Take a load off and unstress as the holidays come to a close—don’t worry about dinner this year! Here’s our list of some of Houston’s best spots open for dining on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. Be sure to call ahead for reservations and orders.
Masraff’s: 1753 Post Oak Blvd., Houston; 713.355.1975
Celebrate the holidays with family at Masraff’s! Savor selections like the colossal crab cakes or sizzling ribeyes along with a few Christmas Eve specials. They will be open on Christmas Eve from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m and will begin taking reservations at 4 p.m. at 713.355.1975.
B&B Butchers: 1814 Washington Ave., Houston; 713.862.1814
Celebrate a Christmas Eve lunch or dinner at the restaurant, where you can order from the regular lunch and dinner menu. Don’t miss Christmas carolers spreading cheer at the restaurant during dinner service, as well as the festive “reinsteer” out front for photos! If you’re not in the mood to cook this Christmas or need help hosting a holiday dinner party, The Butcher Shop at B&B is offering a festive Christmas take-out menu featuring selections like prime rib and glazed ham. These are available all month with a 24-hour notice.
Backstreet Cafe: 1103 S Shepherd Dr., Houston; 713.521.2239
Spend your Christmas Eve at Backstreet Cafe for a three-course dinner for $52 per person. Enjoy selections like baked oysters, grilled beef tenderloin, and eggnog cheesecake. Please call 713.521.2239 for reservations. Backstreet Cafe also offers platters of some of their favorite à la carte items which can be preordered in advance. Place your orders by Sunday, December 22nd and they will be ready for pickup on Tuesday, December 24th from 11 a.m. to 9 pm.
Steak 48: 4444 Westheimer Rd., Houston; 713.322.7448
‘Tis the season for something sizzling! Known for their impeccable service and buzzy ambiance, River Oaks District’s favorite steakhouse is serving its full menu for guests to enjoy! From famous raw bar combinations to sizzling plates and opulent sides there are plenty of options to satisfy every guest in your party! Open Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve and New Years Day. Reservations encouraged.
Artisans Restaurant: 3201 Louisiana St., Houston
Opt for something a little fancier this year at Artisans. The $80 five-course French menu features dishes like foie gras and duck confit, braised beef short rib, and a chocolate Christmas yule log. Book ahead—reservations are available from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m on Christmas Eve.
Brennan’s of Houston: 3300 Smith St., Houston; 713.522.9711
Celebrate the holiday season with Brennan’s this year. From 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Christmas Eve, Brennan’s will be offering their regular menu for guests. Enjoy classic like snapping turtle soup, Creole-spiced filet of beef, and Brennan’s bananas foster.
Caracol: 2200 Post Oak Blvd., Suite #160, Houston; 713.622.9996
This holiday season let Caracol’s kitchen help take care of all the fixings for your holiday feast with Chef Hugo’s twists on traditional classics like pineapple & habanero whole spiral ham and tamal Azteca tortilla casserole. Their Family Feast dinners or à la carte items can be preordered in advance, and will be ready for pickup Tuesday, December 24th from 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. at the time selected. Please place your order by Sunday, December 22. They will be closed on Christmas Day.
Roka Akor: 2929 Weslayan St., Houston; 713.622.1777
Roka Akor, one of Houston’s premier Japanese restaurants will be offering a special Christmas Eve dinner. A selection of five courses with dishes like Wagyu dumplings, sashimi, and Roka Akor’s signature truffle hot pots. The special menu will be available for $89 per person, with the full à la carte menu also available.
La Table: 1800 Post Oak Blvd., Houston; 713-439-1000
Celebrate Christmas Eve at La Table’s holiday table! The resto known for its modern French fare will be open for lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and for dinner from 4:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The casual, airy bistro concept downstairs, Marché at La Table, will have a $55 pre-fixe lunch menu and an $85 pre-fixe dinner menu, along with live music entertainment throughout the evening. Are you in search of an intimate, fine-dining destination? La Table’s high-end concept upstairs, Château at La Table, will offer the same menus that day as well. Signature highlights on the menu include Lobster Royale, mushroom ravioli, duck, and filet of prime beef.
Peli Peli: Multiple locations; 281.257.9500
Skip the traditional and spend Christmas enjoying South African favorites with an upscale twist at Peli Peli! Open from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. on Christmas Eve and 2 p.m. – 8 p.m. on Christmas Day, dig into their full menu, as well as two specials created by Chef Ryan Stewart just for the holidays—grilled center-cut pork chop and filet of beef Wellington.
B.B Lemon: 1809 Washington Ave., Houston; 713.554.1809
The newest sister restaurant to B&B Butchers, B.B. Lemon, will be open on Christmas Eve, Tuesday, December 24th, for lunch and dinner, and guests can order from the regular dinner menu along with a few specials. Plus, Christmas carolers will be performing at the restaurant to spread holiday cheer during dinner service!
a’Bouzy: 2300 Westheimer Rd, Houston; 713.722.6899
Celebrate Christmas Eve at a’Bouzy at lunch or dinner with a special happy hour from 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.! The restaurant will be open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and will be serving its regular menu on Christmas Eve. At happy hour enjoy bites and cocktails for $7 or less.
Emmaline: 3210 W Dallas St, Houston; 713.523.3210
Photo Credit: Becca Wright
Dine at Emmaline this Christmas Eve from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. and enjoy standout features just for the special day. Dine on selections like such as Dover Sole Meunière or a 22 oz. Kansas City Strip. Guests can also enjoy festive dessert, Gâteau Royale a hazelnut cake, valrhona chocolate ganache, mirror glaze, pistachio crumble, white and milk chocolate mousse.