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Time to Gather Friends and Family for Christmas Dinner

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Christmas dining options are somewhat limited, as some restaurateurs are closing in order to spend a little time with their family. But the options that do exist cover a wide range of culinary styles and prices, from elaborate buffets to your favorite Tex-Mex options. A few bars are also offer some specials. Reservations are needed, except where indicated. Prices do not include tax and tip.

Biga on the Banks, 203 S. St. Mary’s St., (210) 225-0722 — Biga is open 5 – 8 p.m. Christmas Eve with the regular a la carte menu offered.

Christmas ornamentThe Brooklynite, 516 Brooklyn Ave., (210) 444-0707 — The Brooklynite is having a Hawaiian Christmas’ Party from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. Christmas Eve. Get ready for all things Tiki with the bartenders wearing their finest Hawaiian print shirts and serving tropical drinks. Guests who also join in the fun and wear Hawaiian themed attire will receive $2 off all Tiki drinks the entire night. Reservations for the bar only.

Crumpets, 3920 Harry Wurzbach, (210) 821-5454 — Christmas Eve dinner will be served from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Chef Francois Maeder will be serving appetizers such as Mousse Truffle Paté or Stuffed Artichoke with Goat Cheese and Almonds and savory entrées including Fresh Rainbow Trout or Tenderloin of Beef Savoy. Each meal includes an appetizer, house salad or a cup of soup, and dessert. Another featured menu item is the Trilogy of Lobster Tail with Lemon Butter, Rack of Lamb Provencal and Tenderloin of Beef with Rossini Sauce, which includes an appetizer, cup of soup, house salad and dessert.

Denny’s, various locations — Denny’s is open 24/7, including Christmas Day, so you can get breakfast, lunch or dinner there. Christmas is the restaurant’s busiest day of the year. No reservations.

Fogo de Chao, 849 E. Commerce St., (210) 227-1700 — Christmas Eve hours and prices are: Lunch – 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., $29.50; Dinner – 5-10 p.m., $48.50.

Frederick’s Restaurant, 7701 Broadway, Ste, 20, (210) 828-9050; Frederick’s Bistro,  14439 NW Military Hwy., Ste. 100, (210) 888-1500 — Christmas Eve dining hours are 5-9 p.m. Among the specials on the menu that eventing: Butternut Squash Soup with Crispy Bacon ($8),  Duck Foie Gras Mousse ($12), Traditional Escargot Bourguinon ($11). Flash Fried Brussels Sprouts ($7),  Frederick’s Traditional Turkey Served with Home-Style Stuffing, Fresh Cranberries, Sweet Yam & Vegetables ($24), Apple Cider and Maple Syrup Glazed Christmas Ham ($20), Beef Tenderloin with Peppercorn Sauce ($37), Norwegian Salmon ($28) and Parmesan Crusted Fresh Flounder with Avocado Relish ($29).

Christmas candleHyatt Hill Country Resort, 9800 Hyatt Resort, (210) 767-7999 — Christmas Eve in Antlers Lodge will include a multi-course prix-fixe menu. Chef’s amuse bouche will precede a salad of hearty greens, smashed acorn squash, shaved endive, chestnuts, grapefruit wedges and cranberry jalapeño vinaigrette.  Chile orange grilled wild pheasant, sautéed curly kale with chorizo and roasted new potatoes will be served before Texas style seasonal cobbler with vanilla bean ice cream.  The price is $52 a person. Christmas Brunch in the Independence Ballroom will be 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The extensive menu will include traditional breakfast selections, rustic soup and salad station, seafood selections, butcher-block selections such as oak-smoked prime rib and citrus coriander basted Tom turkey, pasta selections, and pastries. A children’s buffet and a Bloody Mary bar (at additional cost) are also available. Prices: Adults, $54.95; Seniors (60+), $39.95; Children (6-12), $23; children (5 & under), free.

Las Canarias at Omni La Mansión del Rio, 112 College St., (210)  518-1177 — The Christmas Day buffet is 10 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.  The buffet menu includes classic breakfast options, chef-prepared salads, fresh seafood selections, a gourmet carving station and a wide variety of desserts to satisfy any sweet tooth. The buffet also includes complimentary valet parking (first come, first served) and choice of champagne, mimosas and Bloody Marys. The cost is $69.95 a person plus an 8.25 percent tax and a 21 percent tip; $34.95 for children ages 6-12 and free for children 5 and younger. Las Canarias’ regular à la carte dining, featuring themed specials, will resume at 6 p.m.

Las Ramblas at the Hotel Contessa, 306 W. Market St., (210) 298-8040 — On Christmas Eve, Las Ramblas will be serving the regular menu from 5:30 to 10 p.m.    On Christmas Day, Las Ramblas will be serving brunch beginning at 10:30 a.m. and the last seating at 3:45 p.m. A variety of stations and Spanish specialties, including Moroccan maple-glazed spit roasted ham, applewood smoked prime rib and honey glazed roasted turkey; a smoked seafood display with prawns, marinated mussels, and ceviches and a savory kitchen table of artisan cheeses, cured meats and organic greens, will be offered. Roasted chestnut soup, salmon fillet and Paella Valencia will also be served, in addition to the traditional favorite waffle and omelet stations, and an assortment of house-made pastries and desserts. A specialty children’s buffet will also be offered that includes mac ‘n cheese, mini corn dogs, chicken tenders and pizza. Price is $49 for adults, $16 for children ages 7-16, and free for children 6 and under. Mimosas and signature sangrias are $9 each.

Luke, 125 E. Houston St., (210) 227-5853 — The restaurant is open Christmas Day with a multi-course meal that includes Gulf Shrimp Remoulade Maison and Roasted Prime Aged Beef Rib. Price is $55 for adults, $22 for children. Call for times and reservations.

Mi Tierra Restaurant & Bakery, 218 Produce Row, (210) 225-1262 — The restaurant is open 24/7 including Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Plus, the place is always decorated for the Christmas season. No reservations.

Christmas pointsettiaMorton’s The Steakhouse, 300 E. Crockett St., (210) 228-0700 — Christmas Eve hours are 4 to 9 p.m. with the regular menu offered.

Nao, 312 Pearl Parkway, (210) 554-6484 — Nao’s Christmas Eve dinner service will begin at 5:30 p.m. and will inclue a special three-course menu at $50 per person. The special menu will feature family style starters including Charred Shishito Peppers and Chilled Mahi Mahi Ceviche; followed by a main course including Grill-Roasted Dry Aged Prime Rib; and ends on a sweet note with Warm Pineapple Empanadas and Ice Cream.  Normal a la carte dinner service will also be available for the evening.

Omni San Antonio Hotel, 9821 Colonnade Blvd., (210) 691-8888, ext. 5803 — The Christmas Day brunch begins at 10:30 a.m. with the last seating at 2 p.m. The extensive menu includes breakfast entrees, such as Eggs Benedict with Serrano Ham and Chorizo Hollandaise Sauce, Apple and Cheese Crepes, and Country House Pork Sausage Links; an omelet station; seasonal fruit; fresh croissants, danishes, muffins, bagels; chef-prepared salads and cheeses; a tamal station; a pupusa station; Asopao de Mariscos Station (Clams, Crab, Mussels, Shrimp, etc.); braised beef tips; suckling pig; poached cod; oven roasted turkey; beef medallions with chimichurri; root vegetables; garlic whipped potatoes; rice pilaf; chef carving-station (Prime Rib, Bone In Ham); seafood display; and a sweets station. Beverages include coffee, tea, soft drinks, milk, mimosa, and Champagne.  Prices: Adults, $45; Seniors, $41; Children ages 5-11, $18; Children 4 and under, free.

Ostra at Mokara Hotel & Spa, 212 W. Crockett St., (210) 396-5817 — The restaurant will have its regular à la carte menu available all day. Featured themed specials are available during dinner service beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Ruth’s Chris Steak House, 600 E. Market St., (210) 227-8847 — Christmas Eve hours are until 10 p.m. Christmas Day hours are 6 o 10 p.m. Live music from the River City Stompers on the patio from 4 to 7 p.m. both days.

Ruth’s Chris Steak House, 7720 Jones Maltsberger, (210) 821-5051 — Christmas Eve hours are 3 – 9 p.m. Closed Christmas Day.

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Sustenio at the Éilan Hotel Resort & Spa, 17103 La Cantera Parkway, (210) 598-2950 —   The Christmas Eve dinner will be from 5 to 10 p.m. with a prix-fixe menu. The price is $42 for adults and $16 for children 12 and under. On  Christmas Day, the brunch will feature a prix-fixe holiday menu from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The price is $35 for adults and $14 for children 12 and under. Christmas Day Dinner will be from 5 to 9 p.m. wih a special prix-fixe menu. The price is $42 for adults and $16 for children 12 and under.

TBA, 2801 N. St. Mary’s St., (210) 320-1753 — The bar is closed on Christmas Eve, but it will be open at 8 p.m. Christmas Day. No reservations.

Thai Dee, 5307 Blanco Road, (210) 342-3622 — The restaurant will be open 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. No reservations.

Tre Trattoria Downtown, 401 South Alamo, (210) 223-0401 — Christmas Eve service is from 5 to 10 p.m. There will be a four-course Christmas Eve prix fixe menu featuring items such as Grilled Ruby Red Trout with Brussels Sprout Hash and a Calabrese Crema. Price is $40 per person plus tax and tip or $55 with wine pairings.

Tre Trattoria in Alamo Heights, 4003 Broadway, (210) 805-0333 — Christmas Eve service is from 5 – 10 p.m. There will be a four-course menu featuring dishes such as pumpkin ale-braised lamb shank with pardina lentils, cornichons and tarragon gremolata. Price is $34.50 a person plus tax and tip or $50 with wine pairings.

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