10 Austin Restaurants That Have Christmas Dinner Covered
Give yourself the gift of a clean kitchen this year.
We put a lot of lofty expectations on Christmas. Peace on earth? Probably not going to happen. A family dinner without a discussion about politics? Not this year. A PS5? Better hope someone with money likes you. However, there is one aspect in which the holiday season rarely disappoints—a deliciously decadent, gut-busting meal. For those who still haven’t taken their pans out of the original plastic they were wrapped in, we’ve composed a list of some great places where you can indulge in all the Christmas flavors, without any of the inevitable cleaning of dishes. There are both dine-in and take-out options—so, if you do get that PS5, you don’t have to leave it behind for one minute.
Any Italian-American worth their weight in red sauce can’t imagine Christmas without the traditional Feast of the Seven Fishes, a bountiful banquet of seafood eaten on Christmas Eve. Even if you can’t be with your big Italian family this year, you can celebrate like you are with L’Oca d’Oro’s own take on the classic meal. That’s what it's serving at the restaurant on December 23 and 24. The multi-course menu is sure to feature everything your nonna’s heart desires, with a special focus on aquatic delights found primarily in the Sicilian Adriatic Sea.
Cost: Dinner costs $100 per person, plus the cost of additional beverage add-ons.
Walton's Fancy and Staple
Christmas food is all about comfort food indulgence—a.k.a. digging into buttery dishes until you have no choice but to take a food coma-induced nap on the couch. This long-running Austin institution, owned by Sandra Bullock, is here to provide the necessary holiday decadence with its mouth-watering offerings including maple orange glazed ham, white cheddar-herb mac ‘n cheese, and brown sugar and rosemary carrots. While it certainly has all the savory dishes you could possibly want, you’ll also want to tack on one of its handmade desserts, like pecan pie or apple crumble, to round out the meal.
Cost: Individual and family–style portions prices vary.
How to order: Call 512-391-9966 or email email@example.com. Pre-orders start on December 10 and run through the 20th.
If the thought of ten family members simultaneously preparing dishes in your small apartment kitchen makes you break out in anxiety-driven hives, let the folks behind South Austin’s TLC sweat it out this year. Its Christmas Family Meal, which feeds eight to ten, is tailor-made for large gatherings. Savory selections include Nueske's applewood-smoked bone-in ham, rosemary fingerling potatoes, country green beans, and honey-glazed carrots. Plus, the package also lets you pair pre-made desserts, such as chocolate pecan pie and white chocolate peppermint bark, with a DIY cookie-decorating kit—so you can still get in some family baking time (with a little help, of course).
Cost: The Christmas Family Meal runs $299
How to order: Order pick-up via Toast.
Unless you’re a member of the tribe yourself, you may not know one of the best Christmas dinner traditions is actually Jewish—and includes copious amounts of Chinese cuisine. This year, Old Thousand and JewBoy Burgers are offering a modern take on the long established practice at Old Thousand on Christmas Eve. While the full menu has yet to be revealed, the promise of dishes filled with “soy sauce and schmaltz” is enough to already make our taste buds all verklempt.
Cost: Menu prices vary based on what is ordered.
How to order: Call 737-222-6637.
Spice up your holidays with Mediterranean vibes at South Austin’s Aba. The special Christmas menu features a fusion of holiday favorites with touches of Israel, Lebanon, Turkey, and Greece. Anticipate dishes like wild mushroom hummus, whipped feta with persimmon, grilled chicken kebab, and braised short rib. Throw in a sommelier-selected bottle of wine to make the cycle complete. And, if you have a history of setting off your fire alarm due to kitchen disasters, you’ll appreciate the intricate, step-by-step instructions Aba provides along with each dish—which will take your leftover game to a whole new level.
Cost: Christmas Eve Meal Package for two people runs $118 plus tax.
How to order: Order online through December 21 at 9 am.
LeRoy & Lewis
No Texas dinner table is complete without barbecue, and Christmas meals are no exception. Texas Monthly favorite LeRoy and Lewis is offering a staggering list of holiday treats including everything from tamales by the dozen to whole briskets, sides, and more. Order early (like now) to get one of the very limited, delicious-sounding Countryside Farm turkey roulades, a half deboned turkey with black garlic, mushroom, and foie gras stuffing that’s rolled, tied, sous vide, and smoked.
Cost: Menu prices vary per item.
How to order: Pre-order online for pick-up.
Lean into the Texan Christmas vibes with a variety of tasty tamales from this stellar seafood-focused food truck. Its head honcho of cuisine, chef Davis Turner, hails from the Corpus Christi area—and he goes hard with the Gulf Coast flavors. That applies to the holiday tamales with both shrimp and mushroom options. This yuletide special can be pre-ordered by the half dozen, or snagged a la carte at its South Austin spot.
Cost: $30 for a half-dozen tamales.
How to order: Pre-order tamales by the half dozen online. Pick-up is available Thursday through Sunday every week leading up to Christmas. For a la carte, stop by for first come, first serve.
Show off the fresh, fashionable ‘fits you unwrapped in the morning by continuing your Christmas celebration at a spot just as stylish as those new Simon Miller bubble clogs, Nido. The restaurant, located on the top floor of the newly opened hotel, The Loren at Lady Bird Lake, offers a sensational view of the Austin skyline—perfect for both sipping winter cocktails and snapping content for your “happy holidays” Instagram post. Nido will be offering limited-time holiday menu specials with optional wine pairings on both the 24 and the 25. Anticipate some decadent dishes, plated with a look as lux as a storefront window at Bergdorf’s.
Cost: Prices vary based on items ordered.
How to order: Walk-in for patio and lounge seating or reserve a table.
Gati Ice Cream
For those with speciality diets or food restrictions, the Yuletide dinner can feel less like a buffet of gastric pleasures, and more like a minefield. However, if you grab one of the exceptional holiday desserts from East Austin baked good paradise, Gati, you guarantee that everyone can at least experience the post-meal sugar rush. Everything on the menu is gluten-free—and many are also free of refined sugar, dairy, and other animal products. Whether you pick up a pecan pie, a Bûche de Noël, or a three layer mint cake, your Christmas crew will devour every crumb.
Cost: Menu items run from $12 to $75.
How to order: Order via Toast through December 12 (or until sold out) for pick-up on December 22 or 23.
End your Christmas on a high note with dessert from Cookie Rich. These little gems of frosting sandwiched between soft, pillowy cookies are created by Lorin Peters, former chef de partie at the legendary three-Michelin Star restaurant, The French Laundry. Depending on the size of your Christmas party or appetite, cookies come either in batches of four or a dozen (you’ll want the bigger one, we promise). For the holidays, Cookie Rich is even offering a special holiday pack with three festive flavors including gingersnap with eggnog, apple pie, and turtle with bourbon buttercream.
Cost: Cookies start at $15 for a four-pack, and $33 for a dozen.
How to order: Packs can be ordered online and are available for local delivery and pick-up, as well as national shipping.