Christmas is everyone's favorite time of year, but it's also a lot of work. Between attending office holiday parties, mailing cards, and buying presents, no one's judging you if you don't feel like cooking a big meal for Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. If you're feeling ready to throw in the oven mitts, know that there are plenty of restaurants that will be open for the holiday on December 24 and 25.
If you would like to be pampered and feast on delicious food that someone else cooked, the Dallas area has plenty of restaurants that are up to the task. Just make sure to make your reservation as soon as possible, as these restaurants tend to be fully booked well before Christmas!
Mignon in Plano is open both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Dine in its atmospheric Parisian bistro from 4:30 to 10:30 p.m. on Christmas Eve or from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Christmas Day. On Christmas Eve, Mignon is offering a prix-fixe menu on Christmas Eve and an all-day buffet on Christmas Day.
Go to Fearing's Uptown for a three-course prix-fixe menu from 5 to 9 p.m. on Christmas Eve for a lively take on the holiday that highlights cuisine from Texas and the Southwest. On Christmas Day, the Ritz-Carlton Dallas will host their first brunch buffet at Fearings, which will include a smoked salmon station and a seafood ice bar.
Dolce Riviera is closed on Christmas Day, but the restaurant is offering up an elegant, one-night-only specials menu for Christmas Eve. They will be serving their regular menu, plus holiday specialties like salmon tartare, raviolo di scampi, black olive crusted sea bass, and, for dessert, chestnut mousse with cinnamon gelato.
Sr. Martin's Wine Bistro
St. Martin's Wine Bistro will be serving both Christmas Eve dinner and lunch and dinner on Christmas Day. Both are three-course prix-fixe menus, but feature different dishes. On Christmas Eve, you can delight in Chilean sea bass or a prime cut of beef tenderloin, while on Christmas you can really dig into a large traditional turkey plate, lamb shank, or beef bourguignon.
Chamberlain's Fish Market Grill
If feasting on fresh seafood in North Texas is your idea of celebrating, Chamberlain's Fish Market Grill is the place to be on Christmas Eve. Choose from delectable shrimp, salmon, tuna poke, lobster tail, king crab legs, and Alaskan halibut, among many other seafood selections. Then, top it off with Chamberlain's scrumptious Meyer lemon pie.
Make your Christmas Eve special at the casual but elegant Sixty Vines. You don't need to dress up to enjoy its eclectic but festive menu of shared plates of hummus, oysters, marinated olives, toasts, and scallops, among other choices. Or order pasta, pizza, a burger, trout, or a cheeseboard. And of course, your wine or brew of choice.
The Melting Pot
What could be more festive than fondue for Christmas Eve? The Melting Pot is open from 4 to 11 p.m. on Christmas Eve and is serving a three-course seasonal menu along with its regular menu. So gather around the fondue pot, pour the wine, and since it's Christmas, go ahead and indulge in that delicious chocolate fondue for dessert.
This casual and cool restaurant in the Design District will serve their regular menu on Christmas Eve, but come Christmas Day you can enjoy a special dinner at night with holiday specials like prime rib with rosemary jus or a seafood platter. At the Meddlesome Moth, you can sit back and relax with some comfort food and try a beer from their selection of over 100 different kinds of brews, bottled and on tap.