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Christmas 2012 L.A. dining guide

December 18, 2012|By Caitlin Keller
  • Gordon Ramsay at the London West Hollywood will be open Christmas Day, serving turkey with chestnut stuffing, roasted beef Wellington, braised pork belly and other holiday dishes.
Gordon Ramsay at the London West Hollywood will be open Christmas Day, serving… (Ken Hively / Los Angeles…)

Looking to celebrate Christmas out on the town? Want a seafood feast? Prime rib? Need to pick up some tamales? Lots of Los Angeles restaurants are here to help with the festivities:

Alma: Ari Taymor’s restaurant in downtown L.A. will be hosting a winter solstice supper on Thursday. A four-course tasting menu will be available for $60 per person. Call for menu details and reservations. 952 S. Broadway, L.A., (213) 444-0984, www.alma-la.com.

Caulfield’s: The bar and dining room’s new chef Stephen Kalt is preparing a holiday menu for Angelenos on Christmas Eve with seatings from 5 to 10 p.m. In addition to the restaurant’s a la carte menu, holiday specials include white asparagus bisque and lobster dumpling and roasted prime rib with Yorkshire pudding and whipped potatoes. A complimentary holiday libation from the bar team and sweets from pastry chef Kriss Harvey will also be offered to diners. Call for reservations. 9360 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, (310) 388 6860, www.caulfieldsbeverlyhills.com.

The Churchill: This West 3rd Street gastropub will be hosting Christmas Day dinner with a three-course prix fixe for $35 per person. Starting at 5 p.m., the Churchill will be serving up seasonal dishes such as a carrot, apple and ginger soup, glazed ham with figs and basil and fuyu persimmon cake, in addition to Christmas cookies for everyone. 8384 W 3rd St., L.A., (323) 655-8384, www.the-churchill.com.

Cook's County: Opt out of the prix fixe dinner and head to Cook’s County on Christmas Eve for special dishes such as grilled prime rib and a flaming Christmas pudding, in addition to the restaurant’s regular menu. Call for reservations. 8009 Beverly Blvd., L.A., (323) 653-8009, www.cookscountyrestaurant.com.

Craft: The Craft team is celebrating the season with a Christmas Eve menu served from 6 to 10 p.m. First-course options, including winter greens, game terrine and oysters, and sides, which include winter squash, roasted potato and mushrooms, will be served to the table. For the main course, guests can choose from dishes such as diver sea scallops, duck, yam agnolotti and braised beef short ribs and for dessert, sticky toffee pudding, a chocolate pecan tart with toasted coconut and ice cream will be served. Christmas Eve dinner at Craft is $105 per person. Call for reservations. 10100 Constellation Blvd., L.A.,  (310) 279-4180, www.craftrestaurantsinc.com.

Drago Centro: On Christmas Eve, Drago Centro will be dishing up a seven-course dinner for $70 per person with optional wine pairings for an additional $45. Dishes include a smoked salmon salad, Maine lobster cappuccino, black and white scallop agnolotti, roasted monkfish, mint panna cotta and more. Call for reservations. 525 S. Flower St., L.A., (213) 228-8998www.dragocentro.com.

Gordon Ramsay at the London West Hollywood: A $95-per-person holiday menu will be available at Gordon Ramsay at the London West Hollywood on Christmas Day. Savory dishes include turkey with chestnut stuffing, roasted beef Wellington, braised pork belly and more. And for dessert, the menu features sweets such as English sticky toffee pudding and bûche de Noel. 1020 N. San Vicente Blvd., West Hollywood, (310) 358-7788, www.thelondonwesthollywood.com.

Hatfield’s: Christmas Eve dinner at Hatfield’s will feature a four-course prix-fixe of some of the restaurant’s favorite dishes. Priced at $72 per person, the special holiday menu features beet-cured fluke with buckwheat crisps; charred Spanish octopus with broccolini and paprika potatoes; red wine braised short ribs with chive spaetzle and fried shallots; and to finish, Karen’s famous sugar and spice beignets with Venezuelan chocolate fondue and Earl Grey milkshakes. Call to make reservations. 6703 Melrose Ave., L.A., (323) 935-2977, www.hatfieldsrestaurant.com.

Inn of the Seventh Ray: The farm-to-table style restaurant in Topanga Canyon will keep its doors open from 4:30 to 11 p.m. on Christmas Eve for a holiday feast. Chef Bradley Miller will be serving a selection of seasonal dishes including oven-roasted goose, chorizo and cornbread stuffing and Vermont maple yams. Inn of the Seventh Ray’s regular menu will also be available. Reservations can be made online. 128 Old Topanga Canyon Road, Topanga, (310) 455-1311, www.innoftheseventhray.com.

Jar: Suzanne Tracht will be serving up signature dishes a la carte in addition to specials on Christmas Eve at Jar. Starting at 5:30 p.m., guests can dine on mussels with lobster bernaise and fennel salt, pot roast, char siu pork chops and end the evening with Jar’s butterscotch pudding. Reservations can be made online or by calling (323) 655-6566. 8225 Beverly Blvd., L.A., (323) 655-6566, www.thejar.com.

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