If you're visiting Cleveland, Ohio for the winter holidays, chances are you might find yourself in need of a hot meal, even on Christmas Day. Fortunately, not all restaurants and local business close down for the annual celebration, so you can visit one of these great establishments if you're looking for a good meal in the area.
Whether you're just looking to avoid cooking a Christmas feast or don't celebrate the holiday at all, you've still got options for a great meal in Cleveland; although fast food establishments typically stay open during the holidays, there are still a number of great sit-down restaurants where you and your family can enjoy a full, healthy meal.
Check out the following list of restaurants, explore their websites to find special holiday hours and menus, and plan your trip to Cleveland without worrying about where you're going to eat on Christmas Day.
Special Christmas Meals at Local Favorites
Several restaurants and dining establishments around Cleveland actually offer special dinner menus to celebrate the Christmas holiday. So if you and a few close friends or family members are looking to escape the chore of cooking on this special day, consider booking a reservation for a curated meal courtesy one of the fine dining restaurants in the area.
Shula's 2 Steak & Sports Bar at the Doubletree by Hilton, Muse at the Ritz Carlton, and 1890 at the Hyatt Regency offers both a Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, but keep in mind that reservations at these restaurants fill up the quickest as the establishments are located inside massive hotels that host many Christmastime travelers.
For a special treat during the holidays, stop by SASA Japanese Asian Bistro and ask for their annual "Christmas Story" Orange Cured Peking Duck (locally called "Chinese Turkey") so you can relive the "Bo(w)ling Chop Suey Palace" scene from Cleveland's favorite Christmas movie—on both Christmas Eve and Day, dinner is served from 5 to 10 p.m.
Other Restaurants that Stay Open Christmas Day
Although these places don't offer special meals for the Christmas holiday itself, many of them do feature seasonal favorites that tie into the holiday traditions.
Consider going to the AMP 150 near the Airport Marriot for a culinary treat or check out the local favorite Harry's Steakhouse, which offers its full menu even on the special holiday. Alternatively, you can visit Moxie, Table 45, or Guarino's for some high-quality eats. You could also visit Morton's the Steakhouse or Urban Farmer Cleveland for some high-end eats, Parker's Downtown or Ruth's Christ Steak House for a mid-range meal, or Rock Creek Kitchen and Bar or The Burnham Restaurant for a cheaper yet still tasty meal.
If you don't feel like being in the city itself, head out to Mapleside Farms in Brunswick for a unique farm-to-table brunch experience or The Cabin Restaurant in Willowick for some surf n' turf options; for all-inclusive accommodation and dining experience, consider booking the Christmas holiday weekend at The Lodge at Geneva State Park, which includes a candlelit Christmas dinner.