Christmas Dinners in Monterey County

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. Click here for a full list of other holiday events in Monterey.

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 four-course dinner menu available with and without wine pairings. Guests can choose from an array of indulgent dishes and desserts. 5pm-9pm, $205 per person and $145 extra with wine pairing. Call 831-624-8578 to reserve.

Carmel Highlands

California Market at Pacific’s Edge at the Hyatt Carmel Highlands offers an amazing Christmas Day Buffet with items like oysters Rockefeller, roasted prime rib, lobster canneloni, smoked salmon and an array of desserts. The buffet will be served 11am-8pm. $110 for adults, does not include gratuity. Call 831-622-5445 to reserve.

Carmel Valley

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 $145 for adults. Call 831-658-3400 to reserve.

Join Carmel Valley Ranch for a day of holiday cheer and a delectable brunch! On Christmas Day there will be an array of family activities including face painting, a balloon artist, crafts and a visit from Santa. Brunch will be served from 10am-3pm. $85 for adults, $40 for children ages 6-12 and complimentary for those age 5 and under. Call 831-626-2599 for reservations.

Monterey

Jacks Monterey at the Portola Hotel & Spa will be open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. On Christmas Day Jacks serves a pre-fixe dinner menu with entree options like prime rib, halibut and turkey. Lunch and dinner will be served from 11:30am-11pm. $44.95 per person. For reservations call 831-649-7874.

Start a new holiday tradition with a delectable holiday 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. A children's menu and a tapas menu will also be available. The holiday menu will be available Christmas Eve from 5pm-9pm and Christmas Day from 3pm-8:30pm, $65 per person. For reservations call 831-324-6773.

Just down Cannery Row, the C Restaurant + Bar at The InterContinental the Clement Monterey offers a delectable prix-fixe Christmas dinner menu with a great ocean view. The three-course dinner features dishes like porcini soup, Colorado lamb, prime rib and gingerbread cake. 5:30pm-10pm. $85 for adults, $135 wine wine pairings and $45 for children ages 5-12. Call 831-375-4800 to reserve.

Pacific Grove

Fandango Restaurant serves up a fabulous four-course  holiday menu with entree options like prime rib, lobster tail, rack of lamb, salmon and sea scallops. Dinner will be served on Christmas Eve from 5pm-8pm and Christmas Day from 3pm-8pm, $65. Call 831-372-3456 to reserve.