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Best Restaurants For Christmas Eve Dinner In Los Angeles

December 23, 2015 10:36 AM

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‘Twas the night before Christmas and not a creature was stirring except some of the most exceptional chefs in all of Los Angeles. Ready to prepare a feast unlike any other, diners can look forward to celebrating time honored family traditions like the Feast of the Seven Fishes on Christmas Eve, and seasonal favorites such as roasted rack of lamb on Christmas Day. One thing is for certain, forget the milk and cookies because Santa’s elves and reindeers will be sure to raid your fridge for leftovers come midnight from these restaurants serving up delicious meals for Christmas.

(credit: Cavatina )

(credit: Cavatina )

Cavatina
1200 Alta Loma Rd
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(310) 358-3759
www.cavatinala.comSomeone must have been very good this year, because Cavatina, located at the iconic Sunset Marquis in West Hollywood, is ready to spread the holiday cheer with a rather decadent seasonal tasting menu this Christmas holiday. Hours before Santa checks his naughty / nice list, Cavatina is featuring Yuletide-inspired dishes to feast on such as roasted chestnut soup, Belgium endive salad, a roasted salmon, a braised beef cheek with roasted fingerling potato, baby turnip, cipollini onion, persillade, veal jus, a herb roasted porchetta, and an individual apple cranberry pie with crème fraiche ice cream sure to make you sing, “Joy to the World!”

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(credit: Chaya )

Chaya Downtown
525 South Flower Street
Los Angeles CA
(213) 236 -9577
www.thechaya.comOn Christmas Eve, Chaya DTLA will offer a twist on the Feast of the Seven Fishes tradition with a 5-course menu by Chef Joji featuring unique seafood from the Kaisen seafood bar. The $65 tasting menu includes an uni & king crab toast starter, followed by an eight-grain scallop risotto, a savory Branzino acqua pazza entrée, and concludes with a holiday dessert favorite, a Buche de Noel. For those looking to begin the celebration a little earlier, Chaya DT will be open for lunch and offering half-off wine bottles all day.

(credit: Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village)

(credit: Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village)

Hampton’s
2 Dole Dr
Westlake Village, CA 91362
(818) 575-3000
www.fourseasons.comFour Seasons Hotel Westlake Village might only be a minutes away from the sandy shores of Malibu, but upon arrival, it will definitely feel more like a Winter Wonderland perfect for Christmas Eve. Hampton’s is preparing an elegant dinner buffet overlooking the waterfall lawn, mixing traditional and contemporary dishes using ingredients from local farmers’ markets and purveyors. Highlights salads, hot appetizers, cheese and charcuterie, raw bar, pasta, hot entrees, carving station, Asian menu items, Truffle Crusted Hawaiian Walu, kids’ buffet and desserts. Cost is $119/ adult and $59/child (ages 4-12).

(credit: Kendall’s Brasserie and Bar)

(credit: Kendall’s Brasserie and Bar)

Kendall’s Brasserie and Bar
135 N Grand Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 972-7322
www.patinagroup.comFestive French fare in the heart of downtown LA, featuring classic and contemporary regional favorites selected by Chef Jean Pierre Bosc will be on hand this year for Christmas Eve at Kendall’s. This year’s Christmas Eve menu highlights include kabocha squash bisque with apple chestnut sorrel, escargot croquettes with wild mushroom risotto, a prime rib with market vegetables, potato gratin, and a bordelaise horseradish cream, and mini croquembouches with eggnog mousseline, griottes cherries, and cherry sauce. The price per person is $55 for 3 courses, $65 for 4 courses and $19 for children 10 years and under.

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(credit: Melisse)

Mélisse
1104 Wilshire Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 395-0881
www.melisse.comOn Christmas Eve, Chef Josiah Citrin is bringing the holiday season to your plate with a five-course, prix-fixe menu. To start, diners will eat caviar with Hokkaido scallop, cucumber, and crème fraiche followed by chestnut soup with celeriac, smoked potato, and black truffle mousse. Then, foie gras terrine with pears, dates, ginger, and endive, as well as black bass “En Ecailles” with Kohl Rabi, young broccoli, and a citrus-ginger broth and aged Liberty Duck with orange, scented salsify, radicchio, and toasted seeds will be on offer. Last, but not least, enjoy Gateaux Chocolat with hazelnut, ricotta, and green tea for dessert. $175 / person.

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(credit: Patina Group )

Nick + Stef’s Steakhouse
330 S Hope St
Los Angeles, CA 90071
(213) 680-0330
www.patinagroup.comOn Christmas Eve, Executive Chef Andreas Roller will be offering an elegant interpretation of traditional holiday fare at this recently reopened Bunker Hill institution in Downtown Los Angeles. Menu highlights include crab waldorf with celeriac purée, crab, walnut bridle, tangerine gel, and dehydrated black grapes, am oven-roasted Christmas duck with braised red cabbage with potato walnut noodles, and cider poached d’Anjou pear. For dessert, dine on Ghana milk chocolate mousse with cinnamon brûlée, caramelized hazelnuts, and praline sponge cake. Price per person is $60 for 3 courses and $19 for children 10 years and under. A la carte dining will also be available.

(credit: Patina Group)

(credit: Patina Group)

Patina Restaurant
141 South Grand Ave
Los Angeles, CA, 90012
213-972-3331
www.patinagroup.comThe night before Christmas, under the leadership of Master Chef and Patina Restaurant Group Founder Joachim Splichal, Executive Chef Paul Lee showcases his renowned contemporary French cuisine with international influences with an array of holiday menus in true Patina finesse and style. Menu highlights include foie gras with sweetbread, carrot-ginger, and huckleberry; S.N.R. beef tenderloin with charred shallot, soubise, and chicory; Millbrook farm venison with quince, brocolinni, date, and suce grand veneur; and sticky toffee pudding with candied chestnuts, and fior di latte. The price is is $85 for 3 courses, $100 for 4 courses, and $150 for 8 courses.

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(credit: Sāmbār)

Sāmbār
9531 Culver Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232
(310) 558-8800
www.sambarcc.comSāmbār on Christmas Eve will have guests “dancing on the tables” with a Bollywood inspired Chinese menu drawing from the Indian Chinese cuisine rooted in the Hakka Chinese community, which has been concentrated in the Kolkata region of India for over a century. A rare and hard-to-find cuisine in California, Akasha Richmond is venturing to every corner and locale off the beaten path for her menu at Sāmbār with dishes and “Chindian” specials such as Tandoori Duck or Mushroom Buns as well as the ever-popular Shrimp Hakka Noodles on the Sāmbār Christmas Eve menu. For those looking to celebrate a traditional Christmas Eve dinner, visit Richmond’s second location, AKASHA located a few doors down, where they will be serving up a “Feast of the Seven Fishes.”

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(credit: Taste on Melrose)

Taste on Melrose
8454 Melrose Ave
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(323) 852-6888
www.ilovetaste.comThe iconic West Hollywood restaurant Taste on Melrose is featuring a Christmas Eve menu from Executive Chef Brian Sheard available as a four-course, prix-fixe menu or à la carte with dishes including: blue crab bisque with chives and red chili oil, a riesling poached pear salad with organic mixed greens, ginger candied almonds, goat cheese, and roasted shallot vinaigrette, a prime rib with roasted Brussel sprouts, Taleggio potato gratin, red wine rosemary jus and pan seared scallops with Kabocha potato purée, fried Brussels sprouts, and pomegranate crème fraiche. For dessert, bite into a chocolate Hazelnut Bread Pudding with hazelnut Anglaise, toasted hazelnuts, and vanilla gelato.

(credit: Terrine)

(credit: Terrine)

Terrine
8265 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(323) 746-5130
www.terrinela.comOn Christmas Eve, Terrine will be serving their regular menu featuring traditional French cuisine alongside a number of festive holiday specials perfect for pairing with Head Bartender Ryan Wainwright’s new winter cocktail menu. Special menu items include Caviar with smoked trout parfait and rye crisps; ½ lb. Roasted foie gras with braised lentils and port reduction; Christmas goose with foie gras, salsify, and currants; and Bûche de Noël.

Nicole Standley a.k.a. JetSet Mom, is a social influencer + lifestylist covering luxury travel, fine-dining, fashion & pop culture for The JetSet Family. Follow her latest travels and escapades on Instagram, Google+ and Twitter.

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