Houston Restaurants Offering Christmas Dinner To Go for 2023 — Updated

It’s hard to believe Christmas is already almost here. That also means that time is running out to order top-notch options from Houston restaurants for your holiday dining at home. Below you’ll find everything from à la carte mains, sides and desserts to full-blown feasts that can serve a dozen people. Some deadlines happen as early as today, so don’t delay in placing your order.

Restaurant owners who would like to propose adding their business to this list may email us through December 20. Our dining lists are an unpaid service to the community and only a limited number of restaurants can be included.

East Houston

Houston Food Bank catering holiday meal
Support the Houston Food Bank’s mission by ordering Christmas dinner from its catering service. Courtesy photo.

535 Catering by Houston Food Bank, 535 Portwall: Did you know that Houston’s largest food bank also has a catering division? Most importantly, orders from this service help support the food bank’s mission of feeding Houstonians in need. For Christmas, 535 Catering is offering a Holiday Family Feast starting at $175 and a smaller Holiday Family Pack starting at $105, as well as a build-your-own holiday meal option. For the family meals, the main course options are turkey breast, ham or brisket. Side choices include Balsamic Brussels Sprouts with Bacon, glazed baby carrots and latkes, just to name a few, and there’s a selection of cobblers and pies for dessert. Go online to view all the selections. The deadline to order is December 20 at 2 p.m. Pickup must be by 2 p.m. on December 23. 

Galleria

prime rib dinner Houstonian
Set your Christmas table with a prime rib dinner from The Houstonian. Courtesy photo.

The Houstonian, 111 North Post Oak: The amenities of this divine hotel and resort include onsite restaurant TRIBUTE and floral shop Sage ’n‘ Bloom. That means for Christmas, it’s something of a one-stop shop, offering a chef-crafted feast for four and a fresh floral centerpiece. The meal includes prime rib of beef au jus with horseradish on the side, au gratin potatoes, jumbo asparagus, haricot vert, heirloom baby carrots and four honey butter yeast rolls. Dessert is a beautiful Bûche de Noël (yule log) made of spice cake with white chocolate mousse and apple compote. The Christmas meal package is $335 ($325 if you happen to be a member of The Houstonian Club) plus tax and 20% service charge. The centerpiece by onsite florist Sage ’n’ Bloom is approximately 16 inches long, 8 inches wide, 8 inches tall and costs $150. The order deadline is Tuesday, December 19. Go online for details.

URBE, 1101 Uptown Park: Tracy Vaught and chef Hugo Ortega’s restaurant celebrating Mexican street food is offering traditional celebratory food in quantity. This includes tamales by the dozen, in selections such as brisket, pork with adobo and mushroom; enchiladas, including chicken and vegetable varieties; and posole and campechana by the quart. Side dish options in medium- and large-sized pans include papas bravas and Mexican street corn, and the dessert choices include flan de queso and rosca de reyes, a brioche-like king cake traditionally eaten on January 6. Go online to place your order. The last day to do so is Thursday, December 21, and pickups are on Sunday, December 24. 

Caracol, 2200 Post Oak: Like Backstreet Cafe, the H-Town Restaurant Group’s coastal Mexican restaurant offers a couple’s feast, featuring grilled tenderloin or rack of lamb, three sides and a dessert. There is a difference in side options, such as achiote-roasted baby carrots and jalapeño cornbread. Customers going the à la carte route have options including whole grilled quails, 48-ounce oven-roasted prime rib, 32-ounce grilled tenderloin and two whole grilled racks of lamb. Sweets to end the meal include tres leches (vanilla and chocolate), flan de horchata, arroz con leche and capirotada (Mexican-style bread pudding). Go online to check out the menu and order. Added 12/19/23, 4:17 p.m.

Heights/Washington Avenue/Timbergrove

The Contender, a three to four-pound smoked beef shank at Pizzitola's. Photo by Tim Taylor.
The Contender, a three to four-pound smoked beef shank at Pizzitola’s. Photo by Tim Taylor.

Pizzitola’s, 1703 Shepherd: This venerable restaurant which recently revitalized its menu with modern Texas barbecue is offering smoked beef tenderloin ($45 a pound; average weight 5 pounds), pork loin ($15 per pound; average weight 8 pounds), whole turkey ($89.95, total; average raw weight 15 pounds) and bone-in ham ($10.95 per pound; average weight 7 pounds) for Christmas to-go orders. In addition, you can set your table with quite the conversation piece: The Contender, a bone-in, smoked beef shank that weighs 3 ½ to 4 pounds and costs $69.95. Round out the meal with numerous side dishes. The Smoked 4-Cheese Mac and Cheese and Smoked Cabbage with Bacon and Sausage are among our favorites. View the bulk to-go menu online. It’s important to order in advance, and you can do so by calling (713) 227-2283. 

Photo of beef tenderloin with bottles of wine
Rainbow Lodge’s beef tenderloin will be the talk of the table. Courtesy photo.

Rainbow Lodge, 2011 Ella: This enduring restaurant’s hearty meats and side dishes make for a holiday table worth talking about. The entrée choices include a 44 Farms beef tenderloin, bison tenderloin, whole grilled Texas quail (two per order) and whole roasted duck (serves two). Side dishes are $16 each and include French green beans with shallots, buttery mashed potatoes and roasted Brussels sprouts with garlic and Calabrian chiles, just to name a few. (We highly recommend also getting a quart of the Smoked Duck and Andouille Gumbo.) The dessert options are a half-pan of croissant bread pudding with whiskey sauce that serves 12 and chocolate bourbon pecan pie, which serves six. Go online to view the entire holiday to-go menu. To order, call (713) 861-8666 call no later than December 22 for Christmas Eve pickup, as 48 hours’ notice is required.

Montrose

Rack of lamb for two at Backstreet Cafe
Rack of lamb for two at Backstreet Cafe. Courtesy photo.

Backstreet Cafe, 1103 South Shepherd: Set your table with an upscale feast for two from this long-running Houston restaurant. The Couple’s Feast has entrée choices of grilled tenderloin or rack of lamb, three different side dishes and a dessert. Alternately, put together your own Christmas dinner for a crowd from the numerous main courses, appetizers, sides and desserts. Meat selections include Whole Apricot & Mustard-Glazed Spiral Ham, a 32-ounce Prime grilled tenderloin and grilled domestic rack of lamb. There are wild mushroom and lobster chowder soups that serve four to six, sides such as Loaded Cauliflower and Curried Carrots that come in either 9″ x 7″ or 11″ x 9″ pans and desserts that include Eggnog Cheesecake and Backstreet Fruitcake. Go online to view the full selection and to order. 

Cuchara, 214 Fairview: This Mexico City-inspired restaurant is offering a Christmas meal of bacalao (salted cod) with romeritos (a type of Mexican green) in dark mole, tortillas and bread alongside for $32. In addition, there’s an array of tamales and pozoles, which make for a great Christmas morning or afternoon. The tamale offerings are chicken cooked in green salsa, chicken and mole, pepper and cheese, sweet pink corn and dark chocolate. The cost is $32 a dozen. For pozole, select green with chicken or red with pork. The 32-ounce containers cost $16 each. Order by calling (713) 942-0000, and please note that a 24-hour notice is required. 

Strawberry cronut at Cucharita
Strawberry cronut at Cucharita. Photo by Danielle Lomeli.

Cucharita, 315 Fairview: Just down the street from parent restaurant Cuchara, this Mexican breakfast and brunch spot has sweet or savory empanadas to go. On the savory side, the empanadas come filled with chicken with mole, beef picadillo or chicken tinga in either red or green sauce. Cucharita’s holiday bread made with dried fruit serves eight and costs $30, and bolillos are $2 each. There are additionally cakes as well as several types of sweet breads. A 24-hour notice is required. Call (713) 304-4744 to place your order. 

Hugo’s, 1600 Westheimer: Chef Hugo Ortega’s namesake restaurant, which serves authentic regional Mexican cuisine, is offering a Couple’s Feast with grilled tenderloin or rack of lamb as entrée options. The sides include Tamal Azteca Tortilla Casserole, Red Bliss Papas Bravas and Savory Quelites (wild greens) Bread Pudding. If you’re looking to build your own dinner, à la carte entrées include pineapple and habanero whole spiral ham, a 48-ounce New York strip, 32-ounce grilled tenderloin or two whole grilled racks of lamb. Dessert options at Hugo’s include tres leches, flan de queso, arroz con leche, capirotada (Mexican-style bread pudding) and an apple and pecan tart. To order, go to the Hugo’s webpage. Added 12/19/23, 4:17 p.m.

Upper Kirby

Verandah Progressive Indian Restaurant, 3300 Kirby: This restaurant is offering the same menu available for dine-in as a to-go option. For Christmas Eve, chef Sunil Srivastava has created a menu that reflects what a meal in Bethlehem might actually have been like. (Hint: it likely would not have featured a roasted goose.) Verandah’s three-course menu includes appetizer choices such as Roast Pumpkin Salad with sweet potato, spinach, pomegranate and goat cheese or honey and Mustard-Glazed Fish with Capers. The main course selections include Pan-Seared Duck with Spiced Orange Cranberry Sauce, Tandoori Quails with Mango Chutney and Rollatini Of Paneer with Smoked Tomato Coulis. The desserts include Sweet Rice with Nuts and Raisins. To-go orders of the Christmas eve meal are available $125 for two plus tax. Take-home orders must be reserved by end-of-day on Thursday, December 21; call (281) 501-0258 to make arrangements. 

Multiple Locations

Whiskey Cake, multiple locations: This Texas-based chain with a country vibe and locations in Katy, Stafford and The Woodlands has a holiday meal kit that can serve from four to six people. It costs $195 and includes prime rib with smoked garlic au jus and horseradish, Herb-Roasted Baby Potatoes & Mushrooms, White Bean Ragout, Farm Salad With White Balsamic Vinaigrette and eight Milk Bun Rolls with whipped sorghum butter. You can add more sides to the meal, too: Smoked Gouda Mac & Cheese, Garlic & Parmesan Creamed Brussels Sprouts and Maple Glazed Baby Roasted Carrots with Candied Pepitas. Add a whole Whiskey Cake for $68 or half-cake for $35. Pick-ups are available Friday, December 22 through Sunday, December 24, and Friday is also the deadline to order in time for Christmas Eve, as 48-hour notice is required. Go online for full details and to order. 

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