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Leave the stress of the holidays to the fabulous restaurants in Monterey County! Several eateries remain open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day to serve up delicious seasonal meals.

Carmel

Enjoy panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean at Pacific's Edge this Christmas. The award-winning restaurant located at the Hyatt Carmel Highlands offers a prix fixe 4-course Christmas menu. Dinner will be served from 3pm-8pm and is $110 for adults and $55 for children. Call 831-622-5445 to reserve. Aubergine at L'Auberge Carmel will serve dinner on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The award-winning restaurant offers a 4-course dinner menu available with and without wine pairings. Guests can choose from an array of indulgent dishes and desserts. 5pm-9pm, $89 per person and $75 extra with wine pairing. Call 831-624-8578 to reserve.

Carmel Valley

Carmel Valley Ranch is full of holiday happenings this Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. On Christmas Eve kids's will love Santa's Snack Decorating workshop while adults can participate in a Christmas mixology class. On December 24th and 25th Carmel Valley Ranch's Lodge Restaurant offers regular menu choices as well as a few seasonal offerings including pancetta wrapped venison and clam and Dungeness crab Christmas stew. Call 831-625-9500 to reserve. Head over to Carmel Valley for dinner on Christmas Eve or lunch on Christmas Day at the historic Los Laureles Lodge. A 3-course dinner will be served on Christmas Eve from 5pm-9pm for $42 per person. A 3-course lunch will be served on Christmas Day from 2pm-6pm for $37 per person. Call 831-659-2233 for reservations.

Monterey

Enjoy a mix of Tuscan and Californian cuisine this Christmas at TusCA Ristorante at the Hyatt Regency Monterey. A 3-course menu will feature items like lobster ravioli, prime beef short ribs, scallops and chocolate vanilla bean cake with peppermint bark gelato. Dinner will be served from 5:30pm-10pm and is $59 for adults and $27.50 for children. For reservations call 831-657-6675. Enjoy a lovely 3-course dinner at The C Restaurant at InterContinental The Clement Monterey on Christmas Day. Choose from entrees like New York steak, rigatoni pasta, Coq au Vin and seared sablefish. Dinner is $49 for adults. The standard menu will be available on Christmas Eve. For reservations call 831-375-4800. Cafe Beach Restaurant at the Beach Resort celebrates Christmas with a special prix fixe lunch and dinner menu. Lunch will be served from 11am-1:45pm for $27 per person. Dinner will be served from 5:30pm-9:30pm for $32 per person. Entree options include turkey, prime rib, salmon and more. For reservations call 831-899-4544.

Pacific Grove

Fandango Restaurant is open for lunch and dinner this Christmas Eve and dinner on Christmas Day. Regular menu items will be available as well as a few specials including duckling a l'orange, filet of beef and a traditional Christmas turkey dinner. Call 831-372-3456 for reservations.

Pebble Beach

Pair your Christmas day lunch, or early dinner, with epic views of the world-famous Pebble Beach Golf Links. Stillwater Bar & Grill offers up a delicious Christmas Day Buffet from 11am-6pm. The buffet is $85 for adults, $42.50 for children 5-12 and free for children under 12. Call 831-625-8524 for reservations. The Bench and the Tap Room at Pebble Beach both stay open Christmas day with their regular menus as well as seasonal specials. Restaurants will be open from 11am-10pm. Call 800-654-9300 for reservations. Early risers can enjoy breakfast and/or lunch at the Gallery Café. Regular menu items as well as a few special Christmas additions will be served. Call 831- 625-8577 for reservations.