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2017 PhoenixBites Picks: Where to Eat on Christmas Eve

Posted on: December 5th, 2017 by Taryn Jeffries No Comments

The holidays, for me anyway, are all about the gatherings of friends and family, creating long-lasting memories and all that glorious food! If you want truly enjoy all of those things, leave all the meal prep to your favorite restaurants. Since I am much better at making reservations than making roast beasts, peep my picks for where to eat on Christmas Eve in Phoenix and Scottsdale!

PhoenixBites Picks: Where to Eat on Christmas Eve

2017 PhoenixBites Picks_ Where to Eat on Christmas Eve

Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktail
This Christmas Eve, Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails will be open for dinner from 5pm to 10pm featuring the full dinner menu with the Pork Schnitzel ($26) with braised cabbage, herbed potatoes + lemon butter as a special. Grab a one of a kind dinner at this modern and comfortable spot overlooking downtown Phoenix and then head downstairs for some festive ice skating to really get in the holiday spirit.  // 2 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, 602.258.0231,

Brixton Pub & Restaurant
Radisson Hotel Phoenix North’s Brixton Pub & Restaurant will celebrate Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The menu ($24 per person plus tax and gratuity) includes oven baked ham with cherry compote paired with sides such as garlic mashed potatoes and finished off with a dessert of chocolate flourless torte or a raspberry coulis. This holiday menu will be served from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Christmas Eve. // 10220 N. Metro Pkwy. E., Phoenix, 602.997.5900,

Enjoy Christmas Eve Weekend with a special brunch at Gertrude’s. Not only does the restaurant have a fantastic seasonal menu, but the backdrop of the Desert Botanical Gardens is hard to beat. Guests are invited to enjoy a special menu of blintz ($18), biscuits & ‘gravy” ($15) and an eggnog demi-fredo ($12) will be available all weekend long from 8am until 3pm. // 1201 N. Galvan Pkwy., Phoenix, 480.719.8600,

Hash Kitchen
Hash Kitchen’s two lively locations in Scottsdale will be open for brunch on Christmas Eve, from 7am until 3pm. The special holiday menu includes a turkey and cornbread stuffing hash ($16) with sweet potatoes, hand-carved turkey, cornbread hash, two poached eggs, and gravy drizzle served with a warm buttermilk biscuit and roasted turkey plate ($16) with garlic smashed potatoes, heirloom glazed carrots, turkey gravy, and stuffing. // 8777 N. Scottsdale Road and 14832 N. Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd., Scottsdale,

Liberty Station
Liberty Station is featuring special dishes this Christmas Eve! Guests can enjoy the following: Pink pepper corn crusted prime rib, with cheeses mashed potatoes, grilled asparagus, au jus ($36), or a 12 ounce New York strip with a loaded baked potato, house made steak sauce and roasted creamy corn ($32) or a Southwestern 5 way chili ($5.) // 34522 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, 480.595.9930,

LON’s at the Hermosa
Celebrate the season with a prix-fixe 3-course menu prepared by Executive Chef Jeremy Pacheco and LON’s culinary team and toast the new holiday memories that will be created with family and friends. This special menu will cost $75 per person (not including tax or gratuity) and will available from 4pm until 8pm on Christmas Eve. The gorgeous dining room will delight all your friends. Make sure to grab a hot toddy or chocolate out on the patio beside the hearth. // 5532 N Palo Cristi Road, Paradise Valley, 602.955.7878,

Market Street Kitchen
This Christmas Eve, Market Street Kitchen is offering a special featured holiday dishes. Enjoy the following features (in addition to the regular menu): Pan seared Alaskan halibut with boursin cheese risotto, grilled asparagus and a red wine gastric ($42), a pink peppercorn crusted prime rib, with cheesy bacon mashed potatoes, pan seared broccolini and a red wine au jus ($36) or a smoked salmon bruschetta appetizer ($13.) // 20825 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale, 480.278.7044,

Rusconi’s American Kitchen
Rusconi’s American Kitchen is preparing for Christmas Eve! This year, guests can enjoy the special Christmas Eve dinner menu or the bar menu. There will also be a menu for children. Dining Room menus starting at 5pm on Christmas Eve. Bar menu at 4pm. //10637 N. Tatum Blvd., Phoenix, 480.483.0009, 

T. Cook’s
Before the stockings are stuffed and the merriment ensues, unwind with family and friends T. Cook’s and enjoy a festive brunch prepared by Executive Chef Todd Allison. The luxe dining room invokes a warm, familiar feeling. The restaurant is offering special brunch and dinner menus. The brunch, taking place from 10am until 1pm, will  includes a Mediterranean seafood presentation, a grand display of favorite brunch selections, bakeshop specialties and sweets as well as the choice of a tapas-style starter and entrée. Mimosa, coffee, tea, juice or soda included. You can get on this elaborate feat for $75 for adults, $25 for guests aged 6 through 12 with those under 5 being complimentary. Dinner guests will enjoy a special three course, prix-fixe menu. Reservations are available between4:30pm and 9pm. The cost of this special dinner is $95 for adults, $32 for guests aged 6 through 12, and children 5 and under free. (*Prices do not include tax or gratuity.) // 5200 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix, 602.808.0766,

On Christmas Eve, Talavera’s menu takes a holiday turn with a three-course dinner featuring acorn squash & lobster bisque, a choice of prime beef ribeye or pan-seared scallops, followed by warm molasses cake with poached cranberries and eggnog ice cream.  The three-course dinner is priced at $85 per person. A selection of a la carte menu options also will be available. Christmas Eve dinner will be served from 5:30 to 9:30pm. // 10600 E. Crescent Moon Drive, Scottsdale, 480.513.5085,

Tomaso’s Italian Restaurant and Tomaso’s When in Rome
Tomaso’s Italian Restaurant and Tomaso’s When In Rome will be open from 12 to 9pm on Christmas Eve. Both restaurants by Chef Tomaso Maggiore will feature a traditional Italian Christmas Eve menu to celebrate “Feast of the Seven Fishes” December 22nd through the 24th. At $78 per person, the menu is reminiscent of the food that is served throughout Italy for Christmas week. The menu includes baked clams with herbs and shallots and balsamic-maple glazed sea scallops paired with jalepeño for a sweet flavor with a touch of heat. Guest will have a choice of entrée such as lobster Fradiavolo paired with squid ink pasta or the striped seabass with shrimp, sea scallops, and garlic bread crostini. Dessert will feature a choice of profiteroles, vanilla cream stuffed puffs or Monterosa Cassata, a mascarpone, ricotta, and sponge cake topped with wild strawberries. // 3225 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix, 602.956.0836 and 23655 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, 480.404.6085,

I hope that this list has helped you narrow down where to eat on Christmas Eve. No matter where you choose to spend the evening, I hope that you are surrounded by love, laughter and all things delicious!

About the Author - Taryn Jeffries

Editor and Chief Eating Officer of PhoenixBites, 2017 Food Writer of the Year (Arizona Culinary Hall of Fame) Taryn grew up in a small town in Illinois with a doting Grandmother who taught her the way around a kitchen and that food is representative of love. Her current quest is to find the love in local dishes and the chefs behind them. In addition to running all things PhoenixBites, Taryn is also a freelance wirter, sharing her insight on the best dishes and where to get them each and every month.

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