Christmas Eve and Christmas Day tend to be synonymous with big meals. But if you don’t want to associate it with yourself preparing those big meals, there are a few places in Pasadena to feast. Make sure to contact each restaurant about availability and further details.
The Raymond & 1886 Bar
The cozy Craftsman restaurant and bar will be serving up seasonal specialties on Christmas Eve.
1886 Bar will be open from 5 p.m.-midnight and have their full cocktail and bar menu, plus three holiday cocktails:
A traditional Tom & Jerry
Green tea hot toddy
The Raymond restaurant is serving a dinner with seating from 4-7 p.m. for $89 for food only. The full menu is attached is subject to change based on seasonality and availability.
Call 626-441-3136. 1250 S. Fair Oaks Ave., 91105.
Café 140 South
The nice but casual Cafe 140 is serving a special Holiday Menu over Christmas weekend beginning Friday, December 21 through Monday, December 24, according to their website.
Café 140 South’s Holiday Menu includes:
Surf & Turf - Petit Filet and Shrimp Scampi served with Mashed Potatoes
Lamb Chops served with Red Wine Herb Reduction, Roasted Red Potatoes and Asparagus
Butternut Squash Ravioli with Brown Butter and Sage
Fish of the Moment
Call 626-449-9900. 140 South Lake Ave., #101, 91101.
The Langham’s Terrace and Royce restaurants have a few options throughout Christmas Eve day and night.
Chef Erik Schuster prepares holiday delights throughout the day in The Terrace
• Served 6:30 to 11:30 a.m.
• $30 per person
• A la carte selections available
• Served 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
• A la carte pricing
• Served 4-9 p.m.
• Three courses
• $65 without wine
• $95 with wine
• $30 per child under 12
Chef de Cuisine David Féau will present a five course feast for your holiday celebration from 5-9:30 p.m.
• $125 per person without wine
• $185 per person with wine pairings
Call 626-585-6218. 1401 S. Oak Knoll Ave., 91106.
The Italian restaurant on South Lake Avenue will have a traditional Italian Feast of the Seven Fishes on Christmas Eve, which you can find out more about from Mr. Pasadena here.
Call 626-792-3000. 336 S. Lake Ave., 91101.
Barney’s is not offering a special Christmas menu but will be open Christmas Eve and Christmas Day with their full menu for those who want a casual, perhaps rowdier, holiday experience. You can catch all the bowl games and the Lakers vs. Knicks on Christmas Day.
Call 626-405-9777. 99 E. Colorado Blvd., 91105.
The following upscale Pasadena restaurants have not published specific times or menus, but will serve Christmas Eve dinner:
Arroyo Chop House
Call 626-577-7463. 536 S. Arroyo Parkway, 91105
Call 626-795-1001. 510 S. Arroyo Parkway, 91105
Call 626-577-4141. 41 S. DeLacey Ave., 91105
Do you know of other spots in Pasadena serving on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day? Mention them in the comments section below.