $20.

First Look Inside 5Church Emma Humphries

Blossom

Skip the turkey and go straight to the grilled sea scallops with creamy grits. Blossom offers lots of non-traditional entrées, like oak-seared salmon and beef short ribs. For the die-hard holiday fans, there will be a turkey and ham plate.

Magnolias

Don't attempt fried mac and cheese or boiled peanut hummus for the holiday — let Magnolias take care of it. The East Bay institution has the traditional turkey with all the trimmings or alternatives like beef short ribs or fried catfish.

Poogan's Smokehouse

Meat-tastic eatery Poogan’s Smokehouse will stay open on Christmas to serve barbecue plates, fried chicken, and Southern fare in a relaxed atmosphere.

Poke Around Recently Opened Poogan's Smokehouse

Drawing Room

Art hotel restaurant Drawing Room offers a full menu of contemporary, wintery flavors for any Christmas Day needs.

the drawing room

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