5 Christmas Eve Dinners in Orange County: A Culinary Journey of Festive Delights

Lisa Mailhot  |  December 19, 2023


5 Christmas Eve Dinners in Orange County: A Culinary Journey of Festive Delights


The holiday season brings the joy of togetherness and celebration, but it can also bring the stress of planning and preparing the perfect Christmas Eve dinner. If you'd rather skip the endless hours in the kitchen and enjoy a relaxing, refined meal, Orange County has you covered. In this blog, we'll take you on a culinary journey to discover five exceptional Christmas Eve dinner options that will make your holiday season truly special.

1. Chaak: A Taste of Yucatan

Located in Tustin, Chaak is renowned for its Yucatan-style cuisine, and this Christmas Eve, they have something extraordinary in store for you. Among their menu highlights is the Tamal Colado, made with guajillo-braised beef, camote pipian rojo, maitake mushrooms, and pearl onions. It's the perfect way to satisfy your tamale craving this holiday season. You can also indulge in dishes like pork belly confit tacos, prime rib steak, and grilled quail with charred cabbage and mole blanco. Treat yourself to an unforgettable Christmas Eve at Chaak.

2. The Cellar: An Underground Gem

Escape into the enchanting world of The Cellar, a Fullerton staple with a 55-year legacy. Designed by Gene White, a former Disney designer, this underground restaurant offers a cozy and elegant ambiance. Their three-course Christmas Eve dinner includes delectable options like escargot, goose terrine tart, ribeye with mashed potatoes, chocolate souffle, and more. Make your Christmas Eve memorable at The Cellar inside the Villa Del Sol.

3. Marché Moderne: A Taste of France

Marché Moderne in Newport Beach's Crystal Cove is an acclaimed French bistro that promises a memorable Christmas Eve experience. Indulge in a four-course menu featuring dishes like winter squash soup, black truffle scallop quenelle, Alaskan king crab, and a delightful Napoleon a la banana cream pie. Complete your evening with wine pairings and savor the finest French cuisine in a picturesque setting.


4. Tavern at the Mission: Comforting Winter Fare

For a heartwarming Christmas Eve dinner, head to Tavern at the Mission in San Juan Capistrano. Chef David Wilhelm has prepared a prix-fixe menu with comforting winter dishes such as Maine lobster bisque, prime rib, short rib stroganoff, and more. Adults can enjoy the special menu, while kids have their own delightful options. Share the warmth of the holiday season with a memorable meal at Tavern at the Mission.

5. Top of the V: Spanish Flair

Embrace the Spanish spirit this Christmas Eve at Top of the V in Anaheim. Executive Chef Nathaniel McCoy has crafted a three-course Spanish feast, featuring lamb shank croquetas, ribeye steak, duck breast, and the trending burnt Basque cheesecake. Don't miss the dulce de leche bread pudding for dessert. Experience the flavors of Spain in a stunning rooftop setting.


This Christmas Eve, let someone else do the cooking while you enjoy a stress-free and delightful dining experience at one of Orange County's finest restaurants. Treat yourself and your loved ones to a memorable evening filled with festive flavors and warm ambiance. If you're ready to move to Orange County and experience these culinary delights year-round, let's connect.



  • Article by Brock Keeling on December 18, 2023, at 11:30 a.m. (Updated at 11:40 a.m.), available here

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