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Dine in style on Christmas Day at Fearing's
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15 Excellent Options For Dining On Christmas Eve & Day in Dallas

Let someone else do the cooking this year

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Dine in style on Christmas Day at Fearing's
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Considering how much thought goes into buying all those gifts, booking travel, and hosting holiday shindigs, the most important question during the season is always "What are we going to eat on Christmas Day?"

Fortunately, enjoying an excellent meal on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day doesn't have to be a ton of work. In fact, they don't even have to take place at home. Instead of dragging out the fancy china and destroying the kitchen, put on your jingle bells and let one of Dallas' best restaurants take care of all the cooking.

From casual to Chinese, fancy-pants to buffet-friendly pants required, these 16 restaurants open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day offer something that will suit every holiday taste, craving, and budget. As an added bonus, you won't even have to wash any dishes, and that's truly the best gift you can give yourself this time of year.

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1. Knife Steakhouse

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6121 W Park Blvd
Plano, TX 75093
(214) 299-5943
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Another classic Feast of the Seven Fishes can be found at Knife Plano, where just 40 guests can enjoy an exclusive taste of the Roman Catholic traditional seven-course meal the way only chef John Tesar can serve it. The Christmas Eve-only treat is available for $150 with an additional wine pairing priced at $65.

Kathy Tran

2. IVY Kitchen

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5411 Belt Line Rd
Dallas, TX 75254
(214) 306-7444
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One option for traditional takeout on Christmas Eve or Day is to order from IVY Kitchen in Addison. Order up a whole cooked ham, turkey, beef tenderloin, or prime rib, plus pasta, sides, shrimp cocktail, festive dips, and more. Order by December 23 and pickup happens on December 24.

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3. Bowl & Barrel

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8084 Park Ln Ste 145
Dallas, TX 75231
(214) 363-2695
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Rollin’ from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Christmas Eve and 3:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Christmas Day, Bowl & Barrel offers either an escape from family or a place to bring them to let off steam. Boards to share, butterscotch pie to keep for yourself, killer soft pretzels and a full bar offer something for everyone.

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4. Nosh Bistro

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8611 Hillcrest Rd Suite 100
Dallas, TX 75225
(469) 730-2400
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Comeback chef Avner Samuel has put together a unique and celebratory menu for Christmas Eve at his newly reborn restaurant Nosh. The four-course, prix-fixe menu is priced at $75 per person and includes luxe dishes: a lobster bisque, wild mushroom & roasted chestnut ravioli, roasted rack of lamb and a bourbon pecan tart.

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5. rise nº1

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5360 W Lovers Ln #220
Dallas, TX 75209
(214) 366-9900
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Open Christmas Eve from 11:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m., a festive family dinner at the classic French bistro Rise could include a visit from the cheese cart, wine, and a seasonal eggnog, cranberry champagne, chestnut, or duck a l’orange soufflé. And if you ask nicely, they might even bring you an off-menu mint chocolate soufflé.

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6. Bangkok at Greenville

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4503 Greenville Ave
Dallas, TX 75206
(214) 691-8233

If Christmas spells Asian food to you (read: Jewish), and you’d rather not brave the crowds at one of the Chinese spots in town, Bangkok at Greenville or its sister restaurant Bangkok at Beltline will be open 11:00 a.m. and noon to 9:30 a.m. serving a full menu of Thai delicacies on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, respectively. Warm yourself by the fire of a hot pot of Tom Kha Gai soup and enjoy the holiday with plenty of pad thai.

7. Truck Yard

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5624 Sears St
Dallas, TX 75206
(469) 500-0139
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There’s no buffet or General Tso here, just plenty of beer, cheesesteaks and mixed drinks on tap. If a low-key Christmas is on your wish list, you’ll be able to find it over on Greenville Avenue. The Truck Yard closes at 6:00 p.m. on Christmas Eve and opens back up at 6:00 p.m. Christmas Day.

8. Sprezza

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4010 Maple Ave
Dallas, TX 75219
(972) 807-9388
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Who says you need to do anything different or out of the ordinary on Christmas Eve? Sprezza will be serving the restaurant’s regular menu full of pastas, antipasti, pizza and dolce on Christmas Eve for your dining pleasure. Reserve on Open Table or by calling 972-807-9388.

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9. The Rustic

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3656 Howell St
Dallas, TX 75204
(214) 730-0596
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If a low-key, drinking-focused Christmas is on your list this year, The Rustic in Uptown should do the trick. The top-grossing bar and live music venue will be open from 4:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Christmas Day, with live music by Leighton Fields as well as their annual “Drink the Tree” tamale and beer celebration. Also notable: holiday pies are available for order and pickup at The Rustic through January 1 for just $19.95 each and come in two equally irresistible flavors: butterscotch and peanut butter.

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10. Dolce Riviera

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2950 N Harwood St Suite 115
Dallas, TX 75201
(469) 458-6623
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Another decidedly less fish-packed yet still Italian option is to visit The Harwood District’s Dolce Riviera for an Italian Christmas Eve dinner with holiday specials curated by the restaurant’s executive chef Michele Scarpa. Always a place to see and be seen whether on Christmas Eve and any night of the year, Dolce Riviera is a beautiful spot to do just that.

Rebecca Adler

11. Fearing's

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2121 McKinney Ave
Dallas, TX 75201
(214) 922-4848
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Chef Dean Fearing’s eponymous restaurant is open on Christmas Eve for a three-course holiday dinner. For $140 per person, fancy holiday feasters can dine on dishes like cognac lobster bisque with egg nog cream and grilled lamb chop on red pozole, roasted green chile sofrito with lobster/Oaxacan cheese empandas. Call 214-922-4848 to reserve. Diners can enjoy an impressive buffet brunch on Christmas Day for $110 per adult, $75 for vegetarian adults, and $35 per child.

12. Elm Street Cask & Kitchen

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Visit Elm Street Cask & Kitchen on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. for a $32 3-course prix fixe menu including choices like spiced root vegetable soup, apple cider-brined roast Turkey. The whiskey-forward restaurant is also offering Happy Hour and a late night menu on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day from 2:00 to 7:00 p.m. and 4:00 to 9:00 p.m., respectively.

13. Partenope Ristorante

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1903 Main St
Dallas, TX 75201
(214) 463-6222
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Italian newcomer Partenope Ristorante is hosting a traditional Italian Feast of the Seven Fishes on Christmas Eve between 5:00 and 10:00 p.m. The five-course meal will include dishes like Branzino All’Acqua Pazzaoven, which is roasted branzino with cherry tomatoes, shallots, lemon zest, potato, and butter sauce, and will end with an Italian panna cotta. The feast is priced at $75 per person, exclusive of tax and gratuity and reservations are required.

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14. The French Room

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1321 Commerce St
Dallas, TX 75202
(214) 651-3615
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For the fanciest of dinners on Christmas Eve, make a reservation via phone only at The French Room starting at 5:30 p.m. Dinner will include options like a foie gras torchon, Oysters Rockefeller, Panettonne stuffing, and a roast and includes aperitifs and canapés for the table, naturally.

Steven Visneau

15. bartaco Fort Worth

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1701 River Run Suite #183
Fort Worth, TX 76107
(817) 663-8226

At the bartaco in Ft. Worth, diners can feast on a variety of tacos, plus rice bowls, guacamole, corn fritters and more, accompanied by juicy margaritas and seasonal caipirinhas – all until late on Christmas Eve. Surely you’ll need your strength for Christmas morning, right?

Excitedly waiting to dig in to that guac

1. Knife Steakhouse

6121 W Park Blvd, Plano, TX 75093
Kathy Tran

Another classic Feast of the Seven Fishes can be found at Knife Plano, where just 40 guests can enjoy an exclusive taste of the Roman Catholic traditional seven-course meal the way only chef John Tesar can serve it. The Christmas Eve-only treat is available for $150 with an additional wine pairing priced at $65.

6121 W Park Blvd
Plano, TX 75093

2. IVY Kitchen

5411 Belt Line Rd, Dallas, TX 75254
Ivy Kitchen/Facebook

One option for traditional takeout on Christmas Eve or Day is to order from IVY Kitchen in Addison. Order up a whole cooked ham, turkey, beef tenderloin, or prime rib, plus pasta, sides, shrimp cocktail, festive dips, and more. Order by December 23 and pickup happens on December 24.

5411 Belt Line Rd
Dallas, TX 75254

3. Bowl & Barrel

8084 Park Ln Ste 145, Dallas, TX 75231
Bowl & Barrel/Facebook

Rollin’ from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Christmas Eve and 3:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Christmas Day, Bowl & Barrel offers either an escape from family or a place to bring them to let off steam. Boards to share, butterscotch pie to keep for yourself, killer soft pretzels and a full bar offer something for everyone.

8084 Park Ln Ste 145
Dallas, TX 75231

4. Nosh Bistro

8611 Hillcrest Rd Suite 100, Dallas, TX 75225
Nosh Bistro

Comeback chef Avner Samuel has put together a unique and celebratory menu for Christmas Eve at his newly reborn restaurant Nosh. The four-course, prix-fixe menu is priced at $75 per person and includes luxe dishes: a lobster bisque, wild mushroom & roasted chestnut ravioli, roasted rack of lamb and a bourbon pecan tart.

8611 Hillcrest Rd Suite 100
Dallas, TX 75225

5. rise nº1

5360 W Lovers Ln #220, Dallas, TX 75209
courtesy Rise No. 1

Open Christmas Eve from 11:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m., a festive family dinner at the classic French bistro Rise could include a visit from the cheese cart, wine, and a seasonal eggnog, cranberry champagne, chestnut, or duck a l’orange soufflé. And if you ask nicely, they might even bring you an off-menu mint chocolate soufflé.

5360 W Lovers Ln #220
Dallas, TX 75209

6. Bangkok at Greenville

4503 Greenville Ave, Dallas, TX 75206

If Christmas spells Asian food to you (read: Jewish), and you’d rather not brave the crowds at one of the Chinese spots in town, Bangkok at Greenville or its sister restaurant Bangkok at Beltline will be open 11:00 a.m. and noon to 9:30 a.m. serving a full menu of Thai delicacies on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, respectively. Warm yourself by the fire of a hot pot of Tom Kha Gai soup and enjoy the holiday with plenty of pad thai.

4503 Greenville Ave
Dallas, TX 75206

7. Truck Yard

5624 Sears St, Dallas, TX 75206

There’s no buffet or General Tso here, just plenty of beer, cheesesteaks and mixed drinks on tap. If a low-key Christmas is on your wish list, you’ll be able to find it over on Greenville Avenue. The Truck Yard closes at 6:00 p.m. on Christmas Eve and opens back up at 6:00 p.m. Christmas Day.

5624 Sears St
Dallas, TX 75206

8. Sprezza

4010 Maple Ave, Dallas, TX 75219
Sprezza

Who says you need to do anything different or out of the ordinary on Christmas Eve? Sprezza will be serving the restaurant’s regular menu full of pastas, antipasti, pizza and dolce on Christmas Eve for your dining pleasure. Reserve on Open Table or by calling 972-807-9388.

4010 Maple Ave
Dallas, TX 75219

9. The Rustic

3656 Howell St, Dallas, TX 75204
The Rustic/Facebook

If a low-key, drinking-focused Christmas is on your list this year, The Rustic in Uptown should do the trick. The top-grossing bar and live music venue will be open from 4:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Christmas Day, with live music by Leighton Fields as well as their annual “Drink the Tree” tamale and beer celebration. Also notable: holiday pies are available for order and pickup at The Rustic through January 1 for just $19.95 each and come in two equally irresistible flavors: butterscotch and peanut butter.

3656 Howell St
Dallas, TX 75204

10. Dolce Riviera

2950 N Harwood St Suite 115, Dallas, TX 75201
Rebecca Adler

Another decidedly less fish-packed yet still Italian option is to visit The Harwood District’s Dolce Riviera for an Italian Christmas Eve dinner with holiday specials curated by the restaurant’s executive chef Michele Scarpa. Always a place to see and be seen whether on Christmas Eve and any night of the year, Dolce Riviera is a beautiful spot to do just that.

2950 N Harwood St Suite 115
Dallas, TX 75201

11. Fearing's

2121 McKinney Ave, Dallas, TX 75201

Chef Dean Fearing’s eponymous restaurant is open on Christmas Eve for a three-course holiday dinner. For $140 per person, fancy holiday feasters can dine on dishes like cognac lobster bisque with egg nog cream and grilled lamb chop on red pozole, roasted green chile sofrito with lobster/Oaxacan cheese empandas. Call 214-922-4848 to reserve. Diners can enjoy an impressive buffet brunch on Christmas Day for $110 per adult, $75 for vegetarian adults, and $35 per child.

2121 McKinney Ave
Dallas, TX 75201

12. Elm Street Cask & Kitchen

Dallas, TX 75201

Visit Elm Street Cask & Kitchen on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. for a $32 3-course prix fixe menu including choices like spiced root vegetable soup, apple cider-brined roast Turkey. The whiskey-forward restaurant is also offering Happy Hour and a late night menu on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day from 2:00 to 7:00 p.m. and 4:00 to 9:00 p.m., respectively.

13. Partenope Ristorante

1903 Main St, Dallas, TX 75201
Dallas Love List

Italian newcomer Partenope Ristorante is hosting a traditional Italian Feast of the Seven Fishes on Christmas Eve between 5:00 and 10:00 p.m. The five-course meal will include dishes like Branzino All’Acqua Pazzaoven, which is roasted branzino with cherry tomatoes, shallots, lemon zest, potato, and butter sauce, and will end with an Italian panna cotta. The feast is priced at $75 per person, exclusive of tax and gratuity and reservations are required.

1903 Main St
Dallas, TX 75201

14. The French Room

1321 Commerce St, Dallas, TX 75202
Steven Visneau

For the fanciest of dinners on Christmas Eve, make a reservation via phone only at The French Room starting at 5:30 p.m. Dinner will include options like a foie gras torchon, Oysters Rockefeller, Panettonne stuffing, and a roast and includes aperitifs and canapés for the table, naturally.

1321 Commerce St
Dallas, TX 75202

15. bartaco Fort Worth

1701 River Run Suite #183, Fort Worth, TX 76107
Excitedly waiting to dig in to that guac

At the bartaco in Ft. Worth, diners can feast on a variety of tacos, plus rice bowls, guacamole, corn fritters and more, accompanied by juicy margaritas and seasonal caipirinhas – all until late on Christmas Eve. Surely you’ll need your strength for Christmas morning, right?

1701 River Run Suite #183
Fort Worth, TX 76107

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