Skip cooking this Christmas and celebrate Santa’s arrival at these fine restaurants

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Indulge in Christmas dinner at one of these local dining establishments.
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It’s the season of giving, so give yourself a break this Christmas and leave the cooking to some of San Diego’s best chefs. Each of the following restaurants is open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, serving special buffets, brunches and prix-fixe menus. Don’t wait to make reservations!

Bahia Resort Hotel

The Christmas Day brunch buffet (11 a.m. to 4 p.m.) includes carving stations, a visit from Santa and live entertainment throughout the afternoon. $56 per person, $25 for children ages 5 to 11 and free for kids under 5.

Mission Bay,

BO-beau Kitchen + Cache and Bo-beau Kitchen + Bar

These two Bo-beau locations are serving a special three-course Christmas dinner from the early afternoon until 7 p.m. $46.95 and $49.95 respectively, $14.95 for kids.

Hillcrest and Ocean Beach,

Buca de Beppo

Want to stay home? Buca de Beppo offers catering packages featuring signature Italian specialties like Spicy Chicken Rigatoni, Ravioli al Pomodoro and Shrimp Fra Diavolo. With any catering order over $100, you get a free tray of mini cannoli plus delivery.


Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa

The resort’s 11 a.m.-till-4 p.m. Christmas brunch buffet includes carving stations, a children’s spread and live carolers throughout the afternoon. $62 per adult and $25 per child.

Pacific Beach,

Cusp Dining & Drinks

Skip pricey prix fixe menus and dine on Cusp’s usual dinner offerings plus the chef’s new holiday specials.

La Jolla,

Grant Grill Lounge

The Grill’s multicourse Christmas Day dinner is $97 per person ($87 for seniors and $47 for kids), while wine pairings are available for an additional $43.



Feast on a preset menu of a la carte items or take advantage of the to-go option to pick up hot ’n’ ready holiday dishes you and your loved ones can eat at home.

Lemon Grove,


Delight in a three-course, locally sourced dinner featuring all of the season’s favorites. $45 to $60 per person.

Pacific Beach,

Osetra Seafood & Steaks

Choose either a three-course menu for $54 per person or a four-course menu for $69 per person, and optionally enhance your evening with Ossetra caviar and a bottle of Moet Chandon.


Pacifica Del Mar

Three-course lunches and dinners will be served alongside stunning views on Christmas Day from noon until 9 p.m. $68 per person.

Del Mar,

Pamplemousse Grille

Choose from prix fixe options during the Christmas Eve dinner from 4 to 9 p.m., or order from the restaurant’s regular menu Christmas Day from 3 to 8 p.m.

Solana Beach,

Primavera Ristorante

Reserve a spot for the three-course La Viglia de Natale feast on Christmas Eve ($75) and wash down your meal with a specialty cocktail ($14) concocted for the occasion.


Provisional Kitchen

Celebrate the holidays with a specially crafted three-course prix fixe menu. $85 per person, $25 for children ages 3-12 and $30 for wine pairings.


The Grill at Torrey Pines

Dine on three-course prix fixe brunches and dinners for $60 per person ($35 for kids under 12), and add beer ($15) or wine ($30) pairings to make the most of the menu. Open Christmas Day 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.

La Jolla,

The Med @ La Valencia

The prix fixe Christmas Eve dinner is $88 per person or $105 with wine pairing, and the Christmas Day buffet is $94 per person and $45 for children age 6-12.

La Jolla,

The Westgate

Fill up at the Le Fontainebleau Room’s holiday buffet from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. ($99 for adults, $40 for children ages 4 to 12 and $20 for bottomless wine or champagne), or choose a four-course prix fixe dinner ($79) in the Westgate Room from 5 to 9 p.m.



This recently reimagined restaurant is serving an exquisite, three-course Christmas Eve dinner from 5 to 10 p.m. and a festive Christmas Day dinner from 3 to 8 p.m. $75 and $80 respectively.



Soak in a spectacular oceanfront view while feasting on an exclusive holiday menu Christmas Eve and Christmas Day from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Pacific Beach,

A photo of Waterbar in Pacific Beach
Waterbar in Pacific Beach
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Add some European flair to your Christmas celebration at this French bistro offering imported Parisian bread and a curated wine list. Open Christmas Day from 7 a.m. to midnight.

Little Italy,