Cheese platters and cioppino, cocktails and cannoli: the lowdown on local eats for your holiday feast.
Here’s a list of restaurants and bakeries offering Christmas specials for pickup and delivery on the Peninsula, from prime rib and bûche de Noël to Jamaican beef oxtails and a Thai meal set. Also, the Dungeness crab season is set to start on Dec. 23, if you can hold out for some local crustaceans.
This list will continue to be updated, so check back for more options.
Palo Alto French restaurant Zola is offering a Christmas Eve dinner for two inspired by Paul Bertolli, the former executive chef of Chez Panisse, including artichokes filled with slow-cooked onions, crab and cod cakes with black olive aioli and mushroom-stuffed filet of beef. Pickup will be on Dec. 24 from noon to 5 p.m. (When ordering, ignore the prompted pick-up times and type your desired pick-up time in the notes.) Zola also has holiday gift baskets filled with French goods, champagne, gingerbread and Timothy Adams chocolates. Order online.
If you’re looking for a bûche de Noël, preorder one now from Mademoiselle Colette for pickup on Dec. 24 at any of the patisserie’s locations in Menlo Park, Redwood City and Palo Alto. If you’re a smaller group or live alone, Mademoiselle Colette also offers a small yule log for $10.50. Order online.
Maison Alyzee in Mountain View will also have bûche de Noël in dark chocolate, vanilla-caramel and passionfruit flavors. A smaller bûche de Noël will also be available. The cakes will be available Dec. 16–31 for pickup and delivery. Order online, in person, or by calling 650–960–1212.
Bistro Vida in Menlo Park will be making roasted turkey with all the fixings — stuffing, mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, baked sweet potato purée, sautéed haricots verts and cranberry sauce — or you can opt for prime rib with mashed potatoes and sautéed spinach. The menu is available on Christmas Eve. To order, call 650–462–1686.
Camper in Menlo Park is offering three-course Christmas meals, with dishes like black truffle mac and cheese, roasted chicken with Rancho Gordo beans and braised short ribs with polenta. Order online for pickup on Dec. 24.
Order a Christmas Eve dinner from Donato Enoteca or spend the night making zuppa di pesce, a Southern Italian seafood stew, with chef-owner Donato Scotti in a virtual cooking class. Order the dinner by Dec. 22 online.
The Bywater in Los Gatos has several Christmas offerings, including a take-and-bake prime rib dinner that serves four to six people (only available for pickup on Dec. 23), a jambalaya kit, charcuterie packs and bottled cocktails. Order online.
Farmhouse Thai’s to-go holiday set includes live Maine lobster, prawns, scallops, PEI mussels and calamari in spicy yellow curry paste; turmeric rice; tom yum tofu; and two Singha beers. Order online for pickup or delivery out of the Menlo Park restaurant.
A local out-of-work chef who started a meal delivery company during the shutdown, Chef Julien has a Christmas menu available Dec. 19–25: foie gras bruschetta, duck leg confit or grilled scallops and bûche de Noël for dessert. There’s also a kids menu and gift boxes with crepes, truffles and wine. Order online for pickup in Palo Alto or local delivery.
La Viga Seafood & Cocina Mexicana
Barbacoa, cochinita pibil, grilled whole bass with chipotle sauce, homemade tortillas and margaritas are among La Viga’s Christmas offerings. Order by Dec. 23 at 2 p.m. for pickup on Dec. 24 between 1–3 p.m. Order by calling 650–679–8141.
If Wagyu beef Wellington, parkerhouse rolls with charred scallion butter and boozy eggnog is your thing, Bird Dog in Palo Alto has you covered. Order online for pickup starting Dec. 17.
The Milk Pail
The Milk Pail drive-thru market has numerous holiday specials available, including a duck confit and cassoulet kit, frozen cannelloni from Osteria Toscana in Palo Alto, tamales from Alicia’s Tamales Los Mayas, bûche de Noël from Douce France Bakery in Palo Alto and three kinds of panettone. Order online for pickup in Mountain View on Saturday, Dec. 17, and Wednesday, Dec. 23.
Order Roli Roti’s porchetta — pork loin rolled with aromatics and herbs and wrapped in pork belly — with potatoes roasted underneath the rotisserie and housemade onion marmalade. You can find Roli Roti at the Coastside Farmers Market, Daly City Farmers Market and DeMartini Orchard in Los Altos.
Left Bank in Menlo Park will have a four-course prix fixe dinner (though items will also be available a la carte) with dishes including lobster bisque, prime rib, duck breast, winter squash ravioli, oysters and cheese fondue. The restaurant will be open on Dec. 24 from noon to 8 p.m. for pickup and delivery. Order online.
Johnston’s Saltbox in San Carlos has a variety of holiday takeout specials, including Christmas brunch (hello, bellini kit) and dinner menus, a collection of baked goods (including gingerbread cookie dough and rocky road fudge), cocktail party appetizers and more. Select items are pre-order only for pickup on Christmas Eve from 2–4 p.m. Order online.
Number5Kitchen in San Carlos is offering a three-course Christmas menu including mac and cheese with foraged mushrooms, pumpkin parmigiana, short ribs with polenta and add-ons like parsnip soup and butter-poached lobster tails. Order online or by calling 650–665–9655 for pickup on Dec. 24 from noon to 5 p.m.
La Biscotteria’s Christmas pastries include dark chocolate and Italian spice biscotti, cuccidati cookies, panettone and struffoli. Order online by Dec. 21 at noon for pickup on Dec. 24 between 6 a.m and noon; though for “those who have been naughty and forgot to place their early online prepaid orders,” the Redwood City bakery will have some pastries available in person on Christmas Eve on a first-come, first-served basis.
More bûche de Noël is available from Alexander’s Patisserie in Mountain View and Cupertino, as well as holiday gift boxes with sweets like sable caramel and ginger sticks, coffee, tea, caviar and other goods. Order online for pickup or delivery.
Telefèric Barcelona in Palo Alto will offer a menu of dishes typically served in Spain on Christmas Eve: escudella i carn d’olla (Catalan vegetable and meat stew); canelons de rostit (Catalan beef and pork cannelloni with bechamel and cheese gratin); apple tatin (baked apple, crema catalana and puff pastry with candied pine nuts); and sangria. Or, you can order tapas and paella. Order online.
Holiday meal kits at The Post in Los Altos include Christmas brunch, prime rib, chicken pot pie and cioppino. Order online for pickup or delivery on Christmas Eve.
Pausa Bar + Cookery
San Mateo’s Pausa Christmas menu includes a 30-hour slow-roasted porchetta, pasta al forno, chicory salad, housemade focaccia and tiramisu. The restaurant’s regular takeout menu will also be available on Christmas Eve. Order online for pickup on Dec. 24.
Town’s holiday meal set serves four to six people and comes with either four rosemary-herb crusted filet mignon or four rosemary-herb crusted 14-ounce New York Steaks, both served with horseradish cream, red wine demi-glace, BLT iceberg wedge, maple-glazed baby carrots, Parmesan potato gratin and bread pudding. Cocktails and wine are also available. Order online for pickup on Dec 23 from 3–6:30 p.m.
For an indulgent holiday dinner, Taverna in Palo Alto is making moussaka with Perigord black truffles, beef, lamb, eggplant, potatoes and mornay sauce. It serves four to six people and is available for pickup or delivery on Christmas Eve (as is the Greek restaurant’s normal menu). Order online or by calling 650–304–3840.
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