Christmas Day Dining Out Options

Christmas Day Dining Out Options

Check out South Bay Events’ picks for eating out on Christmas, Tuesday, December 25th 2018.

This year Christmas lands on a Tuesday and if you are done swiping plastic for loved ones, Christmas dinner fixings are probably dancing in your head. Ham, pork roast, Prime Rib or perhaps another oven baked bird are defrosting in refrigerators all across the South Bay this week or maybe a plate of Christmas tamales are in the making for Christmas Eve. The spirit of giving during the holiday season is quite often paired with joy of feasting, every holiday party presetns a chance to indulge in sugarplum treats, seasonl brew, tacky sweaters, gooey appetizers, red wine and chocolate (to name a few).

Many restaurants stay open for Christmas brunch or dinner and we have compiled a list of some South Bay eateries that will be cooking a holiday feast below. In a salute to the movie “A Christmas Story” and popular culture, we alos included a list of Chinese restaurants around the South Bay that stay open for Christmas.

    • BALEENkitchen: One of Redondo Beach’s best seaside getaways, BALEENkitchen is located at The Portofino Hotel and Marina. BALEENkitchen will be serving up a Christmas meal from 1:00 PM – 10:00 PM and cost is $65.00 for adults ($80.00 with wine pairing) $22.00 for kids. Enjoy Chef Richard’s amazing three-course Christmas menu with choices of fresh Roasted Cod, Coq au Vin and Veal Tenderloin. Your table is all set, for reservation please call 310-372-1202. View the menu here. BALEENkitchen is located at 260 Portofino Way Redondo Beach.
    • Buca di Beppo Don’t forget about the large, party portion serving Italian style restaurant near the corner of Pacific Coast Highway and Palos Verdes Blvd., Bucca di Peppo. Add an Italian twist to your Christmas meal and a cannolis too. They will be open form 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Christmas Day with normal menu available. Buca di Peppo is located at 1670 South Pacific Coast Highway in Redondo Beach; (310)540-3246.
    • Catalina Kitchen at Terranea Resort Make Christmas dinner feel like a stay-cation when you dine on the grounds of Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes. Catalina Kitchen cooks up a scrumptious buffet with all the traditional trimmings and proteins from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. All you can eat King Crab, a sushi bar, Prime Rib, Filet Mignon, duck, Lamb chops, charcuterie and Sweet Potato Cheescake are just some of the tasty morsels that will be prepared. Click here to view the menu. Cost is $75 for adults, kids 5-10 $35 (5 and under free). Call (310)265-2704 to make a reservation.
    • Creme de la Crepe The only Creme de la Crepe location in the South Bay cooking up a Christmas meal is their Redondo Beach restaurant. Starting at 5:00 PM Creme de la Crepe (Redodno) serves a 3-course Christmas meal with choices like Lobser Bisque, Seafood Gratin, Beef Tenderloin or Cilantro & Mint Risotto and a dessert crepe. Cost is $45 per person. Creme de la Crepe in Redondo Beach is located at 1708 S. Catalina Ave; call (310) 540-8811 to make a reservation.
    • H.T. Grill Enjoy some of the coolest outside patio dining in the heart of Redondo Beach’s Riviera Village this Christmas. H.T. Grill will be cooking up Prime Rib dinner complete with a loaded baked potato, asparagus & horseradish creme. Cost is $36.00. Definitely call ahead to make reservations (310) 791-4849. H.T. Grill is located at 1701 S. Catalina Ave, Redondo Beach.
    • Kincaid’s: Located on the Redondo Beach Pier, Kincaid’s makes for a seaworthy Christmas day meal with a seafood influence. The holiday meal is priced at $36.95 and includes Prime Rib, herb jus, horseradish cream, mashed potatoes and seasonal vegetables (add a lobster tail for $16). Other entrees like Salmon and Almond Cursted Scallops will also be on the menu. Click here to view Kincaid’s holiday menu. Kincaid’s is located at 500 Fishermans Wharf, Redondo Beach. Call for a reservation (310)318-6080.
    • McCormick & Schmick’s Eat, drink, and be merry at McCormick & Schmick’s. McCormick & Schmick’s will open on Christmas Day with normal menu. Location: 2101 Rosecrans Avenue (Ste. 1280) in El Segundo. Reservations are recommended, vist McCormick & Schmick’s website to learn more.

Chinese Restaurants

    • Seafood Town Long stading Torrance neighborhood favorite, Seafood Town, is scrunched in a tiny parking lot along Hawthorne Blvd., so there’s a chance you’ve driven by this restaurant without realizing they serve up some of the best Chinese food in the South Bay. Seafood Town is open Christmas Day and will most likely be crowded; in fact they’re open everyday. BBQ Pork Frid Rice, Scallops with Oyster Sauce, Chow Mein, Almond Chicken and all your favorite pork, beef, seafood, duck and vegetable dishes decorate their menu. Order the Salt & Pepper Fish, one of Seafood Town’s most popular and tasty entrees. Seafood Town is located at 22922 Hawthorne Blvd. in Torrance. Call ahead if you want take out: (310) 378-0785
    • Szechwan Chinese Restaurant In Lomita along Pacific Coast Highway sits another Chinese restaurant that’s been a South Bay Dim Sum destination at least since the 1980s. In the back of Szechwan is a small parking lot so you might have to park along neighborhood streets or PCH. One of the best spots in the South Bay for Dim Sum and much closer than San Gabriel or Alhambra. They are open Christmas day 11:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. and offer an array of Chinese restaurant favorites like boneless duck, Chow Fun & Flat noodles, Fish with Black Bean Sauce, Beef Chop Suey and pages of other dishes. Szechwan in Lomita is located at 2107 PCH; call ahead for take out: (310) 534-2280.
  • Seafood Empress Restaurant Gardena boasts a delicacy of Vietnamese, Korean, Japanese, Thai and Chinese shopping plaza restaurants that don’t always make headlines. Restaurants that specialize in Pho, ramen, hot pot cooking, sushi, steamed buns and Dim Sum dot the Gradena eating landscape. Along Redondo Beach Blvd. is where you’ll find a gaudy Chinese palace called Seafood Empress. It’s in a big parking lot, shopping plaza that houses many other busineses. They’re open Christmas day from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Skip dessert and walk over to the Tokyo Central Market, inside you’ll find Beard Papa’s, a bakery that specializes in making cream puffs. Fresh tasting filling flavors like Green Tea, Strawberry and Original are available. Sea Empress is located at 1620 W Redondo Beach Blvd in Gardena.