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Where to Eat on Christmas Day in Charleston [Updated]

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Just because it's Christmas Day doesn't mean you have to suffer with 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 a relaxed wine bar. 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.

If we've left anyone off the list, be sure to let us know in the comments.

UPDATE: A previous version of this map listed Union Provisions as open, but they are not running dinner service on Christmas Day.

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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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The fig and orange glazed ham at Blossom is probably better than anything Grandma is cooking up this year. This East Bay restaurant offers lots of non-traditional entrées, like braised short ribs, mahi-mahi, and pan seared grouper. For the die-hard turkey fans, there will be a traditional bird with sides 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 ham with all the trimmings or alternatives like Wadmalaw greens with blue cheese dressing or half a duck.

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 Day and will serve a prix fixe menu all day. Treat yourself to some Southern hospitality.

5. The Social Wine Bar

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Social opens for regular hours, 4:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. on Christmas Day. Choose a wine and pair the glass with one of chef Jesse Sutton's thoughtful menu items.

6. Charleston Grill

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224 King St
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 577-4522
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Wouldn't you rather dine on oysters, foie gras, rack of lamb, and lobster pappardelle instead of an old, dry turkey? Make a reservation for Christmas Day at Charleston Grill and prepare to be wowed.

7. Cypress

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167 E Bay St
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 727-0111
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Chef Craig Deihl's Christmas special of roasted heritage pork with truffled sweet potatoes, Brussels sprouts, and a mustard glaze sounds divine. Sack any plans you had of cooking because Deihl can probably do it better.

8. Peninsula Grill

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112 N Market St
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 723-0700
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Peninsula Grill goes all out for the holidays — from decorations to a sumptuous prix fixe menu. Wild mushroom bisque, prime rib, and eggnog cheesecake are among the offerings for the evening.

9. The Ocean Room

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1 Sanctuary Beach Dr
Kiawah Island, SC 29455
(843) 768-6253
Go all out and treat yourself to an indulgent meal at The Ocean Room. The service, setting, and signature dishes are said to be some of the best around. The restaurant will feature their seasonal steakhouse menu in addition to holiday favorites on Christmas Day.

10. The Drawing Room at The Vendue

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19 Vendue Range
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 414-2334
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The Drawing Room is open from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Christmas Day with an a la carte menu and holiday-inspired specials from chef Jon Cropf.

1. Blossom

171 E Bay St, Charleston, SC 29401
The fig and orange glazed ham at Blossom is probably better than anything Grandma is cooking up this year. This East Bay restaurant offers lots of non-traditional entrées, like braised short ribs, mahi-mahi, and pan seared grouper. For the die-hard turkey fans, there will be a traditional bird with sides 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 ham with all the trimmings or alternatives like Wadmalaw greens with blue cheese dressing or half a duck.
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 Day and will serve a prix fixe menu all day. Treat yourself to some Southern hospitality.
72 Queen St.
Charleston, SC 29401

5. The Social Wine Bar

Charleston, SC
Social opens for regular hours, 4:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. on Christmas Day. Choose a wine and pair the glass with one of chef Jesse Sutton's thoughtful menu items.

6. Charleston Grill

224 King St, Charleston, SC 29401
Wouldn't you rather dine on oysters, foie gras, rack of lamb, and lobster pappardelle instead of an old, dry turkey? Make a reservation for Christmas Day at Charleston Grill and prepare to be wowed.
224 King St
Charleston, SC 29401

7. Cypress

167 E Bay St, Charleston, SC 29401
Chef Craig Deihl's Christmas special of roasted heritage pork with truffled sweet potatoes, Brussels sprouts, and a mustard glaze sounds divine. Sack any plans you had of cooking because Deihl can probably do it better.
167 E Bay St
Charleston, SC 29401

8. Peninsula Grill

112 N Market St, Charleston, SC 29401
Peninsula Grill goes all out for the holidays — from decorations to a sumptuous prix fixe menu. Wild mushroom bisque, prime rib, and eggnog cheesecake are among the offerings for the evening.
112 N Market St
Charleston, SC 29401

9. The Ocean Room

1 Sanctuary Beach Dr, Kiawah Island, SC 29455
Go all out and treat yourself to an indulgent meal at The Ocean Room. The service, setting, and signature dishes are said to be some of the best around. The restaurant will feature their seasonal steakhouse menu in addition to holiday favorites on Christmas Day.
1 Sanctuary Beach Dr
Kiawah Island, SC 29455

10. The Drawing Room at The Vendue

19 Vendue Range, Charleston, SC 29401
The Drawing Room is open from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Christmas Day with an a la carte menu and holiday-inspired specials from chef Jon Cropf.
19 Vendue Range
Charleston, SC 29401

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