What: Offered both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, this Beverly Hills classic serves up its traditional festive brunch complete with all the classics—see: prime rib, roasted turkey, baked salmon—as well as sushi, an extensive salad selection, a risotto station, an egg station, fresh breakfast pastries, fruit, cheese and of course desserts, all from 11am to 4pm.
Price: $81 per adult, $38 per child
What: The Four Seasons' modern-Italian darling, Culina, is pulling out all the stops with a buffet from 11am to 6pm that spans continents. From 11am to 3pm, find a live breakfast station whipping up Benedicts, avocado toasts, cheese blintzes, made-to-order omelets and more. From 3 to 6pm, enjoy Culina's take on Chinatown Christmas classics, including carved-to-order Peking duck and bowls beef noodle soup. Throughout the day you'll find a carving station with more traditional Christmas fare; a raw bar; a sushi station; lobster pot pies; roaqsted vegetables; a kids' buffet; farmers market salads; cheese; dessert; a waffle station and more. Whew. You really can have it all.
Price: $129 per adult, $65 per child 5 to 12 years old, free for ages 4 and under
What: This brunch buffet skews classic with a number of holiday stalwarts—hello, cornbread stuffing, sweet potato soufflé and roasted turkey—with a few nontraditional Christmas items, to boot: grilled swordfish, pork belly Benedicts, and a California cherry-and-toasted-almond pilaf, to name a few. And there's cause for even more celebration: Those 21 and up receive bottomless mimosas. Stop by from 11am to 4pm.
Price: $50 per adult, $26 per child 6 to 12, free for children 5 and under
What: The man, the myth, the do-gooder legend José Andrés is bringing back his decadent Christmas brunch at Tres, which is where you'll find an impressive carving station, plus cheese, charcuterie, pastries, caviar, cava, seafood and more, from 11am to 4pm.
What: Add Parisian flavor to Christmas Day with an opulent brunch buffet that includes not only a seafood station—featuring oysters, shrimp and king crab—but cheese, charcuterie, house-made French pastries, pâté, and an egg station whipping up black truffle scrambled eggs, Parisian omelets and more. Bon appétit.
Price: $69 per adult, $35 per child under 10
What: Sit down to a family-style feast that includes chestnut bisque; ham-hock-and-scallion cassoulet; free-range turkey and other dishes, not to mention free-flowing Nicolas Feuillatte champagne. (That's worth the price of admission alone, if you ask us.)
What: Bringing a bit of the beach to your festivities? From 11am to 9pm, this Santa Monica stunner is offering a seafood-leaning menu that features crab cake Benedicts; house-cured hickory salmon; seared Chilean sea bass with smoked baby vegetables; roasted rack of lamb with blueberries and baby carrots; organic turkey with vegetable casserole; and warm apple tart, among others.
What: The Front Yard knows you can't have too much of a good thing, which is why they're bringing back their traditional Christmas buffet. This year look for roasted-tomato soup; barley butternut squash risotto; chorizo-and-sage bread pudding; buttermilk- and rosemary-brined turkey; and poblano-roasted prime rib, all from noon to 8pm.
Price: $55 per adult, $25 per child 12 and under
What: The Beverly Hills Hotel's own Georgie also has a Christmas Day buffet at the ready, complete with raw bar (hello, poached shrimp, oysters, and snow crab claws with yuzu aioli). Theirs also includes a carving station featuring salmon with charred lemon and rosemary oil; pastrami-spiced prime rib; roasted leg of lamb with salsa verde; and roasted Christmas ham with honey and a rosemary glaze. Plus, there are traditional sides, a dessert station, appetizers and of course cheese and charcuterie, from 10am to 6pm.
Price: $128 per adult, $48 per child 12 and under
What: Those looking for an Italian feast should make their way to Mr. C Beverly Hills, where a four-course meal awaits. King crab salad with soft avocado and citrus dressing; baked mezze maniche pasta with eggplant, tomato and mozzarella; pan-roasted Chilean seabass with white wine and artichokes alla Romana; and panettone with mascarpone cream and chocolate fondant are all available beginning at noon.
Price: $95, with $35 wine pairing available
What: Kick off your Christmas Day dinner with a welcome glass of cava from the Roosevelt Hotel's Public Kitchen and Bar, who'll be dishing out vegetarian options, molecular gastronomy and an otherwise traditional feast of seared scallops with porcini mashed potatoes; beef tenderloin with blue cheese and potato rosti; roasted maple duck breast; wild mushroom Wellington; and a molecular, deconstructed pumpkin pie, among other dishes.
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