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Greer's OC: Guide to dining out for Christmas

December 22, 2011|By Greer Wylder

Now that Christmas Eve has become a popular night to dine out, it's easy to find great restaurants open for dinner — but not so much on Christmas Day or evening. But we found four, with different price points, including Royal Khyber, which is one of our favorites.

In Laguna Beach, Las Brisas will be serving their popular four-course Mexican Riviera brunch from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., which includes complimentary champagne, freshly baked Mexican pastries, and choice of coffee or tea.

Entrée choices include sand dabs Puerto Nuevo, pasta con camarones and filete de res con huevos. The cost is $36 for adults, and $18 for children younger than 12. The dinner menu with prime rib and fresh fish specials will be served from 4:30 to 10 p.m.

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Las Brisas is at 361 Cliff Drive. For more information, call (949)497-5434, or visit http://www.lasbrisaslagunabeach.com.

Pinot Provence in Costa Mesa is serving a French-inspired holiday dinner with a three- or four-course prix fixe menu. Entrée selections include ocean-water poached Atlantic salmon, Yukon potato cremieux, pickled English cucumber, rye crumble, black olive oil and crispy pork belly, foie gras torchon, picked vegetables, toasted baguette and petite cilantro.

The cost is $70 per person for three courses; or $80 for four courses. The cost is $19.95 for children younger than 12. Dinner service starts at 5 p.m., and a la carte brunch menu is available from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Pinot Provence is at the Westin South Coast Plaza, 686 Anton Blvd. For more information, call (714) 444-5900, or visit http://www.patinagroup.com.

Royal Khyber Fine Indian Cuisine is offering a holiday brunch, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., with Indian classics like salads, appetizers, and specialties of tandoori chicken, leg of lamb, vegetarian, fish malabar, Basmati rice pilaf and tandoori breads, plus dessert specialties and fruits. It costs $21.95 per person, and an additional $4.95 for champagne. An a la carte menu will be available for dinner from 5 to 9:30 p.m.

Royal Khyber is at 1621 W. Sunflower Ave., in South Coast Plaza Village, Santa Ana. For more information, call ( 714) 436-1010, or visit http://www.royalkhyber.com.

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