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Looking for a hassle-free holiday feast for the family? We’ve put together a list of La Jolla restaurants offering special Christmas Eve and Christmas Day dinners and brunch, fit for any family size. Options include à la carte, buffet and pre-fixe menus starting at $58 per person. Reservations are highly recommended. In addition, check out where to eat in La Jolla On Christmas Eve and Christmas Day on the more casual side.
Looking for a fun activity during Christmas week? Check out our top 10 things to do during Christmas week post. Merry Christmas from everyone at La Jolla Blue Book!
The Marine Room
Treat family and friends to a Christmas Eve celebration by the sea. In addition to their seasonal dinner menu, enjoy specials including Leek Parsley Crusted Greenland Turbot, Country Meadow Rack of Lamb and Nebraska Angus Center Cut Prime New York. Christmas Eve dinner will be served on Thursday, December 24 from 5 to 10 p.m. The Marine Room will also be serving a special à la carte menu on Christmas Day Friday, December 25 from noon to 7 p.m featuring Orangecello Tarragon Glazed Wild Prawns Cocktail, Malahat Ginger Rum Basted Maine Lobster Tail, Cervena Farm Elk Loin, Valrhona Dark Chocolate Yule Log Jelly Roll and much more. To make a reservation please call (858) 459-7222.
The Shores Restaurant
Christmas Eve dinner with an ocean view! In addition to their regular dinner menu, their á la carte Christmas Eve specials include Butter Poached Maine Lobster Tail, Sake Miso Glazed Butterfish and Grilled Angus Rib Eye Steak. Christmas Eve dinner will be served on Thursday, December 24 from 5 to 10 p.m. Fro Christmas Day savor a plentiful holiday buffet featuring seasonal appetizers, delicious main courses including Slow Roasted Black Angus Prime Rib, Herb Crusted Butterfish and a Children’s Buffet. Christmas Day Buffet is on Friday, December 25, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. For reservations please call (858) 456-0600.
Treat the family to a special Christmas Eve 3-course market menu dinner from Executive Chef Jason Knibb at Nine-Ten. Christmas Eve dinner will be served from 5:30 pm to 9 pm and runs $58 per person. In addition, Nine-Ten will also be open for Christmas Day brunch on Friday, December 25 from 10:30 am to 2 pm. Restaurant will be closed for dinner. Also, check out this exclusive holiday eggnog recipe from Chef Jason Knibb! For reservations please call (858) 964-5400.
A. R. Valentien
Enjoy a 3-course pre-fixe menu featuring prime rib, lobster, and duck. Christmas Eve dinner service 11:30-2-:30pm and 5-10pm. Christmas Day pre-fixe menu runs from noon to 10pm. Cost: $95 for adults and $50 for children under 12. For reservations please call (858) 777-6635.
Cusp La Jolla
Christmas at Cusp! Located on the 11th floor of Hotel La Jolla, enjoy a special 3-course dinner menu which includes an amuse bouche and glass of champagne. Cost:$65 per person and $30 for children under 12. For reservatins please call (858) 551-3620.
George’s California Modern
Chef Foshee’s cooking for the holidays, serving up plenty of flavorful and seasonal dishes to choose from. Christmas Eve will have a regular menu and hours are as follows: California Modern: 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm; Georges Bar: 11:00 am – midnight; Ocean Terrace: 11:00 am – 3:15 pm. Christmas Day enjoy a 3-course menu at $65 per person at California Modern from 3:00 pm – 8:00 pm. For reservations please call (858) 454-4244.
The Lot La Jolla
This Christmas Eve and Christmas Day come celebrate at THE LOT La Jolla. Not only will the theaters be open and showing blockbusters, but Chef Matt Sramek has created an elevated menu of holiday dish specials. Available from 5:30 – 10 p.m. in the restaurant only, try appetizers like Seared Diver Scallops with Mushroom and Truffle Risotto or a Maine Lobster Bisque. Entrees include Slow Roasted Prime Rib with Cauliflower Gratin and Pan Roasted Scottish Salmon with Parsnips, Brussels Sprouts and Apple Chutney.
OPEN DURING CHRISTMAS EVE AND CHRISTMAS DAY:
Chedi Thai Bistro Open Christmas Eve 11-3pm (lunch) 5-10pm (dinner), Christmas Day noon-10pm.
Girard Gourmet Open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day from 7am-5pm.
Mandarin House Open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day from 11-10pm.
Goldfish Point Cafe Open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day from 8am-6pm.
OPEN DURING CHRISTMAS EVE ONLY:
Puesto Mexican Street Food Open Christmas Eve 11-3pm.
Burger Lounge Open Christmas Eve 10:30-4pm.
Crab Catcher Open on Christmas Eve 5:30-8pm for dinner.
Beaumont’s Restaurant Open on Christmas Eve 11:30-8:30pm.
Brockton Villa Restaurant Open on Christmas Eve 8am-2pm.
Cafe Milano Open Christmas Eve 11:30-10pm.
Richard Walker’s Pancake House Open on Christmas Eve 6:30am-2:30pm.
The Brick & Bell Cafe Open on Christmas Eve 6am-4pm.
Harry’s Coffee Shop Open on Christmas Eve 6am-3pm.
The Cottage Open on Christmas Eve 7:30am-2pm.
Carino’s Italian Restaurant Open on Christmas Eve.
Don Carlos Taco Shop Open on Christmas Eve 10am-4pm.
El Pescador Open on Christmas Eve 11am-5pm.
La Jolla Brewing Company Open on Christmas Eve (closing early).
Verdes El Ranchero Open on Christmas Eve 11am-4:30pm.
Rimel’s Rotisserie Open on Christmas Eve 11:30am-3pm.
Piatti Ristorante & Bar Open on Christmas Eve 11am-9pm.