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Where to Eat on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day in San Diego

Holiday feasts await.

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With the holidays approaching, it's time to focus the most important decision— what and where will we be eating? Though many restaurants close up shop on Christmas, there are plenty of kitchens staying open to feed us. Here are some good options for Christmas Eve or Christmas Day feasting at restaurants offering seasonally-themed dishes, multi-course prix fixe menus and holiday buffets.

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1. 100 Wines

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1027 University Ave
San Diego, CA 92103
(619) 491-0100
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Executive chef Miguel Valdez is cooking three-course prix-fixe Christmas Day menu, offered from 3 to 8 p.m., for $39.95. Options include oven roasted turkey soup with cranberry stuffing, butternut squash ravioli and smoked candied ham with rosemary red potatoes, sautéed garlic green beans, and apple cider gravy.

2. 1500 OCEAN

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1500 Orange Ave
Coronado, CA 92118
(619) 522-8490
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Offered on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day at the Hotel Del Coronado's fine dining outpost is a four course menu from new chef de cuisine Meredith Manee that includes duck liver and cranberry pate with ricotta and pumpkin seed bruschetta, and braised short ribs with a parsnip-onion puree, mushrooms and arugula and eggnog creme brûlée.

3. Bijou French Bistro

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1205 Prospect St
La Jolla, CA 92037
(858) 750-3695
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Transport your family to France via food with the bistro's Christmas Eve dinner, available from 5:30 to 10 p.m.; chef de cuisine Shaun Gethin's three course menu includes oeufs en cocotte, Brook River trout almondine and a chocolate gâteau.

4. Bluefire Grill

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2100 Costa del Mar Rd
Carlsbad, CA 92009
(760) 929-6306
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Chef Simon Dolinky, who heads up BlueFire Grill, Omni La Costa’s signature restaurant, is planning a traditional Christmas Dinner on Christmas Day available from 5 to 9 pm. The three-course pre-fixe menu includes pan roasted Cornish game hen with bacon roasted brussels sprouts and Meyer lemon aioli, slow cooked Korobuta ham with apple butter and molasses ginger cake.

5. Chandler's

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Hilton Carlsbad Oceanfront Resort & Spa
Carlsbad, CA

Available on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day from 5 to 9 p.m. is three-course menu for $59 or $79 with wine pairings. Chef Pascal Vignau, formerly of Savory Casual Fare, is offering any appetizer or entree on their a la carte menu for the prix fixe or options that include wild mushroom raviolis and thyme-roasted rack or lamb. T

6. Cowboy Star Restaurant & Butcher Shop

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640 10th Ave
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 450-5880
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Reservations start at 4 p.m. for this modern steakhouse's Christmas Eve dinner service. They'll be offering their full a la carte menu along with holiday specials.

7. Jayne's Gastropub

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4677 30th St
San Diego, CA 92116
(619) 563-1011
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This cozy gastropub is celebrating Christmas Eve with a menu of traditional British dishes, including steak and mushroom pie, lots and lots of Guinness.

8. Marina Kitchen

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333 W Harbor Dr
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 699-8222
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Marina Kitchen is hosting a holiday buffet on December 24 and December 25 available from 5 to 9 p.m. both nights. Dishes include Brandt Beef prime rib and roasted Jidori chicken, plus seafood, vegetable and dessert. $48 per person and $12.99 for children 12 and younger.

9. Mistral

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4000 Loews Coronado Bay Rd
Coronado, CA 92118
(619) 424-4000
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Chef de cuisine Adam Cho is cooking up two different four course menus on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The holiday feasts, offered for $59 for adults and $25 for children, include options like citrus kale salad, bone-in ribeye, rack of lamb and fruitcake bread pudding.

10. Solare Ristorante Italiano Pizzeria Lounge

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2820 Roosevelt Rd
San Diego, CA 92106
(619) 270-9670
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From 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Christmas Eve, chef Accursio Lota is cooking up a traditional holiday feast from his native Sicily, a four-course dinner comprised of special family recipes for $59/person.

1. 100 Wines

1027 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92103

Executive chef Miguel Valdez is cooking three-course prix-fixe Christmas Day menu, offered from 3 to 8 p.m., for $39.95. Options include oven roasted turkey soup with cranberry stuffing, butternut squash ravioli and smoked candied ham with rosemary red potatoes, sautéed garlic green beans, and apple cider gravy.

1027 University Ave
San Diego, CA 92103

2. 1500 OCEAN

1500 Orange Ave, Coronado, CA 92118

Offered on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day at the Hotel Del Coronado's fine dining outpost is a four course menu from new chef de cuisine Meredith Manee that includes duck liver and cranberry pate with ricotta and pumpkin seed bruschetta, and braised short ribs with a parsnip-onion puree, mushrooms and arugula and eggnog creme brûlée.

1500 Orange Ave
Coronado, CA 92118

3. Bijou French Bistro

1205 Prospect St, La Jolla, CA 92037

Transport your family to France via food with the bistro's Christmas Eve dinner, available from 5:30 to 10 p.m.; chef de cuisine Shaun Gethin's three course menu includes oeufs en cocotte, Brook River trout almondine and a chocolate gâteau.

1205 Prospect St
La Jolla, CA 92037

4. Bluefire Grill

2100 Costa del Mar Rd, Carlsbad, CA 92009

Chef Simon Dolinky, who heads up BlueFire Grill, Omni La Costa’s signature restaurant, is planning a traditional Christmas Dinner on Christmas Day available from 5 to 9 pm. The three-course pre-fixe menu includes pan roasted Cornish game hen with bacon roasted brussels sprouts and Meyer lemon aioli, slow cooked Korobuta ham with apple butter and molasses ginger cake.

2100 Costa del Mar Rd
Carlsbad, CA 92009

5. Chandler's

Hilton Carlsbad Oceanfront Resort & Spa, Carlsbad, CA

Available on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day from 5 to 9 p.m. is three-course menu for $59 or $79 with wine pairings. Chef Pascal Vignau, formerly of Savory Casual Fare, is offering any appetizer or entree on their a la carte menu for the prix fixe or options that include wild mushroom raviolis and thyme-roasted rack or lamb. T

Hilton Carlsbad Oceanfront Resort & Spa
Carlsbad, CA

6. Cowboy Star Restaurant & Butcher Shop

640 10th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

Reservations start at 4 p.m. for this modern steakhouse's Christmas Eve dinner service. They'll be offering their full a la carte menu along with holiday specials.

640 10th Ave
San Diego, CA 92101

7. Jayne's Gastropub

4677 30th St, San Diego, CA 92116

This cozy gastropub is celebrating Christmas Eve with a menu of traditional British dishes, including steak and mushroom pie, lots and lots of Guinness.

4677 30th St
San Diego, CA 92116

8. Marina Kitchen

333 W Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101

Marina Kitchen is hosting a holiday buffet on December 24 and December 25 available from 5 to 9 p.m. both nights. Dishes include Brandt Beef prime rib and roasted Jidori chicken, plus seafood, vegetable and dessert. $48 per person and $12.99 for children 12 and younger.

333 W Harbor Dr
San Diego, CA 92101

9. Mistral

4000 Loews Coronado Bay Rd, Coronado, CA 92118

Chef de cuisine Adam Cho is cooking up two different four course menus on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The holiday feasts, offered for $59 for adults and $25 for children, include options like citrus kale salad, bone-in ribeye, rack of lamb and fruitcake bread pudding.

4000 Loews Coronado Bay Rd
Coronado, CA 92118

10. Solare Ristorante Italiano Pizzeria Lounge

2820 Roosevelt Rd, San Diego, CA 92106

From 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Christmas Eve, chef Accursio Lota is cooking up a traditional holiday feast from his native Sicily, a four-course dinner comprised of special family recipes for $59/person.

2820 Roosevelt Rd
San Diego, CA 92106

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