20 Dallas Restaurants That Have Christmas Dinner Covered

Give yourself the gift of a clean kitchen this year.

By now, the Thanksgiving leftovers are long gone and our thoughts have already turned to the next-to-last, over-the-top-indulgent meal before New Year’s Eve. With Christmas Eve and Christmas Day falling on Friday and Saturday this year, there seem to be more options than ever for dining out with family and friends or grabbing take-out to serve under the glow of your own tree. We’ve narrowed down the dozens upon dozens of options to 20 can’t-miss places to eat, drink, and be merry all across North Texas.

From juicy BBQ and succulent steaks to fresh seafood and spicy Tex-Mex, you’ll find something to please everyone on your list. Don’t forget to order extra if you’re taking it to-go, because Santa would surely prefer a rack of lamb and a Bordeaux blend over the usual cookies and eggnog. Another helpful tip? Call ahead for ordering information and deadlines to avoid missing out.

Two Sisters Catering
Two Sisters Catering | Photo courtesy of Sylvia Elzafon Photography

Two Sisters Catering

Old East Dallas

The popular catering company is sporting two different meal options this year. The Holiday Dinner stars Herbed Garlic Roasted Beef Tenderloin and various sides, while the Feliz Navidad Buffet features Grilled Beef Tenderloin Fajitas and Chicken Green Chile Tamales.
Cost: Packages start at $365 each (serves 8 - 10)
How to book: Call 214-821-4343 or email alexv@twosisterscatering.com for pick-up.

The Crescent Club
The Crescent Club | Photo by Lizzie Carter

The Crescent Court staple offers a traditional Christmas Eve Dinner buffet featuring Lobster Ravioli, Bacon-wrapped Beef Tenderloin, and dozens of decadent sweet treats, including a Chocolate Yule Log. Plus, adults each get a complimentary glass of wine or bubbly with their order.
Cost: Reservations runs $135 per adult ($65 per child, free for kids under 5)
How to book: Reserve via OpenTable.

Truluck's
Photo courtesy of Truluck's

Truluck's

Uptown & Southlake

Both area locations of the iconic seafood, crab, and steak destination will be open for Christmas Eve lunch and dinner serving their full menu, which means a surf-and-turf spread of New England Sea Scallops and a 60-day Wet-aged Prime New York strip should definitely make your wish list.
Cost: A la carte menu prices vary
How to Book: Reserve via OpenTable.

Elm & Good
Elm & Good | Photo by Dani Mathews

Elm & Good

Deep Ellum

¡Feliz Navidad!–that’s the mantra of chef Graham Dodds’ Mexican-inspired fare for Christmas Eve dinner (both dine-in and to-go). Options include Tamales filled with either turkey carnitas or local mushrooms and salsa verde and salsa roja, as well as Turkey Breast Enchilada Dinners with borracho beans and cilantro rice.
Cost: A la carte menu prices vary
How to book: Reserve via OpenTable or call 469-498-2525 for pick-up.

Wicked Butcher at The Sinclair Hotel
Wicked Butcher at The Sinclair Hotel | Photo by Fran Gallagher

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will all be served at Wicked Butcher on Christmas Day, with the full regular menu available as well as seasonal offerings including Butternut Squash Soup, Rack of Lamb with chipotle balsamic sauce, and Pumpkin Cheesecake.
Cost: A la carte menu prices vary
How to book: Reserve via Resy.

Al Biernat's Prime Steak & Seafood
Al Biernat's | Photo by Gustav Schmiege

Al Biernat's

Oak Lawn & North Dallas

Both locations of the beloved local steakhouse duo will be open for lunch and dinner on Christmas Eve, serving from the full regular menu. Celebrate in style by starting with a Chilled Seafood Tower before moving on to staples like Prime Tomahawk Ribeye, Chicken Parmesan, or Grilled Portobello Enchiladas with coconut cheese as a vegan option.
Cost: A la carte menu prices vary
How to book: Reserve via OpenTable (Oak Lawn, North Dallas).

Up On Knox
Photo courtesy of Up On Knox

Up On Knox

Knox District

Chef Bruno Davaillon has created a special three-course menu with options including Twice-baked Cheese Soufflé, Foie Gras-stuffed Chicken Breast, and Chocolate Pecan Fondant Cake. The celebratory menu will be offered on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
Cost: Reservations run $95 per person
How to book: Reserve via OpenTable.

Ellie's Restaurant & Lounge
Ellie's Restaurant & Lounge | Photo by Rachel Ayotte

Ellie's Restaurant & Lounge

Dallas Arts District

The chic eatery inside Hall Arts Hotel will feature a special a la carte menu for Christmas lunch and dinner. Lobster Bisque, Christmas Duck with honey-sherry brussels sprouts, Artisan Mushroom Risotto with shaved fresh truffle, and Red Velvet Cake are among the options.
Cost: A la carte menu items vary
How to book: Reserve via Resy.

12 Cuts Brazilian Steakhouse
12 Cuts Brazilian Steakhouse | Photo by Sharon Adams

Gather all the healthy eaters you know for an all-you-can-eat extravaganza featuring 12 types of meat carved by gauchos tableside, accompanied by a vast salad bar with winter salads plus a special seasonal dessert. The menus will be available on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
Cost: Reservations run $49.85 per person
How to book: Reserve via OpenTable.

Fireside Pies

Multiple locations

Even though they’re known for their pizza, celebrity chef Stephan Pyles has joined forces with Fireside Pies once again to offer a special Christmas-to-go package stocked with Chile-baked Ham, signature Lasagna, sides of Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans, and Elotes, as well as desserts including Cranberry White Chocolate Bread Pudding with Maker’s Mark-infused Butterscotch.
Cost: Packages run $195 each (serves 4)
How to book: Order pick-up online.

Loro
Loro | Photo by Logan Crable

Loro

Old East Dallas

A very special holiday menu has been created featuring smoked porchetta, honey-miso glazed carrots, kale and Asian pear salad, and mango bread pudding among the spread.
Cost: Packages run $190 each (serves 4 - 6)
How to book: Order pick-up via Toast.

Encina
Encina | Photo by Kathy Tran

Encina

Oak Cliff

Open for Christmas Eve dinner, the Oak Cliff neighborhood haunt will feature special dishes including curry butter-poached lobster, roasted John Dory, and rack of lamb in addition to the regular a la carte menu.
Cost: A la carte menu prices vary
How to book: Reserve via OpenTable.

Newly debuted Jellico’s will lay out a lavish Christmas Eve brunch buffet followed by a seated four-course Christmas Eve dinner later that evening. Keep an eye on the hotel’s Facebook page for menu updates.
Cost: Brunch reservations run $75 per person; dinner reservations run $85 per person ($125 with wine pairing)
How to book: Reserve via OpenTable.

Postino
Postino | Photo courtesy of Postino WineCafe

Set out the perfect party spread with to-go options from Postino, including salads, paninis, and their famous Bruschetta varieties. Throw in a Holiday Mix-n-Match wine pack and you’re all but guaranteed a very good time.
Cost: A la carte menu prices vary; wines packs start at $30 each
How to book: Call 602-297-3287 or email catering@upwardprojects.com.

Tulum Dallas
Tulum Dallas | Photo by Steven Lindsey

Tulum Dallas

Park Cities

In addition to their regular menu of Mexican East Coast fare, chef José Meza has created a special Seared Duck Breast with Duck Confit, Quince Purée, Cranberry Sauce, Green Beans, Bacon, and Swiss Chard Ravioli. Might as well add a margarita or two—it is the holidays, after all.
Cost: A la carte menu prices vary
How to book: Call 972-677-9747 to reserve.

III Forks

Frisco

On December 24, the Frisco staple will offer a Beef Tenderloin family pack that also includes Mashed Potatoes, Seasonal Vegetables, and Creamed Corn. Looking to get out of the house? Snag a dine-in reservation and take advantage of the always-fabulous a la carte menu.
Cost: Take-out packages run $200 (serves 3 - 4); dine-in menu prices vary
How to book: Reserve via OpenTable or order pick-up via BentoBox.

Ten50 BBQ

Richardson

Nothing says Texas like Christmas BBQ, sold as a gut-busting smorgasbord or as a mix-and-match spread of whole smoked meats by the pound and tasty sides by the gallon. The Holiday Pitmaster Package features Glazed Ham, Smoked Turkey Breast, Snapped Green Beans, Mashed Potatoes, Cornbread Dressing, Rolls, and Fruit Cobbler.
Cost: Packages run $30 per person (15 person minimum); a la carte meat, sides, and dessert prices vary
How to book: Call 1-855-QUE-1050 at least 72 hours in advance for pick-up.

Rise & Thyme

AT&T Discovery District

Known mainly for their excellent breakfast and lunch options, Rise + Thyme is pulling out all the stops for its lineup of take-home Christmas meals. Options range from Crispy Five-spice Duck to Slow-cooked Prime Rib and both packages come with salad, potatoes, baby carrots, and Chocolate Pot de Crème.
Cost: Packages run $130 - $275 each (serves 2 - 5); cinnamon roll kits add-ons run $20 each
How to book: Call 972-268-7605 to schedule pick-up by December 16 at 6 p.m.

Soulman's Bar-B-Que

Multiple locations

Opt for a traditional holiday meal from this BBQ legend featuring a Hickory-smoked Turkey or Spiral-sliced Ham, or try out the Soulful Holiday Meal, teeming with Sliced Brisket and Sausage. Both packages feature specially paired side dishes, while optional whole Buttermilk and Pecan Pies sweeten the deal.
Cost: Packages start at $134.99 each (serves 10 - 12); additional menu costs vary
How to book: Call 214-354-9921 or order pick-up online.

TJ's Seafood Market
Photo courtesy of TJ’s Seafood Market

TJ's Seafood Market

Preston/Royal & Oak Lawn

A special Christmas pick-up menu will make entertaining a breeze this year thanks to shrimp, oysters, and gumbo, ready to eat or heat, as well as the freshest raw seafood for your own preparations. Platters lined with plump Lobster Rolls, Shrimp Cocktail, and Caviar with Blinis will surely please the seafood-lovers at your house this holiday.
Cost: A la carte menu prices vary
How to book: Order pick-up online.

Steven Lindsey is a Thrillist contributor.