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Christmas in Charleston: 17 Great Choices for Dining Out

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Just because it's Christmas Day doesn't mean you have to settle 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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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 benne seed seared tuna and steak Oscar. For the die-hard holiday fans, there will be a turkey and ham plate.

Hank's Seafood

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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.

Magnolias

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You weren't going to attempt fried mac and cheese or boiled peanut hummus for the holiday, so let Magnolias take care of it. They've got the traditional turkey with all the trimmings or alternatives like beef short ribs or fried catfish.

Poogan's Porch

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Poogan's Porch will be open on Christmas to take care of you. They're offering Southern favorites and some of the best biscuits around.

Drawing Room at The Vendue

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

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.

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.

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. You'll forget about turkey after tasting Graham Dailey's lamb course.

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.

Cypress

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East Bay Street classic Cypress will open on Christmas day with the dinner menu from chef Craig Deihl plus oysters and caviar, smoked heritage turkey, sorghum-glazed ham, and more.

Ruth's Chris Steak House -Charleston

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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.

Anson Restaurant

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Anson Restaurant reopened last year with some stunning new interiors. Book a table by one of the fireplaces and cozy up for a Southern Christmas feast.

Barony Tavern

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Chef Bob Carter's Barony Tavern will be open on Christmas. Sample Carter's famous crab cake recipe and save room for coconut cake.

Èlevé

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Take in the Charleston skyline at Èlevé this Christmas. Last year, chef Ryley McGillis created a decadent four-course meal with duck soup, beef carpaccio, strip loin, signature cheesecake, and more.

5Church Charleston

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Hip space 5Church has a few reservations left for Christmas. Stop in to see what "Top Chef" contestant Jamie Lynch has in store for the holiday. The lamb burger is a favorite of critics in town.

The Watch Rooftop Kitchen & 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 from chef Chad Anderson. Watch the sparkling Christmas lights down below from the highest restaurant in Charleston.

Rita's Seaside Grille

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Keep it casual on Christmas Day with a trip to Folly Beach and Rita's Seaside Grille. Specials for the day include prime rib with Yorkshire pudding, truffle mac 'n’ cheese, honey glazed ham with cornbread stuffing, cranberry relish, baby green beans, and buttermilk biscuits.

Blossom

Skip the turkey and go straight to the grilled sea scallops with creamy grits. Blossom offers lots of non-traditional entrées, like benne seed seared tuna and steak Oscar. For the die-hard holiday fans, there will be a turkey and ham plate.

Hank's Seafood

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.

Magnolias

You weren't going to attempt fried mac and cheese or boiled peanut hummus for the holiday, so let Magnolias take care of it. They've got the traditional turkey with all the trimmings or alternatives like beef short ribs or fried catfish.

Poogan's Porch

Poogan's Porch will be open on Christmas to take care of you. They're offering Southern favorites and some of the best biscuits around.

Drawing Room at The Vendue

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

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.

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.

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. You'll forget about turkey after tasting Graham Dailey's lamb course.

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.

Cypress

East Bay Street classic Cypress will open on Christmas day with the dinner menu from chef Craig Deihl plus oysters and caviar, smoked heritage turkey, sorghum-glazed ham, and more.

Ruth's Chris Steak House -Charleston

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

Anson Restaurant

Anson Restaurant reopened last year with some stunning new interiors. Book a table by one of the fireplaces and cozy up for a Southern Christmas feast.