If the thought of cooking on Christmas suddenly seems overwhelming, or your family decides—last minute—that they want to dine out on the Big Day (instead of facing that sodden green bean and potato chip casserole one more time), here are four local restaurants that are generously keeping their doors open for you. Note: Make sure to call ahead for a reservation.
Sacramento & Roseville
These swanky establishments are dishing up a surf and turf dinner, which includes a 6-ounce filet with twin lobster tails for $48.95 per person; or a 12-ounce ribeye with two lobster tails for $58.95 per person.
The Porch Restaurant and Bar
This cheery Southern-inspired restaurant offers a fun menu on Christmas, including its famous Tuscaloosa fried green tomatoes, oven-roasted turkey with buttermilk biscuits, and the kitchen’s feisty barbecued Gulf shrimp and grits.
Buca di Beppo
Sacramento and Roseville
Dig into lavish platters of linguine frutti di mare, chicken saltimbocca and eggplant Parmigiana at this festive and delightfully kitschy Italian restaurant.
McCormick & Schmick’s
Who needs prime rib and mashed potatoes on Christmas when you can tuck into a thick slab of Mahi Mahi or Bourbon-glazed salmon? If you’re a seafood aficionado, the folks at McCormick & Schmicks have just the Christmas menu for you.