ALL THE BEST CHRISTMAS EVE AND DAY MEALS IN BROWARD COUNTY
Many restaurants across Broward County will serve up holiday-inspired meals, from indulgent brunch spreads to chef’s tasting menus and more. Here are the best Christmas Eve and Christmas Day meals in Broward County.
Lona Cocina y Tequileria
On Christmas Eve, enjoy a Mexican-themed chef’s tasting menu ($55) from 6 to 11 p.m. Standouts include short rib in chili garlic oil, seafood chili relleno with poblano bechamel and baked camembert with guava sauce. Lunch and a limited à la carte dinner menu will also be available. On Christmas Day, the restaurant will feature regular lunch and dinner menus along with additional specials starting at 6 p.m. 321 N Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954-245-3069; lonarestaurant.com
Indulge in a Christmas Day buffet brunch at celebrity chef Geoffrey Zakarian’s Point Royal at the Diplomat Beach Resort. From 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., expect a line-up of holiday-inspired breakfast and lunch favorites, from fresh-made omelettes, corned beef hash and malted waffles, to sugar-cured ham, gingerbread biscotti, peppermint-layered cake and roasted pear and thyme-infused crème brûlées. Brunch ($75 for adults, $25 for children under 12) includes bottomless hard cider punch, drip coffee, or juice.
3555 S Ocean Dr., Hollywood; 954-602-8750; pointroyal-fl.com
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Dine along the ocean on Christmas Day with a prix-fixe four-course meal at Terra Mare. Offered from 5 p.m. until close, enjoy a menu ($99) of seasonal favorites, including carrot risotto, poached pear salad, roasted chicken and pumpkin cheesecake.
551 N Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 786-414-5160; terramarefl.com
Curated by executive chef Adrienne Grenier, 3030 Ocean will serve holiday-inspired plates on Christmas Day, including creamy chestnut soup with roasted mushrooms, slow-smoked duck breast with sweet potato puree, and gingerbread cheesecake with gingersnap crust, sweet cream and candied cranberries.
3030 Holiday Dr., Fort Lauderdale; 954-765-3030; 3030ocean.com
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Celebrate Christmas with an all-you-can-eat brunch buffet ($65 for adults, $24 for children) at Naked Crab. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., expect a fully-stocked raw bar, charcuterie and cheeses, omelette and meat carving stations and a large pastry and desserts table. The restaurant will also host a four-course dinner on Christmas Eve and Christmas night. ($65).
1140 Seabreeze Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954-727-7090; nakedcrabftl.com
Japanese restaurant ETARU Hallandale will offer brunch on Christmas Day from noon to 4:30 p.m. with special holiday plates including suckling pig and roast beef. Brunch ($75) will include a welcome cocktail, bottomless pours of a selection of beverages, hot and cold starters on the robata counter, choice of one main course and a decadent dessert platter.
111 South Surf Rd., Hallandale Beach; 954-271-3222; etarurestaurant.us
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Coco Asian Bistro & Bar
Chef and owner Mike Ponluang will serve up holiday à la carte specials on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Standouts include grilled jumbo prawns with Thai chili lime sauce, crab meat fried rice, and a papaya salad ($29), barbecue baby back ribs drizzled with chili paste and paired with jasmine rice and stir-fried Daikon radishes ($25), Japanese wagyu A-5 strip steak with oyster mushrooms ($19 per ounce), and house-made mango mousse for dessert. Diners who order one of the specials will also receive a complimentary glass of champagne.
1841 Cordova Rd., Fort Lauderdale; 954-525-3541; cocoasianbistro.com
Inside the Ritz-Carlton Fort Lauderdale, wine and dine on Christmas Eve at Burlock Coast with a one-night-only prime rib dinner complete with a bottle of champagne from 6 to 10 p.m. ($129 per couple). Highlights include herb-rubbed roast prime rib, family-style truffle whipped potatoes, roasted root vegetables and horseradish cream. On Christmas Day, the restaurant will host a buffet-style brunch from noon to 8 p.m. ($129 for adults, $49 for children) with numerous sweet and savory items, a caviar station and bottomless beverages.
1 N Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954-302-6430; ritzcarlton.com
Photo courtesy of The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale
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