Christmas can be a stressful time – too many relatives, shopping for gifts, cooking for 100 people. This Christmas, or Friday as the Jewish will call it, there are a few places throughout the state to escape your burnt down kitchen or take a timeout from your family.


Al Dente


Roasted leg of lamb for $25


Arugula Bistro

West Hartford

Serves lunch on Christmas Eve 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and dinner from 5 to 10 p.m.


Barcelona Wine Bar

Fairfield, New Haven, Stamford and West Hartford

Open regular hours Christmas Eve and closed Christmas Day.


Bear’s Smokehouse


While not open, they offer a full holiday catering menu of appetizers, salads, sides, breads, whole meats (smoked turkey, ham, rack and leg of lamb, baby back ribs), meats by the pound, sauces, and desserts. Orders need three days’ advance notice.


Café Louise

New Britain

A catering menu with a variety of meat and fish entrees, breads, signature appetizers, side dishes and holiday-themed desserts. Orders are due by Dec. 21 and must be picked up Dec. 24 between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.




Filet mignon and shrimp dinner for $65.

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