Dining Options for Christmas Eve & Christmas Day 2017

Last modified on December 21st, 2017 at 11:30 am

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Sometimes it’s nice to have someone mess up their own kitchen and bring you some figgy pudding, right?

If you’d like to have the pressure of cooking taken off your shoulders, there are plenty of places in town that’ll gladly do the dishes for you.

While many businesses are planning to be closed for the holidays, a variety of others are staying open with limited hours and special menus.

Feast your eyes upon the handful of Tucson restaurants offering holiday specials for either Christmas Day or Christmas Eve.

Azul Restaurant & Lounge

5 – 9 p.m. Monday, December 25
3800 E. Sunrise Dr.

The Azul Restaurant & Lounge at the Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa will be offering their regular menu on Christmas Eve, but a special buffet on Christmas.

On the menu, you can expect to see prime rib, a holiday ham, and red velvet cake, but the entire buffet menu can be seen at westinlapalomaresort.com.

Seats are $56.95 and $29.95 for children 14 years and under.

To make your reservations, call (520) 742-6000 or visit westinlapalomaresort.com.

Cielos at Lodge on the Desert

10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday, December 25
306 N. Alvernon Way

Christmas is coming to town at Cielos at the Lodge on the Desert will be serving up a buffet featuring classic holiday dishes.

Some of the highlights are the Lodge-Rubbed Prime Rib, Shrimp and White Fish Ceviche, and Roasted Christmas Goose.

Seats are $58 and $29 for children 7 – 14 years old.

For more information and to make reservations, call (520) 320-2014 or visit lodgeonthedesert.com.

The Coronet

5 – 10 p.m. Sunday, December 24
402 E. 9th St.
Honey Ginger Braised Pork & Fennel Meatballs at the Coronet (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Honey Ginger Braised Pork & Fennel Meatballs at the Coronet (Credit: Jackie Tran)

The Coronet will be closed on Christmas but is offering a special menu on top of their regular menu this Christmas Eve.

Christmas Eve Specials:

  • Amuse Bouche – five spiced deviled eggs with pork belly wrapped in Napa cabbage
  • Cantonese Duck Breast Platter – zucchini sweet potatoes, radish, and cucumber served with a big bowl of plum sauce
  • Coronet’s Wonton Soup – chicken, pork, bok choy, and carrot with sesame ginger pork won tons

From 6 – 9 p.m. you can enjoy live music from Loveland.

For more information, call (520) 222-9889 and visit cafecoronet.com to view their full menu.

Cup Cafe

Sunday, December 24 – Monday, December 25
311 E. Congress St.

Cup Cafe will be open both Christmas and Christmas Eve with an exceptional holiday menu.

Christmas Eve & Christmas Day Menu (4 – 8 p.m.)

  • Slow Roasted New York Strip – pink and green pepper crusted 12oz NY strip, broccolini, potato stack with caramelized onions, brie cheese, and demi-glace  ($32)
  • Quinoa Stuffed Quail – quail stuffed with quinoa and chorizo, haricot verts, cranberry vinaigrette, and sweet potato au gratin ($26)
  • Butter Braised Diver Scallops – diver scallops, golden beet risotto, carrot, parsnip, and butternut squash coulis ($28)

Christmas Day Brunch Specials (9 a.m. – 3 p.m.)

  • House-Made Stuffed French Fruitcake – vanilla maple orange battered fruitcake, stuffed with blackberry tarragon mascarpone, whipped cream, and fresh berries ($11)
  • Creole Christmas Eggs – bell pepper rings stuffed with eggs, andouille sausage and Gruyere cheese, served with shrimp and grits, collard greens, and Bloody Mary beurre blanc ($14)

For more information, call (520) 798-1618 or visit hotelcongress.com.

DOWNTOWN Kitchen + Cocktails

7 p.m. Sunday, December 24
402 E. 9th St.

DOWNTOWN Kitchen + Cocktails is offering a meal that reflects the flavors of Tucson and the best of the season.

In addition to the regular menu, a perfect three-course meal will also be available for $35 per person (plus tax and gratuity), and $20 for kids 12 and under.

First Course

  • Oaxacan Tomato Soup – with a cheese relleno and tortilla shards

Second Course

  • Roast Turkey Adobado – chorizo cornbread stuffing, maple scented pan gravy, chipotle molasses sweet potatoes, and gingered jalapeno orange cranberries

Third Course

  • Warm Oaxacan Bread Pudding – rum raisin ice cream and mezcal hard sauce

For more information and to make reservations, visit downtownkitchen.com.

Falora Pizza

4 – 9 p.m. Sunday, December 24

Falora Pizzawill be open on Christmas Eve from 4 – 9 p.m., serving a limited menu of three pizzas pies and three salads.

Plus, all bottles of wine are 24% off for the night.

For more information, (520) 325-9988 or visit falora.com.

Hacienda Del Sol Guest Ranch Resort

11 a.m. – 7 p.m Monday, December 25
5501 N. Hacienda del Sol Rd.
Assorted Sunday brunch spreads at The Grill at Hacienda Del Sol (Photo by Jackie Tran)

Assorted Sunday brunch spreads at The Grill at Hacienda Del Sol (Photo by Jackie Tran)

Celebrate Christmas at the Hacienda Del Sol Guest Ranch Resort with their gourmet buffet.

The meal is $68 per person, $34 for kids 7 – 14 years old, and anyone under 6 years old can eat for free.

Breakfast

  • Traditional eggs benedict with Canadian bacon, poached eggs, and hollandaise
  • Omelet and waffle bar
  • Applewood bacon, breakfast sausage, and herb potatoes
  • Bagels, cream cheese, toast, croissants, and danish

Action Stations

  • Roast turkey breast bread stuffing with thyme and garlic gravy
  • Prime rib with au jus and creamy horseradish
  • Country ham with pineapple chile sauce

Appetizers and Salads

  • Seafood – chilled shrimp, smoked salmon, and snow crab claws
  • Antipasto – imported Italian cured meats, pepperoncini, olives, and imported and domestic cheese platter
  • Fresh fruit platter
  • Grilled asparagus, eggplant, peppers, zucchini, radicchio, tomato, and yellow squash with balsamic vinaigrette
  • Roasted brussel sprout salad with bacon vinaigrette and roasted peppers
  • Arugula, mixed greens, pecans, apples, oranges, and goat cheese vinaigrette
  • Caesar salad
  • Heritage bean salad
  • Creamy potato leek soup

Dinner Entrees

  • Tamales
  • Chicken and turkey cassoulet
  • Roast Atlantic salmon

Sides

  • Mashed potatoes
  • Minted green bean
  • Baked cavatappi with mornay and confit tomatoes
  • Cinnamon cayenne sweet potatoes
  • Roasted beets with orange and horseradish
  • Cauliflower and parmesan
  • Roasted broccoli with olives and garlic

Desserts

  • Chocolate cupcakes with peppermint buttercream
  • Carrot cake with cream cheese frosting
  • Rainbow cookies
  • Figgy pudding
  • Fresh donuts
  • New York cheesecake
  • Chocolate truffles
  • Fresh fruit tarts
  • Yogurt panna cotta with pomegranate seeds
  • Gingerbread mousse

Reservations are required and can be made by calling (520) 529-3500.

Their full menu can be found on their haciendadelsol.com.

Harvest Restaurant

11 a.m. – 8 p.m. Sunday, December 24
10355 N. La Cañada Dr. #141, Oro Valley, AZ

Harvest Restaurant is offering a few special editions to their brunch, lunch, and dinner menus on Christmas Eve.

Available from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Sonoran Pit Ham Hash & Eggs – served with roasted corn and poblano peppers, avocado crema, and home fries ($12.90)
  • Ham and Vegetable Quiche – with spinach, mushrooms, asparagus, swiss cheese, and home fries ($9.50)
  • Breakfast Sandwich – two eggs with prosciutto, arugula, chipotle hollandaise, and bacon jam
    served open face on a jumbo buttermilk biscuit with home fries ($13.90)
Available from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Dijon Crusted Lamb Chops – served with mushroom risotto, seasonal
    vegetables, and mint/lamb jus ($25.90)
  • Grilled NY Steak – topped with pearl onions and portobello mushrooms, served with whipped yukon gold potatoes, seasonal vegetables, and onion demi sauce ($24.90)

For more information, call (520) 731-1100 or visit harvestov.com to view their full menu.

Hilton Tucson El Conquistador Golf & Tennis Resort

11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Monday, December 25
10000 N. Oracle Rd.

On Christmas Day, take it easy and enjoy some traditional favorites out at the resort.

The buffet will have a carving station, salad bar, and dessert buffet. You can check out their full menu at hiltonelconquistador.com.

The feast is $77 per person, $26 for kids 6 – 12 years old, and anyone younger is free.

For more information and to make your reservations, call (520) 544-1244 or visit hiltonelconquistador.com.

JW Marriott Tucson Starr Pass Resort & Spa

11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday, December 25
3800 W. Starr Pass Blvd.

The luxury resort nestled in the Tucson Mountain Park is whipping up an unforgettable Christmas Day buffet.

From chili agave glazed salmon to rosemary and thyme marinated prime rib, there’s plenty of variety for everyone.

The feast is $59 for adults, $27 for children from 6 – 12 years old, and children 5 years and under are free.

For more information and to make your reservations, call (520) 791-6064.

Kingfisher Bar + Grill

5 – 8 p.m. Sunday, December 24
2564 E. Grant Rd.
Oyster Bar Tasting at Kingfisher (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Oyster Bar Tasting at Kingfisher (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Kingfisher Bar + Grill is serving dinner from the regular menu with some holiday specials from 5 – 8 p.m. on Christmas Eve, and will be closed on Christmas.

For more information and to make reservations, call (520) 323-7739 or visit kingfishertucson.com.

Loews Ventana Canyon Resort

10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Monday, December 25
700 N. Resort Dr.

This Christmas, join Loews Ventana Canyon Resort for an unforgettable brunch.

Executive Chef Ken Harvey is working on a buffet featuring holiday classics like citrus brined turkey with prickly pear Cranberry sauce, rosemary and fine herb leg of lamb with apricot lemon chutney, sage stuffing, and green chili tamales.

The brunch is $84 per person.

For more information and to make reservations, call (520) 615-5496.

Maynards Market & Kitchen

4 – 8 p.m. Sunday, December 24
400 N. Toole Ave.

Celebrate this holiday season at Maynards and give your family and friends the gift of fine dining.

Chef Brian Smith and his culinary team are making this Christmas Eve inventive and memorable with their passion for heritage foods.

Appetizer

  • Pan seared scallops – Willcox apple butter, chiltepin, walnut-celery jam, celery hearts, thyme, and salt ($18)

Entrées

  • Mesquite smoked and braised ham hock – stewed runner beans, fermented pearl onion, balsamic confit, tomato, tarragon pistou, and Patagonia pea tendrils ($31)
  • Cast iron seared Wagyu ribeye – sauerkraut potato puree, parmesan roasted brussels sprouts, bone marrow butter, shaved horseradish, and ice plant ($45)

Dessert

  • Chocolate sponge cake – with cherry bavarian, pistachio anglaise, marcona almond, and chantilly cream ($10)

Reservations are suggested for the holiday dinner.

For more information and to make reservations, call (520) 545-0577 or visit maynardstucson.com.

Pastiche

4 – 9 p.m. Monday, December 25
3025 N. Campbell Ave., Suite 121
Baked Mac & Cheese at Pastiche (Credit: Shana Gegantoca)

Baked Mac & Cheese at Pastiche (Credit: Shana Gegantoca)

Pastiche is here to help fill your belly this Christmas.

Their a la carte menu will include some of their favorites, like the Bourbon Salmon, as well as some of the Christmas staples.

Seats are expected to go fast, so make your reservations ahead of time by calling (520) 325-3333.

For more information and to view their full menu, visit pasticheme.com.

RA Sushi

Sunday, December 24 – Monday, December 25
2905 E. Skyline Dr. #289

To make your experience that much more merrier, RA Sushi is open during the holidays with their regular menu.

Christmas Eve, they’re open from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. and 3 p.m. – 12 a.m. on Christmas Day.

For more information, call (520) 615-3970 or visit rasushi.com.

Tavolino Ristorante

3 p.m. Sunday, December 24
2890 E. Skyline Dr.

This Christmas Eve, chef Massimo Tenino and Tavolino are serving a Feast of the Seven Fishes for $100 per person.

Space is very limited at the traditional Italian dinner, so you’ll need to make reservations beforehand.

Appetizer

  • Timballa di Salmone – timballo cake served with arrabiata sauce, goat cheese, and saffron aioli
  • Lobster Salad – roasted lobster, veggies, and micro greens

Insalata

  • Carpaccio di Barbabietole con Tonino – red and yellow beets, carpaccio, arugula salad, pan-seared ahi tuna, and truffle

First Entree (choice of)

  • Chitarra ai Frutti di Mare – house-made spaghetti, swordfish, shrimp, salmon, clam, cherry tomatoes, onion, bell pepper, and olives
  • Pesci Ribieno al Forno – red snapper, stuffing, octopus, scallops, tomatoes, onions, capers, and celery

Dessert

  • Pandoro con Cioccolato e Frutti di Bosco – pandoro cake served with hot chocolate and fresh berries

For more information and to make reservations, call (520) 531-1913.

The Views Restaurant

5 p.m. Monday, December 25
1555 E. Rancho Vistoso Blvd.

This Christmas Eve, The Views Restaurant is celebrating the holidays in style with a five-course wine pairing dinner for $60 per person.

First Course

  • Appled Brie – french brie, roasted garlic, honeycomb, and toast point

Second Course

  • Roasted Butternut Squash and Pomegranate Salad – wild rice, warm champagne citrus vinaigrette, pistachio dust, and goat cheese

Third Course

  • Seared Scallop – roasted corn puree, popped red quinoa, pomegranate, and corn shoots

Fourth Course

  • Filet Mignon – forest mushrooms, pettie syrah demi glaze, potato gaufrette, and asparagus

Fifth Course

  • Griotte Cherry Cobbler – Brandy caramel drizzle and French vanilla malt shake

For more information, call (520) 825-3277 or visit suncityorovalley.com.

Wildflower

11 a.m. – 8 p.m. Sunday, December 24
7037 N. Oracle Rd.

Wildflower has whipped up a special Chrimstas Eve three-course menu for $45 per person, excluding beverages, tax, and gratuity.

First Course (choice of)
  • Clam Chowder – smoked bacon, yukon gold potato, and thyme
  • Cold Smoked Salmon – chive crème fraiche and potato galette
  • Farmers Market Salad – butternut squash, brussels sprout, beet, apple, quinoa, goat cheese, and marcona almond
  • Pan Fried Edamame Dumplings – sesame seed, scallion, and red chili sweet and sour
  • Crisp Calamari – mizuna greens, yuzu emulsion, and toasted sesame seed
  • Spinach Salad – bacon, apple, pecan, blue cheese, and raspberry vinaigrette
Second Course (choice of)
  • Steelhead Salmon – horseradish gratin, sherry glazed beet, and arugula
  • Wood Grilled New York Steak – brussels sprout, creamed spinach, roasted red potato, and red wine reduction
  • Filet of Beef – yukon gold potato purée, wild mushroom, charred broccoli, béarnaise, and bordelaise
  • Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin – horseradish potato, roasted mushroom, brussels sprout, and sherry gastrique
  • Wild Mushroom Agnolotti – brussels sprout, butternut squash, parmesan, and charred rosemary
  • Spanish Paella – prawn, scallop, clam, mussel, chicken, chorizo, and saffron rice
  • Pan Roasted Chicken – smashed potato, green bean, lemon, and garlic
Third Course (choice of)
  • Key Lime Tart – gingersnap almond crust, vanilla crème fraiche
  • Cinnamon Doughnuts – vanilla custard, berry marmalade
  • Chocolate Decadence – three layer chocolate mousse, peanut butter base, and raspberry sauce
  • New York Cheesecake – butter graham crust and cherry compote

For more information, call (520)

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