Los Angeles Christmas Dining Guide 2016

georgie at montage beverly hills

Georgie at Montage Beverly Hills. Photo by Rick Lew.

Discover where to dine in LA on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day in our 2016 Los Angeles Christmas Dining Guide.

Edited by Christina Xenos

Dec. 24. Dine on a seven-course Feast of Seven Fishes menu from chef and co-founder Bruce Kalman. Italian-American fish and seafood delicacies include braised octopus with chick pea conserva; cured mackerel with sunchoke puree; and halibut croquetas with fennel panna cotta, white truffle, and cured duck egg. 4 p.m.-10 p.m. $140/pp. 626.795.5841.

Dec. 24. Celebrate the holiday in style over a five-course prix-fixe menu at the refined dining destination in Santa Monica. Highlights of the menu are foie gras terrine, truffle risotto and filet of beef with braised beef cheeks. 5-8:30pm. $175/pp. 310.395.0881.

Dec. 24. Enjoy a festive a la carte menu from  with seasonal specials like roasted chestnut soup, black trumpet mushrooms; red wine braised bone-in short rib; and eggnog cheesecake with ginger bread cookie crumbs and huckleberry preserves. The new CUT Lounge will be open regular hours (5 p.m.-1:30 a.m.). 5-10 p.m. 310.276.8500.

Dec. 24-25. Kick off your holidays with a festive menu featuring highlights like fish soup with sauce rouille and parmesan; Elysian Fields Farb lamb chops baked with potatoes, onions, thyme and lamb jus; and risotto with winter squash, wilted dandelion greens, toasted pumpkin seeds and parmesan mousse line($95/pp three courses, $45/pp children 12 and under; 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., 4:30-10 p.m.). On Christmas Day celebrate over Chino Hills scrambled eggs with Dungeness crab and chives; standing rib of prime beef with herb roasted porcini and potatoes and beef jus; and petrale sole with brown butter and glazed tournee of potatoes ($95/pp three courses, $45/pp children 12 and under, noon-6 p.m.). 310.271.9910.

Dec. 24. Chef Lisi’s specials will feature the best of the winter season at the new Beverly Hills restaurant. Dine on an array of offerings that include hand-crafted pastas like Ravioloni d’Ortica e Astice with Maine lobster, nettles, crema corallo and chive batons; Capesante Porcini e Polenta, seared diver scallops with Barata Moretti polenta, porcini mushrooms and crispy rosemary; and Brasato di Costine di Manzo, braised Wagyu beef short ribs with truffled Yukon gold mashed potatoes, heirloom rainbow carrots, parsnips and herb gremolada. From 5:30 p.m. 310.405.0155.

Dec. 24-25. Head to the Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills to celebrate Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. On the night before Christmas enjoy a four-course prix-fixe dinner with highlights like mushroom carpaccio, squid ink rigatoni and roasted fillet of cod ($95/pp 6-11 p.m.). On Christmas Day, indulge in brunch that includes Honey Baked Ham, an array of salads, and seafood offerings, from oysters on the half shell to Alaskan King Crab to house made sushi. Kids’ items and an extensive Dessert Station including hand-made pies, assorted house-made gelatos, and sorbets ($119/pp; $59/pp children 12 and under*). 310.860.4000

AR Cucina
Dec. 24. Dine on inspired Italian fare from chef Akasha Richmond. Highlights of Christmas Eve dining include Polipo, grilled octopus with chickpea puree, crispy chickpeas and escarole; burrata alla panna with tomato-almond pesto, Sicilian sundried tomatoes and ciabatta; lasagna verde of spinach pasta with short rib, prosciutto snf Mushroom ragú; and Kirk’s porchetta, made with Niman Ranch pork, Dario’s herb salt, fresh herbs, pear mostarda and dandelion salad. 5:30-9:30 p.m.

Dec. 24. Dine on a festive four-course prix-fixe menu from chef Neal Fraser. Highlights include uni bucatini with white wine and French butter; grilled New York steak with sautéed green beans and bone marrow; and sides like pommel aligot with aged goat cheese polenta. $85/pp adults, $40/pp children. 213.788.1191.

Dec. 24-25. The dining destination inside the Montage Beverly Hills Will feature a special a la carte holiday menu on Christmas Eve (5-10 p.m.). On Christmas Day, find an all-day brunch buffet featuring holiday favorites, seasonal sides, desserts and more, including $30 bottomless Champagne ($108/pp, $38/children 5-12 years old). 310.860.7970.

Dec. 24. On Christmas Eve executive chef Paul Lee showcases his renowned contemporary French cuisine with international influences at the iconic Walt Disney Music Hall, with decadent dishes like poached foie gras with radish, seaweed, daikon and black truffle; black truffle custard with Maine lobster, bone marrow and parmesan; and Millbrook Farm venison with quince, broccolini, dates and sauce Grand-Veneur. $85/pp for three courses, $100/pp for four courses and $150/pp for six courses. 5-8:30 p.m. 213.972.3331

Chaya Downtown
Dec. 24. Head downtown to dine on a four-course tasting menu that features dishes like Santa Barabara sea urchin monaka, lobster bisque with lobster ravioli and roasted chateaubriand filet. $65+/pp. 213.236.9577

Herringbone Santa Monica
Dec. 24. Brian Malarkey’s Santa Monica hotspot sticks to seafood with their Feast of Seven Fishes. Made your way through the sea with seven courses like king troll salmon confit, big eye tuna crudo and butter poached Maine lobster. $100/pp. 310.971.4460.

Spago Beverly Hills
Dec. 24. Enjoy a special three-course Christmas Eve menu from chef de cuisine Tetsu Yahagi, while listing to live holiday carolers spread holiday cheer throughout the restaurant. 5-9 p.m. $150/pp. 310.385.0880.

Chaya Venice 
Dec. 24. Head to newly revamped Chaya Venice to dine on holiday specials in addition to the regular menu. Highlights include Kaisen platter with half Maine lobster, King crab legs, Kumamoto oysters, garlic-chili prawns, little neck clams, Hokkaido scallops, salmon ceviche, tai sea bream, Yellowtail sashimi, lobster tartare; grilled whole New Zealand Tai sea bream with French truffle jus, Asian herb salad and shaved truffles; and soy braised short ribs with roasted New Zealand venison, purple yam puree, haricots verts tempura. 310.396.1179.

Boxwood at The London West Hollywood at Beverly Hills
Dec. 24-25. Dine on a Christmas feast from executive chef Anthony Keene. Highlights of the holiday menu include oysters Rockefeller with Mornay sauce; organic turkey with chestnut stuffing; 10 oz black Angus filet with saffron potato fondant and smoked Béarnaise. Dec. 24, 5-10 p.m.; Dec. 25, 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. 310.358.7788.

Avec Nous
Dec. 24. Celebrate the holiday over a a prix-fixe menu that includes an elaborate appetizer spread and other highlights like foie gras orange, beef tournedos rossini and buche de Noel. 4-10 p.m. $75/pp, $35/pp children. 310.860.8660

Cast Restaurant
Dec. 25. Enjoy a special buffet brunch with a poolside view from executive chef Larry Monaco. Highlights of the menu include roasted beet and burrata salad, carving station sausage and pepperoni and margarita flat-breads. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. $75/pp, $30/pp children 10 and under. 310.260.7511.

Dec. 24-25. Feast over an ocean view at Casa del Mar. The holiday three-course, prix fix menu features a mix of traditional dishes and coastal, California-inspired cuisine. Highlights include winter salad with kale, roasted pears, spiced pumpkin, pomegranate and Weirauch Farm rumple cheese; slow roasted herb Mary’s organic turkey with vegetable casserole, sweet potato mash, rosemary sauce and cranberries; and strawberry bûche de Noël. $95/pp. Dec. 24, 3-9 p.m.; Dec. 25, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. 310.581.5533.

Saddle Peak Lodge
Dec. 24. Celebrate over a four-course menu that includes a Feast of the Seven Fishes (warm seafood salad with lobster, mussels, clams, citrus furikake, crispy sunshades, Meyer lemon and seaweed dashi); “Christmas Ham” (spiced honey glazed crispy pork belly, maraschino cherry and roasted pineapple); and roasted turkey (mashed potatoes, sausage stuffing, cranberry, gravy, mushrooms & haricot vests). 818.222.3888.

Public Kitchen & Bar
Dec. 25. Make the The Hollywood Roosevelt your destination for a holiday brunch. Highlights of the Christmas menu include prime rib and rack of lamb carving stations; duck confit hash with a poached egg and more. 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. $65/pp, $20/pp bottomless mimosas.

The Pikey
Dec. 24-25. Dine on Christmas Eve specials and a Christmas dinner with highlights like house-cured ham and roasted goose breast with chestnut bread sauce, sausage stuffed onion, roast potatoes and more.

Mr. C Beverly Hills
Dec. 24-25. Celebrate with a Feast of Seven Fishes menu that includes dishes like trio of marinated Alaskan halibut, shrimp and tuna tartare; seafood risotto; and wild branzino ($89/pp). On Christmas Day, dine on a four-course Italian-inspired menu that includes wild salmon tartare, potato gnocchi and housemade veal ravioli ($89/pp). 11 a.m.-11 p.m. 877.334.5623.

Dec. 24. The popular Brentwood restaurant from Suzanne Goin and Caroline Styne offers a “Feast of the Seven Fishes” from chef de cuisine Amy Deaderick. Dine on menu highlights like marinated white anchovies; jamón stuffed trout with celery root, watercress and pickled golden raisins; and bucatini puttanesca with albacore, capers and olives. 5-10:30 p.m. $75/pp. 310.806.6464.

Tres by José Andrés
Dec. 24-25. On Christmas Eve, dine on a three-course menu featuring dishes like Waldorf salad; roasted Iberico pork tenderloin; seared branzino; and more. On Christmas Day, indulge on expanded brunch offerings that include the SLS carving display of prime rib eye and porchetta, cedar plank roasted salmon and a caviar and chilled seafood displays. 310) 246-5551

Napa Valley Grille
Dec. 24. Dine on a special three-course prix-fixe menu that includes highlights like steamed shellfish pot with mussels, clams, crab and shrimp; lobster tails; and black Angus sirloin. $65/pp.

Ivory on Sunset
Dec. 25. Celebrate the holiday over decadent a la carte menu items like foie gras with housemade biscuits, duck confit and plum sauce; Australian rack of lamb with roasted turnips and rainbow chard; and prime rib with pommes Dauphinoise and creamed kale. 323.848.6000.

Hornblower Christmas Dining Cruises
Dec. 24-25. Enjoy Christmas Eve dinner, Christmas Day brunch or Christmas Day dinner aboard Hornblower Cruises. Take in the beautiful views and enjoy live entertainment while indulging at a buffet. 11:30 a.m., 4 p.m. Brunch $67.95 adults, $40.77 children ages 4-12; Dinner $86 adults, $52.40 children ages 4-12.

Dec. 25. Celebrate Christmas Day brunching at The Beverly Hilton. The festive affair includes free-flowing prosecco and dishes like winter truffle risotto and slow roasted leg of lamb (11 a.m.-4 p.m., $81/pp, $31/pp children). Also find a special a la carte dinner with items like seafood pasta and slow-cooked short ribs (6-10 p.m., a la carte, or $85/pp for a four-course meal and prosecco). 310.887.6055.

InterContinental Los Angeles Century City at Beverly Hills
Dec. 24-25. Dine on a three-course prix fixe family-style menu that features prime rib, pommes purée, roasted winter veggies, cabernet demi sole, brussel sprouts, pomegranate beurre blanc, salmon roe, chicken saltimbocca, and roasted mixed potatoes. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 5:30-9 p.m.
$68/pp, $34/pp children 12 and under. 310.284.6500

Dec. 24-25. Make your holiday meals unforgettable this year at Mastro’s with sizzling steaks, perfectly chilled bottles of champagne, jaw-dropping seafood towers and decadent sides such as lobster mashed potatoes. Indulge in a special festive cocktail, sugar & spice, made with Three Olive cake vodka, Svedka vanilla, Akal Chai Rum and a heavy swirl of whipped cream, served in a martini glass with a cinnamon and sugar rim. Don’t forget the beloved signature butter cake.

1 Pico
Dec. 24-25. Enjoy gorgeous views of the Pacific dining inside Shutters on the Beach. For Christmas Eve, menu highlights include chestnut soup, prime beef fillet Mignon, pumpkin tortelli, rum raisin gelato and more ($95/pp, 4-10 p.m.). On Christmas Day, dine on dishes like duck prosciutto, grilled New Zealand lamb chop, roasted Mediterranean branzino and more ($95/pp, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.). 310.587.1717.

Terranea Resort
Dec. 24-25. Find decadent dining experiences at mar’sel and Catalina Kitchen. Dine on a five-course menu at mar’sel that features sunchoke bisque with truffle butter; scallops with cauliflower puree; and veal loin with salsify, braised chard and black truffle ($145/pp). At Catalina Kitchen dine on a Christmas Eve dinner buffet with raw seafood bar and charcuterie ($85/pp; $35 children, free children under 5. 5-9 p.m.). 310.494.7891.

Nick + Stef’s Steakhouse
Dec. 24. Celebrate the holday over indulgent fare like pan-seared diver scallops with celeriac puree, pickled beets and brown butter emulsion; Christmas duck with braised red cabbage, glazed green apples and poppy seed butter quenelles; and duo of beef with dry aged New York steak and merlot-braised short rib, Paris mashed potatoes, winter greens and truffle sauce. $78/pp for three courses; á la carte dining is also available. 5:30-9 p.m. 213.680.0330

Plan Check Kitchen + Bar
Dec. 24. Each Plan Check location (Sawtelle, Fairfax, Downtown, Santa Monica) will serve an exclusive prix-fixe menu ($20) of Mexican-inspired comfort classics, each featuring red and green ingredients in celebration of the festive holiday. The menu items include mini beef cheek tamales; mole rojo with braised pork ribs; chicken enchiladas and more.

Café Pinot
Dec. 24. Dine on a special Christmas Eve dinner that features highlights like porchetta with truffle potatoes, arugula, poached egg, and fermented chili; crispy duck breast with savory oatmeal, roasted little gem lettuce, brown butter apples and jus; and eggnog cheesecake with five spice crumble, cider gastric brioche croutons, and candied pepitas. $67/pp for three courses, $79/pp for four courses; á la carte dining will also be available. 5-9 p.m. 213.239.6500.

Ravello Bar & Grill
Dec. 24. Uptown Whittier is full of holiday traditions between a parade, festival and charming light lined streets so this Christmas Eve, the new Southern Italian inspired restaurant will be hosting a Feast of Seven Fishes full of both unique and traditional seafood dishes all topped off with a chilled lemoncello. $80/pp. 562.945.8723

Kendall’s Brasserie
Dec. 24. Dine on traditional French brasserie fare in downtown over chef Jean Pierre Bosc holiday offerings. Menu highlights include lobster bisque with brioche crouton; pumpkin ravioli with Meyer lemon, asparagus and chive beurre blanc; and roasted lamb loin with a thyme crust, seasonal vegetables, potato gratin and garlic jus. $55 for three courses, $65 for four courses; á la carte dining will also be available. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. 213.972.7322.

The Gallery
Dec. 24. Celebrate over Christmas Eve specials like duck breast with brandy soaked cherries, hazelnut, black rice, farro; venison chops with wild mushroom risotto, shaved black truffles, brandied cherry reduction; and a swordfish tower with potato pancake, sautéed spinach, shrimp and scallop pinot grigio sauce. 818.889.1338.