Some folks book Christmas dinner as soon as the last turkey sandwich is eaten after Thanksgiving Day while the rest of us find ourselves rushing to make plans. Don’t get stuck scrounging the fridge for leftovers; these local favorites still have slots available for 2019’s biggest feast.
Antlers Lodge — Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort & Spa
A gigantic horn chandelier sets the scene for a rustic Christmas dinner featuring Texas game. Sup on bison brisket with baby turnips, fingerling potatoes, and heirloom carrots or spice-rubbed elk with huckleberry whiskey compote and mushroom spaetzle. Add sides like fried Brussels sprouts, charred broccolini, or boar bacon mac ’n’ cheese for a full food coma. A la carte. 5:30-9:30 pm.
Boudro’s Texas Bistro
This River Walk icon is once again welcoming revelers with a three-course menu that includes seasonal baby field greens, herb-roasted prime rib, and an Amarena cherry trifle for dessert. Want to go off script? The regular menu will also be available. And don’t forget to order a margarita for some extra cheer. $45. 11 am-11 pm.
Fogo de Chao
If ever there was a time to get silly with endless skewered meats, it’s Christmas Day. Order the full churrasco experience with an adder of ribeye or a Wagyu New York strip, then pile on the plate with seasonal salads, fresh vegetables, and housemade soups. $30.95 plus. 5-10 pm.
Oro Restaurant & Bar — Emily Morgan Hotel
This stylish hotel restaurant has a golden feast for the big day that combines traditional offerings with unexpected surprises. Guests can dine on brunch classics like classic eggs Benedict, vanilla French toast, or applewood smoked bacon or opt for meatier fare like herb roasted prime rib or orange glazed duck with couscous salad. $64.95 for adults, $24.95 for kids 12 and under, and free for kids 5 and under. 10 am-2 pm.
Ostra — Mokara Hotel & Spa
Decadent seafood like butter poached prawn and blue crab tamales are the perfect prelude to a luxurious meal at this casual eatery. Loosen the pants further for smoked bone-in short rib, parsnip puree, confit shallots, and a red pepper hollandaise that can be drizzled on all of the above. $40. 5-10:30 pm.
Celebrate the holiday Italian style at this Lincoln Heights mainstay. In addition to showcasing a few blackboard specials, the restaurant will have its full menu available. Start with pesto mushroom ravioli or chicken cannelloni then move on to mains like Fra Diavolo red snapper, osso buco, or a center-cut beef tenderloin lavished in bearnaise. A la carte. 11 am-10 pm.
Skip the holiday bird or ham and celebrate the season with a juicy Texas raised steak at this downtown eatery. Other celebratory treats include a full selection of East Coast and Gulf oysters, jumbo shrimp cocktail, and a hearty beef tenderloin Bolognese. A la carte. 11 am-9 pm.