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You will NOT be put on the naughty list because you don’t cook dinner on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day.
We have it upon good authority that the last thing Santa wants is for you to be all stressed-out, frantically banging pots and pans in the kitchen.
And when you pause long enough to reflect upon it, wouldn’t be more in the spirit of the season to spend as much time as you can with loved ones?
And the best last-minute gift? Dining out. Your treat.
So here’s a list of some of our favorite restaurant specials (and a few cocktail ones too!) in Broward and Palm Beach counties.
Remember that prices do not include taxes and gratuities.
And keep coming back to this post as we will update it regularly.
Avalon will be open Dec. 25 from 3 to 9 p.m. and will serve a $85 per person three-course prix fixe menu with lobster bisque, Long Island duck with apple mostarda, Maine halibut with tri-cauliflower, wild boar pappardelle and dessert choices of whipped ricotta and red velvet cake.
B Ocean Resort Fort Lauderdale
This Fort Lauderdale beach resort’s Naked Crab Seafood Kitchen & Bar will be open Christmas Eve and Christmas Day from 6-11 p.m. with a three-course meal and holiday-themed drinks that costs $75 per adult and $30 per child younger than 12.
Some of the choices on the menu include Wagyu bresaola carpaccio, tuna tartare, beef Wellington and seafood bouillabaisse.
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Famous French chef Daniel Boulud’s restaurant will be open Christmas Eve and Day for dinner service 5:30-10 p.m. The high-profile Style Isle eatery will also serve Christmas Day brunch 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Executive chef Dieter Samijn’s holiday prix fixe menu is $175 per person for dinner and $95 per person for brunch. The menus includes popular Cafe Boulud dishes such as:
- Shareables — Truffles and caviar, Florida stone crab claws and wild Belon oysters.
- Appetizers — Roasted beet salad (with chevre, pistachios and sourdough crostinis), hamachi tartare, wild Maine lobster and foie gras and veal marbre
- Main course — Black truffle agnolotti, Alaskan halibut, snapper, honey-glazed duck breast and braised beef short rib.
- Dessert — Noix de coco and citron vert, châtaigne and chocolat as well as café and tonka
Chez Marie will be open Christmas Eve and Day from 5 to 9 p.m. and will offer some signature dishes such as rosemary-seasoned rack of lamb for $49, filet mignon au poivre with truffled potato gratin and asparagus for $4, the chef’s house-crafted foie gras pâté with slices of moscato-poached pear & gingerbread for $25, sea scallops au Champagne for $36 and partly deboned roasted half duck served with a peach-brandy sauce for $35.
Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar
This concept by two-time James Beard award-winning chef/partner Guillermo Pernot will be open Christmas Eve from 4-8 p.m. for dinner service only (and closed on Christmas Day). And from now through Jan. 31, Cuba Libre has a “Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice” winter holiday cocktail menu, including:
- The Pumpkin Spiced Latte Martini with Brinley Gold Shipwreck coconut cream rum and spiced rum, coffee liqueur, nutmeg and pumpkin pie spice for $14
- The Spiked Hot Cocoa with creamy Brinley Gold Shipwreck vanilla rum and spiced rum, Abuelita chocolate powder, steamed milk and chocolate curls for $12
- The Apple Cider Caipirinha with infused cachaca, sugar, apple cider and muddled limes for $12
- The Spiked Hot Apple Cider with Brinley Shipwreck spiced rum, steamed cloudy apple cider, pumpkin pie spice, whipped cream, a sprinkle of nutmeg and topped off with a cinnamon stick for $12
Host Arlene Borenstein visits Cuba Libre on Las Olas and talks to chef/owner Guillermo Pernot who is introducing modern Cuban cuisine to South Florida.
Ember Grill at The Ray Hotel
The new restaurant in Delray Beach’s latest hotspot will have four-course prix-fixe dinner with wine pairing on Christmas Eve for $85 per person from 4 to 11 p.m. The menu includes a chestnut soup as well as a Christmas salad with arugula, kale, fennel, pomegranate, citrus, pecans, feta and champagne vinaigrette. The main course is prime rib with root vegetable puree and roasted rainbow baby carrots. Dessert will be a yule log.
On Christmas Day Ember Grill will offer a regular menu, again from 4-11 p.m.
Havana 1957, Cuban Cuisine
Havana 1957 will have a Christmas Eve three-course prix-fixe meal for $45 and will be open noon-2 a.m. The choices are:
- Appetizer – Toston Vaca Frita (stuffed plantain with shredded beef) or Caldosa Criolla (a chicken broth)
- Main course – Lechon Asado (oven-roasted pork leg with Cuban mojo and served with rice and yucca) or Rabo Encendido (oxtail stew braised in red wine sauce and served with white rice and sweet plantains)
- Havana 1957 will also be open on Christmas Day noon-2 a.m.
This French restaurant will be open Christmas Eve from 5 to 10 p.m. with a Christmas dinner menu and special cocktails ranging in price from $20-$58.
The bistro will serve brunch on Christmas Day from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and then dinner with special menu additions from 5 to 10 p.m. Specials on Christmas Day include an appetizer of wild mushroom velouté with roasted chestnut, frisée salad and truffle oil for $18. There will be an entrée of rosemary infused rack of lamb served with baby carrots and creamy polenta topped with veal jus for $58. For dessert La Goulue will offer a chocolate and black cherry log with yogurt ice cream and crème anglaise for $14.
Lionfish will be open for dinner Christmas Eve and Christmas Day brunch with their regular hours. They will also continue to serve their holiday cocktail menu, with each drink costing $15. The drinks are:
Winter in New York – Angel’s Envy bourbon, lemon juice, simple syrup, allspice and a float of pinot noir
‘Tis the Season Mimosa – cranberry and rosemary puree, simple syrup, lemon juice, Champagne and cinnamon sugar mix
Sitting by the Fire – Grey Goose vodka, espresso, White Godiva liqueur, Frangelico and espresso beans for garnish.
Marky’s in the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood will be open 4:30-10:30 p.m. on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day with a prix-fixe menu for $95 per person.
- Appetizers – prawn with caviar and avocado, chilled oysters, potato latkes with sour cream and smoked trout roe as well as black truffle arancini with mozzarella
- Starter – mushroom tortellini
- Entrees – branzino baked with lemon olive oil and confit duck legs with potato gratin, orange sauce and green beans in mustard dressing
- Dessert – strawberry snow with fresh cream
This week on Let’s Go, South Florida, host Arlene Borenstein learns about what makes caviar such a rare treat from Mark Zaslavsky of Marky’s Caviar Lounge.
234 N. Ocean Blvd., Deerfield Beach. 954-428-2539. Oceans234.com.
This seaside restaurant will be open Christmas Eve from noon to 11 p.m. and Christmas Day from 3 to 11 p.m. Also, from Dec. 23-Jan. 5, Oceans 234 will offer a holiday a la carte menu from executive chef Nicole Fey including dishes such as:
- Wagyu nigiri with a 2 ounce Japanese A5 striploin, sushi rice, bourbon barrel-aged shoyu and micro wasabi for $40
- White truffle gnocchi with herbed ricotta gnocchi, white truffle and fontina cream, leeks and white winter truffles for $65
- Short rib osso bucco with parmesan polenta, orange glazed carrots, ciabatta and bone marrow for $65
- Duck confit with goji berry and port reduction, charred broccolini and sweet potato pave for $50
- White truffle shower supplement can be added to any dish tableside for $80.
All Quarterdeck Restaurants will be open Christmas Eve and Day, although hours vary based on location. But all Quarterdecks are having 25 days of food specials leading up to Christmas Eve. Each day will have a different entrée special for $15.99 all day with the purchase of a drink.
Shooters, a popular Intracoastal restaurant and bar, will be open Christmas Eve from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. and Christmas Day from noon-8 p.m. On both days, the last seating will be at 6 p.m. But on Christmas Day, Shooters will have their “Santa Saturday” brunch from 1:30 to 4 p.m. with Santa Claus making a visit between 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Sonrisa at the Boca Raton Marriott at Boca Center
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Sonrisa will serve dinner from 3 to 7 p.m. on both Christmas Eve and Day. The prix fixe menu is $35 per person and includes:
- Starter — Apple bacon pumpkin soup or seasonal mixed green salad
- Main course — prime rib or roasted chicken, both served with brown-butter Brussels sprouts with raisins and shaved almonds, sour cream, cheddar mashed potatoes and coriander maple glazed carrots
- Desserts — Apple pie or tiramisu
Tropical Smokehouse is giving Christmas dinner a barbecue twist with a Christmas Family Meal (feeds six to eight people) with a pit-smoked heritage ham, two pounds of sweet corn pudding, two pounds of white cheddar mac and cheese and one Caribbean rum cake for $135. You can add a smoked turkey breast for $55 or a half prime certified Angus brisket for $70.
You can also order a la carte. A honey-brined smoked turkey breast is $65, smoked heritage ham is $70, prime certified Angus brisket half is $80 or whole for $150. The sides are sweet corn pudding for $20, white cheddar mac and cheese for $20, Caribbean rum cake for $25 and cranberry BBQ sauce for $8.
Order no later than Dec. 19 and you must pick up your order on Christmas Eve between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. To order, go to EatTropical.com/christmas-2021.
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