Last week Pure Luxury presented ideas for wineries to visit on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Today we present a tasty sampling of local restaurants to visit on these holiday dates located on the Marin County Coast, Sonoma County Coast, Napa Valley, Sonoma Valley, and in Sonoma County.
RESTAURANTS OPEN CHRISTMAS EVE ONLY
Nick’s Cove Restaurant & Oyster Bar
Located on the scenic Tomales Bay on the Marin County Coast, this restaurant offers a gorgeous view from any table. The seafood is fresh as is the food from local dairies and farms used to create the award-winning cuisine. Dinner reservations start at 5 p.m.
Chef Charlie Palmer’s Dry Creek Kitchen is located in Hotel Healdsburg. Along with their a la carte menu, a special four course ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas Menu will be served. The first course is a red wine poached pear with goat cheese, truffles, and sea salt. The Butternut squash ravioli served for the second course is made with brown butter, dark Rum, and sage. The main course is whole roasted Prime New York. The menu ends with a stunning dessert - Ginger beer torte with white chocolate creme, cider poached apples, and Chantilly ice cream.
For California cuisine in a historic California location, visit El Dorado Kitchen in the heart of downtown Sonoma. Open regular hours serving their signature menu with a few holiday surprises created by Executive Chef Armando Navarro.
Gourmet dining and Wine Country Cuisine come together at John Ash & Co. located at Vintners Inn in Sonoma County. Special holiday surprises will be served here too along with the regular menu.
Impeccable service, outstanding cuisine, and innovative cocktails are the secrets to Angele’s success. This French Country restaurant located in Napa Valley recently celebrated its 11th anniversary. Reservations currently accepted for 11:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Chef Thomas Keller’s Bouchon Bistro envelops guests in a delicious French bistro adventure while visiting Napa. Seasonal dishes are skillfully complemented by local wines. Bouchon will be closing early for the holiday at 10:15 p.m.
RESTAURANTS OPEN CHRISTMAS DAY
A Holiday Christmas Buffet Menu will be served from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Sante Restaurant located at the luxurious Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa. While guests enjoy live entertainment, there will be plenty of tasty options to choose from in each category of Appetizers, Charcuteries, Smoked & Cured Fish, Salads, and Carving Stations. Highlights from the menu include wild Pacific salmon and braised leek terrine with black truffle vinaigrette, roasted all-natural goose, and Niman Ranch Steamship round of beef.
Located on the lush Sonoma Valley estate of MacArthur Place Hotel & Spa, Saddles’ list of entrees from the Holiday Menu consist of filet mignon, prime rib, horseradish crusted filet of Pacific salmon, and potato gnocchi. Seatings are from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Bodega Bay, located on the Sonoma Coast, is home to the Bodega Bay Lodge & Spa and its Duck Club Restaurant. The Christmas Dinner menu features sumptuous Starters to choose from such as Bodega Dungeness crab bisque and crab cakes, and more. Main Course selections offer a variety of options including Coho salmon, Liberty duck breast, prime rib of Black Angus beef, and house made Bellwether Farms whole milk ricotta gnocchi. The Duck Club makes the choice for Dessert a tough one by offering four sweet options.
In the Northern Sonoma County town of Healdsburg, Spoonbar is located at the h2hotel. Their Christmas Day menu will be served from 4:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and offers a delightful, unique menu with prime rib as the main attraction and a dessert perfectly created for the holiday.
Taking the place of their award-winning menu will be a Christmas Day Dinner Menu served from 12:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Make reservations now and check their website for upcoming menu details to enjoy a special evening in the heart of Napa Valley.
The Carneros Inn in Napa Valley offers many outstanding experiences including those involving the outstanding cuisine at its FARM Restaurant. Along with their A La Carte menu, FARM will be serving a three course Christmas Dinner menu from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Highlights from the menu include Nantucket Bay Scallops, a surf and turf consisting of short ribs and Maine lobster, and an exemplary stressuel. Each course comes with an optional, highly recommended, wine pairing.
Make your reservations now at any of the restaurants listed above. Remember to contact Pure Luxury and allow your holiday to be relaxing, luxurious, and unforgettable.