Travelling to Rome during the holidays is a great idea—the city is decorated, the weather is fairly mild, and some of the most delicious foods are in season. You might be worried about restaurants being closed, but don’t worry! Many restaurants stay open during the holiday season, even on Christmas and New Year’s Eve.
Since these are popular days to go out to eat, make sure you book ahead! Like every year, we’re sharing an alphabetized list of places that will stay open on the special holiday dates.
All’Oro (Popolo) open Christmas and New Year’s Eve welcomes guests for a Michelin star fine dining experience
Caffè Propaganda (Colosseum)open Christmas and New Year’s Eve in an elegant bistro setting, divine cocktails and fine holiday tasting menus.
Coromandel (Navona) open on New Year’s Eve delightful little bistro at a stone’s throw from the Vatican and Piazza Navona.
Flavio al Velavevodetto (Testaccio) open every day through New Year’s Day, serves some of the city’s best cacio e pepe and other Roman culinary classics.
Glass Hostaria (Trastevere) open New Year’s Eve, Michelin star restaurant of talented chef Cristina Bowerman.
Il Pagliaccio (Centro Storico) open Christmas and New Year’s Eve, two Michelin stars for this incredible dining experience.
La Terrazza dell’Eden (Veneto) open Christmas and New Year’s Eve, jaw-dropping views and healthy, local Michelin star menus.
Madeleine (Prati) open New Year’s Eve for cocktails and New Year’s Day for lunch and dinner, reserve a booth and enjoy the elegant bistro setting.
Madre (Monti) open Christmas and New Year’s Eve, offers a 7-course prix fixe menu for the last night of 2017 that includes panettone tiramisu!
Marzapane (Nomentano) open Christmas and New Year’s Eve serves creative cuisine in a warm and welcoming setting.
Metamorfosi (Parioli) open New Year’s Eve welcomes guests in the elegant dining room, cared after by the fantastic staff.
Nonna Betta (Jewish Quarter) open Christmas and New Year’s Eve for authentic Roman-Jewish cuisine and a friendly welcome.
Osteria dell’Arco (Nomentano) open Christmas and New Year’s Eve, sublime wine list and creative local cuisine.
Pantaleo (Navona) open Christmas and New Year’s Eve, welcomes guests at the fabulous cocktail lounge with live Dj music.
Pianostrada (Centro Storico) open on New Year’s Eve, beautiful setting, sensational modern menu.
Pipero (Centro Storico) open Christmas and New Year’s Eve for a unique fine dining experience.
ProLoco DOL (Centocelle) open Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, serves a fine choice of dishes that employ only local regional products.
Romeo Chef & Baker (Testaccio) open New Year’s Eve, modern creative cuisine served in a phenomenal space.
Santo Palato (Appio) open New Year’s Eve, Rome’s best kept dining secret.
Secondo Tradizione (Prati) open Christmas, for fine local cheese and charcuterie, creative cucina romana and a handsome wine list.
Tram Tram (San Lorenzo) open Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, serves classic homestyle cookery in a cozy bistro-style setting.
Eleonora Baldwin is a TV host, journalist, and culinary connoisseur based in Rome, Italy. Her writing appears in several food and travel publications. Her show “ABCheese” is broadcast on Italian food network Gambero Rosso. She loves guiding culturally curious, food-passionate travellers seeking experiences in Italy beyond the guidebook.