Have yourself a merry little Christmas that doesn’t include working in the kitchen. While many restaurants around town will be open on Christmas Eve and Christmas (check websites of your favorites), below is a list of restaurants that have a little something special up their red velvet sleeves for the occasion.
Apis. 23526 Texas 71. 512-436-8918, apisrestaurant. The wonderful restaurant on the edge of the Texas Hill Country in Spicewood will serve early dinner on Christmas Eve from 3 to 7 p.m. The prix fixe meal, which includes canapé service and mignardise, costs $120 and $30 for children.
Bonneville. 202 W. Cesar Chavez St. 512-428-4643, thebonnevilleaustin.com. The husband-and-wife-owned restaurant downtown will celebrate Christmas Eve with a French-Canadian menu that pays tribute to co-owner Jennifer Costello’s heritage. The regular menu will also be on offer.
Estancia Churrascaria. 10000 Research Blvd. 512-345-5600, estanciachurrascaria.com. The Brazilian steakhouse will serve its splendor of grilled meats (and salad) at lunch ($41.95) and dinner ($51.95) on Christmas Eve from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and all day on Christmas Day from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Fonda San Miguel. 2330 W. N. Loop Blvd. 512-459-4121, fondasanmiguel.com. The venerable Mexican restaurant hosts a special edition of their Sunday Hacienda Brunch on Christmas Eve from a 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The brunch buffet, which includes an array of Mexican dishes, costs $38.95. The restaurant will also be open with its regular menu for dinner from 5 to 10 p.m.
Hightower. 1209 E. Seventh St. 512-524-1448, thehightoweraustin.com. The East Austin spot will serve Christmas Eve brunch from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Le Politique. 110 San Antonio St. 512-580-7651, lepolitiqueaustin.com. The new downtown French restaurant opens at 6 p.m. on Christmas Eve with a five-course menu that includes foie gras mousse, oysters and roasted capon. Cost is $90, with wine pairings for an additional $60. A special Christmas Day brunch will be served from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., with regular dinner service from 5 to 8 p.m.
LeRoy & Lewis. 121 Pickle Road. 512-775-3392, leroyandlewis.com. The inventive barbecue trailer is selling meats by the pound, such as pit ham and brisket, along with sides for like mashed potatoes and gravy and mac and cheese and cake and pie for advance pick-up. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or to place your order. Final orders due by December 17th.
L’Oca d’Oro. 1900 Simond Ave. 737-212-1876, locadoroaustin.com. Chef Fiore Tedesco will celebrate an Italian tradition on Christmas Eve, with the Feast of Seven Fishes, a family-style four-course dinner featuring an array of fish dishes. Cost is $75 for adults with $25 unlimited house wine and $25 for children ages 3-12. Call or email email@example.com for reservations.
Threadgill’s. 6416 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-451-5440; 301 W. Riverside Drive. 512-472-9304; threadgills.com. Pork chops, roast turkey and, of course, chicken fried steak are on the special Christmas menu at both locations.
Trace. 200 Lavaca St. 512-542-3660, traceaustin.com. The restaurant at the W Hotel will serve a four-course Christmas dinner with options like prime rib, duck breast, eggnog rice pudding and more. The cost is $60 per person.
Trio at the Four Seasons. 98 San Jacinto Blvd. 512-685-8300, trioatthefourseasons.com. The restaurant at the hotel on Lady Bird Lake will serve its famous brunch all day (11 a.m. to 8 p.m.) on Christmas Day. The spread include lobster Benedict, a colorful Christmas salad, tuna crudo, rack of lamb and much more. Cost is $88 for adult and $35 for children.
Chinese restaurants are a holiday tradition for many. Below are the hours of some of Austin’s most popular spots:
A+A Sichuan. 13376 Research Blvd. 512-258-5445, aasichuanchina.com. Open in the evening on Christmas Eve starting at 5 p.m. and regular Monday hours on Christmas.
Chinatown West. 2712 Bee Cave Road. 512-328-6588, austinchinatown.com. Open regular hours on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
Chinatown MoPac. 3407 Greystone Drive. 512-343-9307, chinatown-mopac.com. Open regular hours on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
Din Ho Chinese BBQ. 8557 Research Blvd. 512-832-8788, dinhochinesebbq.com. Open regular hours on Christmas Eve, check with restaurant for Christmas Day hours.
First Chinese Barbecue. 10901 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-835-8889, firstchinesebbq.com. Open regular hours on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
Ho Ho Chinese BBQ. 13000 N. Interstate 35. 512-339-9088, hohochinesebbq.com. Open regular hours on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
Szechuan House. 11005 Burnet Road. 512-832-8989, austinszechuanhouse.com. Open regular hours on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
Sichuan River. 4534 West Gate Blvd. 512-892-6699, sichuanriver.com. Open regular hours on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.