Christmas 2022: Local restaurants offering dine-in & takeout in Tucson


December 14, 2022
By Addie Ibarra
By Addie Ibarra

Sleigh the holiday cooking this year!

If the snow-dusted mountains and twinkling lights around town are any indications, it’s time to start planning your Christmas Eve and Christmas Day feasts.

Photo courtesy of Pexels
Photo courtesy of Pexels

Treat your ‘elf to a day free of cooking with these take-home and dine-in options. You’ll find the likes of Chinese feasts, upscale dinners, brunch banquets, and classic cuisine.

Pay close attention to the dates because some of these dinners are happening before others. Also, we’ll be updating this list as we get closer to Christmas Day.

 

Dining Options

Tucson Foodie and Maynards Presents – A Chinese Sonoran Christmas Feast 

Maynards, 400 N. Toole Ave.
Tuesday, December 20 beginning at 5:30 p.m.

 

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Join Tucson Foodie at Maynards for a special Christmas dinner featuring Chef and artist Feng-Feng Yeh (the brainchild behind the Chinese Chorizo Festival) and local Indigenous chef Rusty Ramirez. 

The dinner will be focused on chiltepin’s native culinary heritage to the Southwest while exploring how it can be utilized to evoke Chinese cuisine. This union of Indigenous and Chinese cuisine will tell an intersecting story of the resilience of the peoples of Tucson.

OF NOTE:

  • Peking Duck demonstration by Forbes Meat Company
  • Hand Pulled Noodles demonstration by Chef Feng-Feng Yeh
  • Large selection of vegan and GF-friendly dishes
  • Wine pairing (optional)
  • Gift bag

For more information and to see the stunning menu, check out our article.

5 Points Market & Restaurant 

756 S. Stone Ave.
Thursday, December 15 from 4 -7 p.m.

5 Points Market & Restaurant is hosting a complimentary Holiday wine tasting! They’ll be pouring five featured wines along with seasonal ales and an assortment of cheese and crackers that will go perfectly with any holiday meal.

For more information, visit 5pointstucson.com

Christmas Brunch at The Canyon Club

Loews Ventana Canyon Resort, 7000 N. Resort Dr.
Sunday, December 25 at 10 a.m.

Join the crew for a delicious Christmas brunch buffet featuring prime rib, seafood, and delicious desserts on Christmas morning. Santa will even be parking his sleigh here for a bit so that you may take photos. The buffet includes unlimited mimosas (Santa’s favorite!) and Dragoon Brewery beer.

Cost: $105 per adult and $55 per child.

For more information, visit loewshotels.com

Christmas Carryout at Feast 

3719 E. Speedway Blvd.
Accepting orders through Sunday, December 18, pick-up on Saturday, December 24
Assorted dishes at Feast (Credit: Jackie Tran)
Assorted dishes at Feast (Credit: Jackie Tran)

With carryout from Feast, it’ll look like you had a chef-catered meal. The Christmas carryout menu looks most impressive:

  • Duck Terrine with Pistachios and dried cranberries, $20/ half-pound (serves up to six as an appetizer)
  • Whole baby brie with cranberry-apple chutney wrapped in puff pastry, $20
  • Roasted Beets, walnuts, grapes, rosemary, and Bleu cheese, $7/half-pint   $11/pint
  • Mashed Potatoes, $6/half-pint or $10/pint
  • Green beans with garlic and almonds, $5.00/serving
  • Pear and chestnut stuffing, $6.50/half-pint or $12/pint
  • Single goose breast, brined, roasted, and sliced served with kumquat glaze, $38
  • Confit of goose leg and thigh, on the bone, served with kumquat glaze, $38
  • Individual Beef Wellington with truffled liver mousse and mushroom duxelles, wrapped in puff pastry.  One entrée serving, $36
  • Gingerbread cake with orange cream cheese frosting and candied pistachios, $7/slice or $46/whole cake

Call (520) 326-9363 to order. The goose must be ordered by Wednesday, December 14.

For more information, visit feast.com

Christmas Day Buffet at Hacienda del Sol

5501 N. Hacienda Del Sol Rd.
Sunday, December 25 from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Celebrate with Hacienda del Sol and enjoy decadent holiday fare prepared by executive chef Devin Pinto. The buffet has a variety of savory choices for everyone in the family along with your favorite holiday classics. Enjoy views of the Catalina Mountains and surrounding gardens with a glass of wine and your loved ones!

Cost: $85 per adult and $45 per child (6-12 yrs). Children under five years old are complimentary. Call (520) 544-1255 to make your reservation. 

For more information, visit haciendadelsol.com.

Christmas in the Desert

2021 N. Kinney Rd.
Sunday, December 25 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Join the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum for a delectable desert feast celebrating the holiday season! There are three reservation times available: 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m.

Cost: $79 for adults and $35 for children under 10. Reservations required. Call (520) 883-3046 or email aboudoin@desertmuseum.org to reserve your table today. Museum admission is not included.

For more information, visit desertmuseum.org

El Conquistador

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

 

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 The Hilton El Conquistador is putting together a wonderful spread for Christmas. This year there’ll even be a make-your-own cookie station. At the end of the brunch, Santa will read a book to all attendees.

Cost: $89 per adult and $28 per child (6-12 yrs). Call (520) 544-1255 to make your reservation. 

For more information, visit hiltonelconquistador.com.

Govindas Natural Foods Buffet 

711 E. Blacklidge Dr.
Sunday, December 25, noon – 5 p.m.

Govinda’s will be serving up a deliciously vegan Christmas day menu. They’ll have wheat-free items and if their Thanksgiving menu is any indication, this will be a hit! As long as the weather permits, there’ll be music on the patio to enjoy as you dine out.

Cost: $19.95 per adult and $9.95 per child (4-12 yrs). Children under three years old are complimentary. All you care to eat.

For more information, visit govindasoftucson.com

Jonathan’s Cork 

6320 E. Tanque Verde Rd.
Saturday, December 24, 3 p.m. ’til close
Photo provided by Alex Landeen

Surfs up at Jonathan’s Cork this Christmas Eve. They’ll be serving up some fun options to enjoy before all that gift unwrapping.

  • 8-ounce Filet stuffed with Blue Cheese, $41
  • Surf and Turf 6oz Filet and 5-6-ounce Lobster Tail, $65
  • Alaskan Halibut with crab cream sauce, $36.50
  • Pork Shank Osso Bucco style, $27.50

For more information, visit jonathanscork.com

Christmas Eve Dinner at Maynards

400 N. Toole Ave. #100
Saturday, December 24 starting at 5 p.m.

 

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Enjoy an exquisite wine-paired (optional) dinner at Maynards on Christmas Eve. When we say exquisite, we mean it! Check out the menu:

  • Foie gras profiterole, huckleberry, pairing: Lhuillier Brut, n/v, Champagne
  • Chicory salad, Meyer lemon, Piave, pine nut, pairing: 2020 Matthiasson, Linda Vista Vineyard Chardonnay
  • Winter vegetable terrine, smoked cashew, pairing: 2021 Enderle & Moll ‘Weiss & Grau’ Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris
  • Wild boar raviolo, chanterelle mushroom, jus, pairing: 2020 Mauro Molino Leradici Barbera d’Asti
  • Duck breast, farro, croquette, sauce bigarade, pairing: 2020 Domaine Charles Audoin Bourgogne Rouge Pinot Noir
  • Warm chocolate tart, peppermint, pairing: Mulled AZ Wine

Cost: $95 per person. Wine pairing is available for an additional $40. Make your reservation here.

For more information, visit hotelcongress.com

Si Charro! Concepts

Multiple locations

 

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If you don’t want to make tamales for the holidays this year, pick up a Special Holiday Tamale Kit from any of the Si Charro! concepts. This kit for six includes tamales and accompanying sauces.

To view a full list of their restaurants, check out the sicharro.com website.

Dessert Boxes

Pin-Up Pastries Tucson

Online Orders
Accepting orders through Thursday, December 15, pick-up on Saturday, December 24

 

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Pin-Up Pastries Tucson is putting together Holiday Boxes for pre-order.

All boxes include:
  • Four Jack Daniels cherry blueberry cheesecake bites
  • Four pumpkin gooey butter cakes
  • Your choice of four additional items including their Pineapple Upside Down Cake or Pecan Pie Square

Cost: $60 and it includes 12 pieces total. Text (520) 400-5477 to order.

For more information visit Pin-Up Pastries on Instagram

Sweet Vivis

Online Orders
Final pick-up date is Friday, December 23

 

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Sweet Vivi’s Christmas menu treats are the perfect addition to any holiday get-together! You must give a two to three-day notice so don’t wait too long to order. The last day to pick it all up is on Friday, December 23.

For more information visit Sweet Vivi’s on Instagram

Sydney’s Sweet Shoppe

8969 E. Tanque Verde Rd. #209
Accepting orders through Saturday, December 17, pick-up on Saturday, December 24

Place your orders for frozen or ready-to-serve whole pies! The last day to order in-store or by phone will be Saturday, December 17 from 8 a.m. – noon. The Sweet Shoppe will then be closed for holiday preparations and baking.

You can order online, in person, or by phone at (520) 777-7133.

For more information, visit sydneyssweetshoppe.com.

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Addie Ibarra, native Tucsonan, is a fierce lover of adventure, travels, and food. Addie has her Masters in Legal Studies and hopes to one day apply that towards helping people (and animals) around the globe, while traveling and tasting along...

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