Holiday Guide: Christmas Dining in Los Angeles

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Indulge on Christmas even with a three or four-course menu at Ray’s & Stark Bar.

Discover where to make merry and dine in Los Angeles on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Edited by Christina Xenos.

EVENTS

L.A. County Holiday Celebration
Dec. 24. On Christmas Eve, the 58th annual Emmy-winning L.A. County Holiday Celebration returns with a family-friendly show featuring bands, choirs and dance companies that honor L.A.’s many neighborhoods and cultures. Doors 2 p.m.; First-come, first-seated. Free. Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.972.0711. musiccenter.org

 

DINING

AR Cucina
Dec. 24. The culinary team at AR Cucina wants to bring you to Sicily on Christmas Eve with Feast of Seven Fishes holiday specials in addition to their menu of Italian delicacies. Dine on highlights like yellowtail crudo with Sicilian sun-dried tomatoes; spaghetti with prawns, calamari, mussels and tomato-white wine sauce; and branzino with smashed fingerling potatoes. 5-9 p.m. 9531 Culver Blvd., Culver City, 310.558.8800. arcucuina.com

Café Pinot
Dec. 24. Get in the holiday spirit with a festive three or four-course menu that includes agnolotti with butternut squash and saba; chicken pot pie with chicken roulade, glazed root vegetables, crispy chicken skin, and Old Bay puff pastry; and duck breast with shiitake, roasted shallot, celery root purée, poached cherries, and Balinese long pepper jus. $58-$68; $29 wine pairings. 700 W. 5th St., downtown, 213.239.6500. patinagroup.com

Cal Mare photo by James Carriere

Spend Christmas Day at Cal Mare, one of L.A.’s newest eateries.

Cal Mare
Dec. 24. At one of L.A.’s newest restaurants, celebrate with a Feast of Seven Fishes menu that includes selections like handmade mozzarella with zeppole and caviar, top neck clams and local halibut. $125/person. 8500 Beverly Blvd, L.A. 424.332.4595. calmarerestaurant.com

Chaya Downtown
Dec. 24. Dine on a festive prix-fixe dinner with highlights like Togarashi Ora king salmon, grilled Spanish octopus and Angus filet mignon. 5:30-10:30 p.m. $75/person. 525 S. Flower St., downtown, 213.236.9577. thechaya.com

Chaya Venice
Dec. 24. Celebrate over a Japanese-take on the Feast of Seven Fishes with specials like pan-sauteed branzino prepared with shrimp, calamari, mussels, clams, scallops and octopus in a saffron dashi broth with market sundried tomatoes and Kalamata olives; among other festive entree specials for the night. 10 Navy St., Venice, 213.236.9577. thechaya.com

Church & State
Dec. 24. Ring in Christmas Eve over a three-course menu of festive French fare. Dishes include lobster soup with chestnut; housemade tagliatelle with hen of the woods mushrooms; and soup de mer with Bloomsdale spinach. $65/person. 1850 Industrial St., downtown, 213.405.1434. churchandstatebistro.com

CUT Beverly Hills
Dec. 24. Indulge during the holidays over a three-course menu at one of L.A.’s top steak houses. Highlights include 28-day dry-aged bison New York sirloin with huckleberry compote, a 3-pound pan-roasted Maine lobster, or a Roasted Guinea Hen with black trumpet mushrooms and thyme. 5-10 p.m. 9500 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.276.8500. fourseasons.com

Four Seasons Beverly Hills
Dec. 24-25. Celebrate on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day over festive menus. On Christmas Eve, dine on a four-course dinner that includes selections like butternut squash gnocchi and branzino arrostito (6-10 p.m., $95/person). On Christmas Day, celebrate over a feast featuring everything from oysters and king crab to sushi and a special children’s menu. $129/person; $65 children ages 5-12; complimentary children 4 years and under. 300 S. Doheny Dr., L.A., 310.273.2222. fourseasons.com/losangeles

Georgie
Dec. 25. Make merry on Christmas over a decadent buffet full of indulgences like snow crab claws with yuzu aioli; carving station with leg of lamb, prime rib, salmon and ham; and vegetable spring rolls, shrimp shumai and chicken dumplings.10 a.m.-6 p.m. $128/person, $48 children 12 and under. 225 N. Canon Dr., Beverly Hills, 310.860.7970. georgierestaurant.com

Kali
Dec. 24. Dine on a family-style Christmas Eve fest that includes dishes like pork tortellini with sheep’s milk cheese, roasted duck with coffee rub and Douglas Fir-infused flan. 4-9 p.m. $65/person. 5722 Melrose Ave., L.A., 323.871.4160. kalirestaurant.com

Kendall’s Brasserie

Enjoy a cozy, French-inspired holiday dinner at Kendall’s Brasserie.

Kendall’s Brasserie
Dec. 24. Travel to France through a three or four-course menu that features regional holiday favorites like seafood and pearls with Maine lobster, shrimp, sea scallops, and lobster cognac sauce; roasted rack of lamb with cassoulet beans, roasted tomato and garlic jus. $58-$68. 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.972.7322. patinagroup.com

Nerano
Dec. 24. Indulge in Christmas Eve dinner specials in addition to the regular menu at the Beverly Hills destination. Highlights include Aborio rice with Maryland jumbo lump crab and spot prawns, squid ink tonnarelli with Maine lobster and Harrison Farm beef tenderloin with truffled potatoes puree. From 5 p.m. 9960 S. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.405.0155. neranobh.com

Nick & Stef’s Steakhouse
Dec. 24. Kick off the Christmas holiday with chef Megan Logan’s special crispy skin duck breast entree, served with braised red cabbage, celery root puree, Brussels sprouts, and huckleberry duck jus for $42. Winter wonderland desserts are also available, along with a festive bourbon eggnog cocktail. The full al la carte menu will also be available. $42/person. 330 S Hope St., downtown, 213.680.0330. patinagroup.com

Patina Restaurant
Dec. 24. Indulge on a four or six-course Christmas Eve dinner, which includes a complimentary amuse bouche and option of holiday wine pairings. Menu highlights include foie gras with roasted apple, bacon and macadamia nuts; Snake River Farms Wagyu beef with salsify, cipollini and bone marrow; and sticky toffee pudding with salted caramel and ginger sorbet. $110/$160; wine pairings are an additional charge. 141 S. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.972.3331. patinagroup.com

Petrossian West Hollywood
Dec. 24. Dine on authentic French flavors with seasonal California inspiration. The evening begins with amuse-bouche before diving into a five-course meal featuring dungeness crab, Œuf en Croûte, black truffle risotto, a choice of Kobe A5 sirloin or Dover sole, in addition to a choice of seasonal galette or Tête de Moine for dessert. $175/person, $250/person with wine pairings. 321 N. Robertson Blvd., West Hollywood, 310.271.6300. petrossian.com

Providence
Dec. 24. Enjoy a refined Feast of Seven Fishes menu that includes selections from lobster and clams to calamari Bolognese. $150/person, $210 with wine pairing. 5955 Melrose Ave., L.A., 323.460.4170. providencela.com

Ray's

Indulge on Christmas even with a three or four-course menu at Ray’s & Stark Bar.

Ray’s & Stark Bar
Dec. 24. Dine on a three or four-course menu steps from LACMA’s Urban Light exhibit. Menu highlights include scallop poke with bamboo rice and shiso cream; potato gnocchi with robiolina, crispy rosemary San Giacomo balsamic; roasted Tasmanian trout with roasted sunchoke and Moroccan couscous; and mascarpone semifreddo with espresso, caramel, and fleur de sel. $60-$75. 5905 Wilshire Blvd., L.A., 323.857.6180. patinagroup.com

The Raymond 1886
Dec. 24. Get in the holiday spirit at the cozy craftsman cottage with a festive five-course feast from executive chef Tim Guiltinan. Highlights of the menu include potato and parmesan soup, roasted duck breast with black trumpet mushrooms and wild-caught salmon with couscous. $120/person. 4-7 p.m. 1250 South Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena, 626.441.3136. theraymond.com

Redbird
Dec. 24. Cozy up with a special three-course Christmas Eve dinner from chef Neal Fraser and his culinary team. Highlights of the night include cottage pie with foie gras, marrow and beef cheek, prime New York steak with chanterelle mushrooms; and pumpkin mousse bar. 114 E. Second St., downtown, 213.788.1191. $85/person. redbird.la

Spring
Dec. 24. Ring in Christmas with south of France fare from executive chef Tony Esnault. Highlights of the three-course menu include clam chowder, maple leaf duck breast with sweet potatoes and flat iron steak with pee wee potatoes. $76/person. 5-8 p.m. 57 South Spring St., downtown, 213.372.5189. springlosangeles.com

Toscana
Dec. 24. Fuel your last minute holiday shopping with lunch at the Brentwood mainstay. Specials for the day include scallop carpaccio with beluga caviar; housemade spinach gnocchi with wild boar; and prime New York steak with parmesan sauce and black truffles. Adjacent Bar Toscana also offers seasonal specials like veal osso bucco and strudel with vanilla gelato. 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. 11633 San Vicente Blvd. #100, Brentwood, 310.820.2448. toscanabrentwood.com

Saffron Gnocchetti Sardi at Union Pasadena

Tuck in with saffron gnocchetti sardi at Union Pasadena.

Union Pasadena
Dec. 24. Kick off the holiday over a Feast of Seven Fishes menu, highlights of which include olive oil-poached abalone; Santa Barbara quit with cannelloni beans; saffron gnocchetti sari with Nantucket bay scallops, Calabrian chile and anchovy bread crumbs. Two seatings 5 and 7 p.m. $125/person; $40 wine pairing. 37 E. Union St., Pasadena, 626.795.5841. unionpasadena.com

Wolf
Dec. 24. Celebrity chef Marcel Vigneron’s jewel box restaurant offers a decadent five-course tasting menu for Christmas Eve. Dine on highlights like sunckhoke soup, spiny lobster risotto and roasted duck breast. $75/person. 7661 Melrose Ave., L.A., 323.424.7735. wolfdiningla.com

Best Girl
Dec. 24-25. Chef Michael Cimarusti’s newest outpost in downtown’s Ace Hotel offers a la carte specials for the holiday like seared Rougie Farms foie gras with roasted chestnut gremolatea, roasted prime rib and polenta cake with honey yogurt. 5-10 p.m. 927 S. Broadway, 213.235.9660. bestgirldtla.com

THE Blvd Restaurant and Lounge
Dec. 24-25. Dine on a decadent four-course dinner on Christmas Eve (5-11 p.m.) that features dishes like chestnut soup with duck confit and pumpkin seed oil; spice-crust beef strip-loin with Mediterranean bulgur salad. On Christmas Day, celebrate with a three-course feast; highlights of which are salmon fume, veal chop and peppermint-vanilla mousse with sponge cake, red berry jam and hazelnut. 9500 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills., 310.275.5200. theblvdrestaurant.com

Catch at Hotel Casa del Mar
Dec. 24-25. Dine steps away from the sand and take in unbeatable views of the pacific this holiday season. Christmas Eve and Christmas Day highlights include include house cured hickory salmon and roasted butternut squash soup; entrees like seared Chilean sea bass and butterfly branzino; and sweet treats including chocolate napoleon and warm apple tart. Christmas Eve 5:30 p.m.-10 p.m., Christmas Day 11 a.m.-9 p.m. 1910 Ocean Way, Santa Monica, 310.581.7714. hotelcasadelmar.com

Ivory on Sunset
Dec. 24-25. West Hollywood’s chic indoor/outdoor dining concept, located in the Mondrian Hotel, will offer Christmas Eve and Day dinner specials by executive chef Andrew Bice. Christmas Eve specials include prime rib served with mashed potatoes, baby carrots, horseradish and au jus (also available Christmas Day), as well as Dover Sole in a meunière sauce with grilled lemon (Christmas Eve only), all of which can be enjoyed on the restaurant’s incomparable patio. Christmas Eve 5-11 p.m., Christmas Day 5-8 p.m. 8440 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 323.848.6000. ivoryonsunset.com

The London West Hollywood at Beverly Hills
Dec. 24-25. Get in the holiday spirit with two festive menus for Christmas. On Christmas Eve dine on dishes like organic turkey with chestnut stuffing and roasted Sonoma duck with foie gras. On Christmas Day, dive into roasted chestnut soup with duck confit, citrus glazed salmon or prime rib, and eggnog crème brulee. $85/person. 1020 N. San Vicente Blvd., West Hollywood, 310.854.1111. thelondonwesthollywood.com

The Pikey
Dec. 24-26. Whether you’re celebrating on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day or Boxing Day, the Hollywood English pub has you covered. On Christmas Eve, enjoy fire-roased chestnuts with house-cured bacon honey glaze, goose neck ragu with papardelle and figgy pudding. Christmas Day brings dinner with a choice of house-cured glazed ham or roasted goose bread both served with roasted root vegetables, Yorkshire pudding and crispy potatoes with gravy. On Boxing Day, enjoy happy hour pricing and additional special starting at noon. 7617 W. Sunset Blvd., L.A., 323.850.5400. thepikeyla.com

Public Kitchen & Bar at The Hollywood Roosevelt
Dec. 24-25. Eat, drink and be merry with an a la carte Christmas Eve brunch and a three-course prix-fixe lunch and dinner ($65) on Christmas Day. Stand-out dishes include fresh lemon ricotta pancakes and mouthwatering roasted maple leaf duck breast. Christmas Eve 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Christmas Day noon-8 p.m. 7000 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323-769-8888. thehollywoodroosevelt.com

Saddle Peak Lodge
Dec. 24-25. Nestled in the scenic Santa Monica Mountains, ring in the holidays with a special Christmas Dinner and Christmas Eve Tasting menu with items like Christmas Ham with crispy pork belly, honey glaze, cherry, and pineapple; Roasted Chesnut Soup with black truffle, celery, and apple; Roasted Turkey with all the fixings; and more. Christmas Eve 1-9 p.m., Christmas Day 4-9 p.m. 419 Cold Canyon Rd., Calabasas, 818.222.3888. saddlepeaklodge.com

Tres by José Andrés at SLS Beverly Hills
Dec. 24-25. Gather friends and family around for a decadent meal in the 90210. Offerings for the holidays include Christmas Eve and Christmas Day brunch as well as dinner on both days. Christmas Eve Brunch 11a.m.-4 p.m., $95; Christmas Eve Dinner 4 p.m.-9 p.m., $75. Christmas Day Brunch 11 a.m.-4 p.m., $95. Christmas Day Dinner 4-9 p.m., full menu available. SLS Beverly Hills, 465 S. La Cienega Blvd., L.A. slsbeverlyhillshotel.com

Winter-Whisper-Cocktail

Cap off your meal with Mastro’s speciality Christmas cocktail The Winter Whisper.

Mastro’s
Dec. 25. Celebrate the holidays with delicious steaks and fresh seafood at Mastro’s locations throughout Southern California. Cap off your meal with speciality cocktail The Winter Whisper (RumChata, Kerrygold Irish Cream and D’usse Cognac topped with a cinnamon garnish). Beverly Hills location 3-10 p.m., Malibu location 3-9 p.m. mastrosrestaurants.com

LA County Holiday Celebration photo by Gennia Cui. Cal Mare photo by James Carriere.

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