Written By Guest Writer Edibles / Holidays Dec 20, 2011 Where to Dine Out on Christmas Day SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter PinterestOnly a few restaurants in Chinatown are open Christmas DayNo matter your religious affiliation, the holidays can be a great time to enjoy the company of family and friends. And as often as not, such quality time is often focused around a table stacked high with delicious food and drinks. With limited venues open on December 25th, it often seems that your only option is to hold such gatherings at someone’s home. But what if you accidently dropped your turkey, singed your latkes, or you’re simply sick of cooking? Luckily for you, Victoria is host to a variety of amazing hotel restaurants that are almost always a good bet during the holiday season. What can be more challenging though, is finding an enjoyable dining experience independent from a multi-starred hotel that’s open on Christmas Day. To help with that daunting task, here are some other options in town that suit an array of dining needs, group sizes and particular cravings. Don Mee Seafood RestaurantWhen most people think of eating out on Christmas day, Chinese food is one of the first things that come to mind. A popular staple in Victoria’s historic Chinatown for over 80 years, Don Mee’s is a great place for large groups and big families, and serves traditional fare, including their well-known dim sum, from 10am-2:30pm on December 25th.538 Fisgard St., Victoria, BC (250) 383-1032 www.donmee.com Dynasty RestaurantIf you’re looking for all-day dining options on Christmas, but are still craving some delicious Chinese food, Dynasty Restaurant is a great choice. Also located in Victoria’s historic Chinatown, Dynasty (open from 11am-10pm), offers authentic Chinese cuisine, which also includes a dim sum lunch.546 Fisgard St., Victoria, BC (250) 388-6818 The Dining Room at The Butchart Gardens With an outdoor skating rink, their 12 Days of Christmas display, and thousands of twinkling lights covering every inch of their grounds, The Butchart Gardens is truly a winter wonderland. But many don’t know that this popular holiday hotspot also has a warming Christmas Day feast. The Dining Room presents a special menu from 3pm to 8pm that offers a multi-coursed meal including traditional holiday favourites.Benvenuto Ave., Victoria, BC (250) 652-4422 www.butchartgardens.com Deep Cove Chalet The Deep Cove Chalet has been a fine dining staple of Sidney and the rest of southern Vancouver Island for over 40 years. This French style restaurant offers a beautiful array of gourmet foods and fine wines – the perfect choice for a refined Christmas Day dining experience. But if you had your heart set on partaking in one of their two seating’s (2pm and 6pm) this December 25th, you might be disappointed, as they are currently fully booked. Best to keep this place in mind and reserve early for next year.11190 Chalet Road North Saanich, BC (250) 656-3541 www.deepcovechalet.com Hotels & Inns (check the websites for hours, prices and menus)Sooke Harbour HouseLure at the Delta VictoriaThe Fairmont EmpressPacific Restaurant at the Hotel Grand PacificInn at Laurel PointThe Blue Crab at the Coast HotelBella Montagna at the Westin Bear MountainSwans HotelThe Wickaninnish InnSeagrille at Brentwood Bay Lodge Clives Classic Lounge at Chateau Victoria ChristmasFolksVictoria SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterest Written By: Guest Writer We get many people writing guest articles for us, as well as past contributors. This is the Guest ... Read More You may also like Recipes / Side dish July 22, 2016 DIY Blueberry Jam with Lavender and Lemon One of the reasons I love blueberries is because they make great jam, due to their naturally occurring high levels of pectin. They are also a welcome ... Read More Pantry / The Big Picture June 27, 2016 Community Gardens Have Radical Potential in Victoria As a city that is internationally renowned for its gardens, it does come as a surprise that the majority of our produce in Victoria is not grown near ... Read More The Big Picture / Victoria June 2, 2016 Get Ready For Feast Food & Film Starting June 17th Join food film buffs over two weekends in June to celebrate food films paired with delicious local restaurants and drink providers! On ... Read More May 1, 2016 May / June 2016 Issue “May/June 2016 Issue” READ Features: An Afternoon with Salt & Pepper Fox • A Visit to the Cowichan Pasta Company • ... Read More Spoiled Milk April 8, 2016 Here’s How To Eat Cheese and Still Eat Healthy Cheese is notorious for its high fat content. Do images of unctuous brie and cheese-laden pizzas oozing with oil come to mind? It will most likely ... Read More Main course / Recipes March 30, 2016 Swiss Chard “Cabbage” Rolls Swiss Chard is a cool weather plant. Though once established, it grows well in the garden and can produce year round. Come spring, Swiss Chard will ... Read More Comments are closed.