More ham, less hassle
10 top Austin restaurants for Christmas 2023 dining in or feasts to-go
If the thought of cooking another big festive meal is leaving you more exhausted than excited, you’re not alone. Thankfully there are plenty of restaurants offering dine-in or takeout options during Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, so you spend less time kitchen and more time enjoying this holiday with your friends, family, or loved ones.
Whether you’re looking for a nontraditional Christmas Eve dinner, a classic holiday feast, or even a Christmas Day brunch, these top Austin eateries are open for ordering or reservations.
Stella San Jac
If a Christmas day brunch is what you’re after, Stella San Jac will be the place to go. The beloved downtown spot known for its biscuits and pecan praline French toast will be extending its regular brunch through Christmas and even the day after. The eatery will also be open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day for dinner featuring a prime rib chef special. Reserve on OpenTable.
Casa do Brasil
This Brazilian steakhouse popular among meat-lovers will be offering a holiday menu on Christmas Eve, featuring honey-glazed ham along with signature skewered meats. It'll also serve Brazilian classics like arroz carreteiro, followed by a decadent Christmas Day brunch available all day starting at 11 am. Reserve on OpenTable.
Corner Restaurant is digging into its Texas roots for its Christmas dinner, with a holiday feast full of Southern and Tex-Mex flair. The restaurant will be open on Christmas Day, with a special menu featuring Texas brisket, carnitas tamales, sweet pepper cornbread, fried bread pudding, and much more. Reserve on OpenTable.
Diner Bar — Noche Buena pig roast
Celebrate Christmas Eve with a Cuban twist. Diner Bar, located inside the Thompson Austin, is bringing an unexpected-yet-fun menu inspired by the Cuban “noche buena:” the famous lechon asado (slow roasted pig), dirty rice, plantains, and flan along with some Southern favorites from head Chef Mashama Bailey. The four-course menu is $90 per person. Reserve on Resy.
The Peacock Mediterranean Grill
The Peacock Mediterranean Grill, inside Proper Hotel, is bringing another elevated experience to the table this Christmas, putting a Mediterranean twist on the holiday classics, along with wine pairings and cocktails. The Peacock will be open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day for brunch and dinner. Reserve on OpenTable.
W Austin is amping up the holiday celebrations in its main restaurant and lounge, offering a three-course meal on Christmas Eve ($65 per person) plus another three-course lunch or dinner ($80) on Christmas Day. The menu features an elevated take on the classics such as herb-crusted prime ribs and whipped mashed potatoes. Reserve on OpenTable.
This popular Chinese eatery known for lamian noodles will be open for dine-in and takeout on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The restaurant takes pride in its “farm to wok” style featuring fresh ingredients, while showcasing authentic flavors from eight different Chinese regions. Wu Chow has two locations in Austin (West 5th and North Lamar). Reserve on OpenTable.
Caroline — Holiday pop-up
Caroline is decking its halls with a fun and festive menu on Christmas Day. Diners can enjoy mulled cider and flank steak roulade, along with other holiday classics. Make sure to check out the Naughty or Nice pop-up on the upstairs patio for an extra dose of holiday cheer and fun cocktails. Reserve on OpenTable.
December 22-24 pickup
HEB’s sophisticated cousin Central Market is offering chef-made holiday feasts to go. This year's options include complete meals starring herb-encrusted beef tenderloin, honey-smoked ham, braised mushrooms short ribs, and shrimp casserole, plus numerous side dishes and a la carte options. Meals serve 4-8 people. Pre-order before December 22 at centralmarket.com.
December 24 pickup
The South Austin eatery is offering a to-go Christmas Eve dinner for two ($124.95), featuring a menu of tamarind short-braised ribs, chicken kebabs, whipped feta, sticky date cake, and more. Take the experience to the next level by adding wine or cocktails to go. Pre-order before December 22 via Tock.