Tarsan i Jane's cozy digs are perfect for a Christmas Eve meal.

Image: Luke McKinley

Turkey Day may be over, but the holiday festivities are only beginning. Instead of holing up in the kitchen to frantically mash potatoes, you can ditch any lofty culinary expectations and celebrate properly with a prime cut of steak, champagne, and a yule log for dessert. From a 10-course tasting menu to some 24-hour dining, never fear, these Seattle eateries will have you wining, dining, and fa la la la-ing in no time. (Just make sure to reserve a spot early.)

Adana

Chef Shota opens his private cellar to accompany a five-course, $80 Christmas Eve dinner. Grilled cod, winter squash, and duck are on the menu, followed by Japanese cheesecake. Seatings available 5:30–8:30pmChristmas Eve

Altura

Chef Nathan Lockwood's annual Christmas Eve dinner has two seatings (between 4–5:30pm and a second between 7–8:30pm) and runs $157 a person. Reserve spots on TockChristmas Eve

Aqua by El Gaucho

Aqua will be open and serving its full menu on Christmas Eve, so do yourself a favor and partake in cozy clam chowder and crab cakes, Elliot Bay in view. Make reservations in advance. Christmas Eve

Ascend Prime Steak and Sushi

This $95, prix fixe four-course menu, with $45 optional wine pairings, is nothing short of luxurious. Cinnamon foie gras popovers with molasses butter? Say no more. Reserve a spot on OpenTableChristmas Eve

Barking Frog

Willows Lodge's cozy restaurant will offer a special a la carte menu with the likes of smoked butter poached sea bass and seared venison. The $85 seasonal dinner menu will be available both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, but you're also welcome to four days of Christmas brunch starting December 22. Christmas Eve Christmas Day

Bookstore Bar and Cafe

In this perfectly cozy bar lined with bookshelves, choose from warm favorites like squash ravioli off the regular menu. But on Christmas Eve, they'll add prime rib to the lineup, paired with green beans and garlic potatoes. Call for reservations. Christmas Eve

El Gaucho

The glitzy Belltown stalwart has live jazz and menu regulars like the namesake filet mignon on Christmas Eve. Chase it down with a creamy chocolate ganache and salted caramel ice cream, because, why not? It's nearly Christmas. Christmas Eve

Five Point Cafe

This snug, 24-hour Queen Anne hub is perfect for all-American grub like deep fried turkey (yes, it’s a thing) and mashed potatoes. The a la carte menu is available 4–10pm on Christmas Eve and 10am–10pm on Christmas Day. Christmas Eve Christmas Day

Hotel Sorrento

Both the Dunbar Room and the Fireside Room will host a brunch buffet from noon–8pm on the 24th and 25th, featuring local fare like Beecher's Cheese and Grand Central Bakery and well-fortified carving and dessert stations. Email for reservations. 
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The Lakehouse

Expect seasonal fare like squash and pumpkin salad and truffle mashed potatoes from the Lakehouse's a la carte menu. Seatings are available from 2–9pm both days.
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Lark 

Lark’s annual Christmas Eve $80, three-course menu, with an optional $40 wine pairing, will keep you warm with crowd pleasers like parsnip and chestnut soup. Seatings are available from 5–8pmChristmas Eve

Lionhead

Chinese takeout on Christmas Eve? Always a classic. Lionhead will be open and serving its regular menu, so dine in with some succulent bacon fried rice or take warm and fluffy bao home instead. Reservations available on OpenTable. 
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Lost Lake Cafe 

The diner after Capitol Hill's own heart offers a special holiday menu for dinner on the 24th and for every meal on the 25th. Dinner options include classic turkey platters, pumpkin ravioli, and crab bisque. Christmas Eve  Christmas Day

Miller's Guild 

In addition to its regular menu, Miller’s Guild will offer a $130, three-course Christmas menu with tender prime rib, cheesy brussels sprouts, and bread pudding. Seatings are available from 5–8pmChristmas Eve

Patagon at The Charter Hotel 

Christmas Eve at Patagon comes with an a la carte menu featuring hearty whole roasted duck and prime rib. On Christmas Day, a spongey yule log rounds out a $65 prix fixe menu. Reservations are available onlineChristmas Eve  Christmas Day

Poppy

For the 10th year in a row, Poppy will be serving a $65, three-course menu with an optional $30 wine pairing to chase down the braised short ribs or coriander-coated duck. Seatings are available starting at 4pmChristmas Eve

Ray's Boathouse 

The cafe portion of Seattle's seafood mecca will be offering its staple menu Christmas Eve and Day, while a $60, three-course holiday dinner will be served at the Boathouse. Call or go online to reserve seats. Christmas Eve  Christmas Day

Rider

Rider hosts its own version of the traditional Italian-American Feast of the Seven Fishes on Christmas Eve. Its $95, seven-course tasting menu, with optional wine pairings, comes with “frutti di mares” between courses, like smoked scallops. Reserve a table onlineChristmas Eve

RN74 

At Michael Mina's French brasserie opt for bar seating and an a la carte menu, or plump for the three-course Christmas Eve menu for $80, with optional wine pairing. Seatings run from 4:30–9pm. Christmas Eve

Scout

The atmospheric, Washington-lovin’ dining den in the Thompson Hotel will keep the mimosas coming along with its regular brunch menu this Christmas. Might we suggest digging into perfectly stacked apple pancakes with cinnamon streusel? Reserve a spot on OpenTableChristmas Day

Shaker and Spear

In addition to its regular coastal menu, Shaker and Spear will host a $55 prix fixe Feast of the Seven Fishes with classics like flaky, fried salt cod beignets. For dessert? A frozen cannoli of course. Seatings are available from 5–10pmChristmas Eve

Tarsan i Jane 

Perfecte Rocher's Valencian-meets-Northwest restaurant goes Chinese (with a Valencian twist, of course) for the night with a 10-course, $185 tasting menu. There are still a few spaces available at the 8pm seatingChristmas Eve

Tulio

The Italian eatery adds to the Feast of Seven Fishes tradition with an a la carte selection of Southern Italian dishes, from crab spaghetti to scallop risotto. Seatings run from 5–10pmChristmas Eve

Urbane 

This farm to table favorite will host a special $65, three-course dinner on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Settle in with local beef short rib and decadent parsnip puree; seatings are available from 5–10:30pmChristmas Eve  Christmas Day

Please send further event details for consideration to jarcher[at]seattlemet[dot]com. Thank you.

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$ American/New American 1505 10th Ave

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