‘Twas the night before Christmas and not a creature was stirring except some of the most exceptional chefs in all of Los Angeles. Ready to prepare a feast unlike any other, diners can look forward to celebrating time honored family traditions like the Feast of the Seven Fishes, and seasonal favorites such as Roasted Rack of Lamb. One thing is for certain, forget the milk and cookies because Santa’s elves and reindeers will be sure to raid your fridge for leftovers come midnight from these restaurants serving up delicious meals for Christmas Eve.
This year on Christmas Eve, the Providence menu is directly inspired by Chef Michael Cimarusti’s Grandmother Josephine and Great Grandmother Domnica. Providence, known for their multi-course seafood-centric tasting menus, will be offering guests the “Feast of the Seven Fishes,” which is a very special traditional southern Italian Christmas Eve dinner. By doing what Providence does best, the restaurant is offering a grand dinner and optional wine pairings to compliment the Squid Carbonara with percent and pepe nero; Lobster Ravioli with panache di verdure; Risottino All’onda with vongole and gamberetti; and for dessert, Struffoli, a Neapolitan dessert of small, deep fried dough balls. The Christmas Eve menu is available between 4pm and 8pm. Reservations are required.
8432 West 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Gusto proudly stands by the Italian proverb: “A tavola non si invecchia,” which translates to “At the table with good friends and family, you do not become old.” This couldn’t be more true especially around Christmas time. Chef Vic Casanova is welcoming diners to celebrate the time honored tradition of Zuppa Di Pesce, which will grace the Gusto menu for one night only on Christmas Eve. The popular Italian fish and seafood stew blends calamari, mussels, clams, branzino, snapper, cod and jumbo shrimp using only the best ingredients, and highlighting Casanova’s flare for bold and inventive flavors. To add even more Christmas cheer to the evening, Gusto’s wine list represents a collection of “small, artisanal vintners throughout Italy,” to compliment your dinner. Reservations recommended.
The Restaurant at Mr. C
1224 Beverwil Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90035
The Restaurant at Mr. C is celebrating the holidays with a true four-course Venetian feast. Direct from the famous Cipriani family who created the Bellini and Beef Carpaccio, The Restaurant at Mr. C is offering a variety of Italian dishes like a Trio of Marinated Salmon, Octopus and Tuna Tartar; Black Squid Ink Risotto all Cipriani and Wild Branzino with flat potatoes, black olives and thyme sauce; or Beef Medallions with barolo sauce with truffle mashed potatoes. For dessert, those on Santa’s “Nice List” will enjoy Torta Caprese with chocolate almond cake with vanilla bean ice cream. Vegetarian options, a la carte menu and a special wine pairing are all available upon request.
Longitude Bar + Restaurant
530 Pico Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90405
Are you hoping to find a more casual spot this Christmas Eve, but still hoping for a fantastic fine-dining menu? Discover Longitude Bar + Restaurant where Chef Russell Wooten is planning a memorable Christmas Eve dinner filled with classic fare and fabulous flavors. The three-course dinner features Caramelized Butternut Squash soup with chestnut cream; Pittman Farms Roast Goose with black truffle sauce, Brussels sprouts, wild mushrooms and potatoes; and for dessert, First Lady Martha Washington’s recipe for Liqueur-soaked Fruit Cake that she served during the holidays at Mt. Vernon. Reservations are recommended.
141 S Grand Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Someone must have been very good this year, because Patina, located at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles, is ready to spread the holiday cheer with a rather decadent seasonal tasting menu this Christmas holiday. Hours before Santa arrives, Patina is featuring Yuletide-inspired dishes to feast on such as Venison Saddle with quince, cranberry compote and fig sauces chartreuse; Apple Glazed Monkfish with red cabbage, rutabaga and a potato-juniper emulsion; and traditional desserts like Sticky Toffee Pudding with candied chestnuts and flor di latte. If that isn’t enough, the Bûche de Noël with pistachio praline and orange confit is sure to make you sing, “Joy to the World!” Patina is offering full three, four, and eight-course menus on Christmas Eve. Reservations are recommended.
2 Dole Dr
Westlake Village, CA 91362
Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village might only be a minutes away from the sandy shores of Malibu, but upon arrival, it will definitely feel more like a Winter Wonderland perfect for Christmas Eve. Hampton’s is preparing an elegant dinner buffet overlooking the waterfall lawn, mixing traditional and contemporary dishes using ingredients from local farmers’ markets and purveyors. Highlights include Spaghetti Squash Latkes with house cured char, red mizuno, tarragon creme and candied walnuts; Housemade Ricotta Parfait with spiced apple and cranberry-pepitas granola; East and West Coast Oysters, Crab Legs, Shrimp and Crab Campechana with Rock Fish Ceviche; Bourbon-Maple Glazed Country Ham; Truffle Crusted Hawaiian Walu and a variety of fresh sushi rolls.
1819 Ocean Ave
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Nothing celebrates the eve of Christmas better than homemade limoncello and Chef Tony DiSalvo’s Feast of the Seven Fishes. CAST at Viceroy Santa Monica will honor his Italian family tradition with a baby kale Caesar with white anchovies, garlic croutons and shaved parmesan; Kusshi Oysters, mignonette and cocktail sauce; Smoked Trout and Avocado “chips and dip;” Dungeness Crab Toast with yuzu mayonnaise; Grilled Octopus Salad with chickpeas, olives and feta; House-made Linguine with Clams, mussels, shrimp, chilies and herbs; Lobster Risotto, bisque emulsion, tarragon, chervil and chives and Traditional Italian Cookies with coffee and tiramisu.
146 S Lake Ave
This Christmas Eve, all twelve Southern California locations will offer a special holiday menu for those looking to order sweet and savory seasonal goodies in a fast and casual, cafeteria-style environment. Lemonade Restaurants is serving up Whole Carved Turkey with gravy and cranberry relish; Apple Sage Brioche Stuffing; Sweet Potato with Maple; “Not So White Trash” Green Bean Casserole with roasted mushroom and crispy onions; and Spaghetti Squash with faro, cranberry and pomegranate vinaigrette. Christmas Eve dinner wouldn’t be complete without dessert, so make make sure to save some room in those stretch pants for the delicious Pumpkin Maple Crumple and Sour Cream Apple Pie. Everything will be served a la carte.
2151 Avenue of the Stars
Los Angeles, CA 90067
Featuring globally inspired California cuisine by Executive Chef Jonathan Wood, the Park Grill special menu for Christmas Eve is sure to delight all of Santa’s best helpers. The four course holiday menu includes amuse bouche of Spice Poached Pear with pumpkin ricotta and roasted chestnut crumb; Candied Yam Bisque soup with toasted marshmallow, vanilla bean syrup and pepitas; a Winter Greens salad with frisee endive, living upland cress, blood orange vinaigrette, spiced butternut squash, candied pecans, vintage gouda; Slow Roasted Prime Rib with sauteed escarole and yukon gold roasted garlic mash; and Candy Cane Mousse with peppermint schnapps which will surely help make this the best Night Before Christmas ever!
Barton G. LA
861 N La Cienega Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90069
Grab the phone because diners are about to make Instagram history with this Christmas Eve dinner. Los Angeles’ premier destination for ‘theatrical’ dining, Barton G. LA has reinterpreted seasonal classics such as Roasted Colorado Rack of Lamb with root vegetable fondant, eggplant and garlic with piquillo romesco sauce; Cider House Veal Chop and Apple Crop served with apple-sage chutney, honey crisp apple fritters, baby Brussel sprouts and cinnamon cider honey; and The Mother Clucker includes a citrus and herb roasted deboned whole chicken stuffed with cranberry-giblet dressing, California figs, roasted squash and acorn squash stuffed with orzo salad for two.
Delphine Eatery + Bar
6250 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028
Offering contemporary American cuisine with only the freshest ingredients, Delphine will be serving up a special holiday-inspired menu on Christmas Eve and on Christmas Day. Starting with a first course, they will offer a Blood Orange and Persimmon Salad with whipped burrata, fennel pollen, winter greens, honey and buckwheat; or an Apple & Fennel Soup with black truffle and crab beignets. For your second course, dine on options like their Dungeness Crab Ravioli, or a steamed organic egg custard. For your third course, choose from options including a grilled prime sirloin cap with potato emulsion, crispy wild mushrooms and pomegranate gremolata, as well as a pan roasted white bass.
Shutters On The Beach Hotel
1 Pico Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90405
With an exceptional ocean view setting, One Pico, located in the Shutters on the Beach hotel will feature an exceptional Christmas Eve dining experience. Start your meal with appetizers including a Roasted Cauliflower Soup with Maine lobster and black truffle, an American Wagyu Tartare or other options and then choose from a variety of entrees including the Duo of Prime Rib Eye; a Mediterranean Seabass; and a Foraged Mushroom Risotto. Finish your experience with Mascarpone Cheesecake, a Caramel Apple & White Chocolate Budino, or a Jelly Roll with black currant jelly, cabernet reduction and vanilla ice cream. $85/person, additional $45 for wine parings.
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