Best Restaurants For Christmas Eve Dinner in Orange County

December 22, 2015 5:00 AM

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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. SoCal residents truly embrace the tradition of Christmas Eve dinner and despite what you might think, the rumors are true… Mrs. Claus is the first one making reservations.

(credit: Bruno’s Italian Kitchen)

(credit: Bruno’s Italian Kitchen)


Brunos Italian Kitchen
210 W. Birch St.
Brea, CA 92821
(714) 257-1000
www.brunosbrea.com

Recently voted Best Italian Restaurant in Orange County, Brunos Italian Kitchen offers soul-satisfying Italian cuisine with a contemporary twist. This trattoria will be open Christmas Eve from 4pm to 9pm offering its signature dishes such as Bucatini di Cinghiale Pasta, made with wild boar sausage, pancetta, tomatoes, radicchio trevisano and red wine.

(credit: Cha Cha’s Latin Kitchen)

(credit: Cha Cha’s Latin Kitchen)


Cha Cha’s Latin Kitchen
110 W. Birch St.
Brea, CA 92821
(714) 240-1055
www.chachaslatinkitchen.com

Offering a Latin inspired menu adapting the culinary heritage of Mexico and Latin America to a fresh modern style, this energetic Mexican restaurant in Brea Downtown will be be open Christmas Eve from 11:30am to 9:30pm. The menu will feature its traditional favorites such as Fresh Mahi Mahi, pan-roasted and served with sauteed calabasitas, fresh corn, drizzled with a lemon-herb vinaigrette; or the Wood-Oven Carnitas, slow braised, marinated pork with Achiote onion, fresh salsa, black beans, rice and corn tortillas.

(credit: Hotel Irvine)

(credit: Hotel Irvine)


EATS Kitchen & Bar
Hotel Irvine
17900 Jamboree Road
Irvine, CA 92614
(888) 230-4452
www.HotelIrvine.com

On Christmas Eve, Chef Jason is hand-picking a selection of featured dishes from the ‘Twelve Days of Christmas’ for a four-course prix fixe menu to celebrate the holiday and will be keeping the celebration going well into the new year. Some standouts include: Partridge in a Pear Tree with pear bruschetta, quail egg and port reduction, Six Geese a Laying with six-spice duck breast, maple glaze, butternut squash puree and foie jus, and Three French Hens with jidori chicken, roasted cippolini onions, mushrooms, black garlic puree and red wine jus. Don’t miss out on the Pink Lady cocktail either, which features even more Christmas cheer with Chambord, Hendricks Gin, lemon juice and cream.

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(credit: K’ya Bistro)


K’ya Bistro
La Casa del Camino Hotel
1287 S Coast Hwy
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
(855) 990-0281
www.kyabistro.com

Located inside the historic La Casa del Camino hotel in the heart of Laguna Beach, K’ya Bistro offers a diverse menu with flavors from the Mediterranean. This Christmas, Executive Chef Craig Connole is offering a special menu on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day where guests can enjoy a traditional holiday meal featuring braised beef short ribs with crushed potato gratin and chestnut demi glaze; honey glazed ham, with green bean casserole, fire roasted apple and crispy onions; and smoked bacon wrapped quail, with gingerbread stuffing and cranberry sauce. For dessert, guests can end the evening with eggnog crème bruleé or peppermint brownie bars.

(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: 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, and a cabbage, leek and potato soup with central coast creamery blue cheese crumbles for starters. 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.

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(credit: Michael Mina)


Stonehill Tavern
1 Monarch Beach Resort
Dana Point, CA 92629
(949) 234-3318
www.michaelmina.net

Santa is about to be very happy at this Michael Mina restaurant for Christmas Eve because he has created a culinary masterpiece that is sure to land him a spot on the “Nice List”. With an impressive optional wine pairing available, Christmas Eve diners can expect to feast on the finest locally-sourced ingredients available. This year’s tasting menu features venison ham glazed with maple syrup, bourbon, red currants and mustard seeds; Cape Cod sea scallops with kuri squash; Apicius glazed goose with chestnuts, quince and black winter truffle; rack of Colorado lamb with langres cheese, smoked potato gnocchi and mint; and Fromage Blanc Cheesecake with pickled cranberry, sultanas and walnut nougat.

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(credit: Oak Grill)


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

Chef Marc Johnson will offer the ultimate Christmas Eve meal featuring refined classics and contemporary California cuisine. The four-course prix fixe menu includes choices such as butternut squash ravioli, slow roasted prime rib with winter medley and whipped potatoes; and a seared salmon with meyer lemon gnocchi and parsnip puree. Guests relax while listening to acoustic fireside music. $100 per adult, with a choice of wine pairings for an additional $25; $25 for children’s menu options; children under five are complimentary.

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(credit:The Ritz Prime Seafood)


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

Celebrate Christmas Eve with some glitz and glam at The Ritz Prime Seafood. In addition to their full dinner menu, The Ritz will be offering a special 3-course Prix Fixe menu with wine pairings. Guests will begin with an amuse bouche from Chef Phil Kastel, then select from a number of appetizers and entrees, and for dessert select from indulgent options like passion fruit creme brulee, Chocolate Flourless Cake or Piper Heidsieck champagne toast. In addition, a festive holiday-themed cocktail will be available for one night only. The prix fixe menu with wine pairings is $150 per person.

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(credit: SOCIAL Costa Mesa)


SOCIAL Costa Mesa
512 W 19th St
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
(949) 642-2425
www.socialcostamesa.com

Join the SOCIAL Costa Mesa team for Christmas Eve as they celebrate with a themed menu based on cult-favorite film A Christmas Story. With the movie playing on a loop at the restaurant, and staff dressed in ugly Christmas sweaters, SOCIAL is the perfect setting for a fun and unique day-before-Christmas outing. And take-out is available too! Chef Jeffrey Boullt’s menu items will all be Chinese-inspired (a la the family’s Christmas dinner), with options like hot and sour soup, Jidori chicken chow mein, honey walnut shrimp, General Tso’s chicken oysters, a whole roasted Mary’s duck complete meal, and many more options.

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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 a potato crisp with foie gras mousse, tuna crudo, seared scallops with califlower and blood orange, as well as main dishes like halibut, seared duck breast with foie gras butter, potato pinwheel, chantrerelle mushrooms and pickled cherries, and a Prime New York steak with truffled potato gnocci and creamed spinach.

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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 for $59. Reservation hours will be from 4pm to 9pm with live music getting you into the spirit from 6pm to 10pm.

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(credit: Bayside)


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

Bayside Restaurant is serving up a three-course pre-fixe menu as well as a selection of Christmas Eve specials on December 24th. Diners will be served items from their regular dinner menu for a three-course prix-fixe menu for $60 between the hours of 4pm to 10pm. Live entertainment will also be on hand from 5pm to 9pm.

Nicole Standley a.k.a. JetSet Mom, is a social influencer + lifestylist covering luxury travel, fine-dining, fashion & pop culture for The JetSet Family. Follow her latest travels and escapades on Instagram, Google+ and Twitter.

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