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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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Toulouse Café and Bar

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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.
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.

Dragonfly

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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.

Meddlesome Moth

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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.

Charlie Palmer at The Joule

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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.

Cook Hall

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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.

Pyramid Restaurant and Bar

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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.

Canary By Gorji

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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.

India West

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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.)

Naan Sushi

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Sushi and sake on Christmas? Sure, why not? Naan in Uptown opens at 5 p.m. for dinner.
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.

The Mansion on Turtle Creek

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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.

Grain @ Hilton Park Cities

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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.

Toulouse Café and Bar

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.

Steel

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.

Dragonfly

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

Meddlesome Moth

In case you need a few craft beers after all that family gift-giving, the Moth opens at 5 p.m. for dinner.

Charlie Palmer at The Joule

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.

Cook Hall

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.

Pyramid Restaurant and Bar

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.

Canary By Gorji

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.

India West

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.)

Naan Sushi

Sushi and sake on Christmas? Sure, why not? Naan in Uptown opens at 5 p.m. for dinner.

Mesa

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.

The Mansion on Turtle Creek

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.

Grain @ Hilton Park Cities

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.

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