Whether you’d prefer a sit-down meal in their glass-ensconced restaurant or a hearty holiday dinner to bring home, Glass Box at the Sky Deck has you covered on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Chef Ethan Yang has crafted a dine-in experience with a four-course prix-fixe menu featuring a nigiri sampler, your choice of Crab Cake Salad or Lobster Bisque, Miso Glazed Chilean Sea Bass or Australian Wagyu, and Winter Black Forest Cake or Tiramisu. If you’d prefer to enjoy Christmas dinner at home, Glass Box will be offering a Christmas takeaway deal for four to six people. It includes an assorted sushi platter, your choice of Peking Duck, Mongolian Style Lamb Chops, or Soy Sauce Chicken Leg, two choices of side dishes, and a Five-Spice Pumpkin Pie. Add optional proteins or sides for an extra charge.
How to book: Takeaway orders must be received by Thursday, December 22. To order, call 858-289-4800 or use the online form to confirm your pick-up date.
George’s at the Cove has stunning panoramic views of La Jolla Cove from nearly every seat in the house—their website even posts the sunset time every day for your convenience. The upscale Christmas Eve dinner menu by Trey Foshee features a five-course prix-fixe menu in the Ocean View Room. Start with delicious bites like Clams Casino, Oysters, or Smoked Salmon; then enjoy Squid Ink Linguini or Butternut Squash Agnolotti for your second course; Lobster or Crispy Pork Belly as your third; followed by Prime Rib or Local Roasted Fish; and finishing with Tiramisu or Buche de Noel. Vegetarian and vegan options are available upon request. The full menu can be viewed online.
How to book: Reservations can be made online.
Spend your Christmas Eve in one of San Diego’s most elegant restaurants, with a dinner from chef Tara Monsod that highlights Filipino-influenced menu favorites like Som Tam Salad, Chicken Congee, and Kare Kare Short Rib. For dessert, choose between a Mostra Coffee Chocolate Mousse Bar with Taiyaki and the Pear and Hojicha Roll Cake.
On Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, ARLO will be serving up two different, three-course takes on chef Josh Mouzakes’ inventive, from-scratch menu. For those who prefer a traditional Christmas meal, you’ll start with a festive Strawberry Pate de Fruit amuse, while other course options include Chestnut Agnolotti, Lobster Pot Pie, and Santa’s Cookies and Milk. The second three-course prix-fixe menu contains chef’s favorites from the regular menu, like Spanish Octopus with coconut panna cotta, a Wagyu Coulotte with Santa Maria chimichurri, and Cheesecake S’mores for dessert. View the full menus online.
For the best Christmas deal in town, head to Rockin’ Baja Lobster, grab a pitcher of margaritas, and order their Holiday Bucket. It includes a whole lobster, skirt steak, a crab cluster, Baja-style shrimp, grilled chicken, and grilled corn on the cob, plus you get a guacamole appetizer and all-you-can-eat ranchero beans, citrus rice, warm flour tortillas, and fresh salsas. It’s enough to feed two and you’ll also get a dish of fried ice cream to share. Available December 24-26.
How to book: Reservations can be made via OpenTable after selecting your preferred location. Walk-ins are accepted if space is available.
Spend your Christmas Eve or Christmas Day on the sparkling San Diego Bay with Flagship Cruises. Enjoy indoor or on-deck dining that includes a three-course gourmet meal with a Winter Mixed Greens Salad, Grilled Petit Filet Mignon with seared scallops in a lobster cognac cream sauce, rosemary mash potato and green beans almondine, and Apple Caramel Cheesecake for dessert. Vegans and vegetarians can substitute a Roasted Winter Vegetable Stack with roasted acorn squash, heirloom tomato and oyster mushrooms served with a pepita polenta smoked red pepper coulis. Optional starters and an all-you-can-drink premium beverage service are also available for an additional charge.
How to book: Reserve your spot online.