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Dining out or picking up takeout for Christmas? These Jacksonville restaurants are open

Twas the night of Christmas and no one wanted to cook. Here are some local options to help have a great Christmas meal.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla — The above video was published in March 2020.

The culinary elves at some Jacksonville restaurants are accepting reservations for dine-in or to-go orders for Christmas dinner.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, many restaurants only are doing takeout holiday meals leading up to Christmas Day, when they will be closed. But some eateries will be open on Christmas with dine-in table service with reservations. 

Christmas take-out options

The following restaurants are offering Christmas meals-to-go. If in doubt check directly with the eatery.

Ida Claire South of Ordinary

Address: 10209 River Coast Drive at St. Johns Town Center

Offering: Christmas dinner kits that feed four or eight people. Price varies depending on the size of the dinner kit.

Cost: $90 or $160 for honey maple-glazed ham dinner. $140 or $240 for prime rib dinner. Each option comes with scalloped Yukon Gold potatoes, roasted winter vegetables, buttermilk cornbread with honey butter, ambrosia salad and snickerdoodle cookie dough. | Full menu

Ordering deadline: Dec. 20. Call (904) 326-1900 to order.

Pick up times available: Dec. 23 or Dec. 24.

Medure Brothers restaurants

Offering: Take home Christmas dinner with choices of cocktails, appetizers, soup or salad, entrees. side dishes and dessert. All items will be pre-cooked and ready to reheat.

Cost: Entrees range from $30 for maple-glazed ham, $170 for prime rib, $32 for chicken française and $69 for venison Schnitzel. Two portion sizes — serving 4 or 8 people — available. | Full menu  

Order deadline: 4 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 15. Order Christmas dinner items online.

Pickup: Noon-2 p.m. Dec. 23 at the specified location of either the restaurants'  Commissary Kitchen, 4446 Hendricks Ave. in San Marco; Restaurant Medure 818 A1A North in Ponte Vedra Beach; or Midtown Table, 5016 Gate Parkway near St. Johns Town Center.

Matthews Restaurant New Year's Eve party

Address: 2107 Hendricks Ave. in San Marco.

Offering: Dine-in service on New Year's Eve. A four-course prix-fixe menu. Each course will feature four or five options. The menu will be announced later.

Cost: $115.

Reservations: Accepted online or by calling (904) 396-9922.


Address: 3556 St. Johns Ave. in Avondale.

Offering: Holiday menu packages to go, and ala carte items. All pre-cooked and packaged with reheating instructions. | Full menu

Cost: Entrees range from $85 for horseradish crusted prime rib with red wine beef jus, $65 for roast turkey breast with pan gravy, $75 for slow-roasted beef brisket or $80 for ancho honey balsamic roasted salmon with capers, red onions, marinated tomatoes and mango salsa. See menu of sides, desserts, appetizers and more.

Order deadline: 5 p.m. Dec. 19. Order online or by phone (904) 387-2060.

Pickup deadline: 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Christmas Eve at the restaurant.

Prati Italia

Address4972 Big Island Drive near St. Johns Town Center

Offering: Two rounds of holiday meal packages — one for Christmas Eve and the other for New Year's Eve. People also can order from and ala carte items. Meals serve four to eight people depending on the selection. All come with reheating instructions. | Full menu.

Cost: $110 for the lasagna meal serving eight, $165 for the prime rib meal serving four people and $300 for a prime rib meal serving eight people.

Ordering deadline for the Christmas Eve meal is 10 a.m. Dec. 17. Pick up deadline is 3 to 6 p.m. Dec. 23 or 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 24.

Ordering deadline for New Year's Eve meal is 10 a.m. Dec. 24. Pick up deadline is 3 to 6 p.m. Dec. 30 or 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 31. Order online or by calling (904) 998-9744.

The Bread & Board

Address: 1030 Oak St. in Five Points and 4413 Town Center Parkway near St. Johns Town Center.

Offering: To-go create-your-own holiday boards and Christmas dinner meals from ala carte items to feed two to eight people. | Full menu 

Cost: Holiday boards range from about $47 to $56 depending on number of servings and ingredients. Christmas meals-to-go entrees range from $20 to $80 for Italian cherry-glazed ham, or $30 to $120 for pepper-crusted bee roast filet. 

Ordering deadline: Holiday meals-to-go is noon, Dec. 20. Boards can be ordered for pickup with 24 hours notice at both locations. Order online or by calling the closest store: (904) 862-6992 in Five Points and (904) 312-9157 at Town Center.

Simply Sara's

Address: 2902 Corinthian Ave. in Ortega

Offering: To-go holiday meals and ala carte casseroles, desserts and side dishes.

Cost: $100 for full dinner package with the option of bone-in spiral-cut glazed ham or three pounds of sliced turkey breast serving four to six people. The ala carte turkey and ham is $12 per pound. | Full menu

Ordering deadline: For turkey and ham orders is noon Dec. 17, and all other items is noon Dec. 20. To order call (904) 387-1000.

Pick up deadline: 2 to 4 p.m. Dec. 24. 

Maggiano's Little Italy

Address: 10367 Midtown Parkway at St. Johns Town Center

Offering: A holiday carry-out meal bundle that feeds four to six people through Dec. 24. Order the meal warm and ready to serve or prepared cold to be reheated. Entrees include lasagna, fettuccine alfredo and choice of chicken parmesan or chicken piccata plus side dishes and dessert. | Full menu

Cost: $95 

Ordering deadline: Cold meals should be ordered 24 hours before pickup. To order online or call (904) 380-4360.

Christmas Day dine-in options

These eateries are open for dine-in on Christmas and strongly recommend making reservations in advance.

Fogo de Chao 

Address: 4784 Town Center Parkway near St. Johns Town Center

Open for dine-in table service. Regular dinner menu and prices all day.

Holiday hours: 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Christmas Eve, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Christmas Day, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. New Year's Eve and 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. New Year's Day.

Reservations for dine-in available online or by calling (904) 512-7300.

Ruth's Chris Steak House

Address: 1201 Riverplace Blvd. in downtown Jacksonville and 814 A1A North in Ponte Vedra Beach

Open for dine-in.

Holiday hours: 2 to 9 p.m. Christmas Eve, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.Christmas Day, and 3 to 10 p.m. New Year's Eve at both locations. 

Offering: A Celebration Surf & Turf dinner starting at only $54.95, a Celebration Dinner for four people at $180, and the regular full menu. 

Reservations: Available online or by calling (904) 396-6200 for the Jacksonville restaurant and (904) 396-6200 for the Ponte Vedra location.

Chart House

Address: 1501 Riverplace Blvd, in downtown Jacksonville

Open for dine-in and offering takeout too.

Offering: A to-go prime rib family meal serving four people for $115 available for pick up Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. 

Takeout Order deadline: 3 p.m. Dec. 20. Order online or call (904) 398-3353.

Dine-in Christmas Day: Reservations recommended. Signature Chart House menu and specials available. Make reservations online or by calling the restaurant.

Texas de Brazil

Address: 4634 Town Center Parkway near St. Johns Town Center

Holiday hours: Open at noon Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Offering Dine-in with regular menu and prices.

Reservations: Available online or by calling (904) 474-3500.

Joe's Crab Shack

Address: 6 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville Beach

Open for dine-in table service and takeout Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Offering: Holiday ham meal including stuffing, mashed potatoes, turkey gravy, green beans, cranberry sauce and a slice of pumpkin pie.

Price: $18.99 for adults and $8.99 for children. Full menu.

More information: Call (904) 249-6160.

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