Christmas brunch and dinner options in Honolulu


Find buche de noel at many holiday spreads

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If all you want for Christmas is your two front teeth, well, you can browse our Best Dentists list. But if all you want is a nice dinner out, check out these options (but you're still going to need those two front teeth):

  • Celebrate Christmas Eve or Christmas Day at Alan Wong's with a five-course dinner that progresses from a dried scallop and ham chawanmushi, to a butter poached Kona lobster with Keahole abalone. For your entree, choose among Alan Wong's ginger crusted onaga, a roast rack of lamb or shellfish medley with lobster foie gras nage. End with bread pudding or a Waialua chocolate yule log.
    $95/$145 with wine, 949-1939
  • Slated for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day dinner at Azure: a four-course prixe fix that starts with grilled coriander pistou shrimp, then a Kona lobster "cappuccino." Main course options include a braised lamb osso bucco, and for dessert, vanilla panna cotta, coconut brioche with cream cheese ice cream, flambeed apple banana, or a pineapple polenta cake.
    $150, 921-4600
  • Wintry specials crowd The Beachhouse at the Moana Surfrider's Christmas Day brunch buffet: think butternut squash bisque, curried cauliflower with hazelnut vinaigrette. Other highlights include the carving station of honey glazed ham with plum mostarda and prime rib with cheddar biscuits. The Christmas-y dessert table features holiday yule logs (a chocolate roll cake), mince pie, stollen and a chocolate fondue station. Beachhouse is also open for sit-down dinners with holiday specials such as a diver scallop and foie gras match-up and a braised fennel pot pie.
    Christmas brunch: $80/$40 keiki, 921-4600
  • Cozy up at Du Vin on Christmas Eve with a three-course dinner with starter choices of duck confit salad or lobster risotto and entree options of seared scaloops and truffle cauliflower puree, or a grilled beef tenderloin. A traditional buche de noel caps off the dinner.
    $60, 1115 Bethel St, 545-1115
  • Two options at the Hyatt:
    Japengo offers a four-course dinner Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, starting with the Japengo sushi sampler, a choice of surf and turf (one combo includes a ginger braised short rib and misoyaki butterfish), and ending with a Japengo dessert trio.
    $65, 237-6145
    Christmas at Shor means curried pumpkin soup, 24-hour slow cooked prime rib, lemongrass steamed black mussels and pumpkin ravioli, ending with holiday desserts like stollen, gingerbread mousse and pecan pie.
    $75, 237-6145
  • The Kahala Hotel and Resort has you covered Christmas Eve and Christmas Day:
    • Hoku's offers a five course prixe fixe menu that includes a seared day boat scallop, lamb chop with chestnut mashed potatoes, and a ricotta cheesecake with raspberry sorbet and hibiscus gelee.
      $90/$120 with wine pairings, 739-8760 for reservations
    • Plumeria Beach House, lays out a buffet for brunch and dinner. Christmas Day brunch features prime rib and Kahala benedicts and thin Kahala pancakes. The Christmas Eve and Christmas Day dinner buffet also includes prime rib, plus slow-cooked Kurobuta pork with pineapple and cranberry chutney, and a full dessert spread with a chocolate yule log cake, pecan pie and peppermint marshmallows. Make sure to take home an extra loaf of The Kahala's Christmas stollen ($18).
      $70 adult/$35 keiki, 739-8760 for reservations
  • Graze at Kai Market's Christmas dinner buffet, starting with ahi sashimi and poke, then move onto hot entrees like bone-in ham carved to order, prime rib, misoyaki marinated butterfish and Alaskan snow crab legs. For dessert: sweetbread pudding, mochi, almond float, red velvet cake, and Ted Bakery's famous pies.
    $69 adult/$34.50 keiki, 922-4422
  • Nobu Matsuhisa himself will be at Nobu Waikiki on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day for a special omakase that unfolds with scallops with dry miso, ahi sashimi salad, roasted Big Island Abalone with uni butter crust and maitake mushroom tempura, braised Wagyu short rib with crispy foie gras and miso sauce, lobster miso soup, and to finish, a coffee tart with roasted almond ice cream and gingerbread cake.
    $160, 237-6999
  • Roy's Hawaii Kai is open Christmas Eve with a special prix fixe menu. One of the entree options: "Duck, Duck, Goose," a trio of seared duck breast, goose confit, and goose cooked sous vide. Finish off with eggnog and winter cookies.
    $45, 396-7697
  • Christmas at La Mer and Orchids at the Halekulani is already fully booked. Here's a note for next year: Christmas Eve and Christmas Day reservations tend to fill up 364 days in advance.
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