Dining out in Madison, Wisconsin on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day 2016

Wreath 246pxThis list began nine 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. In 2015, we 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.

Adhering to tradition, our list is divided into two sections: The first features Chinese restaurants; the second features other locally-owned Madison-area restaurants, most of which serve from their regular menus rather than cooking up Christmas specials. At the very end of the listings is a link to a list of “Restaurant Chains Open for Christmas 2016.” This list is compiled by RestaurantNews.com and it provides general, not specific, information about these options.

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 from 11 a.m. until 11 p.m. Close December 25th

Chang Jiang, 948 W. Main Street, Sun Prairie, 608-825-9108
Open December 24th from 11 a.m. until 10:30 p.m. and December 25th from noon 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 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. and December 25th from 2 p.m. until 9 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 and 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. on December 25th

Imperial Garden West, 2039 Allen Boulevard, Middleton, 608-238-6445
Open December 24th from 4 p.m. unril 10 p.m.); closed December 25th
Reservations strongly suggested

Jade Garden, 1109 South Park Street, 608-260-9890
Open December 24th and 25th from 11:15 a.m. until 10 p.m.

Nani Dim Sum Restaurant, 518 Grand Canyon Drive, 608-826-9300
Open December 24th and 25th from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m.

Oriental Wok, 532 S. Park Street, 608-255-1288
Open December 24th and 25th from 11 a.m. until 12:30 a.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

1847 at the Stamm House, 6625 Century Ave, Middleton, 608-203-9430
Open December 24th from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. and closed December 25th

Angkor-wat Cambodian Thai Restaurant, 602 South Park Street, 608-422-5666
Open December 24th and 25th from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m.

Blue Moon Bar & Grill, 2535 University Avenue, 608-233-0441
Open December 24th from 11 a.m. until “5ish” and December 25th from 5 p.m. until 2 a.m.

Bonfyre American Grille, 2601 West Beltline Highway, (608) 273-3973
Open from 4 p.m. until 11 p.m. on December 24th (Reservations requested). Closed December 25th

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.

First United Methodist Church, 203 Wisconsin Avenue, 608-338-0320
FREE Christmas Day meal from noon until 2 p.m. on December 25th

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, 750 North Midvale Boulevard, 608-233-9550
Open December 24th from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. and closed December 25th
Reservations recommended

Forequarter, 708 East Johnson Street, (608) 609-4717
Open December 25th from 5 p.m. until sold out. 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 10 p.m. and December 25th from 6 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Layla’s-Persian food with a local flare, 141 South Butler Street, 608-216-4511
Open December 24th from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. Serving a specias Hanukamas (Haaa-new-ka-mas) menu, including Sufganiot Burgers, latke bar and more!

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 8 p.m. Serving a Christmas buffet
Reservations highly recommended

Maharani Indian Restaurant, 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 10 p.m

Om Indian Fusian Cuisine, 3517 East Washington Avenue, 608-467-2110
Open December 24th from 11:30 a.m. until 10 p.m. and December 25th from 11:30 a.m. until 9 p.m.

Parkway Family Restaurant, 1221 Ann Street, 608-255-2355
Open December 24th and 25th from 5 a.m. until 9 p.m.

Rare Steakhouse, 14 West Mifflin Street, 608-204-9000
Open December 24th from 2 p.m. until 9 p.m.
Reservations recommended

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

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 Cheeze Factory Restaurant, 521 Wisconsin Dells Pkwy S, Wisconsin Dells, 608-253-6065
Open December 25th from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. (“100% Vegan & Non-GMO Menu”)

The Edgewater Hotel, 1001 Wisconsin Place, 800-922-5512
The Grand Ballroom
Open December 25th for Christmas Brunch from 10 a.m. until 2 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 close (serving limited menu only on the 25th)

The Great Dane Pub-Eastside 876 Jupiter Drive, 608-442-1333
Open December 24th from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. and December 25th from 4 p.m. until close (Serving Limited Late Night Menu on the 25th)

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 2 a.m.; 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 midnight.

The Melting Pot of Madison, 6816 Odana Road, 608-833-5676
Open December 24th from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m.

Tandoori House 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

The New Paradise Lounge, 119 East Main Street, 608-256-2263
Open December 24th and 25th from noon until 1:30 a.m.

Tip Top Tavern, 601 North Street, 608-241-5515
Open “regular hours” (11 a.m. until 2 a.m.) on December 24th and open December 25th from 5 p.m. until midnight (bar service only, no food)

Tully’s II Food and Spirits, 6401 Monona Drive, Monona; 608-222-4995
Open “normal hours” on December 24th and December 25th from 10 a.m.

Restaurant Chains Open for Christmas 2016

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@gmail.com

Last updated 12/24/2016