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Where to Eat on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day in Houston

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Give yourself a break and dine out on Christmas eve and the day of. Check off your to-do list by choosing a restaurant, making reservations, and rounding up your guests. With the cooking taken care of, enjoy a stress-free meal with loved ones and this year's goodies from jolly old Saint Nick.

UPDATE: We are adding a very special "A Christmas Story" inspired dinner by Underbelly which still has a few seats left!

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B & B Butchers

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B&B Butchers is open for Christmas eve so you don't have to lift a finger. Also, the Butcher Shop at B&B Butchers & Restaurant is offering a festive Christmas take-out menu (see attached or this link), which is available with a 48-hour notice (except the filet mignon as that is always in stock).

Backstreet Cafe

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Three-course menu with complimentary amuse bouche, $52 per person plus beverage, tax and gratuity, complimentary eggnog and live music by Bob Chadwick. 5-9 pm Reservations highly recommended.

Benjy's

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Both locations (Benjy’s in the Village and Benjy’s on Washington) will be open until 9 p.m. on Christmas Eve. Celebrating 20 years in business, it's tried and true.

Brennan's of Houston

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Friends and family are invited to gather at the iconic Brennan’s of Houston for special holiday menus prepared by Executive Chef Danny Trace. With its creative, comforting fare and elegant atmosphere, Brennan’s of Houston has been a dining destination for holiday gatherings for nearly fifty years.

Damian's Cucina Italiana

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Damian's in midtown is dressed for the season with mistletoe and will be offering guests the regular menu with a special focus on well-priced Italian wine for Christmas eve.

Etoile Cuisine et Bar

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Master Chef of France Philippe Verpiand has created a delicious three-course prix fixe menu for $65 (kids’ menu available for $28). Options include appetizers such as Bisque De Homard (Maine lobster bisque with Gulf shrimp, fresh herbs and creme fraiche) and Foie Gras de Canard au Torchon (cold duck foie gras terrine, dried prune mousseline, toasted brioche); entrees such as Filet de Loup de Mer (pan roasted sea bass, snow peas, fingerling potatoes, roasted cauliflower, coconut and lemongrass emulsion) and a Duo de Bouef (braised beef short rib, beef tenderloin, celery root puree, winter vegetables and cabernet-shallots sauce); and desserts such as Bûche de Noël (milk chocolate and passion fruit “Christmas log” with mango sorbet) and Crêpe Soufflés Suzette (crêpe soufflé with Grand Marnier custard and blood orange sorbet). TIP: Credit card required for reservations, so have it handy.

Helen Greek Food and Wine

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Join Helen Greek Food and Wine for a Greek Christmas Eve dinner. Guests will enjoy a mouthwatering array of special items for the holiday in addition to the regular dinner menu for one night only.

Holley's Seafood Restaurant & Oyster Bar

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Holley's also in midtown will be open on Christmas eve and serving their regular menu on Christmas Eve, don't forget to order their famous Benne Seed Parkerhouse Rolls, poblano “pimento” cheese, smoked drum mousse, pickled veggies. TIP: When they're out, they're out. Last seating is at 9PM

Kata Robata

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Kata Robata is this place for discerning sushi and sake lovers to get the best of both in Houston. On Christmas Eve, Kata Robata will be open from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. for lunch; closed on Christmas Day. Reservations recommended.

Kiran's Restaurant & Bar

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Join Kiran’s Restaurant & Bar on Christmas Day for a festive Mistletoe Brunch Buffet. There will be three seatings at the following times: 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Dishes will include Chicken Tikka Masala, Goanese Shrimp and Chicken, Lamb & Vegetarian Tamales. There will also be special offerings for kids including Chicken Nuggets & Sliders, Macaroni & Cheese and Hot Chocolate & Donuts. $60 per guest / $25 for children under the age of 12 / Children under the age of 5 are complimentary.

Mockingbird Bistro

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Mockingbird will be open Christmas Eve for lunch and for dinner from 5 to 9 pm offering a three-course menu for $75 per adult, $99 per adult with Sommelier’s wine pairing, and $30 for children, all plus tax & gratuity. Full bar with award-winning wine list. Private rooms available. Reservations highly recommended.

Ouisie's Table

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Ouisie’s will have its well-decorated dining rooms open and its kitchen serving a fitting feast from a special Christmas Eve ala carte menu. The menu includes a number of favorites as well as an equal number of holiday specials.

Radio Milano

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Take a weight off of your shoulders and join Radio Milano on Christmas Eve for dinner…and don’t worry about bringing any figgy pudding. To celebrate the holidays, the modern Italian restaurant will be offering a festive, four-course menu priced at $75 per person.

Sud Italia Ristorante

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Sud Italia will host a Christmas Eve dinner by way of the traditional Italian "feast of the seven fishes" with a traditional southern Italian holiday menu. Our international executive chef Sandro has composed a seven course dinner menu featuring delicate and flavorful seafood dishes embodying the essence of Sud Italia.

Tarakaan

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Give your holiday celebration some Asian flare at Tarakaan. This Midtown speakeasy-style newcomer will be open for lunch from 11 am - 3 pm and dinner starting at 4 pm on Christmas Eve.

The Durham House

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Join the newly opened restaurant, The Durham House on Christmas Eve from 11 am - 11 pm for lunch or dinner. For those just looking for a festive libation, The Durham House boasts curated wine, beer and cocktail offerings.

Underbelly

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Underbelly is running a special Christmas Eve dinner inspired by the classic Christmas Story movie. There are two seatings at 5:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. with tickets at $70 for adults, $30 for kids. There will be four courses sure to delight with a few nostalgic movie references baked in for fun.

B & B Butchers

B&B Butchers is open for Christmas eve so you don't have to lift a finger. Also, the Butcher Shop at B&B Butchers & Restaurant is offering a festive Christmas take-out menu (see attached or this link), which is available with a 48-hour notice (except the filet mignon as that is always in stock).

Backstreet Cafe

Three-course menu with complimentary amuse bouche, $52 per person plus beverage, tax and gratuity, complimentary eggnog and live music by Bob Chadwick. 5-9 pm Reservations highly recommended.

Benjy's

Both locations (Benjy’s in the Village and Benjy’s on Washington) will be open until 9 p.m. on Christmas Eve. Celebrating 20 years in business, it's tried and true.

Brennan's of Houston

Friends and family are invited to gather at the iconic Brennan’s of Houston for special holiday menus prepared by Executive Chef Danny Trace. With its creative, comforting fare and elegant atmosphere, Brennan’s of Houston has been a dining destination for holiday gatherings for nearly fifty years.

Damian's Cucina Italiana

Damian's in midtown is dressed for the season with mistletoe and will be offering guests the regular menu with a special focus on well-priced Italian wine for Christmas eve.

Etoile Cuisine et Bar

Master Chef of France Philippe Verpiand has created a delicious three-course prix fixe menu for $65 (kids’ menu available for $28). Options include appetizers such as Bisque De Homard (Maine lobster bisque with Gulf shrimp, fresh herbs and creme fraiche) and Foie Gras de Canard au Torchon (cold duck foie gras terrine, dried prune mousseline, toasted brioche); entrees such as Filet de Loup de Mer (pan roasted sea bass, snow peas, fingerling potatoes, roasted cauliflower, coconut and lemongrass emulsion) and a Duo de Bouef (braised beef short rib, beef tenderloin, celery root puree, winter vegetables and cabernet-shallots sauce); and desserts such as Bûche de Noël (milk chocolate and passion fruit “Christmas log” with mango sorbet) and Crêpe Soufflés Suzette (crêpe soufflé with Grand Marnier custard and blood orange sorbet). TIP: Credit card required for reservations, so have it handy.

Helen Greek Food and Wine

Join Helen Greek Food and Wine for a Greek Christmas Eve dinner. Guests will enjoy a mouthwatering array of special items for the holiday in addition to the regular dinner menu for one night only.

Holley's Seafood Restaurant & Oyster Bar

Holley's also in midtown will be open on Christmas eve and serving their regular menu on Christmas Eve, don't forget to order their famous Benne Seed Parkerhouse Rolls, poblano “pimento” cheese, smoked drum mousse, pickled veggies. TIP: When they're out, they're out. Last seating is at 9PM

Kata Robata

Kata Robata is this place for discerning sushi and sake lovers to get the best of both in Houston. On Christmas Eve, Kata Robata will be open from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. for lunch; closed on Christmas Day. Reservations recommended.

Kiran's Restaurant & Bar

Join Kiran’s Restaurant & Bar on Christmas Day for a festive Mistletoe Brunch Buffet. There will be three seatings at the following times: 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Dishes will include Chicken Tikka Masala, Goanese Shrimp and Chicken, Lamb & Vegetarian Tamales. There will also be special offerings for kids including Chicken Nuggets & Sliders, Macaroni & Cheese and Hot Chocolate & Donuts. $60 per guest / $25 for children under the age of 12 / Children under the age of 5 are complimentary.

Mockingbird Bistro

Mockingbird will be open Christmas Eve for lunch and for dinner from 5 to 9 pm offering a three-course menu for $75 per adult, $99 per adult with Sommelier’s wine pairing, and $30 for children, all plus tax & gratuity. Full bar with award-winning wine list. Private rooms available. Reservations highly recommended.

Ouisie's Table

Ouisie’s will have its well-decorated dining rooms open and its kitchen serving a fitting feast from a special Christmas Eve ala carte menu. The menu includes a number of favorites as well as an equal number of holiday specials.