Best Christmas Eve Dinner in Orange County

December 19, 2014 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: Summit House Restaurant)

(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; Seaside Sampler; and Cabbage, Leek and Potato Soup with central coast creamery blue cheese crumbles for starters. The 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 Christmas Duck, Grimaud Farms Muscovy duckling slow roasted over oak wood / Valencia orange demi glace, red rice, eston lentils and black quinoa pilaf.

(credit: Michael Mina)

(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 with Executive Chef Raj Dixit this 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 dungeness crabmeat; 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.

(credit: Tempo Urban Kitchen)

(credit: Tempo Urban Kitchen)


Tempo Urban Kitchen
1060 Imperial Hwy
Brea, CA 92821
(714) 529-2900
www.tempourbankitchen.com

Tempo Urban Kitchen is a “Chef-driven, farm-to-table dining experience” highlighting a menu of the freshest ingredients in one-of-a-kind presentations. The Christmas Eve holiday tasting menu presented by Executive Chef Derrick Forster is available with or without wine pairing and will feature Chestnut Guinness Soup; Salt Cod Gnocchi with lemon, pine nuts and raisins; Tasting of Winter Squashes; Duck, apple and cabbage; Holiday Ham Style Pork Cheek with pineapple, gravy and potato; and Rum Cake with egg nog ice cream and cinnamon to finish the night! Reservations are recommended.

(credit: Anaheim White House)

(credit: Anaheim White House)


Anaheim White House
887 S Anaheim Blvd
Anaheim, CA 92805
(714) 772-1381
www.anaheimwhitehouse.com

Spend Christmas Eve with friends and family at Orange County’s iconic Italian steakhouse with a four-course dinner fit for three kings. Appetizers begin with Tempura Artichoke Hearts friend in a tempura butter topped with Burrata cheese, Italian pesto and spiced aioli; a choice of Chef Salad served with locally farmed greens or Watercress Soup; and Filet & Lobster, oven roasted with an Italian Gorgonzola cheese sauce paired with Atlantic lobster tail in a champagne sauce; or Prime Rib seasoned with onions, garlic and fresh herbs, oven roasted over rock salt with Au jus and horseradish cream. Those with a sweet tooth will be thrilled with the Chocolate Illusion which is a cylinder of chocolate made from praline and butter wafers with a pride cream.

(credit: Balboa Bay Club & Resort)

(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 Crab and Artichoke Dip with nori bread; Tuna Trio served with green pea ginger, tomato galangal, creme fraiche and shiso; a choice of Sea Bass en Papillotte; Seared Duck Breast; or Grilled Prime Rib Eye. For dessert, a Chocolate Yule Log with praline anglaise or Sticky Toffee Pudding with citrus confit and espresso ice cream.

(credit: Antonello)

(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 Carpaccio di Polpo (octopus); Cinghiale Pepato (smoked wild boar); Ravioli d’Aragosta (lobster ravioli); Risotto with porcini mushrooms and black truffle; Filetto di Manzo al Gorgonzola (filet of beef); Chilean Sea Bass; and Torta della Nonna or Cioccolata e Zabaglione for dessert.

(credit: Bistango)

(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. Highlights from the first course include: Grilled Texas Quail with maple chile, Swiss chard, pancetta couscous and a shallot marmalade; and a Shrimp & Asiago Ravioli with saffron tomato cream sauce. Next, choose from Roasted Duckling, Balsamic Rosemary Glazed Prime Rib or Shrimp & Lobster Zarzuela, and finally dive into a piece of White Chocolate Cheesecake or Black Forest Cake before it’s time for Jolly St. Nick to arrive.

(credit: Bayside)

(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 an appetizer of compressed Maine Lobster Salad and Snow Crab Claw with lemon aioli, crushed avocado and petit greens; Oven Roasted Rack of Lamb with Yukon gold mashed potatoes, seasonal vegetables and grain mustard port wine sauce, or Mushroom Crusted Chilean Sea Bass with riesling sauce, asparagus and potato puree for an entree; and choice of dessert. Specials for the evening include: Roasted Goose Breast, Grilled Loin of Venison, Roasted Muscovy Duck Breast and Ragu of Wild Boar “Bolognese.”

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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