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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.

Note: Map points are listed in alphabetical order and are not ranked. Did we miss your favorite spot? Show it some love in the comments, send us an email, or start a forum thread in its honor.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Blossom

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171 E Bay St
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 722-9200
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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.

2. Hank's Seafood

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10 Hayne St
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 723-3474
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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.

3. Magnolias

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185 E Bay St
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 577-7771
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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.

4. Poogan's Porch

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72 Queen St.
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 577-2337
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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.

5. Drawing Room at The Vendue

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19 Vendue Range
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 414-2334
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Art hotel restaurant Drawing Room offers a full menu of wintery flavors for your Christmas Day needs.

6. Kiawah Island Golf Resort

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1 Sanctuary Beach Dr
Johns Island, SC 29455
(843) 768-6000
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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.

7. Poogan's Smokehouse

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188 E Bay St
Charleston, SC 29401
Meat-tastic eatery Poogan's Smokehouse will stay open on Christmas to serve barbecue plates, fried chicken, and Southern fare in a relaxed atmosphere.

8. Peninsula Grill

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112 N Market St
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 723-0700
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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.

9. Charleston Grill

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224 King St
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 577-4522
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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.

10. Cypress

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167 E Bay St
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 727-0111
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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.

11. Ruth's Chris Steak House -Charleston

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55 S Market St
Charleston, SC 29401
Ruth's Chris stays open on Christmas with the regular dinner menu and a prix fixe seasonal menu. Celebrate with steak.

12. Anson Restaurant

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12 Anson St
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 577-0551
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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.

13. Barony Tavern

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68 Wentworth St
Charleston, SC 29401
Chef Bob Carter's Barony Tavern will be open on Christmas. Sample Carter's famous crab cake recipe and save room for coconut cake.

14. Èlevé

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55 Wentworth St
Charleston, SC 29401
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.

15. 5Church Charleston

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32 N Market St Ste B
Charleston, SC 29401
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.

16. The Watch Rooftop Kitchen & Spirits

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Wentworth
Charleston, SC 29401
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.

17. Rita's Seaside Grille

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2 Center Street
Folly Beach, SC 29439
(843) 588-2525
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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.

1. Blossom

171 E Bay St, Charleston, SC 29401
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.
171 E Bay St
Charleston, SC 29401

2. Hank's Seafood

10 Hayne St, Charleston, SC 29401
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.
10 Hayne St
Charleston, SC 29401

3. Magnolias

185 E Bay St, Charleston, SC 29401
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.
185 E Bay St
Charleston, SC 29401

4. Poogan's Porch

72 Queen St., Charleston, SC 29401
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.
72 Queen St.
Charleston, SC 29401

5. Drawing Room at The Vendue

19 Vendue Range, Charleston, SC 29401
Art hotel restaurant Drawing Room offers a full menu of wintery flavors for your Christmas Day needs.
19 Vendue Range
Charleston, SC 29401

6. Kiawah Island Golf Resort

1 Sanctuary Beach Dr, Johns Island, SC 29455
The resort at Kiawah hosts a variety of lavish meals, from the Ocean Room steakhouse menu to the Jasmine Porch buffet.
1 Sanctuary Beach Dr
Johns Island, SC 29455

7. Poogan's Smokehouse

188 E Bay St, Charleston, SC 29401
Meat-tastic eatery Poogan's Smokehouse will stay open on Christmas to serve barbecue plates, fried chicken, and Southern fare in a relaxed atmosphere.
188 E Bay St
Charleston, SC 29401

8. Peninsula Grill

112 N Market St, Charleston, SC 29401
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.
112 N Market St
Charleston, SC 29401

9. Charleston Grill

224 King St, Charleston, SC 29401
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.
224 King St
Charleston, SC 29401

10. Cypress

167 E Bay St, Charleston, SC 29401
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.
167 E Bay St
Charleston, SC 29401

11. Ruth's Chris Steak House -Charleston

55 S Market St, Charleston, SC 29401
Ruth's Chris stays open on Christmas with the regular dinner menu and a prix fixe seasonal menu. Celebrate with steak.
55 S Market St
Charleston, SC 29401

12. Anson Restaurant

12 Anson St, Charleston, SC 29401
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.
12 Anson St
Charleston, SC 29401

13. Barony Tavern

68 Wentworth St, Charleston, SC 29401
Chef Bob Carter's Barony Tavern will be open on Christmas. Sample Carter's famous crab cake recipe and save room for coconut cake.
68 Wentworth St
Charleston, SC 29401

14. Èlevé

55 Wentworth St, Charleston, SC 29401
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.
55 Wentworth St
Charleston, SC 29401

15. 5Church Charleston

32 N Market St Ste B, Charleston, SC 29401
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.
32 N Market St Ste B
Charleston, SC 29401

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16. The Watch Rooftop Kitchen & Spirits

Wentworth, Charleston, SC 29401
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.
Wentworth
Charleston, SC 29401

17. Rita's Seaside Grille

2 Center Street, Folly Beach, SC 29439
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.
2 Center Street
Folly Beach, SC 29439

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