Christmas in Ocala is quickly approaching. With holiday shopping in full swing, dining out with some great Ocala Food on Christmas is a beautiful 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 its 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.

Consider taking a drive to see some of the Ocala Christmas Lights featured here:

Food for the Christmas Season

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. They’ll offer their full menu and specialty items for Christmas, including lobster, lamb, and sea bass.

Christmas Eve hours are from 3 pm to 9 pm, closed on the 25th thru the 26th, and open on New Year’s Eve from 3 pm to 9 pm.

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. Open Christmas Eve, 2022, until 8 pm with their regular menu and chef specialties. Closed on Christmas day.

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

Salted Brick at Ocala Preserve appears to be closed for Christmas Eve and Christmas this year but is a must-try at another time.

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 or New Year’s Eve if you’re looking for delicious meat and chicken served fresh off the grill. Choose from their Gramado or Bahia packages for a delicious evening of celebrating with your family or friends 🎁🍻

They are now taking reservations on their website, or feel free to call them at (352) 622-1741. Their hours are from 4 pm to 8:30 pm, so get those reservations in quickly (the last reservation time is 7:30 pm).

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 offer an assortment of seafood like catfish, scallops, frog legs, and gator. Their hours are from Noon to 6 pm, 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.

Bamboo Bistro in Lady Lake, one of our favorite Asian fusion restaurants, is open for 2023 Christmas & New Year’s Days! Be sure to check out their specials on their Facebook page HERE.

Asian Pop will be open on Christmas Day 2023 for Sushi & Asian cuisine from 11 am to 10 pm. Asian Pop is at 2611 SW 19th Avenue Rd, Ocala, FL 34471.

China Lee Buffet will be open for Christmas and New Year’s Day dining this year. Chine Lee is located at 3933 E Silver Springs Blvd, Ocala, FL 34470, and can be reached via phone at 352-671-1888. The Buffet cost will be $17.99. The buffet will include Roasted Lamb, Turkey, Ham, Beef, and all the fixings!

The Fiery Chef offers 2023 preorder meals (must order by December 20th) for pickup or delivery on December 22nd. Check out their fantastic menu, including prime rib HERE. The Fiery Chef is at 2637 E Silver Springs Blvd in Ocala and can be reached by phone at 352-421-9205.

The Iron Skillet will serve its annual Christmas Food feast on December 25th, 2023 which offers turkey, ham, sweet and mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, and endless soup and salad. The feast runs between 11 am and closing. See more details HERE.

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.

Denny’s and IHOP are open on Christmas Day, and both establishments will offer their normal menus. Denny’s is open 24 hours 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 6 am to 11 pm. The first is 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 (352) 291-9486.

Charlie Horse is open both Christmas Eve from 11 am to 4 pm, and Christmas Day for 2023 is closed. Reservations are not required. Charlie Horse is located at 2426 E Silver Springs Blvd, Ocala, FL 34470, and their phone number is (352) 622-4050.

Stirrups at the World Equestrian Center (WEC) is open on Christmas Eve for breakfast from 6:30 am to 11 am and dinner between 5 pm and 9 pm. Christmas day hours for brunch from 8:00 am to 2 pm and dinner between 4 pm and 8 pm, and check them out for New Year’s Eve! If you want one of the most delicious steaks in Ocala, make your reservations (highly recommended) today! Stirrups are located inside the WEC at 8510 NW 17th Lane, Ocala, FL 34482, and can be reached for inquiries and reservations at (352) 414-7864.

Stella’s Modern Pantry offers a Christmas morning brunch menu available for pickup only on Christmas Eve. You can find the complete menu for 2023 offering HERE. Stella’s Pantry is located at 20 SW Broadway St, Ocala, FL 34471, and can be reached by phone at (352) 622-3663.

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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    1. Thank you Thomas! We’ve been working to get updates from everyone so we have accurate information, we appreciate you taking the time!

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