A sampling of O.C. restaurants serving meals Dec. 24 and 25.

Article Tab: There are plenty of dining options in Orange County on Christmas Eve and Day this year.

There are plenty of dining options in Orange County on Christmas Eve and Day this year.

Spend more time with loved ones by having someone else cook and clean for you this Christmas. Eat Christmas Eve or Day meals out at one of these Orange County restaurants open for the holidays.

Restaurants book up quickly and most require or strongly recommend reservations for the holiday, so call ahead to ensure a table.


Café Mozart, 31952 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano

The menu features a choice of entrée with a mixed green salad or a cup of butternut squash soup and choice of homemade apple strudel or triple chocolate mousse cake for dessert. Entrée items include marinated duck breast, filet and prawns, Jaeger schnitzel, roast pork loin, salmon filet and venison medallion. 4-8 p.m. Dec. 24 and 25. Price varies by entrée: $32-$42. 949-496-0212; cafemozart.net

The Cellar, 305 N. Harbor Blvd., Fullerton

Four-course dinner presented by chef Brandon Stein includes a starter, choice of soup or salad and an entrée choice of pecan crusted salmon, herb crusted prime rib, pan seared duck breast or sole topped with lobster ragu. For dessert, choose from gingerbread ice cream, chocolate bread pudding or crème brulee topped with fresh berries. 4-8:30 p.m. $64.95. 714-525-5682; cellardining.com

Charlie Palmer at Bloomingdale’s South Coast Plaza, 3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa

The four-course menu offers an amuse of apple sunchoke foam, a first course choice of Asian pear salad or Maine lobster risotto, main course choice of either herb roasted black sea bass or duo of beef and vanilla bean panna cotta for dessert. 5-8 p.m. $65. 714-352-2525;charliepalmer.com

Motif at St. Regis Resort, One Monarch Beach Resort North, Dana Point

The Christmas Eve dinner menu includes an amuse bouche of seafood bisque, a first course of grilled colossal shrimp, followed by braised veal cheek, an entrée selection of Buffalo New York strip or roasted guinea hen and Christmas yule log or Christmas sphere for dessert. 5:30-10 p.m. $85; kids 5-12: $39. On Christmas Day, Motif will host brunch featuring holiday favorites. 10:30 a.m.-7 p.m. $115; kids: $35. 800-722-1543; stregismb.com

O’Neill’s Bar & Grill at Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club, 26773 Avery Parkway, Mission Viejo

Family style dinner with an entrée choice of beef Wellington stuffed with mushrooms, marinated and smoked prime rib, sweet corn polenta raviolis, herb roasted and shaved leg or lamb or Cioppino of sea bass, scallops, mussels and shrimp stewed in a tomato broth. Choice of sides for the table includes mashed sweet potatoes, cornbread and creamed winter greens with chestnuts. 6-9 p.m. Entrées: $19-$39; sides are $12 each; desserts: $15. 949-305-5100;arroyotrabuco.com

Pinot Provence, 686 Anton Blvd., Costa Mesa

Choose a three- or four-course prix fixe dinner menu. Entrée choices include sautéed diver scallops, crispy duck breast, petit filet and Shelton Farms chicken breast. Desserts include bourbon chocolate pecan tart and winter pears delice. 4-9 p.m. Dec. 24 and 5-9 p.m. Dec. 25. Three-course menu: $55; Four-course menu: $65. 714-444-5900; patinagroup.com

Prego Ristorante, 18420 Von Karman Ave., Irvine

The regular menu will be offered as well as a holiday prime rib dinner. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Holiday dinner: $44.95. 949-553-1333; pregoristoranti.com

The Ranch Restaurant and Saloon, 1025 E. Ball Road

A four-course menu is offered. Entrée selections include black Angus prime rib, Colorado grass-fed lamb chops, petite filet of beef and open blue panama cobia. Dessert choices include buche de Noel, sticky toffee pudding, eggnog cheesecake and honey poached seckle pear. 5-9 p.m. $75. 714-817-4200; theranch.com

Silver Trumpet, 3350 Avenue of the Arts, Costa Mesa

Featured entrées include bone-in black peppercorn rubbed prime rib, Alaskan halibut, apricot glazed slow roasted half chicken and pumpkin ravioli. Desserts include eggnog crème brulee and chocolate chestnut rum tart. 5-10 p.m. Dec. 24 and 25. $21-$38. 714-442-8593;silvertrumpetrestaurant.com

Stonehill Tavern at St. Regis Resort, One Monarch Beach Resort North, Dana Point

The Christmas Eve tasting menu includes lamb’s lettuce, blanquette de sole, Griggstown pheasant, rack of Colorado lamb and pumpkin clafoutis. 5-8 p.m. $125 per person. 800-722-1543; stregismb.com


Catal Restaurant, 1580 Disneyland Drive, Anaheim

Catal is serving a three-course prix fixe dinner menu. Choose an appetizer, an entrée and a dessert. Entrée selections include slow roasted Angus prime rib, diver scallops, braised lamb shank, butter poached cod or house rolled pasta. A special menu for kids under 11 is also available. 5-10 p.m. $55 per person. 714-774-4442; patinagroup.com

Ocean View Bar and Grill, at Hotel Laguna, 425 S. Coast Highway, Laguna Beach

Christmas Day buffet featuring assorted baked goods and pastries, shrimp cocktail, tomato bisque, salads, traditional roasted, braised short ribs, pan-roasted Atlantic salmon, traditional stuffing and a chef’s assortment of petit desserts. Noon-7 p.m. $42; kids under 13: $18. 949-494-1151; ovbarandgrill.com

O’Neill’s Bar & Grill at Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club, 26773 Avery Parkway, Mission Viejo

Brunch buffet with made-to-order omelets, chilled seafood bar, waffles, French toast, bacon, an assortment of salads, honey glazed ham and an assortment of pies and pastries. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. $44.95; kids 4-12: $23.95; kids under 4: free. 949-305-5100; arroyotrabuco.com

Pelican Hill Resort, 22701 Pelican Hill Road South, Newport Beach

Brunch buffet in the ballroom with traditional offerings accompanied by a classical harpist, children’s activities and an appearance by Santa Claus. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $110; kids: $50. 949-467-6800; pelicanhill.com

The Ritz-Carlton, One Ritz Carlton Drive, Dana Point

Brunch buffet in the ocean front Pavilions. Buffet items include a made-to-order omelet station, fruit station, soup station and salad station, sushi station, house cured meats, smoked fish and caviar station, carved-to-order station, a dessert station and more. Noon-3:30 p.m. $115; kids (3-12): $57.50. 949-240-2000; ritzcarlton.com

Vue Restaurant at Laguna Cliffs Marriot, 25135 Park Lantern, Dana Point

Christmas Day four-course dinner menu includes an appetizer, a second course of mixed greens, a choice of entrée; Skuna Bay salmon, rack of lamb, filet of beef and Patagonian prawns, or vegetable Napoleon. Desserts include triple chocolate peppermint cake, bourbon bread pudding with caramel sauce and egg nog pot du crème. Children’s menu also available. 2-6 p.m. $75. 949-487-7516.