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Where to Dine Out in Houston This Christmas Eve and Christmas Day 2023

Enjoy a festive Christmas Eve with food and wine at CRU.
Enjoy a festive Christmas Eve with food and wine at CRU. Photo by Robert Tsai
From family-friendly holiday buffets to luxe prix fixe affairs decked with festive food and drink, these Houston restaurants are making the holidays better with Christmas Eve and Christmas Day dining.

Christmas Eve

Backstreet Cafe, 1103 South Shepherd
Christmas Eve Supper runs from 5 to 9 p.m., with a three-course dinner menu with complimentary eggnog for $55 per person plus beverages, tax and gratuity.

Bari Ristorante, 4444 Westheimer
A special curated Christmas Eve menu will be available alongside its regular à la carte menu from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Benny Chows
, 1818 Washington
The festively decorated modern Chinese hotspot will be open for Christmas Eve dinner until 10 p.m.

Brennan’s of Houston, 3300 Smith
The Creole fine dining restaurant will offer a special Christmas Eve menu, available by reservations only (713-522-9711) and with seatings at 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for brunch and and 5 to 8:30 p.m. for dinner

Brenner’s on the Bayou, 1 Birdsall
The bayouside steakhouse will be open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. this Christmas Eve.

Brenner’s Steakhouse, 10911 Katy Freeway
A Houston tradition since 1936, Brenner’s will be open for dinner from 4 to 10 p.m. this holiday eve.

Caracol, 2200 Post Oak
The Buffet de Noche Buena (Christmas Eve buffet) runs from 5 to 8 p.m., with live music by Ikaru. Cost is $52 per person and $15 per child.

Cocody Restaurant & Bar, 1971 West Gray
The new River Oaks stunner will be open on Christmas Eve from 6 to 11 p.m. serving a special four-course menu for $120 per person plus beverages, tax and gratuity. Highlights include duo of black truffle scallop and smoked duck foie gras, Chilean sea bass and caviar, beef wellington in Cognac mushroom sauce and a St-Germain chocolate vanilla Christmas log.

CRU, 2800 Kirby, 9595 Six Pines
Enjoy a festive Christmas Eve dinner from 4 to 10 p.m., with a la carte options or a three-course prix fixe for $55. Highlights include ahi tartare, black truffle fonduta ravioli, cast iron jumbo scallops, filet mignon and Christmas creme brulee.

Doris Metropolitan, 2815 South Shepherd
The buzzy steakhouse will be open its regular hours this Christmas Eve.

Etoile Cuisine et Bar, 1101-11 Uptown Park
Christmas Eve dinner runs from 5 to 9 p.m. featuring a three-course menu for $84 for adults and $34 per child (ages 10 and under), plus beverages, tax and gratuity. Dine on duck foie gras au torchon, Chilean sea bass with orange-carrot mousseline, buche de noel and more.

Hamsa, 5555 Morningside
The Rice Village stunner will be open its regular hours on Christmas Eve, offering its fan favorite salatim, hummus and pita, charred skewers and more.

Hugo's, 1600 Westheimer
Hugo's Buffet de Noche Buena runs from 5 to 8 p.m., featuring live music by Viento. Cost is $52 per person and $15 per child.

Kenny & Ziggy’s, 1743 Post Oak
The New York style deli will be open on Christmas Eve until 8 p.m.

Molina’s Cantina, multiple locations
The cantinas will be open on Christmas Eve with the last seating at 8:30 p.m.

Money Cat, 2925 Richmond
The Kirby Grove Japanese spot will be open regular hours on Christmas Eve.

Ouisie's Table, 3939 San Felipe
Enjoy a Christmas Eve ala carte menu from 5 to 10 p.m., with fegular favorites, holiday specials and a dessert cart.

Pastore, 1180 Dunlavy
Pastore's Feast of Seven Fishes will run from December 18-24. For $75 per person, guests will receive five courses featuring a fresh Little Gems Salad, traditional Italian seafood soup Cioppino, ‘Nduja Caramelle made with scallops and housemade ‘nduja, Heart Roasted Branzino Puttanesca and sweet Apple Torte. All guests at the table must participate to order. Regular menu will still be offered during this time, including brunch menu on Christmas Eve, Sunday, December 24.

Perry’s Steakhouse, multiple locations
Guests are invited to spend Christmas Eve with Perry’s and enjoy a 3-course prix fixe menu from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. starting at $69 per person when you dine at 5:30 p.m. or earlier and $79 per person after 5:45 p.m. Reservations are limited (and Santa might be stopping by).

Pier 6 Seafood & Oyster House, 113 6th
Executive Chef Joe Cervantez and team will offer a special Christmas Even menu alongside wood-fired oysters, chilled seafood platters and other tide-to-table delights. Enjoy holiday decor throughout the restaurant, plus an appearance from Santa from 2 to 7 p.m. The bar will offer happy hour pricing all day, plus Pumpkin Spiced Espresso Martini and P6 Eggnog for $14 each.

Phat Eatery, 23119 Colonial
The Malaysian standout will close at 9 p.m. on Christmas Eve, offering its regular menu and a Wagyu Beef Rendang Wellington special.

Prego, 2520 Amherst
The restaurant will be open noon to 9 p.m., offering its regular menu and nightly specials including Osso Bucco with local mushroom risotto, Parmesan-crusted Gulf Red Snapper with jumbo lump crabmeat and Veal Chop Milanese.

Rainbow Lodge, 2011 Ella
The restaurant will be open for Christmas Eve dinner from 5 to 9 p.m. with its regular a la carte menu.

Roma Ristorante, 2347 University
Roma is bringing the age-old Italian-American tradition, the Feast of the Seven Fishes, on Christmas Eve this year. The multi-course menu ($69.50) will showcase a tour of the sea, with dishes from octopus salad and fried calamari to lobster ravioli and tonno grigliato (grilled tuna).

Rosalie Italian Soul, 400 Dallas
The gorgeous C. Baldwin spot will offer a Christmas Eve Feast of the Seven Fishes from 5 to 10 p.m. for $75 per person.

The Rustic Post Oak, 1121 Uptown Park
The Post Oak location will host a Christmas Day Dinner, available from 5 to 9 p.m. at $38 per person. Dine on your choice of Roasted Half Chicken or Prime Rib, plus family-style sides of green beans, jalapeño spoon bread and fully loaded twice baked potato and peanut butter pie for dessert.

Tobiuo Sushi & Bar, 23501 Cinco Ranch
The Katy favorite will be open regular hours on Christmas Eve.

Truluck's, 5350 Westheimer
The Houston location will be open on Christmas Eve to serve guests from 2 to 8 p.m, with its regular menu, specialty cocktails like the bourbon-based Holiday Nog or a Nutcracker Rum Punch and a special Peppermint Chocolate Cake dessert.

Verandah Progressive Indian Restaurant, 3300 Kirby
Chef Sunil Srivastava will offer a special three-course, prix fixe menu for two, with dishes reflecting the ancient foods from pan-seared duck with spiced orange cranberry sauce and stuffed eggplant with korma sauce to sweet rice with nuts and raisins. Reservations are required and cost is $150 for two including a glass of wine.

Xochi, 1777 Walker
The Buffet de Noche Buena (Christmas Eve buffet) runs from 5 to 8 p.m., with live music by Media Luna. Cost is $52 per person and $15 per child.
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Christmas dining can get decadent at luxe Cantonese spot Benny Chows.
Photo by Norton Creative

Christmas Day

The Audrey, 9595 Six Pines
The Audrey will offer a dine-in Christmas special three-course menu ($65 per person), with highlights including lobster bisque or holiday salad, herb crusted prime rib with au jus and horseradish cream, and red velvet cheesecake.

Badolina Bakery
, 5555 Morningside
Fuel up for the holiday with coffee, sweet and savory pastries, freshly baked goods dine-in or to-go from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Christmas Day.

Bari Ristorante, 4444 Westheimer
A special curated Christmas Day menu with regular menu available à la carte will be available from noon to 10 p.m.

Benny Chows, 1818 Washington
The festively decorated modern Chinese hotspot will be open all day with lunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. followed by dinner service until 10 p.m.

Bloom & Bee, 1600 West Loop South
The Post Oak Hotel restaurant is celebrating Christmas with a special three-course menu featuring seasonal specialties. Reservations are highly encouraged through OpenTable. Cost is $105 for adults and $55 for children, tax and gratuity not included.

Brenner’s on the Bayou, 1 Birdsall
The bayouside steakhouse will be open from 5 to 9 p.m. this Christmas.

Brenner’s Steakhouse, 10911 Katy Freeway
A Houston tradition since 1936, Brenner’s will be open for dinner from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. this holiday.

Cleburne Cafeteria, 3606 Bissonnet
With traditional recipes that date back almost 80 years, the restaurant will be open and welcome guests for dine-in or takeout from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Christmas Day.

Duck N Bao, 5535 Memorial, 17333 Spring Cypress
Specializing in peking duck, soup dumplings and Sichuan cuisine, Duck N Bao will be open regular hours on Christmas Day.

Hamsa, 5555 Morningside
The Rice Village stunner will be open its regular hours on Christmas Day, offering its fan favorite salatim, hummus and pita, charred skewers and more.

Hongdae 33, 9889 Bellaire
Spend Christmas Day enjoying all you can eat Korean bbq as the restaurant is open its regular hours this holiday.

La Colombe d’Or, 3410 Montrose
Indulge in Christmas Day dining with breakfast, brunch and dinner service that will feature an à la carte ‘Christmas Day’ menu as well as the restaurant’s daily, seasonal menus. The ‘Christmas Day’ menu features appetizer specials including lamb enmoladas, short rib bourguignon and a roasted Chilean sea bass.

Phat Eatery, 23119 Colonial
The Malaysian standout will close at 9 p.m. on Christmas Eve, offering its regular menu and a Wagyu Beef Rendang Wellington special.

Red Lion Pub, 2316 South Shepherd
The 20-year-old pub’s Turkey Dinner Plates are priced at $38 per person, featuring classic holiday dishes including turkey, sage stuffing (available plain or spicy), yams, Brussels sprouts, mashed potatoes, roast potatoes, green beans, carrots, cranberry sauce and rich gravy. Hours of operation on Christmas Day are 11 a.m. to midnight. Walk-ins are first-come, first-served, and reservations are required for parties of eight or more.

Rockhouse Southern Kitchen, 6025 Richmond
The vibe dining favorite will be open from 4 p.m. to midnight on Christmas Day.

The Warwick, 5888 Westheimer
Known for its flashy food and drinks, the restaurant will be open for Christmas Day dining from 4 to 10 p.m.

We will be updating this list in the days leading up to Christmas. If you have a restaurant to add, please send details to [email protected].
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