If you're already up to your ears with holiday stress from gift shopping, you can forget about planning an elaborate feast for your friends and family. Make reservations at one of the Valley's finest restaurants to enjoy a Christmas dinner with lots of love and laughter -- and less of hearing your relatives nitpick and bicker in the kitchen.
There will be a three-course menu available on Christmas Eve (5 to 10 pm) and Christmas Day (10:30 am to 9 pm). Diners can choose dishes like crispy duck confit with hazelnuts, chestnut agnolotti with Dungeness crab and persimmon, grilled filet mignon with tomato-cabernet reduction, and Loch Duart salmon with pistachio vinaigrette. The prix-fixe dinner is $80, and wine pairings are available for an additional cost. T. Cook's will also serve a Christmas buffet for $65 per adult, $20 per child ages 6 to 12; kids 5 and under eat free. Reservations required, and 48-hour notice must be given for cancellations. Call 602-808-0766.
If you want to pamper yourself on Christmas without breaking the bank, book a table for Province by calling 602-429-3600. For only $29 per person, the three-course Christmas dinner includes roasted beet salad with bleu cheese and candied pepitas, prime rib with fingerling potatoes, and gingerbread pound cake with ice cream and buttered rum sauce. Dinner will be served from 4 to 10 pm on Christmas Day.