These are the best Austin restaurants for Christmas 2016 dining
Whether you’re looking for a classy Christmas Eve dinner or a lavish Christmas Day brunch, we’ve got you covered. Here are our top picks for Austin-area restaurants that will gladly host you and your family over the holiday weekend.
Brix and Ale
The restaurant at the Sheraton Georgetown Texas Hotel and Conference Center will serve a three-course prix fixe Christmas Eve dinner for $39.95 per person, featuring items like beef Wellington with butter-basted carrots and red wine demiglace, molasses-glazed bone-in pork chop with carrot puree and couscous salad, open-face raviolo with citrus mascarpone and garden vegetables, and herb-crusted chicken chop with sweet potato mousse and braised cipollini. Children’s menu selections will also be available. On Christmas afternoon, from 11 am-3 pm they’ll serve a holiday brunch buffet $39.95 per adult and $17.50 for children ages 6-12. Adult guests will receive a glass of champagne or a mimosa.
Flat Creek Estate
Feel like spending the holidays in the Hill Country? The Marble Falls Italian-inspired winery and vineyard will host a Christmas Eve Star Gazing & Santa Watch Party at The Bistro, from 7-9 pm. Around 7, Santa Claus will treat the kiddos to a late-night snack. Dinner reservations are required to attend the after-dinner star party. The Flat Creek Enoteca in downtown Marble Falls will also be open for dinner from 5-9 pm, serving wood-fired fare, flights and bites, and award-winning wines.
The cozy restaurant at Hotel Ella will serve a Christmas Day buffet from 12-8 pm. For $65 per person, and $25 per child 12 and under, guests can enjoy delicious menu items such as slow roasted prime rib, roasted eggplant lasagna, duchess baked potatoes, and more. Valet parking is complimentary. Guests should make reservations online or by calling 512-495-1800.
The Italian stand-out at Mueller will host the Feast of the Seven Fishes, a traditional Italian Christmas Eve dinner that is near and dear to chef Fiore Tedesco’s heart. Expect dishes such as scallop crudo with nasturtium and basil oil, calamari and carrot salad with pine nuts and Meyer lemon aioli, and grilled prawns with horseradish and tomato sauce. Dinner will be served family-style in two groups, at 5:30 and 8 pm. Cost is $65 per person with an optional wine pairing for $30; $25 for children under age 10.
Second Bar + Kitchen (Domain Northside)
Executive chef David Bull will continue his traditional Holiday Rosé Buffet Brunch on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day from 9 am to 3 pm with a menu ranging from tiny brioche French toasts to family-style entrees, house-made pastrami from the carving table, and signature dishes like a sunchoke potato hash with over easy eggs and grilled scallions. Price is $38 for adults, $19 for children, with specials on rosé by the glass. Dinner will be served a la carte from 4-11 pm from a menu that will include Christmas specials such filet mignon with beurre rouge, garlic potatoes, and bacon Brussels sprouts; roasted beets with brown sugar pecan streusel; and ginger sweet potatoes with citrus confit and fennel.
This Christmas, why not try something completely different? The Russian House will be open from 11 am to 11 pm on December 25, serving the full regular menu of specialties. Make it even more special by sampling various caviar, from Alaskan salmon roe to authentic Russian Beluga, paired with a glass of champagne or a shot of ice-cold vodka.
Tacos and Tequila
TNT will host a special brunch on Christmas Eve from 10 am to 2 pm, offering a vast buffet with chef stations serving made-to-order omelets, homemade tortillas with chicken verde, barbecue pulled pork, brisket, grilled fish, eggs Benedict, salads, desserts, and more. Price includes champagne, mimosas, coffee, tea, or aguas frescas. A live DJ will add to the festive atmosphere.
Trace at W Austin
On Christmas Day, Trace will be serving a $75 four-course prix fixe meal from 11 am to 8 pm. Each course offers four enticing options from which to choose, including entrees like braised short rib with leeks, fried apple puree, carrot butte or a hearty cioppino with mussels, clams, shrimp, snapper, spicy tomato broth, fennel, and fingerling potato chips. Kids will have their own three-course menu for $17.95, which includes soup or salad, entree, and most importantly, dessert.
Recreate everyone’s favorite Christmas movie with dinner at Wu Chow, which will be open regular hours on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Diners can enjoy all their favorites from the regular menu, including the now-famous soup dumplings, as well as the special Beijing roast duck, which requires 48 hours notice. And on Christmas Day, Wu Chow will be serving its dim sum menu.