Somehow December has arrived, and that means one thing: Christmas is on the way. If dining out is on your list, these restaurants are offering special meals for the holidays. Some take place on Christmas Day, some on Christmas Eve, and some on both days. Note: Some of these restaurants are already nearly fully booked.
Here's our list of restaurants serving festive Christmas holiday dining:
Restaurant at Renaissance Hotel is doing a three-course meal with chicken and dumpling soup, crispy chicken thigh, pork osso bucco a la jamon, green bean casserole, potato casserole, and pineapple custard cake with rhum caramel. 5-10 pm. $40. 214-631-2222.
Three-course holiday menu will be served on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day featuring butternut squash velouté with roasted chestnuts, turkey stuffed with apricots and pistachio, smoked ham, and desserts. The regular Italian-Mediterranean dinner menu will also be available. 5:30-10 pm. $39. 214-871-4955.
Bruno Davaillon restaurant will offer a three-course menu on Christmas Eve, opening with crab and squash bisque and a crispy crab crêpe; beef wellington, with truffle potato galette and mâche salad; and for dessert, Bûche de Noël. A la carte menu is also available. December 24, 5-9 pm. $95, plus $58 for wine pairings. Closed Christmas Day. 972-698-4250.
All locations of this Mex-accented home-cooking local chain are open 24-7.
Mediterranean restaurant at Plano's Shops at Legacy has special holiday offering. 972-398-2020.
Joule Hotel restaurant is open all day Christmas Eve and Christmas Day with regular a la carte menu and a Chateaubriand steak special with sides for two to share, for $99. 214-261-4500.
Dee Lincoln Prime
Frisco steakhouse is serving a three-course dinner on Christmas Eve with choices from Caesar salad, wedge, lobster bisque, 8-ounce filet with whipped potatoes, rib eye with Lyonnaise potatoes, salmon with Swiss chard, duck breast with dried cherries, cheesecake, carrot cake and chocolate ganache cake. 4- 9 pm. $60, or $18 for 12 and under. 214-387-3333.
Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak House
Plano and Uptown Dallas locations of this steakhouse chain will be open with a special holiday menu featuring prime rib, dry-aged steak, and a Wagyu tasting, plus regular menu selections. 3-8 pm. 972-312-9115.
Fogo de Chao
Holiday churrasco feast will be served Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Dinner price all day includes seasonal menu items, market table, and feijoada bar. Christmas Eve, 11 am-9:30 pm; Christmas Day, 11 am-9 pm. $65, or $32 for 12 and under. Uptown Dallas and North Dallas/Addison locations.
Three Dallas-area locations of cafeteria chain will serve special buffet with roast beef, ham, popcorn shrimp, pork chops, sweet potatoes, broccoli and rice casserole, cheesecake, red velvet cake, and pies. 11 am-6 pm. $12.89, or $5.29 for 12 and under. 6765 Samuell Blvd. in Dallas; US-75 at Park Boulevard in Plano; and 1540 Eastgate Dr., Garland. 214-321-8070.
Three-course dinner with choice of steak, turkey, pork chop, or salmon, with mashed potatoes and grilled vegetables. Salads include mixed greens with pomegranate vinaigrette and roasted pistachios, and a traditional Caesar. Vegetarian option is a three-cheese spinach lasagna. Desserts include kefir cheese butterfly or flourless chocolate cake. December 24-25, 5-9 pm. $59-$69. Pre-payment required and reservation required. 972-503-7080.
Brewpub opens bright and early at 10 am with $15 brunch with omelets, chicken and waffles, steak and eggs, followed by family-style turkey dinner with mashed potatoes, stuffing, and choice pecan or pumpkin pie. $22, or $12 for 12 and under. 10 am-10:30 pm. Three locations: 6050 Greenville Ave. and 2208 W. Northwest Hwy. in Dallas, and 700 Six Flags Dr. in Arlington. 214-368-1203.
LAW at Four Seasons
Brunch buffet featuring large selection of holiday favorites in addition to carving stations, action stations, and a dessert room. 10:30 am-7:30 pm. $95, or $45 for 12 and under. 972-717-2420.
Regular brunch menu from 7 am-3 pm, then regular dinner menu from 3-9 pm with prime rib special. Dessert buffet available all day. 214-219-8282.
Grand Hyatt DFW restaurant has duck breast with mustard greens and butternut squash. $36. 972-973-1244.
Gyu-Kaku - Addison
Dallas location of international Japanese barbecue chain is open regular hours 11 am-10 pm. 469-567-3237.
Plano pub at Shops at Legacy has a special holiday menu, served 2 pm-midnight. 972-473-7252.
Chinese restaurant will do regular menu 5-10 pm. Uptown: 214-954-9558. Preston Hollow: 214-366-1606.
Open regular hours, 10 am-10 pm. 972-669-9094.
The Richardson Chinese restaurant offers dim sum service from 10 am-10 pm. 214-575-8888.
A la carte dinner from 5-9 pm. 214-443-9339.
Greenville Avenue bar-restaurant will be open regular hours starting at 4 pm. 214-824-7900.
Holiday meal at cafeteria chain includes prime rib or chicken breast with bacon-wrapped shrimp, plus choice of two sides. At all nine DFW locations including 6221 E. Mockingbird Ln., 13455 Midway Rd., and 5600 S Hampton Rd. in Dallas. 214-826-4400.
Design District beer haunt will serve holiday feast with comfort food. Holiday specials include prime rib with rosemary jus, horseradish cream and 6 year aged cheddar herb biscuit; parmesan truffle fries; Brussels sprouts; garlic mashed potatoes; and seafood cocktail platter with shrimp, oysters, crab claws, crab, and mussels. 6-11 pm. 214-628-7900.
All-day holiday buffet. 11 am-9 pm. 972-943-3372.
Morton's The Steakhouse
Uptown steakhouse is open with regular menu from 2-9 pm. 214-741-2277.
Mudhen Meat and Greens
Dallas Farmer’s Market eatery hosts a Tacky Sweater Christmas Eve brunch. Don your favorite festive Christmas ensemble for a complimentary holiday beverage. Brunch specials include honey baked ham with green bean almondine, balsamic glazed Brussels sprouts, sweet potato mash, dinner roll and cranberry butter and Mudhen’s eggnog. December 24th 10 am-4 pm. Closed Christmas Day. 214-698-7000.
Sushi spot at Shops at Legacy in Plano offers a special menu from the bar. 5 pm-2 am. 972-943-9288.
Oceanaire Seafood Room
Seafood restaurant at Galleria Dallas has a regular menu, 2-9 pm. 972-759-2277.
Paul Martin's American Grill
Holiday specials at this Oak Lawn neighborhood restaurant include ahi tuna with ginger chili sauce, 22-ounce bone-in ribeye, and surf & turf with 8-ounce filet mignon and crab-stuffed bacon-wrapped shrimp with asparagus. 11 am-10 pm. 214-521-0116.
Fairmont Hotel restaurant will do brunch with brioche doughnuts with cereal milk glaze, raspberry linzer poptarts, chocolate cake with peppermint filling, gingerbread cupcakes, eggnog bread pudding, hot chocolate mousse with cinnamon marshmallows, magic coconut bars, chocolates, candies, and cookies, omelets, eggs benedict, griddle cakes, antipasto, salads, seafood display, prime rib and challah pull apart rolls, turkey, glazed ham; sea vass, garlic mashed potatoes, candied yam casserole. 11 am-3 pm. $69 or $35 for 12 and under. Christmas dinner will include fall salad sunchoke bisque, and choice of entree from umpkin risotto, turkey, cod tagine, or short rib with white cheddar grits. 5-10 pm. $55, or $24 for 12 and under. 214-720-5249.
Full menu plus extended happy hour specials, from 3-11 pm. Addison: 972-581-2905. Plano: 469-467-7400.
Regular menu plus specials featuring steak, lobster, and enchiladas. 11 am-7 pm. 214-744-1420.
Romano's Macaroni Grill
Three-course menu with surf & turf theme including grilled ribeye, shrimp scampi, roasted asparagus, and garlic mashed potatoes. $25. Regular menu of Italian fare also available. Christmas Eve 11 am-10 pm. Christmas Day 12-8 pm. All locations.
Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek
Traditional holiday favorites and an indulgent array of desserts. 11 am-4 pm, 5:30-8 pm. $130, $60 for 12 and under. 214-443-4747.
Two menus are available: a 3-course menu of signatures such as misoyaki butterfish; and a 3-course holiday menu featuring chateaubriand with Brussels sprouts, carrots, asparagus, and red bliss potatoes, plus choice of Caesar or lobster bisque, and choice of chocolate torte or cinnamon brioche bread pudding. 12-9 pm. $50-$60, or $13 for 12 and under. 972-473-6263.
Limited menu featuring four tamale varieties: brisket, chicken tinga, pork carnitas, or roasted poblano and cheese. 6 pm-midnight. 214-730-0596.
Ruth's Chris Steak House
Regular menu of steak and seafood from 12-8 pm. 214-922-7062.
Three-course dinner on Christmas Eve includes choices from Nantucket Bay scallops, duck with beluga lentil, truffled potato leek soup, horseradish-crusted halibut with creamed spinach and whipped potato, and filet and poached lobster with whipped potato and asparagus. December 24. 5-9 pm. Regular dinner menu also available. $64. 214-740-7228.
Christmas Day brunch buffet will feature culinary action stations in the dining room and private rooms. Diners can enjoy beautiful views of Dallas and a special menu with eggs and breakfast specialties, charcuterie assortments, fresh greens, an assortment of meats from the chef’s carving table, and more. 10 am-1:45 pm. $79, plus $10 for champagne. or $39 for 12 and under. 214-761-7498.
South Fork Texas Steak and Crab
Specials include prime rib with salad, chicken, and chicken-fried steak. 12-10 pm. 972-423-7235.
St. Martin's Wine Bistro
Three-course meal for dinner. 6-8 pm. $45, or $30 for 12 and under. 214-826-0940.
Christmas Eve three-course meal features yellowtail tataki, vegetable dumplings, Wagyu nigiri, red curry salmon, shaken beef, vegetarian drunken noodles, Shanghai duck,.brandy fruit foster, and cheesecake. 5:30-9 pm. $75. 214-219-9908.
Brunch at Omni Dallas features turkey, ham, Gulf seafood, biscuits, gingerbread cookies, apple pie, banana pudding trifle, and chocolate mousse shots. 6 am-10 pm. $25, $10 for 12 and under. 214-652-4810.
Special menu with lobster tail tournedos, scallops and sweetbreads vol au vent, Dover sole meuniere graatinee, rack of lamb, and praline chocolate cake. 10 am-8 pm. 214-520-8999.