Christmas with a view? ATX has been buzzing across the river since The Loren opened in the fall of 2022, and its rooftop oasis, Nido, has undoubtedly become one of South Lamar’s most sought-after dining spots. Make your Christmas wishes come true with an early booking for December 25th, and nosh on their delicious beef short ribs and festive specials. Wine pairings are a must, and y’all can keep the jolly holiday spirit alive with cocktails on the terrace and a backdrop of twinkling lights.
Christmas Day may traditionally be all about the homemade extravaganzas, but let’s face it, Austin never really sticks to old routines. A chaotic kitchen, guests laid out in front of the TV reciting lines from Love Actually, and mountains of plates stacking up around the house is hardly the best we can do, right? Time to shake things up, Mariah-style, and celebrate Christmas like it is everyone’s birthday, not just baby Jesus, with a delicious meal and copious amounts of wine that you don’t have to uncork yourself. Austin’s restaurants (including hotel restaurants and plenty of trusted Chinese restaurants) are open on December 25 and ready for your dollar. Gather your crew, splash your Xmas bonus checks, and prepare to get merry: here’s where to feast on Christmas day this year.
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