Holiday Dining in Central MA


Posted: December 17, 2021

Form new traditions in Central MA this holiday season! Discover your options for everything from Christmas Eve drinks out in the city to special dinners served on Christmas Day.

Feast of Seven Fishes at deadhorse hill

This annual tradition at deadhouse hill in Downtown Worcester is likely to sell out, so when you're done reading about it, we recommend calling or emailing "RESTAURANTINFO@DEADHORSEHILL.COM" immediately to request a reservation! Here's the scoop: Over four nights these culinary wizards serve four courses, family-style, it's 100% seafood and $100 per person. Last year's meal included Stuffed Clams, Octopus Croquette, Lobster and Scallop Thermidor, but this year it's an all-new menu with the promise of "lots of surprises." The feasts start on Tuesday, 12/21 and conclude on Christmas Eve, Friday, 12/24. 


Photo by Erb/Dufault Photography

Celebrate the Magic of Christmas at Sonoma

Enjoy an amazing three-course prix fixe Christmas menu at Sonoma! You'll be treated to traditional holiday favorites and seasonal entrees, inspired by the freshest locally sourced ingredients, and presented with SONOMA’s signature creative flair. Start with savory Chestnut Bisque, chilled Shrimp Cocktail, SONOMA Caesar salad, or Soy Lacquered Quail with caramelized poached pear, followed by Traditional Prime Rib prepared to perfection, fresh-caught Grilled Faroe Island Salmon, or Pan Seared Scallops with Creamy Saffron Risotto (vegetarian upon request). For dessert, decadent Eggnog Crème Brûlée, NY Style Cheesecake, or a yuletide Bûche de Noël provide the perfect ending to an unforgettable holiday feast. Open 5pm-9pm on Christmas Eve (à la carte also available) and Christmas Day seatings at 12pm, 2pm and 4pm, we highly recommend making a reservation asap. Read more details here, or if you're sold, make your Christmas reservations now by calling BetteAnn Wallen at (508) 453-1113 or email bawallen@beechwoodhotel.com.  


Open on the Holidays

We know it can be tough to find businesses open on the holidays, so here's a short list, starting with Worcester and then organized by town, to help guide you to coffee, brunch, dinner or late-night drinks:

Note, the hours below were last updated 12/16/2021 - We advise you to please confirm hours and availability with the restaurants before you visit.

Christmas Eve Hours

Worcester, MA

Altea’s Eatery, 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM 
Baba Sushi, 12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Bean Counter Bakery, open (varies by location) - 5PM
Birch Tree Bread Co., 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Chashu Ramen + Izakaya, 11:30 AM - 8:00 PM
Choose & Mix Korean Food & Hibachi Express, 11:00 AM - 9:30 PM
City Line Diner, 7:00 AM - 3:00PM (exact close TBD)
deadhorse hill, reservations required for prix fixe dinners at 5:00 PM & 7:00 PM
Fatima’s Cafe, 11:00 AM - 8:00 PM (Takeout Only)
Flying Rhino Cafe, 11:00 AM - 4:00/5:00 PM (exact close TBD)
Gong cha Worcester, 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM (exact close TBD)
Livia’s Dish, 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Maxwell Luciano’s Restaurant & Banquet, 4:00 PM - 1:00 AM
Miss Worcester Diner, 5:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Nu Kitchen, 8:00 AM - (exact close TBD)
O’Connor’s Restaurant & Bar, 11:30 AM - 3:30 PM (Restaurant) & 5:30 PM (Bar)
Peppercorn’s Grille & Tavern, 11:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Quinn’s Irish Pub, 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Smokestack Urban BBQ, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Sonoma Restaurant, 5PM – 9PM
Taco Caliente, 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
The Juicy Seafood, 12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
The Pie Store – Table Talk Pies, 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Sturbridge, MA

Avellino, 11:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Cedar Street Cafe, 7:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Stone and Sparrow, 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
The Duck, 11:30 AM - 4:00 PM
The Publick House Historic Inn, 12:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Auburn, MA

Chuck’s Steakhouse and Mexican Cantina, 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Mendon, MA

Galliford’s Restaurant & Tavern, 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM

Oxford, MA

Half Baked and Fully Roasted, 6:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Webster, MA

Samuel Slater’s, 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
The Rose Room Cafe, 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM


Christmas Day Hours

Worcester, MA

Baba Sushi, 12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Choose & Mix Korean Food & Hibachi Express, 11:00 AM - 9:30 PM
Fatima’s Cafe, 11:00 AM - 8:00 PM (Takeout Only)
Nu Kitchen, 8:00 AM - (exact close TBD)
Quinn’s Irish Pub, 6:00 PM - 2:00 AM
Sonoma Restaurant, Prix Fixe Christmas Menu Seatings at 12pm, 2pm, and 4pm
The Juicy Seafood, 12:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Sturbridge, MA

The Publick House Historic Inn, 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Oxford, MA

Half Baked and Fully Roasted, 6:00 AM - 11:00 AM


The above list is not an all-inclusive list of Central MA restaurants open for the holidays. If you're a Discover Central MA member business and you would like to see your hours updated, please contact a Membership representative. If you're not a member, but you would like to see your business listed in this or other Discover Central MA content, learn more about membership here.