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Christmas Eve Dinner at a Santa Barbara Restaurant: A New Tradition Awaits!


Image of a table set for Christmas Eve dinner at a fine restaurant

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Imagine a Christmas table filled with your favorite holiday mouthwatering dishes. Now imagine being able to enjoy all that divine food without dirtying a single dish in your kitchen. Why not consider Christmas Eve dinner at a Santa Barbara restaurant this year? For many Americans, the image of eating out on Christmas Eve will be a reality this year. If you’re on the fence about cooking or dining out this year, then read these 5 reasons why dining out makes sense. And read on to discover what Santa Barbara area restaurants are ready to make your festive night special.

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Reasons to Enjoy Christmas Eve Dinner at a Santa Barbara Restaurant

  1. Focus on Your Family, Not Cooking
    Making a big meal means losing time you could have spent with your loved ones. Christmas Eve isn’t as fun when one person is stuck in the kitchen doing all the work — especially if you’re that person. That’s why many families decide to go out to celebrate.  Plus, you don’t have to worry about planning a big feast and making sure that vegetarian cousin has a seat at the table. You don’t even have to set up a separate kids table. All you must do is focus on your family. Isn’t that what the holiday season is all about anyway?
  2. No Meal Prep
    Leave the Christmas Eve dining event planning to someone else. When you and your family eat out for the holiday, you all can enjoy a specially prepared Christmas Eve dinner at a Santa Barbara restaurant.
  3. No Dishes to Wash
    Who wants to spend Christmas Eve washing dishes? Or worse, wake up on Christmas day to a mess. By choosing to eat out for Christmas Eve instead, you can enjoy a fine dining menu—without the cleanup.
  4. Start a Family Tradition
    Many families already enjoy the tradition of dinner at a Santa Barbara restaurant on Christmas Eve. There are so many to choose from in 2021 right here in Santa Barbara. Why not start your own new family tradition this year and make reservations?
  5. Enjoy The Season’s Festive Décor
    In the past, there were fewer choices of restaurants to go to on Christmas Eve. But today, there are more and more popular eating establishments that stay open, and put a lot of thought and planning into their holiday decorations.

Read: Tips on Buying a Home During the Holidays

Local Restaurants Serving Delicious Christmas Eve Dinner

It’s not too late to make your reservations at any of the restaurants listed here:

Spend Christmas Eve or Christmas Day at Angel Oak on The Bluff at Ritz-Carlton Bacara. Chef de Cuisine Alexander James Bollinger will be creating extraordinary holiday culinary offerings including a specialty seaside prix fixe four-course menu with holiday specials.

Christmas Eve at bouchon is sure to be a special event. Select from the establishment’s Seasonal Wine Country Cuisine Dinner Menu in three-course format: first, main and dessert.

The Lark’s Executive Chef Jason Paluska will be cooking up a Creekstone 16 oz Prime Ribeye platter with duck fat fingerling potatoes, creamed Swiss chard, crispy shallots, and smoked beef tallow emulsion.

Over at Loquita, Executive Chef Jasmine Shimodal will offer holiday specials along with the traditional à la carte menu including signature paella, seasonal craft cocktails and an expansive menu of gin & tonics.

La Paloma Café’s Executive Chef Jeremy Tummell will be serving a special edition of his “Gaucho Steak” – an Oak-grilled 8-oz Wagyu tenderloin with warm bacon and jalapeno chimichurri, with Yukon gold potatoes, local green beans, and horseradish. Don’t miss these delectable holiday offerings!

Embrace la dolce vita of the American Riviera by spending Christmas Eve at Caruso’s. Enjoy ocean views, and fine wine accompanying Chef Massimo Falsini’s Feast of the Seven Fishes. Also known as La Vigilia or The Eve, this traditional Italian American meal consists of exquisite fish and seafood dishes.

Christmas Eve and Day at El Encanto, A Belmond Hotel is a timeless affair at one of Southern California’s most iconic hotels. This Christmas, in The Dining Room & Terrace, Executive Chef Bruno Lopez offers guests a fine festive dining experience featuring your choice of Wagyu beef tartare, butter-poached white sea bass or prime rib, and decadent holiday desserts such as chocolate yule log and sticky toffee pudding. 

Who knows, Christmas Eve dinner at a Santa Barbara restaurant could become one of your favorite family traditions. If you are looking to celebrate the season next year by making a move in Santa Barbara or any of the surrounding communities, give me a call at (805) 886-9378, or email me at I will happily add your listing to my portfolio of amazing estates for sale and find you a new home at the same time. 





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