The tree is trimmed; the presents are wrapped, and the cookies are baked and boxed. Hmm. Now, what to make for Christmas dinner. Our suggestion? Reservations. That’s right. Many Southland restaurants will be open and happy to serve you on Christmas Day.
You’ve already done so much to get ready for the big day. Instead of once again slaving over that hot stove, pile your family and out-of-town guests into the car and give yourself the gift of dining out. That way you can kick back and enjoy the day!
Here is a list to get you started. Please remember that reservations are always recommended (and sometimes required). Call before you show up so that you can be guaranteed a seat.
Restaurants With Multiple Locations
Buca de Beppo
Mangia, mangia! Buca di Beppo’s crowd-pleasing family-style Italian dinners are a sure bet on Christmas day. Thanks to the many locations, you’re bound to find a restaurant near you.
Saddle Ranch Chop House
Three locations: Universal City, Costa Mesa, Orange
There’s surf, there’s turf, salads, wraps, and a kids' menu. Choose from small plates to the more substantial steaks and specialties.
Chart House Restaurant
Locations: Marina del Rey, Redondo Beach, & Dana Point
Steaks and seafood, and ocean views. Yum!
Serving the dinner menu on Christmas day.
McCormick & Schmick's
Southland locations including Anaheim, El Segundo, Irvine, and Downtown LA
If Santa catches a tail wind, you might spot him stopping off here for some oysters; decadent seafood is plentiful on the holiday menu.
Kung Pao Bistro
In the mood for some traditional (American-style) Chinese food? Kung Pao Bistro fits your bill.
7853 Santa Monica Blvd.
West Hollywood 90046
Maybe all you're wanting is a dozen bagels and someone to make you a pastrami sandwich. You're bound to find something delectable on Canters' extensive menu.
419 N. Fairfax
Los Angeles 90036
“It’s cool, it’s hip and IT STINKS.” So says its website. Curious? Why not try it on Christmas day. Have a look.
55 N. La Cienega
Beverly Hills 90211
Ocean and Vine at Loews Santa Monica Hotel
Prepared to splurge on Christmas Day? This is just the kind of once-a-year place to do it. Brunch is served from 11am-2pm on the holiday.
Back on the Beach
The cafe at the Annenberg Beach House Is the California dreamiest brunch option you could ask Santa for. This place brings healthy, unpretentious fare right right out on the sand, where wiggly kids can play and climb all over the beach playground until the food arrives. And no need to plan ahead: the outdoor tables are walk-up only.
Gaucho Grill- Brentwood & Long Beach
Try something that’s (perhaps) a little different: Argentinean food. Gaucho Grill in Brentwood serves it up with chicken, steak, fish, morcillas and mollejas. Compliment your meal with a glass of boutique Argentine wine.
Christmas day is a busy one there so make your reservations early!
11754 San Vicente Blvd.
Los Angeles 90045
94th Aero Squadron Restaurant – Van Nuys
If aviation is of interest (and even if it’s not) consider the 94th Aero Squadron Restaurant. Adjacent to “the world’s busiest general aviation airport”, this American fair restaurant offers some delectable holiday meal options.
16320 Raymer St.
Van Nuys 91406
Still haven’t found that perfect place? Check out the Open Table’s listing of area restaurants serving meals on the 25th.
Happy Holidays. We hope you have yourself a merry little Christmas.
Originally published December 11, 2013