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Guide to Christmas Eve Dining in Orange County

2014 Christmas Eve Dining Guide
The holidays are the busiest time of the year. Some of Orange County’s top restaurants are preparing delicious menus for your family to enjoy together when dining out on Christmas Eve.


Eats Kitchen & Bar
17900 Jamboree Road
Irvine, CA
(949) 225-6780

Wednesday, December 24 from 5 – 9 p.m.
Thursday, December 25 from 4 – 9 p.m.

If you’ve ever wondered what professional chefs make for their own holiday celebrations, now is your time to experience it for yourself at Eats Kitchen & Bar on Christmas Eve, December 24 and Christmas Day, December 25.

Eats Kitchen & Bar Executive Chef Jason Montelibano is serving up a remixed family-style menu for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day featuring a playful combination of favorites you’d see on his table at home. Pair a demi-glaze rib roast with shepherd’s pie or whole snapper with purple potato puree. Standards like roasted chicken, mac and cheese, heirloom carrots and Brussels sprouts made the cut, but don’t expect desserts to be ordinary. Mini gingerbread cakes with nutmeg-infused butter cream, and dark chocolate truffles with white chocolate peppermint will satisfy any holiday sweet tooth.

Breakfast is served daily from 6:30 to 10:30 a.m., lunch is served from 11:00 a.m. to 2 p.m., and dinner is served from 5:00 to 10:00 p.m. (Sunday – Thursday) and 5:00 to 11:00 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.


Sapphire Laguna
1200 South Coast Hwy
Laguna Beach, CA 92651

The holidays are a precious time to spend with loved ones, and Sapphire Laguna is the perfect place to share a memorable Christmas Eve dinner. Relish in the joy of the season with Chef Azmin Ghahreman’s gourmet dishes with a festive twist. Whether you experience the warm ambience at the restaurant, or order “A La Carte” from Sapphire Pantry, the special menu sets the tone for an extraordinary holiday dinner.

The three-course, pre-fixe dinner* will be served Wednesday, December 24th from 4:00pm to 9:00pm. The menu is priced starting at $58 excluding beverage, tax and gratuity. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling (949) 715-9888 or visiting

Appetizer Selections

Duck Rillettes, Satsuma Orange Marmalade, Pickled Onions, Bread Chips
Ricciola Tonnato, Capers, Lemon, Shaved Artichoke, Fennel
Roasted Bone Marrow, Charred Leeks, White Anchovies, Sourdough Crumbs
Seafood Gumbo, Shrimp, Crawfish, Okra, Rice
Braised Goat Ragu, Black Pepper Gnocchi, Mascarpone, Parsley Leaves

Entrée Selections

Pan Seared Scottish Salmon, House Made Salmon Belly Raviolo, Asparagus, Oyster Mushroom, Sorrel Cream
Banana Curry Barramundi, Jumbo Shrimp, Yams, Long Beans, Crispy Shallot Fried Rice
Traditional Herb-Roasted Diestel Hen Turkey, Dried Fruit and Nut Stuffing, Creamy Mashed Potatoes, Savory Cranberry-Cumquat Chutney, Glazed Root Vegetables, Sage Gravy
Morrocan Lamb Shank Tagine, Couscous, Preserved Lemon, Medjool Dates, Green Olives
Rosemary Sea Salt Crusted Prime Rib Roast, Thick Cut Fries, Creamed Spinach, Pan Drippings

Dessert Selections

Butterscotch Pudding, Vanilla Wafers, Maldon Sea Salt, Rum Gelato
Dark Chocolate Cheesecake, Chocolate Ganache, Pistachio Praline Paste, Espresso Cream
Passion Fruit Pavlova, Fresh Berries, Mango Coulis, Whipped Cream

Sapphire Pantry Holiday Offerings

Preparing a large holiday meal can be stressful, and Sapphire Pantry’s “To-Go” options are perfect for those who would rather spend time with family, than in the kitchen all day. The “A La Carte” menu includes Rosemary Sea Salt Crusted Prime Rib, Whole-Herb Roasted Diestel Hen Turkey, Roast Colorado Rack of Lamb, and Chianti Braised Prime Short Ribs, among other items. Many holiday-inspired side dishes are also available. The Pantry offers a wide-range of delectable cheese and charcuterie platters, as well as homemade pies, breads and other baked items.

All orders must be placed by 4:00 p.m. on Monday, December 22, and can be made by calling (949) 715-9889. Orders will be available for pick up on Christmas Eve Wednesday, December 24.

*Menu items are subject to change.


151 Newport Center Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660
(949) 877-3005

FIG & OLIVE Newport Beach is spreading the holiday cheer on Christmas Eve with a limited menu of French Riviera-inspired dishes. On Wednesday, December 24 from 11:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m., Orange County residents are invited to indulge in seasonal fare such as:

§ Roasted Butternut Squash Cappuccino with Jamon Iberico 5J, Ricotta, Sage Foam, and Fig Jam Crostini
§ Grilled Maine Lobster with artichoke tapenade, tomato confit, shaved wild mushroom, and saffron aioli
§ Roasted Turkey Breast with sautéed wild mushrooms, butternut squash puree, toasted pumpkin seed, rosemary, thyme, l’orange spice, micro rainbow greens, and Arbequina Olive Oil


19100 Von Karman Ave
Irvine, CA
949-752-5222 (reservations recommended)

3- Course Christmas Eve menu
$62 per person (not including tax and gratuity)
Reservation Hours 5-9pm
Entertainment 6-10pm


Grilled Texas Quail

Maple Chile, Swiss Chard, Pancetta Couscous, Shallot Marmalade

Cream of Asparagus Soup

Goat Cheese Crouton

Shrimp & Asiago Ravioli

Saffron Tomato Cream Sauce.

Kale & Frisée Salad

Dates, Cranberry, Almond Slivers, Lemon Vinaigrette, Red Pepper Purée


Roasted Duckling

Honey & Lavender Glaze, Broccolini, Tempura Battered Yukon Gold Potatoes, Raspberry Demi-Glace

Balsamic Rosemary Glazed Prime Rib

Au Jus, Creamy Horseradish, Brussels Sprouts, Ricotta Whipped Mashed Potatoes

Shrimp & Lobster Zarzuela

Tomato, Almond, Seafood Broth, Crostini


White Chocolate Cheesecake

Oreo Cookie Crust, Vanilla Sauce

Black Forest Cake

Whipped Cream, Cherries, Chocolate Sauce


3800 South Plaza Drive
Santa Ana, CA 92704


Available Dec 24 – Dec 31

$80 per person (excludes tax/gratuity)

Enjoy a 25% discount from our entire wine list when ordering this prix fixe menu (Excluding wines on our stimulus page)


Carpaccio di Polpo

Cooked thin slices of Octopus drizzled with lemon infused Olive Oil topped with Baby Arugula


Cinghiale Pepato

Thin slices of peppered and lightly smoked wild Boar drizzled with Truffle infused Olive Oil and chunks of Parmigiano


Ravioli d’Aragosta

Lobster filled ravioli in a saffron sauce



Carnaroli Rice, Porcini Mushrooms and Black Truffle


Filetto di Manzo al Gorgonzola

Grilled filet of beef tenderloin topped with imported gorgonzola and walnuts served with red wine reduction


Chilean Sea bass

Chilean sea bass topped shallots, Pernod, fresh fennel and European Butter


Torta della Nonna

Layers of sponge cake and espresso mousse crusted with pistachio


Cioccolata e Zabaglione

Chocolate fudge topped with creamy zabaglione served with vanilla gelato


887 S. Anaheim Blvd
Anaheim, CA
714-772-1381 (reservations required)

Christmas Eve 4-course Prix-fixe

$65 pp, plus tax & gratuity

2 Dinner seatings – 5pm-6:30pm, 8pm-9pm


Tempura Artichoke Hearts: Artichoke hearts fried in tempura butter topped with Burrata cheese and in Italian pesto and spiced aioli

Soup OR Salad

Chef Salad: Locally farmed greens with celery remoulade, Kalamata olives and carrots drizzled with a Dijon mustard and red wine vinegar


Watercress Soup: Cream of watercress soup made with potatoes, onions and milk


Filet & Lobster: Oven roasted filet mignon with an Italian Gorgonzola cheese sauce paired with Atlantic lobster tail in a Champagne sauce


Prime Rib: all natural & hormone free Prime Rib, seasoned with onions, garlic and fresh herbs, oven roasted over rock salt with Au jus and horseradish cream


Chocolate Illusion: Cylinder of chocolate made from praline & butter wafers with a pride cream


17440 E. 17th Street
Tustin, CA

Holiday Take-Out Dinners

$495 per family, feeds 10-12

select one main course

Roasted Aged Beef Prime Rib with Traditional Au Jus

And Creamy Herb Mashed Potatoes with Gruyere Cheese

Rotisserie Pork Prime Rib with Sour Cherry Sauce

And Butternut Squash Bread Pudding

Free Range Roast Turkey

With Leek Mushroom, Sage, Rosemary Stuffing accompanied with Creamy Mashed Potatoes and Orange Cranberry Citrus Relish


Green Beans with Sauteed Mushrooms & Herbs

Baby Green Salad with Blue Cheese, Pears, & Balsamic Herb Vinaigrette

Glazed Baby Carrots

Creamed Corn

Dinner Rolls


1131 Back Bay Bistro
Newport Beach, CA
949-720-1144 (reservations required)

Holiday Happy Hour

$50 pp, plus tax & gratuity

2 appetizers, Wed-Fri

· Two Hour Event in one of our Private Dining Rooms at the Back Bay Bistro

· Two Hour Unlimited Beer & Wine Bar Package

· Wine County Charcuterie and Artisan Cheese Station

Tray Passed Appetizers

(select two)

· Tomato Caprese Skewers

· Chicken Satay

· Pork Pot Stickers

· Asian Ahi Poke in a Wonton Cup

· Italian Stuffed Mushrooms

· Coconut Shrimp


900 Bayside Drive
Newport Beach, CA
949-721-1222 (reservations recommended)

3-Course Three Course menu $62.00

APPETIZER — Compressed Maine Lobster Salad and Snow Crab Claw, Lemon Aioli, Crushed Avocado, Petit Greens


OVEN ROASTED RACK OF LAMB — Yukon Gold Mashed Potatoes, Seasons Vegetables, Grain Mustard Port Wine Sauce


MUSHROOM CRUSTED CHILEAN SEA BASS — Riesling Sauce, Asparagus and Potato Puree

DESSERT — Choose Any Dessert From Our List



Braised Red Cabbage, Potato Dumplings, Lingonberries, Sauce Chasseur


Roasted and Crushed Garnet Yam, Red Anjou Pear, Brussels Sprouts, Ginger Cranberry Coulis, Fall Spice Red Wine Reduction Sauce


Organic Woodland Mushroom Risotto, Micro Greens Walnut Salad, Red Wine Reduction


Tossed with House Made Potato Gnocchi, Parmesan and White Truffle Essence



The perfect option for all of December’s festivities, Chipotle’s catering allows parties of 20 to 200 to customize their own individual meal the same way they do at Chipotle restaurants. Guests can choose from a taco or burrito bowl spread with Chipotle’s signature meats, sides, chips, guacamole, and salsas, and all options are easy to set up and come with everything needed to serve hungry partygoers. They also have their Burritos By the Box option as well. To order, customers can call 800-CHIPOTLE. Orders must be placed at least 24 hours ahead of pick-up time, and can be picked up at any Chipotle location.


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