SoCal Restaurants Are the Merriest of All for Holiday Dining – From Laguna Beach to Irvine to Newport Beach, Christmas Eats Abound
In Orange County, some of the area’s top restaurants are not only providing a most delicious dining experience for the holidays, but also throwing in extras like holiday treats, complimentary champagne toasts and visits and photos with Santa. In Laguna Beach, Montage Laguna Beach is offering the poshest of celebrations while Hotel Irvine is pulling out all the stops for fun and festivities al fresco. And at Fashion Island Hotel in Newport Beach, a most stylish Christmas brunch and dinner await.
Award-winning Christmas dining overlooking the Pacific at Montage Laguna Beach:
Christmas Eve at Studio
Monday, December 24, from 4 to 10 p.m.
A special chef-driven Four-Course Tasting Menu of seasonal gourmet fare will be a meal to remember. The first course is a Roasted Heirloom Beet Salad, followed by Crispy Chicken Ballotine and then Roasted Filet of Beef with accompaniments and huckleberry beef jus. To end this wonderful dinner is celebratory Woodford Reserve Double Oaked Bourbon Semifreddo. Studio’s customary á la carte menu will also be served. To toast to a Merry Christmas for all, a bottle of Veuve Clicquot Champagne for every two adult guests will be part of this festive meal.
$175 for adults; $50 for children (ages four to 12 years), $80 for young adults (ages 13 to 20) plus tax and gratuity.
Christmas Day at The Loft
Tuesday, December 25, from 3 to 9 p.m.
At The Loft, the Christmas Day celebratory meal will be a Four-Course Holiday Tasting Menu with a choice of appetizer includingWinter Squash Soup, Escarole and Treviso Salad or Christmas Ham Rillette. The second course is either Fig and Chestnut Ricotta Ravioli, Petite Lobster Thermidor or Seared George’s Bank Scallops. Then the main course selections are Panko-Crusted Pacific Petrale Sole Almondine, Beef Wellington or Seared Long Island Duck Breast and Leg Confit, all with delectable sides. For the sweet ending: Torta De Verona or Caraïbe Chocolate Gingerbread.
$130 for adults; $50 for children (ages four to 12 years), plus tax and gratuity; the customary á la carte menu will not be available.
Christmas Day at Studio: Brunch Buffet and Five-Course Holiday Tasting Menu
Tuesday, December 25, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for brunch; 4 to 9 p.m. for dinner
There are two Christmas Day options being offered at Studio on Christmas Day. A Brunch feast will offer guests holiday foods served at a Salad Station, choices of Globally Sourced Artisan Cheeses, a Charcuterie Station, Crab and Shrimp selections, Eggs Benedict made-to-order, Carving table with Roasted Tenderloin, Maple Glazed Pork and Salmon en Croûte and Desserts created by Executive Pastry Chef Lee Smith. Brunch comes with a bottle of Veuve Clicquot Champagne for every two adult guests and holiday entertainment. The special spectacular Chef’s Five-Course Holiday Tasting Menu of fine dining celebratory dishes is composed ofMixed Red Lettuce Salad, Lobster Cavatelli, Seared Diver Scallops, Blackened Lamb Loin and Apple Chestnut Tatin.
Brunch pricing: $170 for adults; $50 for children (ages four to 12), $80 for young adults (ages 13 to 20), plus tax and gratuity.
Dinner pricing: $175 for adults; $50 for children (ages four to 12), $80 for young adults (ages 13 to 20), plus tax and gratuity.
Grand Ballroom Masterpiece Christmas Celebration 2018
Tuesday, December 25, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This Grand Ballroom Masterpiece Christmas Celebration is a favorite family holiday event at Montage Laguna Beach. It includes a bounteous multi-station buffet, live music, complimentary champagne toast and complimentary family photographs. The buffet will feature Cheese and Charcuterie, a delicious array of Soups and Salads, Seafood on Ice, Sushi, a Chef’s Carving Station with Old Fashioned Baked Ham and Roasted Prime Rib. In addition, there will be many other hearty selections of vegetables and a Children’s Buffet with all their favorites. The Dessert Lounge will be highlighted by an elaborate dessert display created by Executive Pastry Chef Lee Smith.
$180 for adults; $50 for children (ages four to 12 years; children under four are complimentary), inclusive of tax and gratuity.
For Montage Laguna Beach reservations can be made by calling (949) 715-6420.
Where: Montage Laguna Beach
30801 Coast Highway
Laguna Beach, CA 92651