If you're planning to spend Christmas in Austin, let our award-winning chefs minimize your time in the kitchen and order in from these local restaurants. Find great places to order holiday meals to take home. plus Austin restaurants that are open on Christmas and Christmas Eve.
Group Therapy. Courtesy of Hotel Zaza.
Holiday Meals for Dine-In
This Christmas season, Group Therapy at Hotel ZaZa Austin will offer a set, four course menu. Diners can choose from a delicious array of appetizers, salads, entrees and sweet treats. Menu highlights include the Tempura Jumbo Gulf Shrimp, Baby Arugula Salad, Pan Seared Chilean Sea Bass and Opera Cake. Menu items are also available for purchase a la carte. The menu will be available for dinner on Christmas Eve and lunch and dinner on Christmas Day.
Reservations are encouraged and be place by calling 512.542.9292 or booking directly on OpenTable
For those visiting the new resort in Round Rock, be sure to make reservations for the holiday feast on December 25, from 1 - 7 p.m. Choose from the chef-served dine-in option or the dinner at home option. If you're taking the meal to go, the heat-and-eat feast includes juniper & citrus-brined roast turkey or maple & spice-glazed ham, plus all the fixings, trimmings and dessert!
Make your reservation to dine-in: kalahariresorts.com or order your meal to go: kalahariholidaydining.com/texas
Kemuri Tatsu-Ya recently introduced "Omakase Club," which features three different set menus to choose from, with options that suit vegetarians and pescetarians. They've also revamped their space to operate only on their covered patio space, with tables at a minimum of six-feet apart. With the typical holiday gatherings likely not a possibility for many this year, Kemuri Omakase Club is a great option for an intimate and special way to celebrate the holiday season.
Make your reservations for Christmas Eve: kemuri-tatsuya.com/reservations/
Summer House on Music Lane
Summer House on Music Lane at Hotel Magdalena will be offering a 4-course prix-fixe menu for Christmas Eve and Christmas Dinner. Each person will get to choose one selection per course. Offerings include Texas Wagyu beef tartare, winter vegetable salad, shrimp and crab bisque, roasted Chilean sea bass, charred leg of lamb, eggnog affogato and more.
Reserve online at summerhouseonmusiclane.com
Courtesy Contigo Catering.
Holiday Meals for Pick Up
Aba, the recently opened Mediterranean restaurant at Music Lane on South Congress, is offering carry-out and delivery options for at-home Hanukkah and Christmas dinners. Available for all eight nights of Hanukkah, enjoy a special holiday menu featuring a twist on traditional favorites like smoky garlic hummus, matzo ball soup, potato, parmesan & Brussels sprout latkes, roasted brisket with pine nut gremolata and more. Then, for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, enjoy specials like wild mushroom hummus; stracciatella with persimmon; braised short rib; thyme roasted carrots and labneh and more.
Orders can be placed for carry-out or delivery at https://www.exploretock.com/abaaustin
The north Austin Italian favorite is offering a three course Christmas Eve At Home meal for preorder. The meal includes starters, mains, wine pairings and desserts including a bruschetta kit, house-made saffron ravioli, potato gnocchi, beef tagliatell and tiramisu. A five course prix fixe Andiamo At Home menu is also available all during December.
Call (512) 719-3377 to order or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Buenos Aires Café
Buenos Aires Café's Christmas Feast serves 4-6 and includes a three-pound roast prime ribeye, potatoes gratin, blackberry-malbec compote, organic mixed green salad, roasted tri-color beets, miñones (butter rolls) and tiramisu. Plus, add on a Milonga Christmas hot toddy cocktail kit and an order of panettone, a traditional Christmas sweet bread.
Order online by December 21: https://www.toasttab.com/buenos-aires-cafe-east-6th/v3#!/order
Chicken Salad Shoppe
Keep hosting simple this holiday season and order party sandwich platters and monster mountain cookie platters from Chicken Salad Shoppe. Choose from any chicken salad sandwich options and 1/2 lb monster cookies. The Sixer, six half pound cookies delivered with holiday lights in a clear acrylic box, is also available to order.
Order at www.chickensaladshoppe.com/catering
Contigo Catering & Dispatch
Contigo is offering a holiday dinner party for 10 people (offered during December). Menus feature a variety of Contigo Catering’s seasonal charcuterie and cheese, dips, spreads and appetizers including charred baba ganoush dip, house pimento cheese, black pepper cream cheese & pumpkin turnovers, pulled chicken sliders and peach & eggnog loaf. Plus, seasonal batch cocktails by the 1/2 gallon like cranberry Old Fashioneds, negroni, red sangria and spiked horchata.
Available for pickup or delivery with four days notice: order online here
The interior Oaxacan restaurant on South Lamar is offering a special takeout menu for Christmas Eve dinner. Guests can choose from three meals: cocoa & chile ancho crusted lamb rack; mole manchamanteles with roasted pork loin; or Mexican Christmas-style cod. All meals are available in servings of two, four or eight and come with cream of mushroom soup, sikil pak and Christmas salad as well as a choice of two sides and one dessert.
Pre-order online by December 19 www.elnaranjorestaurant.com
Make entertaining effortless this season with Fairmont Austin’s Christmas Dinner To-Go. Impress without the stress and enjoy dishes created by the hotel’s acclaimed culinary team. From turkey and honey-glazed ham to apple tarts or bourbon pecan pie - let the hotel's talented team help usher in the most magical time of the year.
Pre-order online: fairmont-austin.com/christmas-dinner-to-go
Pre-order chicken tinga or black bean & cheese tamales by the dozen from Fresa's, along with queso or guacamole, charro beans, Mexican rice and salsa.
Then complete your holiday meal with Mexican wedding cookies or brown butter fudge brownies.
Pre-order online or by phone at 512.915.0362
L'Oca d'Oro will be celebrating the holidays with special subscription bags, perfect for holiday meals or to give as gifts. The Christmas bag will include several standards from their Feast of the Seven Fishes, the traditional Italian Christmas dinner, with housemade Bucatini and anchovy butter and Baccala Mantecato (whipped salt cod). Holiday subscriptions are available as meals for 2 or 4 people and with optional wine add-ons.
Sign up at table22.com/loca-doro
LeRoy and Lewis
Nothing says holidays in Texas like tamales (well, and BBQ). LeRoy and Lewis is once again offering a Christmas pre-order lineup of meats and treats including red chile barbacoa, green chile pork, turkey mole and sweet corn (all served with smoked jalapeno salsa); 44 Farms barbacoa (served with onion, cilantro and salsa), akaushi brisket and pulled pork whole hog.
Pre-order for pickup on 12/23 or 12/24 here: https://my-site-103543-104592.square.site/christmas-pre-orders
Have a Lou's Chrismas and pre-order your dinner for pickup on Christmas Eve. Menu includes rotisseries prime rib, cheesy cauliflower gratin, chocolate bourbon pecan pie and more. Plus, holiday spiced red wine sangria, boozy egg nog and more.
Order online by December 19: https://www.exploretock.com/lousaustin/
Both locations are offering smoked pork char siu and a Super Dope Family Pack that serves 4-6 people. The family pack includes egg rolls, hot and sour soup, green beans, Xiao Mian, General Tso’s, brisket fried rice, Mongolian beer, and char siu pork belly bao. A Vegetarian Super Dope Family Pack is also available. Place orders online and pre-order for pickup on Christmas Day from the Burnet Road location: https://oldthousandatx.com/
Safely celebrate the season at home with a “homakase” (at-home omakase) from Osome. Former Hai Hospitality and Musashino sushi chefs John Gocong and Michael Carranza curate classic Omaskase and platinum Omakase experiences., with 15-23 courses.
Book online at osomeatx.com
Salt & Time
Stock up on all your holiday meat needs at the east Austin butcher shop, recently named one of Food & Wine Magazine’s Best Butcher’s Shops in America. The butcher’s shop and restaurant will also be offering sides like bacon mac & cheese and green bean casserole with fermented mushroom gravy, as well as house-made pies.
Pre-order online: http://www.saltandtime.com/seasonal-orders
Scholz Garten will be offering a holiday feast to-go this holiday season. The feast feeds four and features smoked turkey breast and baked ham, stuffing, mashed potatoes and green bean casserole, served with dinner rolls, brown gravy and cranberry sauce.
Advance ordering is required before December 19, and can be made by emailing email@example.com
Schmidt Family Barbecue
Order your holiday meal to-go from the Hill Country Galleria barbecue joint. Menu items include smoked ham, smoked whole brisket, smoked turkey breast, smoked whole turkey, and pecan, pumpkin or buttermilk pies.
Pre-order through December 20 by calling 512-263-4060 or online (nationwide shipping also now available!)
Second Bar + Kitchen
Pre-order SBK's decadent holiday dinner to enjoy with loved ones at home. The Christmas Dinner To Go serves two, and includes starters (like buttermilk-sage cheddar biscuits), 24-hour braised bone-in beef short ribs, roasted Brussels sprouts, lemon and thyme glazed new potatoes and black truffle grits, and sticky toffee pudding and citrus sugar cookies for dessert. Plus, don't miss even more add-ons and beverage pairings.
Order online by 2pm on December 20: https://direct.chownow.com/order/24384/locations/35900
TLC's Christmas family meal serves 8-10 people and includes Nueskes applewood smoked bone-in Ham, rosemary fingerling potatoes, country green beans, honey glazed carrots, chocolate pecan pie, white chocolate-peppermint bark, a hot cocoa kit, cookies for Santa with decorating kit and even carrots (for Santa's reindeer).
Preorder online here
Courtesy of Olamaie.
Holiday Desserts & Gift Boxes
Bakery Lorraine at Domain NORTHSIDE
This holiday season, Bakery Lorraine will offer a selection of festive desserts perfect for sharing. Offerings include their Apple Cranberry Pie, the Dutch Apple Pie and their legendary Whiskey Pecan Pie. The once a year treat, Buche De Noel, is handcrafted with edible whimsical art, that changes yearly, and features a fluffy vanilla mousse, cherries, and a dreamy chocolate sponge cake saturated in a special kirsch syrup.
Pre order in-store or online before December 18: https://www.bakerylorraine.com/custom-orders
Launderette is once again offering their holiday cookie boxes this season. Pre-orders are open through December 23, while supplies last. The stunning display of three dozen assorted homemade cookies and sweets are all crafted by Executive Pastry Chef Laura Sawicki.
Purchase online, in person at the restaurant or over the phone by calling 512.382.1599
Lick Honest Ice Creams
Don't miss Lick's annual array of festive ice cream flavors, including the new Chocolate Cheesecake and returning favorites: Peppermint Bark, Iced Sugar Cookie, Winter Mint & Chocolate (vegan), Red Velvet and more. Cold weather also means the return of the Frosty Hot Cocoa, made with SRSLY chocolate and two scoops of ice cream.
Available to order in-person or online ahead of time at www.ilikelick.com
Spread some holiday cheer with a gift package from Olamaie. The packages, available for two or six, contain biscuits, honey butter, cinnamon rolls and more. Olamaie is also offering a Triple Chocolate Peppermint Loaf and cookie decorating kits featuring fresh-baked cookies from Pastry Chef Jules Stoddart, boozy egg nog and wine selections!
Order online by December 20: https://www.exploretock.com/olamaie/
Sourced Craft Cocktails
Sourced Craft Cocktails delivers custom cocktail kits prepared by local bartenders. The Holiday Gift Boxes are perfect for a family member, friend or colleague and include three different options: a Bulleit & Ketel One Kit with The Pecan Old Fashioned and The Berry Mule; the Tanqueray & Johnnie Walker Kit with The Cosmopolitan and The Lemon Highball; and the Don Julio Tequila Kit with The El Diablo and The Añejo Old Fashioned.
Order the Holiday Gift Boxes online
Still looking for that perfect gift? Swedish Hill's holiday baskets are filled with specialty items, including a set of olive wood handled cheese knives, Bianco canned tomatoes, Texas Hill Country olive oil, locally-milled flour, wine and more. They can also whip up a custom arrangement with 48 hour notice.
Order online or contact firstname.lastname@example.org for custom orders
Vinaigrette’s New Mexico sister cafe, Modern General [Feed + Seed], is back with a holiday bake sale pop-up at Vinny Austin. Their takeaway holiday menu offers Parker House rolls, fruit pies and cheesecakes (including a lemon cheesecake that will brighten any dessert menu) - perfect for small household gatherings or gifts for your neighbor or favorite healthcare hero.
Orders can be placed online