Where to Dine Out for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day in L.A.

Cal Mare’s four-course Christmas Eve dinner is inspired by the coasts of Italy and Southern California.

Here are some of our best bets for great Los Angeles restaurants open Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, all of which are offering special holiday menus. Most require reservations so be sure to call ahead and confirm availability.

Edited by William Yelles.

Beverly Grove

a.o.c.
For Christmas Eve dinner, guests can begin by sharing the Vintner’s Plate with rillettes, cheese, cured meats, pickles, roasted grapes and grilled toast. Main courses include pappardelle with chanterelles, roasted kabocha and uni butter; and favorites of Spanish fried chicken, pork belly and lamb chops. $13-$64. 8700 W. Third St., L.A., 310.859.9859. aocwinebar.com

 

Cal Mare
Chef/Partner Adam Sobel’s four-course Christmas Eve dinner is inspired by the coasts of Italy and Southern California and includes a signature starter of “Caviale e Mozzarella”—an indulgence of caviar and fresh mozzarella—along with a curated selection of crudo, antipasti, house-made pasta, hearty woodfired mains and dessert. Menu highlights include crispy blowfish with fennel, salsa verde and charred lemon; sea urchin risotto; saffron spaghetti with Maine lobster; and free-range turkey scallopini. 5:30 p.m.-close. $68. 8500 Beverly Blvd., Suite 115, L.A., 424.332.4594. michaelmina.net

 

Beverly Hills

The Belvedere
The Belvedere at The Peninsula Beverly Hills hotel is offering a three-course festive meal served family-style. Christmas Eve: 5-10 p.m., $148 per person. Christmas Day: 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m., $140 per person. Free-flowing Nicolas Feuillatte Champagne is include. 9882 S. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.975.2736. peninsula.com

 

CIRCA 55 at The Beverly Hilton
CIRCA 55 is offering special festive Christmas Day brunch and dinner buffets. For brunch, choose from a variety of brunch favorites including a “make your own” omelet station, assorted breakfast pastries, and eggs Florentine, in addition to festive dishes such as prime rib, roasted turkey, roasted kabocha salad and a selection of “Santa Pastries” courtesy of Chef Thomas Henzi. Dinner items include fresh oysters, potatoes and green bean salad, wild caught salmon, prime rib, and an assortment of handcrafted Christmas pies. Brunch: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; $95 adults, $38 children. Dinner: 5-10 p.m.; $55. 9876 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.887.6055. beverlyhilton.com

 

Nerano
Celebrate Christmas Eve in traditional Italian-American fashion with the Feast of the Seven Fishes. The dinner feast features seven different seafood dishes reminiscent of Southern Italy, all of which will be available a la carte as well. 5:30-10:30 p.m. 9960 S. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.405.0155. neranobh.com

 

The Restaurant at Montage Beverly Hills
On Christmas Eve, The Restaurant will offer a four-course tasting menu featuring holiday-inspired dishes including rosemary citrus glazed ham and sweet potato gnocchi. Christmas Day features a sprawling brunch featuring an omelet station, whole roasted ham and more; and a prix-fixe dinner featuring traditional Christmas indulgences and celebratory decor. Guests may also enjoy Christmas Lunch at The Rooftop Grill where a three-course menu will be served al fresco. Christmas Eve: 5-9 p.m., $105; $39 children 4-12. Christmas Day brunch: 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m., $128; dinner: $39 children 4-12; lunch: 11 a.m.-5 p.m., $85; small a la carte children’s menu available. 225 N. Canon Dr., Beverly Hills, 310.860.7800. montagehotels.com

 

Brentwood

Tavern
For Christmas Eve, Tavern prepares a decadent Feast of the Seven Fishes seven-course dinner. Start with marinated white anchovies followed by charred Spanish octopus. For the main course, there is a grilled branzino with sunchoke purée, hazelnuts, speck and roasted grapes. The menu will be served alongside a special à la carte menu of Tavern’s favorite dishes. $85. 11648 San Vicente Blvd., Brentwood, 310.806.6464. tavernla.com

 

Calabasas

Saddle Peak Lodge
Join Saddle Peak Lodge for a festive Christmas Eve celebration amidst the beautiful decorations and rustic atmosphere. Enjoy favorites from the lodge’s regular menu in addition to a special Christmas Eve tasting menu created by Chef Adam Horton for $98 per person. 419 Cold Canyon Road, Calabasas, 818.222.3888. saddlepeaklodge.com

 

Downtown Los Angeles

Café Pinot
Choose from Café Pinot’s festive holiday specials and desserts to mark an unforgettable Christmas Eve. Highlights include Rotisserie Jidori Chicken for Two with hay baked potato, roasted carrot, leek medallions, artichoke, and black truffle mustard sauce; and Spiced Brioche with pumpkin mousse, pecan, and Medjool dates. Full a la carte menu, champagne, and curated wine pairings also available. 5 p.m.-close. 700 W. Fifth St., L.A., 213.239.6500. patinagroup.com

 

Eve American Bistro at The Mayfair Hotel
For Christmas Eve, choose from a variety of holiday-inspired dishes including roasted butternut squash soup with duck confit, wild mushrooms and cipollini onions and a Christmas Goose “two ways” pan roasted breast and red wine braised stuffed leg with root vegetables and squash puree. For dessert, satisfy your sweet tooth with red velvet mini churros with chocolate hazelnut sauce, a warm sea salt chocolate chip cookie with Madagascar vanilla ice cream or eggnog pot au crème with whipped cream, pumpkin seed and sesame brittle. $60. 1256 W. Seventh St., L.A., 213.632.1210. eveamericanbistro.com

 

Nick + Stef’s Steakhouse
Celebrate Christmas Eve with classic dry-aged steaks and fresh seafood paired with festive drinks and desserts. Highlights from Executive Chef Megan Logan include N+S Jumbo Lump Crab Cake with jumbo Maryland lump crab, cracker, creamy grain-mustard sauce, and scallion purée; and Roasted Squash with baby kale, goat cheese, toasted pumpkin seeds, and citrus vinaigrette. Full al la carte menu and curated wine pairings will also be available. 4:30-8:30 p.m. 330 S. Hope St., L.A., 213.680.0330. patinagroup.com

 

NoMad Los Angeles
For Christmas Eve, the NoMad Los Angeles offers an à la carte menu with dishes such as bucatini with parmesan and basil crumble, and honey-glazed half duck with accompaniments. On Christmas Day, a special prix-fixe menu will be available. Guests have the choice of an appetizer such as curried squash soup or roasted beet salad, followed by a selection of mains including seared scallops, filet mignon or the famed NoMad roast chicken. Family-style sides including black truffle potato purée, roasted butternut squash and charred brussels sprouts will be served for the table to share. Christmas Day: 2-8:30 p.m.; $74. 649 S. Olive St., L.A., 213.358.0000. thenomadhotel.com

 

Patina
Enjoy a seasonal celebratory four- or six-course Christmas Eve dinner at the Michelin-starred Patina restaurant located at the famed Walt Disney Concert Hall. Executive Chef Andreas Roller’s options feature highlights such as Mary’s Duck with braised red cabbage, potato noodle, kumquat, star anise; and Buche de Noel with chicory, cherry, hazelnut. Wine pairings and supplements are available for an additional fee. 4 p.m., 7 p.m., 10 p.m. seatings. 141 S. Grand Ave., L.A., 213.972.3331. patinagroup.com

 

Redbird
Chef Neal Fraser and team will be preparing a special three-course Christmas Eve dinner with optional wine pairings in celebration of the holiday. Guests can expect options like Sunchoke Risotto with abalone, enoki, celery leaf, Paté Campagne with grilled sourdough, pickles, fig mostarda, and Prime Short Rib with nettle puree, cipollini, burgundy snails and bordelaise. 5-10 p.m. $90. 114 E. Second St., L.A., 213.788.1191. redbird.la

 

Cecconi’s Feast of the Seven Fishes inspired menu includes Table-side Dover sole.

 

Hollywood

Public Kitchen & Bar at The Hollywood Roosevelt
For Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, the American brasserie offers Christmas dinner comprising first courses such as hubbard squash soup and seared diver scallops; a second course that offers mains such as roasted moulard duck breast with Japanese sweet potato and einkorn tagliatelle with chanterelle mushrooms and leeks; and sweet finishers such as deconstructed pumpkin pie and heirloom apple cranberry tart tatin. A special holiday children’s menu offers palate-pleasers like chicken noodle soup, Christmas honey glazed ham, macaroni and cheese, and crunchy praline mousse. 7000 Hollywood Blvd., L.A., 323.769.8888. thehollywoodroosevelt.com

 

Long Beach

Fuego
Fuego at the Hotel Maya celebrates the season with a special four-course, prix fixe dinner served both Christmas Eve (5-10 p.m.) and Christmas Day (11 a.m.-9 p.m.). The modern, Latin-infused indoor-outdoor restaurant and lounge offers a unique seaside setting featuring 13-foot-tall glass walls that fully retract with seating inside and on the patio area. 700 Queensway Dr., Long Beach, 562.481.3910. hotelmayalongbeach.com

 

Mid-Wilshire

Ray’s and Stark Bar
Located steps from LACMA’s iconic Urban Lights installation, Ray’s and Stark Bar features creative, globally-inspired cuisine from Executive Chef Fernando Darin. On Christmas Eve, get in the holiday spirit with seasonal offerings including Mary’s Duck Confit with Black Truffle Polenta and Herb Sauce; and Whole Fried Snapper for Two with Caponata and Frisée Salad. Full a la carte menu will also be available. 11:30 a.m.-8 p.m. 5905 Wilshire Blvd., L.A., 323.857.6180. patinagroup.com

 

Santa Monica

Catch at Hotel Casa del Mar
Christmas Eve and Christmas Day prix-fixe dinner menus include festive starters like iberico ham and manchego cheese foam with crusted tomato and warm bread; entrees such as roasted duck with blueberry sauce and passionfruit glaze and wagyu beef filet mignon with shaved black truffle; and desserts like warm apple tart and bambucha éclair with hazelnut ice cream. $110. 1910 Ocean Way, Santa Monica, 310.581.5333. hotelcasadelmar.com

 

Hotel Shangri-La
The four-course Christmas Day includes a foie gras starter, pomegranate Salad or white roasted cauliflower soup, and choices of boneless ribeye, sea bass or duck. Enjoy a sweet ending with the gingerbread crème brûlée, pumpkin espresso tiramisu or cinnamon sugar apple doughnut holes from Executive Chef Jessica Bedolla. 1-8 p.m. $85 adults, $49 children 6-12. 1301 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, 310.394.2791. shangrila-hotel.com

 

1 Pico at Shutters on the Beach
Christmas Eve and Christmas Day prix-fix dinner menus include starters like seared day boat scallops with brown butter and rosemary; entrees such as roasted duck with farro, butternut squash and black truffle and spaghetti with Vermont butter and perigord black truffles; and sweet finishers like medjool date rum cake and semolina cranberry pie. Christmas Day brunch selections include lobster chowder, whole lobster benedict, and comice pear salad with pine nuts and Humboldt fog toast. $110. 1 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, 310.458.0030. shuttersonthebeach.com

 

Sherman Oaks

Wood & Water
Celebrate Christmas Eve with the regular dinner menu in addition to specials such as seared scallops with lobster and leek risotto; pork chop with Asian marinade; panko and dijon crusted rack of lamb with spinach and goat cheese mashed potatoes; venison chops with wild mushroom risotto, house brandied cherries, shaved black truffle; and more. 13359 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks, 818.855.1661. woodandwaterla.com

 

West Hollywood

Barbette
In addition to Chef Robert Flaherty’s innovative French bistro menu of seasonal, locally sourced, organic and vegan-friendly dishes, Barbette will offer Christmas Eve holiday specials and a prix fixe Christmas dinner. 7511 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, 323.850.8888. barbettebarandbistro.com

 

Cecconi’s
Cecconi’s honors its Venetian roots with several specials inspired by the Italian Christmas Eve tradition Feast of the Seven Fishes. Served alongside classic plates like lobster spaghetti and table-side Dover sole, chef Samuele Pricoco is offering additional seafood-focused dishes including stuffed crab pappardelle with saffron tomato and basil and sea bream al cartoccio with mussels, clams, olives and russet potato. Festive flavors also found in cocktails like the Cecconi’s Nog, a mix of spiced rum, maple, kahlua and half & half, as well as traditional Italian treats such as blood orange panettone and chocolate fondant. 8 a.m.-9 p.m. 8764 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, 310.432.2000. cecconiswesthollywood.com

 

Westwood

STK Los Angeles
Christmas Eve and Christmas Day dinner specials include roasted chestnut soup and a decadent surf and turf option, with the regular menu also being available. Fun specialty cocktails are also available. W Los Angeles-West Beverly Hills, 930 Hilgard Ave., Westwood, 310.659.3535. togrp.com

 

Westlake Village

The Gallery
Celebrate Christmas Eve at The Gallery with a Christmas Eve dinner and live jazz. Enjoy The Gallery’s regular menu in addition to Christmas Eve specials like lobster tail with saffron and black pepper noodles, scallions, peas, saffron cream sauce; prime rib with au jus, roasted garlic mashed potatoes, sautéed spinach; duck Breast with brandy-soaked cherries, hazelnut, black rice, farro; and more. 3-9 p.m. 30768 Russell Ranch Road, Westlake Village, 818.889.1338. thegallerywestlake.com

Cal Mare photo by Jordan Wise. Cecconi’s photo courtesy Cecconi’s.

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