Where to get the best traditional Xmas dinners in Bahrain
Time Out Bahrain staff
Festive celebrations in Camelot December 25 European, medieval-inspired restaurant Camelot is hosting a Christmas lunch from noon with a five-course set menu and bottle of grape for BD40++ per couple. There’s also a special Christmas kids meal available, plus free gifts for the little ones. Meanwhile, singer Nathalie Karlsson will serenade you with Christmas carols. Camelot, Adliya (1771 7745).
Plenty festive at Swiss-Belhotel December 25 Enjoy an international buffet with a festive selection alongside live Christmas music and some Santa face time from 12.30pm to 3pm at Swiss-Café on the tenth floor of the new Swiss-Belhotel in Seef. It’s BD16 net with soft drinks or BD25 with selected beverages, while kids under 12 go half price and under-sixes eat for free.
For dinner, head over from 7pm to 11pm for an evening accompanied by a singing classical duo and indulge in a three- or five-course set menu for BD12 or BD20 net respectively. Alternatively, tuck into the international buffet featuring all your Christmas favourites for BD12 with soft drinks or BD20 with selected beverages. Kids under 12 go for half price while under-sixes eat for free. Swiss-Belhotel, Seef District (6631 0041).
Figs & Olives festivities December 25 Celebrate the season in Lebanese-Italo all-day dining spot Figs & Olives with a three-course set menu available for lunch on Christmas Day and Boxing Day, and for dinner on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Prices start from BD16++. The Domain Bahrain, The Diplomatic Area (1600 0000).
Festive brunch in the Domain December 25 Take the whole family to award-winning steakhouse Le Sauvage and the French-inspired Le Domain  for a festive brunch including a selection of Christmas favourites and a turkey carving station. It’s BD27++ per person including selected beverages. The Domain Bahrain, The Diplomatic Area (1600 0000).
Japanese creations at Imari December 25 Master Chef Riichiro is preparing a festive inspired six-course Kaiseki menu while the house DJ entertains you all night long. It’s BD22++ per person. The Domain Bahrain, The Diplomatic Area (1600 0000).
Sky views at Txoko December 25 Party the night away from 9pm to 2am at The Domain Bahrain’s popular sky lounge Txoko with an unlimited selection of beverages and free-flowing bubbly for BD25++ per person. A resident DJ will entertain throughout the evening. The Domain Bahrain, The Diplomatic Area (1600 0000).
The Warbler bash December 25 British-style pub The Warbler is hosting some special themed performances thanks to the new in-house band Grilz Ink while you enjoy a three-course Christmas dinner menu for BD10 per person. Santa will also be popping by with gifts and surprises. Baisan International (3909 8607).
Santa meets Kerala at Nattinpuram December 25 Budget-friendly Indian restaurant Nattinpuram, which is known for its quirky Keralan houseboat décor, is hosting a red and white festive themed bash complete with carols and lunch and dinner menus available throughout these two days. Try the special lunch fiesta which is served on banana leaves for BD3.5 or tuck into a special Christmas themed a la carte dinner menu. Open from noon to 2am. Baisan International, (3909 8607).
Mexican fiesta in Downtown December 25 Partake in a selection of Mexican mixed beverages for just BD4++ per person at Downtown Bar. InterContinental Regency, Manama (1722 7777).
Noor Lounge Jingle Bell jazz December 25 Relax to the smooth sounds of live jazz while indulging in a selection of grape and cheese at Noor Lounge from 7pm to 10pm. InterContinental Regency, Manama (1722 7777).
Legendz steakhouse delights December 25 Popular steakhouse Legendz is hosting a traditional set menu for lunch on both days with a whopping five courses, family-style turkey carving and grape pairing available for BD32.5 net per person. The restaurant is open daily from 12.30pm-3.30pm. InterContinental Regency, Manama (1722 7777).
European style with Masso December 25 The Time Out Bahrain Restaurant Awards 2014 Restaurant of the Year and winner of Best Brunch, Masso, is hosting a festive, family-style brunch over the three days of Christmas. It’s BD19++ or BD25++ per person depending on your drinks package and it runs from noon to 3.30pm. Palace Boutique Hotel (1772 1061).
More than a brunch at Mövenpick December 25 The Mövenpick is extending their popular Friday brunch in order to host a festive Christmas brunch in all its glory. A whopping spread which includes traditional Christmas delicacies and plenty of festive beverages on tap, are available through three of the hotel’s outlets. It’s BD39 net per person from noon to 4pm. Mövenpick Hotel \(1746 0017).
Funky fever in Club Bedrock December 25 Forget stuffing yourself and head to Club Bedrock where all you have to do is dance. The theme is ‘Christmas Funk Fever’ and international/Thai band Museum is performing live alongside DJ Maude with plenty of popular English and Thai classics. Pay BD15 and have all the beverages you like, there’s free entry for gents from 8pm to 11pm while ladies get in free all night. There are also plenty of giveaways. Ramee California, Juffair (3372 4076).
Santa’s caper at Legends December 25 Sports and games lounge Legends is hosting a Christmas Day party with plenty of prizes and giveaways. There’s just one catch – the dress code is strictly Santa Claus. Ramee California, Juffair (3943 7825).
Turkey, trimmings and more at Crowne Plaza December 25 The Crowne Plaza Bahrain are hosting their annual Christmas lunch from 12.30pm to 4pm with a wide variety of foods on offer from classic turkey dishes to the more contemporary live cooking stations boasting Chinese cuisine. Enjoy live entertainment from the band and plenty of festive fun for the kids including face painting, balloon twisting and a visit from Santa Claus. It’s BD29++ per person inclusive of selected beverages taking place in La Mosaique and Harvesters. Crowne Plaza Bahrain (1753 1122).
Festive set menu in Waves December 25 If you’re not a big fan of traditional turkey feasts then why not try Wave’s seafood menu? This year, they’re putting all of their most popular dishes together on one single set menu for you to try any time from 7pm to midnight. It’s BD19.950++ including one drink. Crowne Plaza Bahrain (1753 1122).
Some Ritz glitz December 25 This stalwart hotel is opening up its Grand Foyer from 12.30pm to 4.30pm for a massive Christmas brunch bash which features a festive celebration of culinary delights from all of the hotel’s chefs. Find cooking and carving corners, seafood spreads, a prime rib station and more, while listening to the live entertainment. Kids can go to the dedicated play area in Al Ghazal ballroom. It’s BD36++ per person with house beverages and kids four to 12 go for half price. The Ritz-Carlton Bahrain (1758 6499).
Mediterranean vibes in La Med December 25 Enjoy a more traditional affair at The Ritz-Carlton Bahrain’s La Med restaurant where they’re hosting a special festive brunch from 12.30pm to 4.30pm for BD29 net per person or half price for kids aged four to 12. The Ritz-Carlton Bahrain (1758 6499).
Family carvery at Links December 25 A great family-friendly Christmas Day carvery buffet is being featured in Links at the Royal Golf Club. Enjoy the feast,with Santa Claus, for BD29 net per person with selected beverages and BD12 net for children aged four to 12 with soft drinks. It’s on from midday to 4pm. The Royal Golf Club (1775 0777).
Christmas with Julio December 25 Celebrate all things festive at the cosy Julio’s restaurant from 12.30pm to 3.30pm. Expect carols, kids activities and an appearance from Santa bearing gifts. It’s BD25 per couple, BD8 for children over ten and free for under tens. Elite Grande Hotel (1756 5888).
Winter at Waikiki December 25 Elite Resort & Spa are hosting a festive poolside brunch with live entertainment and a lavish international buffet. It’s BD15 net per person or BD5 net for kids (aged six to 12). Santa is set to make a surprise visit at brunch time too. The Elite Resort & Spa (1731 3333).
Festive fiesta with Elite Seef December 25 For lunch, from 12.30pm to 3.30pm, head to Il Giardino for an international buffet with soft drinks at BD25 net per couple or BD15 net per single. Meanwhile, from 7pm to 11pm, a poolside fiesta is on with a four-course set menu available alongside sparkling grape, while a live duo entertain. It’s BD30 (couples) and BD20 (singles). Elite Seef Residence (3388 1758).
Xmas delights in Ramee Grand December 25 Sit down to a delicious international Christmas brunch in the family-friendly Lemon Tree from 12.30pm to 4pm for BD19++ (adults) or BD8++ (kids). Meanwhile, Italian Rialto and Indian Rasoi are serving special a la carte menus with a festive twist. Ramee Grand Hotel & Spa (1711 1999).
Brunch time at Sofitel December 25 The longest buffet brunch on the island is offering a Christmas spread, from 12.30pm to 4pm, from international Saraya, Italian Fiamma and South East Asian Wok. A kid’s corner with activities is also available as well as live music from the resident Cuban band. It’s BD42 net per person with free-flowing beverages. Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa (1763 6363).
Alfanar’s family style brunch December 25 A family-friendly festive brunch is on at the Alfanar venue complete with a traditional buffet spread, live performances by the Black Notes and plenty of kid's activities\. It’s on from noon to 4pm and costs BD25 net per person or half price for kids aged six to 13. Children under six go for free. Diplomat Radisson Blu, Diplomatic Area (1753 1666).
Fizz fare in Baharat December 25 Enjoy a holiday themed international buffet at Baharat from 12.30pm to 4pm. Dishes are being created in the live cooking stations while entertainment ensues and Santa Claus pays a visit. It’s BD20 net with soft drinks, BD30 net with select beverages and BD10 for children six to 12. Under-sixes go free. Le Meridien Bahrain City Centre, Seef (1717 1441).
Seasonal Saveur December 25 Embark on a culinary journey at Saveur. On Christmas Eve, from 7pm to 11pm, indulge in a festive buffet dinner featuring ingredients such as foie gras, oysters and Yule log for BD16 net. Meanwhile, on Christmas Day an a la carte festive lunch is served from 12.30pm to 4pm. The Westin Bahrain City Centre, Seef (1717 1441).