Some restaurants in Rome close for the Christmas holidays, including many of our favorite ones. They take advantage of the low season, since Romans have long, heavy meals with family from December 24 and many lunches and dinners with friends and colleagues the week before Christmas. Therefore, few locals eat out from December 24 to January 6.
Most restaurants are open during the holidays but rest on December 24, 25, 31 and January 1. Which are the most critical days, when it is hard to find a good place unless you have a booking.
December 26, Boxing Day, is a no-brainer as all the restaurants working during the holidays will be open. The same holds for December 31, New Year’s Eve, but you’ll have to book a table for this special (usually much more expensive than usual) dinner.
It may also help to remind you that all or most ethnic restaurants are open during this time of the year.
Rather than writing about single restaurants, specifying when they are actually open, we will go the other way around: for every meal of the three “tough” days you’ll have a double choice as we think it’s faster and easier!
Romeo. One of the most fashionable restaurants of Rome. Modern decor, Italian cuisine. Features a bakery for stand up snacks, too. Near the Vatican.
Giuda Ballerino. Innovative Italian cuisine. They propose a limited osteria menu for this lunch. Southern Rome.
Taverna Giulia. Ligurian cuisine (pesto and the likes). Formal, old-style restaurant. Downtown Rome.
All’Oro. Creative. Michelin-starred. Set menu. Downtown Rome. Inside a unique hotel. For Special occasions. Expensive.
Cesare al Casaletto. Roman cuisine. Traditional dishes. Very genuine. Low-key decor. Western Rome. No website.
Marzapane. Young Spanish female chef. Innovative. Small cozy restaurant with modern ambiance. Pretty central.
Pipero al Rex. Very creative. Young chef. Small restaurant. Very central.
Flavio al Velavevodetto. Roman cuisine. Traditional. Local products. Reasonable prices. Double location, both semi-central.
Metamorfosi. Michelin-starred. International cuisine. Standard menu for this dinner. Expensive. Northern Rome, in the city’s poshest neighborhood.