By Crystal Hessong

This year, take some of the stress off yourself for Christmas and let someone else cook the dinner for you. Several restaurants around town open their doors to offer extra-special holiday dining for families. Since the number of restaurants that are open is limited, the ones that do provide meals will likely require reservations, but isn’t it easier to pick up the phone that it is to prepare an entire Christmas dinner?

Brady’s Landing
8505 Cypress St.
Houston, Texas 77012
(713) 923-9489

It’s become a tradition for many to visit scenic Brady’s Landing and enjoy the Christmas Champagne brunch from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. You can make Christmas Day reservations on OpenTable to save yourself some time. When making Christmas Day reservations, you will be charged a $10 per person deposit, but you can get a refund if you cancel at least 24 hours before Christmas. The buffet will be a fixed price of $44.95 per adult and $21.95 per child. For that price, though, you can enjoy a sushi bar, Christmas buffet, carving station, Bloody Mary bar, and entertainment for the whole family provided by a live pianist and crafts for the kids.

1600 Bar + Grille
1600 Lamar St.
Houston, Texas 77010
(713) 577-6115

Many hotel restaurants are open on Christmas Day thanks to the numerous out-of-town visitors Houston has during the holidays, but perhaps one of the best for its locally sourced and inspired fare is 1600 Bar + Grille located inside the Hilton Americas. There is nothing like this restaurant anywhere. Dishes on the Christmas brunch, which is served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., include chipotle turkey, seared cod, eggs Benedict, a cold seafood bar, meat carving stations and the restaurant’s famous desserts. Adults can dine for $54.95, and brunch for children up to 13 years old costs $15.95. If you are dining at the hotel on Christmas Day, you can also enjoy complementary self-parking or valet. As with most restaurants, you may make reservations online through OpenTable.

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White Oak Kitchen
5011 Westheimer Road
Houston, Texas 77056
(713) 960-6588

On Christmas Day from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., indulge in a three-course dinner for $45 per person at White Oak Kitchen, though you can go as early as 6:30 a.m. for breakfast. Throughout the year, the restaurant uses local produces as much as it can to produce contemporary versions of internationally inspired dishes such as pad thai, falafel, and Korean calamari. At Christmas, the menu is limited to selections from the three-course holiday options, which include your choice of ribeye, salmon, turkey, or agave-glazed ham along with sides and desserts. The hardest part will be choosing between the cobbler and chocolate pot to finish off your meal. You can make reservations online through OpenTable or call the restaurant if you have any questions.

Turquoise Grill
16019 City Walk
Sugar Land, Texas 77479
(281) 937-7447

If you are looking to enjoy a flavorful Christmas buffet with leg of lamb, roast beef, and brick-oven roasted turkey for only $19.95 per person, take your family to Turquoise Grill. Though usually serving Mediterranean fare throughout the year, you can expect traditional and some not-so-traditional items on the Christmas buffet. The buffet will be available from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m., making it one of the few spots open for dinner and not just lunch on Christmas Day. Make your reservations now if you’d like to visit because Turquoise Grill his highly popular on the holidays for a place to get a traditional meal with a distinctive twist.

Le Colonial
4444 Westheimer Road
Houston, Texas 77027
(713) 629-4444

If standard Chinese food does not strike you as a viable alternative to turkey this holiday, why not go to Le Colonial for an upscale Vietnamese dining experience. Located near the Galleria, this business-casual restaurant will be open regular business hours, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for lunch and 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. for dinner. Instead of a lavish buffet, you may order off the regular menu on Christmas Day, and you can find offerings for anyone in your group thanks to the vegan and gluten-free menus the restaurant provides. If you looking for something different for Christmas, you’ve found it at Le Colonial.

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