where to eat on christmas day
Where to eat on Christmas Day: 14 restaurants showcase Houston's diverse dining
Most people will spend Christmas Day at home with their families. To them we say, Merry Christmas!
On the other hand, not everyone wants to spend a Sunday fussing over pots and pans. For those people, a select group of Houston restaurants will be open for at least part of the day. Diners who do venture out should be mindful that a restaurant’s staff has given up their holidays to feed customers. Show some appreciation with generous tipping.
Of course, this list isn’t comprehensive. Many restaurants that serve cuisines from different parts of East Asia will be open on Christmas, particularly those that are located in Chinatown or in Asian-oriented shopping districts in other parts of greater Houston. Call in advance to confirm availability.
The Burger Joint
All three Houston-area locations of this better burger spot will be serving sandwiches, fries, and milkshakes from 11 am until midnight on Christmas.
The Houston institution will be open on Christmas Day from 11 am-8 pm with all of its comfort food favorites like chicken fried steak, roast turkey, and liver and onions. Save room for the freshly-baked cakes and pies.
Start Christmas morning off with coffee and breakfast at this cafe from Cuchara owner Ana Beaven. It also stocks gifts for ultra last minute shoppers.
Davis St. at Hermann Park
Chef Mark Holley’s globally inspired restaurant will be open beginning at 1 pm. Indulge in a seafood tower to share or focus on signature dishes such as grilled lamb chops and Thai-style crispy snapper for two.
Rice Village’s modern Israeli restaurant will be open Christmas Day to serve its hummus, falafel, and other Mediterranean-inspired fare.
A meal built around chef Kaiser Lashkari’s staples like chicken hara masala, Himalaya fried chicken, and Hunter’s Beef offers a well-spiced alternative to a traditional Christmas feast. Plus, Himalaya’s BYOB policy makes meals there even more affordable.
The popular Thai restaurant in the Heights will serve its usual menu along with a new item from chef Miranda Loetkhamfu – the Tiger Cry Salad (Yum Nue, $25) that consists of sliced steak with shallots, green onion, cilantro, fresh basil, and roasted rice.
The beloved Indian fine dining restaurant’s decadent Christmas buffet ($95) offers a wealth of choices including paneer or lamb tamales with tomatillo salsa, leg of lamb, tandoori salmon, coconut shrimp, a range of vegetable sides, and seven desserts. Seating at 12 pm and 2 pm.
In addition to its regular menu, the downtown steakhouse will serve a three-course prime rib dinner that includes a choice of appetizer, sides, and dessert for $99 per person
Katy’s acclaimed Malaysian restaurant will add a couple of Christmas specials to its regular menu — Wagyu Rendang Wellington and Lobster Mee, a street noodle soup that’s been fancified with a 5-ounce lobster tail.
The Red Lion Pub
Head to the Anglo-Indian pub for dishes such as Shepherd’s Pie, fish and chips, and chicken tikka masala as well as a Christmas Day turkey dinner special. It will be open for regular hours on Christmas Day (11 am-1 am).
The River Oaks-area Japanese restaurant will honor a popular Japanese tradition by serving fried chicken on Christmas. Order a $45 dinner for two with chicken and sides or opt for a la carte options include a fried chicken sando.
The Taco Stand
Since any day is a good day for tacos, this Heights restaurant will be open from 9 am until midnight.
Three Brothers Bakery
Grab a rye bread or some gingerbread cookies from the Braeswood location of this Jewish community staple. It will be open from 10 am-2 pm.