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Eric Sauseda

Where to Eat on Christmas Day, Mapped

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| Eric Sauseda

For the non-traditional Christmas meal or for the family that prefers to head out before or after opening Christmas gifts, there are several Houston restaurants ready to feed you. The spots on this list range from the best places that are open in Chintatown to high-end steakhouses; take your pick from fancy, high-priced celebratory meals to small mom-and-pop shop fare with long hours. You'll have plenty of good options without having to clean up after dinner. As is always the case on a holiday, it's best to call ahead. Let us know if we missed a spot.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Kiran's Restaurant & Bar

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4100 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77027
(713) 960-8472
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It's closing early (at 3 p.m. today), but brunch will be in full force. Order owner Kiran Verma's signature chai with your $55 buffet meal.

2. TP Banh Bao

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11209 Bellaire Boulevard
Houston, TX 77072
(281) 988-7667
They're offering Christmas discounts and will be open until 8 p.m. or earlier, depending on how many banh bao they make the day before. The little meat-filled buns are a quick, warming snack for a pre-dinner appetizer, too.

3. The Palm

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2001 Post Oak Blvd
Houston, TX 77056
(713) 961-9300
The Palm might be staying open as often as possible to flaunt its recent pricey renovations. The lobster and steak are good dining options on this special day.

4. Himalaya Restaurant

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6652 Southwest Freeway
Houston, TX 77074-2210
(713) 532-2837
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Houston's most revered Indo-Pak restaurant will be open today and on Christmas Eve. The Hara Masala and Lamb Biryani are favorites, or ask which desserts they're creating that night. They've been known to have a creamy, pistachio-speckled paneer dessert on occasion.

5. Lowbrow

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1601 W Main St
Houston, TX 77006
This Montrose bar and restaurant is the place to go for gourmet burgers and fancy cheese plates in a laid-back atmosphere. Christmas day they'll offer bar service and a limited food menu from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. They'll be open with regular hours on Christmas Eve, too.

6. Mala Sichuan Bistro

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9348 Bellaire Blvd
Houston, TX 77036
(713) 995-1889
For those who didn't get everything they wanted this Christmas, this Sichuan favorite will be around to serve up good Don Don Noodles an order of cumin beef and some red oil dumplings.

7. Aladdin's Mediterranean Cuisine

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912 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77006
(866) 417-8367
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The Montrose spot for quick, satisfying Mediterranean cuisine will be open on Christmas with regular hours and the normal menu.

8. Turquoise Grill

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3701 Kirby Dr
Houston, TX
(713) 526-3800
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The Turkish restaurant will serve a set Christmas menu with soup, salad or falafel and a choice of three entrées in addition to dessert. The price varies depending on customizations to your meal.

9. Ruth's Chris Steak House

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5433 Westheimer
Houston, TX 77056
(713) 840-1433
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Choose between lobster and a filet ($47.95) or lobster and a ribeye ($57.95) on Christmas Day at this high-end steakhouse. They're offering extended dining hours this year.

10. Savoy Food Market

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11246 S Wilcrest Dr.
Houston, TX 77099-4337
(281) 568-6772
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This grocery store and restaurant serves Houston's definitive version of haleem as well as other Pakistani favorites.

11. Line And Lariat

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220 Main Street
Houston, TX 77002
(832) 667-4470
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Line & Lariat will serve a brunch buffet from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. and dinner from 5:30 to 10 p.m. ICON Chop Salad, Christmas Squash Soup, Beef Wellington and House Made Yule Log will be on the menu.

12. Quattro at Four Seasons Hotel Houston

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1300 Lamar Street
Houston, TX 77010-3017
(713) 650-1300
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At $85 for adults, Quattro's buffet may count as a Christmas present all by itself. Diners will walk into the kitchen where chefs will serve them from the hot line.

13. Shanghai River

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2407 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77098
(713) 528-5528
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For the nights you're craving Chinese and can't make it to Bellaire and the Beltway, this River Oaks institution is still a solid option for Chinese-American classics. They will be open their regular hours, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

14. RA Sushi

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3908 Westheimer Rd.
Houston, TX 77027
(713) 621-5800
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Open from 4:00 p.m. until midnight with happy hour pricing on food and drinks, this spot is a good deal with the best Christmas hours.

15. Seoul Garden Restaurant

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9446 long point
Houston, TX 77055
(713) 935-9696
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Bibimap and kimchi await at this Long Point staple. Although there are still plans to sell it, the restaurant will be open on Christmas Day with its regular hours.

16. Monarch - Hotel Zaza

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5701 N Main St
Houston, TX 77009
(713) 527-1800
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Chef Jonathan Jones is cooking up a prix-fixe menu from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00p.m. including a pork osso buco in a pineapple rum glaze and a festive eggnog cheesecake for dessert. The meal is $55 per person.

17. Fusion Taco

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801 Congress St
Houston, TX 77002
(713) 422-2882
The food truck turned downtown brick-and-mortar shop will be open from noon to 9 p.m. and will offer happy hour pricing all day.

1. Kiran's Restaurant & Bar

4100 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77027
It's closing early (at 3 p.m. today), but brunch will be in full force. Order owner Kiran Verma's signature chai with your $55 buffet meal.
4100 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77027

2. TP Banh Bao

11209 Bellaire Boulevard, Houston, TX 77072
They're offering Christmas discounts and will be open until 8 p.m. or earlier, depending on how many banh bao they make the day before. The little meat-filled buns are a quick, warming snack for a pre-dinner appetizer, too.
11209 Bellaire Boulevard
Houston, TX 77072

3. The Palm

2001 Post Oak Blvd, Houston, TX 77056
The Palm might be staying open as often as possible to flaunt its recent pricey renovations. The lobster and steak are good dining options on this special day.
2001 Post Oak Blvd
Houston, TX 77056

4. Himalaya Restaurant

6652 Southwest Freeway, Houston, TX 77074-2210
Houston's most revered Indo-Pak restaurant will be open today and on Christmas Eve. The Hara Masala and Lamb Biryani are favorites, or ask which desserts they're creating that night. They've been known to have a creamy, pistachio-speckled paneer dessert on occasion.
6652 Southwest Freeway
Houston, TX 77074-2210

5. Lowbrow

1601 W Main St, Houston, TX 77006
This Montrose bar and restaurant is the place to go for gourmet burgers and fancy cheese plates in a laid-back atmosphere. Christmas day they'll offer bar service and a limited food menu from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. They'll be open with regular hours on Christmas Eve, too.
1601 W Main St
Houston, TX 77006

6. Mala Sichuan Bistro

9348 Bellaire Blvd, Houston, TX 77036
For those who didn't get everything they wanted this Christmas, this Sichuan favorite will be around to serve up good Don Don Noodles an order of cumin beef and some red oil dumplings.
9348 Bellaire Blvd
Houston, TX 77036

7. Aladdin's Mediterranean Cuisine

912 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77006
The Montrose spot for quick, satisfying Mediterranean cuisine will be open on Christmas with regular hours and the normal menu.
912 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77006

8. Turquoise Grill

3701 Kirby Dr, Houston, TX
The Turkish restaurant will serve a set Christmas menu with soup, salad or falafel and a choice of three entrées in addition to dessert. The price varies depending on customizations to your meal.
3701 Kirby Dr
Houston, TX

9. Ruth's Chris Steak House

5433 Westheimer, Houston, TX 77056
Choose between lobster and a filet ($47.95) or lobster and a ribeye ($57.95) on Christmas Day at this high-end steakhouse. They're offering extended dining hours this year.
5433 Westheimer
Houston, TX 77056

10. Savoy Food Market

11246 S Wilcrest Dr., Houston, TX 77099-4337
This grocery store and restaurant serves Houston's definitive version of haleem as well as other Pakistani favorites.
11246 S Wilcrest Dr.
Houston, TX 77099-4337

11. Line And Lariat

220 Main Street, Houston, TX 77002
Line & Lariat will serve a brunch buffet from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. and dinner from 5:30 to 10 p.m. ICON Chop Salad, Christmas Squash Soup, Beef Wellington and House Made Yule Log will be on the menu.
220 Main Street
Houston, TX 77002

12. Quattro at Four Seasons Hotel Houston

1300 Lamar Street, Houston, TX 77010-3017
At $85 for adults, Quattro's buffet may count as a Christmas present all by itself. Diners will walk into the kitchen where chefs will serve them from the hot line.
1300 Lamar Street
Houston, TX 77010-3017

13. Shanghai River

2407 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77098
For the nights you're craving Chinese and can't make it to Bellaire and the Beltway, this River Oaks institution is still a solid option for Chinese-American classics. They will be open their regular hours, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
2407 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77098

14. RA Sushi

3908 Westheimer Rd., Houston, TX 77027
Open from 4:00 p.m. until midnight with happy hour pricing on food and drinks, this spot is a good deal with the best Christmas hours.
3908 Westheimer Rd.
Houston, TX 77027

15. Seoul Garden Restaurant

9446 long point, Houston, TX 77055
Bibimap and kimchi await at this Long Point staple. Although there are still plans to sell it, the restaurant will be open on Christmas Day with its regular hours.
9446 long point
Houston, TX 77055

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16. Monarch - Hotel Zaza

5701 N Main St, Houston, TX 77009
Chef Jonathan Jones is cooking up a prix-fixe menu from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00p.m. including a pork osso buco in a pineapple rum glaze and a festive eggnog cheesecake for dessert. The meal is $55 per person.
5701 N Main St
Houston, TX 77009

17. Fusion Taco

801 Congress St, Houston, TX 77002
The food truck turned downtown brick-and-mortar shop will be open from noon to 9 p.m. and will offer happy hour pricing all day.
801 Congress St
Houston, TX 77002

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