Zephyr Grill & Bar offers Christmas-themed dishes

Zephyr Grill & Bar in downtown Brentwood welcomes the season and their clients in a festive, holiday atmosphere complete with plenty of Christmas-themed dishes. Photo by Tony Kukulich.

Whether you’re home alone for the holidays like Kevin McAllister, from the popular Christmas movie, or you just want to celebrate the season with your friends and family, downtown Brentwood’s Zephyr Grill & Bar’s  festive décor and holiday menu will put you in a holly jolly mood.

“We really embrace Christmas in every way,” said Randy Tei, who owns the upscale restaurant with his wife Lynn. 

Their festive holiday menu includes Holiday Baked Brie; Candy Cane Beet Salad; a Christmas Wreath Salad, filled with grilled and toasted goodies that resemble a beautiful Christmas wreath; Partridge in a Pear Tree, a free-range, skin-on, bone-in chicken breast roasted with cranberry chutney glaze and served with Who holiday smash and roasted pears; A Christmas Story Duck; Grinch’s Roast Beast; gingerbread pudding; and pumpkin cheesecake.

The Discovery Bay couple also owns the Zephyr Grill & Bar in Livermore, and the Icon Grill in downtown Seattle.  

Since its opening in Brentwood on Aug. 2, Zephyr has already earned a loyal customer base, who appreciate having another unique, non-chain restaurant to choose from.

“I prefer unique and locally owned restaurants,” said Brentwood resident Susan Knight. “We need restaurants with amazing food and service, so when you and your friends are thinking of going out to dinner, your first thought is restaurants here in town, and not in Walnut Creek. Zephyr is just that type of place. The interior is warm and elegant, their service is excellent and the food is delicious.”

The Teis never expected such a positive response from the community.

“It’s beyond our wildest dreams,” said Tei. “People in the community have been so positive, and we couldn’t be more appreciative or express our thanks enough.”

While the Teis want to show their gratitude to the community, they also want to share their joy for the Christmas season, which includes giving back to others.

Zephyr Grill & Bar will donate $1 from every pumpkin cheesecake, gingerbread pudding and Holiday Boot Tini cocktail to the Boot Campaign, which gives back to veterans. Their long-time friends John and Corinne Billheimer’s company, MAS, will match their donation. 

“We’re pretty excited about the Boot Campaign,” said Tei. “This time of year, we want to think of those less fortunate.”

Other holiday events at Zephyr include their inaugural, cookie-decorating class on Dec. 10 and 17, at 9 a.m., followed by a Santa Brunch on both days, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Reservations are recommended for brunch and required for the cookie-decorating class, which is free and open to children ages 11 and under. 

Zephyr Grill & Bar, located at 613 First Street in Brentwood, is open on Christmas Eve, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for brunch, and from 2 to 8 p.m. for dinner, with no seating after 8 p.m. They are closed on Christmas Day, but open during regular business hours on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

For more information visit www.zephyrgrillbrentwood.com or call 925-418-4708.

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