Xmas Day Feasts Around Town
Whether you observe the holiday or not, Austin offers plenty of variety for going out on Christmas Day. Don't forget to call ahead for reservations well before the big day.
DRISKILL HOTEL offers its usual lavish mezzanine brunch with seatings from 11am to 4pm. Downstairs, the 1886 Cafe will be open all day, serving brunch until 2:30pm. Mezzanine brunch: $62 per person, $31 for children under 12, free for children 6 and under. 604 Brazos, 391-7121 for reservations.
TRIO AT THE FOUR SEASONS offers a special holiday buffet from 11am to 8:30pm in Trio and from 11am to 6:00pm in the Four Seasons ballroom, Champagne included. Trio seating: $75 for adults, $20 for children ages 6-11. Ballroom seating: $68 for adults, $20 for children ages 6-11. 98 San Jacinto, 685-8300.
INTERCONTINENTAL STEPHEN F. AUSTIN Enjoy a brunch in the Cafe Julienne from 11am to 2:30pm. 701 Congress, 721-2008 for reservations.
RENAISSANCE HOTEL Banderas – A Texas Bistro will have a few extra specials on the à la carte menu from 11am to 2pm, as well as the usual breakfast menu starting at 6am and a dinner service from 5 to 10pm. 9721 Arboretum Blvd., 343-2626 for reservations.
HYATT REGENCY AUSTIN You'll find a Christmas buffet in the Southwest Bistro where you can count on flowing mimosas from 11:30am to 4pm. $54 for adults, $27 for children ages 5-12, free for children under 5. 208 Barton Springs Rd., 480-2035 for reservations.
KOBE JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE See your holiday repast prepared tableside here, with a full dinner menu available from 11am to 9pm. 13492 Hwy. 183 N. #380, 288-7333.
CHINATOWN Catch the dim sum cart as it glides by like Santa's sleigh full of surprises from 11am to 2:30pm. 3407 Greystone, 343-9307.
DIN HO CHINESE BBQ will be open for what some say is the best roast duck in town, in addition to the usual favorites. 10am-10pm. 8557 Research #116, 832-8788.
DRAGON GATE BY PHOENIX This meticulous sushi spot will be open from 5 to 10:30pm on Christmas Day. 3801 Capital of TX Hwy. N. Ste. J-180, 732-7278.
SHANGHAI CHINESE RESTAURANT will be pushing the dim sum cart your way from 11am to 2pm. 6718 Middle Fiskville, 458-8088.
FIRST CHINESE B-B-Q always serves up their generous Cantonese-style specialties on holidays. 11am-9:30pm. 10901 N. Lamar #401, 835-8889.
HUNAN LION Put some spice in your holiday with the Firecracker Prawns. 10:30am-10pm. 4006 S. Lamar #1000, 447-3388.
PEONY ASIAN CUISINE Regulars and newcomers alike will be glad to have this rich miso soup on a cold holiday. 5308 Balcones, 459-3341.
TC NOODLE HOUSE has you covered for lunch with their regular menu between 10:30am and 3pm. 10901 N. Lamar Ste. B-203, 873-8235.
T&S CHINESE RESTAURANT invites you to celebrate with dim sum service from 11am to 2:30pm. 10014 N. Lamar, 339-8434.
SUSHI JAPON is open on Christmas from 11:30am to 11pm. 6801 N. I-35, 323-6663.
KOREAN GRILL will be serving your nontraditional Asian favorites from 11am to 5pm. 10901 N. Lamar, 339-0234.
CHINA CAFE will offer a menu full of Cantonese treats from 5 to 10pm. 13729 Research #695, 331-7747.
FORTUNE CHINESE SEAFOOD RESTAURANT makes a drive up north worth it for what some say is the best dim sum service in town. 10901 N. Lamar Ste. A1-501, 490-1426.
LE SOLEIL will have its 200-item menu in front of you in a heartbeat from 10am to 10pm on Christmas Day. 9616 N. Lamar #156, 821-0396.
GREEN PASTURES RESTAURANT is already fully booked for this annual Christmas Day brunch; waitlist spots are still available. 11am-2pm. $60 for adults, $30 for children ages 5-12. 811 W. Live Oak, 444-4747.
THREADGILL'S It's first come, first served for a limited menu at both locations from 10:30am to 9:30pm. 6416 N. Lamar, 451-5440; 301 W. Riverside, 472-9304.
KATZ'S DELI & BAR You know that Katz's never closes, so hit it up on Christmas for roast turkey breast, giblet gravy, and all the trimmings. $16.95 for adults, $6.95 for children. 618 W. Sixth, 472-2037.
CARMELO'S offers an enormous buffet of Italian specialties for $34.95 per person. 11am-3pm. 504 E. Fifth, 477-7497.
MANNY'S UPTOWN KITCHEN will serve the entire menu for breakfast, lunch, or dinner on Christmas Day for the ninth consecutive year. 9503 Research #650, 794-0088.
CHARLIE'S AUSTIN serves up its 28th free Christmas Day dinner with a two-drink minimum. 1301 Lavaca, 474-6481.
FOGO DE CHAO has a Brazilian feast waiting for you and yours from 4:30 to 10pm. 309 E. Third, 472-0220.