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Where to dine out for Christmas Eve and Day in L.A.

Not in the mood to cook for a crowd again? Head to one of these L.A. restaurants open on Christmas Eve and Day for excellent, hassle-free Christmas dinner.

Patricia Kelly Yeo
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Patricia Kelly Yeo
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If you’re spending this December checking out holiday lights, decorating your tree and shopping for gifts amid widespread supply chain failures, it’s likely you don’t have a lot of time or mental bandwidth to plan, shop and cook for what’s likely your first in-person Christmas gathering among friends and family since 2019. That’s where some of L.A.’s best restaurants come in. Whether you’re hoping to dine in this year or don’t celebrate Christmas at all (the best Chinese restaurants, anyone?), we’ve gathered the 19 best restaurants open for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day 2021.

Take advantage of your ability to leave the house this year, support L.A.’s small businesses and enjoy a hassle-free Christmas gathering with loved ones at these 19 restaurants offering both á la carte and multi-course prix-fixe Christmas Eve and Christmas Day meals—no dishwashing by you required. Make sure to book ahead, tip well, bring your proof of vaccination (for indoor restaurants in West Hollywood and the City of L.A.) and then just relax! Christmas dinner’s ready.

RECOMMENDED: Check out our entire guide to Christmas in Los Angeles

Christmas Day Only

  • Restaurants
  • Pan-Asian
  • West Hollywood
  • price 4 of 4

Menu: Wolfgang Puck’s newest pan-Asian crown jewel in West Hollywood is offering a four-course Christmas Day dinner, served family-style. Start off with miso roasted sweet potato soup or brown butter, truffle-infused chestnuts and choice of table snack: tuna tartare crispy rice, Wagyu beef or shiitake mushroom nigiri. Then take in Merois’s breathtaking views over duck breast, short rib chow fun or a butter poached halibut, plus rice and vegetables, before finishing with a buche de noel-inspired dessert, frozen Grand Marnier souffle, or a whimsical chocolate marshmallow Santa’s hat for dessert.

Hours: 2:30–9pm.

Price: $150 per person plus tax and gratuity.

Reservations: Book via Sevenrooms.

Christmas Day + Eve

  • Restaurants
  • Californian
  • South Park
  • price 3 of 4

Menu: Suzanne Goin and Caroline Styne’s new Portuguese-inspired Downtown hotel restaurant (and one of our best new restaurant picks this winter) will also be offering Christmas Eve and Day prix-fixe menus. Served family style, the Christmas Eve menu will include a unique take on Portuguese porco à Alentejana made with clams, confited pork, Mexican chorizo, roasted tomatoes and chilies. Caldo Verde’s Christmas Day dinner will hew closer to the dishes served at A.O.C. and the restaurant’s regularly offered á la carte menu—including its excellent namesake dish. 

Hours: 5–10pm Christmas Eve, 12–8:30pm Christmas Day.

Price: $95 per person on Christmas Eve, $125 per adult and $65 per child 12 and under on Christmas Day. 

Reservations: Book via OpenTable.

  • Restaurants
  • British
  • Pacific Palisades
  • price 3 of 4

Menu: This London-inspired eatery in the Palisades will be offering a four-course prix-fixe menu with deluxe add-ons like uni toast and caviar service. Choose from curried cauliflower or French onion soup to start, plus an appetizer and six decadent entrées including demi-glacéed goose, cashew cheese ravioli and lobster ravioli. Guests can choose from four vegetable sides and then a traditional British Christmas pudding or more Californian passion fruit and candied citrus panna cotta for dessert.

Hours: 11:30–10pm Christmas Eve, 11:30–7pm Christmas Day.

Price: $100 per adult and $35 per child 

Reservations: Book online via Resy.

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  • Restaurants
  • Californian
  • Santa Monica
  • price 3 of 4

Menu: Take a postprandial Christmas stroll on the beach this year after dinner at FIG, the Fairmont Miramar’s lobby restaurant specializing in seasonal Californian cuisine. Expect chef Jason Prendergast’s regularly offered á la carte menu of seasonal Californian cuisine, plus a few holiday specials. 

Hours: 5–10pm Christmas Day and Christmas Eve.

Price: Á la carte.

Reservations: Book via Resy or call 310-319-3111.

  • Restaurants
  • Californian
  • West Hollywood

Menu: West Hollywood's 1 Hotel, the sleek building on the Sunset Strip that’s home to influencer hotspot Harriet’s Rooftop, is also open for dinner on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The hotel’s lobby restaurant, Juniper, will offer an herb roasted prime rib, housemade potato gnocchi and a seasonal dark chocolate peppermint brownie sundae for hotel guests and anyone else in the mood for a sleek hotel meal this Christmas. 

Hours: 4–10pm both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Price: Á la carte.

Reservations: Call 424-281-1880 or email reservations@1kitchenwesthollywood.com.

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  • Restaurants
  • French
  • Century City
  • price 3 of 4

Menu: This Century City hotel’s brand new French-Californian brasserie—and one of our best new restaurants this month—will be offering a simple family-style French rotisserie chicken dinner on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Each guest receives a pear and Brie soup with roasted grapes to start, as well as sides of roasted root vegetables, garlic brown butter haricot verts and chicken gravy mashed potatoes. There’s also a seasonal fruit crumble with vanilla ice cream for dessert.

Hours: 5–10pm Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Price: $150 for two and $250 for four, tax and gratuity not included. 

Reservations: Book via their website.

  • Hotels
  • Spa hotels
  • Beverly Hills
  • price 4 of 4

Menu: It’s a very 90210 Christmas at THEBlvd, the restaurant inside the Four Seasons Beverly Wilshire with a dining room that overlooks Rodeo Drive. THEBlvd is offering prix-fixe menus on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, as well as live music (Christmas Eve 7–10pm, Christmas Day 2–10pm). Choose from lamb, a rib-eye cap and filet mignon plate and wild striped bass with an old school chilled vichyssoise on Christmas Day, plus your choice between two luxurious desserts. Caviar, champagne and chilled seafood platters will also be available as add-ons.

Hours: 5–9:3-pm Christmas Eve, 11:30–9:30pm Christmas Day. 

Price: $145 per adult and $70 per child on Christmas Eve, $125 and $60 for each respectively on Christmas Day. 

Reservations: Book via Tock.

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  • Restaurants
  • Californian
  • Bel Air
  • price 4 of 4

Menu: If you’re in the mood to spend it all this Christmas, there might be no better place to do it than Wolfgang Puck’s restaurant at Hotel Bel Air, where the historic hotel’s well-heated, fern-lined open patio will be hosting a three-course dinner on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, as well as a three-course Christmas Day brunch with a dessert buffet and seasonal cocktail. Diners on Christmas Eve will receive a spectacular Christmas tree of beignets on every table, as well as a chocolate gift to take home. 

Hours: 5–9pm. 

Price: $225 per adult and $85 per child under 12, not including tax and gratuity.

Reservations: Book online here.

Christmas Eve Only

  • Restaurants
  • Californian
  • Beverly
  • price 3 of 4

Menu: Both the Beverly Grove and Brentwood iterations of Suzanne Goin and Caroline Styne’s pioneering market-driven small plates restaurant will be open on Christmas Eve. While you’ll find consistent, globally-inspired seasonal fare at both locations, we’re partial to the original Beverly Grove location, where the restaurant’s gorgeous heated patio and cozy fireplace make the perfect backdrop for a festive holiday dinner. 

Hours: 5–10pm

Price: Á la carte.

Reservations: Book online via OpenTable.

  • Restaurants
  • Steakhouse
  • Glendale
  • price 3 of 4

Menu: A meal at celebrity chef Michael Mina’s steakhouse located at the Americana at Brand is always a sure bet at the holidays. Bourbon Steak’s regularly offered prime rib (sliced table-side), lobster pot pie and other decadent entrees are a perfect fit for an upscale traditional Christmas Eve dinner. Want to make your meal feel even classier? Order the large-format osetra caviar service, a chilled seafood sampler or Gosset Brut champagne.

Hours: 4–9pm.

Price: Á la carte.

Reservations: Call 818-839-4130.

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  • Restaurants
  • Contemporary American
  • Santa Monica
  • price 3 of 4

Menu: Chef Josiah Citrin’s eponymous Santa Monica restaurant—and the more casual counterpart to Michelin-starred Melissé—will be offering a six-course dinner starting with caviar-topped egg and a wild-caught Japanese amberjack crudo. Guests can then choose between a black truffle chestnut soup or Maine scallops, with vegetarian truffle risotto or crispy bass as a 4th course and Snake River Farms Wagyu beef or aged duck as a 5th course. Citrin’s take on the traditional Christmas buche de noel will be served for dessert.

Hours: 2:30–7:45pm.

Price: $195 per person plus tax and gratuity.

Reservations: Book online via Resy.

  • Restaurants
  • Steakhouse
  • Beverly
  • price 3 of 4

Menu: Suzanne Tracht’s iconic Beverly Grove chophouse will be open on Christmas Eve, serving Jar’s traditional á la carte menu of modern American steakhouse fare along with a few to-be-announced holiday specials. The restaurant’s signature pot roast with roast carrots and caramelized onions, as well as its prime rib eye and red wine-based coq au vin, feel particularly Christmassy in our eyes.

Hours: 5–9pm.

Price: Á la carte.

Reservations: Book online via OpenTable.

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  • Restaurants
  • French
  • West Hollywood
  • price 3 of 4

Menu: In the mood for champagne and caviar on Christmas Eve? Petrossian’s West Hollywood boutique will host five courses of decadent canapés that starts off with luxurious Imperial Ossetra caviar service and a flute of Ruinart Blanc de Blancs. Guests will also be able to enjoy crab and caviar, a black truffle beef tartare, caviar-topped oysters and smoked salmon cone—all while live string music plays.

Hours: 5:30pm, 6pm and 6:30pm seatings.

Price: $250 per person plus tax and gratuity.

Reservations: Book online via Tock.

  • Restaurants
  • American creative
  • Downtown Historic Core
  • price 3 of 4

Menu: Neal Fraser’s Downtown restaurant housed in an old Catholic cathedral will be offering a three-course prix-fixe dinner on Christmas Eve with a supplemental $65 wine pairing. Choose from persimmon salad, pumpkin cappelletti, a caviar-topped hamachi tartare or chicken liver tartine to start, then move onto a savory mushroom bread pudding, king salmon, turkey roulade or prime rib. There’s also chocolate cream puffs and a banana bread pudding with orange caramel for dessert. 

Hours: 5–10pm.

Price: $125 per person plus tax and gratuity.

Reservations: Book via their website.

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  • Restaurants
  • American creative
  • Venice
  • price 3 of 4

Menu: We personally wouldn’t mind spending this Christmas Eve at the Tasting Kitchen, a romantic, tree-lined Italian Abbot Kinney restaurant with handmade pasta, solid charcuterie boards and an ever-changing market-driven tasting menu by longtime chef Travis Passerotti. The restaurant’s veal, pork chops and New York strip fit the standard American Christmas bill of fare, while the more gastronomically inclined in your group of friends and family might enjoy the squid ink-dyed pasta alla chitarra and seasonal sunchokes.

Hours: 4pm–midnight.

Price: Á la carte or $85 per person.

Reservations: Book via their website.

  • Restaurants
  • Californian
  • Beverly Hills
  • price 4 of 4

Menu: The holidays are the perfect time to indulge, so why not spend Christmas Eve in one of L.A.’s longest running, most lauded fine-dining institutions? Wolfgang Puck’s flagship Beverly Hills restaurant is celebrating with a three-course prix-fixe meal from executive chef Ari Rosenson and the menu won’t be the only music to your ears: Spago also plans to host a festive live show from the Santa Sisters Singers.

Hours: 4–9:30pm

Price: $195 per adult and $75 per child under 10, plus tax and gratuity.

Reservations: Book via OpenTable.

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  • Restaurants
  • Italian
  • Old Pasadena
  • price 3 of 4

Menu: After a year at home, Pasadena's Union is bringing back their traditional Italian Feast of The Seven Fishes on Christmas Eve. Chef Chris Keyser's over the top meal this year includes a barbecue eel croquette with caviar, tortellini en brodo with Santa Barbara abalone and pacherri pasta with lobster, leeks and tarragon. There's also a $45 supplemental wine pairing and, of course, dessert. 

Hours: 5pm and 7:30pm seatings.

Price: $125 per person, plus tax and gratuity.

Reservations: Book online via Resy or contact events@unionpasadena.com.

Also Open December 25

  • Restaurants
  • Chinese
  • Fairfax District
  • price 2 of 4

For New York-style Chinese banquet food on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day in L.A., you always know there's Fairfax’s Genghis Cohen. Take your pick from old favorites like the pork potstickers, No Name duck and Crackerjack shrimp (the recipe of which was deemed good enough to be re-published by the L.A. Times).

Reservations: Book online via
Resy.

  • Restaurants
  • Delis
  • Culver City

Located in Culver City’s former Bacoshop/Amacita space, the relatively new Wise Sons will be open from 8am to 9pm on Christmas Day and offering its usual deluxe Jewish deli fare. The restaurant’s menu also pays homage to Langer’s with a No. 19 pastrami sandwich, as well as offering sweeter dishes like challah French toast and à la carte sides of babka and rugelach. Don’t miss out on their latkes: Ordered by the piece, they come with a side of sour cream and a smooth, chutney-like applesauce.

Reservations: Order ahead online for pickup and delivery. 

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  • Restaurants
  • Chinese
  • Historic Filipinotown
  • price 1 of 4

Keegan and Julie Fong's homestyle Chinese restaurant in Historic Filipinotown will be open 4 to 9pm, selling Woon's mouthwatering signature pan-fried noodles, pork belly-filled clamshell buns and more for both dine-in and takeout. We also recommend their deep-fried dessert baos filled with Wanderlust Creamery's ube malted crunch or Japanese neopolitan ice cream.

Reservations: Pre-orders are highly encouraged via the restaurant's website

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