Dining out on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day 2012

This list began six years ago in 2007 as a blog post on my personal blog listing Chinese restaurants in the Madison area open on Christmas. It proved to be incredibly popular, drawing thousands of visitors. The following year, in 2008, we expanded the list by adding non-Chinese restaurants.

Reading that 2008 blog post will also provide you with some background information on what has become a very popular holiday tradition for us: We’ve welcomed thousands and thousands of visitors during the holiday season who are looking for this information — and learned that lots of people don’t dine at home on Christmas Eve and/or Christmas Day.

Compiling and updating this list takes an enormous amount of time: Every restaurant on the list is called to confirm when they’re open. This year, Coco, the Madison on the Cheap administrative assistant, made the calls and updated the information. She says she’s been amazed at the number restaurants that don’t make a decision about whether or not they’ll be open until shortly before Santa starts his journey (a practice that requires her to make multiple follow-up calls).

Adhering to tradition, the list is divided into two sections: The first features Chinese restaurants; the second features other Madison-area restaurants, some of which serve festive Christmas brunches and others which serve from their regular menus.

Important: Even though a restaurant is open on December 24th and/or December 25th, it may have limited hours or menu options. Please call ahead to confirm details.

Part I: Madison-area Chinese restaurants open December 24th and December 25th

A-8 China, 608 University Avenue, 608-250-8888

Open December 24th from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m.

Chang Jiang, 948 W. Main Street, Sun Prairie, 608-825-9108
Open December 24th and 25th

China Buffet, 3579 E. Washington Avenue, 608-241-9978
Open December 24th and 25th from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m.

China Inn, 4702 Cottage Grove Road, 608-222-8829
Open December 24th and 25th from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m.

China Kitchen, 6608 Mineral Point Road, 608-826-4432
Open December 24th and 25th

China One Buffet, 518 Grand Canyon Drive, 608-833-5288
Open December 24th and 25th (Reservations suggested for special buffet on Christmas Day)

China Wok Buffet, 6913 University Avenue, 608-826-0333
Open December 24th and 25th

Fugu Asian, 411 West Gilman Street, 608-286-7277
Open “regular hours” on December 24th and 25th

Great China, 617 N. Sherman Avenue, 608-244-9988
Open “regular hours” December 24th and 25th

Hong Kong Cafe, 2 S. Mills Street, 608-259-1668
Open December 24th (Lunch only from 11 .m. to 7 p.m.); closed December 25th

Imperial Garden West, 2039 Allen Boulevard, Middleton, 608-238-6445
Open December 24th (Lunch: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Dinner 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.);  closed December 25th

Oriental Wok, 532 S. Park Street, 608-255-1288
Open “regular hours” on December 24th and 25th

P.F. Chang’s, 2237 Deming Way, Middleton, 608-831-2488
Open December 24th from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m.

QQ Asian Buffet, 1291 North Sherman Avenue, 608-819-8448
Open “regular hours” December 24th and 25th

Tai’s Asian Bistro, 638 S. Whitney Way, 608-661-8889
Open “regular hours” December 24th and December 25th

World Buffet, 2451 W. Broadway, 608-222-2962
Open”regular hours”  December 24th and December 25th (special Christmas Day buffet)

Yes Buffet, 3038 S. Fish Hatchery Road, Fitchburg, 608-273-3038
Open December 24th and 25th (20% discount Christmas Day)

Part II: Additional Madison restaurants open on December 24th and December 25th

Avenue Bar, 1128 E. Washington Avenue, 608-257-6877
Open December 24th 11  a.m. until 3 p.m. and December 25th from 11 a.m.to 8 p.m.
Serving a special Holiday Menu on December 25th (reservations suggested)

Bandung, 600 Williamson Street, 608-255-6910
Open December 24th from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. (lunch) and 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. (dinner)

Benvenuto’s Italian Grill, 1849 Northport Drive, 608-241-1144 
Benvenuto’s Italian Grill
, 2949 Triverton Pike Drive in Fitchburg, 608-278-7800
Both locations open December 24th from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Bonfyre American Grille
2601 West Beltline Highway, (608) 273-3973
Open from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. on December 24th (Reservations requested)

Café Costa Rica, 141 South Butler Street, 608-256-9830 (Reservations requested)
Open December 24th from noon until 9 p.m. (Reservations requested)

Club Tavern,
1915 Branch Street, Middleton (608) 836-3773
Open December 24th from 11 a.m. until bar closing time and December 25th from 7 p.m. until bar closing time (Note: No food service o the 25th, “just booze.”

Dhaba Indian Bistro, 8333 Greenway Boulevard, Middleton, 608-203-8822
Open December 24th

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, 750 North Midvale Boulevard, 608-233-9550
Open December 24th from 5  p.m. to 10 p.m. (Reservations recommended)

Forequarter, 708¼ East Johnson Street, 608-609-4717
Open December 25th from 7 p.m. until midnight
Limited menu of Chinese food cooked by Johnny & Ben, plus full bar service

Gus’s Diner, 630 North Westmount, Sun Prairie; 608-318-0900
Open December 24th from 6 a.m. until 4 p.m. and December 25th from 6 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Click here to print a coupon for 10% off your purchase.

Hilton Monona Terrace, 9 East Wilson Street, 608-255-5100
Capitol Chophouse open December 24th from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m.  (Reservations recommended)

Lillana’s, 2951 Triverton Pike in Fitchburg, 608-442-4444
Open for dinner on December 25th from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. (Reservations suggested)

Maharani, 380 W. Washington Avenue, 608-251-9999
Open December 24th and 25th for lunch from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. and dinner from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m.

Old Chicago, 7702 Mineral Point Road, 608-827-0033
Open December 24th from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Pancake Cafe, 6220 Nesbitt Road, Fitchburg; 608-204-7040
Open December 24th from 7 a.m. until 2 p.m.

PC Kitchen (Pancake Cafe’s Little Brother), 724 South Gammon Road, 608-819-6865
Open December 24th and December 25th from 7 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Queen Anne’s Catering at The Westside Club, 437 Junction Road, 608-833-0404
Open December 25th for brunch with seatings from 11 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. (Reservations required)

Restaurant Muramoto
225 King Street, 608-259-1040
Open December 24th from 11:30 a.m. until 7 p.m. (Reservations requested)

Samba Brazilian Grill, 240 West Gilman Street, 608-257-1111
Open December 24th from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m.

Sushi Muramoto
546 North Midvale Boulevard, 608-441-1090
Open December 24th from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m.

Swagat, 707 N. High Point Road, 608-836-9399
Open December 24th and 25th

Taj Indian Restaurant, 1256 South Park Street, 608-268-0772
Open December 24th and 25th

Takara Japanese Restaurant – West Side, 696 South Whitney Way, 608-270-1188
Open December 24th and 25th

Taste of India, 2623 Monroe Street, 608-218-9200
Open December 24th and 25th

The Great Dane Pub-Downtown, 123 East Doty Street, 608-284-0000
Open December 24th from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. and December 25th from 6 p.m. until bartime; serving from late-nite menu only

The Great Dane Pub – Eastside, 876 Jupiter Drive, 608-442-1333
Open December 24th from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. and December 25th from 6 p.m. until bartime; serving from late-nite menu only

The Great Dane Pub-Fitchburg, 2980 Cahill Main, 608-442-9000
Open December 24th from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. and December 25th from 5 p.m. until bartime; serving from late-nite menu only

The Great Dane Pub-Hilldale, 357 Price Place, 608-661-9400
Open December 24th from  11 a.m. until 8 p.m.

Tully’s II Food and Spirits, 6401 Monona Drive, Monona; 608-222-4995
Open December 24th from 11 a.m. until bartime and December 25th from 11 a.m. until bartime (special Holiday Menu)

If you know about a Madison-area restaurant that will be open on December 24th or December 25th, please share the information with us by using our contact form, or sending an email to us at madisononthecheap

Last updated 12/22/2012