Dining Guide: Christmas 2013 in Las Vegas

Chef Rick Moonen cozies up to some seafood at Mandalay Bay.
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If you’re like us, chances are the last thing you want to think about on Christmas Day is cooking. Focus on family—and presents—and dine out at any of these Las Vegas restaurants offering up mouth-watering holiday selections.

Central Michel Richard at Caesars Palace Central’s prix-fixe menu is loaded with variety, with selections like lobster bisque soup and ahi tuna carpaccio and a main course of prime rib, red snapper or roasted duck. End your holiday dinner with a snowman vacherin made of vanilla ice cream with a marzipan scarf. December 25, $49, 650-5921.

Comme Ça at Cosmopolitan Whether you dine out on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, Comme Ca’s three-course prix-fixe dinner is served family style with soup of wild pheasant, roasted prime rib, chestnut agnolotti, Brussels sprouts with pineapple smoked ham en croute and a spice holiday tarte tatin for dessert. December 24 & 25, 5-11 p.m., $52, $75 with wine pairing, (877) 893-2003.

RM Seafood at Mandalay Bay You’d probably expect an array of crab and lobster for Christmas at Mandalay Bay’s signature fish house, but RM switches things up with a holiday entree of muscovy duck breast, crispy leg confit, sweet potato gnocchi and shaved Brussels sprouts. 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m., $45, 632-9000.

Emeril's New Orleans Fish House at MGM Grand Emeril’s Christmas Day feast features selections like a blood orange and Belgium endive salad with toasted hazelnuts and Chimay ale-washed brie, barbecued salmon or pepper seared beef tenderloin and a chocolate roulade to cap it all off. December 25, noon-9 p.m., $85, 891-7374.

Morels French Steakhouse at the Palazzo Do Christmas right with roasted kuri squash and lobster bisque to start before moving onto an 8-ounce filet mignon and whole Maine lobster with wild mushroom risotto and asparagus. Still have room? Indulge in a warm winter apple tart or vanilla bean and dark rum ice cream with caramel sauce. 8-9:30 p.m., $75, 607-6333.

Hofbräuhaus The German beer house offers a holiday menu for Christmas Eve and Day full of traditional options like split pea soup with frankfurter sausage ($5.99), breaded and fried brie cheese ($13.99) and holiday bread pudding ($9.99). Dine in on December 24 for a main course of a half roasted duck ($24.99), or on the 25th for a roasted Christmas tower with roasted duck, roasted pork and veal bratwurst ($27.99). December 24 & 25, 11 a.m.-11 p.m., 853-2337.

Rí Rá at Mandalay Place The Irish pub serves up traditional favorites like roasted turkey and gravy with sage and onion stuffing, roasted potatoes and Brussels sprouts or sweet ham with a orange juice, clove and honey glaze, cranberry and pecan stuffing, mashed potatoes and Jameson honey-glazed carrots. 8 a.m.-3 a.m., $18.95, 632-7771.

Terra Rossa at Red Rock Resort Station Casinos' quiet Italian restaurant is offering specialty dishes from chef Luigi Iannuario including lobster and mango salad with fennel and agrumato, lemon risotto with gratin langoustines, and a thyme-and-butter-roasted rack of lamb with root veggies and potatoes. 4:30-10 p.m., 797-7777.

Poppy Den at Tivoli Village Chef Angelo Sosa's Christmas-to-Go package is available for pick- up on December 24 until 5 p.m. The holiday meal for two features one whole Peking duck with sides of Asian scallion pancakes, lup chow lo mein, fried rice and two Mason jars filled with the chef’s signature miso toffee tiramisu. $59, 802-2480. Meal also offered on Christmas Eve in the restaurant for $29 per person.

Pinot Brasserie at Venetian Highlights from the French brasserie's multi-course holiday menu include chestnut soup with shaved winter black truffle, spiny lobster tail with flash pickled beech mushrooms and nage jus, and filet mignon with chanterelle mushroom and potato hash. December 24 & 25, 5-9 p.m., 414-8888. $60 for 3 courses; $70 for 4 courses; $19 for children 12 and under.

Waverly’s Steakhouse at the Cannery Christmas dinner at Waverly's includes a cranberry and apple stuffed pork loin with port wine sauce with glazed rainbow baby carrots and pumpkin risotto, plus a surprise holiday dessert for $22.99. 5-9 p.m., 507-5700

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