10 Austin Restaurants That Have Christmas Dinner Covered

Give yourself the gift of a clean kitchen this year.

Pull out those ugly sweaters and the fake fir tree you got five years ago from Home Depot, because the holiday season is officially here! While it feels like this year has gone by at breakneck speed, there’s at least one last thing we have to look forward to in 2021: getting on our grub on at Christmas dinner. But what if your cooking skills are more naughty than nice? There’s an easy answer—order from one of these fantastic places serving up yuletide meals around Austin. Our list has everything from traditional ham to untraditional bluefin tuna nigiri to satisfy everyone at the table. When it comes to whether or not to get fruitcake however, we’ll leave that choice to you.

Christmas food is all about comfort food indulgence—AKA digging into buttery dishes until you have no choice but to take a food coma-induced nap on the couch. And this long-running Austin institution is here to provide the holiday decadence with their mouth-watering offerings. We’re talking everything you need for a full-belly Advent: Maple Bourbon Glazed Ham, White Cheddar and Gruyere Mac and Cheese, and Balsamic Brussels Sprouts with Crispy Prosciutto, just to name a few. If that isn’t enough, you can also grab one of their handmade desserts, like Pecan Pie or Vanilla Cherry Cheesecake, to round out the meal.
Cost: A la carte menu prices vary
How to book: Call 512-391-9966 or email catering@waltonsfancyandstaple.com for pick-up.

Salt & Time

Blackshear-Prospect Hill

While most people may think it’s a certain fast food chain that “has the meats,” real Austinites know that this butcher shop and restaurant is the actual place for proteins. This Christmas is no different—and, for those unopposed to the minimal effort of turning on their oven or grill, the reward of a serious holiday meal awaits. Whether you want Mezcal-glazed Ham, Foie Gras-stuffed Quail, or 60-day Dry-aged Wagyu, the knowledgeable and friendly staff at Salt & Time will give you great cuts as well as the lowdown on how to cook your Christmas meal centerpiece. And they don’t just cover the meat portion of the meal either—while there, load up on baked goods, housemade charcuterie, and fine wines.
Cost: A la carte menu prices vary
How to book: Pre-order online for pick-up.

Available for Reservations

TLC Austin

South Lamar

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. Their 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. And, when it comes to sweets, pair 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: Packages run $299 each
How to book: Order pick-up via Toast.

Old Thousand
Photo courtesy of Old Thousand

Old Thousand


If there’s anything A Christmas Story has taught us (besides the correct pronunciation of “fragile”), it’s that there’s no better alternative to traditional Christmas dinner than Chinese food. Luckily, Old Thousand is here for the times when a roving group of dogs steal your holiday feast—or, you know, if you’d simply rather swap that dry old turkey for their amazing General Tso’s Chicken. They’ll be open on Christmas Day for take-out with a limited holiday menu guaranteed to include their signature flavorful takes on American-Chinese classics (pro tip: don’t skip the Brisket Fried Rice).
Cost: A la carte menu prices vary
How to book: Call 737-222-6637 for pick-up.

River Oaks Elementary School
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Village at River Oaks

Just because you’re celebrating Christmas at home, doesn’t mean you can’t bring out the red and green velvet outfits and get fancy with it. The perfect compliment to any celebration involving charger plates are the high-end nigiri boxes from Austin in-home dining service, Osome. The Japanese delicacies on deck include Aomori Bluefin Tuna, Osetra Caviar, Hokkaido Scallop, King Crab, and Truffle. And, if that Dom Perignon you have on ice isn’t enough to quench your thirst, add a bottle of sake or sparkling wine (or both) to your order for an additional $50.
Cost: Boxes run $200 each (30 pieces); additional prices vary
How to book: Email sam@madeinatx.us to pre-order pick-up.

Hill Country Galleria
Photo courtesy of FoliePop


Hill Country Galleria

The Bûche de Noël—AKA yule log—is a festive French Christmas cake decorated to look like a tree branch. And while you may not be able to slice into one under the Eiffel Tower this year (thanks a lot, Omicron), FoliePop is dishing up two twists on the traditional dessert to ensure a très bon noël. There’s the standard Chocolate Yule Log, a mix of delicious chocolate-passion fruit mousse and a passion fruit interior layered with a crunchy chocolate praline, as well as a Vanilla Yule Log, which contains a layer of crunchy caramelized apple nestled in a vanilla bavarois mousse (made from real vanilla beans, to boot), on top of a soft vanilla biscuit.
Cost: Logs run $70 each
How to book: Order pick-up online.


La Holly

Let’s get to the best part of the season: non-stop chocolate-eating, all justified by the excuse, “It’s the holidays!” Italian mecca Interno certainly gets it, and their Chocolate Truffle and Chocolate Bark sets prove their prowess. Choose between cinnamon, peppermint, and vanilla chai barks, while truffles span classic flavors, Italian-inspired nibbles, seasonal tastes, and even vegan option for those who like their milk chocolate minus the milk. The stand-out however, might be the gold-dusted, cowboy boot-shaped chocolates, which are the perfect accent to any holiday celebration in the Lone Star state.
Cost: A la carte menu prices vary
How to book: Order pick-up online.

Available for Delivery/Takeout

Aba Austin

South Congress

Spice up your holidays with some Mediterranean vibes at South Austin’s Aba. The special Christmas menu features a fusion of warm-and-fuzzy holiday favorites with touches of Israeli, Lebanese, Turkish, and Greek cuisine—think Wild Mushroom Hummus, Stracciatella with Persimmon, Grilled Chicken Kebab, and Braised Short Rib. You can even add 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—they’ll take your leftover game to a whole new level.
Cost: A la carte menu prices vary
How to book Order pick-up online.

Available for Delivery/Takeout

Buenos Aires Cafe

Various locations

Argentina is known for their mastery of beef, so it comes as no surprise that Buenos Aires Café is offering up a Christmas feast fit for Austin’s most committed carnivores. Oven-ready Prime Beef Wellington is sure to get the meat sweats going, especially when accompanied by sides of Mashed Potatoes, Gravy, Organic Spinach Salad, and Pan de Chapa. If you’re looking to go a little less traditional, Lamb and Butternut Squash Empanadas make a perfect potluck appetizer—or the ideal snack to binge eat on your couch while watching Love Actually (no judgement here).
Cost: Packages start at $150 each (serves 2 - 3); Empanadas run $28 per half-dozen
How to book: Order pick-up via Toast.

Available for Delivery/Takeout

LeRoy & Lewis

St. Edwards

No Texas dinner table is complete without barbecue, and Christmas meals are no exception. LeRoy and Lewis is known for meats and sides packed with a larger-than-life punch—don’t just take our word for it, they were recently voted one of the top BBQ joints in the entire state by Texas Monthly. Their staggering list of holiday treats include everything from Tamales by the dozen to Whole Briskets, Barbacoa, and more. Be sure to jump on the pre-order when it opens December 8—this spread’s all but guaranteed to sell out.
Cost: A la carte menu prices vary
How to book: Pre-order pick-up online.

Molly Moltzen is a contributor for Thrillist.