Some of those haunts are keeping their kitchens open. Open for regular Saturday service on Christmas Eve are Regi’s (1002 Light St., 410-539-7344, regisamericanbistro.com) and Ryleigh’s Oyster (36 E. Cross St., 410-539-2093, ryleighs.com) in Federal Hill, Downtown’s Frank & Nic’s West End Grille (511 W. Pratt St., 410-685-6800, frankandnics.com) and Alewife (21 N. Eutaw St., 410-545-5112, alewifebaltimore.com), and Kooper’s Tavern (1702 Thames St., 410-563-5423, koopers.com) and Slainte (1700 Thames St., 410-563-6600, slaintepub.com) in Fells Point.
One of the most intriguing holiday options this year is Towson’s Havana Road (8 W. Pennsylvania Ave., 410-494-8222, havanaroad.com), which will be serving a traditional Cuban Christmas Eve feast, including a whole roasted pig. Other non-traditional options are at the Sushi Sono (10215 Wincopin Circle, 410-997-6131, sushisomd.com) in Columbia, Ambassador Dining Room (3811 Canterbury Road, 410-366-1484, ambassadordining.com) in Tuscany-Canterbury, Akbar (823 N. Charles St., 410-539-0308, akbar-restaurant.com) in Mount Vernon and Darbar (1911 Aliceanna St., 410-563-8008, darbarbaltimore.com) in Fells Point.
Probably because Christmas Eve falls on a Saturday night this year, restaurants that might ordinarily close are staying open. Restaurants offering fixed-price menus, usually along with regular menu options, include The Elkridge Furnace Inn (5745 Furnace Ave., 410-379-9336, elkridgefurnaceinn.com), Bryan Voltaggio’s Volt (228 N. Market St., 301-696-8658, voltrestaurant.com) in Frederick, Petit Louis (4800 Roland Ave., 410-366-9393) in Roland Park, which is also offering its regular menu, and Charleston (1000 Lancaster St., 410-332-7373, charlestonrestaruant.com) in Harbor East.
Good places for gatherings of friends include Henninger’s (1812 Bank St., 410-342-2172, henningerstavern.com) in Upper Fells Point, Vino Rosina (507 S Exeter St., 410-528-8600, vinorosina.com), Cinghiale (822 Lancaster St., 410-547-8282, cgeno.com) and Pazo (1425 Aliceanna St., 410-534-7296, pazorestaurant.com) in Harbor East, 13.5 Wine Bar (1117 W. 36th St., 410-889-1064, 5winebar.com) in Hampden, and the Manor Tavern (15819 Old York Road, 410-771-8155, themanortavern.com) in Monkton.
All of the area Rams Head restaurants (ramsheadtavern.com) are open Christmas Eve. They include Rams Head Tavern Annapolis (33 West St., 310-268-4545), Rams Head Tavern Savage (8600 Foundry St., Savage, 301-604-3454) and Rams Head Roadhouse (1773 General Highway, 410-849-8058).
Downtown and Inner Harbor Christmas Eve dining options include Morton’s the Steakhouse (300 S. Charles St., 410-547-8255, mortons.com), Sotto Sopra (405 N. Charles St., 410-625-0534, sottosoprainc.com), Oceanaire (801 Aliceanna St., 443-872-0000, theoceanaire.com) and Ruth’s Chris Steak Houses (serioussteaks.com).
Finally, Victoria Gastro Pub (8201 Snowden River Parkway, 410-750-1880 victoriagastropub.com) in Columbia is holding an Ugly Sweater Christmas party until 10 p.m., and Wit & Wisdom (200 International Drive, 410-576-5800, witandwisdombaltimore.com), the restaurant in the new Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore, is open on Christmas Eve.