Interested in joining a Natale Holiday Passeggiata with us in Rome during the holidays? Email us!
Worried that the Eternal City will shut down during the holidays? Or that it will be impossible to find a table? Au contraire, fine meals can be had in Rome during the holiday season.
Natale is in the air: twinkling lights, ornaments and decorations, Christmas markets, low temperatures and icy window panes. Most restaurants in Rome do stay open for Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Years’ Eve. Options for quality and price do vary. Some venues furthermore offer only prix fixe tasting menus on select holiday dates. But not to worry, we have you covered.
Where to cozy up with a fine lunch, or a scrumptious dinner in Rome? Read on for our annual alphabetized list of favorite ristoranti, updated for 2018-19.
Achilli al Parlamento – open Dec 31
Aroma at Palazzo Manfredi – open Dec 27-30
Baccano – always open
Bistrot 64 – open Dec 24 to 31 (New Year’s Eve prix fixe menu)
Caffè Propaganda – open Dec 25-31 (both nights prix fixe tasting menus)
Casa Bleve – open Dec 26-30. Dec 31 open for lunch only
Cesare al Casaletto – open Dec 24-25, closed Dec 26-Jan 9
Checchino dal 1887 – open Dec 24-28
Chinappi – open Dec 24-25-31 (all prix fixe menus)
Ditirambo – always open, Dec 31 prix fixe dinner menu
Flavio al Velavevodetto – open Dec 24 lunch only, Dec 26 lunch and dinner, Jan 1
Giuda Ballerino! – open Dec 31 (prix fixe menu)
Glass Hostaria – open Dec 27-30, Dec 31 prix fixe dinner menu
Imàgo – open Dec 24 dinner prix fixe, Dec 25 lunch prix fixe, Dec 31 dinner prix fixe
La Cucina di Oliver Glowig, Mercato Centrale – open dec 24 lunch only, Dec 26-30 lunch and dinner, Dec 31 dinner only
La Torricella – open Dec 24-25 lunch only, lunch and dinner Dec 31 and Jan 1
Luciano – open Dec 31, Jan 1
Magnolia at the Grand Hotel – always open, Dec 31 dinner prix fixe
Madeleine – always open, Dec 31 dinner prix fixe
Madre – always open, Dec 31 dinner prix fixe
Marzapane – open Dec 24 dinner only, Dec 25 lunch only
Metamorfosi – open Dec 27-29, Dec 31 dinner only
Osteria dell’Ingegno – open Jan 1 lunch only
Osteria der Belli – call for last minute openings
Pantaleo – open Dec 24-30 dinner only, Dec 31 dinner prix fixe
Pipero – always open
Pizzeria San Marco – always open
Roscioli – open Dec 27-Dec 31. Until Jan 6, open Sunday, usual closing day
Santo Palato – always open
Secondo Tradizione – open Dec 24 and 26, Dec 25 dinner only
Tavernaccia da Bruno – open Dec 24. Fully booked Dec 25. Closed Dec 31 and Jan 1
Urbana 47 – always open
Be sure to check websites well in advance. While the openings have been personally double-checked and confirmed, changes may occur. Buone Feste!
Eleonora Baldwin is a TV host, freelance food and travel writer, and culinary connoisseur based in Rome, Italy. Her writing appears in several food and travel publications. Her shows “ABCheese” and “Uazz’america” are broadcast on Italian food network Gambero Rosso Channel. Her podcast “iCheese” is recorded live on the Radio Food Live network.