Where To Eat Christmas Eve Dinner 2016 In Orange County

December 7, 2016 5:00 AM

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(credit: BlueOrange Studio/shutterstock)


What Orange County lacks in a ‘white’ Christmas, it sure does make-up in flavor. Yes, it’s true East coasters, in this part of town it’s common for Santa to come cruising along in a Woody truck, or hang ten with reindeers on jet skis, but that doesn’t mean everyone is having their beloved fresh fish tacos for dinner again. One can tell immediately by these carefully crafted menus that Orange County’s finest are excited to serve up some of the most lavish dinners of the holiday season.

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(Credit: Jessica B./yelp)


Ravello Bar & Grill
6746 Greenleaf ave
Whittier, CA 90601
(562)945-8723
www.ravellobarandgrill.com

Whittier’s Ravello Bar & Grill is serving up something special for Christmas Eve this year. Full of holiday traditions between a parade, festival and charming light lined streets, Whittier is full of seasonal delights. So, it should come as no surprise that the new Southern Italian inspired restaurant is starting a tradition of their own. Ravello will be hosting a Feast of Seven Fishes full of both unique and traditional seafood dishes all topped off with a chilled lemoncello! Start with a complimentary glass of Ruffino Prosecco, and then follow it up with Clam Casino with baked clams with panko, breadcrumbs & topped with pancetta, wintergreen oysters, prosciutto wrapped colossal scallops with garlic lemon butter sauce & polenta, a baked salt cod, smoked salmon, grilled halibut, and much more. End the evening with a chilled lemoncello for all who desire as a final touch to end the celebration.

(Credit: Ritz Prime Seafood)

(Credit: Ritz Prime Seafood)


The Ritz Prime Seafood
2801 West Coast Highway
Newport Beach, CA 92663
(949) 720-1800
www.ritzprimeseafood.com

On Christmas Eve, The Ritz Prime Seafood located along Newport Beach’s scenic Mariner’s Mile will be serving an terrific and elegant holiday dinner for you and your friends/family. Along with a spectacular view, special à la carte holiday menu created by new Executive Chef George Neyra will be served Christmas Eve at The Ritz Prime Seafood located along Newport Beach’s scenic Mariner’s Mile. Appetizers include shrimp and polenta with Hawaiian blue prawns and black truffle emulsion; crisp pork belly with caramelized apple, date puree and black cardamom jus; Marinated Heirloom Baby Beets with goat cheese mousse and honey vinaigrette; and more. Entrees such as filet mignon with black truffle potato puree and creamed spinach; Rack of Colorado Lamb with porcini mushrooms, baby carrots and rosemary jus; and wild salmon with quince puree, pomegranate and Brussels sprouts will be offered and to top off the evening a choice of Fig and Financier with crème fraiche ice cream, Chocolate Molten Cake or Spiced Eggnog Crème Brûlée.

(credit: Oak Grill)

(credit: Oak Grill)


Oak Grill
Island Hotel
690 Newport Center Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660
(949) 760-4920
www.oakgrillnb.com

On Saturday, December 24, and Sunday, December 25, from 4 to 9 p.m, Oak Grill inside the Island Hotel will offer the ultimate Christmas Eve meal featuring refined classics and contemporary California cuisine. The prix fixe menu includes choices such as butternut squash ravioli, slow roasted prime rib with winter medley and whipped potatoes; and a dark chocolate peppermint cake for dessert.

(credit:  Mastro’s Restaurant Group)

(credit: Mastro’s Restaurant Group)


Mastro’s Ocean Club
8112 East Coast Hwy
Newport Beach, CA 92657
(949) 376-6990
www.mastrosrestaurants.com

For those looking for a serious upgrade on the usual family holiday traditions, Mastro’s Ocean Club overlooking the Pacific in Newport Coast is the ideal destination for an unforgettable celebration this season. On Christmas, guests will enjoy sizzling steaks, perfectly chilled bottles of champagne, a jaw-dropping seafood tower with enchanting dry ice, and decadent sides such as lobster mashed potatoes. To round off the special day, diners will satisfy their sweet tooth with Mastro’s beloved Signature Butter Cake al a mode. It’s what holiday wish lists are made of.

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(credit: Balboa Bay Club & Resort)


Waterline Restaurant
Balboa Bay Resort
1221 West Coast Hwy
Newport Beach, CA 92663
(888) 445-7153
www.balboabayresort.com

Celebrate an authentic Southern California coastal Christmas Eve dinner along the waterfront at Balboa Bay Resort’s Waterline. Enjoy a traditional four course holiday dinner as Christmas spirit fills the air with holiday tunes and festive decor. Guests dining on the night before Christmas will feast on items like their Calvados Cured Salmon Crudo with fennel and watercress, quince vinaigrette, and pumpernickel crisp, as well as a warm appetiers like a Taglitelli pasta with jumbo prawns. Then, move on to entrees including a steamed sustainable local sea bass, or a rougie seared duck breast and a roasted prime filet of beef. For dessert, bite into their delicious orange chocolate praline tart and other options!

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(credit: THE RANCH Restaurant & Saloon)


The Ranch Restaurant
1025 E Ball Rd
Anaheim, CA 92805
(714) 817-4200
www.theranch.com

Known to have the best steaks in Orange County, The Ranch Restaurant is a sophisticated locale with farm fresh seasonal steaks and seafood dishes within an elegant interior. Join this O.C. institution on Christmas Eve in this huge Anaheim restaurant. Items include a pumpkin ravioli with hazelnuts and sage, cornmeal fried Pacific oysters, veal and ricotta meatballs, and a Nebraska-raised Wagyu beef tartare toast. For seconds, dine on delicious salads, before you move on to main courses which will offer you the option of a delicious lamb shank, a Mediterranean sea bass, and a lobster and filet combo. Then, get your eggnog popsicle or a hand crafted pumpkin tart to finish your tasty dinner! Dinner is from 5pm to 9pm. See a full menu here.

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(credit: Summit House Restaurant)


Summit House Restaurant
2000 E Bastanchury Rd
Fullerton, CA 92835
(714) 671-4111
www.summithouse.com

Summit House Restaurant embodies a fine dining experience featuring a well-rounded selection of English style fare infused with California flair, and a sophisticated wine program. A few highlights of this year’s special holiday menu include: Chesapeake crab cakes, a seaside sampler (for four), a prawn cocktail, artichoke hearts and much more to start. Then, move on to soup and salads like their blue cheese iceberg wedges. Some of the stand out main course selections include: roast prime ribs of beef with stock yards of Chicago prime ribs slow roasted and carved to order, served with classic creamed corn, creamed spinach and Yorkshire pudding, or twin lobster tails, an Alaskan halibut, and a Chilean sea bass. There’s plenty more to choose from though, including sides and desserts, too!

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(credit: Antonello)


Antonello Ristorante
3800 S Plaza Dr
Santa Ana, CA 92704
(714) 751-7153
www.antonelloristorante.com

Santa has a long night ahead of him on Christmas Eve so it is safe to hedge your bet that he is going to stop by Antonello Ristorante before climbing into that sled of his. He’s heard from the elves where the antipasto, primi, secondi and dolce is just as great as the one Mrs. Claus makes. Who would’ve thought Italian food was so popular in the North Pole? So this Christmas Eve delight your taste buds with 4 different holiday menus on offering. You can view the entire menus by visiting www.antonello.com/menus/.

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(credit: Bistango)


Bistango
19100 Von Karman Ave
Irvine, CA 92612
(949) 752-5222
www.bistango.com

Bistango has designed a special Christmas Eve menu this year to really get fa-la-la-la about. Don’t come expecting figgy pudding, sugar plums, or traditional holiday dishes though, because you are about to embark on a culinary sleigh ride that you will be dreaming about well into the new year. There will be a limited regular menu featuring a three-course prix-fixe menu . Reservation hours will be from 4pm to 9pm with live music getting you into the spirit from 6pm to 10pm from the Larry Fresch Trio Band.

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(credit: Bayside)


Bayside Restaurant
900 Bayside Dr
Newport Beach, CA 92660
(949) 721-1222
www.baysiderestaurant.com

Bayside Restaurant is offering their regular menu featuring a three course prixe-fixe menu from 3:30pm to 8:30pm along with live music from 4:30pm to 9:30pm from pianist Norm Abejon and vocalist Liela Avila.

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