Forget holiday cooking and head to casinos for Christmas dinner
A gourmet brunch buffet will be served from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom. The menu includes chilled Dungeness and snow crab, jumbo prawns, smoked scallops and trout, turkey, prime rib, orange marmalade-glazed ham, rack of lamb persille, petit filet mignon, Maine lobster bisque and shrimp scampi made-to-order. Cost: $49.95 and $17.95 ages 4-10.
A champagne brunch will be served from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Christmas dinner will be served from 3-9 p.m., in Toucan Charlie’s Buffet and Grille. The menu includes Dungeness and snow crab, Jonah crab claws, prime rib, ham, turkey, suckling pig, duck with a plum sauce, grilled sirloin steak with mushroom sauce, cedar plank Alaskan salmon, smoked pork ribs coconut shrimp and stuffed crab with citrus-dill beurre blanc. Cost: $36.99 and $16.99 ages 4-10.
The Steakhouse serves special dinners from 5 p.m. The meals include a smoked salmon-stuffed gougere; sweet potato soup or a Roquefort and pear salad; choice of king salmon for $55 or beef Wellington for $60; and gingerbread budino.
Bistro Napa serves four-course prix fixe dinners from 4 p.m. The meals include an ahi tuna tower appetizer; smoky butternut squash bisque or a spinach salad; choice of hazelnut-crusted wild king salmon for $54 or horseradish-crusted prime rib for $56; and gingerbread budino.
Purple Parrot serves three-course dinners for $18.99 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. The dinners include winter squash soup or a roasted root vegetable salad; choice of a traditional holiday dinner or grilled lamb chops; and a chocolate sleigh or triple berry tart.
The Manhattan Deli serves three-course dinners from 11 a.m. The meals include tomato-basil soup or salad; choice of prime rib for $24.95 or apple cider-brined pork chop for $22; and chocolate sleigh or triple berry tart.
The Cactus Creek Prime Steakhouse serves a special meal from 2-9 p.m. The menu includes butternut squash bisque for $5, Prime beef skewers for $8, Cajun scallops for $12, butter lettuce salad or Caesar salad for $8 maple glazed salmon for $24, herb-crusted lamb chops for $26, 12-ounce blackened Prime rib with jumbo prawns for $34 and Prime steaks starting at $20. Sides include baked potato for $2, potato puree for $3, root vegetables for $4 and sautéed mushrooms for $5. Reservations are required.
The Branding Iron Café serves a Christmas meal for $19.95 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. The meal includes soup or salad, tenderloin steak and strawberry shortcake.
A buffet will be served from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the Branding Iron Café. Selections include chilled shrimp, turkey, top round roast beef, pork loin, tamales, chicken cacciatore and a scampi station. Cost: $16.95.
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Garlic-studded prime rib for $29 and filet of sole stuffed with crab, shrimp and scallops for $28 will be served from 4:30 p.m. in CV Steak. The meals include tableside prepared salad.
A turkey dinner for $14.99 will be served from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. in Katie’s Country Kitchen. The meal includes soup or salad and pumpkin pie.
The Steakhouse at Circus serves three-course dinners for $39.95 from 5 p.m. The meals include a bibb lettuce salad or cauliflower bisque; choice of turkey, braised short ribs, salmon en papillote or tournedos of beef; and eggnog cheesecake.
The Americana Café serves a Christmas buffet starting at 4 p.m. The menu includes turkey, pineapple-glazed ham, leg of lamb, pasta primavera with Pomodoro sauce, catfish with Creole sauce and rotisserie chicken. Cost: $15.95 and $7.99 ages 8 and younger.
The Buffet serves a special meal from 11:30 a.m. The menu includes chilled shrimp and crab legs, prime rib, pork loin with roasted balsamic onions, rosemary leg of lamb, turkey breast, smoked sausages, crab cakes, grilled blackened salmon and mushroom ravioli. Cost: $31.99, $26.99 Gold Club members and above, and $14.99 ages 10 and younger.
Roxy serves three-course dinners from 5 p.m. The meals include roast butternut bisque with crème fraiche; a 32-ounce Porterhouse steak for two; and eggnog bread pudding with spiced vanilla anglaise. Cost: $88 per person with wine pairings (minimum of two people) and $53 without wine.
The Prime Rib Grill serves a special dinner for $42 from 5 p.m. The meals include the soup and salad bar, crusted rack of lamb and white chocolate-pumpkin mousse with pomegranate sauce.
La Strada serves a special dinner for $56 from 5 p.m. The meal includes a salad; paccheri with lobster sauce and meat tortelli; potato-crusted red snapper and a petit veal chop with porcini sauce; and zabaione panna cotta with chocolate sauce.
Millies24 serves traditional Christmas items from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Choose from pecan-glazed ham, Hunter-style chicken, and shepherd’s pie for $14.75. Soup or salad costs $1.75, and pumpkin pie, apple pie or cranberry chiffon costs $2.75.
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A ham dinner will be served for $9.99 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. in the Grille. The meal is free for club members who earn 200 base points that day.
GRAND SIERRA RESORT
Charlie Palmer Steak serves a special dinner Christmas Day from 5-9:30 p.m. The meal includes a short rib croquette amuse bouche; Jerusalem artichoke veloute and caviar crostini for $14 or seared foie gras for $28; prime rib with popovers for $44; and apple pie with caramel ice cream or buche de Noel with maple Chantilly for $10.
Briscola serves a special meal from 5-9 p.m. The meal includes a winter citrus salad for $9; sweet potato gnocchi for $11; petit filet with porcini crust for $34 or seared sea scallops for $29; and Italian cassata cake for $8. Prix fixe cost: $60.
Cantina serves a holiday meal for $35 from 5-10 p.m. The meal includes fruta del invierno, sautéed shrimp with pineapple-tomatillo sauce, braised pork with ranchero sauce, tamales de rajas and a sweet tamale with vanilla ice cream and tamarind glaze.
Grand Café serves special meals from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. The meals include a baby kale salad or lentil soup; choice of honey-baked ham and prosciutto in puffed pastry for $25, pistachio-crusted halibut for $28 or prime rib for $30; and pumpkin or apple pie.
The Grand Buffet serves a Christmas Eve buffet from 4:30-9:30 p.m. Selections include shrimp, snow crab, oysters, smoked turkey and beef brisket, prime rib, bone-in ham, grilled New York steaks, Hong Kong duck, and pho soup and pizza stations. Cost: $31.99 and children $16.99.
The Grand Buffet serves a Christmas Day champagne brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and a dinner menu from 2-9:30 p.m. Selections include chicken-fried steak, eggs Benedict, chorizo scrambled eggs and steak and eggs for brunch, peel-and-eat shrimp, snow crab, smoked turkey and beef brisket, bone-in ham, prime rib, pork medallions with green peppercorn sauce, steamed crab legs, grilled beef tenderloin, pesto salmon filet, and pho soup and pizza stations. Cost: $31.99 and children $16.99.
Christmas room service includes goose confit shepherds pie for $16 and garlic-herb prime rib for $18.
The Steakhouse serves a Christmas dinner from 5-9 p.m. The meal includes potato-kale soup with a gruyer crust for $10; beef Wellington for $50; and eggnog crème brulee for $8. Prix fixe cost: $65.
Carvings buffet serves a Christmas Day brunch from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The menu includes chilled shrimp, mussels and crab, turkey, hickory-smoked ham, prime rib, Florentine eggs Benedict, bacon and link sausages, grilled chicken breasts, orange roughy, barbecued pork ribs, grilled New York steak and sautéed clams and mussels. Cost: $26.99 and $18.99 ages 3-10, $24.99 for Total Rewards members and $16.99 ages 3-10.
The Coffee Shop serves Christmas dinners for $12.95 from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. The meals include holiday soup or salad, turkey or ham steak and pumpkin or pecan pie.
NUGGET CASINO RESORT
Buffets will be served from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. in the Rotisserie Buffet and from noon to 7 p.m. in the Ballroom. The menus include chilled prawns an mussels, smoked salmon, prime rib, orange marmalade-mustard ham, herb butter-roasted turkey breast, Greek-style chicken breast, pork medallions, seafood de mer with tarragon crème, beef burgundy and salmon roulade. Cost: $29.95 and $13.95 ages 5-11.
The Steakhouse serves dinners for $42. The meals include cream of chestnut soup or crispy duck and red currant essence; filet mignon Oscar, garlic-rosemary grilled lamb chops or stuffed turkey breast; and white chocolate sphere, dark chocolate cake or eggnog anglaise.
Rosie’s Café serves three-course dinners from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. The meals include ginger-spiced sweet potato chowder or salad; turkey, Virginia ham with rum-raisin sauce or spinach-stuffed salmon en croute; and pumpkin or apple pie. Cost: $16.95 and $10.95 ages 5-11.
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Bimini Steakhouse serves Christmas meals from 4-9:30 p.m. The meals include roast cauliflower soup or mixed greens salad, New York strip roast and eggnog cheese cake with brandy cream. Cost: $50 and $64 with wine pairings.
Café Milano serves a prime rib dinner for $21.95 from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. The dinner includes soup or Caesar salad and eggnog cheesecake.
Oceano serves special meals for $49 from 3-9:30 p.m. The meals include shrimp bisque or arugula salad; diver scallops or filet mignon Oscar; and eggnog brulee.
Biscotti’s serves a Christmas buffet from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. The menu includes chilled jumbo prawns and crab, an Oceano sushi platter, prime rib, turkey, smoked salmon, herb-roasted chicken, smoked pork belly and baby back pork ribs with mushroom sauce. Cost: $39.95 and $16.95 ages 4-11. A breakfast menu is served from 7-11 a.m.
The Island Buffet serves dinner from 4:30-9 p.m. Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Selections include cracked crab and shrimp on ice, oysters on the half shell, smoked Pacific salmon, prime rib, turkey breast, leg of lamb, fruit-glazed ham, soy-marinated salmon, general’s pork, orange chicken, chile-cheese tamales and pork enchiladas. Cost: $39.99 and $17.99 ages 4-11.
Flavors! The Buffet serves dinner from 11:30 a.m. to closing. The menu features chilled shrimp and crab legs, prime rib, ham, turkey breast, leg of lamb, herb-crusted petrale sole, little neck clams, braised duck legs, country pork ribs, Szechuan beef and broccoli, spicy garlic shrimp and smoked salmon pizza. Cost: $31.99 and $14.99 ages 10 and younger.
Sterling’s Seafood Steakhouse serves a special meal for $56 from 5 p.m. The meal includes mushroom ravioli or a crab and mango salad; corn and mussel chowder or butter lettuce salad; and Prime filet of beef.
Pearl Oyster Bar and Café Central serve prix fixe dinners for $18.95 from 11 a.m. The meals include butternut squash bisque or seasonal salad; turkey or honey-glazed ham; and spiced rum cake with pear chutney.
The Dining Car serves special meals from 1-9:30 p.m., including turkey for $14.99, ham for $13.99, fresh fish for $22.99, filet mignon with red wine sauce for $26.99 and seafood cioppino for $22.99. The meals include butternut squash soup, garden salad or Caesar salad; and a choice of holiday desserts. The full children’s menu is available, and a turkey dinner with dessert costs $6.99 ages 12 and younger.
Sully’s Bar and Restaurant serves special meals from noon to closing, including turkey for $14.99, ham for $13.99 and a 10-ounce sirloin steak with mushroom-cabernet sauce for $19.99. The meals include soup or salad and a holiday dessert. The full children’s menu is available, and a turkey dinner costs $6.99 ages 12 and younger.
The Steakhouse serves dinner from 4-9 p.m. Christmas Day. The meals include diver scallops with pomegranate beurre blanc for $36; osso bucco with a wine-garlic sauce for $32;and roast Berkshire pork for $32.
Special dinners will be served for $21.95 from 4-9 p.m. in Pancho and Willie’s. The meals include celery soup or salad; 12-ounce smoked prime rib or broiled halibut; and raspberry crème brulee.
The Steakhouse serves special dinners from 4:30-9 p.m. Meals include butternut squash bisque or kale-pomegranate salad; choice of pecan-smoked New York strip or cioppino with clams, scallops, shrimp and halibut; and Christmas sticky pudding. Cost: $35 and $45 with wine pairings.