18 LA Restaurants That Have Christmas Dinner Covered
Whether you want to dine in or takeout on Christmas Eve, Christmas, or Hanukkah, there are plenty of options to choose from.
If you’ve got plans to torture yourself—er, travel home—this holiday season or have always wanted to make a roast with multiple side dishes and invite a bunch of people over for a holiday meal that will wreck your kitchen, well, congratulations, you’re all set. But for those of us looking for a Christmas or Hanukkah dinner prepared by culinary professionals who live outside of our homes, there are also plenty of options. Below you’ll find such a wide variety of holiday dinners from Christmas tamales and Hanukkah latkes to blowout tasting menus and old-schoolItalian meals. From Hollywood to Santa Monica and Beverly Hills, these restaurants have your holiday meals covered.
Note that tax and gratuity are not included in most prices.
Kismet chefs and owners Sara Kramer and Sarah Hymanson have put together a very special Kismetkkah menu in celebration of Hanukkah. It’s all a la carte and highlights include Chicken Liver alongside passion fruit and toasted challah, Guava Cheese Blintzes, a Fish Plate of cured salmon, pickled herrings, whitefish spread, smoked sprats,and trout roe with soft-boiled egg and bagel crackers; Chicken Soup with matzoh balls, kreplach, and egg noodles; and latkes, accompanied by apple sauce, labneh, chili crisp, and quince pickle, as well as add-ons like caviar.
Dine-in details: A la carte pricing varies. Special Hanukkah menu offered December 18-23 in lieu of the regular menu.
This 3rd street barbecue joint from Israeli-born pit legend Burt Bakman (the guy who made a name for himself with Trudy’s Underground Barbecue) and hospitality outfit the h.wood group will offer a greatest hits Hanukkah in a to-go package this year. Expect latkes with applesauce and sour cream, a Mixed Greens Salad, Matzo Ball Soup, and half of Bakman’s famous Texas-style brisket along with Roasted Green Beans.
Takeout details: Hanukkah package available from December 18-20, $214 and feeds four.
The view-heavy restaurant at the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel is going all out for the holidays this year with lots of special events, including live holiday music Thursday and Friday nights and a DJ spinning festive tunes on Saturdays. The week of Hanukkah, the hotel will also be holding Menorah lightings with its resident Rabbi in the lobby. Stay for dinner afterwards and dig into Hanukkah specials (in addition to the regular menu), including Potato Latkes, Matzo Ball Soup, Noodle Kugel, Brisket, and—best of all!—Sufganiyot, otherwise known as jelly donuts.
Dine-in details: A la carte pricing varies. Hanukkah special offered December 18-26.
A go-to for Italian eats, Gino Angelini’s old-school restaurant will cook up everything you need for your at-home holiday, just heat it up and take the credit. There’s a massive menu of large trays including pastas like Butternut Squash Lasagna and plenty of penne with house-made sauces, main dishes like a Grilled Branzino Filet, Whole Porchetta, and Roasted Rack of Veal, plus plenty of salads and side dishes including Spicy Broccoli, White Polenta, and Sautéed Winter Veggies, as well as appetizers, antipasti trays, and bite-size apps including mini meatball sliders and braised baby artichokes for pre-dinner grazing.
Takeout Details: Half and whole trays range from $55-$650 and feed 6 to 12 people or more. Bites $3.50-$4.50 per piece.
How to order: By calling 323-297-0070 or emailing email@example.com by 8 pm on December 16 for pickup on December 23.
The Downtown Culver mainstay is offering a what-could-be-better pairing of Vodkas & Latkes the week of Hanukkah that you can indulge in at the restaurant or at home. Those dining in can start with a cocktail, like the Jelly Donut made with cranberry-and-mint-infused vodka, apricot jam, and Meyer lemon, and then dig into Chef Akasha’s legendary Yukon Gold Potato Pancakes with Fairhill Farm’s apple sauce and sour cream. The special a la carte holiday menu also includes Chopped Chicken Liver (as well a faux vegan version), a Winter Greens Salad, Brisket with Roasted Carrots, Roasted Chicken with couscous and za’atar roasted chickpeas, as well as macarons and rugelach. Takeout menu options include the Chopped Liver and Latkes along with Everything Challah Focaccia, bagel chips, and Spatchcock Chicken with tangerines and dates, plus sides of roasted market vegetables and the couscous chickpeas, all of which serves four.
Dine-in details: A la carte pricing varies. Hanukkah menu available December 18-23.
How to book: Make reservations via Tock.
Takeout Details: Starters, sides, and snacks: $8-$34; entrees: $60-$85; half-dozen cookies: $12.
How to order: Pre-order online by December 14th for pick-up and delivery between December 18th to 23rd via Tock.
The ever-bustling Hollywood spot that’s best known for its fun rooftop scene is rolling out a festive menu by executive chef Jonathan Kim offered in the downstairs restaurant on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Winter-inspired appetizer choices include Chestnut Soup with crispy sunchokes and Pork Belly with a cranberry ragout, while entrée options feature Honeynut Squash and Wild Mushroom Risotto and a Traditional Turkey Dinner with stuffing, veggies, sweet potato mash, and cranberry sauce. Try the Eggnog Panna Cotta for dessert.
Dine-in details: $85 per person for a three-course menu, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
Chef Ki Kim’s upscale eatery centered around a modern Korean tasting menu will be offering an eight-course holiday dinner on Friday, December 23 as well as Christmas Eve. Expect luxe, savory dishes like Duck Liver Mousse and Cranberry Gelee on brioche toast, caviar with Squash Ice Cream, Hen of the Woods Mushrooms paired with Sea Urchin, and Butter-Poached Lobster, among others, plus a Bourbon Tres Leches Cake.
Dine-in details: $175 per person for an eight-course tasting menu on December 23 and 24.
Connie and Ted’s
This East Coast-inspired, seafood-driven staple has a Christmas Eve feast in the works, complete with a starter of Lobster Bisque, a bubbly Cioppino or Smoked Ribeye entree, and a dessert of Bread Pudding topped with bourbon sauce. The restaurant is also ready to help those looking to complete their at-home holiday spread with lots of to-go offerings, including chilled shrimp cocktail, smoked fish dip, Parker House rolls, whole pies, cookie dough, and cocktail kits.
Dine-in details:$80 per person for a three-course dinner on Christmas Eve.
How to book:
Takeout Details: All to-go items are offered a la carte. Pricing varies.
How to order: To-go orders available can be placed via Tock with a 48-hour pre-order requirement. Pick up is not available on Mondays or Tuesdays.
Chef Neal Fraser will be putting a holiday spin on his seasonal, modern American menu come Christmas Eve with a three-course prix-fixe dinner. Each guest chooses from several options for each course, and there’s an optional wine pairing as well. Starter choices include a Pear Salad with whipped burrata and winter greens and King Salmon Tartare, while entrees feature John Dory plated with herb gnocchi, wild mushrooms, and celery root and a beef Prime Rib with thyme au jus. For dessert, that Chocolate Bouche de Noel with caramel mousse, meringue mushroom, and candy cap mushroom ice cream looks pretty wild. You can also kick things off with one of bar director Tobin Shea’s special holiday cocktails, including the Maple Leaf with bourbon and spiced pear. Book a table in the main dining room or comfy lounge.
Dine in-details: $135 per person for dinner, $75 additional for wine pairings, Christmas Eve.
How to book: Make reservations via Tock.
Harold & Belle's Restaurant
This half-a-century-old stalwart Southern restaurant is offering a holiday catering menu through the end of the year, with pick-up available on Christmas Eve as well. Go for an individual holiday meal that includes a choice of Cajun Turkey or Beef Pot Roast alongside Cornbread Stuffing, Candied Yams, French bread, and Bread Pudding. You can also mix and match larger combo meals for 12 to 25 people, which come with choices of signature sides, entrees, breads, and desserts. Everything is available a la carte, too, which means you can stock up on mashed potatoes, sauteed green beans, creamed spinach, red beans and rice, jambalaya, oyster dressing, and other H&B specialties. And if you need to feed a serious crowd, order one of the fabled File Gumbo pots served with steamed rice and French bread.
Takeout details: Holiday meal combos range from $40 for one person to $500 for 25 people. Side dishes and entrees $60-$90 and serve eight to ten; desserts $25-$75; file gumbo pots $285 for 20-30 servings; $445 for 40-50 servings.
How to order: Call 323-735-9023 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Pickup available every day in December except Christmas Day.
The first U.S. outpost of the Madrid and Ibiza hotspot has earned equal buzz since opening on Canon Drive last year, thanks to pro athlete pedigree (Rafael Nadal, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Pau Gasol are all involved), a stylish space, and innovative Spanish dishes infused with California ingredients. Come Christmas Eve, diners can come in for a Spanish-influenced multi-course meal. Shareable appetizers for the table will feature oak-smoked Steak Tartare and burrata with cherry tomatoes and crispy jamon. Entrée choices include house-made Black Truffle Tagliatelle, miso-marinated Ora King salmon, and a New York Strip along with sides of truffle fries, broccolini, and mashed potatoes. To top things off, guests get to share a few desserts including Tatel’s famed cheesecake (which really does live up to the hype, we promise).
Dine in-details: $125 per person, Christmas Eve.
No matter what time of day you’re looking to dine come Christmas Day, this swanky Santa Monica hotel has you covered with both brunch and dinner. Both meals offer three-course prix-fixe menus, including your choice of Halibut Crudo and caviar or Root Vegetable Tartare with black truffle, while entrée options include Dry-Aged Branzino, Organic Turkey with traditional sides, and the plant-based Roasted Baby Cauliflower with romesco sauce, followed by bruleed Corn Pudding Cake as a finisher.
Dine-in details: $110 for brunch, $125 per person for dinner, Christmas Day.
Head to the Beverly Center and indulge in a prix-fixe menu available on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Start with Caviar Toast or a Persimmon and Kale Salad, before moving on to entrées like Truffle Mushroom Risotto or 45-day Dry-Aged Tenderloin, then finish with some seriously decadent Cinnamon Roll Bread Pudding.
Dine-in details: A la carte pricing varies. Three-course dinner for $85, with supplements available, Christmas Day.
If you prefer the time-honored tradition of eating NY-style Chinese food on the holiday, look no further than Genghis Cohen, which is offering its regular menu of dumplings, noodles, soups, and house specialties like No Name Duck and Spicy Garlic Lamb. Sweeten the deal with a Mai Tai or Lychee Martini. Enjoy your selections in their lively red-accented dining room or patio or place a pick-up order ASAP.
Takeout details: Advance pickup orders for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day will be available on Tock and a $100 spending minimum is required.
Dine-in details: A la carte pricing varies.
The beachside, modern Mexican cantina from the Rustic Canyon Family restaurant group is taking on tamales again this year, derived from chef Juan Robles’s family recipes. Choose from grass-fed brisket; veggie with black bean purée, a poblano mix, and queso Oaxaca; or chicken verde with tomatillo salsa, each available by the half dozen. While you’re at it, you can order side dishes like organic red rice, pinto beans, corn, and flour tortillas by the dozen; chips, guac, and salsa; heat-and-serve Chicken Enchiladas Suizas; and a DIY nacho kit. And be sure to stock up on bottles of their Hibiscus Margaritas and Oaxacan Old Fashioneds.
Takeout details. $27-$40 for a half-dozen tamales, $11-$45 for sides and other dishes; $48-$54 for large-batch cocktails.
How to order: Pre-order online or by calling 310-526-0027 for pickup and delivery available December 21- 23.
1 West Hollywood hotel’s onsite restaurant will be offering its regular a la carte menu for both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, with some special holiday additions. Try the California Heritage Duck two ways—roasted breast and confit leg—plated with parsnip puree and Swiss chard; or go the shellfish route with a Dungeness Crab Cake with herb aioli, grapefruit, and avocado. Top it off with the Pear Crostata with salted caramel gelato.
Dine-in details: Pricing for a la carte menu and holiday specials varies, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
How to book: Email email@example.com or call 310-424-1600.
If you’re craving market-fresh Italian fare and also want to experience a new take on a traditional seafood holiday dinner that many of us Italian-American East Coast natives grew up with, head over to Union, which is doing its popular Feast of the Seven Fishes dinner on Christmas Eve. What will actually be served as part of the eight-course prix-fixe menu is a surprise, but expect a variety of creative seafood dishes. An optional wine pairing curated by beverage director David Castagnetti can be added for an additional charge.
Dine-in details: $135 per person with an optional $45 wine pairing, Christmas Eve.
How to book: Seatings for the 5 pm and 7:30 pm Christmas Eve dinners can be booked online.
This chain of vegan fast-casual restaurants is offering the perfect plant-based feast for your holiday. The dinner for four comes with Turkey (but not) Wellington with Walnut Mushroom Stuffing, Butternut Squash and Sage Soup, Mac and Cheese with gremolata breadcrumbs, Green reans with everything-bagel butter (which is already sounding like the world’s best butter), and Cranberry Sauce. Everything can be reheated at home. You can also add on a dessert tray of Carrot Cake or Chocolate Spiced Pumpkin Cake.
Takeout details: $75 for a meal for four people, $25 for dessert trays.
How to order: Pre-order online by December 16 for pickup on December 23 or 24.