Christmas Day Dining in LA

Christmas Day Dining

You bought presents for everyone else. Now it’s time to treat yourself with a yummy meal you won’t have to clean up afterward. Sure, there are hundreds of restaurants around LA that are open on Christmas Day (which admittedly sucks for those who are working) but we’re highlighting some of our favorites.

Simon LA8555 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048
Simon says, “Don’t cook, make reservations!” This modern restaurant inside the Hotel Sofitel is saying so long to pricey prix-fixe menus. From 11am-11pm, you’re free to order as much or as little as you like. Chef Marius Blin is whipping up everything from a ridonkulously huge Tomahawk for Two (you won’t believe it till you see it in the video clip) to salmon filet stuffed with crab cake to an array of pretty sweets like the traditional Christmas yule log and macaroons.

Kitchen 241608 North Cahuenga Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
Just in case the name didn’t give it away, this cool diner (with a full bar, thank you very much) along Hollywood’s Cahuenga Corridor is open 24 hours. Yes, that’s right. So whether you’re in the mood for a celebratory burger at noon or want to drown your sorrows in a Gingermint Shake at 2am after getting yet another ugly sweater for Christmas, Kitchen 24 is here for you. Oh, and so is Fat Elvis…as in, banana cupcake stuffed with chocolate ganache, slathered in peanut butter frosting and covered in bacon bits. (Santa never had it so good.)

Ocean & Vine1700 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401
Uh, speaking of pricey prix fixe menus. This gorgeous restaurant inside Loews Hotel is where to go for a quintessential “Christmas in LA” experience from 12pm-8pm whether you’re trying to impress the out-of-towners or you just want to take advantage of celebrating the holidays in SoCal. You’ll have fab views of the boardwalk, beach, and waves along with four courses ($70) of sustainably driven, seasonal dishes like sweet potato-crusted halibut, pan seared scallops with pear and brandy chutney, and pumpkin ravioli dessert made with vanilla pasta and sprinkled with choco-pecan brittle.  www.ocean&

BoHo6372 West Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
Dinner and a movie. Now there’s a holiday tradition we can get behind. This huge vintagey-looking restaurant is located on the same premises of the Arclight Hollywood movie theater. Which means one thing: You can come here either before or after the movie and fill your belly full of their gastropubby fare like the incredible Bianca Verde pizza (arugula, ricotta, lemon, parmesan–seriously, it’s the best), mushroom & truffle cream toast, chocolate panna cotta with honeycomb and…bottomless mimosas for $15! (Three Hen’s Christmas beer, too.) Happy holidaze!

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