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The Cat & Fiddle Pub & Restaurant
Choose from the restaurant’s full menu or enjoy a three-course holiday meal on Christmas Eve at The Cat & Fiddle or The menu features beef wellington, a holiday roasted turkey with apple and walnut stuffing and sweet potato casserole. For vegan diners, the chef is making a nut roast wellington. Finish with sticky toffee pudding served with fresh whipped cream. Pair the holiday feast with mulled wine. Each guest receives a Christmas cracker in every order. The menu ranges from $30 to $42 a person and reservations are required for dine from 1-9 p.m. Order early for takeaway, with pick up on Dec. 24. The restaurant is closed from Dec. 25-26. 742 N. Highland Ave., (323)468-3800
Sugar Goat cakes at Girl & the Goat
Chef Stephanie Izards’ bakery Sugar Goat now offers items for purchase at the Girl & the Goat downtown location. Along with Pastry Chef De Cuisine Faith Taheny, Izard offers a range of six-inch cakes that feed four to eight people. Traditional flavors include “All the Chocolate, “Citrus Cake” and “Breakfast in Lima,” made with plantain cake, a coffee-lime caramel filling and chocolate ganache. It’s finished with a coffee-lime buttercream chocolate crunch. Guests can order the cakes for pick up at Girl & the Goat between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. 555-3 Mateo St., (213)799-4628.
Christmas at Culina
Celebrate Christmas Eve with friends and family with dinner at Culina. Chef Giovanni Spataro is preparing a four-course menu for $145 per person and a supplemental wine pairing for $95. A lavish Christmas Day buffet, served from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., will offer breakfast favorites, seafood and sushi options, farmers market salads and artisan cheese. Visit the carving station for “buffalo style” turkey wings and fried turkey legs, cinnamon honey glazed ham and roast prime rib. The buffet is $159 for adults and $75 for children ages 12 and under. 300 S. Doheny Drive, (310)860-4000.
Santa Brunch at The Peninsula
A festive spin on Belvedere’s traditional brunch will be held on Dec. 19 as a lively jazz band playing holiday music. Seating is available from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. On Christmas Eve, Belvedere will offer a pre-fixe menu and free-flowing champagne. Also on Dec. 24, families can join Santa Claus for photographs and gifts from noon to 5 p.m. On Christmas Day, Belvedere is offering a family-style menu with free-flowing champagne and all-day holiday fun. Those looking to celebrate Christmas with an elegant high tea will enjoy a traditional Peninsula cap cake and a variety of tea options. Seatings are at 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. 9882 S. Santa Monica Blvd., (310)551-2888.
Beverly Wilshire boasts festive menu
Back by popular demand is a holiday take away menu with two appetizers, one entree, an array of side dishes and one dessert. Orders serve four to 10 people and must be placed by 5 p.m. on Dec. 17 for pick up at the hotel from Dec. 24 through Jan. 1 between noon and 5 p.m. Enhance the meal with 20% off select bottles of wine and champagne. 9500 Wilshire Blvd., (310)275-5200.
Christmas at THEBlvd
The hotel’s all day dining restaurant includes a special multi-course prix fixe menu by chef de cuisine Amir Nematipour. Dinner on Dec. 24 is served from 5-9:30 p.m. and live music will be played from 7-10:30 p.m. The cost is $145 per person and $70 per child. On Christmas Day, THEBlvd will offer a three-course menu for $125 per adult and $60 per child from 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Live music will be performed from 2-10 p.m. THEBlvd will feature a special, festive cocktail for the season called “The Wise King,” made with tequila, peppermint schnapps and house-made hot chocolate. Reservations can be made on Tock. 9500 Wilshire Blvd., (310)275-5200.
HauteMess offers holiday meals
Stop in before the holidays for gorgeous gift baskets and hostess gifts. The neighborhood Italian market and deli will also be open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Enjoy cocktails, festive sandwiches and exquisite salads during the holidays. 7673 Beverly Blvd., (323)621-4556.
The charming Northern Italian Trattoria with an intimate wine cellar will be open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day for a festive dinner. Guests can enjoy the ambiance and cuisine of Italy in the main dining room or in a private dining room for up to 20 people. 7675 Beverly Blvd., (323)933-7675.
A.O.C. is open for Christmas Eve
On Dec. 24, dine at A.O.C. for a festive traditional meal. Both locations will be closed on Christmas and New Year’s Day. Reservations for New Year’s Eve are available starting at 6 p.m. online at aocwinebar.com, OpenTable or by calling either location. 8700 W. 3rd St., (310)859-9859 and 11648 San Vicente Blvd., (310)806-6464.
Du-par’s pancakes with Santa
Bring the kids to Du-par’s Dec. 18 and 25 and enjoy a kid’s pancake breakfast of one pancake of any style, one egg, bacon or sausage, a visit with Santa and party favors for $13.95. (Kids price only.) Kids will enjoy making holiday crafts while listening to holiday music and waiting for Santa’s grand entrance at 11 a.m. and at 1 p.m. Kids and parents alike can savor Du-par’s frothy hot chocolate, delicious pastries or a hearty, adult-sized breakfast (additional charge). If you’re looking for a take-home holiday feast, enquire with Frances about Du-par’s holiday ham or turkey meals for up to 10 people. 6333 W. 3rd St., Farmers Market. (323)933-8446.
Melrose Rooftop Theatre gets festive
Transport to a winter wonderland that embraces the holiday cheer with screenings of holiday favorites, including “Elf” on Christmas Eve. There are two viewing options, starting with a general admission seating for $28 per person. A complete dinner and a movie package, including a three-course tasting menu from E.P. restaurant, is $49 per person. melroserooftoptheatre.com . 603 N. La Cienega Blvd., (310)855-9955.
OTOTO ‘Christmas Set’ JFC Dinner
Chef and owner Charles Namba is making Colonel Sanders’ style fried chicken for guests to bring home. OTOTO’s JFC (Japanese fried chicken) dinner includes five pieces of bone-in buttermilk fried chicken along with sides of shrimp macaroni gratin, daikon salad, cabbage slaw with sweet potato vinegar, a large biscuit from the restaurant All Day Baby and a strawberry roll cake from Konbi. The chiffon cake is rolled with mascarpone whipped cream and homemade strawberry jam. The special dinner is $58 and is available in limited quantities. Pre-order for pick up on Dec. 22-23. OTOTO offers a variety of sake to pair with the dinner. Order on Tock. 1360 Allison Ave., (213)784-7930.
The Godfrey Hotel Hollywood
The largest rooftop bar in Hollywood has been transformed into a festive, life-size gingerbread house decked with royal icing, candy canes and gingerbread men. Through the end of the month, visitors can order from a gingerbread-themed menu, featuring ginger cardamon sticky buns and cookies, DIY gingerbread making kits, a gingerbread martini and spiked eggnog. The rooftop is decorated with candy-inspired throw pillows, ruby red poinsettias and festive lights wrapped around palm trees. 1400 Cahuenga Blvd., (323)762-1000.
Holiday dinner at Fairmont Miramar
The Fairmont Miramar’s flagship farm-to-table restaurant FIG, helmed by director of culinary experience Jason Prendergast, will offer an indulgent menu of seasonal dishes and holiday-inspired specials. It’s open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day from 5-10 p.m. Reservations are available via Resy or by calling the restaurant. 101 Wilshire Blvd., (310)319-3111.
Sugar Palm Christmas sunset
Dine under palm trees this Christmas while enjoying a three-course prix fixe menu from 3-10 p.m. The menu includes an amuse bouche, appetizer, entree and dessert. Dine on the outdoor patio, poolside bar or indoor lounge. The menu is $95 per guest or $79 for the vegan entrée. A full beverage menu is available to pair with the courses. Reservations can be made on OpenTable and private cabanas are available by calling. 1819 Ocean Ave., (310)260-7511.
Holiday flavors at Sweet Rose
Chef Jen Bolbat and her team are making festive ice cream flavors, such as peppermint patty, spiced gingerbread and brown sugar butter pecan. Bags of holiday cookies and candies for stocking stuffers and secret Santa gifts will also be sold. Bags of dairy-free iced gingerbread cookies, chocolate-covered honeycomb and chocolate chip pecan cookies will be sold for $8. Visit Sweet Rose Creamery at the Brentwood Country Mart and Main Street shop. 225 26th St., Suite 51, (310)260-2663, and 2726 Main St., (310)260-2663.
Get a peek into what n/naka’s Niki Nakayama and Carole Iida-Nakayama are set to present when they open n/soto in Mid City in late January, 2022. An n/soto pop-up will be held at the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center’s brand new culinary facility. Chef Yoji Tajima, along with Nakayama and Iida-Nakayama, have created two California Japanese izakaya holiday menus. With a focus on market-driven products, the menu features eight courses that include snow crab with tosazu jelly, temarizushi with wagyu beef Tatami and oyster, tori kamameshi donabe (chicken kettle rice) and lobster tail with miso butter. A seasonal dessert will provide a sweet ending. Early and late seating is available for Dec. 22-23, while early seating will be offered on Dec. 24. From Dec. 29-31 n/soto will feature a smaller version of Japan’s New Year’s feast. Both menus are priced at $160 per person. Reservations can be made through n/soto’s Resy page. 244 San Pedro St., (323)879-9455.
Louise’s Trattoria helps families
The team from Louise’s Trattoria is donating holiday meals to the HoldYou Foundation, Inc., to help nourish families with critically ill children. When guests make a purchase through Dec. 21, they can round up their bill to help a family in need. 10645 W. Pico Blvd., (310)475-6084, and 232 N. Larchmont Blvd., (323)962-9510.
The Hollywood Roosevelt
Join the fun tonight from 7-11 p.m. at the hotel’s Tropicana Pool. Wear an ugly Christmas sweater for a chance to receive a free night at the hotel. The event is free for hotel guests and $20 for visitors, and includes one complimentary cocktail. Enjoy food, drinks, classic movie scenes and a DJ. Bring a new toy to donate to Toys for Tots. Other festivities will be held in the recently-renovated lobby. Enjoy lite bites by Nancy Silverton’s team and craft cocktails from the bar while listening to merry music from a local jazz band. The Barish will be open for Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve dinner from 5-10 p.m. A Night at Studio 54 New Year’s Eve Party will bring the style of the disco era to Tropicana Pool from 9 a.m. to 2 a.m. on Dec. 31. Tickets are $65. 7000 Hollywood Blvd., (323)856-1970.
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