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A Guide to Last-Minute Christmas Reservations in Metro Detroit

From steakhouses to Chinese restaurants, these spots are certified open for the holidays

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Still in need of a reservation for Christmas dinner? You probably should have started looking weeks ago, but fear not! In this guide, find a solid list of options for dining on December 24 and December 25. Very few restaurants are open for the holidays, with lots of independently-owned restaurants giving staff a well-deserved vacation. What's left are quite a few hotel eateries for a simple reason: guests are looking for a place to eat.

With such a limited supply of seats, these restaurants are booking up fast so don't wait too long. Make a reservation in advance. The last thing anyone wants is to show up hungry with the family in tow only to be turned away at the door.

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1. LC'S Asian Kitchen

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29070 N Campbell Rd
Madison Heights, MI 48071
(248) 584-2505
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This Madison Heights mainstay is open for lunch and dinner on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Plan on the regular menu of Chinese-American dishes with some Thai options thrown in such as spicy Sichuan chicken, Mongolian beef, and pad thai.

2. Hong Hua Fine Chinese Dining

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27925 Orchard Lake Rd
Farmington, MI 48334
(248) 489-2280
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Upscale Farmington Chinese restaurant Hong Hua is open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The regular menu will be available featuring specialties like Peking duck sliced tableside, Sichuan shrimp, and whole lobster.

3. The Apparatus Room

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Detroit Foundation Hotel, 250 W Larned St
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 800-5600
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The Detroit Foundation Hotel’s stunning in-house restaurant will be open for both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The restaurant will be serving its regular breakfast and brunch menus between 6:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. A prix fixe-only dinner will be available from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Christmas Eve and from 4 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Christmas Day. The cost is $85 for adults and $35 for children. Reservations are available by phone or on OpenTable and credit cards are required to hold seats for dinner.

4. Fogo de Chão Brazilian Steakhouse

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301 W Big Beaver Rd
Troy, MI 48084
(248) 817-1800
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Brazilian barbecue chain Fogo de Chão in Troy specializes in rodízio-style dining in which customers pay a fixed price and service staff circulate past tables offering different selections of grilled meats. The restaurant is currently accepting reservations between 11 a.m. and 9:30 p.m. on Christmas Eve and 11 a.m. and 9 p.m. on Christmas Day.

5. Wolfgang Puck Steak

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1777 3rd Ave
Detroit, MI 48226
(877) 888-2121
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There are a handful of seatings left at Wolfgang Puck Steak on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, a high-end steakhouse located inside the MGM Grand Detroit. The menu features options like shrimp cocktail, seafood platters, and American wagyu filet mignon.

6. Iridescence

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2901 Grand River Ave
Detroit, MI 48201
(313) 237-6732
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This glitzy restaurant offers spectacular views overlooking Detroit’s downtown and riverfront. It also happens to be open on Christmas Day for diners looking to treat themselves to a high-end holiday meal.

7. Garrido's Bistro & Pastry

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19605 Mack Ave
Grosse Pointe Woods, MI 48236
(313) 466-3042
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Venezuelan restaurant Garrido’s is hosting two dinner seatings on Christmas Eve beginning at 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. respectively. Customers can choose from the traditional menu or seafood menu. Each includes an appetizer, main course, and dessert. There’s a tie and jacket requirement, although holiday sweaters are welcome. Kids must be 12 years or older to attend. The price ranges from $45 to $55 not including tax, gratuity, or drinks.

8. San Morello

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1400 Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 209-4700
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Pick up a ticket for a Christmas Eve dinner at San Morello. The restaurant is hosting a Feast of the Seven Fishes from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. featuring optional prix fixe Italian dishes. The cost is $85 per person excluding tax, gratuity, and drinks.

9. Eddie V's Prime Seafood

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2100 W Big Beaver Rd
Troy, MI 48084
(248) 649-7319
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The Troy outpost of Italian chain Eddie V’s is serving a Feast of the Seven Fishes on Christmas Eve from noon to 10 p.m. Expect options like seafood towers, stone crab claws, Nantucket Bay scallops, and more.

10. The Capital Grille

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2800 W Big Beaver Rd
Troy, MI 48084
(248) 649-5300
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Also near the Somerset Collection in Troy (for last-minute holiday shoppers), Capital Grille is open from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Christmas Eve. The menu will feature specials such as filet mignon with two lobster tails and Beaujolais sauce for $96.

11. Social Kitchen and Bar

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225 E Maple Rd
Birmingham, MI 48009
(248) 594-4200
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Social Kitchen and Bar in Birmingham is open on Christmas Eve and accepting reservations. Expect options like hummus with spiced lamb, caesar salad, brick chicken, and more. The restaurant will be decked out in tacky seasonal decor.

12. Ale Mary's Beer Hall

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316 S Main St
Royal Oak, MI 48067
(248) 268-1939
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Ale Mary’s Beer Hall is accepting reservations on Christmas Eve. The pub is currently decorated for the season with drink specials and Christmas cookies. It’s also known for serving vegan comfort food.

13. El Barzon

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3710 Junction Ave
Detroit, MI 48210
(313) 894-2070
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Fine dining classic El Barzon is serving Christmas Eve dinner and still has plenty of reservations open. Customers can take their pick from a variety of Italian and Mexican entrees all made well, plus a quality selection of wines.

14. Cafe Cortina

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30715 W 10 Mile Rd
Farmington Hills, MI 48336
(248) 474-3033
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High-end Italian restaurant Cafe Cortina still has a few reservations open for Christmas Eve dinner. Look out for options like potato gnocchi with sage and porcini mushrooms, cheese ravioli, and stuffed quail.

15. Highlands

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400 Renaissance Center Floor 72
Detroit, MI 48243
(313) 877-9090
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The Renaissance Center’s new steakhouse Highlands is still taking a handful of early evening reservations for Christmas Eve. Eat dry-aged beef with a view of the river.

16. Detroit Vegan Soul

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19614 Grand River Ave
Detroit, MI 48223
(313) 766-5728
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Detroit Vegan Soul in Grandmont Rosedale and West Village are accepting reservations for both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Expect options like candied yams, mashed potatoes, and seitan pepper steak.

17. Antihero

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231 W Nine Mile Rd
Ferndale, MI 48220
(248) 307-7383
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Ferndale’s trendy izakaya-style restaurant is closing up for Christmas Eve and will reopen on Christmas Day for dinner with options like ramen, kimchi carbonara, and fried chicken buns.

18. Roast

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1128 Washington Blvd
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 961-2500
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Celebrity chef Michael Symon’s downtown Detroit favorite Roast is closed for Christmas Eve, but will reopen its doors for dinner on Christmas Day. The menu includes options like roasted marrow, lamb ragu, and dry-aged ribeye.

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1. LC'S Asian Kitchen

29070 N Campbell Rd, Madison Heights, MI 48071

This Madison Heights mainstay is open for lunch and dinner on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Plan on the regular menu of Chinese-American dishes with some Thai options thrown in such as spicy Sichuan chicken, Mongolian beef, and pad thai.

29070 N Campbell Rd
Madison Heights, MI 48071

2. Hong Hua Fine Chinese Dining

27925 Orchard Lake Rd, Farmington, MI 48334

Upscale Farmington Chinese restaurant Hong Hua is open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The regular menu will be available featuring specialties like Peking duck sliced tableside, Sichuan shrimp, and whole lobster.

27925 Orchard Lake Rd
Farmington, MI 48334

3. The Apparatus Room

Detroit Foundation Hotel, 250 W Larned St, Detroit, MI 48226

The Detroit Foundation Hotel’s stunning in-house restaurant will be open for both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The restaurant will be serving its regular breakfast and brunch menus between 6:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. A prix fixe-only dinner will be available from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Christmas Eve and from 4 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Christmas Day. The cost is $85 for adults and $35 for children. Reservations are available by phone or on OpenTable and credit cards are required to hold seats for dinner.

Detroit Foundation Hotel, 250 W Larned St
Detroit, MI 48226

4. Fogo de Chão Brazilian Steakhouse

301 W Big Beaver Rd, Troy, MI 48084

Brazilian barbecue chain Fogo de Chão in Troy specializes in rodízio-style dining in which customers pay a fixed price and service staff circulate past tables offering different selections of grilled meats. The restaurant is currently accepting reservations between 11 a.m. and 9:30 p.m. on Christmas Eve and 11 a.m. and 9 p.m. on Christmas Day.

301 W Big Beaver Rd
Troy, MI 48084

5. Wolfgang Puck Steak

1777 3rd Ave, Detroit, MI 48226

There are a handful of seatings left at Wolfgang Puck Steak on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, a high-end steakhouse located inside the MGM Grand Detroit. The menu features options like shrimp cocktail, seafood platters, and American wagyu filet mignon.

1777 3rd Ave
Detroit, MI 48226

6. Iridescence

2901 Grand River Ave, Detroit, MI 48201

This glitzy restaurant offers spectacular views overlooking Detroit’s downtown and riverfront. It also happens to be open on Christmas Day for diners looking to treat themselves to a high-end holiday meal.

2901 Grand River Ave
Detroit, MI 48201

7. Garrido's Bistro & Pastry

19605 Mack Ave, Grosse Pointe Woods, MI 48236

Venezuelan restaurant Garrido’s is hosting two dinner seatings on Christmas Eve beginning at 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. respectively. Customers can choose from the traditional menu or seafood menu. Each includes an appetizer, main course, and dessert. There’s a tie and jacket requirement, although holiday sweaters are welcome. Kids must be 12 years or older to attend. The price ranges from $45 to $55 not including tax, gratuity, or drinks.

19605 Mack Ave
Grosse Pointe Woods, MI 48236

8. San Morello

1400 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48226

Pick up a ticket for a Christmas Eve dinner at San Morello. The restaurant is hosting a Feast of the Seven Fishes from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. featuring optional prix fixe Italian dishes. The cost is $85 per person excluding tax, gratuity, and drinks.

1400 Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI 48226

9. Eddie V's Prime Seafood

2100 W Big Beaver Rd, Troy, MI 48084

The Troy outpost of Italian chain Eddie V’s is serving a Feast of the Seven Fishes on Christmas Eve from noon to 10 p.m. Expect options like seafood towers, stone crab claws, Nantucket Bay scallops, and more.

2100 W Big Beaver Rd
Troy, MI 48084

10. The Capital Grille

2800 W Big Beaver Rd, Troy, MI 48084

Also near the Somerset Collection in Troy (for last-minute holiday shoppers), Capital Grille is open from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Christmas Eve. The menu will feature specials such as filet mignon with two lobster tails and Beaujolais sauce for $96.

2800 W Big Beaver Rd
Troy, MI 48084

11. Social Kitchen and Bar

225 E Maple Rd, Birmingham, MI 48009

Social Kitchen and Bar in Birmingham is open on Christmas Eve and accepting reservations. Expect options like hummus with spiced lamb, caesar salad, brick chicken, and more. The restaurant will be decked out in tacky seasonal decor.

225 E Maple Rd
Birmingham, MI 48009

12. Ale Mary's Beer Hall

316 S Main St, Royal Oak, MI 48067

Ale Mary’s Beer Hall is accepting reservations on Christmas Eve. The pub is currently decorated for the season with drink specials and Christmas cookies. It’s also known for serving vegan comfort food.

316 S Main St
Royal Oak, MI 48067

13. El Barzon

3710 Junction Ave, Detroit, MI 48210

Fine dining classic El Barzon is serving Christmas Eve dinner and still has plenty of reservations open. Customers can take their pick from a variety of Italian and Mexican entrees all made well, plus a quality selection of wines.

3710 Junction Ave
Detroit, MI 48210

14. Cafe Cortina

30715 W 10 Mile Rd, Farmington Hills, MI 48336

High-end Italian restaurant Cafe Cortina still has a few reservations open for Christmas Eve dinner. Look out for options like potato gnocchi with sage and porcini mushrooms, cheese ravioli, and stuffed quail.

30715 W 10 Mile Rd
Farmington Hills, MI 48336

15. Highlands

400 Renaissance Center Floor 72, Detroit, MI 48243

The Renaissance Center’s new steakhouse Highlands is still taking a handful of early evening reservations for Christmas Eve. Eat dry-aged beef with a view of the river.

400 Renaissance Center Floor 72
Detroit, MI 48243

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16. Detroit Vegan Soul

19614 Grand River Ave, Detroit, MI 48223

Detroit Vegan Soul in Grandmont Rosedale and West Village are accepting reservations for both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Expect options like candied yams, mashed potatoes, and seitan pepper steak.

19614 Grand River Ave
Detroit, MI 48223

17. Antihero

231 W Nine Mile Rd, Ferndale, MI 48220

Ferndale’s trendy izakaya-style restaurant is closing up for Christmas Eve and will reopen on Christmas Day for dinner with options like ramen, kimchi carbonara, and fried chicken buns.

231 W Nine Mile Rd
Ferndale, MI 48220

18. Roast

1128 Washington Blvd, Detroit, MI 48226

Celebrity chef Michael Symon’s downtown Detroit favorite Roast is closed for Christmas Eve, but will reopen its doors for dinner on Christmas Day. The menu includes options like roasted marrow, lamb ragu, and dry-aged ribeye.

1128 Washington Blvd
Detroit, MI 48226

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