Christmas is still a few weeks away. But if you’re not planning on cooking this year, it’s best to plan ahead when it comes to ordering or making reservations for this busy, food-centric holiday. Plus, restaurants need to get an accurate count so they can plan ahead, too.
Here’s where to order or eat on Christmas in Boulder in 2023.
Where to Order
Georgia Boys BBQ
Let the talented smokemasters at Georgia Boys BBQ do all the hard work this year. You can pre-order a “take and bake” meal that includes smoked meats, sides and even desserts. Choose between mouthwatering options like whole smoked turkey breast or a maple bourbon glazed spiral cut ham. Available at the Longmont, Frederick and Greeley locations.
Centro Mexican Kitchen
Consider breakfast on Christmas morning handled. Treat yourself to an order (or several) of Centro’s pillowy soft Christmas conchas, a type of Mexican sweet bread. Pre-orders are open until Dec. 22 for pick up on Christmas Eve.
Impress your guests by ordering a Christmas platter from Blackbelly. You can add cheese and charcuterie, crudité and antipasto, as well as housemade bread, olives and marcona olives. Blackbelly is also doing pre-orders for holiday meats such as standing rib roasts, house-smoked hams, pork roasts, whole ducks and more.
The newly opened Boulder location of Maine Shack has a variety of New England classics available for pre-order through Dec. 18. You can dazzle your holiday guests with lobster roll kits, lobster mac & cheese, clam chowder, slaw, potato salad, blueberry hand pies and more. Pickups will be Dec. 20-23.
Where to Eat
Jill’s Restaurant & Bistro at St Julien Hotel & Spa
Jill’s is doing both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day meals, so you could indulge multiple times if you really don’t feel like cooking. Choose between an elegant candlelit dinner on Dec. 24 or Dec. 25. Or, if you’d rather dine during the day, make plans to attend the St Julien’s extravagant Christmas Day Brunch.
Whether you have family in town visiting or not, dining at Hotel Boulderado is a time-honored Christmas tradition in Boulder. And you’ve got options: Spruce Farm & Fish for brunch and dinner, the Corner Bar for all-day snacking or the hotel’s mezzanine buffet, which is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. this year. Be sure to stop and admire the 29-foot Christmas tree in the lobby, too.
The Greenbriar Inn
Spend Christmas Eve at the Greenbriar, which is hosting a delicious dinner buffet on Dec. 24. For $89 per person ($42 for kids), you can feast on executive chef Treis Rainey’s many masterpieces, including prime rib, roast duck and leg of lamb. Seatings are from 4-8:30 p.m. Reservations are required.
Jax Fish House
Start a new Christmas Eve tradition this year and head to Jax Fish House for the Feast of the Seven Fishes. For $85 per person, you’ll sit down to a delicious five-course meal that, yes, includes seven different types of fish. Wine pairings are also available for each course and you can make reservations online.
West End Tavern
Keep it simple this Christmas Eve and visit the West End Tavern, which is hosting a Christmas ham and eggnog dinner on Dec. 24. As the name suggests, ham is the centerpiece of this tasty meal, accompanied by sides like whipped potatoes and orange-glazed carrots. Wash it all down with an eggnog cocktail that includes bourbon. Yum!
OAK at Fourteenth
Join OAK at Fourteenth on Christmas Eve for a decadent four-course prix fixe meal. For $98 per person, you can enjoy perfectly prepared dishes like pan-seared foie gras, roasted duck breast, sea bass and more. You can add on an optional beverage pairing, too.
For many people, Corrida is a special-occasion restaurant—and Christmas Eve is the perfect reason to visit this upscale eatery. On Dec. 24, the restaurant is offering special menu additions like caviar and black truffle service.