Where to Eat on Christmas Day

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Photo: Terren in Virginia via Flickr

Don't do Christmas? Or getting the gift of not having to cook for your brood this year? We have six suggestions for restaurants that will be open and serving on December 25th this year, offering an array of options from shore-side seafood to locavore meats, inspired New American, and refined Italian. Since you've probably done Chinese to death on Christmases pasts, have a look at our user's guide to where you can eat on Christmas Day and what will be served.

The Belvedere
At The Peninsula Hotel
9882 South Santa Monica Blvd.
Beverly Hills
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Reservations: 310-975-2736.
From 11:00-9:00 P.M., chef James Overbaugh has a three-course menu in store here for $105 (kids under 12 get in at $39) that includes "free-flowing" Nicolas Feuillatte champagne (too bad kids under 12 can't drive). Menu items include truffle-butternut gnocchi with Parmigiano Reggiano, free-range Sonoma turkey, and beef bourguignon.

Culina
300 S. Doheny Dr.
Beverly Hills.
310-860-4000

The Four Seasons' modern Italian restaurant will be open from 10:30 A.M. to 7:30 P.M., offering an Italian-fused Christmas for $95 a person, or $47 for kids 12 and under. Included amongst the scattering of buffet stations are Niman Ranch steak tartare with winter truffles, lobster Benedict with chipotle hollandaise, bourbon-spiced braised Angus short ribs, and a small mountain of desserts. Reservations at 310-860-4000.

Neptune's Net
42505 Pacific Coast Highway.
Malibu.
310-457-3095
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If you want to keep Christmas eating very low-key, or simply enjoy the gift of our gorgeous coastline, Neptune's Net will be open all day on December 25th, serving their regular menu of fried or fresh seafood, Most likely there will also be a brigade or two of bikers, who can be your adopted family for the day or come home and join your own. Just make sure there's plenty of beer under the tree!

Simon LA
8555 Beverly Blvd.
Beverly Hills.
310-358-3979

Simon Kerry's restaurant at The Sofitel is open from 11:00 A.M.-11:00 P.M., offering a full a la carte menu that includes indulgent Iberico ham, crab-stuffed salmon (!), lobster pot pie, roasted Sonoma duck with butternut squash puree and pomegranate, and a pumpkin buche de noel with meringue mushrooms for dessert, among the many options. And yes, the junk food platter will still be available if you haven't maxed out on Christmas cookies already. Check out the full menu online.

The Dining Room at Shangri-La Hotel
1301 Ocean Ave.
Santa Monica.
310-394-2791

The Dining Room at the Shangri-La Hotel, open from 11:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. on Christmas Day, has a staggering amount of eating options in its buffet, including three types of sausage, an omelet station, five selections of salad, and three separate carving stations for roasted turkey, prime rib, and glazed ham. The buffet comes in at $65 for adults, $25 for kids, with reservations suggested. Check out the full menu of options below.

Shangri-La Menu

Breakfast Buffet:
Housemade Granola - Yogurt Parfaits
Fresh Bowl of Berries / Assorted Fresh Fruit
Build your own Omelet Station
French Toast / Buttermilk Pancakes and Hot Maple Syrup
Griddled Chicken Apple Sausage, Pork Sausage, Smoked Bacon

Salad Buffet:
Mixed Winter Greens with Assorted Vinaigrettes
Classic Waldorf Chicken Salad
Caesar Salad with Truffled Pecorino
Chilled Tortellini Pasta Salad, Ham, Peas
Fruit and Marshmallow Salad

Entrée Buffet:
Roasted Turkey, Prime Rib and Glazed Ham Carving Stations
Herbed Gravy, Cranberry Compote, Horseradish Cream, Green Peppercorn Jus
Mashed Potatoes
Candied Yams
Wild Rice and Cranberries
Haricot Vert and Crispy Onions
Roasted Acorn Squash
Braised Brussle Sprouts

Dessert Buffet
:
Pumpkin Pie
Pecan - Chocolate Pie
Cranberry - Walnut Coffee Cake
Buttermilk Pound Cake with Rum Raisins
Espresso Crème Brulee
Fresh Homemade Assorted Truffles

Whist
1819 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica.
310-260-7514

Chef Tony DiSaslvo is whipping up a huge menu for $75 that offers a potato soup with a bacon, caramelized onion, and gruyere tartlette, three choices of ranch-raised meat or a wild European turbot, along with sides that include potato gnocchi, black truffle, chestnut, and pancetta risotto, and of course dessert, with a serving of roasted chestnuts in a bag to take home. The restaurant will be open in the evening. Check out the full menu below.

Whist Menu

Starters
Smoked Sturgeon Salad
Buckwheat Crisps, Cress, Caviar Vinaigrette
-or-
Potato Soup
Bacon, Caramelized Onion and Gruyere Tartlette

Additions:
Foie Gras Torchon ($14 per person)
Raw Oysters ($18 per half dozen)

Whole Roasted Meats
(choice of two)
Heritage Pork Rack
Marys Organic Turkey
Prime Rib of Beef
Wild European Turbot ($15 supplement per person)

Sides
(choice of 3)
Roasted Wild Mushrooms, Rosemary and Thyme
Yukon Gold Potato Puree
Butternut Squash Puree
Potato Gnocchi
Sauteed Haricot Vert, Baby Carrots and Market Onions
Ricotta and Spinach Lasagne
Black Truffle, Chestnut and Pancetta Risotto

Dessert
Platter of Classic Sicilian Christmas Cookies, Truffles and Canele
Fruit Cake Bread Pudding
Salt Roasted Chestnuts in a brown paper bag to-go

Whether eating at home, at a loved one home's, a local restaurant, or at Neptune's Net with some new-found friends, have a happy holiday and a great meal!