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Where To Eat Christmas Eve Dinner 2017 In Los Angeles

'Twas the night before Christmas and not a creature was stirring except some of the most exceptional chefs in all of Los Angeles. Ready to prepare a feast unlike any other, diners can look forward to celebrating time honored family traditions like the Feast of the Seven Fishes on Christmas Eve, and seasonal favorites such as roasted rack of lamb on Christmas Day. One thing is for certain, forget the milk and cookies because Santa's elves and reindeers will be sure to raid your fridge for leftovers come midnight from these restaurants serving up delicious meals for Christmas.
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Hotel Casa del Mar
1910 Ocean Way
Santa Monica, CA 90405
(310) 581-5533

Set inside Hotel Casa del Mar in Santa Monica, Catch is the perfect place to gather with friends and family to enjoy a beachside holiday meal featuring a mix of traditional dishes and coastal, California-inspired cuisine. Appetizers include bay scallops, a roasted almond soup, a marinated oranges & tangerines salad, and more. For entrees, choose between items like a wagyu beef filet mignon, a slow roasted herb turkey, a butterfly branzino, or opt for a grilled main lobster! Sweeten up your evening with a warm apple tart with vanilla ice cream, or other options. $110 per person, and it includes a glass of Champagne.

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141 South Lake Avenue
Pasadena, CA, 91105
(626) 795-4006

Santa comes to Pasadena early this year with the authentic tastes of Italy at Celestino Ristorante. Begin your Holiday Italian feast with Owner and Chef Calogoero Drago's antipasti including insalata primavera e formaggio di capra, fresh baby mixed lettuce, with roasted peppers, eggplant, and goat cheese, and zuppetta di cozze e vongole pepate, mussels and clams tossed in a light tomato broth with crushed black pepper. There are many delectable entrées including the petto d'anatra affumicato con bietole, smoked duck breast, with a red beet salad, the gnocchi quattro formaggio, house-made potato dumplings with a creamy four cheese sauce, or a risotto con barbabitole e formaggio di capra a beautiful bright red beet risotto with and a creamy goat cheese sauce. Finish your Christmas Eve dinner with an array of classic Italian desserts including the house-made cannoli, tiramisu, and the panna cotta, and pair your after-dinner treats with a dessert wine from Celestino Ristorante's extensive list of world class wines.

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Shutters On The Beach
1 Pico Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA 90405
(310) 587-1717

Guests that stop by the preeminent restaurant at Shutters on the Beach will be treated to a Christmas Eve dinner and enjoy menu highlights that include chestnut soup, a slow baked pear with Champagne, a duck prosciutto with persimmon, as well as a prime beef filet mignon, a Mediterranean sea bass, as well as roasted pheasant. Dine on desserts like a medjool date rum cake, as well as a tiramisu and more. $110 per person.

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Le Petit Paris
418 S Spring St
Los Angeles, CA 90013
(213) 217-4445

Adorned in glittering opulence, downtown LA's Le Petit Paris will be bringing authentic Parisian brasserie cuisine, wine, and ambiance to the historic 1913 El Dorado building for their Christmas Eve dinner. From Cannes-based restaurateurs David and Fanny Roland, the elegant space immerses guests in French culture throughout multiple distinct spaces, including a great lounge, large mezzanine, and multiple private event spaces. Executive Chefs Grellier Baptiste and Jeremie Cazes craft an upscale all-day menu of French classics along with by European and Californian wines from an extensive list, as well as signature cocktails boasting luxurious liquors in intrepid combinations.

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9960 South Santa Monica Boulevard
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
(310) 405-0155

For a festive and elegant holiday dinner celebration, Nerano presents Chef Michele Lisi's Christmas Eve Dinner specials to complement the seasonal market fresh dinner menu for an Italian-style evening. Start the evening with antipasti like a ahi tuna tartar with winter citrus, chives, taggia olives, cherry tomatoes & crispy salsify, as well as hand-crafted pastas. Second courses take main stage with a pan-roasted alaskan black cod with saffron-tomato risotto & fennel confit; and a Harrison farm beef tenderloin with truffled potato purée, porcini mushroom jus & crispy rosemary. Finish the evening with Nerano's puff pastry-wrapped pears with vanilla bean crème anglaise & wild raspberries.

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The Pikey Cafe & Bar
7617 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90046
(323) 850-5400

Hollywood's most popular English Pub serving local and organic dishes presents their annual Christmas season celebration. On Christmas Eve 2017, The Pikey will offer Christmas Eve Specials of fire-roasted chestnuts with house-cured bacon and honey glaze; salted cod brandade fritters; delicata squash with golden raisins; goose neck ragu with pappardelle, orange zest and rosemary; and figgy pudding with crème anglaise. Because Christmas Eve falls on a Sunday, guests will enjoy The Pikey's Traditional Sunday Roast Dinner complete with stuffing, roasted potatoes, yorkshire pudding and gravy. Wines by the glass are offered at $5, select wines for the holiday are priced at $20 each.

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Le Petit Paris
418 S Spring St
Los Angeles, CA 90013
(213) 217-4445

Adorned in glittering opulence, downtown LA's Le Petit Paris will be bringing authentic cuisine, wine, and ambiance to the historic 1913 El Dorado building for their Christmas Eve dinner. From Cannes-based restaurateurs David and Fanny Roland, the elegant restaurant is offering a 3-course menu with appetizers like homemade truffle duck foie gras, or tuna sashimi and a homemade lobster ravioli. For entrees, choose between a filet mignon with truffle mashed potatoes, green beans and bordelaise sauce, or a slowly poached turbot in clam juice. An organic chicken breast is also on offer. Then, for dessert, opt for the Christmas cake! The restaurant is also offering a Christmas Day brunch buffet, as well as a New Year's Eve and New Year's Day brunch buffet.

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114 E 2nd St
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 788-1191

Dine on modern American cuisine at this favorite downtown L.A. eatery on Christmas Eve! The three course meal begins with options including a cottage pie with foie gras, a scallop crudo, a red kuri risotto, a persimmon salad, and more. For your second course, bite into a black bass with confit potatoes, a traditional turkey with chestnut stuffing, brussels sprouts, and cranberry sauce, as well as a rack of lamb, a prime New York steak and more! Finish off the evening with a pumpkin mousse bar with milk chocolate, devil's food and vanilla ice cream and more.

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Kendall's Brasserie
135 N Grand Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 972-7322

This downtown L.A. French eatery will be delighting guests with a dinner from 4pm to 9pm on Christmas Eve this year! Choose from a three-course meal for $58, or a $68 four-course prix-fixe menu. First course options include a butternut squash bisque, a chef's selection of 6 oysters, a Belgium endive salad, a haricot verts salad, and heirloom beets. Main course options include a roasted venison loin, a sea bass, rotisserie chicken and a roasted rack of lamb. For dessert, go for the pear and pecan tarte tatin! Those who opt for the 4 course meal get a course right after the first, which includes items like veal sweet bread, pumpkin ravioli and more.

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257 S Spring St
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 372-5189

Join Spring Restaurant in downtown L.A. on Christmas Eve from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. for a 3 course menu for $76 per person. The menu, which can be found here, includes a winter salad with persimmon, citrus and vinaigrette, as well as a clam chowder for guests' first choice. Second course options include a salmon with beets, hearts of palm and scallions, as well as a duck breast, and a flat icon steak. Bite into a tasty traditional Christmas log with valhrona chocolate, bittersweet ganache, biscuit, and raspberry, or a meringue for dessert.

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Church & State
1850 Industrial St
Los Angeles, CA 90021
(213) 405-1434

This Christmas Eve, head to the Arts District in Downtown Los Angeles, where Church & State is boasting festive French flair with their Christmas Eve Menu created by Executive Chef Tony Esnault and Chef de Cuisine Chef Sam Jung. Chef Esnault and Chef Jung have prepared a decadent Three-Course Prix-Fixe Menu for $65.00 per person that is guaranteed to warm the soul and set the spirit with Starters like the Salade de Farro prepared with roasted vegetables, treviso, apple and pickled egg, the Poitrine de Porc made with pork belly confit, green lentil, roasted carrots, and pearl onion and the Bisque de Homard, a lobster soup with chestnut, celery, cream, cognac, and chive. Get ready to celebrate with Entrées so divine, you will hope for leftovers that you can "wrap-up" and open Christmas morning. The Tagliatellse aux Champignons Sauvages is made with house-made tagliatelle, Hen of the Woods mushrooms, porcinis, chanterelles, truffle oil and chives, while the Loup de Mer is a pan roasted seabass prepared with Bloomsdale spinach, endive, brown butter, and fried capers. Prepare yourself for the Flat Iron Steak; a Strauss Family Farm grass-fed flat iron steak with Brussels sprouts, celery, shallots, and Bordelaise sauce. Finish your fine French rustic dinner with a holiday Bûche de Nöel au Chocolate with pistachio brittle, and of course, no French Christmas Eve is complete without wine, and lots of it! For this, Church & State will also be offering an optional Wine Pairing for $35 per person. So, get ready to celebrate a festive and fabulous French Christmas Eve at Church & State!

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Cafe Pinot
700 W 5th St
Los Angeles, CA 90071
(213) 239-6500

Chef Megan Logan will be helping guests celebrate the holidays with her California French cuisine at this romantic, Downtown LA garden oasis. On Christmas Eve from 4pm to 9pm, dine on menu highlights like shaved brussels sprouts, a chesnut soup, risotto, a linguine, a chicken pot pie with chicken roulade, an Atlantic salmon with roasted asparagus, a beef tenderloin, and a duck breast. For dessert, bite into a milk chocolate mousse brownie cake! There is a 3 or 4 course menu, as well as a la carte dining.

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Nick + Stef's Steakhouse
330 S Hope St
Los Angeles, CA 90071
(213) 680-0330

Master Chef Andreas Roller offers an elegant interpretation of traditional holiday fare at this Modern Steakhouse and downtown L.A. institution in Bunker Hill. The iconic steakhouse is a great place for Christmas Eve Dinner from 4:30pom to 8:30pm, where you can dine on a full a la carte menu with items like their crispy skin duck breast with braised red cabbage, celery root puree and huckleberry duck jus; a BBQ shrimp cocktail, N+S jumbo jump crab cake; seafood towers; a Colorado lamb half rack, as well as a New York strip steak, a rib-eye steak, a petit filet, and much more. The full menu can be found here.

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Ivory on Sunset
Mondrian Hotel
8440 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(323) 848-6000

West Hollywood's chic indoor/outdoor dining concept, Ivory on Sunset, located in the Mondrian Hotel, will offer Christmas Eve/Day dinner specials by Executive Chef Andrew Bice, with normal hours on Christmas Eve and open until 8pm on Christmas Day. Enjoy Christmas Eve specials including prime rib (served with mashed potatoes, baby carrots, horseradish and au jus, $45), which will also be available on Christmas Day, as well as dover sole fish in a meunière sauce with grilled lemon. Dinner will be served from 5pm to 11pm on Christmas Eve, and 5pm to 8pm on Christmas Day.

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Gracias Madre
8905 Melrose Ave
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(323) 978-2170

From 10am to 3pm on Christmas Eve, family and friends will love visiting this vegan Mexican West Hollywood hotspot. Nosh on Executive Chef Chandra Gilbert's vegan Mexican fare while washing it down with a cocktail by Beverage Director Maxwell Reis.

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10100 Constellation Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90067
(310) 279-4180

Craft Los Angeles will offer a celebratory prix-fixe dinner menu with family-style first courses such as radicchio with Castelvetrano olives and pecorino, as well as steak tartare, tonnato and sprouts. Guests are able to select a main course such as apple tortelli with pine nuts and sage and roasted quail, or enjoy gnocchi or parmesan risotto topped with truffles for a supplemental cost. For a sweet finish to the holiday meal, pastry chef Shannon Swindle will provide dessert options for the table, including a spiced persimmon pudding, seasonal ice cream and sorbets, as well as a hazelnut, cranberry and pear tart.
Reservations are available between 5pm and 8:30pm; $135 per person not including tax and gratuity.

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Ray's & Stark Bar
5905 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 857-6180

Located at LACMA behind the iconic Urban Light installation on Wilshire Blvd., Ray's & Stark Bar is an urban culinary oasis surrounding by some of the most celebrated artwork in the world. Celebrate Christmas Eve with a three or four-course menu from Executive Chef Fernando Darin featuring seasonal fare and classic favorites. Menu highlights include Scallop Poke with bamboo rice and shiso cream; Potato Gnocchi with robiolina, crispy rosemary San Giacomo balsamic; Roasted Tasmanian Trout with roasted sunchoke and Moroccan couscous; and Mascarpone Semifreddo with espresso, caramel, and fleur de sel. It is $60 for the three-course menu and $75 for the four-course menu.

Jordan Schlecter is CBSLA's "Best of LA" and "Best of Orange County" editor.
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