Updated for 2020: check out our list of places to get Christmas Dinner To Go this year instead.
Many restaurants are currently closed for indoor dining, so this is the year for Take out Christmas Dinner!
Christmas means family. And families must eat. But if you’d rather not spend hours in the kitchen, there are plenty of restaurants all around Los Angeles that will be open Christmas Eve and/or Christmas Day and that make lovely settings for memorable family holiday meals.
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Christmas Dinner in Los Angeles
94th Aero Squadron Restaurant
16320 Raymer St., Van Nuys, CA 91406
If you need a restaurant that also offers an exciting location, the 94th Aero Squadron Restaurant may be the place. Located next to the Van Nuys Airport, this charming French chateau proudly displays uniforms and wartime artifacts in the lobby, making it a perfect spot for visiting family members. The Restaurant will be offering a Christmas Day Champagne Buffet served from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm featuring such classics as holiday ham and herb-crusted prime rib. Adults are $59.95 and children (5-12) are $25.95. Reservations can be made online.
Pacific Dining Car
1310 W. 6th St., Los Angeles, CA 90017 and
2700 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90403
Pacific Dining Car, a popular family-owned and family-run restaurant, invites families to enjoy a special Christmas meal at one of their two locations. Both restaurants will offer a special Christmas menu including slow-roasted USDA prime rib, though their regular menu will also be available as well. Holiday hours for both locations will be the same as always – they are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Call for reservations: 213-483-6000 for the Downtown L.A. location and 310-453-4000 for the Santa Monica location.
Off Vine Restaurant
6263 Leland Way, Hollywood, CA 90028
Celebrate Christmas Eve in a historic Hollywood bungalow. Off Vine is offering a special three-course meal on Christmas Eve from 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm. Enjoy some old-Hollywood glamour as you dine in this charming restaurant (it was built back in 1908). Entrees include a choice of Filet Mignon, Homemade Pasta, Roasted New Zealand Lamb Chops, Free Range Chicken Breast, and more. Cost is $75 per person (not including tax, gratuity, or beverage). Reserve your table by calling 323-962-1900.
Fogo De Chão Brazilian Steakhouse
800 S. Figueroa, Los Angeles CA 90017 and
133 N. La Cienega Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90211
Fogo De Chão Brazilian Steakhouse invites families to celebrate Christmas at their locations which will be open Christmas Eve (11:00 am to 9:30 pm) and Christmas Day (11:00 am to 9:30 pm). Enjoy Brazilian cuisine in the heart of downtown Los Angeles or on Restaurant Row in Beverly Hills. Dinner prices will apply all day. The “Fogo Churrasco Experience” is complimentary for children 6 and younger. Children 7-12 are half-price. Reservations may be made online.
641 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91101 and
6363 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Woodland Hills, CA 91367 and
321 W. Katella Ave., Anaheim, CA 92802
Roy’s is serving a three-course Christmas Dinner so that instead of spending time cooking and cleaning, you and your family can spend time enjoying good food and good times. Enjoy Caesar Salad or Lobster Bisque, Slow Roasted Chateaubriand, and either Chocolate Torte or Cinnamon Brioche Bread Pudding. Cost is $59.95 per guest.
Cattle & Claw
8555 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048
Cattle & Claw, located within the Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, is serving a special Christmas Day menu. The special buffet features chestnut soup; salads; main entrees including Slow Roasted Goose, Maple Glazed Ham, and Baked Halibut Provencal; side dishes; and dessert. Reservations may be made online. $65 per person; $30 for children 12 and younger.
Nick + Stef’s Steakhouse
330 S. Hope St., Los Angeles, CA 90071
Nick + Stef’s Steakhouse combines “steakhouse tradition and culinary flair.” They are hosting a special Christmas Eve dinner from 4:30 pm to 8:30 pm. Families may select from dry-aged steaks, fresh seafood, signature sides, as well as festive desserts. Reservations may be made online.
Back Bay Bistro
1131 Back Bay Dr., Newport Beach, CA 92660
If you’ve got family visiting from out of town, treat them to dinner and an incredible view at Back Bay Bistro “Where the Scene Meets the Cuisine.” Their 5-course Christmas Eve Dinner is being served from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Main courses include a choice of Herb Crusted Rack of Lamb, Chicken Marsala, or Center Cut Filet of Beef. (A vegetarian option is available upon request). Reservations may be made by calling 949-999-3170. Cost is $65 each.
Ruth’s Chris Steak House
Several locations including
6100 Topanga Canyon Blvd. Suite 1360, Woodland Hills, CA 91367
Families can enjoy a meal at Ruth’s Chris Steak House either on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. The Woodland Hills location will be open from 2:00 pm to 9:00 pm on Christmas Eve and 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Christmas Day. In addition to their regular menu, the restaurant is also offering a special Holiday Surf & Turf meal as well as Ruth’s 3-course Holiday Menu. Menus may vary at each location so be sure to check with the location nearest you for details. Reservations may be made online.
Ray’s and Stark Bar
Located at LACMA
5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036
Enjoy the sights at LACMA, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and a fine meal at Ray’s and Stark Bar. A special menu of such seasonal offerings is available (including Duck Confit and a Whole Fried Snapper for Two) as well as their a la carte menu (for those family members who may be a bit more picky). They are serving from 11:30 am to 8:00 pm on Christmas Eve. Reservations may be made online.