Dining out on Christmas might be a sacred family tradition or an attempt to get some intimate, stress-free time without extended family. Whatever your motivation, many of Vancouver’s best restaurants are open for truly lavish meals on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
So stop menu planning and start menu browsing. I’ve listed some of your best Christmas brunch and dinner options below. These irresistible spreads are guaranteed to make your belly jiggle like Santa’s “bowlful of jelly.” Just enjoy. You can go snowshoeing in January.
Places to Eat a Lavish Christmas Brunch or Dinner
Bistro Pastis: Christmas Eve Dinner
T’was the night before Christmas and who wants to be bothered cooking dinner? It’s $59 for four courses at the cozy, Kitsilano-based bistro. The Nuit de Noel menu has decadent French fare including lobster bisque with cognac cream and double baked Roquefort souffle.
Diva at the Met: Christmas Eve Dinner and Christmas Day Dinner
Enjoy four courses of fancified molecular gastronomy-style goodness. Talented executive chef Hamid Salimian has put together dinner menus for $70 on both days.
Dockside Restaurant: Christmas Day Brunch Buffet and Christmas Day Dinner Buffet
Relish a fabulous view from Granville Island Hotel’s Dockside restaurant along with your Christmas smorgasbord. Expect classic carvery, a full seafood spread and more dessert than you can possibly consume, including an entire “chocolate fantasy buffet”. Christmas brunch is $55 per adult and $25 per child. Christmas Dinner runs $67 per adult and $25 per kiddo.
ORU at Fairmont Pacific Rim: Christmas Eve Seafood Buffet, Christmas Day Brunch, Christmas Day Dinner Buffet
Each option offers an extravagant spread including artisanal local cheese and charcuterie, a B.C. salmon display, a chilled seafood station (with oysters, crab, clams, prawns and mussels) and a sushi station, in addition to traditional holiday roasts like Fraser Valley turkey and ham. $95 for Christmas Eve. $69 for brunch. $89 for dinner.
The Observatory at Grouse Mountain: Christmas Lunch
Through Dec. 24, get a three-course lunch for $50 a head at Vancouver’s most festive holiday destination during their Peak of Christmas celebration. Menu highlights include chestnut truffle soup, stuffed leg of goose and Christmas pudding.
Le Gavroche: Christmas Eve Dinner
Vancouver’s longest-standing French restaurant is serving a four-course dinner for $65 per head. Highlights include hazelnut-crusted sweetbreads and proper turducken (duck, Cornish hen, and turkey) plumped even further with chorizo bread stuffing.
Rosewood Hotel Georgia: Christmas Eve Buffet
Feel the history in the beautifully restored Spanish Ballroom while dining on a sumptuous seafood feast by head chef Ken Nakano. Expect Ocean Wise sushi, sashimi and oysters, a roast carving station with local, organic turkey and Oyama smoked ham, plus a decadent dessert buffet. $88 per adult, $78 for seniors and $38 for children (five and under dine for free).
Yew Restaurant: Christmas Eve Dinner, Christmas Day Brunch and Christmas Day Dinner
As usual, the superb in-house restaurant at the Four Seasons Vancouver has cooked up elegant Christmas offerings. I’m obsessed with the roasts: AAA prime rib with Cabernet sauce and chimmichurri roasted turkey breast. Don’t miss the chestnut stuffing. Finish with “white & dark chocolate Christmas log with blood orange zest.” Brunch is $79 per adult and $35 for children (6-12). Christmas Eve dinner is $89. Christmas Day dinner is $91 per adult. For both dinners, children under 6 eat for free. Children 6 – 12 will receive 50% off the set menu or can choose from our regular kids menu.
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