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. Keep an eye on this page as we update it throughout December! Click here for a full list of other holiday events in Monterey.

Big Sur

Big Sur Roadhouse invites guests to dine on a traditional Christmas dinner prepared by Executive Chef Brendan Esons. Start with a glass of wine or beer before indulging in seasonal appetizers, salads, soups and special entrees. 5:30pm. Call 831-667-2370 for reservations.

Carmel-by-the-Sea

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, $150 per person and $110 extra with wine pairing. Call 831-624-8578 to reserve.

Enjoy a classic Christmas dinner at Anton & Michele in Carmel-by-the-Sea. Traditional menu items as well as seasonal specials will be available. For reservations call 831-624-2406.

Carmel Valley

Carmel Valley’s favorite hitching post, Will’s Fargo serves up a delicious Christmas Eve dinner on December 24th. Start the evening off with mulled cider or a peppermint martini before indulging in seasonal appetizers, salads, soups and special entrees. 4pm-9pm. Call 831-659-2774 to reserve.

Bernardus Lodge hosts a delicious four-course dinner on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Dine on traditional favorites made with sustainably sourced, local and organic produce and naturally raised meats, as well as several special creations from Chef Cal Stamenov. There will also be wine tasting and hot apple cider by the fireplace. Dinner is served from 5pm-9pm and is $125 for adults. Call 831-658-3400 to reserve.

Monterey

Start a new holiday tradition with Christmas dinner at Estéban restaurant, located at the historic Casa Munras Garden Hotel & Spa. Sip, Savor and Share a classic four course prix fixe Spanish-inspired meal, prepared by Chef Tom Snyder, complete with an amuse-bouche, seafood starter, choice of Paella and dessert. The full Estéban menu will also be available. 3pm-8pm, $80 per couple, $15 for children. For reservations call 831-324-6773.

Schooners Coastal Kitchen & Bar at Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa offers a special holiday menu on Christmas Day. In addition, to the regular menu, guests can enjoy a four-course prix fix dinner with wine pairing. Entrée options include prime rib and Baby Mary’s chicken. $60 per person, $85 per person with wine pairing. Call 831-372-2628 for reservations.

Celebrate Christmas Eve at Restaurant 1833 with a decadent four-course tasting menu and a complimentary glass of champagne. The special menu includes holiday dishes like a Foie Gras au Torchon with cranberry pear and a special Buche de Noel. The four-course dinner is $85 per person. For reservations call 831-643-1833.

Join Cannery Row Brewing Company for some family fun on Christmas Day! With a special limited holiday menu available, the restaurant and outdoor fire pits will be in full swing and full of holiday cheer. CRBC will be open from 11am-7pm with walk-ins only.

Pacific Grove

Fandango's in Pacific Grove remains open on Christmas Day with dinner served from 3pm-8pm. Items from their fantastic standard menu as well special Christmas add-ons like Roast Tom Turkey will be served. Lunch and dinner will also be served on Christmas Eve from 11am-2:30pm and 5pm-9pm. Call 831-372-3456 to reserve.

Pebble Beach

Let the world-renowned chefs at Pebble Beach Resorts prepare a sumptuous buffet of traditional holiday fare and delicious seasonal specialties for you to enjoy on Thanksgiving, all while overlooking the famed 18th hole at Pebble Beach Golf Links! Located at Stillwater Bar & Grill at The Lodge at Pebble Beach, menu highlights include traditional holiday fare, an oyster bar, carving stations, seasonal salads, cheese compositions, cakes, pies, sweet treats and more. 11am-6pm.; Adults $96 plus tax and service charge; children ages 5-12 $44 plus tax and service charge; children under age 4 are complimentary. Call 831-625-8524 for reservations.