If you're spending Christmas in the Phoenix and Scottsdale area and don't want to cook a big holiday meal, several restaurants will be open on Christmas Day this year. From multi-course dinners to holiday buffets, sit-down dining to ordering your meal to-go, there are plenty of options to choose from in the Valley of the Sun.
However, with the popularity of eating out on the holidays, especially in major cities like Phoenix, tables often book up quickly. Make reservations early to ensure availability, and call ahead to check serving times, costs, and availability before you plan your holiday trip to the city.
On Christmas Eve from 4 to 8 p.m. and on Christmas Day from noon to 7 p.m., LON's at the Hermosa will be serving up special holiday meals perfect for the whole family. You can celebrate Christmas either day with a prix-fixe, three-course menu prepared by the culinary team at this local hotspot but keep in mind reservations are required in advance.
The holiday menu this year features Arizona-style cuisine like cauliflower-horseradish soup, ricotta gnudi, and crisp pork belly starters alongside entrees like roasted Petaluma chicken, grilled tomahawk pork chop, and butternut squash risotto. For dessert, you can enjoy your choice of either date-rum cake, pavlova, or cinnamon churros.
Head over to McCormick Ranch in Scottsdale for a brunch-style buffet on Christmas Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The buffet offers a variety of mixed greens or lentil salads, deviled eggs, smoked meats, pastries, assorted bread, a full seafood bar, a carving station with turkey, prime rib, and smoked ham, and a hot food bar with roasted root vegetables, grilled chicken, and coconut lobster or shrimp. For those who wish to enjoy a taste of breakfast, you can delight in eggs benedict, omelets made to order, and Belgian waffles
Finally, when it is time for dessert—if you have any room left in your stomach—you can devour apple pie, cheesecake, tortes, custards, yule logs, petit fours, and more to your heart's content.
Known for its scenic views and relaxing atmosphere, Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain offers a wide variety of opportunities to escape from the hustle and bustle of Christmas Day, including a special holiday meal served from noon to 8 p.m. at Elements Restaurant inside the resort.
Begin your meal with white asparagus bisque, bison carpaccio, duck confit, and foie gras pot pie or a holiday country pork plate. Then, choose from a full menu of delicious entrees including a truffle and chestnut stuffed guinea hen, a pecan-crusted swordfish, a grilled veal chop, or pan-roasted arctic char with lobster, manila clam, and chorizo. Complete this memorable dinner with vanilla bean crème brûlée tart, cheesecake, or gingerbread Linzer torte. Reservations are required, and there is a $25 per person no-show fee for cancellations.
In Chandler, the Lone Butte Casino offers a few opportunities to dine out on Christmas Day each year. Choose from a holiday breakfast, lunch, or dinner at Café 24/7 or a Christmas brunch at Cities Bar & Grille.
Breakfast at Café 24/7 is served from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and features a buffet of scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, roasted breakfast potatoes, biscuits, country gravy, pancakes, and assorted pastries. Lunch and dinner, which offer seatings from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., feature a three-course prix fixe meal that includes romaine salad, ham with citrus spice glaze, roasted garlic mashed potatoes, mixed vegetables, and apple pie à la mode.
Meanwhile, Cities Bar & Grille serves up a full selection of holiday favorites from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Menu items include garden salad, prime rib, turkey, whitetail shrimp, mashed potatoes, green beans, broccoli, pasta, and 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.
The Vee Quiva Hotel & Casino in Laveen, an urban village located about eight miles southwest of Downtown Phoenix, also offers several opportunities to dine out on Christmas Eve and Day. Both Coffee Shop 24/7 and Ditka's, which are located inside the casino, will be open throughout the holiday season.
On Christmas Eve and Day, Coffee Shop 24/7 serves a breakfast buffet from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. featuring fresh-cut fruit, pastries, eggs, breakfast potatoes, bacon, sausage, French toast, pancakes, biscuits, and gravy. On Christmas Day, enjoy dinner from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. featuring a three-course meal that includes soup or salad, carved ham, scalloped potatoes, sweet potato casserole, rolls, fresh vegetables, and chocolate cheesecake or apple pie.
Meanwhile, Ditka's serves a Christmas dinner from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. featuring a salad or crab bisque, 10-ounce coffee-rubbed grilled Delmonico steak, asparagus, mashed potatoes, and raspberry cheesecake or crème brûlée.
From 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Christmas Day and Christmas Eve from 5 to 10 p.m., you can stop by Shula's Steak House, a luxury limited-chain restaurant located inside the Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino in Chandler, for a special holiday feast.
For Shula's Christmas Eve dinner, start with either a burrata salad or a lobster bisque and a shrimp cocktail, and continue with delicate entrees like prime rib au jus, pan-seared grouper with red pepper chimichurri, or herb-roasted turkey, all served with family-style sides of mashed potatoes, brussels sprouts, and glazed carrots. To finish the meal, enjoy a special holiday crème brūlèe for dessert.
On Christmas Day, you can additionally select a garlic and herb porchetta for your entree and enjoy an apple pie a la mode for dessert instead of crème brūlèe.
The Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort in Phoenix offers two different options for Christmas Day dining: Hole-In-The-Wall from 3 to 10 p.m. and Rico's American Grill from 1 to 8 p.m.
The Hole-In-The-Wall menu features 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, on the other hand, features a festive holiday dinner including Kahlua-glazed ham, braised short ribs, or steelhead trout with a chocolate-peppermint stack for dessert.
Enjoy a Christmas lunch buffet from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. or a Christmas dinner from 7 to 10 p.m. at the SWB inside the Hyatt Regency Resort and Spa at Gainey Ranch in Scottsdale.
The lunch buffet offers 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. The prex-fixed dinner, on the other hand, offers a limited selection of buffet items served family-style.
From noon to 9:30 p.m. on Christmas Day, stop by Tomaso's on Camelback Road in Phoenix to enjoy an à la carte menu. Favorites from this holiday feast include seasonal Italian dishes such as eggplant torte and beggar's purse pasta, or you can also enjoy royal crustacean cioppino with sea bass, veal scaloppine a la Francese, and a prosciutto, fontina, and mascarpone-stuffed veal chop.
At Hotel Valley Ho in Scottsdale, enjoy a buffet from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m in the Sands Dining Room or head to the hotel's signature restaurant ZuZu any time between 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. to enjoy the full menu, including a special four-course holiday dinner that will only be served in the evening.
The Valley Ho Christmas buffet in the hotel’s Sands dining room includes fresh seasonal salads, chilled seafood, prime rib, steamship ham, creative seasonal vegetable dishes, festive sweets, and more. Meanwhile, ZuZu also features a four-course, fixed-price menu for Christmas dinner that includes lobster bisque, poached pear salad, choice of prime rib or fish, and gingerbread toffee pudding.
Advance reservations are required for either the Sands dining room meals or those served at the ZuZu restaurant.
Stop by the J&G Steakhouse at The Phoenician Hotel in Scottsdale on Christmas Day for a brunch buffet from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. or a three-course dinner from 5 to 10 p.m.
The leisurely brunch buffet and holiday prix fixe dinner both offer guests high-end options like caramelized beef tenderloin or red snapper in addition to the regular à la carte menu. Reservations are required and fill up fast for both establishments; booking in September or October is recommended to ensure you can get a table.
The Pointe in Tyme Restaurant, located inside the Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort in Phoenix, serves a comfortable and cozy holiday buffet dinner from noon to 6 p.m. on Christmas Day.
For this special feast, carving board favorites include herb-roasted prime rib, pork belly porchetta, and ale-brined roasted turkey offered alongside a variety of savory entrees, soups, and seasonal salads. For dessert, an assortment of cakes, pies, mousses, and more will be available. Reservations are suggested but not required.
If you're feeling up for an adventure and a chance to get out of the city, you can drive 20 miles northwest of Phoenix to The Wigwam Resort in Litchfield Park for a special holiday dinner at The Litchfield's.
Served from 3 to 7 p.m. on Christmas Day, the three-course prix fixe menu features local meats, seafood, and fresh vegetables alongside southwestern salads and an array of desserts accompanied by live piano music. Reservations are required.
Head to the Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails restaurant inside the Kimpton Hotel Palomar at CityScape in Phoenix on Christmas Day for a holiday breakfast and lunch served a la carte from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. or a special dinner served from 4 to 10 p.m.
Reservations are recommended but not required for both, where you can choose from the regular full menu as well as a special Christmas menu featuring a Christmas stew of white beans, andouille sausage, fennel, and kale; a petite filet with foie gras; and grilled swordfish.
T. Cook's inside the Royal Palms Resort & Spa in Phoenix offers a holiday prix-fixe menu from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and a Christmas buffet from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Christmas Day, both of which will be put together by Executive Chef Todd Allison and require reservations to attend.
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.
The Arizona Biltmore hotel in Phoenix has two options for Christmas Day dining: Wright's at the Biltmore serves a four-course dinner from 1 to 9 p.m. and Frank & Albert's restaurant serves a breakfast buffet from 7 to 11 a.m. and a Christmas dinner from 1 to 9 p.m.
Menu highlights at Wright's include foie gras torchon, braised pork cheek, sage-brined turkey, cast iron-seared duck breast, eggnog brulee, and chocolate-peppermint cheesecake. Meanwhile, Frank & Albert's dinner menu features traditional holiday specialties like chef-carved ham and prime rib.
From noon to 8 p.m. on Christmas Day, head to Fogo de Chão Brazilian Steakhouse in Scottsdale for a special holiday feast and full churrasco experience. No matter when you visit during Christmas Day, enjoy a variety of fire-roasted meats including filet mignon, Brazilian picanha, and lamb chops alongside holiday entree and side dish specials.
The Lobby Grill at Arizona Grand Resort and Spa on South Arizona Grand Parkway in Phoenix serves a prix-fixe menu on Christmas Day from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. The menu features selections of seasonal favorites like butternut squash bisque, roasted turkey breast, mesquite-smoked prime rib of beef, and salted caramel chocolate hazelnut torte.
Rustler's Rooste in Phoenix is a cowboy steakhouse that serves a traditional country Christmas dinner from noon to 8 p.m. The à la carte menu features a selection of pit-fired meats including turkey, baked ham, New York steak, prime rib, salmon, and shrimp as well as traditional holiday sides like mashed potatoes and candied carrots.
Stop by The Camby in Phoenix on Christmas Day from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for a brunch buffet or from 5 to 9 p.m. for a three-course dinner at the Artizen Crafted American Kitchen & Bar.
On both menus, you'll find a selection of locally inspired, holiday 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.