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Where to Dine on Christmas Eve in Los Angeles, 2016

Because it isn't the holidays without a decadent meal with family and friends

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Maybe you've wrapped your presents and already made your Christmas Day dinner plans. Or maybe you're like most of us and still have the Christmas Eve scramble to shop for last-minute holiday gifts. Either way, all you hungry shopping warriors deserve a a decadent feast. And that culminates in a massive and decadent Christmas Eve dinner that will fall on Saturday evening this year.

Thankfully, restaurants across Los Angeles are busting out the mistletoe and turning up the holiday spirit with some pretty festive holiday meals. There's a swanky dinner at Redbird in Downtown LA that will serve roasted pheasant, all the way to the beefy confines of Chianina in Long Beach, with dover sole and grilled beef ribs to help memorialize the holiday. With everything from bougie prix-fixe menus to buffets in whimsical settings, here is your last minute guide to Christmas Eve dining in Los Angeles, in no particular order.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Clifton's Cafeteria

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648 S Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90014
(213) 627-1673
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The recently renamed Clifton’s Republic a.k.a. Clifton’s Cafeteria is celebrating the holidays with an all-you-can-eat Christmas Eve buffet on the Tree Tops level. The special is $65 for adults and $25 for children, and includes dishes like bacon-wrapped pork loin, herb-crusted prime rib, and broccoli cauliflower casserole.

2. CUT by Wolfgang Puck

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9500 Wilshire Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
(310) 276-8500
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Wolfgang Puck’s steakhouse will serve an a la carte menu from 5 to 10 p.m. with specials that include red wine braised bone-in short rib and eggnog cheesecake.

3. Toscana

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11633 San Vicente Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90049
(310) 820-2448
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Brentwood’s longstanding Toscana will open for lunch on Christmas Eve to feed last-minute holiday shoppers. Specials include a selection of white truffle dishes like soft polenta with egg and white truffle and Wagyu ribeye with fingerling potato puree and more white truffles.

4. Redbird

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114 E 2nd St
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 788-1191
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There are few better ways to celebrate the holidays than in the beautiful, historic confines of Redbird. An $85, four-course prix fixe includes menu highlights of bucatini with uni and French butter, pheasant roulade with roasted chestnuts, traditional turkey with cranberry stuffing, and grilled New York steak with bone marrow.

5. AR Cucina

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9531 Culver Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232
(310) 558-8800
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Akasha Richmond’s newest venture, Sambar-turned-AR Cucina, is serving up Christmas Eve specials that include Sicilian pizza, grilled prawns with dried fava bean puree, lobster spaghetti, and lamb chops scottadito. The restaurant will be open from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.

6. KALI Restaurant

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5722 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90038
(323) 871-4160
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One of the year’s most lauded new restaurants, Kali, will host a set menu for $85 with dishes like sea urchin with crispy polenta, dry aged ribeye, and Douglas Fir pine panna cotta with gingerbread. You are definitely going to want to add wine pairings to this one.

7. Nerano

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9960 S Santa Monica Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA 90212

The newest restaurant by The Toscana Restaurant Group, Nerano, is presenting a holiday dinner inspired by the Amalfi Coast. Think dishes like tuna tartare with winter citrus, raviolini with Main lobster and nettles, and seared diver scallops with porcini mushrooms.

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8. Faith & Flower

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705 W 9th St
Los Angeles, CA 90015
(213) 239-0642
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One of Downtown’s prettiest eateries is getting in the holiday spirit with a $65 prix-fixe with dishes like roasted squash and cresenza ravioli, persimmon and chicory salad, and aged Angus beef roast.

9. Mélisse

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1104 Wilshire Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 395-0881
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Those looking to go for gold on Christmas Eve can do so at Josiah Citrin’s Melisse, which will be serving a $175 per person, 5-course prix-fixe with pinkie raising offerings like foie gras terrine with endive confit, truffle risotto, and aged liberty duck.

10. Chianina Steakhouse

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5716 E 2nd St
Long Beach, CA 90803
(562) 434-2333
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Long Beach and South Bay denizens can have a meaty feast at Chianina, where a four-course, $85 menu offers dishes like Dover sole with romanesco and grilled beef rib with smoked potato and leek terrine.

11. LA Chapter

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927 S Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90015
(213) 235-9660
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Order a la carte or from a $50 prix-fixe, with options like heirloom carrot soup with coriander creme fraiche, savory bread pudding with leeks, and 18-hour osso bucco.

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1. Clifton's Cafeteria

648 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90014

The recently renamed Clifton’s Republic a.k.a. Clifton’s Cafeteria is celebrating the holidays with an all-you-can-eat Christmas Eve buffet on the Tree Tops level. The special is $65 for adults and $25 for children, and includes dishes like bacon-wrapped pork loin, herb-crusted prime rib, and broccoli cauliflower casserole.

648 S Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90014

2. CUT by Wolfgang Puck

9500 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90212

Wolfgang Puck’s steakhouse will serve an a la carte menu from 5 to 10 p.m. with specials that include red wine braised bone-in short rib and eggnog cheesecake.

9500 Wilshire Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA 90212

3. Toscana

11633 San Vicente Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90049

Brentwood’s longstanding Toscana will open for lunch on Christmas Eve to feed last-minute holiday shoppers. Specials include a selection of white truffle dishes like soft polenta with egg and white truffle and Wagyu ribeye with fingerling potato puree and more white truffles.

11633 San Vicente Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90049

4. Redbird

114 E 2nd St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

There are few better ways to celebrate the holidays than in the beautiful, historic confines of Redbird. An $85, four-course prix fixe includes menu highlights of bucatini with uni and French butter, pheasant roulade with roasted chestnuts, traditional turkey with cranberry stuffing, and grilled New York steak with bone marrow.

114 E 2nd St
Los Angeles, CA 90012

5. AR Cucina

9531 Culver Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

Akasha Richmond’s newest venture, Sambar-turned-AR Cucina, is serving up Christmas Eve specials that include Sicilian pizza, grilled prawns with dried fava bean puree, lobster spaghetti, and lamb chops scottadito. The restaurant will be open from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.

9531 Culver Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232

6. KALI Restaurant

5722 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038

One of the year’s most lauded new restaurants, Kali, will host a set menu for $85 with dishes like sea urchin with crispy polenta, dry aged ribeye, and Douglas Fir pine panna cotta with gingerbread. You are definitely going to want to add wine pairings to this one.

5722 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90038

7. Nerano

9960 S Santa Monica Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90212
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The newest restaurant by The Toscana Restaurant Group, Nerano, is presenting a holiday dinner inspired by the Amalfi Coast. Think dishes like tuna tartare with winter citrus, raviolini with Main lobster and nettles, and seared diver scallops with porcini mushrooms.

9960 S Santa Monica Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA 90212

8. Faith & Flower

705 W 9th St, Los Angeles, CA 90015

One of Downtown’s prettiest eateries is getting in the holiday spirit with a $65 prix-fixe with dishes like roasted squash and cresenza ravioli, persimmon and chicory salad, and aged Angus beef roast.

705 W 9th St
Los Angeles, CA 90015

9. Mélisse

1104 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

Those looking to go for gold on Christmas Eve can do so at Josiah Citrin’s Melisse, which will be serving a $175 per person, 5-course prix-fixe with pinkie raising offerings like foie gras terrine with endive confit, truffle risotto, and aged liberty duck.

1104 Wilshire Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90401

10. Chianina Steakhouse

5716 E 2nd St, Long Beach, CA 90803

Long Beach and South Bay denizens can have a meaty feast at Chianina, where a four-course, $85 menu offers dishes like Dover sole with romanesco and grilled beef rib with smoked potato and leek terrine.

5716 E 2nd St
Long Beach, CA 90803

11. LA Chapter

927 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90015
LA Chapter

Order a la carte or from a $50 prix-fixe, with options like heirloom carrot soup with coriander creme fraiche, savory bread pudding with leeks, and 18-hour osso bucco.

927 S Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90015

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