'Tis The Season

Where to Eat a Festive Holiday Meal Before Christmas

Even if you're making that Christmas turkey yourself, there's plenty of room to dine out on Christmas Eve (or before) at one of these restaurants.

By Meredith Barrett December 12, 2013

You'll definitely be feeling merry and bright after these pre-Christmas feasts|Image via urumix.com

Many restaurants are closed over Christmas to allow their staff to enjoy all the festivities, but these spots are embracing the yuletide cheer with holiday-inspired menus and special dinners. Spend your time wrapping presents rather than doing dishes at one of these places, and stay tuned for a post next week on where to dine out on Christmas Day. 

Before Christmas Eve

Big Mario’s
The New York-style pizzeria in Capitol Hill is decking the halls the entire week of Christmas, serving its White Christmas Crab pizza with Dungeness crab meat, scallions, and a bunch of sauces. Check out the restaurant (or takeaway window) open late, even on Christmas Day.

Aqua by El Gaucho
It’s time for the annual holiday winemaker dinner at the tip of Pier 70. On Monday, December 23, winemakers (including Chris Sparkman of Sparkman Cellars, Mark McNeilly of Mary Ryan Winery, and Trey Busch of Sleight of Hand Cellars) will be there to share their vino knowledge. The $150 price tag includes a multi-course meal paired with both red and white wines. The menu consists of seafood, such as the Maine lobster salad, and hearty meat like certified Angus Beef brand tenderloin and a rack of lamb. To make reservations, call 206-956-9171.

Anchovies and Olives
Once again, chef Zach Chambers is creating a seafood feast at the Feast of the Seven Fishes to ring in the holiday Ethan Stowell style. Starting at 5, the four-course dinner will include potato-leek soup with Dungeness crab, whole grilled Branzino, and orange chocolate cake. This family-style meal is $75 per person and includes an optional wine pairing for an extra $35. Call 206-838-8080 to make reservations.

Christmas Eve

Get a mug of hot-buttered rum alongside some beachy cocktails at this Capitol Hill rum bar. The mini-Caribbean getaway is also welcoming chef Evan Leichtling for the evening to prepare a traditional holiday-inspired feast. Details are still up in the air, but rumor has it a suckling pig may be involved. Of course, the full bar will be open as well. Call 206-583-7177 to make reservations.

Lost Lake Cafe and Lounge
This trendy diner in Capitol Hill is bringing in Christmas the right way–with a lot of food. The restaurant is hosting a special Christmas Eve dinner starting at 5 and running until midnight. Serving an 8-ounce prime rib with twice-baked mashed potatoes, sautéed brussel sprouts, cannellini beans, and a fancy horseradish sauce, Lost Lake is offering it all for just $14.99. And try some family-style side dishes including creamed corn and spiced butternut squash for $3.50 each. Yuletide drinks like hot chocolate with peppermint schnapps and spicy bourbon mulled cider will also be available.

Plum Bistro
Calling all vegans (or anyone with vegan family members): get ready to feast on yuletide deliciousness. This fresh Capitol Hill spot will be serving a Christmas Eve brunch from 10 until 4. Cinnamon pear pancakes with whipped cinnamon butter and country yams with breakfast potatoes are just a few options this feast includes. Try some spiked hot chocolate with Fireball whiskey or a pomegranate mimosa to start the day off right. This all-you-can-eat brunch is $23 per person and $9 for kids.

Come to this popular Central District spot to partake in a three-course holiday dinner starting at 5. All of the courses allow you the choice of three or more plates–trust us, the decision will be hard. Some menu items include sweet dumpling squash soup, Kusshi oysters on the half shell with green apple mignonette, and apple cider pork cheeks. The meal is $65 per person without tax or gratuity. Call 206-323-5275 to make reservations.

The Capitol Hill bier hall continues the holiday celebrations with a Christmas Eve party for all. Opening at 4, the bar will have spirits galore for some festive fun. 

ADDED December 16

As a celebration for the feast of the seven fishes, this warm Italian restaurant has a special holiday-inspired menu for the evening. Enjoy multiple traditional dishes including vongole ripieno, stuffed clams with buttered breadcrumbs, and kurobuta pork shank with ricotta whipped potatoes. Visit the website to make reservations



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