Christmas Eve & Christmas 2021: Restaurants offering takeout or dine-in

The holiday season is in full swing here in Tucson. The buildings downtown are topped with lights, trees are wrapped in twinkling lights, holiday cocktails are making themselves known, and now restaurants are planning holiday feasts on or around Christmas Day.

They’re looking pretty tasty and good for goodness sake, too.

Some of these are your traditional holiday dinners with elegant dine-in atmospheres, others are not as fancy but just as fun, and then there are your take-home dinners that are often pre-cooked — just open up and serve. Plus, we’ll be updating this list as we get closer to Christmas Day.

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Barrio Charro 

3699 N. Campbell Ave.

The restaurant is offering two different to-go meals this holiday season.

Barrio Charro Torta Boxes (feeds 6-8 people)($89.95)
  • Eight Half Tortas (choice of recipe)
  • Sonoran Pasta Salad
  • Tortilla and Barbecue Chips with House Salsa
  • One Pint Fruit Pico de Gallo and One Pint Winter Calabacitas
  • Barrio Charro Cookies
  • (Optional) One Pint Guacamole ($15), Whole Tres Leches Cake ($50), Pint of Vegan Ice Cream ($11)

SiCharro Take-Home Holiday Elegante Menu (feeds 6 people)($195)

  • Ancho Spiced Short Rib
  • Poblano Cheddar Mashed Potatoes
  • Winter Squash Calabacitas with Chorizo Crumble
  • Barrio Charro Herbed Telera Rolls with Salted Agave Butter
  • Barrio Charro Peppermint Chocolate Cookies
  • (Optional) Pomegranate Guacamole and Chips ($15)

You can order either of these meal kits at Barrio Charro, which is also where you’ll pick it up. To make your orders sooner rather than later, call (520) 372-1922.

For more information, visit

The Blacktop Grill at Dragoon Brewing Company

1859 W. Grant Rd., #111

Here’s your not-so-average feast for the holidays. The Blacktop Grill will be setting up shop at Dragoon Brewing Company on Christmas Eve from 5 – 9 p.m. They’re known for their loaded hot dogs, quesadillas, and other bites that have been breaking diets for a few years now.

For more information, visit The Blacktop Grill on Facebook

Cielos at Lodge on the Desert

306 N. Alvernon Way
Sweet Ancho Baby Back Ribs at Cielos at Lodge on the Desert (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Sweet Ancho Baby Back Ribs at Cielos at Lodge on the Desert (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Eat, drink and, be merry with a special Christmas Day dinner at Cielos. Executive Chef Aponte presents holiday favorites like prime rib and honey glazed ham with a touch of southwestern flavors. You can check out the full menu online.

Adults can eat for $50 per person, six to 12-year-olds are $25 each, and anyone under six years old eats for free.

For more information, visit

El Charro Cafe

Multiple Locations
Carne Seca Burro at El Charro Café on Court Avenue

Carne Seca Burro at El Charro Café on Court Avenue (Credit: Jackie Tran)

El Charro is currently taking orders for a holiday takeout special. The feast feeds about 6-8 people and costs $129.95 with an option to add the Fiesta Guacamole and Chips for $15.

Holiday Takeout Special
  • Six Red Chile Beef Tamales and Six Holiday Fiesta Tamales
  • One Pint Shredded Beef Birria and One Pint Chicken Tinga
  • Pints of Arroz Sonora and Frijoles (Refritos or Charros)
  • Flour or Corn Tortillas, Chips, and Salsa Picante

You can order by calling the downtown location at (520) 622-1922, the Ventana location at (520) 514-1922, and the Oro Valley location at (520) 299-1922.

For more information, visit

Charro Vida

7109 N. Oracle Rd.

Tableside Avocado Hummus at Charro Vida (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Charro Vida is sticking with a to-go menu this year and it feeds up to eight people for $129.95. Plus, there’s an option to a pint of Guaca-Hummus with Vida Salsa and Chips for $18, and a pint of vegan ice cream for $11.

Charro Vida Holiday Takeout Meal
  • Six Hola Hemp Original or Six Red Chile Jackfruit Tamales with Red and Green Sauce
  • 12 Hola Hemp Mini Chimis with Vegan Taco Crema
  • One Pint of Vida Brussels, One Pint of Winter Calabacitas, One Pint of Black Beans

For more information, visit or call (520) 779-1922.

The Coronet

198 W. Cushing St.
The Coronet

Photo courtesy of The Coronet on Facebook

The downtown restaurant is hosting a Christmas Eve dinner as well as a special dish on Christmas Day (both dine-in) from 5 – 9 p.m. on Friday, December 24 and Saturday, December 25.

Christmas Eve Dinner (Bubbie’s Christmas Eve Classics)
  • Pork Dumpling Soup ($12) – rich chicken broth and Chinese vegetables
  • Fried Shrimp Spring Rolls ($15) – house sweet chili sauce, ginger soy, daikon salad, and butter lettuce
  • Peking-Style Duck Leg ($35) – stir-fried rice cakes, bok choy, gai choy, house hoisin sauce, green onion, with a cucumber salad and Chinese pancakes
Christmas Day Special
  • Pepita and Herb-Rubbed Porchetta ($38) – black garlic duxelle, roasted whole carrots, and turnips with a green apple-radicchio and cranberry chutney

For more information, visit

Cup Cafe at Hotel Congress

311 E. Congress St.
The Cup Cafe (Photo provided by Hotel Congress)

The Cup Cafe (Photo provided by Hotel Congress)

The historic hotel will be open on both Christmas Eve and Christmas, with a few special dishes to go along with the holiday, too. They’re open from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. and then 4 – 8 p.m. on Christmas Eve. On Christmas Day, they’ll be serving from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Christmas Eve Specials
  • Warm and Spiced Butternut Squash Bisque – with toasted pumpkin seeds, pomegranate arlis, and cilantro ($6 for a cup and $9 for a bowl)
  • 10-ounce Mesquite-Smoked Herb-Crusted Prime Rib – roasted garlic and shallot mashed potatoes, grilled asparagus, creamy horseradish, and au jus ($32)
  • French Seared Diver Scallops – scalloped root vegetables, grilled and shaved white asparagus, microgreens, and a savory romesco sauce ($36)
Christmas Day Specials
  • Warm and Spiced Butternut Squash Bisque – with toasted pumpkin seeds, pomegranate arlis, and cilantro ($6 for a cup and $9 for a bowl)
  • House-Cured and Mesquite-Smoked Ham – roasted sweet potatoes and yams, roasted brussel sprout casserole; mango, peach, and brown sugar glaze ($24)
  • Herb-Crusted Prime Rib – roasted garlic and shallot whipped mashed potatoes, grilled asparagus, creamy horseradish, and au jus ($28)

For more information, visit

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Desert Diamond Casinos

7350 S. Nogales Highway

There’s a family feast ready to be picked up at the Desert Diamond Casino, which is more of a pay-for-what-you-need type of dinner instead of a bundled meal.

Family Feasts To-Go
  • Turkey or Ham Dinner – with all the fixin’s ($14.95)
  • Prime Rib Dinner – with all the fixin’s ($18.95)
Additions (feeds four people)
  • House Salad or Caesar Salad ($8.95)
  • Mac ‘N Cheese ($10.95)
  • Sweet Potatoes ($10.95)
  • Green Bean Casserole ($10.95)
  • 12 Beef Tamales ($21.95)
  • Pumpkin Pie ($9.95)
  • Apple Pie ($9.95)
  • Pecan Pie ($10.95)

For more information, call (520) 342-3222 or email your order to 

Festa International Buffet

5655 W. Valencia Rd.
(Credit: Casino Del Sol)

(Credit: Casino Del Sol)

The fancy buffet is open on Christmas from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. with a special feast for $55 per person.

Christmas Day Feast
  • Turkey
  • Ham
  • Stuffing
  • All the fixin’s
  • Seafood
  • Crab legs
  • Shrimp
  • Oysters
  • Desserts and more

For more information, visit

Flora’s Market Run

2513 E. Sixth St.
Flora's Market Run

Chorizo Mac and Cheese (Photo courtesy of Flora’s Market Run on Facebook)

This year, the market and restaurant combo is offering House-Made Prime Rib dinners for four people with all the fixings, and also sides Wood-Fired Brussels Sprouts and Chorizo Mac and Cheese. You can also add on a charcuterie board and freshly baked pies.

Check out the full menu online.

For more information, follow Flora’s Market Run on Facebook and call (520) 771-9141. 

Ghini’s French Caffe

1803 E. Prince Rd.
Ghini's French Caffe

Noel Burger (Photo courtesy of Ghini’s French Caffe)

Ghini’s French Caffe’s chef and owner Coralie Satta loves to pull out all the stops for the holidays. This season she is especially happy that guests can safely gather to enjoy her classically French cuisine along with the following decadent seasonal specials offered throughout the month of December.

Holiday-themed Menu
  • Homemade Eggnog ($6)
  • Latte ($7)
  • The Noel Burger – Juicy Bordeaux Gruyere Burger layered with fine herb aioli, Balsamic cranberry glaze, and herb drizzle on a grilled La Baguette Bakery roll ($16)
  • Chocolate Milk Mocha ($5)
  • Mexican Chocolate French Toast ($12)

For more information, visit

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Govinda’s Natural Foods

711 E. Blacklidge Dr.
Facade at Govinda's Natural Foods Buffet (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Facade at Govinda’s Natural Foods Buffet (Credit: Jackie Tran)

The restaurant is open from noon – 6 p.m. on Christmas Day and they’re cookin’ up a Vegan Christmas Holiday Menu. You’ll find organic millet load, lentil croquettes in tomato broth, whipped yam and cauliflower, and more. Check out their full menu online.

For more information, visit

Jonathan’s Cork

6320 E. Tanque Verde Rd.

Jonathan's CorkPhoto courtesy of Jonathan’s Cork

Jonathan’s Cork will be open Christmas Eve from 4 – 8:30 p.m. and is serving up two holiday specials along with the regular dinner menu.

Holiday Specials
  • Fresh Sea Bass with Crab Cream Sauce ($28.50)
  • Blue Cheese Stuffed Filet Mignon ($39.00)

Reservations for both are highly recommended. For more information, call (520) 296-1631.


400 N. Toole Ave.
Maynards Market & Kitchen Facade (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Maynards Market & Kitchen Facade (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Maynards will be open from 4 – 8 p.m. on Christmas Eve and will not be serving the regular — a festive menu has taken its place for the evening. The meal is $75 per person and an additional $30 if you’d like wine pairings.

Christmas Eve Dinner Menu
  • Black Garlic Panasse – memolette
  • Butternut Squash Velouté – peppercorn and i’itoi onion
  • Little Gem Salad – pepitas and herbs
  • Sourdough Agnolotti – rabbit ragu, basil, and ricotta
  • Warm Potatoes and Octopus – ailoi, calabrian chiles, and black olive
  • Duck Leg Confit – turnips, cherries, and cognac
  • Prickly Pear Sorbet – nopal and apple
  • Chocolate Tart – hazelnut creamux and miso

For more information, visit

Pastiche Modern Eatery

3025 N. Campbell Ave.

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The restaurant will be open from 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, and a special holiday menu will be available to feast your eyes on. You can expect to find a Cob-Smoked Ham Dinner, Pumpkin Ravioli, Osso Bucco, and more.

For more info and the full menu, visit

Pita Jungle

7090 N. Oracle Rd.
New Seasonal Kitchen Craft dishes with protein add-ons (Photo courtesy of Pita Jungle)

New Seasonal Kitchen Craft dishes with protein add-ons (Photo courtesy of Pita Jungle)

They’re closed on Christmas Day but open until 3 p.m. on Christmas Eve. To coincide with the holiday season, the restaurant recently launched a new Seasonal Kitchen Crafts Menu. Check it out below and start planning

Seasonal Kitchen Crafts Menu
  • White Bean Hummus with Garlic-Cilantro-Pesto Shrimp – White beans hummus prepped from scratch, roasted garlic, EVOO, lemon juice, tahini, shrimp in garlic-cilantro-pesto, pita
  • Chili Verde Beef – Diced premium beef cuts, mixed beans in a homemade chili sauce, fresh tomatillos, charred poblanos, jalapenos, cilantro, garlic, onions, turmeric brown rice, with blue corn chips and Jungle tzatziki as a crema (Gluten-free)
  • Mediterranean Mahi Shawarma – Mahi-Mahi, garlic sauce, cabbage-kale super greens honey slaw, avocado, caramelized onions, fresh jalapeno, pita
  • Gyro Super Hero – Plant-based high-protein gryo, vegan tzatziki, seasonal mixed greens, tomatoes, red onions, pickles, Greek pita
  • Mascarpone Kataïfi – Pistachio studded mascarpone, whipped cream, and a drizzle of honey, lodged in a crispy kataïfi nest

For more information, visit

PY Steakhouse

5655 W. Valencia Rd.
Filet Mignon at PY Steakhouse (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Filet Mignon at PY Steakhouse (Credit: Jackie Tran)

PY Steakhouse is open on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day from 4 – 10 p.m. On each day, you’ll find a couple of specials to sink your teeth in.

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Specials
  • Slow Roasted Prime Rib Eye ($55) – Loaded Mashed Potato, Chef’s Vegetables, Au Jus, Creamy Horseradish
  • Slow Roasted Leg of Lamb ($58) – Creamy Polenta, Chef’s Vegetables, Demi-Glace, Classic Mint Jelly

For more information, visit

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Tucson Tamale Company

Multiple Locations
(Credit: Tucson Tamale Company)

(Credit: Tucson Tamale Company)

Here’s one for meat lovers this holiday season. Tucson Tamale has a Mighty Meaty Box of Tamales and the bundle comes packed with 32 delicious and meaty tamales.? Also, be sure you order before Monday, December 20 if you plan on shipping this to someone for Christmas.

Mighty Meat Box
  • Green Chile Pork and Cheese (six packs)?
  • Green Chile Chicken Tamales (six packs)?
  • Red Chile Pork (four packs)?

For more information, visit

Zio Peppe

6502 E. Tanque Verde Rd.

Zio Peppe is pleased to offer “Christmas To-Go” meals featuring their unique convergence of Italian and Sonoran cuisine. Orders can be picked up on Friday, December 24 from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. at the restaurant. Each meal comfortably feeds up to six people is $250 each.

Zip Peppe Christmas To-Go Menu
  • Mole Verde Porchetta
  • Tamale Polenta
  • Roasted Vegetable and Poblano Bisque
  • Honey and Adobo Roasted Carrots
  • Salad of Romaine – Beets, Oranges, Apples, Pomegranates, Spicy Candied Pepitas, Pomegranate Lime, and a Ginger Vinaigrette
  • Rosemary Focaccia
  • Pumpkin Cheesecake

For more information and to place your order, visit

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