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11 Excellent Last-Minute Christmas Dining Options in Houston

Didn’t plan in advance? Don’t worry — killer tamales and prime rib are still an option

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Don’t have the energy to plan an elaborate menu for Christmas Eve or Christmas Day? Not sure what to cook for your small, socially-distanced celebration?

Don’t sweat it — some of Houston’s best restaurants will do the work for you this year, offering everything from comforting, gooey mac and cheese to whole roasted prime rib to extensive wine parings, and of course, tamales. Check out your best bets for ordering a last minute Christmas Eve or Christmas Day dinner in the map below.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. B&B Butchers & Restaurant

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1814 Washington Ave
Houston, TX 77007
(713) 862-1814
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Order your choice of protein, including a whole roasted prime rib or whole smoked ham, plus sides like garlic chili Brussels sprouts, crab cakes and creamed spinach. Finish with a dessert of housemade apple crisp or key lime pie. The menu is available through January 1. Order online at B&B Butcher’s website.

2. Tony's

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3755 Richmond Ave
Houston, TX 77046
(713) 622-6778
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Tony’s is offering some traditional Italian meals, like sauteed sausage and peppers, baked ziti, and an entire tiramisu, alongside other dishes like braised lamb shank with mint jus, whole prime tenderloin and praline cheesecake. Order online at https://ordering.app/tonys/.

3. Bistro 555

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13616 Memorial Dr
Houston, TX 77079
(713) 827-8008
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Bistro 555 is offering a Provence-inspired prix fixe menu of three courses, including fois gras, French onion soup, beef Wellington, duck l’orange, wild red snapper, and of course, a Buche de Noel. Cost for the meal is $59 plus tax and tip. Order online at https://www.bistro-555.com/christmas/ by Tuesday, December 22.

4. The Pit Room

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1201 Richmond Ave
Houston, TX 77006
(281) 888-1929
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The Pit Room has all the holiday meat you can handle, including whole turkeys brined for 48 hours in brown sugar and sage and then smoked over post oak wood. Or go for a whole brisket or smoked ham. Sister restaurant Candente is also offering Christmas tamales with either smoke beef shank or pork rib filling, as well as rajas. Call (281) 888-1929  to order by December 21.

5. Traveler's Table

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520 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77006
(832) 409-5785
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Instead of roast duck or tenderloin, branch out a little with Traveler’s Table’s menu of crab samosas, jerk chicken and mango lassi panna cotta. The prix fixe menu incudes three courses for $60 and can be ordered through the Toast app.

6. 2840 Restaurant & Bar

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2840 Chimney Rock Rd Suite 1A
Houston, TX 77056
(713) 299-7821
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2840 is offering family packs for two or four people, including pork belly ham or lamb tikka masala with sides like caramelized onion mashed potatoes, cornbread dressing, and cauliflower au gratin, plus dessert. Order online at www.2840htx.com/christmas-dinner or call (713) 299-7821.

7. Local Foods Rice Village

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2424 Dunstan Rd
Houston, TX 77005
(713) 521-7800
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Local Foods’ holiday menu includes maple pecan green beans, root vegetable gratin with Houston Dairymaids cheeses, harissa duck tangine, and organic smoked salmon. The staff will also recommend wines to accompany whatever you order. Order by December 19 by calling (713) 521-7800.

8. State Fare Kitchen & Bar

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947 Gessner Rd Suite B-190
Houston, TX 77024
(832) 831-0950
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Instead of dinner, State Fare is offering a Southern at-home brunch kit with six cook-at-home biscuits (along with instructions), a quart of white gravy, a pound of breakfast sausage, a dozen eggs, pancake mix and more. You can also add a mimosa or bloody mary kit to your order. Prices start at $50 without the cocktails, and the kit is available through January 3. Call (832) 831-0950 to order.

9. Hugo's

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1600 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77006
(713) 524-7744
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The Christmas Eve menu at Hugo’s includes dishes like pineapple-habanero ham, Tamal Azteca tortilla casserole, savory bread pudding and roasted veggies. Order online at https://www.hugosrestaurant.net/store/catering/ by December 21.

10. Rainbow Lodge

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2011 Ella Blvd
Houston, TX 77008
(713) 861-8666
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Get all the game meat your heart desires with Rainbow Lodge’s holiday menu, including venison loin, whole roasted pheasant and quail, smoked gouda orzo, duck gumbo, seasonal vegetables and chocolate bourbon pecan pie. Order online at https://www.rainbow-lodge.com/.

11. Sylvia's Enchilada Kitchen

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6401 Woodway Dr
Houston, TX 77057
(713) 334-7295
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No Houston Christmas is complete without tamales. Get a dozen of either pork or chicken for $20, and if you order five dozen, you’ll get a sixth dozen for free. Pro-tip: they freeze well. Order online at https://www.sylviasenchiladas.com/. Offer valid through December 31.

1. B&B Butchers & Restaurant

1814 Washington Ave, Houston, TX 77007

Order your choice of protein, including a whole roasted prime rib or whole smoked ham, plus sides like garlic chili Brussels sprouts, crab cakes and creamed spinach. Finish with a dessert of housemade apple crisp or key lime pie. The menu is available through January 1. Order online at B&B Butcher’s website.

1814 Washington Ave
Houston, TX 77007

2. Tony's

3755 Richmond Ave, Houston, TX 77046

Tony’s is offering some traditional Italian meals, like sauteed sausage and peppers, baked ziti, and an entire tiramisu, alongside other dishes like braised lamb shank with mint jus, whole prime tenderloin and praline cheesecake. Order online at https://ordering.app/tonys/.

3755 Richmond Ave
Houston, TX 77046

3. Bistro 555

13616 Memorial Dr, Houston, TX 77079

Bistro 555 is offering a Provence-inspired prix fixe menu of three courses, including fois gras, French onion soup, beef Wellington, duck l’orange, wild red snapper, and of course, a Buche de Noel. Cost for the meal is $59 plus tax and tip. Order online at https://www.bistro-555.com/christmas/ by Tuesday, December 22.

13616 Memorial Dr
Houston, TX 77079

4. The Pit Room

1201 Richmond Ave, Houston, TX 77006

The Pit Room has all the holiday meat you can handle, including whole turkeys brined for 48 hours in brown sugar and sage and then smoked over post oak wood. Or go for a whole brisket or smoked ham. Sister restaurant Candente is also offering Christmas tamales with either smoke beef shank or pork rib filling, as well as rajas. Call (281) 888-1929  to order by December 21.

1201 Richmond Ave
Houston, TX 77006

5. Traveler's Table

520 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77006

Instead of roast duck or tenderloin, branch out a little with Traveler’s Table’s menu of crab samosas, jerk chicken and mango lassi panna cotta. The prix fixe menu incudes three courses for $60 and can be ordered through the Toast app.

520 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77006

6. 2840 Restaurant & Bar

2840 Chimney Rock Rd Suite 1A, Houston, TX 77056

2840 is offering family packs for two or four people, including pork belly ham or lamb tikka masala with sides like caramelized onion mashed potatoes, cornbread dressing, and cauliflower au gratin, plus dessert. Order online at www.2840htx.com/christmas-dinner or call (713) 299-7821.

2840 Chimney Rock Rd Suite 1A
Houston, TX 77056

7. Local Foods Rice Village

2424 Dunstan Rd, Houston, TX 77005

Local Foods’ holiday menu includes maple pecan green beans, root vegetable gratin with Houston Dairymaids cheeses, harissa duck tangine, and organic smoked salmon. The staff will also recommend wines to accompany whatever you order. Order by December 19 by calling (713) 521-7800.

2424 Dunstan Rd
Houston, TX 77005

8. State Fare Kitchen & Bar

947 Gessner Rd Suite B-190, Houston, TX 77024

Instead of dinner, State Fare is offering a Southern at-home brunch kit with six cook-at-home biscuits (along with instructions), a quart of white gravy, a pound of breakfast sausage, a dozen eggs, pancake mix and more. You can also add a mimosa or bloody mary kit to your order. Prices start at $50 without the cocktails, and the kit is available through January 3. Call (832) 831-0950 to order.

947 Gessner Rd Suite B-190
Houston, TX 77024

9. Hugo's

1600 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77006

The Christmas Eve menu at Hugo’s includes dishes like pineapple-habanero ham, Tamal Azteca tortilla casserole, savory bread pudding and roasted veggies. Order online at https://www.hugosrestaurant.net/store/catering/ by December 21.

1600 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77006

10. Rainbow Lodge

2011 Ella Blvd, Houston, TX 77008

Get all the game meat your heart desires with Rainbow Lodge’s holiday menu, including venison loin, whole roasted pheasant and quail, smoked gouda orzo, duck gumbo, seasonal vegetables and chocolate bourbon pecan pie. Order online at https://www.rainbow-lodge.com/.

2011 Ella Blvd
Houston, TX 77008

11. Sylvia's Enchilada Kitchen

6401 Woodway Dr, Houston, TX 77057

No Houston Christmas is complete without tamales. Get a dozen of either pork or chicken for $20, and if you order five dozen, you’ll get a sixth dozen for free. Pro-tip: they freeze well. Order online at https://www.sylviasenchiladas.com/. Offer valid through December 31.

6401 Woodway Dr
Houston, TX 77057

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