Instead of busting your buns in the kitchen, savor time–and great eats–with family at Valley restaurants as they prepare memorable Christmas Eve and Christmas Day feasts. Reservations are required for most restaurants; full menus and pricing available at each restaurant’s Web site.
Celebrate the season with a Christmas Day brunch buffet like no other, complete with an array of carving stations, at Prado at Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia. Quench your thirst with endless mimosas, build-your-own Bloody Marys and specialty hand-crafted cocktails. Also, take in live music and patio seating with views of Camelback Mountain complete the experience. Come dinner time (seatings are 1 p.m to 4:30 p.m and 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., enjoy the full Prado menu along with a specialty menu made up of holiday classics and delicious house-made desserts. Festive holiday music to complement your dining experience.
Spend Christmas Day brunch, with seatings between 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., at Il Terrazzo at The Phoenician. Enjoy bountiful carving stations featuring fine cuts of meat; seafood selections; an array of salads and seasonal offerings; all capped by an enticing assortment of decadent desserts.
For Christmas Day, The Wigwam will host a delectable buffet from noon to 4 p.m. on Dec. 25 in the resort’s ballroom. Litchfield’s, The Wigwam’s signature restaurant, will host a Christmas Day dinner from 3-7 p.m. on Dec. 25.
Celebrate Christmas Eve at Rusconi’s American Kitchen with a tempting three-course menus. Plating options include lobster bisque, pork tenderloin, rack of lamb and much more.
Hotel Valley Ho is serving up holiday cheer this Christmas Day with a full buffet in Sands as well as dining all day at ZuZu. The Valley Ho Christmas Buffet will be held in the hotel’s Sands venue from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Enjoy fresh seasonal salads, chilled seafood, prime rib, honey ham, truffle mashed potatoes, festive sweets and much more. The hotel’s signature restaurant, ZuZu, will be serving its seasonal menus and festive specials for breakfast, lunch and dinner, from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.
The Boulders’ Palo Verde Restaurant celebrates the Christmas Day holiday with a delectable prix fixe, four-course menu from 5 to 10 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 25. Dishes include baked oysters, bacon-wrapped duck breast and aged beef rib eye. The resort’s Grill Kitchen & Bar will be celebrating Christmas Eve with a festive, three-course menu for guests and out local residents from 5 to 9 p.m.
Celebrate Christmas Eve Italian-style with Tomaso’s Italian Restaurant’s signature Feast of the Seven Fishes, including a variety of under-the-sea favorites. Guests can choose an appetizer and entrée to experience the tasting menu or order a la carte classic Italian options. Tomaso’s Italian Restaurant will be open from 12 to 9 p.m. on Christmas Eve and on Christmas Day.
The Hash Kitchen’s seasonal brunch items include eggnog-infused doughnuts topped with eggnog glaze, gingerbread pancakes made with cream cheese frosting, warm maple reduction, and crushed gingerbread cookies, and a Christmas waffle made with waffle stuffing, hand-carved turkey, smashed potatoes, gravy, and fried leeks. The holiday specials are available throughout December. Both Hash Kitchen locations will be open on Christmas Eve and closed on Christmas Day.
Sanctuary on Camelback’s elements will serve as an unforgettable setting for Christmas Day dinner. A festive four-course, prix fixe menu will be offered from 12 to 9 p.m.
Enjoy a festive Christmas Eve at Drexyl Modern American at Gainey Ranch restaurant. The Christmas Eve special is herb-crusted lamb chops, sweet potato, cauliflower cream and asparagus, offered from 3 to 9 p.m. on Christmas Eve, alongside the full menu.
Phoenix City Grill dishes up a variety of specials for Christmas Eve dinner, like grilled Colorado lamb chops, seared diver scallops and much more.
The Crepe Club is introducing a traditional European holiday dessert for the holiday season. The Buche de Noel, also known as a Yule Log, is a rolled sponge cake shaped and decorated to look like a log. The festive dessert is a family tradition for Karim, Fares and Omar Tarabichi, brothers and co-owners of The Crepe Club. The cakes come in a choice of vanilla or chocolate and serve about eight to 10 people for $49.95. The cakes must be pre-ordered 72 hours in advance of pick up. (The Crepe Club will be closed on Christmas Day.)
Chef Rich Dupere of The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch, A Destination Hotel prepares holiday classics in a brunch-style buffet, including crepe and carving stations, a seafood bar and more. The Scottsdale’s Christmas Brunch is from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Vista Verde Dining Room.
Celebrate Christmas with a pre-fixe three-course menu prepared by the LON’s culinary team. Highlights on the holiday menu include sweet potato bisque, crispy duck confit, smoked prime rib, butternut squash risotto, dry-aged heritage pork chop, and for dessert eggnog cheesecake and chocolate peppermint mousse.
Available Dec. 24 through Jan. 1, from 11 a.m. to close, Chompie’s dine-in Christmas and Chanukah dinner includes soup or salad, an entrée choice of turkey breast with stuffing and cranberry relish, beef brisket with gravy, stuffed cabbage rolls, filet of salmon or chicken schnitzel, two sides, rolls and dessert.
Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails at Kimpton Hotel Palomar Phoenix is offering a breakfast buffet from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and a holiday dinner from 4 to 9 p.m. (with blackened rib eye and miso-glazed sea bass as specials) on Christmas Day, Dec. 25.
T. Cook’s at Royal Palms Resort and Spa will dish out a holiday buffet from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. or a prix-fixe dinner, with two seatings starting at 5:30 p.m., prepared by Executive Chef Todd Allison.
On Dec. 24, from 4 to 10 p.m., TEXAZ Grill’s Cod Victoria entrée will be served for just $14. Enjoy an 8-oz. North Atlantic cod fillet, baked with wine, lemon, garlic and butter, then topped with breadcrumbs and Parmesan. Guests will also be served a dinner salad and choice of potatoes with their meal. Guests can wash it all down with one of TEXAZ Grill’s four winter drinks specials that are available all day, starting at just $8 and under.
Roka Akor in Scottsdale hosts a Christmas Eve tasting menu (with some a la carte options available). Dishes include Arizona grass-fed beef tenderloin, duck confit hot pot and more.
On Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, head to LON’s at the Hermosa for a delectable three-course prix-fixe holiday menu. Choose one of the five starters, ranging from a blue crab cake to sweet potato bisque, then select from the five entrees options, including smoked prime rib, dry-aged Heritage pork chop or roasted sea bass, followed by dessert. Christmas Eve dinner is offered from 4 to 8 p.m. and Christmas Day dinner will be served from noon to 8 p.m.
Savor a scrumptious, seasonal prix fixe Christmas Eve dinner at the Ahnala Mesquite Room at We-Ko-Pa Resort & Conference Center. Entree choices include pan-roasted turkey, dijon-honey baked ham and peppercorn-crusted prime rib.
For Christmas Day, The Wigwam will host a delectable buffet from noon to 4 p.m. on Dec. 25 in the resort’s ballroom. Litchfield’s, The Wigwam’s signature restaurant, will host a Christmas Day dinner from 3 to 7 p.m. on Dec. 25.
Allow the culinary team at Ko’sin restaurant offer you a lavish holiday meal at the Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass. Ko’sin is offering a prix fixe, three-course meal on Saturday, Dec. 24 and Sunday, Dec. 25 from 5 to 8 p.m.
CopperWynd Resort & Club has announced it will offer an elegant buffet dinner (think honey-glazed ham, prime rib and more) on Christmas Eve, with seatings from 4 until 9 p.m. at Flourish restaurant. On Christmas Day, Flourish at CopperWynd will serve breakfast and lunch, with service ending at 4 p.m.
Arizona Biltmore’s Wright’s at the Biltmore will offer a delicious four-course Christmas Eve and Christmas Day dining experience (on Christmas Eve from 5 to 9 p.m. and on Christmas Day from 1 to 8:30 p.m.) while Frank & Albert’s will offer a Christmas Eve three-course specialty menu, from 5 to 10 p.m.
Christmas Day brunch at Artizen, Crafted American Kitchen & Bar will be available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Locally inspired dishes include monkey bread French toast, a smoked salmon tower, prime rib roast and fig and orange-glazed ham.
On Christmas or Christmas Eve, reserve a spot at J&G Steakhouse for a special holiday menu, featuring red snapper, caramelized beef tenderloin, chocolate cake and more.
On Christmas Eve, Sierra Bonita Grill will be serving its Southwestern-inspired menu, alongside two specials that will be served for the occasion: the very popular prime rib dinner and the crab-crusted citrus-butter-poached lobster tail. A special holiday cocktail will also be served.