Whether you’ve packed your bags for the holidays or you just can’t imagine basting another turkey, you don’t have to sacrifice a hearty Christmas Day dinner. From traditional ham and mashed potatoes to fresh seafood and endless buffets, here’s where to book a reservation ASAP for a memorable feast, without all the cleanup.
Heading south for Christmas? You can still get a hearty dinner in the desert. Consider the Four Seasons’ Talavera Restaurant in Scottsdale for its seriously impressive Christmas Day Buffet (open to non-guests). Just a few offerings include a surf and turf station with crab, oysters and caviar, a turkey carving station, honey glazed sea bass and lamb, a kids’ buffet and holiday desserts like chocolate gingerbread mousse cake.
The Russian Tea Room, New York City
As if Christmas in New York City isn’t magical enough, how about treating yourself to a Russian-style fine dining experience at one of the city’s most iconic restaurants? Enjoy a three-course prix fixe dinner menu at this stylish spot that’s been a gathering place for celebs (like Dustin Hoffman and Woody Allen) and New York elite for more than 80 years. Highlights include Tea Room Red Borscht, roasted pork shoulder with truffle mashed potatoes and grilled asparagus, and caviar parfait for dessert.
Restaurant Le Saint-Amour, Quebec City
After a day of gift giving and wandering Old Quebec’s cobblestone streets adorned with thousands of twinkling lights, settle in for a six-course Christmas dinner at this romantic, fine dining French restaurant. Feast on dishes with homegrown ingredients like B.C. wild smoked salmon, soft Tomme à Rudy Quebec cheese and flaky house-made pastry for dessert.
At EPIC, the Fairmont Royal York’s fine dining restaurant, enjoy a four-course meal prepared by chef Joshua Dyer paired with live holiday music and a visit from Santa. Dig in to dishes like winter-spiced butternut bisque, turkey confit rillette, roasted Cornish hen with smoked bacon, apple and turkey sausage stuffing, and spiced pumpkin cheesecake.
Hawksworth Restaurant, Vancouver
A visit to Vancouver isn’t complete without a meal at the award-winning Hawksworth Restaurant, even at Christmas time. The holiday tasting menu offered Dec. 23 through 30 (including Christmas Day) includes local West Coast flavours like lightly smoked salmon, pan roasted scallops, Fraser Valley pheasant and soy glazed sablefish.
Raw Food Restaurants that Serve Brownies, Spring Rolls, Lasagna and More
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