Christmas & Christmas Eve Dining


Nest at WP24
This Christmas Eve, Nest at WP24 is hosting an elegant evening above the glistening city lights of DTLA. Chef de Cuisine, John Lechleidner will serve a modern dim sum menu followed by Asian-inspired dishes for the table such as wok fried shrimp and spicy beef stir fry and an assortment of small sweet bites to finish.WP24 by Wolfgang Puck is also offering specialty cocktails this season including: Love Lust Lace, a citrus champagne cocktail featuring Grand Marnier, Angostura and lemon bitters, and brown sugar and Brown Sugar, featuring notes of caramel, apple, and citrus, the cocktail features Courvoisier V.S. Cognac, Busnel V.S.O.P. Calvados, Cointreau Orange Liqueur, Demerara, and lemon. $68; Sunday, 5:30-10 pm; 900 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015; 213.743.8800

Patina Restaurant
Enjoy a Christmas Eve dinner at the Michelin-starred Patina, from Chef Andreas Roller. The dinner includes acomplimentary amuse bouche and special holiday wine pairings (additional). Menu highlights include Foie Gras with roasted apple, bacon, and macadamia; Snake River Farms Wagyu Beef with salsify, cipollini, and bone marrow; and Sticky Toffee Pudding with salted caramel and ginger sorbet. $110/Four-Course, $160/Six-Course Prix-Fixe; Sunday; 141 South Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012; 213.972.3331

Kendall’s Brasserie
Executive Chef Jean-Pierre Bosc’s menu features dishes inspired by his French regional holiday favorites, along with a special Apple Spice Sour Cocktail ($14). Menu highlights include Seafood and Pearls with Maine lobster, shrimp, sea scallops, and lobster Cognac sauce; Roasted Rack of Lamb with cassoulet beans, roasted tomato, and garlic jus. $58/Three-Course, $68/Four-Course; Sunday; 135 N Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012; 213.972.7322

Chef Esnault’s Menu Three-Course Christmas Eve menu de Noel begins with Hors d’Oeuvres like the Winter Salad with chicory, frisée, beets, persimmons and citrus vinaigrette; the Himachi with pear, watermelon radish, and pickled mustard seeds; and the Clam Chowder made with clams, scallops, potato, leeks and chives. Celebratory mains include Salmon, prepared with beets, Hawaiian heart of palm, scallions and crostini; the Magret de Canard, a maple leaf duck breast with sweet potato, pomegranate and kale; or the Flat Iron Steak, a Strauss Farm grass fed beef, forest mushrooms, pee wee potatoes and celery. Desserts include the Buche de Noel Traditionnelle made with a Valrhona chocolate log, orange marmalade and kumquats, and the Vacherin, with meringue, mango, passion fruit, and coconut sorbet. $76, $38/wine pairing; Sunday, 5-8 pm; 257 South Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90012; 213.372.5189

Café Pinot
Share the merriest meal of all with Executive Chef Viet Pham’s festive menu and special wine pairings ($29 additional). Menu highlights includeAgnolotti with butternut squash, marzipan, almonds, sage, and saba; Chicken Pot Pie with chicken roulade, glazed root vegetables, crispy chicken skin, and Old Bay puff pastry; and Duck Breast with shiitake, roasted shallot, celery root purée, poached cherries, and Balinese long pepper jus. $58/Three-Course, $68/Four-Course; Sunday; 700 West 5th St, Los Angeles, CA 90071; 213.239.6500

Church & State
This Christmas Eve, head to the Arts District in DTLA, where Church & State is boasting festive French flair with their Christmas Eve menu created by Executive Chef Tony Esnault and Chef de Cuisine Chef Sam Jung. Enjoy a decadent Three-Course Prix-Fixe menu with Starters like the Salade de Farro prepared with roasted vegetables, treviso, apple and pickled egg; the Poitrine de Porc made with pork belly confit, green lentil, roasted carrots, and pearl onion; and the Bisque de Homard, a lobster soup with chestnut, celery, cream, cognac, and chive. Entrées include The Tagliatellse aux Champignons Sauvages, made with house-made tagliatelle, Hen of the Woods mushrooms, porcinis, chanterelles, truffle oil and chives; the Loup de Mer, a pan roasted seabass prepared with Bloomsdale spinach, endive, brown butter, and fried capers; and the Flat Iron Steak, a Strauss Family Farm grass-fed flat iron steak with Brussels sprouts, celery, shallots, and Bordelaise sauce. Finish your fine French rustic dinner with a holiday Bûche de Nöel au Chocolate with pistachio brittle!  $65; $35/optional wine pairing; Sunday, 4-8 pm; 1850 Industrial Street, Los Angeles, CA 90021; 213.405.1434

Nick & Stef’s Steakhouse
Christmas Eve dinner is made complete with Chef Megan Logan’s Christmas Special—Crispy Skin Duck Breast entrée, served with braised red cabbage, celery root purée, Brussels sprouts, and huckleberry duck jus for $42. Winter wonderland desserts are also available, along with a festive Bourbon Eggnog cocktail. The full al la carte menu will also be available. Sunday; 30 South Hope St, Los Angeles, CA 90071; 213.680.0330

CHAYA Downtown
Start your Christmas Eve dinner at CHAYA Downtown’s elegant bar and enjoy Bartender Marco Carrasco’s Run Rye Rudolph made with Templeton Rye, Herring Cherry liquor, seepage of barley and flaxseed, clove and cinnamon tea, lemon juice, house-made cranberry syrup, garnished with a fresh mint spring, lime wheel, and cranberries. The celebrate with CHAYA’s Amuse and Four-Course Christmas Eve Prix-Fixe menu. Begin your Japanese inspired celebration with a Kumamoto Oyster with caviar and gold flake, and the Kinmedai and Wagyu Nigiri, then your first course includes Grilled Spanish Octopus with garlic chili, cilantro soy cream, and Fuji apple salad and a Hudson Valley Duck Breast on a pineapple skewer. The second course is a Togarashi Ora King Salmon, served with an ume plum pinot noir sauce, celery root purée, and broccolini. The third course, the Angus Filet Mignon served with a wasabi au jus and wild mushrooms. Dessert includes Macha Opera Cake served with yuzu anglaise and fresh raspberries $75; Sunday,  5:30-10:30 pm; 525 South Flower St, Los Angeles, CA 90071; 213.236.9577

Recently opened 100% plant based restaurant in DTLA with an Asian influenced menu by Chef Caroline Concha will be open on Christmas eve from hosting a Tiki Themed Christmas with specials throughout the night. Sunday, 12 pm – 2 am; 600 S. Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90014; 213.622.1022

Library Bar
A classic lounge in DTLA will be open Christmas Eve and open on Christmas Day. On Christmas Day, the bar will feature a special themed cocktail for the evening. Sip on the Home Alone made with Ginger Syrup, cranberry, lemon. Aperol, gin. rosemary, and an Absinthe flame ($14). Sunday, 3 pm-2 am, Monday, 7 pm; 630 W. 6th St, 116A, Los Angeles, CA 90017

Esterel Restaurant
Enjoy a decadent Christmas buffet by Executive Chef Pete Manfredini at Esterel Restaurant. Dining highlights include a salad bar, slow roasted primed rib, herb crusted halibut and seared duck breast for all the lovers of the traditional winter meals. And don’t forget to make room for the extravagant dessert buffet to make the most of the Buches de Noel (Christmas logs), the S’mores bar and the famous chocolate fountain! Conclude the feast with some customized Christmas treats at our gingerbread frosting atelier! $65, $30/children 12 years and under; Monday, 12-9 pm; Sofitel LA at Beverly Hills, 8555 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048

Mr. C Beverly Hills
The fourth generation Cipriani brothers Ignazio and Maggio bring you a celebration of “escaping to Italy”! At the only Cipriani dining destination on the West Coast, Executive Chef Giuseppe Manco of The Restaurant at Mr. C is keeping with Italy’s beloved “feast of the seven fishes” theme on Christmas Eve with an assortment of coastal-influenced dishes, including a Trio of Marinated Scottish Salmon, Shrimp, & Tuna Tartare; Lobster Risotto; and Pan Roasted Alaskan Halibut over flat pea pods with cherry tomatoes and capers. On Christmas Day the restaurant will be featuring highlights include King Crab Salad with soft avocado and citrus dressing; Baked Cipriani Mezze Maniche pasta with eggplant, tomato and mozzarella; Pan Roasted Chilean Seabass with white wine sauce served with artichokes alla Romana; and Panettone with mascarpone cream and chocolate fondant. For reservations, please book online. Sunday: $95, $35/wine pairing, 6 pm; Monday: $95, $35/wine pairing, 12 pm; 1224 Beverwil Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90035; 877.334.5623

Spago Beverly Hills
Chef de Cuisine Tetsu Yahagi will offer a three-course, prix-fixe menu filled with seasonal choices. The meal will be complete with Christmas carolers who will perform throughout the evening. You have the option of purchasing small or large flower arrangements ($75/small, $125/large), as well as boxes of Wolfgang Puck chocolates ($28/12pc or $39/18pc). $155, $65/children; 176 N Canon Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210; 310.385.0880

CUT by Wolfgang Puck, Beverly Hills
Chef de Cuisine Hilary Henderson has prepared a three-course, prix-fixe menu with options including Roasted Italian Chestnut Soup, with Juniper Crème Fraîche and Trumpet Mushrooms; Australian Grass-fed Filet Mignon with Chimichurri, and more. Henderson has also added several new “whole roast” options such as a USDA Prime Tomahawk Steak, and Pan Roasted 3lb. Maine Lobster. $140; Sunday, 5 – 10 pm (CUT Lounge is open from 5 – 11 pm); 9500 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90212; 310.276.8500

The London West Hollywood at Beverly Hills
The London West Hollywood brings the Christmas Eve dinner to the next level with a variety of both traditional and unique offerings including a mouthwatering Organic Turkey Dinner with Chestnut Stuffing and a tantalizing Roasted Sonoma Duck with Foie Gras, Puffed Wild Rice and topped with a Black Cherry Sauce. On Christmas, celebrate with The London’s Christmas Day Menu that includes starters like Roasted Chestnut Soup with Duck Confit and Porcini Mushrooms, entrees like Citrus Glazed Salmon or Prime Rib and sweet desserts to close off the meal like Eggnog Crème Brulee. $85, Sunday & Monday; 51020 N San Vicente Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069, 866.282.4560

Celebrate with Chef Marcel’s decadent prix fixe Christmas feast, a five-course tasting of holiday fare. Menu includes an Xmas Tree Salad with beets, asian pear, pine nut, pomegranate, blue cheese snow, and baby kale; Sunchoke Soup with chestnuts and crackers; Spiny Lobster Risotto with pancetta, parmesan, and allium; Roasted Duck Breast with brown butter butternut, pomegranate, and pumpkin seed; Brussels and Carrots with honey & thyme glaze; and Cacao Maca Mousee with a gluten free tart, and persimmon. $75; Sunday, 5-9 pm; 7661 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046; 323.424.7735

Join TART for a 3-course, prix-fixe dinner from Chef Aloise Kieffer. The dinner includes a glass of white, red or champagne. $40; Sunday, 5-10 pm; 115 S. Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036; 323.556.2608

Feast of Seven Fishes at Union
The Feast of Seven Fishes is a tradition, celebrated by Italian-Americans throughout the country that commemorates the midnightbirth of Jesus, or the Vigila di Natale. Courses include: Olive Oil Poached Abalone with beets, apples, crème fraiche, and Passmore Ranch caviar; Santa Barbara Squid with cannellini beans, preserved lemon, and basil; Grassy Bar Oyster with pink grapefruit pearls, Ogo seaweed, and fennel juice; Uni Risotto with roasted sunchokes and preserved citron; Roasted Clams with pastina, spigarello, and colatura; Saffron Gnocchetti Sardi with Nantucket Bay Scallops, Calabrian chile, and anchovy bread crumbs; Halibut Steamed in Fig Leaf with San Marzano tomato, olive, and capers; and a dessert Struffoli. $125, $40/wine pairing; Sunday, 5 pm & 7:3 pm; 37 E. Union St, Pasadena, CA 91007; 626-795-5841 or Email reservations@unionpasadena.com to purchase tickets.

The Raymond 1886
This Christmas Eve, Executive Chef Tim Guiltinan’s Five-Course Christmas dinner begins with a first course choice of Wildhead Stealhead Roe with Lemoncello sorbet, and pickled lemon, or the Micro-Farmed Massachusetts Oyster with Yuzu-jalapeño, and Hungarian carrot. Get ready for the Second Course that includes the Wild Albacore served with a Japanese fruit salad, and Hungarian carrots, or the Hand Harvested Scallops with a Thai pico de gallo. Third Course selections include A Warm Soup of Potato and Parmesan with nutmeg and burnt toast, as well as Smashed Salad with wild arugula, Manchego, heirloom tomato, and walnut. The Fourth Course selections offer the Ravioli Stuffed with Artichoke prepared with French olives, pecorino, shimeji mushrooms and carrots, or the Prime Iowa Beef served with fish caramel sauce and Chinese long beans. The other two selections include a Roasted Duck Breast, with black trumpets, turnip purée, and mushroom crumble; Wild Caught Salmon with couscous, green harissa, and a nightshade salad; Chocolate “Blackout Cake” with chocolate malt balls, and Bailey’s Cremeux. $120; Sunday, 4-7 pm; 1250 South Fair Oaks Ave, Pasadena, CA 91105; 626.441.3136

A special family-style menu will be available for brunch, as well as for dinner on Christmas Eve. Guests Enjoy a selection of classic Tintorera dishes complemented by a Michelada and a house mezcal. $60; Sunday, Brunch: 10 am – 3 pm, Dinner: 5 – 10 pm; 2815 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026; 323.741.0055

Ray’s & Stark Bar
Located on the premises of LACMA behind the iconic Urban Light installation on Wilshire Blvd., Ray’s & Stark Bar is an urban culinary oasis surrounding by some of the most celebrated artwork in the world. Celebrate Christmas Eve with a three or four-course menu from Executive Chef Fernando Darin featuring seasonal fare and classic favorites. Menu highlights include Scallop Poke with bamboo rice and shiso cream; Potato Gnocchiwith robiolina, crispy rosemary San Giacomo balsamic; Roasted Tasmanian Trout with roasted sunchoke and Moroccan couscous; and Mascarpone Semifreddo with espresso, caramel, and fleur de sel. $60/Three-Course, $75/Four-Course; Sunday; 5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036; 323.857.6180

Craft Los Angeles
Enjoy a celebratory prix-fixe dinner menu with family-style first courses such as radicchio with Castelvetrano olives and pecorino, as well as steak tartare, tonnato and sprouts. You are able to select a main course such as apple tortelli with pine nuts and sage and roasted quail, or enjoy gnocchi or parmesan risotto topped with truffles for a supplemental cost. For a sweet finish to the holiday meal, pastry chef Shannon Swindle will provide dessert options for the table, including a spiced persimmon pudding, seasonal ice cream and sorbets, as well as a hazelnut, cranberry and pear tart. $135; Sunday, 5-8:30 pm; 10100 Constellation Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90067; 310.279.4180

Petrossian West Hollywood
Petrossian offers authentic French flavors with seasonal California inspiration. Dinner begins with amuse-bouche before diving into a five course meal featuring Dungeness Crab, Œuf en Croûte, Black Truffle Risotto, a choice of Kobe A5 Sirloin or Dover Sole, rounded out with a choice of seasonal galette or Tête de Moine for dessert. Enjoy a live classical string duo to provide the soundtrack to your evening. $175, $250 with wine pairings; Sunday, 6 pm; 321 N Robertson Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90048; 310.271.6300. 

Ivory on Sunset
West Hollywood’s chic indoor/outdoor dining concept, Ivory on Sunset, located in the Mondrian Hotel, will offer Christmas Eve/Day dinner specials by Executive Chef Andrew Bice. Enjoy Christmas Eve specials including Prime Rib served with mashed potatoes, baby carrots, horseradish and au jus. These specials will also be available on Christmas Day, as well as Dover Sole in a meunière sauce with grilled lemon, all of which can be enjoyed on the restaurant’s incomparable patio. Christmas Eve: $45, 5-11 pm; Christmas Day: $49, 5-8 pm; 8440 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069; 323.848.6000

Lasher’s Kitchen
Chef Raquel Jubran of Lasher’s Kitchen is offering a festive feast on Christmas Eve from 4-8pm with brunch served earlier in the day from 9:30am to 2pm. The brunch will reflect the regular weekend brunch served at Lasher’s Kitchen, while the evening will include a special menu of starters, main courses, and decadent desserts.  The menu includes a Holiday Cheese Board; Grilled Fresh Oysters with Uni butter and wasabi tobiko; Fried Green Tomatoes with Andouille sausage, Cajun butter sauce and ginger and apple-fennel slaw; Dungeness Crab Cake with ginger and apple-fennel slaw; Pacific Seabass with a pomegranate reduction, blood orange and onion relish on pearl pasta; Bouillabaisse, lobster, shrimp, mussels, and fresh fish in a Provencal saffron-herb broth; Roasted Prime Rib of Beef Au Jus, Harris Ranch beef with creamed horseradish and Yukon Gold mashed potatoes and vegetables; Filet Oskar, tenderloin medallions topped with crab meat, asparagus and béarnaise sauce, served with Yukon Gold mashed potatoes; Grilled Quail, two semi-boneless hens with a wild rice and currant and almond dressing, served with a sherry cream sauce and fresh vegetables; Vegetable Pot Pie; and dessert of Bourbon Vanilla Creme Brûlée, Bananas Foster Bread Pudding, Raspberry Sorbet, or ROQ Slide Brownie. $34, $15/children 12 and under; Sunday, 9:30 am-2 pm, 4-8 pm; 5295 E. 2nd St, Long Beach, CA; 562.343.7228

Addison in Del Mar, San Diego

Angelenos looking to indulge in a holiday feast and getaway can make the short drive from the city to chef William Bradley’s acclaimed Addison restaurant in Del Mar, San Diego. For Christmas Eve, chef William offers a festive and decadent eight-course meal including courses such as fruits de mer with caviar and shellfish consummé, black truffle risotto with pine nut and parmesan and lamb en persillade with chèvre and aged balsamic. For dessert: a traditional Buche de Noel cake with candied pecans and an eggnog crème glacee. $275, $225/wine pairing; Sunday, 5-8 pm; 5200 Grand Del Mar Way, San Diego, CA  92130; 858.314.1900

Christmas Take Out:

Christmas Eve to-go at Lawry’s The Prime Rib 

This Christmas Eve, Lawry’s is offering their signature prime rib dinners to-go. The holiday feast includes a family-style roasted prime rib alongside Lawry’s classic sides such as creamed corn, creamed spinach, mashed potatoes and Yorkshire pudding batter to bake fresh at home. Additional accompaniments are also available a la carte, including apple pie + C.C. Brown’s Hot Fudge sauce, allowing guests to recreate the historic sundae at home. Orders must be placed here by 12 pm on December 19th; 100 La Cienega Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90211; 310.652.2827

The Bellwether
From Co-Owners Ted Hopson (Executive Chef) and Ann-Marie Verdi (Beverage Director), The Bellwether is in its element during the holiday season, as the restaurant celebrates cozy, elevated comfort food year-round. For the first time, you can enjoy Ted’s traditional Italian holiday favorites at home with an array of Christmas dishes, such as Chicken Parmesan or Lasagna with beef Bolognese, along with an array of sides including Roasted Zucchini, Mushroom Marsala, Sausage & Peppers, and more. Available as a Family Dinner package (serves 8-10) as well as a-la-carte, the Christmas dishes can be ordered between now and December 18th, with pick up on the 23rd, by emailing info@TheBellwetherLA.com.

By Whitney

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