Christmas Eve 2012 Dinner: Restaurants Open (and Serving Holiday Specials) on Christmas Eve in Fort Lauderdale and Beyond

So...You just got off the phone with your mother-in-law. The folks are hitting town a day earlier than expected, effectively putting the kibosh on your plans for a Christmas Eve spent in your jammies picking at a DiGiornos. How to feed and entertain the troops without breaking a sweat? Leave the work to paid professionals. Many local restaurants will be open on Monday night and a few of them are even offering special menus for the occasion. Find a few options in Broward and Palm Beach counties, after the jump.

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Cafe Boulud, 301 Australian Ave., Palm Beach. Call 561-655-6060.

Chef Jim Leiken and his team are preparing a special three-course dinner served between 5:30 and 10 p.m. The cost is $95 per person.

Coco Asian Bistro & Bar, 1841 Cordova Road in the Harbor Shops, Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-525-3541.

This recently remodeled Asian restaurant is offering a three-course prix fixe holiday menu, price dependent on entree choice. Choose one appetizer; fried soft shell crab served over a Caesar salad, Coco's chicken salad, Coco's crab cake, sweet dream roll, tom sab soup, or pumpkin soup. Next, select an entree; Alaskan king crab ($89), tamarind sea bass ($69), Thai beef basil ($69), or barbecue baby back ribs ($59). Finally, pick one dessert, pumpkin custard served on a slice of fresh pumpkin, housemade chocolate mousse, or brownies served with fresh sliced strawberries drizzled with lemon sauce. When you order from the menu, receive a split of Pommery Champagne. The restaurant is open 11:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Monday.

da Campo Osteria, 3333 NE 32nd Ave., Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-226-5002.

Chef Steven Acosta is cooking up some Christmas Eve specials which will be served from 5 to 10 p.m. If the holiday menu doesn't suit your fancy, they'll also have the regular menu available.

Rebel House, 297 East Palmetto Park Rd., Boca Raton. Call 561-353-5888.

Boca's best left-of-center restaurant is serving a special Christmas Eve menu from 5 p.m. to midnight on Monday. Some of the special dishes include a honey smoked pork belly ($13), Florida lobster tempura ($18), and Florida fisherman's stew ($26). They'll also have a few "Christmas Swill Concoctions" cocktails, like the nut cracker (with fire roasted chestnut scented small batch bourbon, clover leaf honey, and black pepper) or the dark and snowy (anejo dark rum with cinnamon and clove spiced molasses and ginger beer).

Sette Bello Ristorante, 6241 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-351-0505.

It'll be like being home with the fam at Settle Bello's super traditional Italian meal on Monday night. They'll feature the Feast of the Seven Fishes, plus roasted chestnuts, and a special gift from chef Franco. Tony Martelli will sing holiday songs to accompany the meal.

SoLita, 1032 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-357-2606. Solita Italian Restaurant & The Parlor Lounge, 25 NE 2nd Ave., Delray Beach. Call 561-899-0888.

Both SoLita locations are serving the multi-course Feast of Seven Fishes, an Italian Christmas Eve tradition. Choose from a selection of seafood dishes like tagliatelle lobster and shrimp fra diavolo ($39), snapper angela ($26), shrimp SoLita ($16), and spaghetti and crab sauce ($24).

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Tricia Woolfenden