Rhode Island Holiday Takeout and Dinner Options

Leave the holiday cooking to your local restaurants, popups and caterers this year.
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Beef tenderloin and scalloped potatoes from Easy Entertaining. Photo by Angel Tucker.

From picking up a heat-and-eat meal to learning how to make one yourself, these restaurants, popups and catering companies are offering some easy options for appetizers, main courses, sides and desserts for you to ring in the holiday season without the hassle of preparations. Order a full takeout feast or just a dessert or side dishes. Either way, Rhode Island restaurants, caterers and popups are here to make your life a little easier no matter how you celebrate.

Editor’s Note: This article was updated on December 15, 2022, with updates continuing to me made. Are we missing a menu? Please email details to kmurray@rimonthly.com.

Holiday Reservations [🍽️] and Takeout [🥡] Options

  1. Angelo’s 🥡 🍽️

Angelo’s is offering all kind of Christmas treats for your home enjoyment, including pastine soup, homemade Italian wedding soup, antipasto, meat lasagna, baked stuffed shrimp, roasted half chickens, gnocchi in pink vodka sauce, cheesecakes, apple crisp and so much more. Find the full holiday catering menu here. They also have fun Holiday Cannoli Kits which include the shells, piping bags filled with homemade ricotta filling, sprinkles, Oreo crumbles and confectionary sugar. Pre-order before Wednesday December 21, for pickup Dec. 24 from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Order online here. Angelo’s is also open for dine-in service on Christmas Eve. 141 Atwells Ave., Providence, 401-621-8171, angelosri.com

2. Basta 🥡 🍽️

Basta is offering a Christmas takeout meal and it’s also hosting Christmas Eve dinner at the restaurant. The oven-ready takeout meal generously feeds four to six. It features a seasoned roast beef tenderloin and sides including butternut squash bisque; roasted root vegetables; herb and garlic roasted potatoes; winter arugula salad; fresh-baked dinner rolls and a choice of homemade dessert. The price is $229 for the standard Christmas Family Dinner or $329 with an antipasto upgrade. Tenderloin enhancements and additional sides, drinks or wine bottles are also available a la carte. The finish-at-home dinners also come with instructions, roasting pans and a thermometer. Pre-order while supplies last and staff will contact you to confirm and to schedule a convenient pickup time on Saturday, December 24. 2195 Broad St., Cranston, 401-461-2300, bastaonbroad.com

3. Chapel Grille 🍽️

Chapel Grille has put together a special dine-in menu featuring a cheese board and calamari starters, a raw bar, pasta options, filet mignon and pan-roasted eggplant entrées, delicious sides and more for Christmas Eve. they even offer a children’s menu with kiddo’s choice of chicken tenders or penne pasta. Due to high volume, Chapel Grille will not be able to make any substitutions to the menu (find it in full here).  Reservations are available from 4–8 p.m.  3000 Chapel View Blvd., Cranston, 401-944-4900, chapelgrilleri.com

4. Easy Entertaining 🥡

Easy Entertaining is offering many different items and packages for the holidays, including an extensive artisanal cheese platter that serves ten to fifteen for $159, two pounds of shrimp cocktail for $85, a la carte brunch offerings, build-your-own-dinners and more. The build-your-own-dinner package serves ten to fifteen and includes your choice of protein (ham, turkey or roast beef), salad, pasta and one side for $320 (or two sides for $349). Find the full menu here. The packages and a la carte items are available to pre-order and pick up on Friday, December 23, between 12–3 p.m. Orders must be received by noon on Monday, December 19. All items are picked up or delivered cold with re-heating instructions included. Prices do not include 7% RI sales tax, 1% food and beverage tax or 5% administrative fee. Delivery fees will be added based on location. Order online here166 Valley St., Building 10, Providence, 401-437-6090, easyentertainingri.com

5. Mill’s Tavern 🍽️

Opt for a dine-in dinner at Mill’s Tavern on Christmas Eve. Call the restaurant or go online to make your reservation between 4 to 7 p.m. The dine-in menu offers a selection of festive dishes like rabbit porchetta with pickled mustard seed and rabbit demi; port poached pear salad with arugula, roast garlic, balsamic vinaigrette, candied hazelnut crumble and pistachio crusted goat cheese; 10oz black angus filet with lobster mornay; and seared scallop with truffled wild mushroom risotto. The tavern is also offering a hot cocoa creme brulee with housemade vanilla bean marshmallows and a gingerbread cookie for dessert and libations like winter warmer sangria and spiced eggnog. 101 North Main St., Providence, 401-272-3331, millstavernrestaurant.com, instagram.com

6. Nicks on Broadway 🥡

Nicks on Broadway has Holiday To-Go Menus. Orders need to be in by Saturday, December 17. Pickups will be scheduled for Friday, December 23 between 2–8 p.m. The Christmas Dinner packages are $95 for two people and include a brown sugar glazed New England ham for meat eaters or roasted Rhode Island mushrooms and lentils lots for vegetarians, plus sides like mashed Schartner Farm potatoes, honey roasted local winter veggies, wilted Schartner Farm greens and onions with herbs and garlic, buttermilk biscuits with Aquidneck Honey butter, gingerbread bread pudding squares with caramel sauce and a bottle of wine (your choice of rose, white, red or sparkling). Email info@nicksonbroadway.com to order. 500 Broadway, Providence, 401-421-0286 or 401-421-0287, nicksonbroadway.com

7. Ocean House 🍽️

Celebrate Christmas Eve with a festive holiday brunch in the Bistro. Indulge in delicious buffet options, listen to live jazz in the lobby and enjoy unlimited drinks meal. The brunch is available between 8 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. and priced at $95 per adult and $45 per child (age four to twelve). The Bistro is also hosting Christmas Day brunch from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for $95 per adult and $45 per child. Reservations are currently available for both days by phone at 401-584-7000 or online here and here, respectively. A non-refundable deposit of $25 per person is due at time of booking and will be applied to your check on the day of the event. Furthermore, the Ocean House’s two-star Michelin chef Gabriel Kreuther invites guests to enjoy a seven-course prix-fixe menu he has created for Christmas Day. Come to COAST to enjoy festive gourmet dishes like diver scallops and tuna tartare seasoned with Osetra caviar, roasted button mushroom soup, hay smoked two-week duck breast and more. Space is limited and only open to guests twenty-one years of age and older. Please note: tickets purchased for this event are non-refundable and 100% pre-payment is required. Learn more here. 1 Bluff Ave., Watch Hill, 888-853-2919, oceanhouseri.com

8. Weekapaug Inn 🍽️

Weekapaug Inn is excited to uphold the Italian-American holiday tradition of hosting a Feast of the Fishes on Christmas Eve. Enjoy a sumptuous family-style seafood meal prepared with the finest and freshest local ingredients by the talented Weekapaug Inn culinary team.  See the full menu, which includes bacala, seared scallops and more, here. Reservations are available online here or by calling 855-679-2995. 25 Spray Rock Rd, Westerly, 401-637-7600, weekapauginn.com

9. Persimmon 🥡

Persimmon Provisions, Persimmon’s former Barrington butcher shop, has made a special return appearance for the holiday season to offer some meaty favorites, including beef Wellington and tenderloin, bone-in prime rib and loin roasts, Australian rack of lamb, foie gras torchon, veal stock and much more. Place your order via email to champe@persimmonri.com by Monday, December 19, and your meal will be ready for pick up at the restaurant on Friday, December 23 from noon to 8 p.m. Prices vary per item. 99 Hope St., Providence, 401-432-7422, persimmonri.com

10. Red Stripe Restaurant  🍽️

In addition to its regular menu, Red Stripe will be offering a number of specials on Christmas Eve. Think starters like butternut and apple bisque and poached pear salad; entrées like coq au vin and brown sugar salmon; and a dessert of peppermint creme brule. Make your reservation here. 465 Angell St., Providence, 401-437-6950, redstriperestaurants.com

11. Walrus and Carpenter Oysters 🥡

Walrus and Carpenter Oysters is offering oyster pickups for the holidays. Place your orders here for pickup on Friday, December 23, from 5–7 p.m. at 73 Harrison Street in Providence. Stick around during pickup hours for a bonfire and samples and drinks. Mail order is also available to areas of New England, New York and New Jersey shipped/delivered on specific dates. 73 Harrison St. Providence, for pickup; headquarters at 83 State St., Narragansett, walrusandcarpenteroysters.com

12. Luigi’s Restaurant and Gourmet Express 🥡

Luigi’s is accepting Christmas Holiday orders until Thursday, December 15. Different options include family holiday dinner packages, individual holiday dinner packages, and a la carte appetizers, entrées, sides and more. All orders will be picked up cold and ready to reheat or take and bake, with reheating instructions provided.  Schedul your pickup for Friday, December 23 after 3 p.m. or on Christmas Eve between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. 1359 Hartford Ave., Johnston, 401-455-0045, luigisgourmet.com

13. Edgewood Cheese Shop 🥡

Edgewood Cheese Shop is now taking Christmas pre-orders for their popular cheese and charcuterie platters. Available in three sizes (priced $95–$175), the platters include cheeses, meats, jams, honey, fruit, nuts, crackers and sliced baguette. They will be available for pick-up Christmas Eve from 11 a.m.–3 p.m. Pre-orders can be placed by calling the shop at 401-941-2400 or online here. 1828 Broad St.,
Cranston, 401-941-2400, edgewoodcheeseshop.com

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Christmas Platter 2022. Photo courtesy of Edgewood Cheese Shop.


14. Basil and Bunny 🥡

Basil and Bunny has created a 100% plant-based Christmas menu with favorites like charcuterie board, chicky (a.k.a. chickpea) pot pie, pesto meatballs, roasted butternut squash lasagna, chocolate pecan pie and more. All items will be available à la carte. Pre-order here for pickup on Friday, December 23, between 12 and 9 p.m. 500 Wood St., Unit 214, Bristol, 401-490-1918, basilandbunny.square.site

15. The Mooring 🍽️

The Mooring will be open on Christmas Eve from noon to 7 p.m. with its regular menu alongside some seasonal specials. guests can expect a first course of kale-pancetta ravioli or scallop crudo followed by an entrée of roasted black cod or pork osso bucco and then a fig tartlet for dessert. To make a reservation, visit mooringrestaurant.com or call 401-846-2260. 1 Sayers Wharf, Newport, 401-846-2260, mooringrestaurant.com

16. Feast and Fettle 🥡

Feast and Fettle is offering holiday meal delivery on Friday, December 23. The special offerings include entrées like herb crusted beef tenderloin with horseradish sauce, maple glazed holiday ham, duck leg confit with cherry-port sauce and butternut squash and pumpkin ravioli with spiced cider cream sauce. Baked goods like snickerdoodle cookies, apple crisp, berry cobblers and Buns Bakery sesame Challah dinner rolls as well as house made vinaigrettes, dressings and drink mixers are also available. No membership is required to order. Place your order herefeastandfettle.com

17. Kin 🥡

For those whose cooking skills extend as far as “heat and serve,” Kin in Providence has the holiday meal option for you. At $300 a piece, Kin’s customizable Christmas dinner box serves eight to ten people and consists of your choice of six different menu items (choose between turkey breast, baked chicken, brown sugar ham, collard greens with smoked turkey, candied yams, mashed potatoes with gravy, cornbread stuffing and mac and cheese). Orders must be made by Sunday, December 18, and customers may choose their pickup time on Saturday, December 24. 71 Washington St., Providence, 401-537-7470, kinpvd.com

18. White Horse Tavern 🍽️

The historic White Horse Tavern is open on Christmas Eve and treating guests to two specials in addition to its seasonal dinner menu. For an appetizer, you can order traditional clams casino with roasted pepper garlic butter, seasoned crumbs and applewood smoked bacon, and for your entrée you can dig into the tavern’s surf and turf which includes a five-ounce filet mignon, a half-baked stuffed lobster, whipped potato and asparagus. Book your reservation here. 26 Marlborough St., Newport, 401-849-3600, whitehorsenewport.com

19. Pat’s Italian Restaurant 🍽️

Pat’s Italian Restaurant will be open for takeout and for catering tray pick-ups from 12-4 p.m. on Christmas Eve. Find the full catering menu, which includes everything from chicken parmigiana to radiatore home made pasta, here. Reservations for the Johnston location can be made here and reservations for the Coventry location can be made here.  1200 Hartford Ave., Johnston, 401-273-1444; 1650 Noose Neck Hill Rd., Coventry, 401-320-8787, patsitalian.com

20. Besos Bistro

Besos Bistro in East Greenwich is offering a special holiday menu on Christmas Eve, with appetizers like tuna tartare and crab cocktail, entrées like baked stuffed lobster and pan-seared Atlantic Halibut and desserts like cookie skillet and brownie berry parfait. Book your reservation here.  378 Main St, East Greenwich, 401-398-8855, besosbistro.com

21. Safehouse Modern Neighborhood Eatery

East Greenwich’s Safehouse will also be hosting a special Christmas Eve dinner. Guests can look forward to options like chianti risotto and scallop crudo for the first course, linguine and clam n’duja and sirloin steak for the second course, and chocolate-vanilla panna cotta and lemon lavender creme brulée for dessert. See the full menu for yourself here and make your reservation here. 195 Old Forge Rd., East Greenwich, 401-885-4999, safehouseri.com

22. The Casino Cafe and Grille at Bally’s Tiverton Casino

The Casino Café and Grille will be offering a special Christmas menu from December 23 to December 25. Menu items include chicken and gnochhi soup as an appetizer, baked stuffed shrimp and roasted prime rib dinner as entrées and a maple-bourbon banana pudding cake for dessert. See full menu here and make your reservation here. 777 Tiverton Casino Blvd., Tiverton, 401-816-6000, casinos.ballys.com/tiverton

23. Legal Sea Foods

Seafood lovers can change things up this festive season and stay at home for the holidays with help from Legal Sea Foods. This year, the restaurant is offering take out party platters featuring Legal menu favorites from New England clam chowder to half pound Maine lobster rolls and more. The full platter menu is available for order over the phone for pickup while the limited platter menu items are available for order online for pickup or delivery. Orders must be placed forty-eight hours in advance. 175 Hillside Rd., Cranston, 401-732-3663, legalseafoods.com/locations/cranston-garden-city-center


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