Where to Get Chinese Takeout on Christmas Day in L.A.

A holiday tradition lives on thanks to pick-up and delivery

Thanks to the pandemic, we’ll all be having Christmas dinner at home this year. Luckily, the time-honored tradition of eating Chinese food adapts nicely to our current COVID reality. From the Westside to the San Gabriel Valley, here’s a roundup of spots that are open for takeout and/or delivery to fulfill your lo mein needs on the big day. (We were sad to have to take some spots off last year’s list, like Plum Tree Inn, which has closed due to the pandemic.)

Atlantic Seafood & Dim Sum Restaurant lives up to its name with a massive menu of dim sum from steamed dumplings to fried dumplings to congee and even dessert dim sum. Open for pick-up and delivery. 500 N. Atlantic Blvd., Suite 200, Monterey Park; (626) 872-0388. 

Los Feliz standby Chi Dynasty serves yummy Beijing duck, Mongolian beef—and don’t snooze on the Chardonnay shrimp. They’re open from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Christmas day for pick-up and delivery. 1813 Hillhurst Ave., Los Feliz; (323) 667-3388.

Dim sum spot Elite Restaurant has a massive menu that includes whole suckling pig, two types of duck, and jellyfish. They’re open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Christmas Day. 700 S. Atlantic Blvd. Monterey Park; (626) 282-9998.

Full Moon House has a special place in our hearts and a special place on its menu for chef’s recommendations like sauteéd pork stomach with special sauce, cumin sliced lamb, and Hong Kong-style clams. They’re open for pickup till midnight on Christmas Day, and recommend calling to place your order so you can get a good sense for when your order will be ready. 960 Hill St., Chinatown; (213) 537-0792. 

Genghis Cohen will be cranking out all of your New York-style Chinese food faves on Christmas day, and even have a special Christmas package and large-format cocktails available for preorder on their website. Open from noon to 11 p.m. for pick-up and delivery. 740 N. Fairfax Ave., Fairfax; (323) 653-0640.

Hop Woo BBQ & Seafood has a menu as long as Ulysses and portions that last you two more meals. They’re open for pick-up and delivery from 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. on Christmas Day. 11110 W. Olympic Blvd., Sawtelle; (310) 575-3668.

Dim sum isn’t quite the same at home, but Lunasia Dim Sum House is making it a yummy experience. The microchain’s Pasadena location is open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., serving all sorts of dumplings, noodles, soups, and desserts. 239 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena; (626) 793-8822; also has locations in Alhambra and Cerritos.

Mandarette Café, one of Beverly Grove’s best-loved Chinese hangouts in the Before Times, is open for pickup and delivery on Christmas Day. Keep in mind that their most requested dishes are their strawberry shrimp and lemon chicken. Open 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. 8386 Beverly Blvd., Beverly Grove; (323) 655-6115.

The universally beloved Sichuan Impression is open the usual hours (listed for the individual locations on their website) on Christmas Day. Gorge on cold noodles and tea-smoked ribs. 1900 W. Valley Blvd., Alhambra; (626) 283-4622 | 11057 Santa Monica Blvd., Westwood; (310) 444-7171.

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