If after the craziness of the holidays you are not feeling ho-ho-happy about making Christmas dinner at home, consider taking the family to one of the many valley restaurants that are offering great holiday menus that range from casual to deliciously decadent.
12 to 8 p.m.
Menu includes escargot potpie with spinach, garlic confit, and cremini mushrooms; roasted California squab with foie gras risotto, caramelized Asian pear, pickled beech mushrooms and black pepper caramel sauce; crab stuffed petrale sole with haricot vert, pomme frittes and sauce meuniere; prime New York strip with salsify puree, king trumpet mushrooms, balsamic onions and bone marrow marmalade; and roasted vegetable wellington with gruyere cheese, asparagus, roasted mushrooms, spinach, squash and red pepper coulis. Dessert selections will include cranberry apple gallette with almond frangipane, cardamom crème anglaise and rosemary gelato; and jivara milk chocolate mousse with peppermint whipped ganache, shortbread crumble and crystallized mint.
Prado at Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia
Brunch 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Dinner 3 to 8:30 p.m.
Enjoy a traditional brunch that includes an omelet station, waffles, fresh sliced fruit and smoked salmon, as well as a choice of small-plate options comprised of signature tapas, New York strip steak and eggs benedict. For Christmas dinner, enjoy a four-course, prix-fixe menu featuring filet mignon, seafood paella and roasted sea bass, as well as festive music and tempting dessert.
Palomino Ballroom at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess
Brunch 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
This is one spectacular holiday feast (Bourbon Steak, La Hacienda, Toro Latin Restaurant & Rum Bar and Ironwood American Kitchen).
Reservations to both dining events are required by calling 480.585.2694.
The Boulders’ Palo Verde Restaurant
Dinner 4 to 10 p.m
Menu includes a delectable prix fixe, four-course menu that includes black garlic gnocchi, herb-crusted prime rib and other festive, delicious dishes.
Gertrude’s Inside the Desert Botanical Garden
Christmas Eve Brunch 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Dishes include eggnog semi-fredo and biscuits and gravy.
LON’s at the Hermosa
Christmas Eve Dinner 4 to 8 p.m
A la carte brunch menu 10 a.m. to 2 p.m
Christmas Day Noon to 7 p.m.
Reservations required: 602.955.7878.
The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch
Christmas Brunch 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Vista Verde Dining Room
The buffet will include breakfast items, carving station entrees, a seafood bar, sweet delights and much more.
Rita’s Kitchen at JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa
Christmas Brunch 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The buffet includes a seafood bar, antipasto and salads, a carving station with roasted organic turkey, pepper-crusted prime rib of beef and orange-glazed Virginia ham, breakfast favorites, Mexican specialties and a delectable array of traditional Christmas desserts. Reservations required: 480.948.1700.
JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa’s MERITAGE Tavern
Christmas dinner from 4 to 9 p.m.
Dinner features and a la carte menu offered in addition to regular dinner menu.
T. Cook’s at Royal Palms Resort and Spa
Christmas Eve Brunch 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Menu includes a buffet of seafood, bakeshop goods and much more.
Christmas Eve Dinner 4:30 to 9 p.m.,
Menu includes three delicious courses
Christmas Day 11 a.m. to 8 p.m
Menu offers a three-course prix-fixe
Royal Palms Holiday Buffet 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Reservations recommended: 602.808.0766.
Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort
Different Pointe of View Noon to 7 p.m.
Meal includes carving and grill stations will feature slow-roasted prime rib, roasted breast of young tom turkey, grilled pork loin and much more.
Holiday Buffet Dinner at Pointe In Thyme Noon to 6 p.m.
For reservations, call 602.866.6348, ext. 7900.
The Camby’s Christmas Brunch Buffet 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The menu is full of seasonal flavors including a sweet potato and roasted cauliflower salad with pomegranate seeds topped with a sherry vinaigrette and coffee agave roasted baby carrots to shine alongside delicious servings of the prime rib roast and fig and orange glazed ham from the carving station.
The Christmas Day 12 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
Chef Charles Wiley will serve a specialty four course menu spotlighting seasonal favorites including his much lauded butternut squash soup with a decadent maple cream sauce and sage, punctuated by tart and sweet pomegranate seeds.
Brunch on Christmas Eve 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Christmas Day 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The holiday menu includes a turkey and cornbread stuffing hash with sweet potatoes, hand-carved turkey, cornbread hash, two poached eggs and gravy drizzle served with a warm buttermilk biscuit and roasted turkey plate with garlic smashed potatoes, heirloom glazed carrots, turkey gravy and stuffing.
Tomaso’s Italian Restaurant and Tomaso’s When In Rome
Christmas Eve 12 to 9 p.m.
Christmas Day 12 to 9 p.m
Both restaurants by Chef Tomaso Maggiore will feature a traditional Italian Christmas Eve menu to celebrate “Feast of the Seven Fishes” Dec. 22 to 24. The menu includes baked clams with herbs and shallots and balsamic maple-glazed sea scallops paired with jalepeño for a sweet flavor with a touch of heat. Guest will have a choice of entrée and dessert.
Market Street Kitchen
Christmas Eve menu includes special featured holiday dishes, in addition to its regular menu. Dig into pan-seared Alaskan halibut, pink peppercorn-crusted prime rib and much more.
Rusconi’s American Kitchen
Christmas Eve Dinner Starting at 5 p.m
Dishes include roasted natural pork tenderloin, RAK caesar salad with corn relish and much more.
Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails
Christmas Eve 5 to 10 p.m.
Will serve their full dinner menu in addition to pork schnitzel as a special.
Christmas Day 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Full lunch menu and several specials (like red velvet waffles)
Dinner 4 to 8 p.m.
Will serve festive dishes includes grilled swordfish and Christmas stew, in addition to its full dinner menu.
Both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Dinner
Menu will include a three-course feast. Options include butternut squash ravioli, crunchy halibut, warm chocolate cake and more.
Christmas Eve Brunch, Lunch or Dinner
On Dec. 24, treat your family to a traditional Christmas Eve fish dinner with the Cod Victoria entrée special, available from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Diners can also enjoy TEXAZ Grill’s signature Sunday brunch from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Hotel Valley Ho
Christmas Day in Sands,10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Menu includes charcuterie, seafood, prime rib, ham with apple butter, local veggies and chocolate peppermint cheesecake.
ZuZu is open all day, serving its seasonal menus for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Dinner – A four-course prix fixe dinner menu including lobster bisque, prime rib or branzino and gingerbread toffee pudding.
Reservations are required for the buffet (480.421.7753) and recommended for ZuZu (480.376.2600).
Christmas Eve from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m
Christmas Day from 1 to 9 p.m.
Frank & Albert’s
Christmas Eve Buffet from 7 a.m. to noon.
Prix fixe dinner menu from 5 to 9:30 p.m.
On Christmas Day breakfast buffet from 7 to 11 a.m.
For Christmas dinner, served from 1 to 9 p.m., guests will enjoy a three-course menu of holiday specialties.