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Orange County Christmas Dining Guide

In Orange County during the holidays the only white powdery ground cover Bing Crosby should be crooning about is the beach sand. The holiday season in balmy OC is all about sea views, ocean breezes, elegant dining and outdoor family fun.

Orange County Christmas Dining Guide

The always elegant Montage Laguna Beach has decadent dining options for both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day throughout the resort. Hotel Irvine is throwing a family holiday bash in The Backyard, and at Fashion Island Hotel, holiday guests will be treated to a five-course dinner or bountiful buffet.

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Christmas Eve at The Loft
Tuesday, December 24, from 5 to 10 p.m.
Overlooking the Pacific, The Loft offers a four-course celebratory Christmas Eve menu highlighting seasonal options such as Roasted Carrot Soup with applewood-smoked bacon, Braised Veal Cheek, Pan Roasted Branzino and Gingerbread Semifreddo.
$135 for adults, plus tax and gratuity; a children’s à la carte menu will be available.

Christmas Eve at Studio
Tuesday, December 24, from 4 to 10 p.m.
In the handsomely romantic Studio dining room overlooking a Pacific Bluff, a very special chef-driven Five-Course Holiday Tasting Menu of seasonal gourmet fare highlighted by Lobster Cavatelli, Seared Maine Scallops, Blackened Superior Farms Lamb Loin with potato fondant and maitake mushrooms and ending with Chestnut Apple Flan. It will be a holiday meal to remember.
$160 for adults; $50 for children (ages four to 12 years), plus tax and gratuity.

Christmas Day at The Loft
Wednesday, December 25, from 3 to 10 p.m.
At The Loft, the Christmas Day celebratory meal will be a Three-Course Holiday Tasting Menu with a choice of appetizer, entrée and dessert, along with live entertainment. Entrée selections include Herb and Garlic-Crusted Prime Rib, Duroc Pork Chop or Pan Roasted Branzino – all served with seasonal accompaniments.
$95 for adults; $50 for children (ages four to 12 years), plus tax and gratuity.

Christmas Day at Studio: Four-Course Brunch and Five-Course Dinner
Wednesday, December 25, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for brunch; 5 to 9 p.m. for dinner
There are two Christmas Day options being offered at Studio this Christmas Day. An à la carte brunch will offer guests Hawaiian Blue Prawn Ceviche, Savoy Spinach Frittata, Roasted Arctic Char and other selections. In the evening, a Chef’s Five-Course Tasting Menu of fine dining celebratory dishes includes Broken Arrow Ranch Venison Loin and Chilled Pear Tatin with winter-spiced ice cream.
Brunch pricing: $160 for adults, $50 for children (ages four to 12 years), plus tax and gratuity.
Dinner pricing: $175 for adults; $50 for children (ages four to 12 years), plus tax and gratuity.

Grand Ballroom Masterpiece Christmas Celebration
Wednesday, December 25, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This Grand Ballroom Masterpiece Christmas Celebration is a favorite holiday event at Montage Laguna Beach. It includes a bounteous multi-station buffet of a memorable selection from Lobster Salad, Smoked Sturgeon Deviled Eggs and Omelets Prepared to Order to Cheese and Charcuterie, Ricotta Blintzes, an Asian Station and desserts galore. There will be live music, complimentary champagne toast and complimentary family photographs.
$180 for adults; $50 for children (ages four to 12 years; children under four are complimentary), inclusive of tax and gratuity.

Where: Montage Laguna Beach
30801 Coast Highway
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
(949) 715-6420

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Christmas Brunch in The Backyard
Wednesday, December 25, seatings at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Brunch is coming to town in a big way on Christmas Day in The Backyard. The whole family will want photos with Santa, enjoy live music, play lawn games and want to save the excitement with photo booth pics. The spectacular holiday fare features breakfast and brunch choices for everyone from Lemon Ricotta Pancakes and French Toast to Bouillabaisse Halibut to Garlic Salt-Crusted Prime Rib of Beef. There will be salads like Roasted Butternut Squash with mustard dressing, Artisanal Cheeses and Antipasto and all kinds of traditional sides. Favorite Sweets will tempt with a Christmas Yule Log, German Chocolate Cake, Austrian Apple Strudel and more. There’s a Kids Buffet too. And, there are bottomless mimosas with an array of toppings and garnishes.
$79 per adult, $37 per child ages five to 12. Pricing excludes tax and gratuity. Advanced purchase recommended.

Where: Hotel Irvine
17900 Jamboree Rd.
Irvine, CA 92614
For hotel: (949) 230-4452
For EATS Kitchen & Bar: (949) 225-6780

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Oak Grill’s Christmas Eve Five-Course Dinner with Live Entertainment
Tuesday, December 24, from 5:30 to 9 p.m.
Oak Grill is the best choice for Christmas Eve dining. Chef Brittany Valles prepares an innovative five-course menu showcasing her best holiday fare to be enjoyed with live entertainment in the background.
$125 per adult with glass of champagne, $45 per child ages five to 12. Free for children four and under. Pricing excludes tax and gratuity. Reservations available by calling (949) 706-5466.

Oak Grill Christmas Buffet
Wednesday, December 25, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Chef Brittany Valles and her culinary team will create a traditional holiday-inspired Christmas buffet with a contemporary O.C.-style twist. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., stations offer all the brunch foods that families and friends crave from breakfast pastries and breads and made-to-order omelets to selections from the carving station, salads, chilled seafood and so many other festive favorites. Then, from 3 to 7 p.m., the holiday fare at the stations will be changed over to celebratory hearty dinner choices galore, including prime rib. There will also be a Kids Station at both buffets, as well as many desserts to please everyone’s sweet tooth. The day will offer live entertainment and a photo booth to capture happy Christmas memories.
$110 per adult, $40 per child ages five to 12. Free for children four and under. Pricing excludes tax and gratuity. Reservations available by calling (949) 706-5466.

Where: Oak Grill
690 Newport Center Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660
Phone: (949) 706-5466

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Davio’s Irvine
18420 Von Karman Avenue
Irvine, CA 92612

The Feast of the Seven Fishes, known as La Festa dei Sette Pesci, is a deeply rooted Italian Christmas Eve tradition, originating in Southern Italy and honoring the vigil prior to a religious holiday when no meat was served. Join Davio’s Irvine on Tuesday, December 24th 2019, to celebrate the Feast of the Seven Fishes with good food and great company. The three-course prix-fixe menu, prepared by Executive Chef Istvan Toth, will feature unique and delectable seafood courses in addition to the à la carte menu. The Feast of the Seven Fishes menu will be available on Tuesday, December 24th from 5:00pm-10:00pm. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling 949.477.4810.

· Beets, Crab, Swiss Chard, Crispy Shallots, Fennel Aioli

· Seafood Croquette, Shrimp, Barramundi, Oysters, Spicy San Marzano Tomatoes

· Tagliatelle, Nantucket Bay Scallops, Truffle Butter

· Pan Seared Halibut, Crispy Anchovies, Turnip Purée, Bagna Cauda Sauce

The Feast of the Seven Fishes Prix-Fixe Menu will be available in addition to the à la carte menu on Tuesday, December 24th, 2019 from 5:00PM to 10:00PM.

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December 24th and 25th – 3-Course Holiday Menu at Watertable
Watertable, the signature restaurant at Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach, will be serving a 3-course holiday menu onDecember 24 and 25th for $75 per person. Guests can choose from six different entrees including grilled Antarctic salmon, spiral baked ham, pan-seared duck breast, citrus herb roasted tom turkey breast, petit filet or crispy tempeh. Guests also get the choice of starter, such as a carrot and sweet potato soup or roasted pumpkin and herbed goat cheese salad, along with a dessert like deconstructed pecan pie or spiked apple cider crème Brulee. After your meal, be sure to check out the hand-carved Christmas present made out of sand in the lobby to get in the SoCal holiday spirit. For reservations and more information call (714) 845-4776.

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The Ranch
1025 E Ball Rd #101A
Anaheim, CA 92805

Crafted by Executive Chef Michael Rossi and brother Pastry Chef Dave Rossi, our once-a-year menu features Robbins Island Wagyu Steak Tartare, Anson Mills Cornmeal Fried Pacific Oysters, Cape Grim Tasmanian Grass-Fed Beef & Alaskan King Crab Leg, Eggnog Panna Cotta and República del Cacao Hot Chocolate with Vanilla Bean Bomboloni.

WHAT: Christmas Eve Dinner
WHERE: THE RANCH Restaurant (corner of Ball and Lewis in Anaheim, less than 2 miles from Disneyland and Honda Center)
WHEN: Tuesday, December 24, 2019 | Special Event Hours: 5:00pm – 9:00pm
PRICE: Four-Course Preset Menu, $95 per person

Menu is currently available online.

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The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar – TUSTIN & NEWPORT BEACH
Eat, Drink & Be Merry at The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar! The restaurant’s Tustin and Newport Beach locations will be offering Christmas Eve Dinner on Tuesday, December 24th with its full menu, as well as specials for the evening! Beverages, tax, and gratuity separate. To learn more or to make your reservation, please call Tustin at (714) 258-7600 or Newport Beach at (949) 999-6622. See dinner menu for each location online at

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Come get festive and bright, and let Bayside do the holiday cooking and cleanup for you so you can simply enjoy merriment with friends, family and loved ones. Bayside is available for reservations during dinner service, with a special prix-fixe menu and select a la carte items available for the whole family. Live music will make the season bright. More information at

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Spend Christmas Eve at BELLO by Sandro Nardone, where guests may enjoy a combination of traditional authentic Italian food and modern dishes in a style similar to that served at the top restaurants in Italy. Chef Sandro will offer his full menu, which revolves around the very best ingredients and simplicity, the two guiding principles that have always been the foundation of traditional Italian cuisine. Guests may partake in a seasonal craft cocktail with an Italian twist or an incredible Italian wine offered as part of BELLO’s dynamic bar program. The full menu and reservation information can be found at

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ARC Food & Libations – COSTA MESA
Celebrate Christmas Eve at this American Roast House located at the South Coast Collection in Costa Mesa! Chef Noah von Blom presents home made foods using only locally sourced, fresh ingredients and artisan-crafted products that deliver original flavors into every dish and cocktail. The result is hearty, rustic, oven-to-table food made for sharing, complemented by fresh, innovative cocktails. ARC will be open until 9 p.m. on Christmas Eve, Tuesday, December 24th. For menus and reservations, visit

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ARC Butcher + Baker – NEWPORT BEACH
Allow Chef Noah von Blom to make Christmas Eve Dinner for you at home! ARC Butcher + Baker offers a la carte options ranging from Prime Rib and Roast Salmon, to Duck Fat Brussels sprouts and Apple Tart Tatin. Place orders by December 22nd for pick-up on Christmas Eve. For more information and to place orders, call 949-877-0190 or email [email protected]

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Fable & Spirit — NEWPORT BEACH
Spending Christmas Eve at Fable & Spirit for a progressive, modern dining experience in a dynamic setting! Executive Chef David Shofner presents an innovative experience with a globally inspired menu that focuses on fresh ingredients and bold flavors. Dinner reservations will be taken until 7 p.m. on Christmas Eve. For menu and reservations, please visit

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Knife Pleat — (South Coast Plaza) COSTA MESA
Enjoy an elegant Christmas Eve Lunch by Michelin-starred chef Tony Esnault at Knife Pleat. Enjoy modern, seasonal interpretations of classic French techniques by Esnault as à la carte options or a three-course menu, and save room for dessert created by talented French pastry chef Germain Biotteau. Knife Pleat will only be open for lunch service on Tuesday, December 24th from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, visit

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Driftwood Kitchen – LAGUNA BEACH
Join Driftwood Kitchen for an incredible seaside Christmas Eve Dinner! fresh seafood, hand-shucked oysters and steaks! The space encompasses a classic California Coastal vibe with breathtaking oceanfront views. The new Stateroom Bar within Driftwood Kitchen serve as a place to enjoy artisan cocktails with an emphasis on Bourbons and Whiskeys, artfully and creatively blended into tasty concoctions with a play on classic cocktails. Acclaimed Chef Rainer Schwarz celebrates the holiday with his full menu, along with a few specials to entice! For reservations at Driftwood Kitchen, call 949.715.7700.

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The Deck on Laguna Beach – LAGUNA BEACH
The beautiful Pacific Ocean is the perfect backdrop to enjoy Christmas Eve! Guests can look forward to ocean-to-table favorites prepared by Chef Rainer Schwarz, hand-crafted cocktails and an unparalleled view of Laguna Beach. The Deck will be offering its entire menu, so you know there is something for everyone’s appetite! To make reservations at The Deck, call 949.494.6700.

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Hendrix Restaurant & Bar – LAGUNA NIGUEL
Celebrate Christmas Eve with Hendrix’s menu of New American cuisine, which assimilates flavors from the melting pot of traditional American cooking techniques. Executive Chef Rainer Schwarz’s seasonal menu of fish, steaks and chops are complemented by a rotisserie, which will deliver dishes for in-house dining as well as takeaway. Hendrix features a full bar with a beverage program that includes a mix of signature drinks, a quality draft program of American craft beers, and an easy-to-navigate wine list. Hendrix will be offering a limited version of its menu on Christmas Eve; for reservations, call 949.248.1912 or

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Sapphire Laguna – LAGUNA BEACH
>> Enjoy a home-cooked Christmas Eve meal at Sapphire Laguna! The restaurant offers a 3-course menu with something for everyone in your family, with a choice of starter, entree and dessert. Add a craft cocktail or glass of wine to complete the meal — after all, nothing beats Christmas Eve at the beach! Holiday menu ranges from $74-$95 per guest (excludes taxes, gratuity & beverages). For more information, call (949) 715-9888. View menu and make reservations online at

You don’t have to dine in at Sapphire to enjoy their home-cooked Christmas Eve Dinner! Sapphire has become known for providing a meal to go that will make your Christmas Dinner absolutely memorable and, best of all, stress-free! Chef Azmin’s holiday recipes have been receiving compliments for years, and if you want to see why, all you have to do is order your complete meal or a la carte dishes by December 22nd, pick up your meal on Christmas Eve, and warm in your own oven! To see the full menu and place orders, visit

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Haven Craft Kitchen + Bar – ORANGE
Treat your family to Christmas Eve Dinner at Haven Craft Kitchen + Bar! Located in historic Old Towne Orange, this beloved establishment boasts a menu featuring fresh, awe-inspiring ingredients. Chef Craig Brady has something for everyone, and the bar complements his offerings with craft cocktails, spectacular wines and a selection of beer that’s pretty hard to beat. To make reservations, please call (714) 221-0680 or visit

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Spend Christmas Eve at Sushi Roku on Tuesday, December 24th, when the Fashion Island restaurant will be offering it’s full menu that unites traditional Japanese cuisine and vibrant global flavors with the seasonal bounty our California landscape provides. Experience the finest, freshest fish from around the globe with the kind of artistry that can only be executed by a seasoned sushi chef to ensure an unparalleled sushi experience. Certified sake sommeliers and mixologists have crafted a diverse and exceptional beverage menu to complement the cuisine. Reservations can be made by calling 949-706-3622 or visiting

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Enjoy an authentic Mexican Christmas Eve Lunch at Puesto! Sourcing its ingredients from in and around the state, Puesto has reached national acclaim for its Mexico City-style tacos made with non-GMO organic, maíz azul stone-ground tortillas, crispy melted cheese and scratch salsas. Join them for their full lunch menu on Christmas Eve at two Irvine locations (last seating at 1:30 p.m. Menu and reservations can be found at

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Las Brisas
361 Cliff Dr
Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Las Brisas’ Christmas Day Dinner (available only on December 25 from 12-10 p.m.) on your radar. Complete with unmatched views of the Laguna Beach coastline, the landmark restaurant will serve a three-course prix fixe menu, complete with a Corn Mousse Tostada amuse.

Created under the direction of Chef and Executive General Manager Michael Gaines, menu highlights include starters such as the Lobster Salad with persimmon, pomegranate, and vanilla; and Cured Duck Breast with black mission figs, goat cheese mousse, and balsamic vinegar; entrees include Maitake Mushroom Tamale with green chili and Oaxacan queso; and Prime Rib served alongside mole-potato purée and charred scallions. Additionally, guests can order fresh oysters for the table by the dozen and half dozen. Top off the meal with seasonal desserts, including New York Cheesecake, Apple Bread Pudding, and Chocolate Pot de Crème.

Las Brisas’ brunch menu will also be served from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.

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Black Angus Steakhouse


Black Angus Steakhouse is cooking up a special juicy steak and lobster combo to help you celebrate with your family.

Come into any Black Angus location on Christmas Eve or New Year’s Eve and enjoy a Prime Rib and Lobster Tail dinner deal for just $32.99 (prices may vary based on location).

Valid on December 24 (all locations open until 9 p.m.) and December 31
Prices vary based on location – $35.99 in Alaska and $36.99 in Hawaii
No coupon necessary
Offer valid for one per person
Dine-in only, not valid for takeout or delivery
No Substitutions

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