An Arizona Christmas 2017 Restaurant Guide

Where to Eat Out in the Scottsdale / Phoenix Metro Area for the Holiday

Pointe in Tyme
••• Pointe in Tyme at Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort. Courtesy of Hilton Hotels & Resorts

If you're spending Christmas in the Phoenix and Scottsdale area and don't want to cook a big holiday meal, these restaurants are open on Christmas Day in 2017. Some serve a buffet brunch, some serve dinner, and some serve both. Several restaurants also feature a Christmas dinner to go that you can order ahead and serve in your own home.

Prices mentioned may not include beverage, dessert, tax, or tip. Restaurants typically do not accept coupons or discounts for holiday meals. Reservations are recommended to ensure availability. All details are subject to change, so call ahead to confirm.

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    LON's at The Hermosa
    ••• Courtesy of The Hermosa Inn

    5532 N. Palo Cristi Rd., Paradise Valley
    602-955-7878
    Noon to 7 p.m.
    $75 per person, $25 children ages 5 to 12

    Celebrate Christmas with a prix-fixe, three-course holiday menu prepared by the LON's culinary team. Reservations required.

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    The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch
    ••• Vista Verde at The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch. Courtesy of Destination Hotels

    7700 E. McCormick Parkway, Scottsdale
    480-991-9000
    10 a.m to 3 p.m.
    $68 per person, $34 children ages 5 to 12, free for children ages 5 and younger

    Holiday classics in a brunch-style buffet. To start, take your pick from a breakfast bar with all the favorite morning sweet and savory items such as made-to-order eggs Benedict and Belgian waffles, a crêpe station, and an array of salads. Carving station entrees include classics such as brined turkey with truffle butter and gravy, aged Angus prime rib roast, and mesquite honey-glazed bone-in ham. There's also a seafood bar with everything from oysters and mussels to shrimp and salmon. For dessert, a chef’s selection of sweet delights include eclairs, pastries, cheesecake, a traditional Yule log, and more. 

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    “Chrismukkah” at Chompie's
    ••• Courtesy of Chompie's

    Paradise Valley, Scottsdale, Tempe, Chandler, and Glendale 
    11 a.m. to close
    $22.99 per person, $10.49 children under 10

    The dine-in Christmas and Chanukah dinner includes soup or salad, two sides, rolls, dessert, and an entrée choice of turkey breast with stuffing and cranberry relish, beef brisket with gravy, stuffed cabbage rolls, or salmon filet. It is available every day from December 12 to January 1.

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    The Market Restaurant + Bar by Jennifer's
    ••• Courtesy of The Market Restaurant + Bar by Jennifer's

    3603 E. Indian School Rd., Suite A, Phoenix
    602-626-5050
    Christmas Meal To Go: $219.99 (whole-pan dinner) or $159.99 (half-pan dinner)

    You get a full Christmas meal to go with your entree choice of either lasagne Bolognese or baked vegetable lasagna. Caesar salad, focaccia, and tiramisu included. Available add-on items are Italian sweet sausages, Italian meatballs, Parmesan-crusted chicken, and broccolini ($24.99 to $39.99). Call to place a pick-up order.

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    Elements at Sanctuary Camelback Mountain
    ••• Courtesy of Sanctuary Camelback Mountain

    5700 E. McDonald Dr., Paradise Valley
    844-819-0087
    Noon to 8 p.m.
    $105 per person, $25 children ages 6 to 12, free for children ages five and younger

    Enjoy a festive four-course, prix-fixe menu in this restaurant known for its scenic view. Entree selections include roasted guinea hen, pan-seared Arctic char, veal osso buco, prime New York strip, roasted vegetable Wellington, or crab-stuffed sole. Reservations required.

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    Holiday Meal To-Go
    ••• Courtesy of Sprouts

    Locations all over metropolitan Phoenix
    $29.99 to $79.99 

    Shoppers looking to save time can reserve a turkey, ham, or beef rib roast holiday meal in store or online. Fully prepared meals include an oven-roasted boneless turkey breast (serves two), a natural whole turkey (serves six to eight), or a USDA choice beef rib roast (serves six to eight). Sides include potatoes, stuffing, creamed kale and spinach, and Hawaiian rolls.

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    Palo Verde restuarant Boulders Resort & Spa
    ••• The Palo Verde restaurant at Boulders Resort & Spa. Courtesy of Boulders Resort & Spa

    34631 N. Tom Darlington Dr., Scottsdale
    480-488-7317

    The prix-fixe menu at the resort's sophisticated Palo Verde Restaurant includes eggnog shooters, roasted parsnip soup or grilled persimmon salad, black garlic gnocchi, and an entree of herb-crusted prime rib, peekytoe crab ravioli, or duck breast. Dessert is a white chocolate gingerbread torte. $65 per person (does not include member discount).

    Christmas dinner is also served at the casual yet elegant Grill Kitchen & Bar. Here you can enjoy a three-course meal featuring seafood chowder or Christmas gem salad; an entree choice of lamb chop, prime rib, or halibut; and white chocolate brioche bread pudding. $55 per person (does not include member discount).

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    City Grille at Lone Butte Casino
    ••• City Grille at Lone Butte Casino. © Judy Hedding

    1077 S. Kyrene Rd., Chandler
    800-946-4452

    Café 24/7
    Breakfast, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    $15 per person
    The Christmas breakfast station includes scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, roasted breakfast potatoes, biscuits, country gravy, pancakes, and assorted pastries. 

    Lunch/Dinner, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
    $15 per person
    The three-course meal includes romaine salad, ham with citrus spice glaze, roasted garlic mashed potatoes, mixed vegetables, and apple pie à la mode.

    Cities Bar & Grille
    10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    $24 with club card, $29 without club card
    Menu items include garden salad, prime rib, turkey, whitetail shrimp, mashed potatoes, green beans, broccoli, pasta, rolls. Breakfast selections include omelets, waffles, blintzes, biscuits, bacon, sausage, scones, and monkey bread. Desserts offered are chocolate cake, apple pie, shortcakes, fudge, cream puffs, eclairs, cookies,  and peppermint bark.

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    Ditka's restaurant
    ••• Ditka's. Courtesy of Gila River Casinos

    15091 S. Komatke Ln., Laveen
    800-946-4452

    Coffee Shop 24/7
    Christmas Eve and Day Breakfast Buffet, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    $12.99 per person
    Enjoy fruit, pastries, eggs, breakfast potatoes, bacon, sausage, French toast, pancakes, biscuits, and gravy. 

    Christmas Dinner, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
    $15 per person
    The three-course meal includes soup or salad, carved ham, scalloped potatoes, sweet potato casserole, rolls, fresh vegetables, and chocolate cheesecake or apple pie.

    Ditka's
    $29.99 per person
    A three-course, prix-fixe holiday menu includes salad or crab bisque, 10-ounce coffee-rubbed grilled Delmonico steak, asparagus, mashed potatoes, and raspberry cheesecake or crème brûlée. 

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    Shula’s Steak House
    ••• Courtesy of Shula’s Steak House

    5040 Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Chandler
    520-796-1972
    11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
    $70 per person

    Shula's special Christmas Day menu includes lobster bisque, surf and turf, and carrot cake.

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    Rico's
    ••• Rico's American Grill at Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort. Courtesy of Hilton Hotel's & Resorts

    7677 North 16th St., Phoenix

    Hole-In-The-Wall
    602-906-3840
    3 to 10 p.m.
    $39 for adults, $35 for seniors, and $19 for children ages 10 and under

    A down-home Christmas feast served family-style with bottomless salad and cornbread; an entrée platter featuring Arizona honey-baked ham and smoked brisket; and endless sides of Gruyere and thyme Dauphinoise potatoes, roasted root vegetables, and smoked cheddar baked mac n' cheese. Plus pumpkin cheesecake to end the meal.

    Rico's American Grill
    602-997-5850
    1 to 8 p.m.
    $39 for adults, $34 for seniors and $19 for children ages 10 and under

    A festive holiday dinner includes Kahlua-glazed ham, braised short ribs, or steelhead trout with a chocolate-peppermint stack for dessert.

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    SWB at Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort and Spa at Gainey Ranch
    ••• Courtesy of Hyatt

    7500 E. Doubletree Ranch Rd., Scottsdale
    480-444-1234, ext. 6231
    Christmas lunch buffet 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Christmas dinner 7 to 10 p.m.
    $89 for adults (add $10 for Champagne), $44.50 for children ages 6 to 12 and free for children 5 and under

    A holiday buffet offering a variety of seasonal favorites including Southwest eggs Benedict; king crab legs; roasted turkey, herb-and-citrus-rubbed leg of lamb and roasted prime rib of beef from the carving station; plus elaborate dessert selections such as Christmas yule logs, tiramisu, chocolate-covered strawberries, and cherries jubilee.

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    Tomaso’s Italian Restaurant
    ••• Osso Buco with Veal Sugo & Hazelnuts over Pappardelle at Tomaso's. Courtesy of Tomaso’s Italian Restaurant

    3225 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix
    602-956-0836
    Noon to 9:30 p.m.

    The à la carte menu includes seasonal Italian favorites such as eggplant torte and beggar's purse pasta, royal crustacean cioppino with sea bass, veal scaloppine a la Francese, and a proscuitto, fontina, and mascarpone-stuffed veal chop.

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    Christmas at ZuZu at Hotel Valley Ho in Scottsdale
    ••• Courtesy of Hotel Valley Ho

    6850 E. Main St., Scottsdale
    480-421-7997
    Buffet 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; ZuZu 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.
    $59 per person, $19 for children 12 and under for brunch; $55 per person ZuZu fixed-price menu

    Enjoy the Valley Ho Christmas buffet in the hotel’s Sands dining room with fresh seasonal salads, chilled seafood, prime rib, steamship ham, creative seasonal vegetable dishes, festive sweets, and more. Advance reservations are required. Or visit the hotel’s signature restaurant, ZuZu, for a four-course, fixed-price menu for Christmas dinner, including lobster bisque, poached pear salad, choice of prime rib or fish, and gingerbread toffee pudding. Look for the seasonal breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus at ZuZu as well.

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    J&G Steakhouse
    ••• Courtesy of The Phoenician

    6000 E. Camelback Rd., Scottsdale
    480-214-8000
    Brunch buffet 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.; 3-course dinner 5 to 10 p.m.
    Brunch $120 per adult; $75 ages 3 to 12; Dinner $65 per person

    Enjoy a leisurely brunch buffet or a three-course holiday prix fixe dinner featuring caramelized beef tenderloin or red snapper, in addition to the regular à la carte menu. Reservations required.

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    Pointe in Tyme
    ••• Pointe in Tyme at Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort. Courtesy of Hilton Hotels & Resorts

    11111 N. 7th St., Phoenix
    602-866-6348, ext. 7900
    Noon to 6 p.m.
    $51.95 for adults, $46.95 for seniors, $24.95 for children 10 and under

    A comfortable and cozy holiday buffet dinner. Carving board favorites include herb-roasted prime rib, pork belly porchetta, and ale-brined roasted turkey. A variety of savory entrees, soups and seasonal salad offerings are also on the menu. For dessert, an assortment of cakes, pies, mousses, and more. Reservations suggested.

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    Litchfield's Wigwam
    ••• Courtesy of Wigwam Arizona

    300 Wigwam Blvd., Litchfield Park
    623-935-3811
    3 to 7 p.m.
    $58 for adults, $22 for children ages 4 to 12; children 3 and under eat for free

    A three-course prix fixe menu of meats, seafood, and fresh vegetables, salads, and desserts accompanied by live piano music. Reservations required.

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    Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails
    ••• Courtesy of Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails

    2 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix at CityScape
    602-258-0231

    Christmas Day Breakfast and Lunch
    A la carte menu served from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

    Christmas Dinner
    4 to 10 p.m.

    Choose from the full menu plus Christmas specials including a Christmas stew of white beans, andouille sausage, fennel, and kale; a petite filet with foie gras; and grilled swordfish. Reservations recommended.

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    T. Cook's at Royal Palms Resort and Spa
    ••• T. Cook's. Courtesy of Royal Palms Resort and Spa

    5200 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix
    602-808-0766
    Prix-fixe menu 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; buffet 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    Prix-fixe menu: $95 per person, $32 per child age 6 to 12; Buffet: $85 per person, $29 per child age 6 to 12, 5 and under free

    A Christmas Day Holiday Buffet or a prix fixe menu on Christmas Day from Chef Todd Allison.

    The prix-fixe holiday menu includes choices such as lamb chops, duck breasts, seared scallops, and braised beef short rib cannelloni.

    The holiday buffet includes carving and chef stations with omelets and eggs to order, cornbread stuffing, chilled poached shrimp, oysters and crab claws, slow-roasted Heritage turkey, chocolate hazelnut torte. and more.

    Reservations required.

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    Inside Wright's at the Biltmore
    ••• Inside Wright's at the Biltmore. Courtesy of The Arizona Biltmore

    2400 E. Missouri, Phoenix
    602-955-6600

    Wright’s at the Biltmore
    1 to 9 p.m.
    $95 per person; children 12+ $45; children under 12 $10

    A four-course Christmas Day dining experience. Menu highlights include foie gras torchon, braised pork cheek, sage-brined turkey, cast iron-seared duck breast, eggnog brulee, and chocolate-peppermint cheesecake.

    Frank & Albert’s
    Breakfast buffet 7 to 11 a.m.; Christmas dinner 1 to 9 p.m.
    Buffet: $28.95 per person; $10.95 children age 5 to 12; Christmas dinner: $65 per person; $35 children age 5 to 12

    The dinner menu of traditional holiday specialties includes chef-carved ham and prime rib.

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    Meritage JW Marriott Desert Ridge
    ••• Meritage at JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa. Courtesy of Marriott

    5350 E. Marriott Dr., Phoenix
    480-293-3988
    Pricing à la carte

    Choose from holiday specials in addition to the regular menu at both MERITAGE, an urban tavern, and Stonegrill, with dinner service from 4 to 9 p.m.

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    Fogo de Chao Scottsdale
    ••• © Judy Hedding

    6300 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale
    480-609-8866
    Noon to 9 p.m.
    Dinner prices all day

    The holiday menu includes Fogo’s famous full churrasco experience, with a variety of fire-roasted meats including filet mignon, Brazilian picanha, and lamb chops, plus holiday entree and side dish specials.

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    Arizona Grand Resort & Spa
    ••• Courtesy Arizona Grand Resort & Spa

    8000 S. Arizona Grand Parkway, Phoenix
    602-438-9000
    11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
    $65.95 for adults; $17.95 for children 5 to 12

    A selection of seasonal favorites from the prix-fixe menu includes butternut squash bisque, roasted turkey breast, mesquite-smoked prime rib of beef, and salted caramel chocolate hazelnut torte.

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    Rustler's Rooste
    ••• Courtesy of Rustler's Rooste

    8383 S. 48th St., Phoenix
    602-431-6474
    Noon to 8 p.m.
    Pricing à la carte

    This cowboy steakhouse serves a country Christmas dinner including turkey, baked ham, New York steak, prime rib, salmon, shrimp, and all of the fixings.

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    Artizen, Crafted American Kitchen & Bar
    ••• Artizen, Crafted American Kitchen & Bar. Courtesy of The Camby

    2041 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix
    602-522-6655
    Buffet: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Dinner: 5 to 9 p.m.
    Buffet: $75 per person; $25 ages 12 and younger; 3-course dinner $45 per person

    A selection of locally inspired, holiday-esque dishes including monkey bread French toast with marinated berries and goat cheese caramel; a smoked-salmon tower with lemon cream cheese, Arizona-sourced tomatoes, shaved onion, watercress, and bagel chips; a prime rib roast with horseradish potato puree, béarnaise, and charred broccolini; and a fig and orange-glazed ham with roasted baby carrots, smashed fingerling potatoes, and kumquat jam.

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    Christmas Dinner at Sizzler Arizona
    ••• Courtesy of the Sizzler

    5060 W. Indian School Rd., Phoenix
    623-247-5524

    1050 S. Country Club Dr., Mesa
    480-461-9882

    $15.99 to $21.99 per person
    Arizona locations serve Christmas Day specials, including steak and lobster, bourbon peppercorn sirloin cuts, and a holiday-style sweet potato and pomegranate salad on the unlimited salad bar.