Where To Have Christmas Dinner In LA
Ditch the honey-glazed ham and head to these 24 spots instead.
Just as you're getting over the residual stress of Thanksgiving dinner, the question of what/where to eat on Christmas rears its head. The good news is there are plenty of LA restaurants open on December 25th that will happily do it all for you: curate the holiday aesthetic, serve amazing food, and pour enough wine to keep your Grinch of a brother-in-law happy. And since you're probably not the only one trying to escape holiday cooking this year, we suggest making those reservations ASAP. From classic Chinese American spots to hotels with Kardashian-sized holiday decor budgets, here are the best places to have a Christmas Day meal in Los Angeles.
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The Belvedere at The Peninsula Hotel Beverly Hills is offering a Christmas Day prix fixe menu from 11am to 7pm. For $185/person ($75 for children), the meal includes courses like lobster bisque, prime strip steak, and a festive dessert called Winter Wonderland Pavlova. The Peninsula also goes all out on Christmas decorations so prepare to feel like Kevin McCallister at the Plaza.
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If you're looking for a Christmas Day meal near LAX or a reason to dine poolside, check out Caravan Swim Club in Westchester's Hotel June. The breezy Mexican spot is offering a three-course dinner from 11 am to 9pm for $75 per person, which includes achiote-crusted prime rib and a Mexican spin on butternut squash bisque.
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Lillie's Bistro & Garden
Located on the ground floor of the Culver Hotel, Lillie's Bistro & Garden is offering heartier holiday dishes for Christmas, like honey glazed ham with cherry gastrique, prime rib with red wine jus, and an eggnog creme brulee that has our attention. The prix fixe menu is $85 per person, available noon to 8pm.
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You'll probably want to stay clear of shopping malls on Christmas Day, but Yardbird will be open at the Beverly Center just in case. The Southern restaurant will serve Xmas specials like sea bass with morels and white asparagus, truffle mushroom risotto, and cinnamon roll bread pudding. And if you want to stay at home, Yardbird is also offering meals to-go for 5-7 people, including a $450 prime rib dinner and a $375 roasted bird dinner. Check out their website for full menus and ordering info.
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Boxwood inside West Hollywood's The London is bringing in a live band for Christmas Day service as well as offering a three-course meal. Available from 12:30 to 9pm for $125/person ($62 for children), the menu features dishes like crab gratin on brioche, pork belly and scallops, and a gingerbread napoleon for dessert.
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If fancy French bistro is the feel you want for your Christmas Day meal, head to L'Ermitage in Beverly Hills. The hotel's restaurant, Avec Nous, is offering a $125 prix fixe menu from 11am-10pm that includes scallops with cannellini beans, ribeye with truffle and bone marrow sauce, and a strawberry lemonade tarte. There's also the optional oysters and ostera caviar that you can tack onto your bill (prices may vary).
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Rather than a long list of holiday specials, this Westwood steakhouse is offering one thing on Christmas: a roasted prime rib with confit fingerling potatoes, green beans, and black truffle madeira sauce for $79. The rest of STK's menu is also available, and you can even preorder takeout steak dinner starting December 15th if you'd rather eat prime rib in your holiday PJs.
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The Draycott in Pacific Palisades has a Christmas Day prix fixe menu for $125 per person. The three courses include duck liver mousse, cauliflower steak on romesco and ancient grains, and a boozy Christmas pudding with whiskey butter, red currants, and cognac.
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Merois is a West Hollywood rooftop and Wolfgang Puck restaurant, which is another way to say it's very LA. The flashy pan-Asian spot is offering a Royal Thai-inspired four-course dinner for $150 per person.
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Rodeo Drive is one of the most Christmassy corners of LA this time of year, and you can soak up all the tinsel, glitter, and capitalist excess while dining at The Blvd. Located in the Beverly Wilshire hotel, the all-day spot will serve a three-course Christmas Day meal from 10:30am-9:30pm for $135 per person. Courses include hamachi crudo with lemon citronette, seafood pappardelle, and panna cotta with vanilla crumbs.
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Fogo de Chão
Yes, Fogo de Chao is a chain but the Brazilian steakhouse is a great option for group AYCE BBQ for $69/person. It's upscale, you can wear your Christmas best, and feed a group for half the price you would at a hotel restaurant.
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La Boucherie is at the top of DTLA's Wilshire Grand Center (a.k.a. the biggest building west of Chicago) so expect sweeping views at your Christmas dinner. The upscale steakhouse and raw bar is open during regular hours and offers its usual menu featuring jumbo-lump crabcakes, lobster tails in garlic Chardonnay sauce, and imported wagyu steaks.
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The old-school steakhouse chain is offering a $99 prix fixe menu featuring a bone-in pastrami-crusted prime rib and your choice of starters, dessert, and sides. Options include lobster bisque, Palm's signature caesar, creamed spinach, and a key lime pie.
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Daedo Sikdang is a legendary Seoul steakhouse with a US location in Koreatown, known for prime cuts of marinated Angus beef, dry-aged strips, and ribeye cap. Daedo's three set menus of prime Angus beef are all available on Christmas Day during regular hours, along with sides of crispy orange kkakdooki fried rice and denjang porridge.
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Omakase By Osen
Omakase By Osen is a solid sushi option in Silver Lake, and this year it's open on Christmas Day. You can order excellent nigiri a la carte for roughly $6/piece or splurge on the December omakase menu that costs $150 for multiple courses, including a toro tartare, A5 wagyu with caviar, and ten pieces of chef's choice sushi.
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Per L’ Ora
Per L'Ora in DTLA's Hotel Per La is open during regular hours on Christmas Day, serving Italian-ish dishes like radiatori with pork sugo and tofu, sweet corn agnolotti, and orecchiette with birria oxtail ragu in a grand lobby dining space.
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Santa Monica's Massilia is offering its usual mix French, Spanish, and Moroccan dishes during regular hours, including its lamb and beef meatballs in spicy tomato sauce, ratatouille, and beautiful chicken tagine with olives and raisins.
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This red lantern Fairfax spot is offering a New York-style Chinese food banquet on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, featuring its signature Crackerjack Shrimp, orange peel chicken, and No Name Duck with steamed buns. And to pair with dinner, you can sip on Genghis Cohen's "Foo Foo" drinks, like the Hebrew School Mai Tai with Manischewitz wine.
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For anyone looking to swap out casseroles for crudos this year, head to Savida in Santa Monica. The Westside raw bar will have its usual $4 oysters, along with a scallop carpaccio, salmon tartare with créme fraîche beet sauce, and tuna shawarma with pickled sumac onions.
The Century City brasserie will offer its usual menu of French classics on Christmas Day, including an excellent French onion soup that will drive out any winter chill. They'll also have raw bar offerings like shrimp cocktail, oysters, and tins of caviar, as well as lamb sugo, duck confit, and a pork chop with braised leeks.
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This upscale DTLA restaurant, best known for its high-rise 360º views, is offering a $92 three-course prix fixe dinner on Christmas Day. Some options include crispy octopus, heritage pork with jus and a mustard emulsion, and a sticky toffee pudding with dates and persimmon.
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The casual Italian spot in Beverly Grove is open during regular hours on Christmas Day and is a good option for staples like salads, woodfired pizzas, and bowls of pasta. The menu is long and varied, featuring everything from chopped salad to cheesy, bubbling strombolis.
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Open from 4-8pm on Christmas Day, this Italian-inspired restaurant in the Hollywood Roosevelt will serve its usual menu, including dishes like pumpkin-filled rigatoni, charred sea bream, and silky fior di latte gelato.
Tower Bar is a must-visit for tourists and anyone wanting to see celebrities drinking martinis, but it can also be your venue for Christmas dinner. From 4 to 9pm, the iconic West Hollywood spot is offering a prix fixe menu for $175/person, which includes everything from pigs in a blanket and shrimp cocktail to filet mignon and a rack of lamb with mint jelly.
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Genwa Korean BBQ
If you're looking for a KBBQ spot that's perfect for a large group, Genwa—which has locations in Beverly Hills, Mid-Wilshire, and DTLA—will be open on Christmas Day offering prime meat platters and their signature spread of banchan.