Ho-ho-hungry? Celebrate next week’s Christmas holiday at one of the Valley’s top restaurants. (Make reservations now.)
Christmas Day at elements will be celebrated with a four-course dinner by executive chef and Food Network star Beau MacMillan. Menu choices include smoked salmon ‘benedict’ with savory French toast; wild mushroom and truffle soup with spot prawn ravioli; miso-glazed Chilean sea bass with forbidden rice, charred zucchini and coconut lobster broth. Christmas dinner will be served on Dec. 25 from 12 to 9 p.m. Reservations required, 480.607.2300.
Rusconi’s American Kitchen in Phoenix hosts dinner this Christmas Eve. The main entree of the three-course meal is wood-roasted beef tenderloin or Prince Edward Island mussels. www.rusconiskitchen.com.
Sierra Bonita Catering has created a variety of party platters especially for the holiday season. Choose from five different platters that feed 8-10 guests. Orders must be placed at least 48 hours prior to pickup or delivery. www.sierrabonitagrill.com.
Old Town’s Ben & Jack’s Steakhouse will be open for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day dinner, dishing up a prix fixe menu. Enjoy delicious steaks, succulent seafood, tempting sides and divine desserts. www.benandjackssteakhouse.com.
RA Sushi will be observing special holiday hours Dec. 24 and Dec. 25, offering up full-day happy hour. All locations will be open on Dec. 24 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and December 25 from 4 to 11 p.m., with the bar open until midnight or later. www.rasushi.com.
The Phoenician‘s Christmas Day brunch will feature a carving station of prime rib and honey-glazed ham; breakfast classics including brioche French toast and made-to-order omelets; a sushi and raw bar; seasonal fruit; and a pasta and risotto bar–all complemented by a selection of house-made pastries and desserts. Reservations required at 480.423.2530.
J&G Steakhouse at The Phoenician will present a three-course prix fix menu on Christmas Eve and Day. Select offerings include roasted butternut squash salad, Skuna Bay salmon, grilled New York strip steak, warm chocolate cake and a red velvet ice cream sundae. Reservations required at 480.214.8000.
Fairmont Scottsdale Princess dishes up a variety of dining options this holiday. From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Christmas Day, guests can enjoy brunch featuring deliciousness from the property’s Bourbon Steak, La Hacienda, The Grill at the TPC and Ironwood American Kitchen. On Christmas evening, the four restaurants will be hosting their own holiday feasts. www.scottsdaleprincess.com.
Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort hosts a Christmas Day dinner buffet at Rico’s American Grill and a Christmas Day holiday feast at Hole-in-the-Wall–both family-friendly dining options. For Rico’s reservations, call 602.997.5850; for Hole-in-the-Wall reservations, call 602.906.3840.
Enjoy the magic of the season and spend Christmas Day dinner in Province at The Westin Phoenix Downtown with a delicious three-course meal. Christmas Dinner will be served on Dec. 25 from 4 to 10 p.m. http://phoenix.provincerestaurant.com.
Ko’Sin restaurant at Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa is offering a delicious four-course traditional Christmas dinner on Dec. 25 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. in lieu of their regular dinner menu. www.wildhorsepassresort.com.
Taggia at FireSky Resort & Spa in Scottsdale is hosting a special prix fixe holiday dinner Dec. 24 and Dec. 25. Lasagna, seafood stew, salt cod chowder and much more are on the menu. www.taggiascottsdale.com.
Stop by ZuZu at Hotel Valley Ho in Scottsdale for breakfast from 6 a.m. to noon and enjoy the regular menu or a special feature of Huevos Rancheros. Dinner is served from noon to 10 p.m., with the regular menu available along with several specials. www.hotelvalleyho.com.
On Christmas Day, chow down as early as 11:30 a.m. at District American Kitchen and Wine Bar at Sheraton Phoenix Downtown with a three-course meal and wine pairing served until 9 p.m. www.districtrestaurant.com.
The Palo Verde restaurant at the Boulders Resort offers a three-course menu on Christmas Eve from 6 to 9:30 p.m. while the resort’s Latilla Restaurant offers a four-course Christmas Day menu from 4 to 8 p.m. www.theboulders.com.
Royal Palms Resort and Spa has two options for holiday dining. The new T. Cook’s will be offering a three-course prix fixe meal, including crispy duck confit, grilled filet mignon, chestnut agnolotti and more. Also, on Christmas Day, Palmera Holiday Buffet will offer a more traditional feast with carving stations and classic Christmas sides. www.royalpalmshotel.com.
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