Not in the mood to cook? Need to get away from it all? Want to recreate your favorite scene from A Christmas Story? No worries, you have options. There are many restaurants in Austin that will open their doors on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day to wine and dine you.
This reliable Austin institution is the place to get your traditional Southern-style Christmas dinners with all the fixin's. You can dine in, or order a holiday feast to take home with turkey and ham by the pound, mashed potatoes, candied yams, cornbread dressing, green bean casserole, and a variety of homemade pies. These folks have saved Christmas from "Oh no! I dropped the turkey on the floor" emergencies more than once.
On Christmas, guests can partake in a four-course prix fixe dinner for $75 per person, which includes dishes like sunchoke and truffle soup, Anson Mills heirloom pea vol-au-vent, duck cassoulet, and mulling spice-brined pork loin, among others. Pastry Chef Angel Begaye will offer seasonal treats like brioche pudding with sweet ricotta ice cream and a gingerbread cake with milk chocolate bavarois and caramelized apples.
This Downtown European restaurant will serve reserved lunch and dinner for both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, as well as St. Stephen’s Day, a traditional holiday in some European countries on December 26. Prelog’s will feature a five-course prix fixe menu paying homage to European Christmas traditions. Guests are encouraged to arrive early for a Christmas-themed happy hour featuring holiday drinks like eggnog and glühwein (mulled wine). Menu is $49 per person.
The Italian restaurant at the gorgeous new Hotel Granduca will serve La Vigilia, the traditional Italian Christmas Eve Feast of the Seven Fishes, featuring a gourmet prix fixe menu. Visconti will also offer a prix fixe Christmas Day dinner. Both menus are $85 with an additional $45 for wine pairings.
Executive Chef Joe Anguiano is celebrating Christmas Eve with a five-course prix fixe truffle dinner for $89 per person. Dishes include a roasted chestnut soup with truffle panna cotta, micro crouton, and brown butter and crispy duck breast with pickled persimmons and truffled root vegetable cassoulet. Reservations are required.
Chefs David Garrido and Mario Medina will serve their normal menu on Christmas Eve until 8 pm and have also planned a fantastic Christmas Day buffet from 11 am to 3 pm for $49 per person and $12.95 for kids under 11. Items include a made-to-order omelet station, salad bar, carving station, pecan waffles, desserts, and much more. Dine at the Radisson Hotel will also be open for dinner until 8:30 pm, offering free validated parking.
Fork & Vine
The Northwest Austin wine bar will be open 11 am to 3 pm on Christmas Eve, offering dishes from Executive Chef Camden Stuerzenberger’s new winter menu. Some notable items include gulf lump crab cake with street corn remoulade, duck wellington, and wood-fired hanger steak with pickled sweet potato short rib hash drizzled with hollandaise.
The restaurant at Hotel Ella is hosting regular breakfast service from 7 to 11 am and a three-course Christmas Day brunch from noon to 4 pm for $44 per person. Brunch includes warm sugar doughnuts, spiced pumpkin hotcakes, sweet potato biscuits, and more. Beverages, tax, and gratuity are additional, and there will be a la carte pricing for children and complimentary valet parking. Goodall's and the Hotel Ella Parlor Bar will close following the 4 pm brunch seating.
The wonderful new restaurant and bar at Hotel Van Zandt will open for dinner on Christmas Eve from 5 to 10 pm and Christmas Day from 5 to 11 pm, serving its regular menus. The bar will offer hot toddy cocktails alongside other sinful concoctions from bar manager Jen Keyser and will be open Thursday until 1 am and Friday until 2 am.
This hot Chinese spot from the folks who brought you Swift’s Attic will be open both Christmas Eve and Christmas during regular dinner hours. Wu Chow will offer special dishes for the occasion, but no prix fixe menu — everything will be a la carte. Not sure if the wait staff will sing you Christmas carols, though.