12/05/2012 07:19:00 PM

12 Spots to Dine on Christmas Eve and Day Around LA

Get festive at Josie.
Once you get past the consumerism and hearing Jingle Bells for the one-thousandth time, the holiday season is pretty magical. The best part is definitely visiting with friends and family to share a meal and a few sips of eggnog. Here, then, is a helpful guide on where to eat for Christmas Eve and Day around town, from hotel dining rooms to hipster joints. Consider this our gift to you. Merry Christmas!

Christmas Eve
Chef Michael Cimarusti once again celebrates the holiday with his annual Feast of Seven Fishes menu, inspired by his grandmother Josephine and great-grandmother Domenica Cimarusti. The seven-course menu features dishes like tai snapper sashimi with tangerine and capers, consommé with Maine lobster and black truffles, day-boat scallops with artichokes and more (4-8 PM; $125 per person or $175 with wine pairings, $280 with premium wines; 323-460-4170).

LA Market
It’s comfort cuisine and junk-food desserts for the holidays at the LA Live restaurant. The three-course menu features classic holiday dishes, and the famous junk-food platter has peppermint brownies, gingerbread, holiday cookies and more (5-10 PM on Christmas Eve, and 11 AM-10 PM on Christmas Day; $62 per person and $21 for kids 12 and under; 213-765-8600).

Josiah Citrin’s five-course dinner includes artichoke mousseline with smoked sturgeon and American caviar; chestnut soup; Maine lobster with grapes, endive and salsify; crisp loup de mer or truffle risotto (for extra charge); prime filet of beef; and dessert (5-8 PM; $150 per person; 310-395-0881).

Josie and Next Door by Josie
The menu at Josie LeBalch’s Santa Monica restaurant includes salad with caramelized pear and Stilton cheese, roast goose with huckleberry sauce, and pastry chef Jonna Jensen’s Bûche de Noël for dessert. $68 per person. At Josie Next Door, there will be an all-night happy hour with a special spiced hot cider cocktail (310- 581-9888).

Gordon Ramsay at The London
Choices on the three-course menu include roasted chestnut soup, tuna carpaccio, roast duck breast, butter-poached lobster, roast organic turkey with chestnut stuffing, and eggnog crème brulee ($95 per person; 5-10 PM on Christmas Eve, and 11:30 AM-10 PM on Christmas Day; 310-358-7788).

Dine on top of LA on Christmas Eve and Day. Dishes include roasted Peking duck, crispy Japanese snapper with wok-fried greens, slow-roasted leg of lamb with water chestnuts and Sichuan peppercorn sauce, and eggnog pain perdu with bourbon-maple ice cream ($150 per person, 6-10 PM; 213-743-8824).

Christmas Day
The Pikey
The West Hollywood gastropub will be the perfect escape from the family on Christmas Eve or Day. Along with the regular menu, specials include salt-baked salmon with roasted leeks and hazelnuts, matzo ball soup, pigs in a blanket with roasted Brussels sprouts, mince pies with clotted cream and holiday cocktails like spiced rum and milk punch. Open until 2 AM both days (323-850-5400).

The Churchill
A budget-friendly option for the holiday includes this three-courser with your choice of carrot apple and ginger soup, winter greens with pears, hazelnuts and goat feta, glazed ham, leg of lamb, winter squash ravioli with brown butter and sage, and a slew of seasonal side dishes served family-style ($35 per person; 5-9 PM; 323-655-8384).

Locanda del Lago
The Santa Monica restaurant features its annual Cena di Natale Christmas Supper, special seasonal Italian dishes served a la carte or as a three- or four-course menu. Featured are dishes like guinea hen and pistachio terrine, handmade capon tortellini in chicken consomme, braised snapper with pomegranate sauce, roasted veal tenderloin with black truffle sauce, and Italian sweet bread with zabaglione ($49 for three courses, $62 for four and $22 extra for wine pairings; 310-451-3525).

The three-course menu at this beachside dining room includes choices like pumpkin squash soup, seared wagyu leef with artichokes and black truffles, maple-glazed Cornish hen with root vegetable ragout, filet of beef with potato puree, and sticky date pudding ($85 per person; 11 AM-9 PM; 310-581-7714).

The Four Seasons' brunch buffet includes stations for Peking duck, seafood in many forms, and traditional roast beef, ham and turkey, along with side dishes and desserts like freshly made donuts and homemade gelato ($95 for adults, $47 for kids 12 and under; 11 AM-6 PM; 310-860-4000).

What can’t you get at the Beverly Hills restaurant’s Christmas Day brunch buffet? You’ll find everything from citrus-cured salmon and crab legs with cherry-pepper mayo, calzone with spicy sausage and chestnut stuffing, prime rib, porchetta, pumpkin tortellini, the famous spaghetti with tomato and basil and a dessert spread worthy of the holiday (noon-9 PM; $88 for adults; $35 for kids aged four-12 years old (310-860-7970).


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