by Mar Yvette - 482 Reviews - 150 List
Not going home for the holidays? Or do you just want to enjoy a fabulous meal without the hassle (and mess) of doing it yourself? Either way, the City of Angels has got you covered with delectable offers that span the super-affordable to the downright splurge-worthy. Find out which Los Angeles restaurants are open for Christmas Day dining.
Updated: December 22, 2009
ALL DAY: 11am-11pm. This tasty eatery inside the Sofitel right across from the Beverly Center is offering an extensive menu on Christmas Day. With just about everything but the kitchen sink, guests can choose a-la-carte priced starters like scallops with butternut squash puree to heartier dishes such as halibut with scarlet quinoa, lobster pot pie and filet with baked potato. Oh, and don't forget the holiday version of Simon's notorious $25 Junkfood Platter--a grown-up rendition of all your childhood favorites.
A LA CARTE LUNCH: 11am-1pm; DINNER: 3:30pm-8:30pm. Billing itself as L.A.'s only waterfront hotel, The Portofino Hotel & Yacht Club's restaurant Baleen is beckoning yuletide guests with chef Daniel Roberts' festive five-course Christmas dinner. Expect New American classics infused with global flavors. Dishes include asparagus risotto with butter-poached prawns, porcini-dusted barramundi, 8-hour braised osso bucco, and warm Asian pear croissant bread pudding. $65 per person ($80 with wine pairings). Children's menu $30 ages 5 to 12. No charge for children 4 years and under.
ALL DAY: This charming new market/tiny cafe near Beachwood Canyon is offering a great Christmas dinner for take-out and dine-in with pre-order and same day service available! At just $19.95, the meal comes with smoked maple honey spiral-cut ham, aged Gruyere scalloped potatoes, a soccotash of chorizo, corn and fava beans, and whiskey bread pudding. There's also a handful of holiday drinks ($3.25 each) like cinnamon spiced apple cider, eggnog latte and peppermint hot chocolate.
BRUNCH 10am-3pm; DINNER 3pm-9pm. There's no place like the Polo Lounge for the holidays. This swanky Beverly Hills favorite is giving locals and out-of-towners something to splurge on with jolly good eats expertly choreographed by chef Alex Chen. Enjoy distinct prix fixe menus with dishes like French toast, stuffed gnocchi, caramelized black cod and roasted turkey for Christmas Day ($99 per adult, $55 per child),
ALL DAY: It doesn't matter what time of day or night you want to stop by this Cahuenga Corridor--after all, this 24-hour joint never sleeps, holidays included. But that doesn't mean Christmas Day isn't special. Should you arrive in the morning hours, you can enjoy brunch with gingerbread pancakes made with spiced apples and an eggnog milkshake or hot apple cider for just $15. The full regular menu is also available for the taking.
DINNER: 12pm-9pm. If you like to avoid noisy scenes, then this stylish find tucked away inside the Hilton Checkers hotel in Downtown L.A. is just the ticket. Chef Todd Allison can do no wrong in the kitchen and he'll deck your halls with a special three-course menu that's being offered in addition to the regular all-day menu. Try starters like the delish smoked salmon atop a poached egg and grilled potato salad, entrees like sole meuniere and dessert--the chocolate banana bread pudding made with Kings Hawaiian bread is a must.
ALL DAY: 11am-9pm. For the quintessential Christmas in California experience, head to this beachside spot inside Shutters on the Beach for a refreshing take on holiday dining. The three-course meal features starters like celery root soup or Dungeness crab ravioli, entrees like prime rib, red snapper or butternut squash ravioli and sweet finishes including apple tart tatin. One Pico was recently renovated by interior designer Michael Smith, who also designed the White House for President Obama, so why not treat yourself like (American) royalty? $68 per person.
DINNER: 5pm-9pm. More than just a cool hotel on the back lot of the 20th Century Fox Studios, the Intercontinental's Park Grill is also a dining destination for local organic fare with a California flair. The special Christmas Day feast has tempting starters like wild mushroom cappuccino, second courses like red curry scallops and shrimp, and meaty dishes including roasted Australian rack of lamb with roasted fingerling potatoes or roasted beef filet with pan-seared foie gras. $68 per person (three courses) or $78 per person (four courses).
BRUNCH: 10 am-5pm. When in L.A. do as the Angelenos do and strip! (Sunset Strip, that is.) This gorgeous space inside the Andaz West Hollywood is doing Christmas brunch with a festive menu of 'spirit-filled? cocktails and chef Sebastien Archambault's ample a la carte offerings--French-style scrambled eggs with smoked salmon and dill to homemade crispy duck confit and pork sausage. The restaurant will also be open for dinner with its customary menu.
ALL DAY: 11:30am-9pm. For a luxe yet casual holiday dining experience, this peaceful spot right off the 405 is an obvious choice. Chef Olivier Rousselle's menu is equal parts traditional and contemporary with seasonally fresh, upscale comfort food. The three-course menu (it's also being served at the Luxe Hotel in Beverly Hills) features the likes of Maine lobster bisque, free-range turkey with stuffing, Lyonnaise potatoes, sweet corn casserole and eggplant caponata and, of course, bouche de noel. $50 for adults; $40 seniors; $30 children ages 10 and under.
ALL DAY: 11:30am-7pm. If you really want to feast like a beast this holiday, then this Valley resort's Christmas Day buffet will not disappoint. With some 50 different dishes to choose from, you can fill up on everything from five-spiced roasted duck with braised cabbage and lady gala apples to a full-on dessert table brimming with treats like red velvet yule log (so good!). Bonus: Guests with reservations for any of the property's holiday events--Christmas Eve dinner, Christmas Day buffet, New Year's Eve dinner--can receive an overnight room rate of $150, which is a real deal. (Seriously. Rooms usually start closer to $375!) For those who might be entertaining at home, you can also order desserts to go. $85 per adult, $42 per child ages 12 and under; children five and under free.
ALL DAY: 11:30am-9pm. Wow, what a view. Take advantage of being in SoCal this holiday by indulging in a three-course meal designed by chef Michael Reardon (hint: it's the same menu for neighboring restaurant One Pico at Shutters on the Beach). Options include a seared bluefin tun starter and roasted beef prime rib entree with potato puree, roasted shallots and au jus. Enjoy your Christmas with the best view of the Santa Monica Ocean and the Santa Monica Pier. $68 per person.
DINNER: 12pm-8pm. If you can't swing the airfare for a holiday vacay in Italy, do the next best thing with a full Italian Christmas Day dinner inside the Avalon hotel. Oliverio's four-course feast features classic antipasti selections like winter vegetable soup with pecorino cheese, second course choices such as stuffed chicken or roasted Mediterranean sea bass with cabbage and porcini mushrooms, and a blueberry parfait to finish. $45 per person and as always, valet is free!
DINNER: 5pm-9pm. If the recession didn't hurt your pocketbook this year, congratulations! You can afford to celebrate the holidays in style at Pasadena's poshest property that boasts the only hotel-run restaurant in L.A. with a Michelin star. Chef de Cuisine Michael Voltaggio will present a lavish Christmas Dinner as a pianist provides live entertainment. $110 per person without wine pairings; $165 per person with wine. Also, The Terrace, the hotel's other eatery, will be serving holiday delights throughout the day, from breakfast through dinner. (Prices vary, but are less than the Dining Room menu.)