There are only a few days left until Christmas. Have you made your reservations yet for brunch or dinner? Here are some ideas for both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Reservations are required at most places, unless noted. Tax and tip are not included.
Biga on the Banks, 203 S. St. Mary’s St., (210) 225-0700 — Christmas Eve dinner will be served from 5 to 8 p.m. Specials include open-faced BBQ lamb ravioli with Rebecca Creek goat cheese and fig relish and braised, stuffed veal breast with spinach & mushrooms, salsify and natural jus. Egg nog and Christmas crackers (the kind with paper hats) are also available.
Crumpets, 3920 Harry Wurzbach Road, (210) 821-5454 — Christmas Eve dinner is from 5:30 to 8 p.m. The multi-course special includes choice of appetizer, followed by choice of soup or salad. Entrée options include Breast of Chicken with Montrachet Sauce ($34.50), Fresh Rainbow Trout – Meuniere or Amandine ($34.50), Shrimp Lyonnaise with Wild Rice Blend ($39.50), Veal with Mushroom-Cognac Sauce ($39.50), Tenderloin of Beef with Green Peppercorn Sauce or Béarnaise ($39.50) or The Trilogy (lobster tail, lamb Provencal, beef tenderloin with Rossini Sauce ($49.50). Dinner also includes dessert.
Frederick’s Restaurant, 7701 Broadway, Ste 20, (210) 828-9050 — Hours for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day are 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for lunch and 5:30 to 9 p.m. for dinner; Frederick’s Bistro, 14439 NW Military Hwy., Ste 100, (210) 888-1500 — Hours for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day are 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for lunch and 5 to 9 p.m. for dinner. Dinner specials at both Frederick’s restaurants include: Frederick’s Traditional Turkey ($24), Apple Cider and Maple Syrup Glazed Christmas Ham ($20), New York Strip with Jumbo Shrimp ($35), Veal Tenderloin with Shiitake Mushroom and Port Wine Sauce ($30), Norwegian Salmon with Champagne Caviar Mousseline ($28), Parmesan Crusted Fresh Red Snapper with Avocado Relish ($29), Shrimp and Scallop Lemon Butter Caper Sauce ($25), and Half Fresh Maine Lobster Thermidor ($27).
- Christmas Brunch in Hill Country Ballroom will be from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Breakfast items include an omelet station and eggs Benedict. The seafood station features several types of shrimp, stone crab claws and freshly shucked oysters. At the butcher block, get oak-smoked prime rib with smoked cheddar green chili biscuits, maple-glazed ham and citrus coriander basted Tom turkey with homemade gravy. A pasta bar, pork tamales and cheese tamales with green chile sauce, fresh harvested tomato and caper crusted salmon with pickled radish tartar, and mushroom and walnut stuffing are among the other dishes. Soups, salads, desserts and more Price: $63 Adults, $45 Seniors (60+), $26 Children (6-12), Children 5 & under free. For brunch reservations, call (210) 767-7999.
- Christmas Dinner at Antlers Lodge will be 5:30 to 10 p.m. The special dinner begins with Chef’s Amuse Bouche, followed by fall harvest salad. Braised venison shank and Texas quail with chorizo grits and roasted tomatillo salsa will be served before Texas sweet potato and apple cobbler with vanilla bean ice cream. Price is $52. The a la carte menu will also be available. For dinner reservations, call (210) 520-4001.
Las Canarias at La Mansion del Rio, 112 College St., (210) 518-1177 — The elaborate Christmas Day brunch buffet, with seatings every half hour, runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Features include pecan-smoked prime rib, Shiner Holiday Cheer brined turkey breast, bone-in ham with mustard aioli, chilled shrimp, crab claws, classic breakfast dishes including quiche Lorraine and an omelet station, sides, desserts and more. Prices: $69 for adults, $35 for children 6-12, and free for children 5 and under. The Christmas Day dinner buffet with many of the same dishes, but additions include a shrimp and grits bar, salmon with warm faro risotto and charcuterie. Hours are 5 to 8 p.m. Prices: $69.95 for adults, $35 for children 6 -12 and free for children 5 and under.
Las Ramblas, Hotel Contessa, 306 W. Market St., (210) 298-3040 — Three seatings for the Christmas Day brunch will be at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. The brunch will include stations of ham, seafood and turkey, a waffle and omelet station, a savory kitchen table, a pastry table and a children’s buffet. Prices are $49 for aduls, $16 for children (7-16) and free for children 6 and under.
Little Gretel, 518 River Road, Boerne, (830) 331-1368 — Christmas Eve dining begins at 5 p.m. Specials include roast goose, Jaeger Schnitzel, Wiener Schnitzel, Beer-Battered Walleye, Stuffed Pork Chop and Filet Mignon.
Luce Ristorante e Enoteca, 11255 Huebner Road, (210) 561-9700 — On Christmas Eve, dinner will be served from 4 to 9 p.m. The special, priced at $33.95 a person, begins with a choice of Zuppa di Zucca, Pasta Fagioli, Misto, Caprese or Caesar Salad, followed by Pesce alla Luce (Pan Seared Chilean Sea Bass, Shrimp and Asparagus Risotto with Toasted Garlic Vegetables). A la carte menu also available.
Mi Tierra Restaurant and Bakery, 218 Produce Row, (210) 225-1262 — This restaurant is open 365 days a year, so that includes Christmas Day, which is appropriate since it’s always decorated for Christmas. Reservations aren’t necessary.
Omni San Antonio, 9821 Colonnade Blvd., (210) 691-8888 — The Christmas Day brunch begins at 10:30 a.m. with the last seating at 2 p.m. The menu includes Applewood Smoked Bacon, Herbed Chicken Sausage, Eggs Benedict and Omelet Station, Pan Dulce, Latin American Sweet Breads, Salads and Cheese Display, imported and domestic cured meats, salads, Whole Wildflower Honey Roasted Hog, Pozole, Poached Cod Fish with Cilantro Lime Béchamel, Oven Roasted Turkey Breast, Beef Medallions with Chimichurri, Green Bean Almandine, Garlic Butter Whipped Potatoes, Oven Roasted Prime Rib of Beef, Herb Crusted Leg of Lamb with Mint Jelly, Seafood Display and desserts. Prices: Adults $50, seniors (65+) $43, children (5-11) $21, and children under 5 free.
Ostra at the Mokara Hotel, 212 W. Crockett St., (210) 396-5817 — On Christmas Day, a breakfast buffet with omelet station will be served 6:30 a.m. to noon. Price: $19.95 for adults, $9.95 for children 6 -12, free for children 5 and under. À la carte dining at featured menu prices also available. A 3-course pre-set dinner menu will be served from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Prices: $65 for adults, $30 for children 6 -12, and free for children 5 and under.
Q Kitchen | Bar, Hyatt Regency San Antonio, 123 Losoya St., (210) 510-4477 — The Christmas Day Brunch is from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Features include a seafood and antipasto display, Brazos Valley cheeses, salads, soups and desserts. The carving stations include peppercorn-crusted prime rib, glazed roast of pork with Rebecca Creek Fuji Apple Compote. The Great Wall of Fire will include bourbon-braised beef short ribs, crab-crusted rainbow trout, Broken Arrow Ranch wild game paella and chicken roulade. Prices: Adults $46, children (4-12) $23. Complimentary Champagne Toast.
Texas Roadhouse, various locations — Christmas Eve hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Tre Trattoria, 4003 Broadway, (210) 805-0333 — There is a five-course prix fixe dinner for $39.95 a person. Entree choices include Braised Beef Short Ribs with Sweet Potato “Mashers” and Pearl Onions ($5 supplement), Grilled Rainbow Trout with Brown Butter Spaetzle and Chopped Kale Salsa Verde, or “Cast Iron” Seared Pork Loin with Braised Greens, Crispy Pancetta and Huckleberry Jam.
20nine, 255 E. Basse Road, (210) 798 -WINE (9463) — Christmas Day dinner will be served 2 to 8 p.m. The dinner begins with a choice of Mixed Greens, Caesar Salad or Butternut Squash Soup. Entrée choices: Confit Turkey Leg, Filet Mignon and Veal Meatloaf, Pork Porterhouse or Rockfish. Dessert choices: Crumble Cobbler Bar, Napoleon Apple Pie or Gingerbread with Streusel, Vanilla Ice Cream and Egg Nog Anglaise. The price is $35 a person.
Umai Mi, 555 W. Bitters Road, (210) 496-0555 — A three-course prix fixe dinner is offered for $30. Main course options include Duck Confit, Umai Mi Bomb Wagyu Steak ($12 surcharge, served medium rare), and Squid.