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Leatherby’s Nutcracker Menu – Dessert, Bûche de Noël, through Dec. 23rd

Christmas Eve Dining at South Coast Plaza

Many of South Coast Plaza’s fine dining restaurants will serve late Christmas Eve. Only Morton’s The Steakhouse will open Christmas Day.
Consider restaurant gift cards for holiday gifting. A list of restaurants that offer incentives to those who buy gift cards follows.
The classic French Bûche de Noël – the perfect dessert for your holiday table – can be purchased at the two Champagne French Bakery Cafes.

AnQi by House of An 

December 24, 2019 – Christmas Eve Day 11:30 a.m. to last seating at 8:15 p.m.; closed Christmas Day 

Spend Christmas Eve with friends and family dining on AnQi’s innovative California Vietnamese cuisine. A special Christmas menu will be offered along with carolers. Please inquire within.

Menu specials and à la carte prices vary per selection (exclusive of tax and gratuity)



The Capital Grille 

December 24, 2019 from 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. – Christmas Eve Dining; closed Christmas Day

Enjoy The Capital Grille’s full à la carte menu. Dry aged steaks, an award-winning wine list and professional service are sure to impress.

À la carte prices vary per selection (exclusive of tax and gratuity)



Darya Fine Persian Cuisine 

December 24, 2019 from 11:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m. – Christmas Eve Dining; closed Christmas Day

Darya will be serving its full à la carte menu. The deliciously spiced Persian menu features chicken, seafood, beef, lamb, combination platters and vegetarian plates.

À la carte prices vary per selection (exclusive of tax and gratuity)



Leatherby’s Cafe Rouge 

Now through December 23, 2019; closed Christmas Eve and Day

Before taking in the magic of the American Ballet Theatre’s The Nutcracker, join Leatherby’s for an exclusive three-course dinner experience.  Enjoy a starter of roasted beets & apples with candied walnuts; followed by pork loin with cranberry-orange chutney and sweet and spicy pork sausage. For dessert, enjoy Buche de Noel with cranberry sorbet & chocolate “snow”. Reservations recommended.

$ per adult; per child, 10 years and under (exclusive of tax and gratuity)



Morton’s The Steakhouse 

December 24, 2019 from 11:30 a.m. – 9 p.m. – Christmas Eve Dinner

December 25, 2018 from noon – 9 p.m. – Christmas Day Dinner

Spend Christmas Eve or Christmas Day enjoying a memorable repast with family and friends with selections from Morton’s full dinner à la carte menu. Specials include Steak & Lobster – 8 oz. filet mignon & 1 ¼ lb. lobster topped with lobster butter sauce & savory puffed pastry and Cote de Boeuf – 36oz. USDA Prime Ribeye brushed with garlic-herb butter. Available now through December 30 & 31, 2019, respectively.

$59 Steak & Lobster; À la carte prices vary per selection (exclusive of tax and gratuity)

For reservations please call 714.444.4834


Royal Khyber Fine Indian Cuisine

December 24, 2019 lunch from 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.; dinner from 5:30-9:30 p.m. – Christmas Eve Day; closed Christmas Day

This holiday enjoy Royal Khyber’s à la carte menu featuring authentic Indian cuisine using the finest Indian seasonings and spices. Vegetarian options are available as well.

À la carte prices vary per selection (exclusive of tax and gratuity)



Seasons 52

December 24, 2019 from 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. – Christmas Eve Dining; closed Christmas Day

Seasons 52’s seasonally inspired dishes feature fresh ingredients, healthful recipes with nutritional information transparency and an ever-changing selection of global wines and handcrafted cocktails. The full à la carte menu will be available for lunch and dinner.

À la carte prices vary per selection (exclusive of tax and gratuity)



Water Grill

December 24, 2019 from 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. – Christmas Eve Dinning;  closed Christmas Day

Treat the whole family to a Christmas Eve dinner. The full à la carte lunch and dinner menu featuring a raw seafood bar, elegant shellfish platters, wood-grilled fish, live lobster, charcoal grilled meats, craft cocktails and an award-winning wine list, will be available all day.



South Coast Plaza Holiday Gift Card Promotions



Antonello Ristorante & Quattro Caffe 

Now thru December 24, 2019 receive  a $20 gift certificate, good, January 1-September 30, 2020, for every $100 you spend on Antonello Specialty Restaurant Group gift cards. Gift cards are available for purchase at both Antonello Ristorante and Quattro Caffe.



The Capital Grille

Purchase $500 or more in gift cards and receive an exclusive Capital Grille knife set plus an additional gift card for 10% of your purchase. In addition to the above incentives, cards with a value of $1,000 or more will be presented in an elegant leather box with stainless steel reloadable gift card.



Corner Bakery Cafe

Buy a $25 gift card or large cinnamon crème cake and get a $5 bonus card free. Bonus cards are valid January 1-31, 2020.

Corner Bakery Café, Bloomingdale’s Wing 714.966.2404

Corner Bakery Cafe, South Coast Plaza Village 714.546.1555


Lawry’s Carvery

For every $125 you spend on Lawry’s Gift Cards through Dec. 31, 2019 you will receive a complimentary bonus card worth $25. Gift cards are valid at any Lawry’s Restaurant.

Bonus Cards Valid for use January 2 – March 31, 2020, excluding Restaurant Week, Valentine’s Day and St. Patrick’s Day. Maximum Two $25 bonus cards redeemable per table.



Leatherby’s Cafe Rouge

For every $100 spent on digital gift cards, Leatherby’s will issue the purchaser an additional $30 bonus e-card. Gift cards must be purchased by December 31, 2019 to be eligible to receive the promotional $20 bonus card. The bonus cards are redeemable January 2-March 31, 2020 (except on February 14, 2020) and cannot be combined with any other offer, promotion or discount and additional restrictions apply.



Morton’s The Steakhouse

For every $250 in gift cards you buy during the holidays, receive a $50 reward card to be used in the new year. Offer valid through December 24, 2019. Rewards cards are valid January 1 – May 31, 2020 (excluding Mother’s Day and Valentine’s Day). Not valid on gift card purchases $500 or more. Additional terms and conditions may apply.



Nékter Juice Bar

For a limited time, get a free $20, $10, or $5 Bonus Card when you purchase a $100, $50, or $25 gift card, respectively. Bonus Cards valid within one year from date of purchase.



Ruby’s Diner

Purchase a $50 gift card and receive a $10 promo card. Bonus cards are valid January 1 through February 28, 2020. Terms and conditions may apply.



Seasons 52

Buy $100 in gift cards through December 31, 2019 and get a $20 bonus card to enjoy in the New Year. Bonus cards are valid January 1 through March 31, 2020. Other terms and restrictions may apply.




With every purchase of at least $100 in gift cards you will receive an additional 25% added-on to the card purchased or on to a separate card, your choice, and it can be used in the dining room or bar and does not expire. The gift card promotion runs through December 31, 2019.



Wahoo’s Fish Taco

Purchase $30 in gift cards and receive an additional $10 in gift coupons at Wahoo’s.



Claim Jumper

For every $50 in gift cards you buy during the holidays, you will receive a $10 reward card. Rewards cards are valid January 1- May 31, 2020, excluding Mother’s Day or Valentine’s Day. Not valid on gift card purchases $500 or more. Additional terms and conditions may apply.



Maggiano’s Little Italy

For every $100 in gift cards purchased, receive a $20 holiday bonus card. Bonus cards can be redeemed from January 1 – February 29, 2020, dine-in only. Additional terms and conditions apply.



Seasonal Baked Goods and Treats



Boudin/SF has seasonal menu selections including Holiday Iced Sugar Cookies ($2.79 each or $7.29 per 3 pack); seasonal “Oh My Pot Pie Stew” and “Beef Stew I Love You”; whimsical sourdough bread pull-apart Christmas Tree dinner rolls; sweet cinnamon delight bread; new sourdough Santa; new take & bake bread and rolls. Pre-ordering is recommended.



Champagne French Bakery Cafe 

Champagne French Bakery Cafe has delicious chocolate ganache Bûche de Noël cakes served whole for $44.99 or as slices on a tray. Seasonal cookies are also available. Order ahead.

714.429.1502, South Coast Plaza

714.427.0808, Garden Terrace


Godiva Chocolatier 

Give your loved ones the gift of chocolate with Godiva’s seasonal limited-edition treats. Holiday gifts include new Bundt cake chocolates in white chocolate cinnamon pecan, milk chocolate almond, and dark chocolate orange flavors; chocolate filled star ornaments, dark chocolate cranberry and Christmas cookie truffles, Santa shaped G-cube boxes; chocolate cherry cordials; Hanukkah gold coins; dark chocolate peppermint hot cocoa; milk chocolate peppermint bars; Hanukkah Ribbon adorned gift towers and festive Christmas holiday boxes. Prices vary per selection.



Harry & David

Choose from a wide array of beautiful gift towers and baskets filled with delectable meats, cheeses, grill sauces and rubs, bakery treats, fresh fruit, indulgent sweets and assorted seasonal goodies including holiday truffles, raspberry-filled tree-cutout shortbread cookies, Moose Munch holiday popcorn, holiday chocolate-covered grahams, peppermint bark, mini mints, salted caramels, nutcracker nut towers and more. Custom-made baskets are also available. Items priced per selection.



Ruby’s Diner

Satisfy your sweet craving with Ruby’s shake of the month: the peppermint Oreo shake. Ruby’s famous vanilla soft serve is blended with chunks of Oreo cookie and peppermint, topped with whipped cream, crushed peppermint candy, and a cherry. Available through January 5, 2020.




Seasonal treats include peppermint bark white chocolate popcorn; Santa’s Cookies – dipped in white chocolate, then sprinkled with superfine sugar for a sweet touch of holiday magic; Snowman Gummies – strawberry-flavored in festive red and white hues; Reindeer Treats – crunchy milk chocolates with popping candy; English Toffee Caramels; Candy Cane Caramels – dipped in dark & white chocolate; Gingerbread Cookie Bites – white chocolate infused with cinnamon & spice; Fuji Apple Caramels; Champagne Bears and FAO Schwarz Merry Berries. The goodies come pre-packaged in individual cubes with the option to create your own mixed flavor “Happy Holiday” or “Happy Hanukkah” bento box.  Prices vary per selection.



See’s Candies

Pick up some of your favorite See’s holiday goodies and stocking stuffers. Limited-time treats include Victoria Toffee; New Extra Fancy Mixed Salted Nuts; White Mint Truffles, keepsake Santa Ornament two individually wrapped Scotchmallow® Trees; Christmas Lollypops; Peanut Butter Treats decorated with a candy Santa Claus; Dark Chocolate Butter Treats decorated with a Christmas tree candy; New Dark Chocolate Santa’s; Mint Cream and Cinnamon Lollypops; Peppermint Candy Canes; Sugar Free Christmas Milk Bars; Milk & Dark Chocolate Balls; Strawberry Medallions made with real strawberry; Red Licorice Medallions; Egg Nog Truffles; Sour Stars; chocolate coated fluffy honey marshmallow Marshmints and more. Festive boxes with beautiful holiday ribbons are also available for pick up or customization.

See’s Candies, Carousel Court 714.850.1529

See’s Candies, Macy’s Home Store Wing 714.557.5948

Metro Events

Upcoming Shows at Segerstrom Center for the Arts

There are benefits to living and working in South Coast Metro. Special ticket prices for Orchestra seating are available for the following shows:
Escape to Margaritaville on Friday, February 7, 2020 at 7:30 pm
Special Ticket Price: $85.79
Welcome to Margaritaville, where people come to get away from it all—and stay to find something they never expected. With a book by Emmy Award® winner Greg Garcia (My Name is Earl, Raising Hope) and Emmy Award® nominee Mike O’Malley (Survivors Remorse, Shameless) ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVILLE is the musical comedy featuring both original songs and your most-loved Jimmy Buffett classics, including “Fins,” “Volcano,” “Cheeseburger in Paradise” and many more.
For more information and ticket purchases, contact Diane Pritchett: 714.435.2109 or

Free Event on the Argyros Plaza for December

Enjoy holiday tunes from Southern California singer-songwriter Jonathan Walsh.
  • Friday, December 19 at 5:45 pm
  • Saturday, December 21 at 5:45 pm
Head to Argyros Plaza with friends and family for a fun-filled holiday sing-along led by Pacific Chorale!
  • Sunday, December 22 at 4:00 pm
Enjoy free family-friendly activities, live performances from local groups, and a special appearance from Los Reyes Magos (the Three Kings) in celebration of this rich cultural tradition which commemorates the arrival of the Three Wise Men: Melchior, Caspar and Balthazar!
  • Sunday, January 5, 2020 at 1:00 pm

Restaurant News

Best Thing I Ate: Critic Brad A. Johnson’s 20 Best Dishes of 2019

South Coast Metro Restaurants Knife Pleat and Hana re were among the top 5:
Unagi and Foire Gras at Hana re
Au revoir, foie gras! Gone but not forgotten, we’ll always have memories of chef Atsushi Yokoyama’s masterful pairing of foie gras and roasted eel.
The Lab, 2930 Bristol St., Costa Mes, 714.545.2800,
Louis XV Cake at Knife Pleat
Every single one of pastry chef Germain Biotteau’s desserts at Knife Pleat is extraordinary but none more so than this chocolate hazelnut cake.
South Coast Plaza, 3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 714.266.3388,
From the Orange County Register

SOCO Speakeasy: The Guild Club

Sneak a peek inside the SOCO speakeasy-style Guild Club, where proprietors Noah and Marín Von Blöm offer made-from-scratch cocktails and serve them up with tasty gourmet bites.

From I Heart Costa Mesa

Join Silver Trumpet for a Special Holiday Dining Experience

December 24 & 25, 2019

New Year’s Eve | Decemeber 31, 2019
Join Antonello Ristorante as they ring in the new year! They will have live music, decorations, party favors and a complimentary midnight prosecco toast! Make your reservations by calling 714.751.7153. Antonello Ristorante is looking forward to seeing you!
Gift Card Promotion
Between Now through December 24th, receive 20% back on Antonello Specialty Restaurant Group gift card purchases for every $100 spent! Gift cards are available for purchase at both Antonello Ristorante and Quattro Caffe.


Next Food Truck Wednesday:

  • January 8, 2020 : Adobo Express Truck & Fiesta Gourmet
  • January 15, 2020 : Salt N Pepper Truck & Burning Buns

Retail News

Holidays at South Coast Plaza

Keep up-to-date with South Coast Plaza’s holiday hours, seasonal boutiques, when and where to get your Santa photos and other fun activities around the center.






The Ultimate Guide to South Coast Metro

Everything you need to know about Orange County’s Urban Center can be found in The Ultimate Guide to South Coast Metro. The guide focuses on South Coast Metro’s comprehensive array of amenities to serve businesses, residents and visitors. This unique blend of premier office and residential environments, hotels, performing arts, unsurpassed shopping, and over 100 restaurants is what makes South Coast Metro the preferred address for those who want a vibrant mix of commerce and culture.

South Coast Metro Preferred

Our latest insert published in Orange Coast Magazine focuses on South Coast Metro’s comprehensive array of amenities to serve businesses, residents and visitors. This unique blend of premier office and residential environments, restaurants, hotels, performing arts and unsurpassed shopping is what makes South Coast Metro Orange County’s Urban Center.

South Coast Plaza Gift Certificates make the perfect gift for the holidays! South Coast Plaza Gift Certificates are available in any denomination up to $5,000 and honored at more than 250 stores and restaurants at South Coast Plaza, Segerstrom Center for the Arts, South Coast Repertory and The Westin South Coast Plaza. For more information, contact Diane Pritchett at 714.435.2109 or

Check out the South Coast Metro 360!

The glossy, full-color magazine that covers Orange County’s  cultural, culinary and commercial center. Visit our website at or call Diane Pritchett  for a hard copy of the 2017/2018 issue: 714.435.2109