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Austin’s Best Holiday Dining and Drinks 

Resplendent has put together our favorite places to eat and drink this holiday season. Austin is full of Christmas themed activations to attend around the holidays, and this guide is the perfect tour to use while celebrating the most jolly season of the year.


Resplendent has put together our favorite places to eat and drink this holiday season. Austin is full of Christmas-themed activations to attend around the holidays, and this guide is the perfect tour to use while celebrating the jolliest season of the year.

J-Prime Steakhouse

The steakhouse newcomer is offering a Christmas Eve pre-fixed menu for $129 per guest, available from 3 p.m. to close on December 24. This specialty holiday menu features an amuse bouche as well as the choice of appetizer, soup or salad, entree, sides and dessert (including J-Prime’s showstopper of a decadent chocolate mousse cake). Reservations can be made online, and the holiday menu is available here.

Cork & Barrel

From December 18-23, guests can enjoy a Christmas Chef’s Special at Cork & Barrel in Round Rock. This dine-in specialty meal features house-made items such as ham, mashed potatoes and giblet gravy, stuffing, cranberry sauce, sauteed green beans, dinner rolls and butter; dessert options include apple cranberry pie and pecan pie. Reservations can be made online or by phone at 512-582-0155.

CARVE American Grille

Celebrate Christmas Eve at CARVE American Grille with a three-course prix fixe menu available from 11 a.m. to close on December 24. The prix fixe menu includes a soup or salad, the choice of an entree and the choice of a dessert; starters and sides for two are also available but not included in the prix fixe price. The menu is $65 per person for reservations before 5:30 p.m. and $75 per person for reservations after 5:45 p.m. and does not include tax and gratuity. The Christmas Eve menu is available here; reservations are limited and can be made online.

Laila Bazham 
Nochebuena at Barlata 

Chef Laila Bazahm, formerly of Eberly, is popping up at Barlata for Nochebuena, a Spanish Christmas Eve dinner. Nochebuena, meaning “Good Night,” is common in Latin America and the Philippines, two places Chef Bazham holds near and dear to her heart. Chef Bazham curates the menu with creative intent and likes to take the guests through an experience as they eat. The seven-course menu consists of dishes such as dry-aged beef tartare with cured yolk, Dijon emulsion, truffled churros, and parmesan, and Braised short rib with cap i pota emulsion, broccolini, charred carrots and a Fino reduction, with other dishes to compliment and complete the tasting menu. Reservations can be made through Tock. Dinner will go from 5-10 p.m. 

Miracle on 5th 

The Eleanor is happy to host its 6th annual Christmas-themed activation, Miracle on 5th Street, this holiday season. Perfect for a date night or night out on the town with friends, family, or coworkers, this Christmas extravaganza will surely put you in the spirit for all things holly and jolly. The menu of holiday-inspired cocktails ranges from favorites like the Christmapolitain with Grey Goose Vodka, St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur, Noilly Prat Extra Dry Vermouth, Spiced Cranberry Sauce, Rosemary, Lime, and Absinthe Mist to the Jingle Balls Nog with St-Rémy Signature Brandy, Lustau East India Cream Sherry, Almond Milk, Cream, Egg, Vanilla, and Nutmeg. Be sure to get your picture taken on Santa’s throne and take in all of the Christmas wonder that is Miracle on 5th! Tickets are available for purchase here

Donn’s Depot 

The year-round Christmas themed bar amps it up during the holiday season with more decor and Christmas cheer than the remaining months of the year. Dons Depot has been a part of the Austin community and music scene for decades and continues to bring joy to old and newcomers alike. Gather around the piano and strap on your dancing shoes while you dance along to Christmas anthems while you sip on a holiday-inspired cocktail available during the holiday season. All of the regulars are still available along with merch and non-alcoholic beverages as well. 

Mozart’s Coffee Roasters 

One of Austin’s most beloved coffee shops on the water is one of the best places to celebrate the holidays. Mozart’s Coffee Roasters is home to a Christmas Light Show that will be sure to blow you and your loved ones out of the water. Converting from the usual coffee shop that is usually there the remaining months of the year, Mozart’s turns into a viewing place for one of the best light shows on the water that Austin has. Tickets are available online with different viewing options available per preference.

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