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Dec 20, 2011 07:25 PM

Christmas Day Meal...

Last year went to St. Regis in Monarch Beach for Christmas Dinner Buffet---but this year would prefer to do something either closer to West L.A. or Downtown L.A. or even San Gabriel Valley is okay...just not as far as Monarch Beach haha

I know there is the usual OpenTable list...and I know choices are limited cos many places are closed on Christmas Day--so besides the usual like Benihana, Pacific Dining Car, Buca di Bepo, etc...

Are there any NICE HOTEL Brunch/Dinner Buffets you would recommend for Christmas Day?

I'm flying back to L.A. to spend it with my Dad, so we wouldn't be cooking and we'd rather go out somewhere or else I'd do Honeybaked Ham etc...

He loves food but isn't into molecular gastronomy or anything too crazy or 3 hour tasting dinners...he loves the oldies but goodies like Lawrys Prime Rib and such.

In the past I've had wonderful Holiday Buffets at Mandarin Orientals and Ritz Carlton hotels...would love some thoughts/feedback from you guys :) But it does not have to be limited to just hotel buffets either...if there's a nice Christmas meal spot too, would love to know!


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  1. Fig in Santa Monica is open with a special menu served 12-8pm Christmas day (not a buffet) with very good food at link below:
    Campanile is open for both Brunch and Dinner.

    624 S La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

    100 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

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    1. i believe Scarpetta is doing a good buffet

      1. re: maudies5

        Scarpetta is doing a Christmas Day brunch, and if you "like" them on Facebook & mention you saw their note, you can get a $20 discount on brunch (which is normally over $50 pp., I believe).

        1. re: katydid13

          Scarpetta's regular weekend brunch is $68 per person and $35 for 12 and under.

          225 N Canon Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

      2. The LA Times' food blog has a list of restaurants that will be open (sorry I don't know how to do a hyperlink):

        1. Many years ago I went to a Christmas buffet at 94th Aero Squadron in Van Nuys. In general I think it's a decent but not spectacular restaurant, but I remember the buffet as being very nice. And you are right on the edge of Van Nuys airport, so you can watch small planes taking off and landing.