Before you declare that you’ve never gone out to eat on Christmas Day and you never will, stop and think for a second. Imagine the pure holiday joy of not having to schlep to someone’s house in Simi Valley -- or, God forbid, host some outrageously work-intensive dinner at your own apartment. Eating out's starting to sound pretty good, no?
We've gathered up some of LA's best restaurants for a Christmas meal, ranging from boozy brunches and big buffets, to decadent prix fixe dinners; plus, if you’d rather make a game-time decision and keep it casual (and more affordable), we’ve included some spots that will simply be open for business, serving their usual menus. Also drinks, there will be drinks. Lots of drinks. Because, if you’re dining with family, you’re still going to get through that inevitable "I thought we said we weren’t bringing that up today" conversation. Here’s hoping you don’t have to work on December 26.
Note: Prices listed do not include tax and gratuity at most venues.