ITHACA, N.Y. — With the holiday approaching, many restaurants in the area will be closing their doors. If you’re looking for a place to eat on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, here’s a list of all the places that will still be open.

Christmas Eve

Gola Osteria: Located at 115 Quarry St. in Ithaca, Gola will remain open from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Christmas Eve. Check out their menu and make a reservation here, or call them at 607-273-0333.

Taste of Thai: The downtown restaurant will be open during their regular hours on Christmas Eve. Call them at 607-256-5487, or look up their menu here.

Saigon Kitchen: Enjoy some Pho or other Vietnamese favorites at Saigon Kitchen on Christmas Eve this year. Saigon Kitchen will be open during their regular hours this Friday. Reach them at 607-257-8881, or on their website.

Simeons: This restaurant on the commons will remain open from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Christmas Eve this year. Enjoy some fine dining, cocktails or oysters downtown on Friday. Call them to make a reservation at 607-272-2212, and look up their menu online.

The Ithaca Ale House: Grab a burger and a local beer before 4 p.m. at The Ale House on Christmas Eve. The restaurant will be closing early, but will be opening at 11 a.m. and will be serving until 4 p.m. Check out their menu online.

Aladdin’s Natural Eatery: This restaurant, specializing in Mediterranean cuisine, will be serving lunch on Christmas Eve, but will be closing early at 2 p.m. Look up the menu here, or call them at 607-273-5000.

Istanbul Turkish Kitchen: Located at 311 3rd St. in Ithaca, Istanbul Kitchen serves authentic Turkish cuisine. They will be closing early on Christmas Eve, but will be serving food up to 4 p.m. Call them to make a reservation at 607-345-3333, and look up their menu here.

Glenwood Pines Restaurant: Famous for their fresh Haddock Fish Fry, this restaurant is located at 1213 Taughannock Boulevard. It will be open until 4 p.m. and the kitchen closes at 3 p.m. You can check out the menu here and call the restaurant at 607-273-3709. No reservations are needed for dining.

Uncle Joe’s Grill and Sports Bar:  This local spot will be open from noon to 8 p.m. at 302 West Green Street. You can check out the menu here and contact the restaurant at 607-273-2662.

Christmas Eve & Christmas Day

Thai Basil: This downtown restaurant will remain open through both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Call them at 607-319-4722.

Jade Garden: The restuarant, located at 108 S. Meadow St. in Ithaca, will be open both the 24th and the 25th. Give them a call at 607-272-8880.

Shortstop Deli: Stop and pick up a sandwich at the deli that never sleeps! Shortstop will be open through the holidays at all hours. Reach them via phone at 607-273-1030.

Asia Cuisine: Enjoy some pan-Asian cuisine at this restaurant just off the commons. Asia Cuisine will be open both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Give them a call at 607-256-8818.

Denny’s: This national diner’s busiest day of the year is consistently Christmas Day. A special menu will be available through Jan. 8 with holiday themed meals and desserts. Denny’s is located at  323 Elmira Road and can be reached at 607-272-0139.

If we missed any restaurants that will be open during the holidays, send a message via Facebook or e-mail acovert@ithacavoice.com. 

Featured photo: Gola Chef Sam Epps preps a pan of seppia sauteed with oven-dried tomatoes and habanero oil. Photo by Jennifer Wholey.

Alyvia Covert

Alyvia is a Crime Reporter with The Ithaca Voice. She graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in Journalism and Photography.