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Where to Dine Out in Houston on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day 2020

Festively decorated for the holidays, The Annie Cafe & Bar is offering its regular menu and a few chef specials this Christmas Eve.EXPAND
Festively decorated for the holidays, The Annie Cafe & Bar is offering its regular menu and a few chef specials this Christmas Eve.
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Though the holidays may look a bit different this year, these Houston area restaurants are ready to welcome guests (with social distancing protocols, of course) on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day:

Christmas Eve


2840 Restaurant & Bar, 2840 Chimney Rock, 713-299-7821
This Christmas Eve, 2840 Restaurant & Bar will be offering an exclusive Christmas Eve Dinner for dine-in from 4 to 9 p.m. (or order to go and enjoy at home with family).

a’Bouzy, 2300 Westheimer, 713-722-6899

Hit this buzzy bubbly spot for Christmas Eve dine-in, with the regular dinner menu will be served until 10 p.m.

The Annie Café & Bar, 1800 Post Oak, 713-804-1800
The festively decorated restaurant will be open for lunch or dinner on Christmas Eve, with its regular menu and a few specials by executive chef Robert Del Grande. Call 713-804-1800 or visit OpenTable for reservations. The Annie is closed on Christmas Day.

Backstreet Cafe, 1103 South Shepherd, 713-521-2239
The charming restaurant and patio will be open for limited seating Christmas Eve Dinner, offering an à la carte menu with live jazz by Bob Chadwick and complimentary eggnog. Hours run from 3 to 9 p.m.

Bistro 555, 13616 Memorial, 713-827-8008
The French bistro will be offering a special Christmas Eve menu created to give diners a taste of the season as it is in France, with a prix fixe feast ($69++) that can be enjoyed in the restaurant or at-home (order by Tuesday, December 22 for pickup Wednesday, December 23). Dine on foie gras, onion soup, duck à l’orange, buche de noel and more. Christmas Eve dining will feature open seating at 6 p.m.-6:30 p.m. and 8-8:30 p.m. Reservations are required and a $40 deposit via PayPal confirms the reservations. The regular menu will not be available Christmas Eve.

Black Bear Diner
Houston-area locations of Black Bear Diner will be open on Christmas Eve, offering its regular menu in addition to special three-course Holiday Dinners and Family Meals for dine-in and pickup, including the Prime Rib Dinner, Holiday Ham Dinner and Roasted Turkey Dinner. All meals are served with red skinned mashed potatoes with gravy, cornbread stuffing, Italian Green Beans, soup or salad, warm cornbread muffin and pumpkin pie. Prices range from $19.99 to $69.99. 

Bludorn, 807 Taft, 713-999-0146 
The buzzy restaurant is offering a robust three-course menu ($95-per person) featuring signature dishes, as well as two chef exclusives not currently on the menu — Beef Wellington and a holiday-inspired Buche de Noel. Add caviar service and seafood towers as an extra course at an additional cost, and indulge in the season. For those dining with children, Bludorn will also offer a kids’ menu ($35 per child), which gives the option between chicken or salmon, served with a choice of pasta or vegetables and dessert. In the holiday spirit, the restaurant will also give away cookies to take home for Santa.

Brasserie du Parc, 1440 Lamar, 832-879-2802
The brasserie in the heart of downtown will be open on Christmas Eve for lunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with regular menu and for dinner from 5 to 9 p.m. serving a three-course menu for $58 for adults and $22 per child (ages 9 and under), plus tax and gratuity. Dine on duck confit, scallops in lemon beurre blanc, sticky toffee pudding and more.

Brio Italian Grille 
The restaurant will be open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Christmas Eve.

Buca di Beppo
The family-friendly Italian kitchen will be open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Christmas Eve.

Caracol, 2200 Post Oak, 713-622-9996   
The three-course Cena de Noche Buena menu ($49) features dishes such as sopa de bacalao, pescado en papillote, and roasted pineapple pistachio cake, plus more choices and a Christmas punch amuse bouche.

Cleburne Cafeteria, 3606 Bissonnet, 713-667-2386
With traditional recipes that date back almost 80 years, the restaurant will be open and welcome guests for dine-in or takeout on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Dario’s Steakhouse & Seafood, 14315 Cypress Rosehill, 281-304-1825
Take the evening off from the kitchen and head to Dario’s Steakhouse & Seafood for a three-course Christmas Eve dinner. Enjoy a range of pre-fixe options from a savory Prime Rib to Norwegian Salmon topped with Colossal crabmeat & mango cognac sauce. Finish dinner with a Ginger Creme Brulee or other scratchmade sweets. The $85 per person menu is available for takeout or dine-in by reservation, seating at 5, 7 or 9 p.m.

Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse, 5061 Westheimer, 713-355-2600
The Christmas Eve and Day Dine-In Menu (starting at $48/person) includes a 16 or 20-ounce Prime Rib served with au jus and horseradish cream.

Etoile Cuisine et Bar, 1101-11 Uptown Park, 832-668-5808
Etoile will be open on Christmas Eve for lunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. serving its regular menu and for dinner from 5 to 9 p.m. serving a three-course menu for $68 for adults and $25 per child (ages 9 and under), plus beverages, tax and gratuity. Dine on duck foie gras au torchon, winter vegetable risotto, buche de noel and more.

Fielding’s local kitchen + bar, 26400 Kuykendahl, 281-351-2225 
On Christmas Eve, Fielding's local with be open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Hugo's,1602 Westheimer, 713-524-7744
Enjoy a three-course Cena de Noche Buena with live music by Viento. Highlights include tamal Azteca, short rib mole poblano, tres leches and more.

Jonathan’s The Rub, 9061 Gaylord, 12505 Memorial
At Jonathan’s The Rub BYOB, limited inside dining is available from 5:30 to 9 p.m. on Christmas Eve. There will be a special ala-carte Christmas Eve menu featuring a variety of meats, sweets and side dishes. At Jonathan’s The Rub Memorial Green, both lunch and dinner will be available on Christmas Eve with both its regular menu and a host of specials for lunch and then a special ala carte menu served at night. Hours are 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

Kenny & Ziggy’s, 2327 Post Oak Boulevard, 713-871-8889; 5172 Buffalo Speedway, 832-767-1136
Kenny & Ziggy’s will be open on Christmas Eve until 8 p.m.

La Table, 1800 Post Oak, 713-439-1000
The French eatery will be open to celebrate with guests, offering its à la carte menu on Christmas Eve from 5 to 9 p.m.

Le Colonial, 4444 Westheimer, 713-629-4444
The trendy Vietnamese spot will be open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day from 11 a.m. - 10 p.m., offering a prix fixe menu for lunch ($65) and dinner ($85).

Lucille's, 5512 La Branch
Museum District restaurant Lucille’s will showcase it’s well-refined Southern cuisine with a special holiday brunches on Christmas Eve from 10 am to 3 pm. Guests can enjoy Lucille’s signature brunch menu, including favorites like the Croissant French Toast, the Oxtail Omelette, Lobster Benedict, Chicken and Sweet Potato Waffle, Shrimp and Grits, and the Hot Chicken Sandwich alongside its fleet of brunch cocktails.

Marvino’s Italian Steakhouse, 24002 Northwest Freeway, 832-220-7200

Staring at 4 p.m., the three-course menu offers choices of signature plates like Angelotti Pasta and slow-braised Lamb Shank. The final course ends with your choice or Espresso Panna Cotta or four other housemade desserts. Cypress area residents can dine-in or order takeout.

McCormick & Schmick’s
Along with the regular dinner menu, McCormick & Schmick's will be serving an exclusive prix-fixe menu all day on Christmas Eve and Day.

Morton’s The Steakhouse, 1001 McKinney, 713-659-3700; 5000 Westheimer, 713-629-1946 
Morton’s The Steakhouse is open from 4 to 10 p.m. on Christmas Eve, serving families a three-course Chateaubriand menu for $75 per person, minimum of two people. This menu is available for dine-in or to-go. The menu includes a Winter Salad, Chateaubriand for Two, Black Truffle Mashed Cauliflower, Creamed Spinach and Sour Cream Mashed Potatoes and La Bête Noir. Morton’s full a la carte menu will also be available.

Musaafer, 5115 Westheimer, 713-242-8087
The restaurant is offering a special three-course Christmas Eve meal in addition to a la carte service. Festive highlights include a Spiced Turkey Mosaic and Christmas Cake. Reservations are encouraged; the restaurant will be open from 5 p.m. - 10 p.m.

The Oceanaire Seafood Room, 5061 Westheimer, 832-487-8862 
The Oceanaire Seafood Room will be open on Christmas Eve offering an a la carte menu. Hours vary by location.

Ostia, 2032 Dunlavy, 713-324-9288
The restaurant will be open during regular lunch hours from 11:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m., followed by dinner from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. (last seating) on Christmas Eve.

Ouisie’s, 3939 San Felipe, 713-528-2264 
This holiday, the River Oaks restaurant will have its well-decorated dining rooms and its kitchen serving a fitting feast from a special Christmas Eve ala carte menu. The menu includes a number of regular favorites as well as an equal number of holiday specials, plus a variety of desserts from the dessert cart. The Christmas Eve Feast in the restaurant will be available from 5-10 p.m. (the restaurant will close at 11 p.m.) and reservations are encouraged.

The Palm, 6100 Westheimer, 713-977-2544
Guests can enjoy a special Christmas Menu ($75/person), featuring a 26-ounce Prime Rib au jus with choice of two sides and a dessert.

Prego,  2520 Amherst, 713-529-2420
The trattoria will be open noon to 9 p.m. on Christmas Eve, offering their regular menu and nightly specials, including Lobster Fra Diavolo Fettucine, Osso Buco and Veal Chop Milanese.

Rainbow Lodge, 2011 Ella Blvd., 713-861-8666
Houston’s original lodge restaurant will be open on Christmas Eve for dinner service only, with reservations available 5 to 9 p.m., serving its regular a la carte menu.

Safina and The Naturalist Café and Lounge Bar, 6750 Main, 713-422-2779
On Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, Safina and The Naturalist Café and Lounge Bar – located in the swanky InterContinental Houston - Medical Center — will serve a limited menu featuring chef specials such as succulent and tender Slow Braised Short Rib and rich and savory Seafood Cioppino. The restaurant will be open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on both days.

Sylvia’s Enchilada Kitchen, 6401 Woodway, 713-334-7295; 1140 Eldridge, 832-230-3842
Sylvia’s Enchilada Kitchen will be open Christmas Eve 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Tony’s, 3755 Richmond, 713-622-6778 
Tony’s will open and serving its Italian fine dining menu on Christmas Eve.

Traveler’s Table, 520 Westheimer, 832-409-5785
Traveler’s Table will be serving a special Christmas Eve Prix Fixe Menu from 5 to 9 p.m., featuring three courses for $60/per person, plus tax and gratuity.

Xochi, 1777 Walker, 713-400-3330
Christmas Eve Dinner will feature an a la carte menu from 5 to 9 p.m., with live music from 5 to 8.

Christmas Day


Black Bear Diner
Houston-area locations of Black Bear Diner will be open on Christmas Day, offering its regular menu in addition to special three-course Holiday Dinners and Family Meals for dine-in and pickup, including the Prime Rib Dinner, Holiday Ham Dinner and Roasted Turkey Dinner. All meals are served with red skinned mashed potatoes with gravy, cornbread stuffing, Italian Green Beans, soup or salad, warm cornbread muffin and pumpkin pie. Prices range from $19.99 to $69.99. 

Bloom & Bee, 1600 West Loop South, 346-227-5139
The Post Oak Hotel restaurant will be offering a special menu, with recommended reservations for Christmas Day. The Christmas Dine-in Menu ($85/person) includes choices from Texas Game “Pate En Croute” and Carved Prime Rib Au Jus to Lemon Sponge Cake and Grand Marnier Crème Anglaise.

Brio Italian Grille 
The restaurant will be open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Christmas Day.

Buca di Beppo 
The family-friendly Italian kitchen will be open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Christmas Day.

Cleburne Cafeteria, 3606 Bissonnet, 713-667-2386
With traditional recipes that date back almost 80 years, the restaurant will be open and welcome guests for dine-in or takeout this Christmas.

Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse, 5061 Westheimer, 713-355-2600
The Christmas Eve and Day Dine-In Menu (starting at $48/person) includes a 16 or 20-ounce Prime Rib served with au jus and horseradish cream.

Fielding’s local kitchen + bar, 26400 Kuykendahl, 281-351-2225
Fielding's local will be open for brunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and dinner from 3 to 9 p.m. on Christmas Day. Guests can expect Christmas features and all the usual favorites.

Grupo Herrera Restaurants
All five Alicia’s Mexican Grille locations across Houston plus Galiana’s Tex Mex & Agave Bar, Dario’s Steakhouse & Seafood, and Marvino’s Italian Steakhouse in Cypress will be open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Christmas Day for dine-in or order takeout online. 

The Houstonian, 111 North Post Oak, 713-812-6932 (The Grand Ballroom), 713-685-6713 (TRIBUTE), 713-685-6840 (The Manor House)
TRIBUTE restaurant offers an à la carte menu featuring holiday fare and "Tex-Lex" inspired favorites on Christmas Day, with family photos in the hotel's Great Room Lobby and inviting holiday décor throughout the property. 

Le Colonial, 4444 Westheimer, 713-629-4444
The trendy Vietnamese spot will be open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day from 11 a.m. - 10 p.m., offering a prix fixe menu for lunch ($65) and dinner ($85).

McCormick & Schmick’s
Along with the regular dinner menu, McCormick & Schmick's will be serving an exclusive prix-fixe menu all day on Christmas Eve and Day.

Morton’s The Steakhouse, 1001 McKinney, 713-659-3700; 5000 Westheimer, 713-629-1946
Morton’s The Steakhouse is open from noon to 9 p.m. on Christmas Day, serving families a three-course Chateaubriand menu for $75 per person, minimum of two people. This menu is available for dine-in or to-go. The menu includes a Winter Salad, Chateaubriand for Two, Black Truffle Mashed Cauliflower, Creamed Spinach and Sour Cream Mashed Potatoes and La Bête Noir. Morton’s full a la carte menu will also be available.

The Oceanaire Seafood Room, 5061 Westheimer, 832-487-8862
The Oceanaire Seafood Room will be open from 1 to 8 p.m. on Christmas Day offering an a la carte menu.

The Palm, 6100 Westheimer, 713-977-2544
Guests can enjoy a special Christmas Menu ($75/person), featuring a 26-ounce Prime Rib au jus with choice of two sides and a dessert, on Christmas Eve and Day.

Rainforest Cafe 
Rainforest Cafe will offer an Adult Christmas Dinner ($25.99, prices may vary) and a Kids Turkey Dinner ($12.99, prices may vary) on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

The Rustic, 1121 Uptown Park, 832-321-7775 
The Rustic invites guests to deck its halls and and Drink The Tree on Christmas Day. The kitchen and bar will be open on Christmas evening from 4 to 9 p.m. for its annual celebration of opening hot tamales and drinking cold beer.

Safina and The Naturalist Café and Lounge Bar, 6750 Main, 713-422-2779
On Christmas Day, Safina and The Naturalist Café and Lounge Bar – located in the swanky InterContinental Houston - Medical Center — will serve a limited menu featuring chef specials such as succulent and tender Slow Braised Short Rib and rich and savory Seafood Cioppino. The restaurant will be open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

We will be updating this list in the days leading up to Christmas Day. If you have a restaurant to add, please send details to dish@houstonpress.com.

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