By: Haley Bosselman By: Haley Bosselman | December 12, 2022 | Food & Drink Feature
The spirit of Christmas is best found being surrounded by loved ones. And with some food. Whether you decide to dine out or bring food home, Los Angeles’ best restaurants are offering reservations and takeout for special meals on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. See where to feast below.
Website/ 1100 S Broadway 90015
At the Downtown L.A. Proper Hotel, experience a pre-fixe, multi-course dinner by the James Beard Foundation Award-winning team of chef Suzanne Goin. For $125 per person ($65 under age 12), guests will enjoy the likes of ricotta gnocchi, Maine lobster, beef cheek cacoila, festive cocktails, boutique wine pairings by sommelier Caroline Styne and a holiday dessert extravaganza by executive pastry chef Irene Widjaya. Reservations
Website/ 1250 E Harvard Rd 91501
Kick off Christmas Eve with a four-course brunch of chilled seafood and oysters, crab cake benedict, French toast and more. You can also opt for the champagne add on, which comes with a selection of juices. Come dinner, the Burbank establishment will feature an a la carte dinner from 4:30 to 8 p.m. Menu highlights include miso-marinated butterfish and zinfandel braised short ribs. The same offerings will be available on Christmas from 9:30 to 3:30 p.m. and 4:30 to 9 p.m.
Website/ 8171 Santa Monica Blvd 90046
Make Christmas Eve dinner a seafood feast. The Santa Monica Boulevard restaurant will offer a pre-fixe dinner of lobster bisque, smoked ribeye or cioppino and traditional bread pudding with bourbon sauce. Alternatively, opt to take Connie & Ted specialities to go all month long, such as a whole apple pie, a cocktail kit and chilled shrimp cocktail. All orders require a 48-hour pre-order placement.
Website/ 8289 Santa Monica Blvd 90046
The West Hollywood restaurant will serve a five-course menu by executive chef Victor Munoz on Christmas Eve. For $125 per person, enjoy A5 wagyu tartare, ancho chile prime rib and a vegan honeynut squash agnolotti. A wine pairing for $75 per person will also be available, as well as an a la carte menu.
Website/ 9400 Culver Blvd 90232
At signature restaurant Lillie’s, dine between noon and 8 p.m. on Dec. 25 for a festive prix-fixe menu. The seasonally-driven fare includes Parker Rolls with Espelette Tarragon Butter; Heirloom Lentil Soup with Fines Herb Pistou; Honey Glazed Ham with Cherry Gastrique, Prime Rib with Red Wine Jus and Egg Nog Creme Brulee. Reservations
Website/ 101 Wilshire Blvd 90401
The premier Santa Monica hotel is getting festive across all its dining options. On Christmas Eve from 5 to 10 p.m., Fig Restaurant will serve seasonal dishes like roasted Chilean sea bass and holiday-inspired specials (Reservations). For brunch on Christmas Day, there will be prime rib carving, Bloody Mary and rosé stations, parties and desserts (Reservations). On Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, feast over an omakase sushi dinner at Soko from 5 to 10 p.m. The coveted dining experience will feature a special seven-course menu ($200) with an option for sake pairings ($60), a selection of amuse bouche and a limited a la carte menu (Reservations).
Website/ 6067 Wilshire Blvd 90036
On Christmas Eve, join the Academy Museum’s restaurant for a festive evening of champagne, caviar, live jazz and more. The family-style menu includes herb-roasted chicken with truffle gravy and branzino en croute, among other choices. Tickets
Website/ 300 S Doheny Dr 90048
Celebrate the holidays at Culina. On Dec. 24 from 5 to 11 p.m., delight in new holiday specials, such as antipasti of roasted beef bone marrow with caramelized onions, salsa verde and grilled sourdough; Colorado lamb chop with parsnip puree and pan-roasted john dory with delicata, beluga lentils and caulini and a chestnut mousseline with smoked chocolate ganache. Then, on Christmas Day, feast over the all-day brunch (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; $159 per person, $75 for kids) of breakfast favorites; seafood and sushi options; mini quiches and more. “Christmas in Chinatown” begins at 1 p.m., expanding Culina’s offerings to include Peking duck carved to order, veggie fried rice and more.
Website/ 8490 Sunset Blvd 90069
Whether you’re opting for savory decadence on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, Juniper is ready for you to indulge from 4 to 10 p.m. The menu will feature crab cakes, duck and pear crostata.
Website/ 3905 W 6th St 90020
Kick off the holiday weekend with K-Town’s first fine dining restaurant. Kinn welcomes Angelenos for a special Christmas dinner on Dec. 24 or 24. For $175 per person, the eight-course menu highlights include roasted lamb chop, truffle barley rice, bourbon tres leches cake and butter poached lobster. Reservations
Website/ 8639 Lincoln Blvd 90045
Fans of Cal-Mex cuisine are encouraged to make reservations for Caravan Swim Club’s three-course Christmas menu on Dec. 24 and 25 ($75). Highlights include Mexico City Winter Bisque, Achiote Crusted Prime Rib and Potato Dauphinoise with Chipotle Creme Fraiche.
Website/ 927 S Broadway 90015
At the Ace DTLA restaurant, chef Josh Guarneri is whipping up holiday specials for brunch and dinner including crab cake benedict, prawn cocktail, wild mushroom pie and braised rabbit. Loam will be open 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5:30 to 11 p.m. on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Reservations
Website/ 1020 N San Vicente Blvd 90069
The hotel’s signature restaurant Boxwood will serve a special three-course meal on Christmas Eve from 5 to 9 p.m. and on Christmas Day, accompanied by live music, from 12:30 to 9 p.m. For $125 per person, the menu will feature green chile and mussel posole with cilantro and crisp tostada; crab gratin on brioche toast with shellfish bisque and French vermouth; pork belly and scallops with brussel sprouts; prime beef ribeye with Yorkshire pudding, classic chocolate cake, apple tart tatin with fromage blanc ice cream and more. Reservations
Website/ 9291 Burton Way 90210
Delight in a locally sourced, three-course meal for an indulgent Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. At L’Ermitage, guests will enjoy options that include shrimp toast with friese and lemon; lobster; ribeye steak with broccoli; lemonade tarte and more including a caviar and oyster add-on. Reservations
Website/ 3500 W Ramona Blvd 91754
It’s all about brunch at the Monterey Park restaurant. From 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, dine over a four-course spread of chilled seafood and oysters, crab cake benedict, French toast and more. You can also opt for the champagne add on, which comes with a selection of juices. Then, in the evening, Luminarias will serve an a la carte dinner with highlights like crispy whole snapper and black angus ribeye.
Website/ 22878 E Pacific Coast Hwy 90265
Dine seaside for the ultimate California Christmas. On Dec. 25, Malibu Beach Inn will be serving up your choice of a starter, entree and desert. Option highlights include wild mushroom flan, pan-seared duck breast, angus filet mignon, scallop and crab fazzoletti pasta, eggnog cheesecake and orange cardamom crème brulee, among other delectable choices.
Website/ 119 Culver Blvd 90293
While closed on Christmas Day, the Playa Vista establishment welcomes diners for a full menu and specials for Christmas Eve dinner.
Website/ 260 Portofino Way 90277
On Christmas Eve, enjoy the Redondo hotel’s luxe specialty menu. From 4 to 9 p.m., the festive meal includes honeynut squash and ricotta pinwheel; a choice of a starter (broccoli-spinach and white cheddar soup with charred scallion-jalapeno oil; beet-cured salmon tartare or citrus and endive with satsuma vinaigrette); a choice of a main plate (like lamb chops or squid ink laminated tagliatelle) and dessert (pumpkin cheesecake or apple crisp.) Reservations
Website/ 114 E 2nd St 90012
Savor over a three-course prix-fixe Christmas Eve dinner ($135) with an optional wine pairing ($75). Highlights include Sunchoke Soup with black truffle espuma and speck; Raviolo with butternut squash, coffee, pecorino and cinnamon brown butter; Pithivier with swiss chard, root vegetable ragout and sauce madeira; Bacon Wrapped Saddle of Rabbit with chestnut stuffing, brussels sprouts, truffled gravy and cranberry mostarda; Prime Rib of Beef with pommes aligot, pickled vegetables, horseradish gremolata and thyme au jus and Chocolate Bouche de Noel with caramel mousse, meringue mushroom and candy cap mushroom ice cream. Reservations
Website/ 13534 Bali Way 90292
The Marina del Rey Hotel restaurant invites eaters for both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Enjoy a traditional holiday dinner of roasted prime of beef with potatoes and red wine jus. The regular brunch and dinner menus will also be available both days.
Website/ 930 Hilgard Ave 90024
Get festive early with STK. From Dec. 23 to 25, experience a special dinner of roasted prime rib with confit fingerling potatoes, green beans, port wine shallots and black truffle madeira sauce. It will also be available for takeout and pre-orders open on Dec. 15.
Website/ 9850 Wilshire Blvd 90210
Dine in the Astor Ballroom for an afternoon of chef-led action stations, live entertainment and a champagne cart. For $350 per adult and $105 per child, you can expect sushi, pasta, salad, dessert and caviar. Meanwhile from 1 to 8 p.m., Jean-Georges is paying tribute to Christmas with a three-course pre-fixe menu of black truffle and hamachi toast, pumpkin potstickers, Maine lobster, gingerbread bundt cake and more with a side of live entertainment ($250 per person, $105 per child). Alternatively, head up to The Rooftop by JG for an a la carte menu, specialty Christmas dish, apple pie and skyline views on Christmas.
Website/ 8500 Beverly Blvd 90048
Yardbird has got your back whether you want to dine in or takeout on Christmas. On Christmas Day, enjoy the likes of caviar on toast, seabass, truffle mushroom risotto and cinnamon roll bread pudding. Alternatively, to serve five to seven guests at home, pickup Yardbird’s Prime Rib Dinner ($450) or Roasted Bird Dinner ($375). Reservations
Website / 11647 San Vicente Blvd 90049
The elegant steakhouse welcomes Angelenos for a Christmas Eve dinner served a la carte and with special features for the evening. Reservations
Website / 740 N Fairfax 90046
Christmas is this Fairfax establishment’s biggest day of the year. In fact, it puts out about 800 egg rolls, 500 quarts of soup and 1,500 dumplings on the holiday alone. In other words, get to making reservations fast. Guests can dine in on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. For anyone looking to feast at home, take out pre-order is available Dec. 1 to 23 with a $100 spending minimum. Reservations
Website / 9201 Sunset Blvd 90069
The West Hollywood Italian restaurant will be open its usual hours on Christmas Eve and will be serving its a la carte menu. Reservations
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Website / 8136 W 3rd St 90048
For a group of four, bring home smoked prime rib with horseradish cream; mac and cheese; mashed potatoes with gravy; cornbread with honey butter and roasted Brussel sprouts. Be sure to pre-order by Dec. 20 for pick-up on Dec. 24 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Order here
Website / 1819 Ocean Ave 90401
Head to the coast for a SoCal winter wonderland Christmas Eve dinner. The Viceroy Santa Monica restaurant welcomes families for a prix fixe menu fit for adults and kids. The adult menu offers the Sea and Land Entrée ($125) or the Vegan Entrée ($100), which comes with three courses and sides. Highlights include a Baked Brie Eggroll, Braised Short Rib Lollipop, Eggnog Cheesecake and more. The kid’s menu ($50) is also three courses and features the likes of Mini Wagyu Meatballs, Vegan Gnocchi and a Nutella and Peanut Butter Tart. To make the evening even more special, “snow” will fall prior to Santa’s arrival. Reservations
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