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Where to Eat on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day in Austin

These restaurants are open on December 24 and 25 for brunch and/or dinner

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Give yourself and the family a break from the kitchen by heading out to eat at some of Austin’s best and most festive. To give you some ideas, Eater rounded up a list of Austin restaurants open on Christmas Eve (Friday, December 24) and Christmas Day (Saturday, December 25).

Find special prix fixe dinners, expansive brunch buffets, unfussy regular menus, and even much-needed coffee. Make reservations soon because most of these restaurants will book up very quickly (the Four Seasons’ Ciclo is already sold out for its brunch buffet, although the waitlist may open up.)

Cooking at home and looking for a few delicious shortcuts? Eater has a separate guide for takeout meals and desserts, and don’t forget holiday tamales.

As with all businesses right now, be sure to call ahead to make sure each restaurant is still open or if there are updates on current offerings and service models, as things are changing constantly. Be sure to wear a mask, tip well, and, if you’re ordering delivery, try to order directly from the restaurant themselves.

Health experts consider dining out to be a high-risk activity for the unvaccinated; it may pose a risk for the vaccinated, especially in areas with substantial COVID transmission. The latest CDC guidance is here; find a COVID-19 vaccination site here.

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1. Garbo's

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12709 N Mopac Expy
Austin, TX 78727
(512) 350-9814
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The new North location of the seafood restaurant will be open, serving its regular menu of lobster rolls, crab cakes, and drinks. It will be open Christmas Eve from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Christmas Day from 5 to 9 p.m. Large parties can reserve on Resy or via email.

Lobster roll and potato chips on newspaper on a blue patterned plate
Lobster roll from Garbo’s
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2. Foreign & Domestic

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306 E 53rd St
Austin, TX 78751
(512) 459-1010
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The North Loop nose-to-tail restaurant will be open for Christmas Eve. There’s an evening special of steak for two with mushroom jus and pomme pureé. Reserve online.

3. L'Oca d'Oro

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1900 Simond Ave
Austin, TX 78723
(737) 212-1876
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Italian restaurant L’Oca d’Oro will be serving up a traditional Italian Feast of the Seven Fishes this Christmas Eve (and also the day before). The meal will be served family-style, with seven seafood dishes being served in four courses, from shellfish crudo and spaghetti con vongole. The meal is priced at $85 for adults and $35 for children between the ages of two and ten. Reserve online.

L’Oca d’Oro
L'Oca d'Oro
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4. Dai Due

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2406 Manor Rd
Austin, TX 78722
(512) 524-0688
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The Cherrywood butcher shop-slash-restaurant will be open on Christmas Eve for brunch hours from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and reservations are recommended.

5. Hotel Ella

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1900 Rio Grande St
Austin, TX 78705
(512) 495-1800
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The campus-area hotel will be hosting a jazz brunch. Brunch will be available all day with a jazz band from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Reserve online.

6. Bennu Coffee

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2001 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 478-4700
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The 24/7 coffee shop will also be serving on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

7. Lin Asian Bar + Dim Sum

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1203 W 6th St
Austin, TX 78703
(512) 474-5107
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Craving dumplings? The Clarksville Chinese restaurant will be open regular hours for Christmas Eve and Christmas, as will its sister restaurant, the more upscale Qi.

Steamed dumplings from Lin Asian Bar + Dim Sum in a wooden box
Dumplings from Lin Asian Bar + Dim Sum
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8. 24 Diner

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600 N Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78703
(512) 472-5400
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The Austin staple will remain open through the holidays, even on Christmas Eve and Day.

9. Wu Chow

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IBC Bank Plaza, 500 W 5th St #168
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 476-2469
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Downtown Chinese restaurant Wu Chow will be open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, serving specialties like soup dumplings from 5 to 11 p.m. It will be walk-in only on Christmas Day, but will accept to-go orders as well.

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Sichuan spicy won tons from Wu Chow
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10. Simi Estiatorio

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601 Congress Ave Suite #110
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 886-0999
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The fancy downtown Greek restaurant will be open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day with normal hours and menu — which includes fish flown in daily from the Mediterranean.

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11. Group Therapy

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400 Lavaca St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 542-9292
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Hotel Zaza’s poolside cocktail bar and restaurant will be open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, with a limited menu that includes steak with lobster tail and champagne and strawberries.

12. Russian House

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307 E 5th St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 428-5442
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If you’re looking to get in the holiday spirit with some hearty Russian delicacies such as blini, borscht and pelmeni, Russian House will be open on Christmas Day for its celebration with its full menu and Christmas drink specials from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. It’s also open for regular hours on Christmas Eve. Call or go online to make a reservation.

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Russian House
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13. Carpenters Hall

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400 Josephine St
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 675-5020
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The restaurant at Carpenter Hotel will be serving newly updated menus, with items like pappardelle with beef short rib sugo and a whole gulf snapper, as well as a Christmas Day special of slow-roasted prime rib. It will be open for Christmas Eve for lunch from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and dinner from 5 to 8 p.m., and Christmas Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for brunch, midday meal from 3 to 5 p.m., and dinner from 5 to 8 p.m.

14. Fairmont Austin

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101 Red River St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 600-2000
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The downtown Fairmont’s restaurants — high-end Garrison, more casual food court-style Revue, and poolside bar Rules & Regs — will be open for regular hours on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

15. Vixen's Wedding

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1813 A E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702
(737) 242-7555
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The Goan restaurant at East Austin’s Arrive hotel will be open for Christmas Eve with a $75 chef’s tasting menu that includes courses like grouper in piri-piri buerre blanc and a pumpkin and cardamom mousse.

16. Intero Restaurant

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2612 E Cesar Chavez St Suite 105
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 599-4052
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The East Austin Italian restaurant will be open Christmas Eve, serving dishes like burrata, pastas, and the like.

17. Summer House on Music Lane

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1101 Music Ln
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 442-5341
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The restaurant at the hip South Congress hotel will offer a four-course prix fixe for $78 per person. Courses include smoked beets with whipped feta, roasted black cod peperonata, and a poached pear tart. Reserve online.

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The poached pear tart from Summer House on Music Lane
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18. It's Italian Cucina

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1500 S Lamar Blvd #110
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 482-8655
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It’s Italian Cucina is serving its own Feast of the Seven Fishes on Christmas Eve. The prix fixe menu has seven courses, from Maine lobster ravioli to risotto with sauteed squid. The price is $95 per person, and reservations are available online.

Dishes at It’s Italian Cucina
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19. 1417

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1417 S 1st St
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 551-2430
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The New American restaurant on South First will be open on Christmas Eve from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. with a tasting menu ($85 per person) and a la carte menu, including a special prime rib for two with horseradish cream.

20. Mattie's

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811 W Live Oak St
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 444-1888
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The gorgeous restaurant will have a Christmas Day brunch buffet with Southern favorites and seasonal desserts. It’s $88 per person, and $22 for children aged 6 to 12. Reserve by emailing holiday@mattiesaustin.com.

Mattie’s at Green Pastures
Mattie’s at Green Pastures
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21. Jack Allen's Kitchen

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7720 TX-71
Austin, TX 78735
(512) 852-8558
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All locations of Jack Allen’s Kitchen will be open until 8 p.m. on Christmas Eve, serving its regular menu of Texas classics. Sister restaurant Salt Traders Coastal Cooking will keep the same hours for those looking to get seafood fixes up in Round Rock and Zilker.

Jack Allen’s Kitchen in Oak Hill
Jack Allen’s Kitchen in Oak Hill
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22. The Buzz Mill

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1505 Town Creek Dr
Austin, TX 78741
(512) 547-9909
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The 24/7/365 coffee shop near Riverside will be open as usual, as will its food trucks Plow Bao, Plow Burger, and JNL Barbecue.

23. Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort And Spa

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575 Hyatt Lost Pines Rd
Cedar Creek, TX 78612
(512) 308-1234
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The Cedar Creek resort will host a traditional dinner from noon to 8 p.m. Reserve online.

24. Commerce Cafe

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118 S Commerce St
Lockhart, TX 78644
(512) 359-4993
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The Lockhart restaurant (sibling restaurant of Foreign & Domestic) will be open for Christmas Eve with a family meal of glazed ham, salad, macaroni and cheese, broccoli, and yeast rolls.

1. Garbo's

12709 N Mopac Expy, Austin, TX 78727
Lobster roll and potato chips on newspaper on a blue patterned plate
Lobster roll from Garbo’s
Garbo’s/Official

The new North location of the seafood restaurant will be open, serving its regular menu of lobster rolls, crab cakes, and drinks. It will be open Christmas Eve from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Christmas Day from 5 to 9 p.m. Large parties can reserve on Resy or via email.

12709 N Mopac Expy
Austin, TX 78727

2. Foreign & Domestic

306 E 53rd St, Austin, TX 78751

The North Loop nose-to-tail restaurant will be open for Christmas Eve. There’s an evening special of steak for two with mushroom jus and pomme pureé. Reserve online.

306 E 53rd St
Austin, TX 78751

3. L'Oca d'Oro

1900 Simond Ave, Austin, TX 78723
L’Oca d’Oro
L'Oca d'Oro
Robert Lerma/EATX

Italian restaurant L’Oca d’Oro will be serving up a traditional Italian Feast of the Seven Fishes this Christmas Eve (and also the day before). The meal will be served family-style, with seven seafood dishes being served in four courses, from shellfish crudo and spaghetti con vongole. The meal is priced at $85 for adults and $35 for children between the ages of two and ten. Reserve online.

1900 Simond Ave
Austin, TX 78723

4. Dai Due

2406 Manor Rd, Austin, TX 78722

The Cherrywood butcher shop-slash-restaurant will be open on Christmas Eve for brunch hours from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and reservations are recommended.

2406 Manor Rd
Austin, TX 78722

5. Hotel Ella

1900 Rio Grande St, Austin, TX 78705

The campus-area hotel will be hosting a jazz brunch. Brunch will be available all day with a jazz band from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Reserve online.

1900 Rio Grande St
Austin, TX 78705

6. Bennu Coffee

2001 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Austin, TX 78702

The 24/7 coffee shop will also be serving on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

2001 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Austin, TX 78702

7. Lin Asian Bar + Dim Sum

1203 W 6th St, Austin, TX 78703
Steamed dumplings from Lin Asian Bar + Dim Sum in a wooden box
Dumplings from Lin Asian Bar + Dim Sum
Lin Asian Bar + Dim Sum/Facebook

Craving dumplings? The Clarksville Chinese restaurant will be open regular hours for Christmas Eve and Christmas, as will its sister restaurant, the more upscale Qi.

1203 W 6th St
Austin, TX 78703

8. 24 Diner

600 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78703

The Austin staple will remain open through the holidays, even on Christmas Eve and Day.

600 N Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78703

9. Wu Chow

IBC Bank Plaza, 500 W 5th St #168, Austin, TX 78701
Won tons in spicy oil in a bowl
Sichuan spicy won tons from Wu Chow
Wu Chow/Facebook

Downtown Chinese restaurant Wu Chow will be open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, serving specialties like soup dumplings from 5 to 11 p.m. It will be walk-in only on Christmas Day, but will accept to-go orders as well.

IBC Bank Plaza, 500 W 5th St #168
Austin, TX 78701

10. Simi Estiatorio

601 Congress Ave Suite #110, Austin, TX 78701
Tall baklava with a scoop of ice cream
Baklava from Simi Estiatorio
Simi Estiatorio/Facebook

The fancy downtown Greek restaurant will be open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day with normal hours and menu — which includes fish flown in daily from the Mediterranean.

601 Congress Ave Suite #110
Austin, TX 78701

11. Group Therapy

400 Lavaca St, Austin, TX 78701

Hotel Zaza’s poolside cocktail bar and restaurant will be open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, with a limited menu that includes steak with lobster tail and champagne and strawberries.

400 Lavaca St
Austin, TX 78701

12. Russian House

307 E 5th St, Austin, TX 78701
Russian House
Russian House
Spencer Selvidge/EATX

If you’re looking to get in the holiday spirit with some hearty Russian delicacies such as blini, borscht and pelmeni, Russian House will be open on Christmas Day for its celebration with its full menu and Christmas drink specials from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. It’s also open for regular hours on Christmas Eve. Call or go online to make a reservation.

307 E 5th St
Austin, TX 78701

13. Carpenters Hall

400 Josephine St, Austin, TX 78704

The restaurant at Carpenter Hotel will be serving newly updated menus, with items like pappardelle with beef short rib sugo and a whole gulf snapper, as well as a Christmas Day special of slow-roasted prime rib. It will be open for Christmas Eve for lunch from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and dinner from 5 to 8 p.m., and Christmas Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for brunch, midday meal from 3 to 5 p.m., and dinner from 5 to 8 p.m.

400 Josephine St
Austin, TX 78704

14. Fairmont Austin

101 Red River St, Austin, TX 78701

The downtown Fairmont’s restaurants — high-end Garrison, more casual food court-style Revue, and poolside bar Rules & Regs — will be open for regular hours on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

101 Red River St
Austin, TX 78701

15. Vixen's Wedding

1813 A E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702

The Goan restaurant at East Austin’s Arrive hotel will be open for Christmas Eve with a $75 chef’s tasting menu that includes courses like grouper in piri-piri buerre blanc and a pumpkin and cardamom mousse.

1813 A E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702

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16. Intero Restaurant

2612 E Cesar Chavez St Suite 105, Austin, TX 78702

The East Austin Italian restaurant will be open Christmas Eve, serving dishes like burrata, pastas, and the like.

2612 E Cesar Chavez St Suite 105
Austin, TX 78702

17. Summer House on Music Lane

1101 Music Ln, Austin, TX 78704
Lipped plate on a wooden table with a golden tart and a scoop of ice cream garnished with mint
The poached pear tart from Summer House on Music Lane
Summer House on Music Lane/Official

The restaurant at the hip South Congress hotel will offer a four-course prix fixe for $78 per person. Courses include smoked beets with whipped feta, roasted black cod peperonata, and a poached pear tart. Reserve online.

1101 Music Ln
Austin, TX 78704

18. It's Italian Cucina

1500 S Lamar Blvd #110, Austin, TX 78704
Dishes at It’s Italian Cucina
Dishes at It’s Italian Cucina
It’s Italian Cucina/Facebook

It’s Italian Cucina is serving its own Feast of the Seven Fishes on Christmas Eve. The prix fixe menu has seven courses, from Maine lobster ravioli to risotto with sauteed squid. The price is $95 per person, and reservations are available online.

1500 S Lamar Blvd #110
Austin, TX 78704

19. 1417

1417 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78704

The New American restaurant on South First will be open on Christmas Eve from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. with a tasting menu ($85 per person) and a la carte menu, including a special prime rib for two with horseradish cream.

1417 S 1st St
Austin, TX 78704

20. Mattie's

811 W Live Oak St, Austin, TX 78704
Mattie’s at Green Pastures
Mattie’s at Green Pastures
Robert J. Lerma/EATX

The gorgeous restaurant will have a Christmas Day brunch buffet with Southern favorites and seasonal desserts. It’s $88 per person, and $22 for children aged 6 to 12. Reserve by emailing holiday@mattiesaustin.com.

811 W Live Oak St
Austin, TX 78704

21. Jack Allen's Kitchen

7720 TX-71, Austin, TX 78735
Jack Allen’s Kitchen in Oak Hill
Jack Allen’s Kitchen in Oak Hill
Kenny Braun

All locations of Jack Allen’s Kitchen will be open until 8 p.m. on Christmas Eve, serving its regular menu of Texas classics. Sister restaurant Salt Traders Coastal Cooking will keep the same hours for those looking to get seafood fixes up in Round Rock and Zilker.

7720 TX-71
Austin, TX 78735

22. The Buzz Mill

1505 Town Creek Dr, Austin, TX 78741

The 24/7/365 coffee shop near Riverside will be open as usual, as will its food trucks Plow Bao, Plow Burger, and JNL Barbecue.

1505 Town Creek Dr
Austin, TX 78741

23. Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort And Spa

575 Hyatt Lost Pines Rd, Cedar Creek, TX 78612

The Cedar Creek resort will host a traditional dinner from noon to 8 p.m. Reserve online.

575 Hyatt Lost Pines Rd
Cedar Creek, TX 78612

24. Commerce Cafe

118 S Commerce St, Lockhart, TX 78644

The Lockhart restaurant (sibling restaurant of Foreign & Domestic) will be open for Christmas Eve with a family meal of glazed ham, salad, macaroni and cheese, broccoli, and yeast rolls.

118 S Commerce St
Lockhart, TX 78644

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