We have entered that part of the year where the days are passing and if December 25th is just around the corner and you are wondering what you are going to do about holiday food, we hear you. For Christmas Day, a number of the hotel’s restaurants will be open with a variety of buffets, prix fixe menus and a la carte offers. You can dine at Ellie’s at the Hall Arts hotel, the fear at the Ritz-Carlton or LAW at the Four Seasons Resort and Club in Las Colinas (among others).
We’ve put together a list of 12 of the best places to go for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day dinners and brunches. These Dallas restaurants have vacation dishes for you, whether your mood is upscale or casual. We’ve also included on-the-go options to keep your cooking worry-free.
Place your orders or make reservations now to ensure your best choices are available.
3 Eleven Cuisine and Cocktails
311 N. Market St., # 100 (West End)
3 Eleven will have a full menu on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day that includes a three-course steak dinner option ($ 49). The seafood options are plentiful, and there are plenty of shareable plates to start with. If all you want for Christmas is a cocktail, their Warm Butter Bourbon, Winter Paloma, or Holiday Horchata will do just fine. Visit the website or call 214-744-1423 to make reservations.
4515 W. Lovers Lane (Northwest Dallas)
For decades, Celebration Market has been making Christmas dinner to feed your family back home for the holidays, and this year is no different. Whether you want grilled beef tenderloin, rosemary or Cajun roast turkey, or spiral-cut honey ham, you can choose your options a la carte or as a family treat ($ 100 to $ 265).
Even if you don’t grab take out for Christmas dinner, don’t sleep on their fresh breads, casseroles, and holiday pies ($ 20 to $ 22). Order on the website or call 214-352-0031 before Monday December 20 for the Christmas week pickup from December 22-24.
600 N. Akard Street (Downtown Dallas)
The recently reopened Dakota’s underground steakhouse will be open for dinner on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. On these days exclusively, you can order Chef Ji Kang’s Roasted Whole Crown of Lamb for three to four people ($ 175) with sourdough and cranberry stuffing served with lamb jus. The regular menu is also available, and it’s a great time to try their limited-supply Beef Wellington. Whatever your choice, you will dine in a luxurious space. Visit the website for more information or reservations.
614 W. Davis, Suite 100 (Bishop Arts)
A new addition to our Top 100 Restaurants this year, Corey McCombs’ and Matt Balke’s Encina will be open for dinner Christmas Eve from 5 to 10 p.m. and the Champs Elysées. The regular dinner menu will also be available. Visit the website or call 469-620-3644 for reservations.
Elm & Bon
2551 Elm Street (Deep Ellum)
If you want Christmas tamales or enchiladas, Elm & Good has options to take out or dine in on Christmas Eve from 5:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Chef Graham Dodds brings his take on traditional tamales ( three for $ 9 for dinner or six for $ 18 to go) with turkey carnitas or local mushrooms and salsa roja and salsa verde.
Their Feliz Navidad dinner Christmas enchiladas platter includes three chili turkey breast enchiladas or three green chili Oaxacan cheese enchiladas ($ 12 take out). The enchilada platters ($ 23) include borracho-braised Anasazi beans and cilantro rice. For dessert, there’s the Mexican vanilla flan ($ 6) topped with caramel and orange zest. Reserve a seat or place an order in line or by calling 469-498-2525. The last time for Christmas Eve take out orders is 5 p.m.
Pies by the fireside
6750 Abrams Road, # 105 (Lake Highlands), 5717 Legacy Drive, # 110 (Plano) and other locations in Grapevine and Fort Worth
Fireside Pies opposes its traditional holiday pie menu and instead offers something special from Chef Stephan Pyles. The meal ($ 195) includes cooked ham with honey and chili and signature Fireside lasagna. Dinner also includes green beans tomatillos with almonds, elotes, caramelized potato mash with sage and shallot, yeast bread with garlic and parmesan, cranberry mojo and honey mustard sauce. Choose from White Chocolate Cranberry Bread Pudding with Maker’s Mark Caramel Sauce or Honey Crisp Apple Cream Cheese Flatbread Pie with aged balsamic for dessert.
Order before 3 p.m. on Sunday December 19 by e-mail [email protected] or call the Fireside Pies site near you between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. If you order before December 17th, you’ll get both desserts instead of just one.
Fish City Grill and Demi Coquilles
6617 Snider Plaza (University Park) and 10 other North Texas sites
Fish City Grill’s 12 Days of Christmas offer drinks or food at special prices every day until December 24. $ 7 from hurricanes. Each day brings a one-day only special that is available for dinner in or take out, but not for delivery.
Day 12 lands on Christmas Eve with a $ 10 bid on a minimum purchase of $ 25. Most locations will be open at limited times on Christmas Eve and all will be closed on Christmas Day. Check the site closer to you for holiday hours and details on 12 Day Christmas specials.
Pangée restaurant and bar
6309 N. President George Bush Highway, Suite 8101 (Garland)
This upscale restaurant by Chef Kevin Ashade accepts reservations for New Years Eve and Christmas Day. Pangea appetizers include crab cakes, Jamaican beef patties, pot sticks, and Cajun pâté. Entrees range from steaks and lobster tail to blackened catfish, and all are best paired with Chef Kev’s cornbread and his Not Your Mama’s Greens. Book at Open table.
The Statler, Primo’s MX, Sfereco
1914 Commerce St. (Statler Hotel, Downtown Dallas), three additional Primo’s MX Kitchen locations and two Sfereco locations
Santa’s Sleigh is packed with dining options at all Primo’s and Sfereco stores, as well as Waterproof, Scout, Overeasy and Bourbon & Banter stores in The Statler Christmas Eve. On Christmas Day, the Sfereco Lewisville and Flower Mound locations will be closed and all other RHC restaurants and bars are expected to be open.
If you prefer to dine at home, there are take out items you can pick up at Primo’s MX stores (as well as Sfereco in Lewisville) on December 23-24. There’s a smoked ham dinner ($ 165) for six to eight people. with Cornbread Dressing, Toasted Almond Green Beans, Whipped Sweet Potatoes, Orange Cranberry Sauce and Parker House Buns and a Texas BBQ Beef Breast Dinner ($ 185) with Three Cheese Mac and Cheese , bbq jalapeño beans, creamy coleslaw and cornbread. A wide choice of starters, side dishes and desserts will also be available à la carte.
Visit the CHR website to order online before 5 p.m. on December 22 for pickup times after 11 a.m. on December 23 and 24 at any Primo’s MX store or at Sfereco in Lewisville.
Sunrise + Thyme
211 S. Akard Street (Downtown Dallas)
The on-the-go vacation package to Rise + Thyme in the AT&T Discovery District includes crispy five-spice duck for two or three ($ 130) or slow-cooked prime rib for four to five ($ 275). Both packages include a salad, potatoes, baby carrots and a jar of chocolate cream. Add-ons include a kit of cinnamon buns ($ 20), an ounce of Kaluga caviar ($ 100), or a platter of smoked fish for four ($ 60). Order and prepay on the website before 6 p.m. on Thursday, December 16 for pick-up on December 23 and 24.
3656 Howell Street (Uptown)
It is a holiday tradition to drink from the tree The Rustic choosing your favorite beer from the beer bottle Christmas tree. They also have homemade tamales. You can enjoy both from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Christmas Day at the Rustic.
Bowl and barrel (8084 Park Ln # 145), a sister company of The Rustic, also has its own Drink the Tree celebration. Meet up on Christmas Day from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. for some beer and a little bowling to burn off all those extra holiday calories.
Seafood from TJ
6025 Royal Lane, # 110 (North Dallas) and 4212 Oak Lawn Ave. (Oak Lawn)
For some people in Dallas, Christmas shrimp is as much of a tradition as Christmas tamales are for others. Owner Jon Alexis recently shared the story of the original owners hand-peeling over 30 pounds of shrimp for their first Christmas offering of fresh seafood over 30 years ago.
The shrimp dishes, party platters, and catering orders TJ is now making for Christmas require a refrigerated 18 wheeler to store them. Peeling shrimp is a “family” affair that former employees from years past join to help. This year’s takeaways include must-try shrimp, raw and ready-to-eat seafood, sandwich platters, side dishes, dips and more.
Visit the website ASAP (quantities are limited) to order for your family for pickup on December 24 at Preston Royal and Oak Lawn stores.