Christmas is upon us again, and many plan to celebrate with colorful lights, heartwarming carols and delicious eggnog. However, between all of the fun holiday activities, one must squeeze in time to plan Christmas dinner. This year we suggest you allow professionals to prepare your holiday feast, and avoid the stress. Arizona Foothills Magazine compiled a list of the best Valley restaurants for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day dinner.
Come for the stunning views atop the Phoenician, stay for Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten's $65 three-course menu. This meal begins with foie gras terrine served with grilled country bread and jalapeno-apple compote, followed by an eight oz. filet mignon served with mashed potatoes and creamed spinach. Dessert features poached pear with with hazelnut frangipane and amaretto truffle. J&G Steakhouse will be open for dinner on Christmas Eve from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Christmas Day dinner is also available. To learn more, call 480.214.8000. www.jgsteakhousescottsdale.com.
Enjoy a three-course meal at this Old Town Scottsdale restaurant for $55 per person. Chef Gio Osso's menu items include spiced sweet potato brulee, sage mustard crusted rack of lamb, gingerbread coated turkey breast roulade and more. Christmas Eve dinner will be available from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. For more information, or to make a reservation call 480.970.4099. www.estatehouseaz.com .
bistro 24 at Ritz-Carlton Phoenix
Experience the elegance of the Ritz-Carlton on Christmas Eve from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. bistro 24 is serving a four-course holiday dinner for $65 for adults and $32 for children (ages 3 to 12). bistro 24 features a gorgeous patio and complimentary valet parking. Reservations are required and can be made by calling the Ritz-Carlton at 602-468-0700. www.ritzcarlton.com .
This swanky Scottsdale restaurant will be open the night before the Christmas for those looking to dine in style. Avalon serves contemporary, American fare, and Chef Travis Watson has added some special holiday additions to the menu. Christmas Day brunch and dinner will also be available. For more information, call 480.656.0010. www.avalon-scottsdale.com.