Christmas Eve & Christmas

12/16/2019

Christmas Eve & Christmas the Hornblower Yacht

Get aboard a Hornblower yacht for their Christmas Eve & Christmas Day with all the trimmings, live entertainment, and breathtaking views. On Christmas Eve there will be a dinner buffet and on Christmas Day, join in a brunch or a buffet dinner! Christmas Eve: $97, Tuesday; Christmas brunch: $75, Wednesday; Christmas dinner: $102, Wednesday; 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey, CA 90292

Christmas Eve at Café del Rey

Celebrate the holidays with stunning Marina views paired with a four-course meal by Executive Chef Job Carder. The menu features a roasted chestnut soup to start, followed by choice of Belgian endive or baby frisée salad, and main course options such as the slow roasted prime rib, honey & clove roasted goose, or salmon en croute. Dessert includes bouche de noel or eggnog crème brulee to top it all off. $89,$69/teenagers; Tuesday, 4:30 – 8 pm; 4451 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey, CA; 310.823.6395

Christmas Eve at La Boucherie

Get into the spirit at the InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown At La Boucherie, enjoy organic and seasonal items while enjoying the starry views of Los Angeles from a Starlight Booth. Menu highlights include: Wagyu Carpaccio with lobster and a rabbit loin; La Boucherie vault charcuterie & cheese; desserts and optional wine pairings. $195+, $245+ with Starlight Booth; Tuesday; 900 Wilshire Blvd, 71st Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90017; 213.688.7777

Christmas Eve at Sora

Switch up your traditional holiday meal with a five-course Omakase menu that will including a first course of a Alaskan Snow Crab & Cucumber Sunomono; second course of a Sashimi sampler; Third course of a Kyoto Style Temari Sushi & Dragon Roll; fourth course of Madai Ushiojiru; and a fifth course of Green Tea Tiramisu. Tuesday; 900 Wilshire Blvd, 69th Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90017; 213.688.7777

Ardor’s Christmas Eve

This Christmas eve, Ardor brings new flavors to the holidays with Michelin-starred Chef John Fraser and his team’s vegetable-focused philosophy, featuring a delectable 4-course prix fixe menu. Begin with selection of hors d’oeuvres and appetizers, including truffle arancini, smoked salmon tartlets, beet petals with whipped feta or grilled squab with caramelized apple. Then enjoy an optional mid-course supplement pappardelle with chestnuts and winter truffles or dive straight into the main course, choosing from an assortment of entrees, which include dry aged duck, mushroom papillote or grilled short ribs. Finally, end with your choice of homemade desserts. $125, $45/under 12; Tuesday, 12 – 11 pm; 9040 West Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069

Celestino Ristorante

Chef Calogero Drago is offering a special Christmas Eve Dinner featuring his new seasonal specials and classics, such as his Eggplant Souffle, Angel Hair Pasta, Pumpkin Tortellini and Risotto with Mussels. Due to popular demand, Chef Drago will also be featuring a “Feast of the Seven Fishes” Prix-Fixe à la carte menu on Christmas Eve for those that love this famous tradition. For something sweet, save room and share a Pear Tart, or for something even more decadent, indulge in the Mascarpone Pistachio Cheesecake. Tuesday, 5:30 – 10:30 pm; 141 South Lake Ave, Pasadena, CA, 91105; 626.795.4006

Drago Centro

Celebrate Christmas Eve with Owner and Executive Chef Celestino Drago’s The Feast of the Seven Fishes prix-fixe menu. Seafood offerings feature the Panna Cotta, Ricci di Mare, Crudo di Ventresca di Tonno, sea urchin panna cotta, toro and tuna tartar; the Cappesante, Polpo, Purée’ di Barbabietole e Lattughe Novelle, jumbo scallops, octopus, red beet purée with micro lettuce; Spaghettini Verdi alla Chitarra, Vongole e Carciofi Croccanti, basil spaghetti, clams and crispy artichokes; the Agnollotti con Aragosta, Brodetto di Peperoni Gialli profumati all’ Anice, lobster filled agnollotti, yellow bell pepper broth, and anise essence; and Branzino, Purée’ di Melanzane, Pomodorini arrosto su corallo di Pane, roasted branzino, eggplant purée, roasted tomato, bread corral. Bar Manager Emraan Jawaid is serving up Apple of My Eye cocktail made with brown butter Infused vodka, Cognac, Amargo Vallet, lemon juice, apple syrup, and three dashes of Cassia Cinnamon Tincture. $100; Tuesday, lunch: 11:30 am – 2:30 pm, dinner: 5 – 10 pm; 525 South Flower St, Los Angeles, CA 90071; 213.228.8998

Drago Ristorante

The Drago Brothers celebrate with Executive Chef Tanino Drago’s Feast of the Seven Fishes prix-fixe menu! The first course, Saltspring Island Mussels is prepared with white wine sauce, fresh herbs and lemon; second course is the Swordfish Carpaccio dressed with fresh pomegranate and passionfruit vinaigrette; third course – the Risotto Al Nero, made with squid ink risotto, fresh calamari, shrimp, and bay scallops; fourth course – Paccheri al Fuoco made with large rigatoni, Thai chili, cherry tomato, and rock shrimp; fifth course – Linguine Alle Vongole prepared with clams, garlic, crushed red pepper, and parsley; sixth course – Seared Scallops with Shiitake Mushrooms; and seventh course – Pan-Roasted Branzino with sardine couscous, clams, tomato, and turnips. Order up festive cocktails like the Mistletoe Minty Martini made with vodka and shaken with Crème de Menthe and ice, or the Drago Cranberry Spritzer mocktail mixed with lime soda, cranberry juice, sparkling water, and fresh cranberries created by Mary Le and Catalina Parocua. $95; Tuesday, 11:30 am – 6 pm; 6060 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036; 323.800.2244

Mi Piace

Executive Chef Gil Saulnier is preparing a special Christmas Eve menu. Begin the holiday feast with the Pasta e Fagioli Soup made with organic red and white Cannellini kidney beans, pasta, escarole lettuce, carrots, celery, and Maui onions in a San Marzano tomato broth; the Roasted Bone Marrow served with Cowboy bacon shallot jam and toasted ciabatta, or share the Oyster & Seafood Platter featuring Malpeque P.E.I Mussels, Kusshi B.C. Oysters, an Alaskan King Crab Leg, half Maine Lobster, and jumbo shrimp, served with a mignonette, cocktail sauce, and tartar sauce with fresh lemon. Entrées include the Prime Delmonico New York, abone-in 18 oz. steak with fresh shitake mushrooms, Napa Cabernet demi glaze, and Chef Saulnier’s special potatoes; the Colorado Slow Braised Lamb Shank in a red wine reduction with braised Japanese eggplant, salsify, rutabaga, and turnips, or the Chilean Sea Bass served with a creamy Reggiano risotto topped with French black truffle. Desserts include the Almond Rocha Cake made of layers of almond gateaux layered between chocolate ganache, covered in milk chocolate and topped with caramelized almonds, or the Midnight Fantasy, a chocolate cake with Swiss bittersweet chocolate fudge and raspberry purée. Bar Manager Nikos Baltas’s Christmas Cocktails include the Naughty or Spice made with Absolut Vanilla Vodka, Bailey’s, espresso, a house-made cinnamon and nutmeg syrup, topped with house-made whipped cream and freshly grated nutmeg. Tuesday, 5 – 11 pm; 25 East Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91105; 626.795.3131

The Raymond 1886

Executive Chef Jason Francisco is offering a Christmas Eve three-course prix-fixe dinner menu. This festive feast begins with a first course choice of Lobster Bisque with lobster tail, brodo and crème fraiche; Scallop Rockerfeller with sea scallops, garlic breadcrumbs, spinach and Champagne butter, or the Grape and Prosciutto Salad with Prosciutto di Parma, frisée, red grapes and Gorgonzola dolce. The second course selections include the Cornish Game Hen with roasted root vegetables and cranberry orange harissa; a Branzino served with roasted bell pepper purée, lentils and fennel; the Chateau Briand, a prime center cut Filet Mignon with pommes purée, crispy Brussels sprout leaves and bone marrow bordelaise, or for vegetarians, the Stuffed Eggplant with Moroccan lentils, baby heirloom tomatoes, sweet peppers and Romesco sauce. The Dessert selections from Pastry Chef Mignon Jones include a choice of Eggnog Cheesecake, Chocolate Lava Cake, or Pumpkin Spice Panna Cotta. $110; Tuesday, 4 – 8 pm; 1886 will be open from 3 – 9 pm; 1250 South Fair Oaks Ave, Pasadena, CA 91105; 626.441.3136  

Villa Alloro

Celebrate with Chef Tanino Drago’s Feast of the Seven Fishes prix-fixe menu! The first course includes Swordfish Carpaccio with fennel, oranges and pomegranate: the Second Course – Baccalá, a baked Cod with tomato, potatoes, and olives; Third Course – Couscous in a red mullet broth; Fourth Course – Risotto With Black Mussels, wild arugula, and lemon zest; fifth Course – Squid Ink Spaghetti with Clams and white wine; Sixth Course – Seared Ahi Tuna “Esotico,” served on a bed of green beans topped with papaya-bell pepper salsa; Seventh Course – Branzino with Lentils, and finally the dessert including Biscotti and Vin Santo. $95; Tuesday, 10:30 am  – 10:30 pm; 310 North Canon Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210; 310.275.2900

 Ray’s + Stark Bars Christmas Eve

Take in the sights of LACMA with friends and family, and enjoy a seasonal Christmas Eve menu offering sunchoke soup, chestnut agnolotti, maple-glazed duck breast, and suckling chicken with winter squash porridge. Tuesday, 11:30 am – 6 pm; Located at LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

Patina‘s Christmas Eve

Enjoy an exclusive four- or six-course Christmas Eve Prix-Fixe menu by Chef Andreas Roller, with options including black truffle risotto, butter poached Maine lobster, oven roasted Mary’s duck, Millbrook Farms venison, and grilled American Wagyu beef. $120/ four-course, $160/six-course; Tuesday, 5 – 8:30 pm; Located at The Walt Disney Concert Hall
141 South Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Nick + Stef’s Steakhouse‘s Christmas Eve Special

Nick + Stef’s has created a Christmas Eve Special of grilled rack of lamb, with sweet potato gnocchi, roasted parsnips, and brussel sprouts. For dessert, a festive “Caramel Christmas Wreath” with salted caramel mousse, gingerbread namelaka, and candied orange. Tuesday, 4:30-8:30 pm; 330 S. Hope St, Los Angeles, CA 90071

Christmas at Ardor

This Christmas, Michelin-starred Chef John Fraser and his team bring a modern twist to the holiday with a vegetable-focused philosophy at Ardor featuring a 5-course prix fixe menu plus a welcome specialty holiday cocktail. Sip on Winter Whiskey Sour made with whiskey, lemon, egg white, mulled wine float, and nutmeg as you choose from a selection of hors d’oeuvres and appetizers, including truffle arancini, smoked salmon tartlets, beet petals with whipped feta or grilled squab with caramelized apple. Then enjoy a mid-course pappardelle with chestnuts and winter truffles before dive into the main course, choosing from an assortment of entrees, which include dry aged duck, mushroom papillote or grilled short ribs. Finally, end with your choice of homemade desserts. $170, $55/under 12; Wednesday, 12 – 11 pm; 9040 West Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069

Christmas at District DTLA

The new American restaurant will offer its signature carving boards for Christmas, including a BBQ Prime Beef Brisket, Grilled Salmon and Roasted Cage-free Half Chicken with sides including whipped potatoes, mac & cheese and harvest vegetables. Toast the holidays with one of District’s “Strong Medicine” cocktails or a Diamond Ice Old Fashioned. Wednesday; Located on the Plaza Level inside The Bloc at 700 W 7th St, Los Angeles, CA 90017

Christmas Dinner at Mari Los Angeles

Celebrate Christmas with traditional favorites prepared by Chef Brian Bellicourt. There’s also live music from Pianist, Jeffrey Silverman. From the menu, enjoy plates such as the roasted honeycrisp apple salad, miso roasted turkey breast, and salt crusted whole trout. Dessert is black cherry buche de noel. Children’s menu available upon request. $60; Wednesday, 5:30 – 9 pm; 2151 Avenue of the Stars, Los Angeles, CA 90067

Christmas Day Champagne Brunch Buffet at Castaway

Castaway is offering a Christmas brunch buffet featuring Organic Whole Turkey, Mustard Crusted Prime Rib, Raw Bar, Traditional Trimmings and dessert. In addition, in the evening Castaway will serve regular a la cart dinner along with Christmas specials including Lobster Bisque, Beef Wellington, Alaskan Halibut and Apple Galette. $79, $35/ages 5-12, $22/bottomless mimosas; Wednesday, 9 am – 3 pm; 1250 E. Harvard Rd, Burbank, CA 91501-1096

Christmas Day Champagne Buffet at Whiskey Red’s

To celebrate the holiday, Whiskey Red’s is offering a Champagne Buffet featuring: herb butter roasted turkey, garlic herb crusted prime rib, holiday ham, crab legs, raw bar, and traditional sides. There will also be live music and visits from Santa. $62.95, $29.95/ages 5-12; Wednesday, 11 am – 4 pm; 13813 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey, CA 90292

Hotel Shangri-La Christmas Day Feast

This year’s festive four-course holiday menu includes a white asparagus soup starter, a choice of poached pear salad or wild mushroom ravioli, followed by choices of boneless ribeye with cauliflower puree, sautéed seasonal vegetables and bordelaise; John Dory served with heirloom fingerling potatoes, roasted shitake mushrooms and a blood-orange bearnaise; or duck paired with fondant potato, roasted Brussels sprouts and a cherry glaze. Diners will enjoy a sweet ending to their meal with the gingerbread crème brûlée, chocolate lava cake or plum cobbler from Executive Chef Jessica Bedolla. Following the meal, you are invited to take a stroll to view the four decorated Christmas trees around the property or join the party upstairs at ONYX, Santa Monica’s first indoor/outdoor rooftop bar. $85, $49/ages 6 – 12; Wednesday, 1 – 8 pm; 1301 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA; 310.394.2791

The Garland

Located in North Hollywood, The Front Yard is cooking up a festive buffet with a mess you don’t need to worry about. Menu highlights include: Buttermilk and rosemary brined turkey, Three peppercorn crusted prime rib, Chilled seafood station, Golden beet salad, and Yam and sage bread pudding. Reservations are highly recommended and parking is complimentary for three hours with validation. $59, $29/ages 12 and under; Wednesday, 12 – 8 pm; 4222 Vineland Ave, North Hollywood, CA 91602

Dekkadance Holiday Dining

On Christmas Eve, enjoy a dinner buffet. A holiday a la carte menu will be offered from 6 – 10 pm, with the last seating at 9 pm. Buffet highlights include; Roasted prime rib of beef; bourbon & molasses glazed ham; marinated lamb chops; seared wild caught salmon; along with a variety of side dishes including seasonal vegetables, charred Brussels sprouts, roasted acorn squash and more. There will also be an Italian station with oven roasted mussels & clams, mushroom & kale ravioli, baked ziti & sausage and gourmet pizzas and stromboli and Chef Manabu’s assorted house-made desserts. On Christmas Day, celebrate with a special buffet with bottomless sparkling rosé or mimosas. The brunch menu will offer a wide variety of offerings including traditional roast turkey, brown sugar glazed ham, California quail; European seabass and king crab legs; Charcuterie and cheese station; and assorted holiday dessert bar. Christmas Dinner is a buffet feast including Gourmet pizzas and stromboli, seafood, Made-to-order entrees including seared wild caught salmon, European seabass, marinated shrimp and balsamic cured California Quail; and Chef Manabu’s grand dessert bar. Christmas Eve: $85+, $40+/children, Tuesday, 5:30 – 9:30 pm; Christmas Brunch: $85+, $40+/children, Wednesday, 11:30 -3:30 pm; Christmas Dinner: $75+, $35+/children, Wednesday, 5:30 – 9 pm; 900 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90017; 213.688.7777

Hyatt Regency San Francisco

A Prime Rib Dinner will be offered on Christmas Eve, as well as a festive Turkey Dinner on Christmas Day, followed by a course of sweet treats for families to indulge in. Wednesday; 5 Embarcadero Center, San Francisco, CA 94111

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