11 Metro Phoenix Restaurants Open on Christmas Day

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.

T. Cook's at Royal Palms Resort

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.

elements at Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain

Executive Chef Beau MacMillan, who bested Bobby Flay on Iron Chef America, has crafted a special four-course dinner to be served from 12 to 9 pm on Christmas Day. Menu choices include wild mushroom and truffle soup with spot prawn ravioli, miso-glazed Chilean sea bass, charred zucchini and coconut lobster broth, and smoked garlic-glazed pork tenderloin with sweet potatoes and bacon-braised cabbage. Diners can look forward to desserts like brandied eggnog bread pudding and mini pumpkin pies with Chantilly cream. Reservations required; call 480-607-2300.

Latilla at The Boulders

Enjoy flavors of Arizona with a four-course holiday dinner featuring lobster bisque with corn emulsion and cilantro, chili-dusted beet salad with candied pecan vinaigrette, roasted free range turkey with wild sage giblet gravy and tequila cranberry relish, green chili cornbread stuffing, grilled black angus filet with sweet red pepper emulsion, and chocolate mascarpone Yule log with Kahlua crème Anglaise and walnut ice cream. Christmas dinner is served from 4 to 8 pm and costs $75 per person. Ages 5 to 12 dine for $29 each, and children under 5 eat free. Book a table by calling 480-488-7317.

District American Kitchen & Wine Bar

All season long, you can order a Hog Nog for $9, featuring Schreiner's bacon that's infused with Rogue hazelnut spiced rum. The festive cocktail is a great complement to Christmas dinner, which will be served from 11:30 am to 9 pm. The three-course menu options include wild mushroom bisque, roasted baby beets and Brussels sprouts, Christmas ham with Saigon cinnamon glaze, herb marinated beef rib eye with tamarind jus, grilled salmon with fennel and chestnut salad, and salted caramel hazelnut truffle tart with sweet cherry ice cream. Adults eat for $32, kids 12 and under for $16. Wine pairings are an additional $16. Call 602-817-5400 for reservations.

SWB at Hyatt Regency Scottsdale

Many items at this Christmas buffet will be infused with Southwestern flavor, including eggs Benedict with chorizo and chipotle hollandaise, Southwestern Caesar salad, and grilled-to-order quesdaillas. There will also be king crab legs, roasted turkey, herb and citrus rubbed leg of lamb, and roasted prime rib. Desserts include Yule logs, tiramisu, pies, and cherries jubilee. A la carte options are available upon request, and a special buffet will be provided for kids. Served from 10 am to 5:30 pm, the holiday buffet is $70 per adult, $35.50 for children ages 6 to 12, and free for kids 5 and under. Call 480-444-1234 for reservations.

Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak

Go casual with an all-American buffet or family-style BBQ feast. Rico's American Grill is serving a buffet for $45, including pineapple-glazed ham, maple-glazed turkey, roasted prime rib, beer-brined chicken, and Dr. Pepper-basted pork shoulder. Or, enjoy platters heaped with rib eye steak, baby back ribs, whole-roasted chicken, butter grilled corn, roasted winter squash, and more at Hole-in-the-Wall for $39. Discounts are offered for seniors and children, and kids under 3 eat free.

Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs

Fine dining options are available beginning at noon on Christmas Day. For $47.95 per person, Pointe in Tyme has a gourmet buffet-style dinner of herb-crusted prime rib, grilled New Zealand lamb chops, seared grouper, whipped potatoes, fresh soups, seafood, imported and domestic cheeses, and assorted desserts. Different Pointe of View is serving a feast for $59.95 with grilled oysters on the half shell, achiote pork loin, slow-roasted prime rib, tom turkey breast, pan-seared cobia, port-braised pot roast, whipped mascarpone mashed potatoes, and much more. Discounts are offered for seniors and children, and kids under 3 eat free.

Taggia at FireSky Resort

For a Christmas feast fit for an Italian family, book a table at this Scottsdale restaurant. Chef Massimo De Francesca is preparing a prix-fixe menu of zuppa de baccala (salt cod chowder with potatoes), insalata di pesce (chilled salad of shrimp, octopus, scallops, and calamari), lasagna with red wine, zuppa di pesce (seafood stew with tomato-saffron broodo), gianduja mousse with caramelized bananas, and more. Menu options can be prepared gluten-free. Dinner is $48 per person, or $70 with wine pairings. Call 480-424-6095 to make reservations for Christmas or Christmas Eve.


If you like the sound of celebrating Christmas with butter-poached lobster, make reservations at Tanzy by calling 480-483-3255. Other entrée options are procini-crusted lamb loin with port wine demi-glace and eggplant ragu, or chicken Sciliana with fresh gnocchi and buffalo mozzarella. Dessert options include red velvet bread pudding, tiramisu, and peppermint ice cream. The three-course prix-fixe menu is $44 for adults, $29 for children 12 and under.


Dine in or take out. A full-course holiday meal with a whole oven-roasted turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, gravy, candied yams, string beans, fresh-baked dinner rolls, and from-scratch pies (pumpkin or apple) is $159.95 and serves up to 15 people. 24-hour notice required. In-store holiday specials include gingerbread pancakes and waffles, bagels with gingerbread cream cheese, egg nog bagel with honey-raisin-walnut cream cheese, and cookies. Chompie's locations open at 6 am on Christmas Eve and 7 am on Christmas Day.

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Dominique Chatterjee