Occasionally, we get questions from readers about Naples recommendations—everything from what to do while here on vacation, which neighborhoods to buy in or where to find a really special gift. In our Ask TNN series, we answer our most frequently asked questions. The latest:
My family will be in the Naples area over Christmas, and I was hoping you could let me know if there are any special Christmas buffets. Thanks!
—Kate O., Mahomet, Ill.
1500 Fifth Ave. S., Naples (Naples Bay Resort)
A Christmas Day buffet brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., featuring a carving station and a hot buffet with fresh biscuits and pastries, cheese ball with crackers, cast-iron cornbread pudding, roasted winter squash with sage and browned butter string beans and wild mushrooms, bourbon-glazed pit ham and pear pudding. $59 per adult; children four to 12, $25; children three and under, free.
Reservations: Online or (239) 774-1500
BAYSIDE SEAFOOD GRILL & BAR
4270 Gulf Shore Blvd. N., Naples
Serving an expansive a la carte menu from noon to 8 p.m., featuring soups, salads, traditional holiday entrees, seafood and desserts. Choose seating on the open-air Upper Deck or in The Grill, Bayside’s signature indoor fine dining space with views of Venetian Bay.
Reservations: Online or (239) 649-5552
NAPLES GRANDE BEACH RESORT
475 Seagate Drive, Naples
Christmas Day Buffet in the Vista Ballroom from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., featuring seafood and caviar, carving stations, a ramen noodle bar, desserts and more. $95 per adult; $50 for children 12 and under.
Three-course prix fixe dinner at The Catch of the Pelican from 3-9 p.m., featuring your choice of apple cider pork, pan-seared duck, duck confit and more. $59 per adult; $30 for children 12 and under.
Reservations and menus: Online
RIDGWAY BAR & GRILL
1300 Third St. S., Naples
Enjoy a three-course prix fixe Christmas Day menu featuring your choice of roasted fresh turkey with fresh sage stuffing, butter and cream, mashed potatoes, sautéed vegetables and cranberry orange chutney ($49 per person) or herb-encrusted roasted prime rib with fingerling potatoes and haricots verts ($59 per person). Both include your choice of soup or salad and dessert. Also serving an expansive a la carte selection of soups, light plates, entrees and desserts.
Reservations: Online or (239) 262-5500
THE RITZ-CARLTON NAPLES
280 Vanderbilt Beach Road, Naples
The Ritz-Carlton Naples’ lavish 17-station Christmas buffet features holiday classics, as well as assorted salad, seafood, cheese, sushi, antipasto, soup, vegetable and charcuterie selections, as well as an extensive children’s buffet. Three seatings available at 11 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. $149 per adult; $69 for children ages three to 12
The Ritz also offers a Christmas Buffet at Terrazza from 5-10 p.m., featuring traditional holiday favorites, seasonal inspirations and kid-friendly selections. $80 per adult; $24 for children ages three to 12
Reservations: (239) 598-6644
SHULA’S STEAK HOUSE
5111 Tamiami Trail N., Naples
Three-course Christmas Day menu featuring your choice of burrata salad or lobster bisque; 16 oz. prime rib au jus or garlic and herb porchetta; and apple pie a la mode or creme brûlée. Pair with a seasonal cocktail, like their Baked Pear 75 or Spiced Hot Chocolate. $70 per person. Regular menu is also available.