Chef Tara Monsod’s Christmas Eve menu features Filipino flavors with specialties such as ginger chicken konge, halibut cha ca and kabocha squash. For dessert, you can save room for their Mostra Coffee Chocolate Mousse Bar or Five-Spice Apple Financier. $ 115 per person, reservations recommended.
969 Pacific Highway, Embarcadero
Enjoy some of Chef Josh Mouzakes’ favorite dishes and holiday classics for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day dining. The menu will include plates such as air-dried Christmas goose and a tapas trio to share. Start your meal with a festive cocktail, like their brown eggnog with spikes, and round off the evening with a sweet treat.
500 Hotel Circle North, Mission Valley
The French restaurant will offer guests a three-course prix fixe dinner, which can be enjoyed on Christmas Eve, with entree options including braised beef ribs, duck confit, salmon, vegetarian ravioli and more. But first, start the evening with their Canneberge cocktail, made with French gin, cranberry juice, lime, cranberry bitters and simple syrup. $ 68 per person, reservations required.
4090 Adams Avenue, Kensington
Celebrate Christmas Eve at Callie with Travis Swikard’s five-course Mediterranean party. Dishes include squid, cacio e pepe risotto, prime rib and pancetta-wrapped quail. For an extra special touch, you can add Russian osetra caviar to your dinner. Guests will also be sent home with freshly baked chocolate cakes – the restaurant donates $ 1 from each cookie sale to Feeding San Diego throughout the month of December. Walk-in diners can enjoy an à la carte menu at the bar. $ 85 for adults, $ 35 for children 10 years and under, reservation required.
1195 Island Avenue, East Village
Del’s famous Crown Room welcomes guests again for a festive Christmas Eve and Christmas Day buffet. Dine on traditional dishes and new culinary twists among the lavish holiday décor of the iconic hotel. Also, be sure to visit their newly opened and restored lobby with a two-story tree completely adorned with candles, ornaments and wreaths. $ 175 for adults, $ 75 for children, reservations encouraged.
1500 Orange Avenue, Coronado
At Park Hyatt Aviara, Ember & Rye is hosting a family-style party for Christmas Day. Diners will enjoy snacks made for sharing, individual salads, entrees like Chilean sea bass and prime rib and a mix of sides to share between the table (sherry glazed mushrooms, grilled carrots, mashed potatoes). For dessert, you can choose from a white chocolate buche de noël, a chocolate mousse or a twist on carrot cake. $ 125 per person, reservations are encouraged.
7447 Batiquitos Drive, Carlsbad
Estancia’s Greenfinch Restaurant will serve an à la carte Christmas dinner overlooking their patio with a menu of premium tomahawk steak, scallops, saffron corn soup and more. Or stop in for their Christmas brunch to order bananas Foster French toast, crab cake eggs Benedict and other breakfast classics. Reservations are recommended.
9700 North Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla
Herb & Sea has made a light coastal holiday menu with dishes such as parsnips and celery root soup, whipped burrata toast and a fried chicken for the main meal. Put the entree together with sides like polenta, evergreen and crispy potatoes. There are also vegetarian and pescatari options, including a curry-roasted celery root appetizer. Served on Christmas Eve. $ 84 for adults, $ 34 for children, reservations recommended.
131 West D Street, Encinitas
Chef Stephen Gage serves a three-course menu of traditional holiday dishes with a modern twist this Christmas, including a half duck with a cider reduction and winter catch with root vegetable caponata. Finish your meal with a Christmas trifle (white chocolate, lemon chiffon cake, raspberry flour base sauce, peppermint bark) by pastry chef Christian Molle. Reservations are encouraged.
Felspar Street 723, Pacific Beach
Gather friends or family for Kettner Exchange’s five-course Christmas Eve dinner. The menu will include dishes such as duck confit and roasted Alaskan black cod, desserts and the option to add wine combinations curated by beverage director Claire Sexton. $ 125 per person, $ 40 per person for wine pairings, reservations required.
2001 Kettner Boulevard, Little Italy
Make room for an indulgent meal this Christmas Eve at Lionfish. Chef JoJo Ruiz offers a wagyu fillet steak and lobster entree served with creamy horse spinach puree and potato gratin. Then end the night on a sweet note with a bite of their chocolate Christmas for dessert.
435 Fifth Avenue, Gaslamp
Visit La Jolla’s Pink Lady hotel for a Christmas Eve or Christmas Day dinner at The Med. The three-course holiday menu will include smoked ham, butternut risotto, beef tenderloin and more. $ 95 per person, reservations recommended.
1132 Prospect Street, La Jolla
A great view of the city and a decadent dinner is what is on the menu this holiday season at Mister A’s. Christmas Eve guests can enjoy options such as prime rib, beef chateaubriand and Maine lobster tail for their main courses and a variety of sweet choices for dessert. For Christmas Day, osso buco and Maine scallops are available, as well as more unique dessert options. Starting at $ 95.50 per person, reservations are recommended.
2550 Fifth Avenue, Bankers Hill
Plan a plant-based pick-up meal this holiday from The Plot. The restaurant will offer a full Christmas dinner to go with items including rosemary sage filling, maple roasted carrots and squash and garlic potatoes. Orders must be placed no later than 22 December and picked up on 24 December between 12.00 and 17.00 45 USD pr. person, reservations required.
1733 South Coast Highway, Oceanside
Treat yourself and your loved ones to a Christmas buffet at The Pony Room at Rancho Valencia Resort and Spa. On the big day you can walk around the many stations, including seafood, cheese and charcuterie, pasta and a special children’s buffet for the little ones (pigs in blanket, mac and cheese). Throughout the meal you can enjoy live music, Christmas carols, cake making stations and even horse-drawn carriage rides around the property. Do you prefer to stay at home? You can create a customizable takeaway option full of holiday classics, sides and pies. $ 165 for adults, $ 55 for children 4-11, free for children three and under, reservations encouraged.
5921 Valencia Circle, Rancho Santa Fe
Find something for everyone in your family through Ranch 45’s holiday pick-up menu, which can be fully customized and served à la carte. You can choose from main courses like prime rib, smoked turkey legs and smoked cornish game chicken; round off the meal with side plates of mashed potatoes and thyme-roasted rainbow carrots, so be sure to order one of their homemade pies for a sweet finish. Orders must be placed no later than 19 December at 16.00
512 Via de la Valle, Solana Strand
Cheers to the seaside holiday at Sally’s Fish House & Bar at the Manchester Grand Hyatt. Their Christmas dinner includes prime rib, jumbo shrimp and craft cocktails like Rudolph, made with You & Yours gin. $ 52 per person, not including drinks.
Marketplace 1, Embarcadero
Celebrate Christmas Eve by the sea at The Del’s Serẽa Coastal Cuisine. On the agenda is a three-course prix fixe menu with scallop crudo, prime rib roast and a cranberry mousse dome to finish. $ 120 for adults, $ 45 for children; reservations required.
1500 Orange Avenue, Coronado
Chula Vista’s Shake & Muddle serves guests a three-course menu for Christmas Eve, with highlights including New York strip steak and crab. For $ 12, you can add festive cocktail pairings to your meal: Order the stumbling Santa Claus, made with Godiva chocolate liqueur, Stolichnaya vanilla vodka, peppermint schnapps and strawberry puree. $ 75 per person, reservations recommended.
303 H Street, Chula Vista
Stop the classic holiday this year and get some barbecue instead. Smokey & the Brisket offers a Christmas dinner pick-up option to cater for six to 10 people. The package includes a pound of smoked prime breast, two pounds of smoked pork, two rotisserie chickens, mashed potatoes, coleslaw and their signature Smokey’s Salad. $ 150 per packed lunch, reservation required.
5465 Lake Murray Boulevard, La Mesa
Visit Valentina, Leucadia’s European-inspired wine bar, and get an affordable Christmas Eve menu. The three-course dinner will include global dishes such as Spanish sashimi, mulard duck breast and tomaquet Iberico (Iberian tomato) paired with sommelier-selected wines. $ 79 per person, reservations required.
810 North Coast Highway 101, Leucadia
InterContinental’s Restaurant by the Water offers a set holiday menu for both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Starters range from a smoked holiday pork chop to a roasted parsnip fondant, and dessert options include a gingerbread trifle and a chocolate pie. Enhance your experience by adding wine pairs for $ 35. $ 75 for adults, $ 35 for children under 12, reservations recommended.
901 Bayfront Court, Embarcadero
wait the day to explore Cardiff before settling down for a five-course holiday menu at Waverly. On Christmas Eve, the restaurant serves a dinner with crispy potatoes to start and braised short rib as a main course. $ 125 per person, reservations recommended.
2005 San Elijo Avenue, Cardiff
Westin Carlsbad Resort’s signature restaurant offers a festive prix fixe menu on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The courses include an autumn salad made with compressed pear, candied walnuts and an apple ginger vinaigrette; a traditional Wellington beef; and bread pudding served with chocolate sauce for dessert. $ 98 per person, reservations recommended.
5480 Grand Pacific Drive, Carlsbad