Christmas in Ocala is quickly approaching, and with holiday shopping in full swing, dining out with some great Ocala Food on Christmas is a wonderful way to spend time with family and get into the spirit of the season. Ocala offers a multitude of local restaurants with great food, each unique in their offerings and ambiance. If you have family coming to visit or are just looking for a break from cooking and you’re wondering where to get good Ocala Food for Christmas, consider visiting one of these establishments in town for your Christmas Eve and Christmas Day meals.

Food for the Christmas Season

Craft Cuisine considers itself a fusion restaurant featuring a variety of Florida raised meat and offering a range of delicious menu options. They will be offering their regular food menu items as well as nightly specials. Gluten free and vegan options will be available as well.

Christmas Eve hours are from 11am to 9pm.

Craft Cuisine is located at 7751 SW 19th Ave Road Ocala, Fl 34471. Their phone number is (352) 237-7300.

Mesa de Notte is known in Ocala as the best place for Italian Fine Dining. Their menu offers a wide range of antipasti, pasta, fish, and meat. For Christmas, they’ll be offering their full menu as well as specialty items, including lobster, lamb, and sea bass.

Christmas Eve hours are from 3pm to 9pm.

Mesa de Notte is located at 2436 E Silver Springs Blvd Ocala, Fl 34470. Their phone number is (352) 732-4737.

Steak dinnerMark’s Prime serves the finest beef and freshest vegetables and aims to please the palate and soothe the soul. Their meat is wood fire grilled and served on hot plates sizzling with butter. Consider dining here and strolling downtown to see the famous Ocala Christmas lights and tree.

Mark’s is located on the square at 30 S Magnolia Ave Ocala, Fl 34471. Their phone number is (352) 402-0097.

Sky Fine Dining’s menu consists of steak, seafood, and “from the wok” dishes. But perhaps the best feature Sky has to offer are their specialty drinks, ranging from the Blushing Geisha (an organic Cloudy Saké infused with fresh strawberries and lime) to a Triple Chocolate Martini. They’re open on Christmas Eve from 5pm to 9pm.

Sky is located on the sixth floor of the Holiday Inn right off of I-75 and offers a stunning view from its dining room. Their address is 3600 SW 38th Ave Ocala, Fl 34474, and their phone number is (352) 291-0000.

Salted Brick at Ocala’s Preserve will be offering their new menu, featuring market bowls, prime rib cheese steak, and vodka sausage pasta. They’ll also be hosting a winter wine week which features wine samples and special deals starting December 11th through the 15th. On December 13th, there will be a special menu, including a prix fixe 3 course meal with suggested wine pairings. For reservations, which are highly recommended, call and specify if you wish to attend the wine pairing.

Salted Brick is located at 4021 NW 53rd Ave Road Ocala, Fl 34482 at Ocala’s Preserve. They can be reached at (352) 509-5183.

Ipanema Brazilian Steakhouse is a great option for Food on Christmas Eve if you’re looking for delicious meat and chicken served fresh off the grill. They are taking reservations now on their website, or feel free to give them a call at (352) 622-1741. They’re hours are from 4pm to 9pm so get those reservations in quick.

Ipanema is located at 2023 S Pine Ave Ocala, Fl 34471.

Ocala Christmas Lights & Events

Christmas Day Dining Options

Merry ChristmasFor waterfront dining on the Withlacoochee River, consider spending your Christmas at Stumpknocker’s where they are offering an assortment of seafood like catfish, scallops, frog legs, and gator. Their hours are from 12pm to 9pm, and reservations are required.

Stumpknocker’s is located on the river at 13821 SW Hwy 200 Dunnellon, Fl 34432. Their phone number is (352) 854-2288.

Arthur’s An American Bistro, located at the Hilton Inn, will be serving a Christmas Food buffet on December 25th. They’re taking reservations for 11:30am, 1:30pm, and 3:30pm. Adults will be $52, seniors will be $47, and children aged 5-12 will be $22.

Call (352) 390-1515 for reservations. Arthur’s is located at 3600 SW 36th Ave Ocala, Fl 34474.

The Iron Skillet will be serving their annual Christmas Food feast on December 25th, which offers turkey, ham, sweet and mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, and endless soup and salad. Although they are open 24 hours, the feast is running between 11am and 10 pm.

The Iron Skillet is located in the Petro station off of I-75. Their address is 7401 W Hwy 318 Reddick, Fl 32686, and they can be reached at (352) 591-1881.

Golden Corral will be open on Christmas day from 10am to 8pm. They’ll be offering their normal buffet with a special of prime rib.

Their address is 2111 SW College Road Ocala, Fl 34474. Their phone number is (352) 690-3020.

Both Denny’s and IHOP are open on Christmas Day, and both establishments will be offering their normal menus. Denny’s is open 24 hours, and is located at 3801 W Silver Springs Blvd, Ocala, FL 34482. Their phone number is (352) 620-8981.

IHOP has two locations in Ocala, and their hours are from 6am to 11pm. The first is located at 1124 S Pine Ave, Ocala, FL 34471, and can be reached at (352) 629-2727. And the other is located at 11100 SW 93rd Ct Rd, Ocala, FL 34481 with their phone number being (352) 291-9486.

Less Traditional Christmas Day Options

Plate of SushiTony’s Sushi and Amrit Palace are both serving their normal menus of Food on Christmas Day in Ocala.

Tony’s Sushi is open from 10am to 11pm and is located at 3405 SW College Rd Ocala, Fl 34474. Their phone number is (352) 237-3151.

Amrit Palace is open from 11am to 10pm. They are located at 3415 SW College Rd Ocala, Fl 34474, and their phone number is (352) 873-8500.

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