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December 22, 2011
Christmas Eve dining options around Sacramento

After managing the masses at the mall and stringing oodles of holiday lights, leaving the cooking to someone else on Christmas Eve couldn't be a better gift. A variety of Sacramento restaurants will be ready to serve with special holiday menus and extended hours in some cases.

But, if you want to get a table at some of the area's fine dining establishments, better book a table soon. The Firehouse in Old Sacramento, which is offering a chef's tasting menu along with its regular offerings, will be open until 10 p.m. on Christmas Eve but is close to sold out. The remaining reservations start at 8:15.

At Sienna restaurant in El Dorado Hills, its Christmas Eve reservations are completely booked but still taking names for a waiting list. In Roseville, diners who want to sample La Provence's "menu de noel," a prix fix menu for $45 and $12 for children 10 and under, should prepare to eat on the earlier end. Just a few reservations are currently available at 4 p.m. and 4:15.

For those craving sushi this Christmas Eve, Mikuni Japanese Restaurant & Sushi Bar locations around the Sacramento area will be open until 9 p.m., and look for party platters at a discounted price of $50. If you've got a late night hankering for hamachi, Tamaya Sushi on 22 and J streets will be open until midnight on Christmas Eve. The Japanese eatery will also serve on Christmas Day until 10 p.m.

Other restaurants will outright be closed on Christmas Eve, including The Kitchen and its sister restaurant, Ella Dining Room & Bar. Same goes for such midtown dining destinations as Mulvaney's B&L, which will take a holiday break from Dec. 24 through Dec. 28, and The Waterboy.

Instead, your Christmas Eve dining options also include Grange, which will serve brunch from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and dinner service from 5:30 p.m. until 9 p.m. Many reservations at Grange are still open. For some Mexican flavor and perhaps a festive margarita, Zocalo restaurant in midtown will be open until 10 p.m.

Happy eating, and ho ho ho!

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