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Altstadt, in the mood for Christmas Eve dinner. Photo via Altstadt's Facebook page.

Posh dinners. Twinkly, charming dinners. Beer hall dinners. Here's a range of great options for Christmas and Christmas Eve. We'll update this list with more dinners as we hear of them. And, I know we don't have to remind you...reservations are vital.

Christmas Eve Dinner

Tarsan i Jane

Seattle's Valencian restaurant is ushering in Christmas with...a 10-course Chinese-toned meal, inspired by the years chef Perfecte Rocher spent living in China. The $135 meal (not including tax and tip) will include Dungeness crab, pork belly, tripe, Chinese eggplant, Muscovy duck,  sea urchin, and the Valencian-born chef's take on fried rice and lo mein noodles. Seating is limited to parties of two or four.

Agrodolce

Sicily's traditional Feast of the Seven Fishes is back—five or seven seafood-focused courses, $55 or $75 respectively.

Lark

Three courses, $70 per person, and a multitude of choices, like scallops with roasted sunchokes or yam gnocchi with delicata squash, black trumpet mushrooms, and a black truffle fonduta. That dining room is made for holiday dinners.

Tilth

Maria Hines's original restaurant will serve four elegant (yet rigorously organic) courses for $80. There's also a wine pairing option.

RN74

A French spin on Christmas Eve, via the regular dinner menu and some Christmas Eve specials (foie gras and Armagnac parfait, whole roast duck, Christmas pudding...)

Orfeo

Kevin Davis's newest restaurant is doing up some charcoal-roasted prime rib to usher in Christmas. 

Altstadt

Why wait until Christmas day to watch football? Pioneer Square's German beer hall is leaning into the Seahawks' game against Arizona with its regular menu of sausage plates, spaetzle, and pretzels. Oh, and beer. The night is geared toward ticketholders headed to CenturyLink, but sounds pretty great on its own. 

Miller's Guild

Five hearty courses from James Beard–winning Jason Wilson, plus some add-ons to luxe things up a bit. The menu is $115

Bookstore Bar

A deeply cozy room downtown, an eight-course Northwest menu by one Eric Rivera: all this can be yours for $95 (plus tax and tip), plus a $35 wine pairing option. Buy tickets here.

Ray's Boathouse

Both parts of Seattle's waterside seafood icon will be serving dinner that night—a three-course $55 menu at the Boathouse, and the regular menu at the cafe.

Eden Hill

Chef Maximillian Petty's tasting menu ($80-$90) is the best way to experience this cozy little haunt atop Queen Anne anyway; he's doing a special one for the holiday, and you can also do a family style roast Jidori chicken.

Young American Ale House

All night happy hour at Maria Hines's new Ballard gastropub? That's a Christmas Eve tradition we can get behind. 4–10:30pm.

Christmas Dinner (or Brunch)

Copperleaf

A $75 four-course meal with four entree options, including bacon-wrapped Poulet Bleu from Lummi Island and Berkshire pork glazed in brown sugar (dinner is $37.50 for kids, and free for anyone age 5 or younger; wine pairings are $35). 4:30-9pm 

Scout

Josh Henderson's new restaurant at the Thompson Hotel is putting on a Christmas brunch with an a la carte menu. 10-noon

Ray's Boathouse

Three Christmas-inspired courses, $55 per person plus the regular menu and full children's menu. 2-8pm Cafe: Oooh, a Christmas buffet for $55 each ($20 for kids 5-11, and free for anyone younger than 5). There will be oysters. 12-8pm

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Scout

American/New American, Northwest 110 Stewart St.

Josh Henderson's all-day restaurant off the lobby of the Thompson Hotel serves approachable, Northwesty food in a room that's equal parts Kinfolk and camping...

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Copperleaf Restaurant

$$$$ American/New American 18525 36th Ave S

Driving from Seattle to this destination restaurant at the Cedarbook Lodge retreat facility and hotel is like falling down a 15-mile rabbit hole: You’re in a...

Young American Ale House

$$ American/New American 1744 NW Market St

With an interior spruce and a menu makeover, Maria Hines has evolved the former Golden Beetle into the family friendly gastropub Young American Ale House. Al...

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Eden Hill

$$$ American/New American 2209 Queen Anne Ave N,

An intimate 24-seat room on the top of Queen Anne Hill is both romantic and robust—in energetic vibe and in muscular food, thanks to young Maximillian Petty,...

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Ray's Boathouse

$$$$ American/New American 6049 Seaview Ave NW

For over four decades, this dockside legend defined iconic Northwest dining, with its archetypal seafood menu, its record of pristine sourcing (Copper River ...

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Bookstore Bar

$ Sandwiches/Deli 1007 First Ave

It's one restaurant in two rooms, each off a different entrance to the pretty Alexis Hotel. Library Bistro, the larger of the two, serves breakfast in a hand...

Miller's Guild

$$$$ American/New American 612 Stewart St

This all-day downtown restaurant adjoining the lobby of the Hotel Max is like a cave designed by Martha Stewart: lights low, lines classic, firewood stacked ...

Altstadt

$$ Continental 209 First Ave S

Think Bierstube: brick walls, bar stools, brats (terrific), beers (even better), and braised sauerkraut to make a fan of any hater (why thank you, duck fat!)...

Orfeo

$$$ American/New American 2107 Third Ave,

This downtown sibling to Blueacre Seafood and Steelhead Diner boasts a sprawling dining room, a palely pleasant Italian menu, and a wood-fired oven that's at...

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RN74

$$$$ French 1425 Fourth Ave

Restaurateur Michael Mina busted the myth that national names can’t succeed in Seattle (he is from Ellensburg, after all). He did it with a downtown outpost ...

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Tilth

$$$ Continental 1411 N 45th St

The original remains the best of Maria Hines’s restaurant trifecta—in a cozy Wallingford bungalow named for soil at its most fertile, chef Maria Hines reache...

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Lark

$$$$ American/New American 952 E Seneca St

John Sundstrom relocated his fanatically beloved Lark to the warehousey flank of Pike/Pine off Madison, spinning out a starlit space—indigo banquettes, white...

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Agrodolce

$$$ Italian 709 North 35th Street

Here is James Beard award–winning chef Maria Hines’s third property—this one Sicilian, and every inch as nobly organic as her first two (Tilth, Golden Beetle...

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Tarsan i Jane

$$ 4012 Leary Way NW

It’s Valencian food in a barny room in Frelard, prix-fixe only, in five, seven, or nine courses. If that sounds like a hard sell, it’s brought to Seattle by ...

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