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It’s Christmas Time in Orange County, Here’s Where to Dine This Season

Cuisine, Where I'm Dining

This Christmas has an abundance of delicious offerings in store from the best restaurants all over Orange County. There’s no better way to celebrate a Coastal California Christmas than with chefs of these fine eateries.

The Montage Laguna Beach presents dining options for both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day throughout the resort. Also, Hotel Irvine invites your family to celebrate with theirs for festivities in The Backyard. Don’t forget to visit the Fashion Island Hotel for a delicious five-course dinner or bountiful buffet. A festive meal at one of these fine locations is sure to keep your guests talking until next Christmas!



Montage Laguna Beach

  1. Christmas Eve at The Loft

Tuesday, December 24, from 5 to 10 p.m.

The Loft, featuring panoramic views of the Pacific, is offering a glorious Four-Course Christmas Eve Dinner this season. It stars their delicious seasonal dishes such as Roasted Carrot Soup and incredible Braised Veal Cheek. Other dishes include their fantastic Pan Roasted Branzino. Lastly, dessert will be the yummy Gingerbread Semifreddo!

$135 for adults, plus tax and gratuity; a children’s à la carte menu will be available.



2. Christmas Eve at Studio

Tuesday, December 24, from 4 to 10 p.m.

The beautiful Studio restaurant overlooking the bluff presents a special Five-Course Holiday Tasting Menu! Chef Ben Martinek will prepare a selection of seasonal fare featuring a Lobster Cavatelli and Seared Maine Scallops. Next, the Blackened Superior Farms Lamb Loin which includes delicious maitake mushrooms. Finally, save room for dessert because Studio is serving up their amazing Chestnut Apple Flan! It’s sure to be a meal to remember!

$160 for adults; $50 for children (ages four to 12 years), plus tax and gratuity.


3. Christmas Day at The Loft

Wednesday, December 25, from 3 to 10 p.m.

For a special treat on Christmas Day, The Loft offers a wonderful Three-Course Celebratory Menu. Additionally, the menu features a choice of appetizer and wonderful entrée selections. Also, this includes the Herb and Garlic-Crusted Prime Rib and Duroc Pork Chop. Plus, the Pan Roasted Branzino will be available – each dish featuring lovely seasonal sides.

$95 for adults; $50 for children (ages four to 12 years), plus tax and gratuity.


4. Christmas Day at Studio – Brunch and Dinner

Wednesday, December 25, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for brunch; 5 to 9 p.m. for dinner.

Studio is pleased to present two different dining options for their Christmas Day Celebration. First, a Four-Course Brunch with selections such as the Hawaiian Blue Prawn Ceviche and Savoy Spinach Frittata. Also, among additional selections is the wonderful Roasted Arctic Char. Next, Studio’s Holiday Dinner which is a Five-Course Tasting Menu with seasonal favorites. Finally, this year’s featured dishes are the Broken Arrow Ranch Venison Loin and Chilled Pear Tatin with winter-spiced ice cream! 

Brunch pricing: $160 for adults, $50 for children (ages four to 12 years), plus tax and gratuity.

Dinner pricing: $175 for adults; $50 for children (ages four to 12 years), plus tax and gratuity.


5. Grand Ballroom Masterpiece Christmas Celebration

Wednesday, December 25, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

A favorite among events at the Montage, this Christmas Celebration features a generous multi-station buffet! Served at this lovely event are the Lobster Salad, Smoked Sturgeon Deviled Eggs, and Omelets Prepared to Order.  Additionally, there will be Cheese and Charcuterie, Ricotta Blintzes, an Asian Station and an assortment of desserts! Plus, the event will include live music, a complimentary champagne toast, and complimentary photographs for the family.

$180 for adults; $50 for children (ages four to 12 years; children under four are complimentary), inclusive of tax and gratuity.

Where:       Montage Laguna Beach

                     30801 Coast Highway

                     Laguna Beach, CA 92651

                     (949) 715-6420




Hotel Irvine

6. Christmas Brunch in The Backyard

Wednesday, December 25, seatings at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

This wonderful celebratory brunch on Christmas Day will include plenty of fun activities for the whole family! Likewise, photos with Santa, live music, lawn games, and a fun photo booth will commemorate the event. Most importantly, the spectacular holiday fare featuring breakfast and brunch choices for everyone.

First, start off your morning with incredible Lemon Ricotta Pancakes and French Toast. Next, move onto the delicious Bouillabaisse Halibut and Garlic Salt-Crusted Prime Rib of Beef. Also, salad options include the Roasted Butternut Squash with mustard dressing, plus Artisanal Cheeses, Antipasto, and a plethora of traditional sides. Finally, desserts will be the stars of the show at this event! They include a Christmas Yule Log, German Chocolate Cake, Austrian Apple Strudel and more. Also available, a Kids Buffet and bottomless mimosas with an array of toppings and garnishes for the adults.

$79 per adult, $37 per child ages five to 12. Additionally, pricing excludes tax and gratuity. Also, advanced purchase recommended. Tickets available here.

Where:       Hotel Irvine

17900 Jamboree Rd.

Irvine, CA 92614

For hotel: (949) 230-4452

For EATS Kitchen & Bar: (949) 225-6780




Fashion Island Hotel, Newport Beach

7. Oak Grill’s Christmas Eve Five-Course Dinner with Live Entertainment

Tuesday, December 24, from 5:30 to 9 p.m.

Oak Grill is sure to shine this Holiday Season with their incredible Christmas Eve dining. A Five-Course Menu, courtesy of Chef Brittany Valles, spotlights dishes such as the Butternut Squash Gnocchi and Salmon Wellington. Furthermore, come sample these incredible offerings accompanied by live entertainment for a festive evening to remember.

$125 per adult with glass of champagne, $45 per child ages five to 12. Free for children four and under. Pricing excludes tax and gratuity. Also, reservations available by calling (949) 706-5466.


8. Oak Grill Christmas Buffet

Wednesday, December 25, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Chef Brittany, along with her team, will prepare a bountiful holiday feast with a twist on tradition this Christmas. First, breakfast pastries, breads, and made-to-order omelets will be offered until 3 p.m. Also, selections from the carving station are available, plus salads, chilled seafood, and plenty of other holiday dishes.

Then, from 3 p.m. on, festive dinner choices take center stage. Likewise, favorites such as prime rib are sure to make spirits bright. Additionally, there will be a Kids Station at both buffets, and a spread of delightful desserts for everyone to enjoy. Furthermore, live entertainment will accompany the festivities, as well as a photo booth to capture happy Christmas memories.

$110 per adult, $40 per child ages five to 12. Free for children four and under. Additionally, pricing excludes tax and gratuity. Also, reservations available by calling (949) 706-5466.

Where:       Oak Grill

690 Newport Center Drive

                     Newport Beach, CA 92660

                     Phone: (949) 706-5466




Five Crowns Corona del Mar

9. Christmas Eve Dinner

Tuesday, December 24, after 5 p.m.

Five Crowns is one of the most festive places to dine this Christmas. Each year, the restaurant features carolers in wonderful Victorian-era costumes during dining hours through the month of December. This year, they are offering a special Christmas Eve menu composed of traditional and seasonal comfort dishes! First, starters include their Pride of the Crowns salad with toasted walnuts and gruyere. Not to mention their incredible Prime Rib of Beef for the main course. Of course, you must finish with their Brioche Bread Pudding as you admire the beautiful holiday decor.

Prices vary per dish, and reservations can be made beginning October 24th by calling (949) 760-0331.

Where: Five Crowns

3801 E. Coast Highway

Corona del Mar, CA 92625

Phone: (949) 760-0331



Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort

10. Back Bay Bistro’s Christmas Eve Dinner

Tuesday, December 24, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Celebrate with Back Bay Bistro on the waterfront this holiday in a festive atmosphere adorned with Christmas lights. Not only is the location fantastic, but their Five-Course Christmas Eve dinner is not to miss. To continue, the menu features a lovely Winter Salad followed by the Butternut Squash Bisque. Next, you get a choice between the incredible Ocean Prime Petite Filets or delicious Ahi Tuna. Not to mention, options such as the Roasted Chicken and Braised Short Ribs for the main course! Also, stick around for dessert, as we recommend the Pumpkin Spice Crème Brulee for a special treat. 

$85 per person, $20 – $30 for children. Also, pricing excludes tax and gratuity. Reservations available by calling (949) 999-3170.

Where: Back Bay Bistro

1131 Back Bay Dr

Newport Beach, CA 92660

Phone: (949) 999-3170



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