Top 5 Holiday Dinners

This year, have your holiday with none of the hassle: Make a reservation at whichever of these festive local feasts fits your fancy.

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  1. The Golden Lamb is a standard in Cincinnati’s holiday dining scene. The historic hotel and restaurant will offer a Christmas Eve seating from noon to 7 p.m. featuring classic dishes like Cabernet Braised Pennsylvania Lamb Shank and Oven Roasted Turkey Breast, as well as Cincinnati-inspired sides like Sauerkraut balls and a specialty relish platter. Finish with Peppermint Patty gelato or their famous Shaker Sugar Pie. December 24, 27 S. Broadway, Lebanon, (513) 932-5065,
  2. Spend your Christmas Eve in a thoroughly Cincinnati fashion on a B.B. Riverboat dinner cruise. For a set price, enjoy holiday classics like applewood smoked ham, carved beef with Au Jus, green bean casserole, and roasted winter vegetables—with an unparalleled view of the skyline. Add drinks, dessert, and decorations for a home-for-the-holidays experience with none of the work. December 24, 2018, 101 Riverboat Row, Newport, (800) 261-8586,
  3. Treat the fanciest person you know to afternoon tea at Orchids at Palm Court this Christmas weekend. Enjoy premium loose-leaf tea, house-made pastries and appetizers, and traditional tea sandwiches surrounded by the decked halls of Cincinnati’s favorite Art Deco building. Dec 22, Hilton Netherland Plaza, (513) 421-9100,
  4. Though traditionally an Italian Christmas dinner, the annual Feast of the 7 Fishes at The President’s Room has become a Queen City holiday favorite. Celebrate with seven courses of seafood dishes like caviar and oyster pie, squid ink tortellini, and surf and turf with sea bass and Koji aged filet, all with perfectly paired wines and a seasonal Pizzelle with peppermint whipped cream. December 21, 812 Race St., Downtown, (513) 721-2260,
  5. Eighteen at the Radisson offers the best panoramic views of the city every night of the year, made all the better on Christmas Eve with a traditional holiday buffet. Enjoy seasonal classics alongside the restaurant’s legendary brunch buffet for a memorable (and mess-free) celebration. December 24, 668 W. Fifth St., Covington, (859) 491-5300,,

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