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15 Santa-Approved Spots to Dine on Christmas Eve in Dallas

Where to find some merry and bright cheer

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Pearl offers a merry and bright sushi platter that will make the holiday festive.
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Christmas Eve is a great time to let the elves take care of dinner, after weeks of getting ready for the holiday. Whether your traditions are classic American fare, Chinese, sushi, or Italian, there are amazing options open all over the city.

Relax and let yourself enjoy the wonder of the season at these restaurants.

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Royal China

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Starting (or just dabbling in) Chinese food for Christmas Eve is something everyone should strongly consider — especially when there’s a classic, excellent spot like Royal China in town. Chow down on house-made noodle dishes galore, an incredible array of soups, Chinese American favorites, and incredible vegetarian options.

Ramble Room

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This neighborhood bistro in the Park Cities is offering it’s usual menu for lunch and dinner on Christmas Eve, plus some special holiday foods. For cocktails that are in the spirit, order the  white cranberry margarita, Christmas spiced Old Fashioned, or eggnog martini. There are also a few seasonal dishes worth trying, including the jumbo lump crab dip, beet and fried brie salad, and shrimp fettuccine.

McRae's American Bistro & Cocktails

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Head to this spot for Christmas Eve brunch or for a four course prix fixe menu for dinner. Feast on cream leek bleu cheese chicken, almond crusted salmon, or filet mignon for mains.

Chef Shine Tamaoki will serve sushi and holiday-inspired cocktails on Christmas Eve from 5 to 10 p.m. Spluge on an uni shooter served with a quail egg and chili, seared toro, or a Japanese Miyazaki A5 Wagyu steak.

Knox Bistro

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Enjoy a three-course prix fixe meal at Knox Bistro’s special holiday dinner. Entree options include a roasted cod, seared salmon, prime rib, duck leg confit, roasted rack of lamb, and farro with squash as a vegetarian option. The price is $115 per person.

Head to Sachet to enjoy the feast of the seven dishes, served family-style in courses on December 24. See all the options on Instagram. The cost is $95 per person, with add-ons available.

Salum Restaurant

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Pop into this long-running restaurant for oysters and caviar, Lobster Thermidor, pan-roasted halibut, and pan-seared scallops. It’s simple but elegant menu is a solid holiday choice.

Quarter Acre

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Start a new tradition with a New Zealand-inspired meal for the holiday. Entrees worth trying include the braised venison osso bucco, hot-smoked Glory Bay salmon, and the sunchoke linguine with prosciutto. Build as many courses as you like with sharable plates. And the desserts here are some of the most notable and unique in the city.

Las Palmas Tex-Mex

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Keep it chill with a Tex-Mex Christmas Eve. The atmosphere here doesn’t lend itself to needing to dress up and the enchiladas, fajitas, and crudos are top-notch. And truly, what goes together better than margaritas and holiday cheer?

Carbone Vino

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Visit Carbone’s cooler little sister Vino for the night when Santa comes. Things are a little less high stakes, with meat and cheese trays, pizzas, and American-Italian antipasti options. But if you want to go all in on a steak and some of those signature Carbone pastas, those are options too.

Mercat Bistro

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Head to this cute little spot in the Harwood District for Christmas Eve day brunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. It’s all decked out for the holidays and gives that “Christmas in Paris” vibe in the cozy dining room. Or, if the weather is nice, sit in the covered outdoor dining area or on the patio.

El Carlos Elegante

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Obviously, eating at the 2023 Eater Award winning Restaurant of the Year in Dallas should be on your Xmas Eve wish list. And if you’ve already been, the restaurant recently added a lot of new seasonal dishes to the menu that you can bop in and try. Dine on oysters with apple and mint aguachile, garbanzo sope, crystal blue prawn masa, and a bone-in pork chop.

Dakota's

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For a classic steakhouse holiday dinner, this subterranean steakhouse is an excellent option. It is serving its regular menu so go in for a clams casino or shrimp cocktail starter like a Christmas baller, and then hit the steak menu heavy and hard. Paired with a martini, it’ll put the ho-ho-ho in holiday.

Terry Black's Barbecue

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Keep it lowkey with a trip to Deep Ellum for some amazing barbecue to celebrate the holiday. Terry Black’s will have the same old, same old — which is pretty damn great barbecue. Whether you’re a brisket, pork, turkey, or sausage person, you can’t go wrong.

Henry's Majestic

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Enjoy a sweet Christmas Eve full of cheer on the massive outdoor patio at Henry’s Majestic. Order enough cocktails to stay warm, along with the cured meats and cheeses platter, Hatch chile crab dip, birria ramen, or a rotisserie chicken.

Royal China

Starting (or just dabbling in) Chinese food for Christmas Eve is something everyone should strongly consider — especially when there’s a classic, excellent spot like Royal China in town. Chow down on house-made noodle dishes galore, an incredible array of soups, Chinese American favorites, and incredible vegetarian options.

Ramble Room

This neighborhood bistro in the Park Cities is offering it’s usual menu for lunch and dinner on Christmas Eve, plus some special holiday foods. For cocktails that are in the spirit, order the  white cranberry margarita, Christmas spiced Old Fashioned, or eggnog martini. There are also a few seasonal dishes worth trying, including the jumbo lump crab dip, beet and fried brie salad, and shrimp fettuccine.

McRae's American Bistro & Cocktails

Head to this spot for Christmas Eve brunch or for a four course prix fixe menu for dinner. Feast on cream leek bleu cheese chicken, almond crusted salmon, or filet mignon for mains.

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Chef Shine Tamaoki will serve sushi and holiday-inspired cocktails on Christmas Eve from 5 to 10 p.m. Spluge on an uni shooter served with a quail egg and chili, seared toro, or a Japanese Miyazaki A5 Wagyu steak.

Knox Bistro

Enjoy a three-course prix fixe meal at Knox Bistro’s special holiday dinner. Entree options include a roasted cod, seared salmon, prime rib, duck leg confit, roasted rack of lamb, and farro with squash as a vegetarian option. The price is $115 per person.

Sachet

Head to Sachet to enjoy the feast of the seven dishes, served family-style in courses on December 24. See all the options on Instagram. The cost is $95 per person, with add-ons available.

Salum Restaurant

Pop into this long-running restaurant for oysters and caviar, Lobster Thermidor, pan-roasted halibut, and pan-seared scallops. It’s simple but elegant menu is a solid holiday choice.

Quarter Acre

Start a new tradition with a New Zealand-inspired meal for the holiday. Entrees worth trying include the braised venison osso bucco, hot-smoked Glory Bay salmon, and the sunchoke linguine with prosciutto. Build as many courses as you like with sharable plates. And the desserts here are some of the most notable and unique in the city.

Las Palmas Tex-Mex

Keep it chill with a Tex-Mex Christmas Eve. The atmosphere here doesn’t lend itself to needing to dress up and the enchiladas, fajitas, and crudos are top-notch. And truly, what goes together better than margaritas and holiday cheer?

Carbone Vino

Visit Carbone’s cooler little sister Vino for the night when Santa comes. Things are a little less high stakes, with meat and cheese trays, pizzas, and American-Italian antipasti options. But if you want to go all in on a steak and some of those signature Carbone pastas, those are options too.

Mercat Bistro

Head to this cute little spot in the Harwood District for Christmas Eve day brunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. It’s all decked out for the holidays and gives that “Christmas in Paris” vibe in the cozy dining room. Or, if the weather is nice, sit in the covered outdoor dining area or on the patio.

El Carlos Elegante

Obviously, eating at the 2023 Eater Award winning Restaurant of the Year in Dallas should be on your Xmas Eve wish list. And if you’ve already been, the restaurant recently added a lot of new seasonal dishes to the menu that you can bop in and try. Dine on oysters with apple and mint aguachile, garbanzo sope, crystal blue prawn masa, and a bone-in pork chop.

Dakota's

For a classic steakhouse holiday dinner, this subterranean steakhouse is an excellent option. It is serving its regular menu so go in for a clams casino or shrimp cocktail starter like a Christmas baller, and then hit the steak menu heavy and hard. Paired with a martini, it’ll put the ho-ho-ho in holiday.

Terry Black's Barbecue

Keep it lowkey with a trip to Deep Ellum for some amazing barbecue to celebrate the holiday. Terry Black’s will have the same old, same old — which is pretty damn great barbecue. Whether you’re a brisket, pork, turkey, or sausage person, you can’t go wrong.

Henry's Majestic

Enjoy a sweet Christmas Eve full of cheer on the massive outdoor patio at Henry’s Majestic. Order enough cocktails to stay warm, along with the cured meats and cheeses platter, Hatch chile crab dip, birria ramen, or a rotisserie chicken.

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