Take a little stress out of the holidays by letting one of these restaurants around town feed you on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day.
Breakfast with Santa November 28 – December 19, exclusively Saturdays from 8 – 11 a.m. in Litchfield’s and December 19 in the Ballroom. Holiday magic is alive at The Wigwam where Santa Claus himself joins for a special holiday breakfast. $22 Adults, $10 kids ages 3-12, plus tax and gratuity. Ages 2 and under complimentary. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 623-935-3811. wigwamarizona.com/
Christmas Day Buffet Friday, December 25 from noon – 4 p.m. Join The Wigwam for a special Christmas buffet dinner in the ballroom with meats from the carvery, side stations of holiday favorites and an array of desserts to satisfy every craving. Standout dishes include Roasted Corn & Shrimp Chowder, Poached Crab Claws, Brown Sugar Glazed Ham, Roasted Salmon and Roasted Prime Rib. $48 adults and $20 kids ages 3-12. Ages 2 and under complimentary. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 623-935-3811. wigwamarizona.com/
Christmas Day Dinner at the Wigwam at Litchfield’s Friday, December 25 from 3 – 7 p.m. Revel in a sumptuous three-course choice menu, offering a selection of mouth-watering meats and seafood, grilled vegetables, crisp salads and delectable desserts. Special highlights include a Christmas Salad, Roasted Natural Turkey Breast with confit turkey leg stuffing, green beans, maple roasted yams, roasted garlic mashed potatoes, orange cranberry relish, giblet sage gravy and a Cedar River Prime Rib with horseradish mashed potatoes, grilled asparagus, baby carrots, and red wine demi complete with decadent desserts including a Sticky Toffee Pudding with a date sponge cake, toffee caramel, cinder toffee and fig ice cream. $55 adults, $20 kids ages 3-12. Ages 2 and under complimentary. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 623-935-3811. wigwamarizona.com/
Taggia at FireSky Resort Taggia Christmas Eve menu 2015 $50/PP++ with Chef Massimo de Francesca. Call 480-424-6095 to make your reservations or for more information go to www.taggiascottsdale.com
Different Pointe of View – Celebrate Christmas Day with a decadent meal prepared by Executive Chef Anthony DeMuro overlooking the city lights at the AAA Four Diamond Different Pointe of View restaurant. Christmas Dinner will be served buffet-style from noon to 7 p.m. featuring slow-roasted prime rib, roasted breast of young tom turkey and smoked Berkshire pork loin on the carving and grill stations, served alongside port braised pot roast, pan seared sea bass, roasted yams with cinnamon, maple and clove glaze, sautéed Brussels sprouts, and garlic whipped mashed potatoes from the oven. Fresh seafood and salads will include chilled pacific gulf shrimp and snow crab claws, green lip mussels and little neck clams, lobster bisque, caramelized cauliflower bisque, cavatelli pasta, crisp haricot vert salad, rocket arugula salad and more. A variety of breads and desserts prepared by in-house pastry chef Lara Coleman. Priced at $64.95 for adults and $34.95 for children. Reservations required, call 602-866-6350 ext. 7200.
Pointe In Tyme – Enjoy a in the cozy Mahogany wood dining room with roaring wood-burning fireplaces at Pointe In Tyme. Christmas Dinner will be served buffet-style from noon to 6 p.m. featuring herb-crusted prime rib, maple-glazed ham, brined and roasted turkey from the carving board, and savory from the oven favorites including grilled New Zealand lamb chops, pork loin, dark turkey, seared sea bass, roasted Brussels sprouts, green beans, whipped potatoes, sweet potatoes, cornbread stuffing and more. Soups, salads and seafood will include roasted butternut squash soup, kale tabbouleh southwest Nicoise, citrus salad, winter salad, roasted beets, chilled seafood and imported and domestic cheeses. For dessert, a variety of cakes, pies and mousses. Priced at $51.95 for adults and $21.95 for children. Reservations suggested and can be made by calling 602-866-6348 ext. 7900.
Rico’s American Grill – Celebrate at the neighborhood, garden-inspired restaurant with a menu of traditional and regional favorites served buffet style including, grilled prime rib of beef, glazed ham, poached salmon, roasted garlic herb potato gratin, winter vegetables, variety of salads, pastas, charcuterie and cheese display, roasted sweet potato and pumpkin soup, and a variety of desserts. Priced at $49 for adults, $44 for seniors and $24 for kids ages 10-3, ages 3 and under are free. For reservations, call 602-997-5850.
Mr. and Mrs. Claus will play host to memorable morning breakfasts at the resort’s Rico’s American Grill featuring a tasty buffet, seasonal photos with Santa, and holiday story time, whimsical cookie decorating and gingerbread activity books led by Mrs. Claus. The “Breakfast With Santa” series will be offered Dec. 19, 20, 23 and 24 with three seatings each day at 8 a.m., 10 a.m. and noon. Pricing is $31.95 for adults and $19.95 for children ages 10 and under, inclusive of a complimentary photo with Santa. Reservations for “Breakfast With Santa” are required and can be made by calling 602-997-5850.
Hole-in-the-Wall – Gather up the family for a festive, Western Christmas dinner served family style at the historic BBQ restaurant. Dinner begins with winter green salad, entrée platter of mesquite-smoked turkey breast, honey glazed ham and sliced beef brisket, and sides including herb scallop potatoes, roasted vegetables, dried cherry rice pilaf, smoked cheddar mac and cheese and a platter of seasonal desserts. Priced at $39 for adults, $35 for seniors and $19 for children ages 10-3, ages 3 and under are free. For reservations, call 602-906-3840.
Head to ZuZu inside the hip Hotel Valley Ho for some Christmas cheer. Savor favorites off the seasonal brunch menu from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m., or order the holiday special, Green Corn Tamales topped with red chili sauce and a poached egg ($13). Build a custom drink at the Bloody Mary + Mimosa Bar from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. ZuZu’s seasonal dinner menu is offered from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m., with festive specials including Lobster Bisque with brioche croutons and chive crème fraiche ($10), Slow Roasted Prime Rib with mashed potatoes, roasted brussels sprouts, creamy horseradish and au jus ($34), and for dessert choose from a delicious Egg Nog Crème Brulee with raspberry brandy coulis ($9) and Pumpkin Cheesecake with cinnamon spiced cream ($9). Both brunch and dinner are à la carte. Reservations are recommended and can be made at 480.421.7997.
Celebrate the holidays at Roka Akor Scottsdale (7299 N. Scottsdale Rd.) with Christmas Eve dinner prepared with the season’s best ingredients. Led by Executive Chef Jason Alford, Roka Akor will be serving a special four-course menu alongside the full Robata Japanese menu on Christmas Eve from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Highlighted courses include Pork Belly with Marinated Baby Gold Beets, Charred Octopus Salad with Yuzu Kosho Oil and Plum, Three Piece Chef Selection Sashimi, and Prawn Tempura Chirashi Roll with Yuzu Tobiko. Main dishes include Imperial Domestic Wagyu Striploin with Truffle Aoili and Braised Oxtail Hotpot, Swiss Chard, and Roasted Haruki Turnips. The seasonal dessert is Pumpkin Pie Sundae with Ginger Spice Chantilly. Roka Akor’s Christmas Eve menu is priced at $85 per person, not including tax and gratuity. Reservations are not required, but highly recommended and can be made by calling 480-306-8800.
Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Dinner Menu at T. Cook’s Thursday, Dec. 24, 2015 & Friday, Dec. 25, 2015. Available Thursday from 4:30pm until 10:00pm and Friday from 11:00am until 9:00pm. Prix-fixe menu with your choice of three courses including Vadouvan Spiced Colorado Lamb Osso Bucco, Roasted Loin of Venison, Pan Roasted John Dory, Wild Arugula and Cranberries Salad and Gingersnap Bread Pudding, warm Chocolate Fruit Cake and more. $88 per person, $29 for children ages 6-12 years old, gratis 5 years or younger. Does not include tax or gratuity. Reservations are required.
Christmas Day Holiday Buffet at Royal Palms Hotel Friday, Dec. 25, 2015 Available from 11:00am to 4:00pm. Specialty Holiday Buffet with carving stations will include Roasted Beet Salad, Carved Free-Range Turkey, Tahitian Squash Soup, Carved Herb Crusted NY Strip, Organic Apple Galettes and more. $74 per person, $26 for children ages 6-12 years old, gratis 5 years or younger. Does not include tax or gratuity. Reservations are required. To book a reservation, visit www.royalpalmshotel.com or call 602-808-0766.
Are you already stressing about hosting Christmas dinner this year, or do you simply want to treat your friends and family to a gourmet, chef-crafted 3-course feast? J&G Steakhouse at The Phoenician Resort is whipping up a special Christmas Day menu offered exclusively on Thursday, December 24 and Friday, December 25, 2015 for $85 pp ++. Here you can enjoy a decadently creamy, earthy Butternut Squash soup with oysters mushrooms. Enjoy your choice of sautéed red snapper with cardamom scented jasmine rice or caramelized beef tenderloin with roasted brussels sprout and fingerling potatoes. Finish off your meal with a decadent warm chocolate cake or pumpkin ice cream sundae $85 per person ++ 480-214-8000 www.jgsteakhousescottsdale.com
Luci’s Healthy Marketplace will be open on Christmas Day from 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and is also kicking it up a notch with the debut of their Candy Cane Pancakes! This seasonal dish will be available on Christmas Day only so get them while they are hot! www.lucishealthymarketplace.com
On Christmas Eve, Sierra Bonita Grill will be serving two dinner specials for the occasion. The very popular Prime Rib dinner features a 14 oz. prime rib, served with green chile mashed potatoes, horseradish cream and beef au jus. The fresh catch is Pan Seared, Crab Crusted Shrimp and Halibut, with prosciutto-wrapped asparagus, organic heirloom tomato slices, and a saffron-habanero hollandaise. A special holiday cocktail is available for the occasion. The Maple Manhattan features Bulleit Rye Whiskey, maple infused simple syrup, angostura bitters, aztec chocolate bitters, Amaro Nonino, and Sombra Mescal, shaken and served up in a martini glass. www.sierrabonitagrill.com.
Through January 3, Paul Martin’s American Grill will be offering a special holiday menu. Perfect for getting in the spirit of the season or raising a toast with friends and family, the limited time menu features a seasonal appetizer, entrees, as well as specialty cocktails. Paul Martin’s has even hand selected the ideal wine to complement each dish. Start the meal with a half-pound of Chilled Alaskan King Crab Legs, served with house cocktail sauce and lemon. Pair the crab legs with Roederer Estate Brut. Choose from three different indulgent entrees. The Herb Crusted All Natural Filet Mignon comes with mashed potatoes, Bloomsdale spinach, and garlic confit. Try it with the Pine Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon. The Grilled Lamb Sirloin is paired with wild mushroom farro, Bloomsdale spinach and cipolline onions. A great wine accompaniment is the Dono Dal Cielo Zinfandel. A full pound of Alaskan King Crab Legs come with crispy red potatoes, carrots, drawn butter and lemon. Pair the dish with the Raeburn Chardonnay. www.paulmartinsamericangrill.com.
Christmas Eve at Rusconi’s American Kitchen with a kid’s menu as well! Adult menu, $50/PP++. To make reservations call 480-483-0009 http://www.rusconiskitchen.com/