Restaurants Open on Christmas Day in Las Vegas
Good tidings of the tasty variety.
All I want for Christmas is the Pfizer vaccine, but until we get enough doses to pass around, a good meal will do. Fortunately, there're plenty of great restaurants to help spread the holiday cheer in Las Vegas. So what's open on Christmas Day? Nevada's governor is extending the statewide "pause" until at least January 15, which means restaurants can remain open while continuing to limit both indoor and outdoor capacity to 25%. So make reservations early or take advantage of pickup and delivery services wherever available.
How about a spiced Jamaican-style smoked turkey for dinner? Balance out the robust flavors of the whole bird with your choice of sides, including sweet potato mash, mac and cheese, plantains, and more. Demand for the turkeys was high for Thanksgiving, so place your order early so you don’t miss out for Christmas.
Cost: $4.95 per pound, sides $2.99-$5.99.
How to order: Call 702-427-5267 by December 21 to reserve a turkey and pick a size.
Buddy V's Ristorante
Buddy Valastro's Las Vegas restaurant has an affordable holiday prix fixe menu with roasted butternut squash soup, slow-roasted prime rib with whipped potatoes and Brussels sprouts, and Gingerbread trifle (sponge cake) with cranberry and phyllo cup. Each dish can also be purchased separately. Don't leave without visiting Valastro's Carlo's Bakery across the hallway to pick up some holiday treats to go.
Cost: Prix fixe menus $53 per person (plus optional wine pairing or bottle of prosecco for $20).
How to order: Call 702-607-2355 or book a reservation online.
Carve Prime Rib
Carve Prime Rib is living up to its name inside the Cannery casino. The restaurant's three-course holiday meal has a choice of slow-roasted prime rib with whipped potatoes and green beans amandine or Chilean sea bass with saffron couscous and sauteed spinach with lemon butter sauce. Begin with lobster bisque or a winter greens salad with raspberry vinaigrette. Wrap things up with a warm chocolate lava cake with vanilla bean ice cream and raspberry sauce.
Cost: $29.99 per person.
How to order: Call 702-507-5777 or book a reservation online.
Celebrity chef Lorena Garcia is putting a contemporary Latin twist on a Christmas Day menu of select dishes. Begin with black truffle croquettes or a duck foie gras empanada as an appetizer, lobster with cotija fondue or wagyu churrasco as the main course, and horchata frozen custard for dessert with a chocolate snickerdoodle and spiked dulce de leche. Can't make it out for Christmas? The same menu will be offered on New Year's Eve.
Cost: Individual dishes $20-$65.
How to order: Call 702-805-8472, book a reservation, or order online for pickup.
Jose Andres' China Poblano is launching a takeaway holiday feast on Christmas Day that's available through January 3. The Latin-inspired spread includes enough chips and salsa, chicken tamales, Pozole Verde, and churros for four people. Choose a classic margarita, prickly pear margarita, or five-spice old fashioned as an optional add-on cocktail for two.
Cost: Four-person feast $60, add-on cocktail for two $20-$22.
How to order: Pre-order by 2 pm December 22 for Christmas Day pickup by calling 702-698-7900.
Distill - A Local Bar
Sister bar concepts Distill and Remedy's have so many locations around the valley, you'll be able to find a holiday meal in no time. Order the honey-glazed ham with red eye gravy, bourbon candied yams, almond vinaigrette green beans, and dinner rolls with honey butter. Soup, salad, and deep-fried pumpkin pie is included.
How to order: Find your nearest location for Distill and Remedy's to make a reservation or place an order for pickup or delivery.
Du-Par's Restaurant and Bakery
Du-Par's is known for their pancakes—and you can order them Christmas Day if you want—but check out their affordable three-course meal for the holiday. You get a choice of roasted turkey or honey-glazed ham with stuffing, whipped potatoes, candied yams, cranberry sauce, and winter vegetables with a side salad and choice of pie. A great price for a filling traditional meal.
How to order: The meal is offered for dine-in customers only. Call 702-636-7111 to make a reservation.
The in-house restaurant at Eataly, La Pizza e La Pasta, has two specials for dine-in or to-go on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day: whole seared branzino with smoked heirloom tomatoes and a lemon vinaigrette salad or smoked braised short rib with polenta. Eataly is also a great spot to pick up a holiday gift with wine, desserts, retail items, and other imported Italian goods, including pre-packaged gift boxes (which qualify for a 10% locals discount).
Cost: Branzino $45, short rib $37, holiday gift boxes begin at $49.90.
How to order: Call 702-730-7644 to order a takeaway meal from La Pizza e La Pasta (or book a reservation online), gift boxes are available in-store or via online purchase.
Eiffel Tower Restaurant
Enjoy the towering Strip views and a three-course holiday menu featuring sea scallops, roast chicken, or beef tenderloin with a special white chocolate peppermint souffle for dessert. If you need a last-minute Christmas gift, pick up a copy of Chef J. Joho's cookbook with his favorite dishes from the restaurant.
Cost: $89 per person, $55 for the cookbook.
How to order: Call 702-948-6937 or book a reservation online.
Elio is currently closed for a winter break, but reopens on Christmas Day. Think of it as a great opportunity to check out one of the most engaging new restaurants of 2020. Under the direction of Chef de Cuisine Sarah Thompson, Elio's elevated Mexican cuisine is best experienced with big shareable plates, including lamb barbacoa, duck carnitas, and an awesome roasted carrots side dish.
Cost: Prices vary per dish.
How to order: Book a reservation online.
Emeril's New Orleans Fish House
Emeril Lagasse's seafood spot has been on the Strip for more than two decades—and for good reason. Enjoy selections from the regular menu or a few holiday dishes available Christmas Eve and Christmas Day: a seared Maine scallop salad with shaved foie gras, purple sweet potato and garlic sherry dressing; mesquite-smoked Creekstone Farms prime rib with three-cheese potato gratin and black truffle jus; and a warm chocolate butter cake dessert with coffee caramel and peppermint ice cream.
Cost: Holiday dishes are $12-$55.
How to order: Call 702-891-7374 or book a reservation online.
Fulton Street Food Hall
It's not quite a buffet, but the Fulton Street Food Hall has a number of individually priced dishes from service counters representing a variety of cuisine. Try the Christmas Day specials, which include gingerbread french toast with candied pecans and cinnamon ice cream, peppermint cheesecake, and an assortment of Christmas cookies.
Cost: French toast is $16.99, prices vary on other items.
How to order: Order online in advance to expedite your order for pickup.
Head to Downtown Summerlin where Jing is making a special a-la-carte menu available on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Roasted white Peking duck, Maine lobster salad, and roasted chestnut soup are among the dishes you'll be washing down with the Jingle Spritz, a limited-edition cinnamon champagne cocktail.
Cost: Prices vary per dish.
How to order: Call 725-735-7172 or book a reservation online.
Whether in the dining room or on the heated rooftop deck, you can enjoy a holiday special from Kona Grill on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. There's the surf n' turf of prime rib with lobster tail for adults or a kids version with 4 oz filet mignon, two grilled shrimp, mashed potatoes and green beans. Save room for dessert—a Kahlua macadamia pie with coconut flakes and vanilla ice cream.
Cost: Holiday dishes are $12-$46.
How to order: Call 702-547-5552, book a reservation, or order online for curbside pickup or delivery.
Mon Ami Gabi
Dinner reservations are available 4 pm–11 pm on Christmas Day with a holiday prix fixe menu that includes a festive salad, roasted butternut squash soup with an amaretto cream puff, petite filet with garlic shrimp, and yule log dessert with a Rudolph the reindeer gingerbread cookie.
The meal is also available for carryout between 11 am and 7 pm.
Cost: $49.95 per person.
How to order: Call 702-944-4224, book a reservation online, or order online for pickup.
MRKT Sea & Land
Diners at the Aliante casino can enjoy a three-course meal at MRKT Sea & Land. The slightly-offbeat-for-Christmas meal for two begins with halibut crudo with chives and lemon, continues with chateaubriand with asparagus and potatoes, and wraps up with creme brulee and raspberry macaroons.
Cost: $125 per couple.
How to order: Call 702-692-7777 or book a reservation online.
Ocha Thai Restuarant
Ocha Thai has quietly served some of the best Thai food in town for decades on Las Vegas Boulevard. The bar is closed, but the main dining room will be open for Christmas. Ask about the tom kha shrimp soup winter special.
Cost: Prices vary per dish.
How to order: Call 702-386-8631 to place a reservation or order online for easy pickup.
Old Homestead Steakhouse
Bring your appetite and go big for Christmas with a prix fixe menu featuring a holiday green salad or cauliflower soup, rosemary garlic-crusted prime rib with red wine demi sauce or dover sole with tomato confit and champagne beurre blanc, a side of bourbon-glazed Brussels sprouts, and chocolate cake.
Cost: $120 per person.
How to order: Call 702-731-7560, book a reservation online, or order online to-go.
Have an old-school Vegas Christmas at one of the best steakhouses near the Fremont Street Experience. Oscar's is offering a three-course meal of roasted butternut squash soup, roasted duck breast, and either chocolate pecan or maple pumpkin pie for dessert. Ask about two limited edition seasonal cocktails: the Old Thymer (a thyme and orange old fashioned) and Ice Palace (a creamy blend of cognac, Jamaican coffee liqueur, and allspice). The restaurant is also offering flexible plans for customized holiday luncheons and dinners in the lounge, main dining room, or private dining rooms.
Cost: Dishes are priced individually or as a full meal at $65 per person, holiday cocktails are $15, and customized menus for holiday luncheons start at $25 per person or plated dinners at $30 per person.
How to order: Call 702-386-7227 for regular reservations (or 702-386-2320 for large-party events) or book a reservation online.
Ruth's Chris Steak House
Yeah, it's a chain, but the Vegas version of Ruth's Chris Steak House has thrived at Harrah's for years, performing at the top of its game to compete with all the other steakhouses on the Strip. The large windows facing the Strip don't hurt either. Wolf down a prix fixe menu with lobster bisque or salad, roast turkey with stuffing and cranberry relish or prime rib with mashed potatoes and green beans, and eggnog creme brulee. The meal even comes with a few additional sides and a glass of house red or white wine.
Cost: $97.95 per person.
How to order: Call 702-693-6000 or book a reservation online.
SoulBelly BBQ remains the busiest restaurant in Las Vegas that hasn't actually opened yet. Bruce Kalman is teaming up with Secret Burger for a Christmas feast featuring a blood orange bourbon-glazed ham or smoked whole chicken with scalloped potatoes, maple-glazed carrots and parsnips, braised collard greens, butternut squash soup, pull-apart rolls, pigs in a blanket appetizer, and a slice of chocolate pecan pie for dessert. The meal is packaged cold to pick up from the Vegas Test Kitchen on Christmas Eve 12-4pm with instructions on how to reheat later that night or on Christmas Day.
Cost: $59 per person with the option to add on $28 smoked beef rib with cranberry sauce, $26 extra smoked whole chicken, $7 green chile and corn casserole, $4 extra pie slice, $20 whole pie, and $20 mason jar cocktail mixers.
How to order: Order online with Secret Burger by December 21.
Spago By Wolfgang Puck
The Wolfgang Puck staple has Bellagio fountain views and a prix fixe menu to make the holidays merry and bright. The meal is a delicious menu of 36-hour braised Wagyu short rib with roasted bone marrow, seared black truffle scallops, and a playful holiday tree croquembouche (a French dessert of stacked pastry puffs)—available on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
Cost: $145 per person.
How to order: Call 702-693-8181 or book a reservation online.
The stylish Cosmopolitan steakhouse is serving up a hearty serving of Linz prime rib on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. It comes with confit fingerling potatoes, port wine shallots, and black truffle madeira sauce.
Cost: $69 per guest (add foie gras butter for $10 or shaved truffles for $15).
How to order: Call 702-698-7990 or book a reservation online.
TAO Asian Bistro
Tao Asian Bistro has a series of Peking Duck packages for Christmas Day, starting with a whole duck for two people. A four-person package includes chicken satay, hot and sour soup, dim sum, and other sides. Upgrade to the "Duck Duck Goose" deal, which includes a 32-ounce Grey Goose bottled cocktail. If that wasn't enough, the Tao Fortune Cookie is returning for the entire month of December. The dessert is filled with white and dark chocolate mousse and topped with white chocolate, sprinkles, and sugar snowflakes with fruit on the side.
Cost: Whole Peking Duck packages begin at $90 for two people.
How to order: Call 702-388-8338 to book an in-house reservation with 24-hours notice to ensure a Peking Duck package or order online for a home-version delivery.
The only buffet currently open on the Strip has unlimited portions of seasonal dishes like roasted turkey breast with thyme gravy and cranberry relish, herb-roasted root vegetables with truffle parmesan, smashed fingerling potatoes with chestnut gremolata, and more. Servings are individually handed out by the staff to guests to ensure a safe, socially distant experience. The spread is available on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
Cost: Admission begins at $49 per person.
How to order: Reservations are available for 90-minute allotments by calling 877-893-2003 or booking online.