Dining out in Madison, Wisconsin on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day 2014

This list began seven years ago in 2007 as a 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.

Over the years, publishing this list 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. This year, we’ve moved the list from our Madison on the Cheap website (which is on hiatus) to Quintessential Madison, a new website featuring stories about Madison people, places, and history.

Compiling and updating the list takes an enormous amount of time: Every restaurant on the list is called to confirm when they’re open. This year, I’ve had the help of a very efficient and speedy assistant, which is why the list is up earlier than usual.

Adhering to tradition, our list is divided into two sections: The first features Chinese restaurants; the second features other Madison-area restaurants, most of which serve from their regular menus rather than cooking up Christmas specials.

Important: Even though a restaurant is open on December 24th and/or December 25th, it may have limited hours or menu options. Plus, plans change. 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 and 25th from 11 a.m. until 11 p.m.

Chang Jiang, 948 W. Main Street, Sun Prairie, 608-825-9108
Open December 24th and 25th from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m.

China Inn, 4702 Cottage Grove Road, 608-222-8829
Open December 24th and 25th from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m.

China Kitchen, 6608 Mineral Point Road, 608-826-4432
Open December 24th from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. and December 25th from 4 p.m. until 10 p.m.

China Wok Buffet, 6913 University Avenue, 608-826-0333
Open December 24th and 25th from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m.

Fugu Asian, 411 West Gilman Street, 608-286-7277
Open December 24th and 25th from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m.

Great China, 617 N. Sherman Avenue, 608-244-9988
Open December 24th and 25th from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m.

Hong Kong Cafe, 2 S. Mills Street, 608-259-1668
Open regular hours December 24th ; 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 9:30 p.m.); closed December 25th

Oriental Wok, 532 S. Park Street, 608-255-1288
Open December 24th and 25th from 11 a.m. until 1 a.m.

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

Tai’s Asian Bistro, 638 S. Whitney Way, 608-661-8889
Open December 24th and December 25th from 1 p.m. until 8 p.m.

The Journey Buffet and Grill, 4325 Lien Road, 608-663-6686
Open December 24th and 25th from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m.

World Buffet, 2451 W. Broadway, 608-222-2962
Open December 24th from 11 a.m. until 9:30 p.m. and December 25th from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m.

World Buffet, 499 D’Onofrio Drive, 608-833-6789
Open December 24th and 25th from 11 a.m. until 9:30 p.m.

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)

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. and closed December 25th

Bonfyre American Grille, 2601 West Beltline Highway, (608) 273-3973
Open from 11 a.m. until 11 p.m. on December 24th (Reservations requested). Closed December 25th

Claddagh Irish Pub, 1611 Aspen Commons, Middleton, (608) 833-5070
Open December 24th from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. Closed December 25th

Club Tavern,
1915 Branch Street, Middleton, (608) 836-3773
Open December 24th from 11 a.m. until 2 a.m. and December 25th from 5 p.m. until 2 a.m.Note:
No regular food service on the 25th – “just booze and appetizers”

Dhaba Indian Bistro, 8333 Greenway Boulevard, Middleton, 608-203-8822
Open from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. until 10 p.m. on December 24th and 25th

Edo Japanese Restaurant, 532 South Park Street, (608) 268-0247
Open from 11 a.m. until midnight on December 24th and 25th

Edo Garden Monona, 6309 Monona Drive, (608) 226-9828
Open December 24th from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. and December 25th from 4 p.m. until 10 p.m.

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, 750 North Midvale Boulevard, 608-233-9550
Open December 24th from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Seasonal menu with several courses. $49.95 per person. Reservations recommended

Forequarter, 708 East Johnson Street, (608) 609-4717
Open December 25th from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m. serving a Chinese menu. NO RESERVATIONS

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.

Hilton Monona Terrace, 9 East Wilson Street, 608-255-0165
Capitol Chophouse open December 24th from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m. Reservations highly recommended

Layla’s Persian Restaurant, 141 South Butler Street, 608-216-4511
Open December 24th and 25th for lunch from 11 a.m. until 2.p.m. and dinner from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m.
Reservations essential (seating is limited)

Liliana’s, 2951 Triverton Pike in Fitchburg, 608-442-4444
Open December 24th from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Serving a four-course dinner.
Open December 25th from 4 p.m. until 9 p.m. Serving a Christmas buffet
Reservations highly recommended

Maharaja Indian Restaurant, 6713 Odana Road, 608-833-1824
Open for lunch from 11:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. and dinner from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m. on December 24th and 25th

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.

Marrakesh Restaurant, 5510 University Avenue, 608-238-7111
Open from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. on December 24th and 25th

Restaurant Muramoto,
225 King Street, 608-259-1040
Open December 24th from 11:30 a.m. until 10 p.m. (Reservations requested)

Sa-Bai Thong, 6802 Odana Road, 608-828-9565
Open for lunch from 11 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. and dinner from 4 p.m. until 9 p.m. on December 24th

Salvatore’s Tomato Pies, 503 West Main Street, Sun Prairie; (608) 318-1761
Open December 24th from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m.

Samba Brazilian Grill, 240 West Gilman Street, 608-257-1111
Open December 24th from 4 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 for lunch from 11:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. and dinner from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m. on December 24th and 25th

Taj Indian Restaurant, 1256 South Park Street, 608-268-0772
Open “regular hours” December 24th and from noon until 8 p.m. on December 25th

Takara Japanese Restaurant – West Side, 696 South Whitney Way, 608-270-1188
Open for lunch from 11 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. and dinner from 4:30 p.m. until 10 p.m. on December 24th and 25th

Taste of India, 2623 Monroe Street, 608-218-9200
Open for lunch from 11:30 until 2:30 p.m. and dinner from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m. on December 24th and 25th

The Edgewater Hotel, 1001 Wisconsin Place, 800-922-5512
Statehouse Restaurant
Open December 25th from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. – Reservations highly recommended
The Grand Ballroom
Open December 25th from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. – Reservations highly recommended

The Great Dane Pub-Downtown, 123 East Doty Street, 608-284-0000
Open December 24th from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. and December 25th from 5 p.m. until bartime; serving limited menu only

The Great Dane Pub – Eastside, 876 Jupiter Drive, 608-442-1333
CLOSED DUE TO FIRE

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

The Great Dane Pub-Hilldale, 357 Price Place, 608-661-9400
Open December 24th from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. and December 25th from 5 p.m. until 2 a.m.

The Melting Pot of Madison, 6816 Odana Road, 608-833-5676
Open December 24th 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 10 a.m. until bartime
Food only available until 10 p.m. on both days

A list of national restaurant chains open for Christmas Eve and Christmas day 2014 should be available by the middle of December. We will post a link to the list as soon as we receive it.

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 sending an email to us at madisononthecheap

Last updated 12/14/2014