For a particular set of Angelenos, nothing sounds more glorious than stepping away from the stove and letting Los Angeles’s hospitality professionals take charge on Christmas Day. After all let’s be honest, decking the halls without stress or mess is truly something to celebrate. From buttoned-up restaurants to more casual standbys, here now are over a dozen places guaranteed to be full of good cheer and open for dinner on Christmas Day.Read More
Where to Eat on Christmas Day in Los Angeles
Sit back, relax, and let these restaurants take care of the rest
1. Newport Seafood Restaurant
The Chinese restaurants in the San Gabriel Valley are largely open and packed over the holidays. Newport’s house-special lobster makes for a festive celebration with its heaps of chopped chilies, scallions, roe, and garlic. The hunks of lobster are considerately cracked before landing on a platter slathered in the aromatic sauce.
2. Ruen Pair
For a casual Christmas lunch or dinner, head to this Thaitown institution famous for its bold spicing, fast service, and good value. A papaya salad with raw crab legs makes for an exciting starter. Follow it up with a helping of soul-warming curry. The red curry with roasted duck, pineapples, tomatoes, and loads of fresh Thai basil teeters deliciously between spicy and creamy.
3. The Pikey
LA’s beloved British pub is serving a prix-fixe Christmas dinner for $55 per person from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. On the set menu are things like roasted duck, sea scallops, and shared sides. A few classics from the pub’s regular dinner menu including fish and chips and a hamburger will also be served.
4. Greenblatt's Deli & Fine Wines
Open for service 365 days a year since 1926, this Hollywood institution is the place to go for traditional deli fare this Christmas Day. Nothing says Merry Christmas like a bowl of homemade matzo ball soup, a hot pastrami reuben, and a thick slice of double chocolate fudge cake.
On Christmas Day, chef Juan Rendon is preparing a four-course menu that includes a winter root vegetable salad, black truffle risotto, and New York strip steak. The menu will be available from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. for $95 per person.
6. Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel-Air
For a Christmas dinner that includes carolers, look no further than the four-course feast at Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel-Air. The menu is served from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and is priced at $175 per person and $65 for children 12 and under.
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7. Genghis Cohen
For those who crave Chinese American fare on Christmas, Genghis Cohen is ready to serve. The 35-year-old New York-style Chinese restaurant is offering up all the classics from noon to 10 p.m. Reservations are recommended.
8. Saddle Peak Lodge
Saddle Peak is rolling out the red carpet for Christmas dinner from 4 p.m. to 9pm. On deck is a four-course menu for $98 per person that includes hand-rolled cavatelli in a Perigord truffle sauce. Check out the full menu here. Reservations are a must.
9. Avec Nous
Avec Nous inside the Viceroy L’Ermitage Beverly Hills is serving a five-course menu with optional wine pairing for $95 per person ($40 for wine pairing). On the menu is mushroom soup, cured scallops, and grape leaf-wrapped turbot. Check out the menu here. Reservations are recommended.
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For a taste of Tuscany this Christmas, come into Maude for a six-course menu from chef Chris Flint that includes a pumpkin and white truffle soup, and pheasant with cannellini bean puree and braised kale. For dessert, there’s white truffle gelato. The menu is priced at $250 per person and will be served from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Reservations are recommended.
11. STK Los Angeles
There’s no finer Christmas dinner than prime rib and STK will be serving it up with a truffle Madera sauce for $58, along with the restaurant’s regular menu.
12. The NoMad Hotel Los Angeles
Swing into Downtown’s NoMad for brunch or dinner. Chef Rudy Lopez is preparing a holiday brunch from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and a four-course dinner from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Reservations can be made via OpenTable.
13. Nest at WP24 by Wolfgang Puck
Los Angeles, CA 90015
Nest at WP24 is open for Christmas dinner from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. and is serving the restaurant’s regular menu along with a festive family-style menu. Highlights include salt and pepper prawns, Peking duck fried rice, and a selection of sushi.