Movies and television would convince us that there is only one way to spend December 25th: under a tree, with prey, eat a meal prepared by a relative. It’s not a bad way to spend Christmas, but it’s not the only one. Some of us enjoy other activities (volunteering, going to the movies, or just sleeping in) and then when we are hungry we want to eat. Others of us can handle the part of the day with prey and trees, but prefer dinner at a restaurant where everyone gets their own favorites and the dishes aren’t our problem.
That’s why we’ve put together this list of East Bay restaurants open to diners for Christmas 2021. Some of the restaurants serve Christmas specialties while others stick to their regular menu. Everyone will be happy to see you, especially since this time last year was the best it could offer.
Note: This is not an all-inclusive list of East Bay restaurants open for Christmas, just a guide to get you started. If you’re in the mood for a meal from your favorite spot, give them a call to see if they’re open that day. They might surprise you!
Berkeley boathouse The DoubleTree Hotel’s marina restaurant serves turkey and prime rib dinners on Christmas Day. Reservations can be made through OpenTable. Berkeley Boathouse, 200 Marina Blvd. (between University Avenue and Spinnaker Way), Berkeley
Brazilian Steakhouse in Brasas Do Brazil A full churrasco dinner can be enjoyed on Christmas Day from 12:00 to 21:00. Reservations are recommended. Brasas Do Brazil Brazilian Steakhouse, 1631 Willow Pass Road. (near Gateway Boulevard), Concord
China village The reliable spot in Albany Szechuan is open from 11:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. China Village, 1335 Solano Ave. (on Ramona Avenue), Albany
Creek House Dim Sum Restaurant This Walnut Creek restaurant with a heartwarming story is open 10 am-3pm and 4.30pm-8.30pm on Christmas Day. Creek House Dim Sum Restaurant, 1291 Parkside Dr. (near N Broadway), Walnut Creek
Holly’s Mandarin This reliable Chinese restaurant with delicious chow fun, friendly service and a good selection of soups is open on Boxing Day from 12:00 to 21:00. Holly’s Mandarin, 4080 Piedmont Ave. (near 41st Street), Oakland
Ginger and Spring Onion Lobster at East Ocean Seafood. Photo credit: Seafood from the East of the Ocean
Fish restaurant in the east of the ocean On Boxing Day, enjoy Hong Kong cuisine from 11 am to 2:30 pm and 5 to 9 pm, a member of staff told Nosh. But the queue is moving fast so don’t let that put you off – just make sure your whole group is there when your name is called as they won’t seat you until then. East Ocean Seafood Restaurant, 1713 Webster St. (near Pacific Avenue), Alameda
Fiore This cozy Italian eatery serves its usual menu of classic pasta and main dishes from 11:00 am to 2:30 pm and 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm Fiore, 3103, 5100 Clayton Rd. # A14 (near Ayers Road) , Concord
Horatios On this Christmas day, enjoy the view of the bay from 12:00 to 20:00 and enjoy traditional dishes at Horatio’s. Horatio’s, 60 Monarch Bay Dr. (near Pescador Point Drive), San Leandro
Bistro La Sen La Sen serves a special 3-course menu for a fixed price of USD 95 per person from 5 to 9 p.m. with dishes such as snails and mushrooms flambéed, scallop risotto and prime rib. Call 925-448-8187 to make a reservation La Sen Bistro, 1606 N Main St., (on Lincoln Avenue), Walnut Creek
Little Shin Shin This Chinese on-call service in Oakland will be open from 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Boxing Day, but its dining room will remain closed. The takeaway menu is available online and orders can be placed by calling 510-658-9799. Little Shin Shin, 4258 Piedmont Ave. (near Glenwood Avenue), Oakland
Luna restaurant Luna’s usual menu of Northern and Southern Italian dishes will be available from 11:00 AM to 9:00 PM. Luna Ristorante, 2118 Willow Pass Rd. # 100b (at Mt.Diablo Street), Concord
A selection of Monkey Thai dishes open on Christmas Day. Photo credit: Monkey Thai / Facebook
Monkey Thai South Shore Visit Monkey Thai South Shore for the regular menu of Northern Thai cuisine. It will be open from 11am until (we checked that again) midnight on Christmas Day. Reservations are recommended and can be made at 510-263-8505 Monkey Thai South Shore, 2210 S Shore Center Unit H (near Franciscan Way), Alameda. be made
Pacific lighthouse This dim sum spot has great bay views and a solid menu of Cantonese goodies. Hours of operation are 10 am-3pm and 5-10pm Call 510-263-9232 to make a reservation. Pacific Lighthouse, 1051 Pacific Marina, Alameda
Quinn’s lighthouse The American fish restaurant Quinn’s offers its regular menu for Christmas, supplemented by a possible Christmas special “that we have not yet worked out”. Hours of operation are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Quinn’s Lighthouse Restaurant & Pub, 1951 Embarcadero, Oakland
Sichuan style restaurant Yang Jian’s spicy and cozy restaurant serves his popular smoked tea from 11:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. along with the rest of his usual menu. Sichuan Style Restaurant, 1699 Solano Ave. (between Tulare and Ensanada Avenues), Berkeley
Zino The festive buffet is back this year from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Look forward to fried herb chicken and glazed ham as well as a dessert station with cakes, biscuits and cakes. It costs $ 59.99 per person for adults, $ 29.99 for children 6-12 years old, and children under 5 eat for free. The menu can be viewed online and reservations can be made on OpenTable. Zino, 2086 Allston Way (on Shattuck Avenue), Berkeley