8 Orange County Christmas Dining Destinations

Mastro’s Seafood Tower

This Christmas, eliminate the stress of preparing a holiday feast and leave it to the professionals. See our list of eight Orange County places to relax and enjoy Christmas dinner.

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. Try the beloved signature butter cake a la mode. Christmas Eve 4-10 p.m., Christmas Day 3-10 p.m. Mastro’s Costa Mesa, 633 Anton Blvd., Costa Mesa, 714.546.7405; Mastro’s Ocean Club, 8112 East Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, 949.376.6990. mastrosrestaurants.com


Christmas Dinner at Watertable
Dec. 25. Celebrate Christmas with an innovative and contemporary feast with items such as roasted Christmas goose, chestnut sage dressing, hazelnut roasted sweet potato and bourbon-praline crème brûlée. 2-8 p.m. Adults $54, children ages 4-12 $25. Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach, 21500 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach, 714.698.1234. huntingtonbeach.hyatt.com


Oak Grill
Dec. 24-25. Indulge in the ultimate Christmas meal from Chef Marc Johnson, featuring refined classics and contemporary California cuisine. The four-course prix-fixe menu will include choices such as slow-roasted prime rib with a winter medley and whipped potatoes and seared salmon with Meyer lemon gnocchi and parsnip puree. Relax and enjoy fireside music. 4-9 p.m. Adults $100; $25 additional for wine pairings, Children $25, under five free. Oak Grill, Island Hotel, 690 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.760.4920. oakgrillnb.com


Las Brisas
Dec. 24-25. Soak in the sweeping ocean view from the outdoor patio and indulge on the delectable cuisine of Las Brisas. On Christmas Eve, enjoy a four-course brunch and on Christmas Day, a four-course menu available all day. Christmas Eve 4-8 p.m. $60-$89; Christmas Day 11 a.m.-8 p.m. $65. Las Brisas,  361 Cliff Drive, Laguna Beach, 949.497.5434. lasbrisaslagunabeach.com

The Ritz Prime Seafood


The Ritz Prime Seafood
Dec. 24. Celebrate Christmas Eve with some glitz and glam at The Ritz Prime Seafood. In addition to their full dinner menu, The Ritz will be offering a special three-course prix fixe menu with wine pairings. Guests will begin with an amuse bouche from Chef Phil Kastel, then select from a number of appetizers and entrees, and for dessert select from indulgent options like passion fruit crème brûlée, chocolate flourless cake or a Piper Heidsieck Champagne toast. In addition, a festive holiday-themed cocktail will be available for one night only. 5-11 p.m. $150. 2801 W. Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, 949.720.1800. ritzprimeseafood.com


SOCIAL Costa Mesa
Dec. 24. Savor a Christmas Eve meal with a themed menu based on the classic film A Christmas Story. With the movie playing on a loop at the restaurant, the staff will be clad in ugly Christmas sweaters. Enjoy a unique day-before-Christmas outing and feast on a Chinese-inspired menu, just like the family dinner in A Christmas Story. Choose from items like jidori chicken chow mien, General Tso’s chicken oysters, honey walnut shrimp and more. 5 p.m.-1 a.m. 512 W. 19th St., Costa Mesa, 949.642.2425. socialcostamesa.com


Laguna Cliffs
Dec. 25. Enjoy a special Christmas Day meal at Laguna Cliffs Resort & Spa. Vue Restaurant offers sweeping ocean views and the perfect setting to enjoy the special holiday with loved ones. A special four-course menu will be offered accompanied by live entertainment. Children’s menu available.  2-6 p.m. $95/pp. Laguna Cliffs Resort & Spa, 25135 Park Lantern, Dana Point, 949.661.5000. lagunacliffs.com


Twelve Days of Christmas and EATSmas Holiday Bash
Dec. 12-25. Count down the twelve days of Christmas with Chef Jason Montelibano at EATS Kitchen + Bar. EATS will be serving specialty dishes crafted straight from the beloved folk song – enjoy coq au vin (French hens), cinnamon toast ice cream (maids a-milking) and a pink lady cocktail (ladies dancing). On Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, come back for the EATSmas Holiday Bash where some of the holiday favorites will be revisited. Dec. 24, 5-9 p.m.; Dec. 25, noon-8 p.m. Limited quantities of featured dishes available each day for lunch and dinner. EATS Kitchen + Bar, Hotel Irvine, 17900 Jamboree Road, Irvine, 949.225.6780. eatskitchen.com

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