The best Dallas-Fort Worth restaurants for Christmas 2016 dining
Christmas may be a few weeks away, but it's never too soon to start planning. By planning, of course, we mean what you're going to eat. While some people spend their holidays holed up at home, we're here for the folks looking to get out. We have restaurants open on Christmas Eve, and restaurants open on Christmas Day. We have one-of-a-kind events, and places offering special holiday treats. We got it all.
Here's our list of holiday dining options, updated regularly by our office elves:
Open breakfast, lunch, and dinner on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day marking Italy’s Feast of the Seven Fishes with seafood-forward holiday specials such as monkfish saltimbocca with kale and white beans, and lobster fra diavola. Also veal osso bucco with risotto and crispy garlic. 214-261-4600.
Open Christmas Eve and Christmas Day with three-course menu, including dessert. First course choices are charred leek and potato soup, Comice pear salad, or acorn squash salad. Choose from entrees, all served with seasonal vegetables, such as Cornish game hen, black grouper, grass-fed blade steak, or pork shank. End the evening on a sweet note with a choice of tantalizing desserts crafted by pastry chef Laurel Wimberg. 5-9 pm. $50. 817-332-2473.
Blue Mesa Grill
Special Christmas Eve day brunch with omelets, ham, brisket, salmon, eggs benedict, salads including Caesar, spinach, and pasta, chicken-mushroom enchiladas, chicken and steak fajitas, adobe pie, carving station,taco bar with housemade tortillas, Belgian waffles with fruit, huevos rancheros, migas, flan, churros, fruit cobbler, guajillo apple pandowdy, and more. 10 am-2 pm. $22 adult includes champagne, mimosas, coffee, tea; $7 for 12 and under.
Canary By Gorji
Christmas dinner will be served on December 25 from 5-9 pm. Three-course dinner comes at two price points, depending on entrée. Choice of salad from traditional Caesar with egg yolk and anchovies, or berries and baby greens with pomegranate vinaigrette and roasted pistachios. Dessert is a choice of Kefir cheese butterfly with medjool date, or flourless chocolate cake. For $60, choose from turkey breast or bone-in pork chop with mashed potatoes and grilled vegetables, or a vegetarian spinach lasagna. For $70, choose from prime filet with gnocchi gorgonzola, or Arctic char and poached shrimp over turnip purée. Pre-payment required. 972-503-7080.
Restaurant at the W Dallas Victory Hotel will serve a three-course Christmas special on December 25. Choices include French onion soup; choice of coq au vin with mushrooms, pancetta, burgundy, and root vegetables, or pork tenderloin roulade stuffed with smoked sausage, pecans, cranberries, and apples with buttermilk cornbread hash; and apple cranberry cobbler with gingerbread streusel and spiced eggnog ice cream. $35. 214-397-4111.
Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House Fort Worth
Celebrate the "11 Days of Christmas" at Del Frisco’s with special lunch hours, from 11:30 am to 2 pm. The menu serves a two-course meal with choice of Del's salad, Caesar salad, or soup; and choice of entrée from filet medallions, salmon, or chicken picatta. Served with chateau potatoes and green beans. $25. 817-877-3999.
Empire Baking Co.
Holiday breads include gingerbread, stollen, pecan rings, chocolate-cherry bread, and the December Bread of the Month: cranberry paisano. 214-350-0007.
Restaurant at Ritz-Carlton Dallas is hosting three holiday options. Call 214-922-4848 for reservations.
- Christmas tea service on December 11 and 18, with sandwiches, scones, sweets, tea, and a glass of Chambord Champagne. 3 pm. $60 adult, $20 for 12 and under.
- Christmas Eve lunch includes holiday-inspired à la carte dining between 11:30 am-3:30 pm.
- Christmas Eve dinner with three courses. First course offers choice of lobster bisque with lobster-corn fritter; Texas Wagyu beef carpaccio; or Nantucket Bay scallops with Brussels sprout leaves, Virginia ham, and truffles. Second course offers choice of turbot with potatoes, green beans, and brandied Maine lobster fondue; lamb chops over truffled celeriac purée with lamb cassoulet; ribeye on creamed spinach with mushrooms; antelope with cranberry gastrique on celery root-pear purée; or rigatoni in chestnut cream and lemon ricotta. Dessert is a trio of mint chocolate chip ice cream cake, gingerbread cake, and eggnog crème brûlée. 5-8:30 pm. $100 for adult, $30 for 12 and under.
New digital retail line from chef Tim Love ships pre-cooked meat and wild game to your door such as rabbit-rattlesnake sausage, wild board sausage, elk and cheddar sausage, triple-cut tomahawk ribeye, chicken and vegetarian tamales, and baby back ribs. $15-$299. Order online here.
Front Room Tavern
Christmas Eve dinner with additional holiday specials, 5-11 pm. Christmas day will begin with breakfast, followed by a brunch buffet and dinner holiday specials. Brunch includes shellfish display, deviled eggs, salads, butternut squash bisque, chicken and dumplings, carving station with leg of lamb, prime rib, and ham, omelet station, challah French toast, bananas foster waffles, eggs benedict, brisket scramble, Randall’s biscuits and gravy, and more. 10 am–3 pm. $55 adults $20 for 12 and under. 214-219-8282.
Christmas Eve dinner features holiday dishes in addition to the a la carte menu. Specials include smoked prime rib ($42) and Peking duck with dried cherry gastrique ($32), both served with seasonal sides. 5:30 pm. 214-828-1981.
Brunch and dinner on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Brunch includes avocado toast, Empire croissant fried chicken sandwich with bacon and egg, crawfish omelet, fried quail and waffles, biscuit benedict, chicken poutine, duck wings, Dutch baby, white chocolate croissant bread pudding, and biscuit display. Christmas Eve 7 am–2 pm, Christmas Day 8 am-2 pm. Dinner is a four-course menu with chicken poutine, oysters, chicken-fried quail, corn bisque, fried chicken, redfish, or pork. 5–9 pm. $35. 972-232-1728.
Chef Pascal Cayet’s cranberry walnut tarte is a dessert based on a favorite recipe from his mother, with cranberries, walnuts, and pecans in a crust. $27. 972-248-1911.
Special Christmas night dinner features a festive menu with lamb breast, seafood cioppino, and a 44-ounce wagyu tomahawk ribeye, in addition to a la carte menu. Desserts include studded gingerbread, drunken apple dumplings, and chocolate pignoli torte. 214-628-7900.
Mudhen Meat and Greens
Family-style Christmas dinners to-go includes pork loin, rotisserie chicken, chicken or green chili pork tamales, cauliflower gratin, glazed carrots, Brussels sprouts, winter greens, dressing, and sticky toffee pudding. $150, serves 4-6. Order by December 22 for pick up on December 23 or 24, 11 am-3 pm. 214-698-7000.
Open Christmas Eve with special holiday dishes including blue crab fingers scampi, roulade of duck with black pudding and roasted wild mushrooms, Santa cookies and milk, warm chocolate cookies, and Bailey's Irish cocktail. 214-712-9700.
Open Christmas Eve with special holiday dishes including wagyu beef wontons, arctic char with kabocha coconut rice, and eggnog bread pudding with Thai rum eggnog custard, pumpkin bread, and ube ice cream.
BBQ restaurant has to-go options online including smoked turkey, smoked ham, beef tenderloin, whole smoked brisket, racks of ribs, sausage, macaroni and cheese, and peach cobbler, $36-$179. Order by December 18 at 12 pm and pick up December 24 11 am–3 pm. Email firstname.lastname@example.org. 214-748-8900.
Redrock Canyon Grill
Southlake restaurant has Christmas Eve hours, serving full menu including rotisserie chicken with redskin mashed potatoes and glazed carrots ($16), skillet cornbread ($7), and Key lime pie. 4-9 pm. 817-912-1510.
Open Chrismas Eve with special holiday offerings including a gumdrop martini, a "Father Cheesmas" burger with bacon and queso, and a peppermint chocolate shake. 972-781-0212.
Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek
Special menu on December 24 and 25 features traditional holiday favorites and a decadent dessert display. Starters include winter greens, lentil soup with pheasant confit, braised oxtail with gnocchi, and mussel risotto. Entrées include smoked pheasant with butternut squash, black bass with artichoke, filet mignon Rossini with truffle mashed potato, and lamb loin with sauerkraut. Desserts include a Snickers yule log, chestnut mandarin tart, chocolate tiramisu, apple-cinnamon crème brûlée, carrot cake, peppermint marshmallow lollipop, and more. $125. 214-559-2100.
Christmas Eve at Klyde Warren Park restaurant reflects the feast of the seven fishes, with three seafood specials and a red meat option. Starters include salt cod fritters, clams casino, scallops with Israeli couscous, beef tenderloin, with choice of desserts from eggnog crème brûlée, fried pecan pie, pumpkin pie, or chocolate peppermint bar. 11 am-8 pm. 214-740-7228.
Ser Steak + Spirits
Christmas brunch at Hilton Anatole Hotel will inlcude carving station, farmer’s market offerings, charcuterie, seafood, gourmet breakfast classics like fried green crab benedict, and desserts such as Baileys truffle torte.10 am-2 pm. $68 adult, $35 for 12 and under. 214-761-7479.
New Snickerdoodle hot cocoa is made with steamed milk, white chocolate sauce, and cinnamon dolce syrup, topped with whipped cream and a dusting of cinnamon sugar. It joins Starbucks' hot cocoa family, which includes peppermint, salted caramel, and white chocolate.
TNT / Tacos and Tequila
Christmas Eve day brunch with omelets, BBQ pulled pork, brisket, fish, eggs benedict, and salads. 10 am-2 pm. $22 adult, includes champagne, mimosas, coffee, tea or soft drinks. $7 for 12 and under. 469-518-7888.
Special menu on Christmas day includes foie gras torchon, Saint Jacques aux truffles, filet de boeuf and bouche de noel. 214-520-8999.