Dining Out This Christmas

by Kathryn Brooks and Stephen Dunn

After preparing and hosting the Thanksgiving feast, stringing lights, shopping and wrapping presents, trimming the tree, addressing the holiday cards, baking gingerbread cookies and taking the kids to meet Santa, dining out this Christmas seems like a great option. Here are ten Valley restaurants waiting to take your reservation.

elements, Sanctuary on Camelback

Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa will offer four-course Christmas Eve and Christmas Day dining at Wright’s. Begin with soup, then starters like salad or foie gras. Select beef, fish or fowl for the main course and  finish with dessert. The resort’s other restaurant, Frank & Albert’s, also will be serving Christmas Eve and Christmas Day dinner. On both nights, guests will enjoy a three-course menu of holiday specialties. Christmas Day dinner will include a carving table, assorted sides and desserts. www.arizonabiltmore.com

The signature restaurant at Mountain Shadows, Hearth ’61, will feature a four-course Christmas Day menu. Chef Charles Wiley will spotlight seasonal favorites including his now-famous butterkin squash soup with a decadent maple cream sauce and topped with tart and sweet pomegranate seeds. The Christmas Day prix-fixe dinner will be available between noon and 9:30 p.m. www.mountainshadows.com

Celebrate Christmas with brunch at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess. Served in the Palomino Ballroom beginning at 10 a.m. until 3 p.m., the chefs from the resort’s four restaurants – Bourbon Steak, La Hacienda, Toro Latin Restaurant & Rum Bar and Ironwood American Kitchen – pool their talents to prepare a spectacular holiday feast. Selections include carved turkey and ham, salmon, prime rib, jumbo shrimp, sushi, made-to-order pasta, corn tamales, breakfast favorites, made-to-order omelets and waffles, hot and cold salads, cheeses, fruits, assorted desserts and more. If you prefer dinner, each restaurant will be serving their à la carte menu from 5 to 10 p.m. www.scottsdaleprincess.com

Artizen Restaurant, The Camby

Lon’s at the Hermosa is serving both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day dinner: a three-course menu with a variety of starters, entrée options are smoked prime rib, roasted sea bass and dry-aged heritage pork chop and desserts including a flourless chocolate torte with chai ice cream, brandied cherries and caramelized white chocolate. Christmas Eve dinner is offered from 4 to 8 p.m., Christmas Day dinner will be served from noon to 7 p.m. Lon’s à la carte brunch menu will be offered from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Reservations are required. www.hermosainn.com

Rita’s Kitchen at JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa hosts a Christmas Day brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The buffet includes breakfast favorites along with a seafood bar, antipasto and salad selections, a carving station with roasted turkey, pepper-crusted prime rib of beef and orange-glazed Virginia ham plus Mexican specialties and a delectable array of traditional Christmas desserts. Reservations are required. www.camelbackinn.com

Beau MacMillan, executive chef of elements at the Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa, is featuring a four-course dinner, served from noon until 8 p.m. Menu highlights include roasted squab with foie gras risotto, caramelized Asian pear, pickled mushrooms and black pepper caramel sauce; crab stuffed petrale sole with haricot vert and prime New York strip with salsify puree, king trumpet mushrooms, balsamic onions and bone marrow marmalade. Among the dessert selections are cranberry apple gallette with almond frangipane, crème anglaise and rosemary gelato; and milk chocolate mousse with peppermint whipped ganache, shortbread crumble and crystallized mint. https://www.sanctuaryoncamelback.com/

T. Cook’s, Royal Palm Resort & Spa

Artizen Restaurant at The Camby will be serving a Christmas brunch buffet from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The carving station will feature prime rib roast and fig-glazed ham and sides such as coffee agave-roasted baby carrots and a sweet potato and roasted cauliflower salad with pomegranate seeds dressed with a sherry vinaigrette. www.artizenaz.com

Christmas Day at Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia’s Prado Restaurant serves both brunch and dinner. From 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., the brunch spread includes an omelet station, waffles, fresh sliced fruit, smoked salmon, signature tapas, New York strip steak and eggs benedict. If you prefer dinner, enjoy a four-course, prix-fixe menu featuring filet mignon, seafood paella, roasted sea bass and a tempting selection of desserts. Dinner service is from 3 to 8:30 p.m. https://www.omnihotels.com/hotels/scottsdale-montelucia

T. Cook’s at Royal Palms Resort & Spa offers dining options. The Christmas Day dinner, a three-course prix-fixe menu, is served  from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. A selection of starters will be followed by entrées such as grilled filet mignon, lamb chops and sautéed striped sea bass after which are delectable desserts choices. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., The Royal Palms holiday buffet will offer breakfast items, soups, salads, side dishes and assorted pastas. A seafood station with shrimp, oysters and crab, a carve station and an array of desserts will be featured. Reservations are recommended. www.royalpalmshotel.com

Tomaso’s Italian Restaurant and Tomaso’s When in Rome will be open from noon to 9 p.m. on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Both restaurants will feature a traditional Italian Christmas Eve menu.To celebrate the “Feast of the Seven Fishes,” the selections are meatless. The choices include baked clams with herbs and shallots, scampi and lobster ravioli, striped sea bass, lobster, clams and mussels, stuffed calamari and balsamic maple-glazed sea scallops that blend sweet with a touch of heat. Guests will have a choice of entrée and dessert. www.tomasos.com