Luxe Dining Guide to L.A.’s Most Festive Christmas Feasts

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With all that tree trimming and gift wrapping filling to-do lists, it seems there’s no time left for Christmas dinner cooking. For all of us who aren’t Mrs. Claus or Martha Stewart, here’s a wannabe-perfectionist’s guide to some of our favorite Los Angeles Christmas feasts.   

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Culina, Modern Italian 

The Four Seasons L.A.’s top restaurant is a local fave thanks to fearless Chef Mette Williams, winner of Food Network’s Chef Wanted with Anne Burrell. Her five-course Christmas Eve menu ($85) features La Burrata, Lasagne Napoletana, Wild Branzino and Clams, Tagliata with New York Steak and Porcini. Culina also serves up its annual all-day Christmas Brunch on Christmas Day from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Adults $109, children 5-12 $54, and free for tots under 5.) Tip: the Grappa Room is a great private dining option for groups of 12 or so. 

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The Little Door

Celebrate the holidays with any of the three Little Door restaurants from the Fairfax district to Santa Monica. For a daytime feast, drop in for Christmas Brunch or the evening “Twas the Night Before Christmas” specialty dinner menu, both by Executive Chef T. Nicolas Peter. And Little Next Door is a great choice to pick up Christmas Eve and Christmas Day treats like Bûche de Noël and Croque en Bouche.

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Nic and Stef’s Steakhouse

Downtown at the newly redesigned momument to meat, Executive Chef Andreas Roller celebrates the season with a top-tier three-course Christmas Eve dinner ($60 and $19 for children under 11) starting with Crab Waldorf, Dry-Aged Beef Consomme with Truffle quenelles, then a grand Roasted Christmas Duck, and finishing with Ghana Milk Chocolate Mousse with cinnamon brûlée, and a mini Croquembouche eggnog mousseline topped with griottes cherries.

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The Restaurant at Mr. C  

All month in the lobby lounge of Mr. C Hotel Beverly Hills, guests can enjoy live music and warm mugs of Vin Brulè ($14), an Italian spiced wine, or spiked hot chocolate ($16), every evening until 1 a.m. Paying homage to the Italian “Feast of the Seven Fishes” celebration, the Christmas Eve menu features seafood like Wild Branzino and a trio of Marinated Halibut, Shrimp and Tuna Tartar. Christmas Day specials include Veal Tortellini, and Panettone with Mascarpone and Chocolate Fondant. Both four-course menus will be served 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. for $89.

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For an exotic taste, culinary darling Akasha Richmond’s new Indian concept, Sāmbār, celebrates Christmas Eve in Culver City with a Bollywood-inspired Chinese menu drawing from the Indian Chinese cuisine rooted in the Hakka Chinese community. The special menu will feature such hard-to-find “Chindian” dishes as Tandoori Duck, Mushroom Buns and Shrimp Hakka Noodles.

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Executive Chef Hugo Vasquez has been serving Tuscan dishes in Brentwood for over 26 years, having learned the art at the side of Chef Agostino Sciandri. In addition to Toscana’s à la carte menu of pastas, pizzas, risottos and meats, a new Christmas Eve menu will feature white truffles in specials such as Tagliolini or prime New York Steak with baked leek pie.  

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208 Rodeo Restaurant 

Dashing to Tiffany & Co. in Beverly Hills for a last minute gift? Do it on your way to the new 208 Rodeo Restaurant right next door on the cobblestoned Via Rodeo, a mini Winter Wonderland this time of year. Better yet, Executive Chef Chris Barnett will serve a prix fixe Christmas Dinner ($85), featuring Roasted Pheasant Bisque, Duck Leg Confit, Persimmon Burrata Salad, Main Lobster Farro Risotto and Filet Mignon with Roasted Bone Marrow. Open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Christmas Day.

Vicki Arkoff

Based in Los Angeles, Vicki Arkoff is a longtime Contributor for JustLuxe, reporting on travel, entertainment, and luxury goods and experiences. She is Editor at Large for The Awesomer, Rides & Drives, Pursuitist, 95 Octane, and Technabob, and reports for Atlas Obscura, Connect, The Daily Meal, Lonely Planet, Prevue, WestJet Magazine, Where Traveler Guestbook, Where Traveler Magazine, Baltimore Su...(Read More)

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