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Go downtown fancy at Charlie Palmer for Christmas brunch or dinner.
Go downtown fancy at Charlie Palmer for Christmas brunch or dinner.
Photo credit: Charlie Palmer at the Joule

Where to Eat on Christmas Day in Dallas

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Go downtown fancy at Charlie Palmer for Christmas brunch or dinner.
| Photo credit: Charlie Palmer at the Joule

Ready or not, Christmas is less than three weeks away (assuming that whole Mayan prophecy thing doesn't pan out). Perhaps you have grand plans to cook a Christmas goose, but if not, there are plenty of local restaurants that will be open and ready to serve you on Christmas Day, whether you desire the more traditional route of chestnuts and pheasant, or something a little different—Mexican, sushi, Mediterranean, French, Indian, or gastropub fare. Here, we've mapped a bakers' dozen options for Christmas Day dining.


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Toulouse Café and Bar

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3314 Knox St.
Dallas, TX 75205
(214) 520-8999
Alberto Lombardi's longstanding French bistro on Knox is open 365 days this year, including Christmas Day from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

2. Steel

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3102 Oak Lawn Ave
Dallas, TX 75219
(214) 219-9908
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In the mood for some yule-time Asian fusion? Steel will be pen from 5-9 p.m. serving a $45 prix fixe in addition to the usual a la carte menu.

3. Dragonfly

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2332 Leonard St.
Dallas, TX 75201
(214) 550-9500
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It's business as usual for many hotel restaurants, including Dragonfly at Hotel ZaZa, which will be open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

4. Meddlesome Moth

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1621 Oak Lawn Ave.
Dallas, TX 75207
(214) 628-7900
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In case you need a few craft beers after all that family gift-giving, the Moth opens at 5 p.m. for dinner.

5. Charlie Palmer at The Joule

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1530 Main St.
Dallas, TX 75201
(214) 261-4600
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Charlie Palmer is offering a three-course brunch for $45 ($25 for kids) from noon to 3 p.m. and a $70 three-course dinner from 5 to 9 p.m. for $70 ($25 kids) with dishes like foie gras pate, prime rib, and lamb chops.

6. Cook Hall

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2440 Victory Park Ln
Dallas, TX 75219
(214) 397-4111
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The new cocktail-centric gastropub inside the W will be open from 11 a.m to 8 p.m. to feed hungry hotel guests and non-guests alike.

7. Pyramid Restaurant and Bar

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1717 N Akard St.
Dallas, TX 75201
(214) 720-5249
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Brunch reservations are already full at this downtown fine dining spot, but there's still tables available for the $50 dinner menu that includes a glass of champagne, acorn bisque, lamb loin and a chocolate peppermint pave.

8. Canary By Gorji

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5100 Belt Line Rd
Addison, TX 75254
Addison's best-kept Mediterranean secret will be open from 5 to 9:30 p.m. with a three-course $30 prix fixe featuring turkey or pork chops with pomegranate and pistachios, plus a salad and pie. Regular menu also available.

9. India West

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5290 Belt Line Rd.
Dallas, TX 75254
(972) 231-5556
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If it's intensely spiced Indian food you crave on Christmas, India West will be open for both lunch and dinner, with a break in between. (Hours weren't yet set in stone at press time, so call to confirm.)

10. Naan Sushi

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2600 Cedar Springs Rd.
Dallas, TX 75201
(214) 772-6399
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Sushi and sake on Christmas? Sure, why not? Naan in Uptown opens at 5 p.m. for dinner.

11. Mesa

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118 W. Jefferson Blvd.
Dallas, TX 75208
(214) 941-4246
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The critically acclaimed Oak Cliff restaurant is open from 5 to 9 p.m. serving their usual menu of regional Mexican specialties. Tequila-spiked horchata makes an excellent eggnog substitute.

12. The Mansion on Turtle Creek

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2821 Turtle Creek Blvd
Dallas, TX 75219
(214) 559-2100
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Looking to impress the in-laws? The wealthy non-cooking set will be at The Mansion for brunch enjoying dishes like lobster frittata and Nutella-stuffed french toast or dinner, dining on roast pheasant and chestnut bisque. Both brunch and dinner are $105 for three courses.

13. Grain @ Hilton Park Cities

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5954 Luther Ln
Dallas, TX 75225
(214) 368-0400
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This new super-Texan restaurant inside the Hilton Park Cities is offering Christmas brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and dinner from 6-9:30 p.m.

1. Toulouse Café and Bar

3314 Knox St., Dallas, TX 75205
Alberto Lombardi's longstanding French bistro on Knox is open 365 days this year, including Christmas Day from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
3314 Knox St.
Dallas, TX 75205

2. Steel

3102 Oak Lawn Ave, Dallas, TX 75219
In the mood for some yule-time Asian fusion? Steel will be pen from 5-9 p.m. serving a $45 prix fixe in addition to the usual a la carte menu.
3102 Oak Lawn Ave
Dallas, TX 75219

3. Dragonfly

2332 Leonard St., Dallas, TX 75201
It's business as usual for many hotel restaurants, including Dragonfly at Hotel ZaZa, which will be open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
2332 Leonard St.
Dallas, TX 75201

4. Meddlesome Moth

1621 Oak Lawn Ave., Dallas, TX 75207
In case you need a few craft beers after all that family gift-giving, the Moth opens at 5 p.m. for dinner.
1621 Oak Lawn Ave.
Dallas, TX 75207

5. Charlie Palmer at The Joule

1530 Main St., Dallas, TX 75201
Charlie Palmer is offering a three-course brunch for $45 ($25 for kids) from noon to 3 p.m. and a $70 three-course dinner from 5 to 9 p.m. for $70 ($25 kids) with dishes like foie gras pate, prime rib, and lamb chops.
1530 Main St.
Dallas, TX 75201

6. Cook Hall

2440 Victory Park Ln, Dallas, TX 75219
The new cocktail-centric gastropub inside the W will be open from 11 a.m to 8 p.m. to feed hungry hotel guests and non-guests alike.
2440 Victory Park Ln
Dallas, TX 75219

7. Pyramid Restaurant and Bar

1717 N Akard St., Dallas, TX 75201
Brunch reservations are already full at this downtown fine dining spot, but there's still tables available for the $50 dinner menu that includes a glass of champagne, acorn bisque, lamb loin and a chocolate peppermint pave.
1717 N Akard St.
Dallas, TX 75201

8. Canary By Gorji

5100 Belt Line Rd, Addison, TX 75254
Addison's best-kept Mediterranean secret will be open from 5 to 9:30 p.m. with a three-course $30 prix fixe featuring turkey or pork chops with pomegranate and pistachios, plus a salad and pie. Regular menu also available.
5100 Belt Line Rd
Addison, TX 75254

9. India West

5290 Belt Line Rd., Dallas, TX 75254
If it's intensely spiced Indian food you crave on Christmas, India West will be open for both lunch and dinner, with a break in between. (Hours weren't yet set in stone at press time, so call to confirm.)
5290 Belt Line Rd.
Dallas, TX 75254

10. Naan Sushi

2600 Cedar Springs Rd., Dallas, TX 75201
Sushi and sake on Christmas? Sure, why not? Naan in Uptown opens at 5 p.m. for dinner.
2600 Cedar Springs Rd.
Dallas, TX 75201

11. Mesa

118 W. Jefferson Blvd., Dallas, TX 75208
The critically acclaimed Oak Cliff restaurant is open from 5 to 9 p.m. serving their usual menu of regional Mexican specialties. Tequila-spiked horchata makes an excellent eggnog substitute.
118 W. Jefferson Blvd.
Dallas, TX 75208

12. The Mansion on Turtle Creek

2821 Turtle Creek Blvd, Dallas, TX 75219
Looking to impress the in-laws? The wealthy non-cooking set will be at The Mansion for brunch enjoying dishes like lobster frittata and Nutella-stuffed french toast or dinner, dining on roast pheasant and chestnut bisque. Both brunch and dinner are $105 for three courses.
2821 Turtle Creek Blvd
Dallas, TX 75219

13. Grain @ Hilton Park Cities

5954 Luther Ln, Dallas, TX 75225
This new super-Texan restaurant inside the Hilton Park Cities is offering Christmas brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and dinner from 6-9:30 p.m.
5954 Luther Ln
Dallas, TX 75225

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