Christmas food and place setting on a table in front of a Christmas tree.

You’ve done the shopping, trimmed the tree, planned the parties, and premade the ‘nog. The last thing you want is to make a huge dinner for your family and friends. The good news is you don’t have to! There are options in the San Fernando Valley for delicious food on Christmas day that you don’t have to make.

Keep in mind you may need reservations, so definitely call these restaurants ahead of time.

Saddle Peak Lodge (Malibu Canyon)

Treat yourself to a four-course meal for Christmas dinner (4 – 9 pm) or spend Christmas Eve enjoying favorites from their regular menu (12 – 8 pm). Adults and children’s are welcome.

Claim Jumper Restaurant & Saloon (Northridge)

For a more casual vibe, try Claim Jumper’s Christmas Dinner Buffet (4 – 9 pm). The Northridge in SFV location is one of seven locations where they offer the Christmas buffet.

Odyssey (Granada Hills)

Enjoy brunch? Then you’ll love the Christmas Day Champagne Buffet at Odyssey (10 am – 5 pm). The restaurant is known for having its own farm where they grow “hand-picked vegetables, fruits, and herbs” for their cuisine. Reserve your table online.

Norms (various locations)

Sometimes you just want traditional American cuisine – diner food! For the no-frills types, Norms is open 24/7, has great prices, and serves breakfast all day. What more can you ask for? Norm Roybark, who opened his first diner in 1949, had a motto: “great food, great service, and great value.” That still stands true today.


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