Where to Dine on Christmas Eve and Day in Houston 2015

Give yourself the gift of no dishes this Christmas.
Give yourself the gift of no dishes this Christmas.

Christmas will be here before you know it. We're sure you're busy with all of the holiday mayhem, so why not knock one thing all off of your to-do list by letting these Houston restaurants take care of Christmas dinner for you? From elegant multi-course feasts to buffets the kids will love, here's where to dine on Christmas Eve and Day in Houston:

Note: Don’t forget to make your reservations quickly, as these spots are bound to fill up!

ON CHRISTMAS EVE:

Artisans Restaurant
3201 Louisiana, 713-529-9111 

Share a special Christmas Eve surrounded by friends, family, and a decadent multi-course meal from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. For $80 per person, start with a vichyssoise amuse bouche, then indulge in dishes like foie gras and duck confit, sweetbread in puff pastry, l’orange stuffed quail, and a chocolate Christmas yule log.

B&B Butchers & Restaurant
1814 Washington, 713-862-1814 

The restaurant will be open for lunch and dinner with their regular menu on Christmas Eve. The Butcher Shop is also offering a festive Christmas take-out menu, available all month with a 48-hour notice.

Backstreet Cafe
1103 S. Shepherd, 713-521-2239

Enjoy a three-course night-before Christmas meal, complete with complimentary eggnog for $52 per person, plus beverage and gratuity. Guests can choose from starters such as stuffed breast of quail or clams and mussels before moving on to your choice of main course, including roasted beef tenderloin, lobster risotto, and pistachio-crusted lamb chops. Dessert choices include apple crostada, warm dark chocolate cake, and date and macadamia nut bread pudding.

benjy's
Rice Village: 2424 Dunstan, 713-522-7602 
Washington: 5922 Washington, 713-868-1131

Both locations (Benjy’s in the Village and Benjy’s on Washington) will be open until 9 p.m. on Christmas Eve. The regular dinner menus will be served.

Big Eyed Fish 
908 Henderson, 713-714-8367

Big Eyed Fish will be open Christmas Eve from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m., and will present each table with a small gift.

Bistro Provence
13616 Memorial, 713-827-8008 

This cozy French bistro will be open for a special three-course Christmas Eve dinner for $60 per person, plus tax and gratuity. With open seating from 6 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., feast on dishes like foie gras terrine, lobster bisque, herb-crusted rack of lamb, or seared duck breast a l’orange. For dessert, choose between a fruit Bûche de Noel or chocolate marquise. A $30 deposit via PayPal confirms the reservation and will be forfeited for cancellations made less than 48 hours in advance. The regular menu will not be available Christmas Eve. 

Brennan's of Houston
3300 Smith, 713-522-9711

Enjoy a NOLA-style three-course dinner with seatings from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Start with dishes like wood-grilled smoked Matagorda oysters, lobster and cognac bisque, or Brennan's famous turtle soup before moving on to the big guns. Choose from main entrees including creole lobster bouillabaisse, wood-grilled filet mignon, or honey-roasted duck. Make sure to save room for Brennan's famous tableside Bananas Foster or a big slice of Mississippi mud pie.

Carmelo's Ristorante Italiano
14795 Memorial, 281-531-0696 

This Christmas Eve, the Italian restaurant will be serving up your favorites, plus a few specials, during its regular hours.

Charivari
2521 Bagby, 713-521-7231

Christmas Eve dinner will be served from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Enjoy an a la carte menu featuring pumpkin lobster bisque, pan fried foie gras, Christmas duck, weiner schnitzel, and a Swiss chocolate hazelnut tart, among other delectable holiday eats. 

Etoile Cuisine et Bar
1101 Uptown Park, 832-668-5808
Enjoy a  3-course prix-fixe menu ($65 adults, $28 kids). Choices include Bisque De Homard (Maine lobster bisque with Gulf shrimp, fresh herbs and creme fraiche); Foie Gras de Canard au Torchon (cold duck foie gras terrine, dried prune mousseline, toasted brioche); Filet de Loup de Mer (pan roasted sea bass, snow peas, fingerling potatoes, roasted cauliflower, coconut and lemongrass emulsion); Saint Jacques Roties et Raviolis (Maine diver scallops, wild mushroom raviolis, baby spinach, port wine sauce); and Crêpe Soufflés Suzette (crêpe soufflé with Grand Marnier custard and blood orange sorbet), to name a few. 

Helen Greek Food and Wine 
2429 Rice, 832-831-7133 
Guests will enjoy a mouthwatering array of special items for the holiday in addition to the regular dinner menu for one night only. Specials include Rice Stuffed Quail with roasted chestnuts and grapes, a traditional Christmas Pig, and honey cookies with walnuts, orange and brandy.

Holley’s Seafood Restaurant & Oyster Bar
3201 Louisiana #101; 713-491-2222

Holley'swill be serving their regular menu on Christmas Eve. Enjoy their famous Benne Seed Parkerhouse Rolls with poblano “pimento” cheese, smoked drum mousse, and pickled veggies (when they're out, they're out). Last seating is at 9 p.m.

Hugo's
1600 Westheimer, 713-524-7744
Enjoy a decadent Buffet de Noche Buena (Christmas Eve buffet) with live music by Viento for $39 per person and $12 per child plus beverages, tax and gratuity.

Monarch Bistro at Hotel Zaza
5701 Main, 713-527-1800
Join Hotel ZaZa for a delicious a la carte Christmas Eve dinner at Monarch. Specials include Bandera Quail with corn bread and sausage stuffing, Prime Rib Roast with herb spätzle, and Huckleberry Cobbler.

Morton’s The Steakhouse
1001 McKinney, 713-659-3700 
5000 Westheimer, 713-629-1946

Morton’s The Steakhouse will be open and serving steakhouse favorites from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Christmas Eve.

Pass & Provisions
807 Taft, 713-628-9020

The last night of The Pass's four night "Feast of the Seven Fishes" is sure to be a fantastic one. Tickets are $125 (tax and gratuity not included), with beverage pairings available for $75. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Gregory Lincoln Elementary School's Culinary Program. Call for tickets. Dinner is at 6 p.m.

Paul’s Kitchen 
2502 Algerian, 713-360-2002

Enjoy a four-course feast featuring dishes such as butternut squash soup with duck confit fritter, wild boar cocoa pappardelle, pepper-berry-crusted filet, and pumpkin and pecan bread pudding. Cost is $65 per person or $100 with wine pairings.

Pour Society
947 Gessner, 832-831-0950

Pour Society will offer lunch and dinner on Christmas Eve from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Enjoy a variety of menu items from Chef Greg Lowry while toasting friends and family at the Gateway restaurant's 40 ft bar. 

Quattro - Four Seasons Hotel Houston
1300 Lamar, 713-276-4700 

From 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., enjoy a special three-course feast featuring an extensive appetizer and dessert buffet and choice of five main courses. The appetizer buffet is set to include items from raw bar with chilled Gulf shrimp, Maine crab claws, fresh shucked Louisiana oysters, New Zealand mussels, and an American farmstead cheese display. Cost is $65/adult, $35/children (age 5-12), and free for children 4 and under.

Radio Milano
800 Sorella Court, 713-827-3545

The modern Italian restaurant will be offering a festive, four-course menu priced at $75 per person. Indulge in dishes like porchetta with chestnut spread, apple and Barolo glaze; quail with wild seasonal mushrooms, potato cake and cipollines; and apple tart with calvados ice cream and caramel sauce. The Christmas Eve menu will be offered from 5 until 9 pm

Rainbow Lodge
2011 Ella, 713-861-8666 

Houston's most romantic restaurant will be open on Christmas Eve from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Ristorante Cavour
1080 Uptown Park Boulevard, 713-418-1104

This elegant restaurant inside Hotel Granduca will be offering a four-course Christmas Eve Dinner featuring lobster bisque, porcini mushroom risotto, choice of pan-roasted lamb with marsala truffle sauce or black-olive crusted sturgeon, and Bûche de Noël ($75 per person).

Smith & Wollensky
4007 Westheimer, 713-621-7555 
This Highland Village steakhouse will be open on Christmas Eve until 9 p.m. Specials include a Porterhouse for Two and "Surf & Turf" Bone-In Sirloin and Angry Lobster Tail from our Winter Menu and Holiday Wines By The Glass and "Cellar Steals" Bottle List., where guests can enjoy premium wines by the glass that are normally just offered by the bottle, and some specially priced premium wines from the library, selected by their Sommelier for the holiday season.

Songkran Thai Kitchen 
1101-08 Uptown Park, 713-993-9096
2258 Texas, 281-670-8525

Both the Galleria and Sugar Land locations will be open on Christmas Eve.

Sud Italia 
2347 University, 713-664-7571

Sud Italia will be offering lunch service from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Feast of the Seven Fishes dinner service from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Christmas Eve. Enjoy octopus carpaccio, smoked salmon rosettes, tuna tartar, filet of cod, mussels in white wine, linguine vongole, and stuffed fresh water trout.

TABLE on Post Oak
1800 Post Oak, 713-439-1000
Enjoy a la carte specials, including chestnut soup, foie gras raviolo, and chapon with Pinot Noir sauce, beginning at 5 p.m. 

Tarakaan
2301 Main 832-487-9096 

This hot Midtown resto and lounge will be open and serving their regular menu on Christmas Eve.

Underbelly
1100 Westheimer, 713-528-9800 
Underbelly’s Christmas Eve dinner is inspired by one of Chef Chris Shepherd's favorite holiday movies, A Christmas Story, as the resto’ will be bringing some of the iconic dishes and moments from the movie to life. The four courses feature Houston holiday favorites (think pimiento cheese and charcuterie and Javi’s tamales); “Chop Suey Palace” dishes like Peking duck and crab meat fried rice; "Meatloaf, Smeatloaf, Double Beatloaf" with the appropriate fixin’s; and cookie trees and Fuuuuuuudge for dessert. The will be offering seatings at 5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. ($70 per adult, $30 per kid).

Union Kitchen
Bellaire: 4057 Bellaire, 713-661-0025
Memorial: 12538 Memorial, 713-360-2000
Kingwood: 23918 US-59, 832-644-9067

All three Union Kitchen locations will be open for regular hours, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., on Christmas Eve. To make dining out a special affair, there will also be a prix fixe menu available. 

ON CHRISTMAS DAY:

Babin’s Seafood House 
Katy: 21851 Katy, 281-829-9200
Willowbrook: 17485 Tomball, 281-477-9300
Woodlands: 19529 IH 45, 281-296-8829

Enjoy a New Orleans-style Christmas Day dinner at all three locations. Reservations start at 3 p.m.

Brady's Landing
8505 Cypress, 713-928-9921

Celebrate with an extravagant Xmas buffet featuring crisp waffles, made to order omelets, prime rib and pork loin carving stations, fresh shellfish, and traditional holiday fixin's like whole roasted turkey, baked ham, and holiday pies and desserts. There will also be complimentary Champagne and a special visit from Santa. The buffet will be offered from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. for $43.95 per adult ($41.95 for seniors/military, $20.95 for kids).

Brenner’s on the Bayou
1 Birdsall, 713-868-4444 

The steakhouse will be serving Christmas Day dinner from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Brenner’s Steakhouse
10911 Katy, 713-465-2901 

The steakhouse will be serving Christmas Day dinner from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Carmelo's Ristorante Italiano
14795 Memorial, 281-531-0696 

Visit this Italian restaurant on Christmas Day for a special holiday brunch from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. ($39.95/person, $20/ child under 12). Feast on pollo osso buco, rigatoni gratinati, prime rib, spicy veal meatballs, seabass rollatini, and honey baked ham. And don't forget about dessert — there will be mini cannoli, tiramisu, and bread pudding, among plenty of other delicious sweets.

Charivari
2521 Bagby, 713-521-7231

The restaurant will be open for dinner from noon to 8 p.m. on Christmas Day. Enjoy an a la carte menu featuring pumpkin lobster bisque, pan fried foie gras, Christmas duck, weiner schnitzel, and a Swiss chocolate hazelnut tart, among other delectable holiday eats.

Damian’s Cucina Italiana
3011 Smith Street, 713-522-0439 

The restaurant is dressed for the season with mistletoe and will be offering guests the regular menu with a special focus on well-priced Italian wine.

Hearsay on the Green 
1515 Dallas, 832-377-3362

Indulge in a three-course Christmas Day feast for $48 per person. Highlights include foie gras with apples and cinnamon, NY strip with au gratin potatoes, and pumpkin cheesecake.

Hubbell & Hudson Bistro
24 Waterway, 281-203-5641

Enjoy a three-course, prix fixe menu on Christmas day from noon to 8 pm. Menu highlights include Roasted Bone Marrow with bacon jam, crispy octopus and charred baguette bread; Sea Salt & Herb Crusted Prime Rib with truffle potato puree, horseradish cream sauce, beef jus and grilled asparagus; and Gingerbread Spiced Tres Leches with meringue and cranberry passion fruit sauce. The dinner is priced at $69 per person. For the young ones, Hubbell & Hudson will also offer a kids menu priced at $12 for those 12 and under. Menu items include Meatballs & Fettuccini, Chicken Tenders, Signature Grilled Cheese Sandwich and Cheeseburger.

Kiran’s
4100 Westheimer, 713-960-8472 

Enjoy a Christmas Day Mistletoe Buffet with three separate seatings: 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Start with spiced hot chocolate, then enjoy crab cake eggs Benny, a leg of lamb carving station, a lineup of Indian eats like tandoori salmon, chicken tikka masala, and bison meatballs, and desserts including pistachio kheer, ginger crème brulee, and white chocolate bread pudding. Kids can enjoy hot cocoa & donuts, chicken nuggets & sliders, macaroni and cheese, and an assortment of cupcakes. Cost is $60 per guest / $25 for children under 12 / under 5 complimentary.

Morton’s The Steakhouse
1001 McKinney, 713-659-3700 
5000 Westheimer, 713-629-1946

Morton’s The Steakhouse will be open and serving steakhouse favorites from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Christmas Day.

Quattro - Four Seasons Hotel Houston
1300 Lamar, 713-276-4700 

The Four Seasons restaurant will be open for both brunch and dinner. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., indulge in a sumptuous Christmas brunch , featuring mimosas, bloody Marys, a turkey carving station, antipasti table, full raw bar, handmade pasta, dessert display, and more ($92 per adult; $39 per child ages 5-12). For dinner, enjoy and antipasti and dessert buffet alongside your choice of five courses ($65 per adult, $35 per child ages 5-12). The appetizer buffet is set to include items from raw bar with chilled Gulf shrimp, Maine crab claws, fresh shucked Louisiana oysters, New Zealand mussels, and an American farmstead cheese display.

Ruth's Chris Steak House
5433 Westheimer, 713-840-1433

The steakhouse will be open from noon to 8 p.m. on Christmas Day.

Smith & Wollensky
4007 Westheimer, 713-621-7555 

This Highland Village steakhouse will be open on Christmas Day until 9 p.m. Specials include a Porterhouse for Two and "Surf & Turf" Bone-In Sirloin and Angry Lobster Tail from our Winter Menu and Holiday Wines By The Glass and "Cellar Steals" Bottle List., where guests can enjoy premium wines by the glass that are normally just offered by the bottle, and some specially priced premium wines from the library, selected by their Sommelier for the holiday season.

We will be updating this list throughout the weeks leading up to Christmas. Please let us know if you'd like to be included at dish@houstonpress.com.

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