It's that time of year again, when friends and family are back in town and the holiday spirit is in full gear. With copious amounts of shopping and holiday parties, planning Christmas Eve dinner may have taken a back seat. If so, check out these LA restaurants that are open on Christmas Eve with special prix-fix and regular menus. It will appease even the pickiest family members, leaving you more time to spend with loved ones. As of Monday morning, Eater has verified that these spots all have tables left for December 24.Read More
12 Last-Minute Christmas Eve Dinners in Los Angeles
Nothing like spreading holiday cheer with Christmas Eve restaurant prix-fixe menus with the family.
For a Christmas Eve dinner different from all the rest, check out Culver City's Sambar. You’ll celebrate with a modern Indian inspired menu themed "Chinese and a Bollywood Movie." Eat plenty of Tandoori duck, mushroom buns, cauliflower fritters and shrimp hakka noodles, while watching a Bollywood movie (with no sound) adding to the cultural holiday mood. Sambar will be open from 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Le Petit Paris
For an elevated yet affordable dinner, Le Petit Paris will offer a special three course pre-fixe menu on Christmas Eve and on Christmas day. Highlights include duck foie gras, half lobster with bisque and baby veggies, filet mignon with jus corsé, stuffed truffle macaroni and poached pear with ginger mascarpone. The prix-fixe menu costs $65 per person.
Mr. C Beverly Hills
For another take on “Feast of the Seven Fishes,” the Venetian-inspired hotel Mr. C Beverly Hills will be offering a four course prix-fixe Christmas Eve menu for $89 per person. A variety of seafood dishes include a trio of marinated halibut, shrimp, and tuna tartar and wild branzino. The menu will be available from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Nick & Stef's Steakhouse
Executive Chef Andreas Roller offers Christmas Eve diners his variation of traditional holiday cuisine in this freshly reopened Bunker Hill establishment downtown. Highlights of this festive three-course meal include dry aged beef consommé with truffle quenelles, an oven-roasted Christmas duck with red cabbage, special noodles, and cider poached d-anjou pear, and a Ghana milk chocolate mousse with a cinnamon brulee top for dessert. Dinner is offered from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Come celebrate Christmas Eve for just $60 per person and $19 for children 10 and under.
For $34, Commissary offers an all-day prime rib roast from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Christmas Eve. Served with au jus and garlic mashed potatoes, it will surely suffice your holiday hunger. The regular menu will be available all day as well, so come hungry and enjoy some holiday cooking.
Come to BOA this Christmas Eve for traditional Holiday fare. Whether you’re craving steak or seafood, BOA has you covered without a prix-fixe menu. With access to its full menu, guests can choose from any one of its delicious cuts of meat; from a 40-day dry-aged New York strip to a marinated skirt steak Frites, or something fresh from the seafood chef, like a Chilean sea bass, live whole Maine lobster or roasted Alaskan king crab. Pair your entrée with one of the many vegetable and side dishes and don’t forget to leave room for dessert.
Join chef Vic Casanova this Christmas Eve for his “Feast of the Seven Fishes” (Zuppa Di Pesce), as he serves guests his famous seafood stew filled with calamari, mussels, clams, branzino, snapper, cod and jumbo shrimp. Make sure to make a reservation, as tables will be available from 6 p.m. to closing.
For great ambiance and a beautiful space, treat the family to Top Chef alum Brian Malarkey’s Herringbone in Santa Monica. Besides the regular menu, find surf & turf specials like the popular skate wing schnitzel, whole roasted lobster, and delicious rack of lamb.
Celebrate Christmas Eve by the beach at Playa Provisions, a great kid-friendly environment. A few holiday specials worth noting include foie gras with persimmon pudding and pomegranate and Thai-style bouillabaisse with lobster, shrimp, clams and squid. The full menu will also be available, and the last seating will be at 8:45 p.m.
Smoke Oil Salt
For a Spanish Christmas Eve feast, check out Smoke.Oil.Salt. Look forward to a five course family-style prix fixe including a seared blue cheese-stuffed pork chop, chestnut puree, picaeta, and pickled leeks. For dessert, a mouth-watering rolled sponge cake, fruit compote, passionfruit curd, mint oil, spiced puffed rice should definitely satisfy all palates. It is $55 per person and $21 per child and hours are 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
The Little Door
The Little Door invites guests in for Christmas Eve dinner with a $60 three course holiday prix-fixe at both locations. From 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., start with a lobster bisque with crème fraiche and lobster soubise or a roasted trio of beets with orange, dates and feta. Entrees include a maple-mustard glazed organic chicken breast, with black truffle and pecan sauce, a grilled marinated Mediterranean white sea bass or a butternut squash farro risotto.
Impress your out-of-town guests with dinner at Redbird, with its gorgeous venue downtown. Redbird is doing a four-course menu for $85 and optional wine pairings for $60. Selections include Kabocha pumpkin soup with coconut milk, lemongrass and ginger,squid ink pasta, grilled bone-in tenderloin and more. Figgy pudding or Buche de Noel with praline buttercream, meringue and a brandy anglaise should definitely not be missed on the dessert side.