The holidays mean getting the family together and cooking for the family, and cleaning up after the family. This year it’s time to shake it up, take a break, and maybe eat out this Christmas in Ft. Lauderdale. Or, you can always shake the snowball up really hard, and eat out on Christmas eve as well. Wondering what restaurants in Ft. Lauderdale will be open on Christmas day? We've put together a holly jolly list of Ft.Lauderdale restaurants who will be open on Christmas this year. 

Christmas Eve Dining In Ft. Lauderdale

Southport Raw Bar

For lunch or an early dinner with the family, head to Southport on Christmas Eve. They close at 6 p.m. so make sure to get there early and enjoy all of their shrimp, mussels, clams, and oysters.


Your favorite restaurant serving American artisanal cuisine is open for Christmas Eve. They’ll be serving up their signature menus with favorites like their main lobster nachos, pork risotto, and beef tenderloin burrito. And don’t forget to finish off the meal with a bite of sweet and their chocolate bread pudding. Canyon does not accept reservations on holidays.

Jersey’s Wings & Raw Bar

Do you need some wings, burgers, or fried seafood before the ham, stuffing and mashed potatoes of Christmas? Jersey’s has you covered. Open Christmas Eve, this is the place to take your family to. Everyone will find something to love on the menu, from clam chowder to fried pickles, Mahi to calamari, and patty melts to hot dogs.

La Vie Lebanese 

On the night before Christmas the last thing anyone wants to do is cook, so head over to La Vie Lebanese and let them create a festival of taste, color, and music for you and your family. They’re open for their regular hours, so you don’t have to worry about rushing through your meal, sit back and savor tastes of the Mediterranean, the Levant, and Lebanon.


If you love quality Mexican and don’t want to cook for the in-laws on Christmas Eve, Lona is the place for you. Offering quality service, superior cuisine and the feeling of a high-end restaurant and open for their regular hours, Lona is the place to fill up on holiday cheer. Share small plates in preparation for the big Christmas Day meal, or go all-out and get your own tacos, tostadas, and margaritas.

Bimini Boatyard Bar & Grill 

Have a truly Florida Christmas Eve and sit out by the water for your dinner at Boatyard. Enjoy scenic views of the Intracoastal on their 80-seat patio and eat all the seafood you can manage. Prepare for all the octopus, crab cakes, scallops and Florida Paella you can imagine for a Christmas Eve that’s off the hook. Make sure to make an early reservation, they close at 10 p.m.

Landlubber’s Raw Bar & Grill

For a relaxed Christmas Eve, you don’t have to clean up, head out to Landlubber’s Raw Bar & Grill. Snack on sweet corn bites, creamy garlic and parmesan fries, conch fritters and calamari rings. Fill up on burgers, wings, tacos and the raw bar. And if Santa gets a lot of cookies tonight, don’t forget the sweets for yourself, indulge in a key lime pie, Reese’s peanut butter pie, or a triple fudge layer cake.

The Whale’s Rib

Christmas Eve on the beach means you have to go to The Whale’s Rib. You need your whale fries and whale juice, not to mention fresh, delicious seafood. They close early, so make sure to get there quick to enjoy all the raw bar specials.

Gilbert’s 17th Street Grill

Gilbert’s is providing you with the family feel and no clean up this Christmas Eve. Their homemade meals and family member on staff will make you feel like you’re in your own kitchen. Sit back and enjoy grilled chicken sandwiches, burgers and flank steak meals and the company of your family. Don’t forget to sample the homemade Key Lime pie and cheesecake.

Pasta And...

If Santa’s red suit reminds you of tomato sauce this Christmas Eve, head to Pasta And... where you’ll be surrounded by fine Italian cuisine. Their egg pasta is made daily, so enjoy it with Bolognese, as gnocchi or with Carbonara. Their risotto is made to order, with a wait time of only 20 minutes for fresh deliciousness. Fuel up with pasta for your long Christmas day.

Christmas Day Dining In Ft. Lauderdale 

La Vie Lebanese

If you’re tired of your usual Christmas meal of ham, turkey, potatoes, and stuffing, head out to La Vie Lebanese. Open all day for their regular hours, their tastes of the Mediterranean, the Levant and Lebanon will take your taste buds on a vacation. The best part? There’s nothing to clean up.


We just had turkey for Thanksgiving, and if you’re not feeling the bird and all the trimmings for Christmas, get quality Mexican at Lona. Offering quality service, superior cuisine and the feeling of a high-end restaurant and open for their regular hours, Lona is the place to fill up on holiday cheer.

S3 Sun Surf Sand

Dine this Christmas Day at an upscale, casual-chic restaurant in Ft. Lauderdale with a laid-back atmosphere, right next to the water. S3 brings sun, surf, and sand to steak, seafood, and sushi. Your menu is centered on coastal cuisine, featuring fresh daily catches and premium cuts of meat. Their team looks forward to serving you, so you can be assured that you will experience the best Christmas meal.

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