Christmas is just around the corner and it seems that our favorite restaurants fill up quickly for the holidays—even before they’ve finalized their holiday menus. Take a look at what is open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day this year and then be sure to make a reservation asap—some places are already working on waitlists and you don’t want your in-laws from out of town to catch you unprepared on where to celebrate.
The night before Christmas let the expert chefs around town take care of the food while you take care of the presents.
The Raymond is an elegant place to celebrate any occasion and Chef Tim has created a special 3-course menu just for the occasion. Choose from a selection of entrees and finish off with an elegant holiday-themed dessert.
Maison Akira always prepares holiday dinners, but they do fill up quickly. Book your choice of seating so that you are guaranteed a table to enjoy a truly decadent dinner of truffles, foie gras, lobster and caviar and more luxurious foods
La Grande Orange Café features special holiday hours for Christmas Eve, so plan for an early night or try earlier in the day.
Parkway Grill is open on Christmas Eve, but already has a waitlist, so try your luck.
Green Street Tavern is open on Christmas Eve and is offering their regular menu of classic Pasadena favorites, along with a few specials for the evening. http://www.greenstreettavern.net
If you’re in the mood for Indian, head over to All India Café, which is open Christmas Eve. http://www.allindiacafeca.com
Open Christmas Eve and Christmas Day
Once the presents are open, your work is done so let somebody else do the cooking for the day.
Barney’s Beanery is open 365 a year, which includes both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. In addition to their recently revamped menu, which includes vegetarian options in addition to their famous chili-everything, the Beanery will also have a special menu for the holiday. http://barneysbeanery.com/location/pasadena/
The Langham Hotel is an elegant place to celebrate Christmas. From the Teddy Bear Tea in the lounge held on various dates through December, to the dining options for both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can eat well through the entire holiday.
Malbec Argentinean Cuisine will be open both Christmas Day and Christmas Eve and is currently working on a special menu to offer diners. http://www.malbeccuisine.com/pasadena
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