Season's Eatings

Christmas Dinner, Part I

Eat, drink, and be merry at these restaurants preparing holiday spreads.

By Emily Dhatt December 7, 2011

Andaluca, 3–7:30
The intimate Mediterranean restaurant stays open on the 25th for a four-course meal. Regular menu options, including saffron-infused paella and osso bucco lamb, are supplemented by the holiday special: braised turkey. Breakfast will also be served at the usual hours, from 7 to noon. Dinner is $40/person. Make a reservation online twenty-four hours in advance; otherwise call 206-382-6999.

Art Restaurant and Lounge, 11–8
Enjoy an elegant four-course meal alongside a wintry panorama of Elliott Bay. Entree highlights include organic roasted turkey, roasted dry aged rib eye, grilled king salmon, and a mushroom crepe with soy bacon for diners who eschew meat. $110/adults; $35/children between 6 and 12. Call 206-749-7070 for reservations.

Bin on the Lake, 1–7
Kirkland’s sleek bistro and wine bar prepares a three-course prix fixe menu with such fanciful plates as smoked duck confit, Kumamoto oysters with pickled cucumber, and cardamom donuts. $55/adults; $23/children 12 and under. Reserve at 425-803-5595.

Boka Kitchen and Bar, noon–8
Starters include a puree of sunchoke soup, pork belly adorned with salted caramel roasted chestnuts, and chicken liver mousse. The main course options are sea scallops and honey-glazed pork loin. The desserts are where it really gets festive: savor a chocolate Yule log or an ice cream trio of gingerbread, eggnog, and candy cane. Plates range from $8 to $29. Make reservations online or by telephone at 206-357-9000.

Copperleaf Restaurant at Cedarbrook Lounge, 5:30–9:30
Copperleaf is touting a quintessentially Northwest five-course tasting menu. Choose among hen garnished with elusive black trumpet mushrooms and Cascade huckleberries; venison with yams, preserved blackberries, and chestnuts; or beef short ribs with house-cured bacon. Finish the meal off with maple sugar ice cream concocted of chocolate, banana mousse, and hazelnut. $75/adults; wine pairings available for an additional $25; a la carte menu available for children. Reserve a table by calling 206-214-4282 or by booking online.

The Georgian, 8–7
The traditional evening feast runs 11–7 and features such standards as roasted turkey with all the trimmings, pork loin, and prime rib with Yorkshire pudding. From 8 to noon, the Garden Room will put on a buffet brunch of ginger bread waffles, eggs benedict, and other breakfast favorites. For dinner: $95/adults; $35/children 6–12. For brunch: $39/adults; $19/children 6–12; children under 6 eat free. For reservations: 206-287-4049.

The Hunt Club at the Sorrento, noon–8
The charmingly classic Hunt Club is plotting an equally classic three-course regale: among the specials are yam and sweet onion soup, butter poached whole prawns, seared pheasant with wild rice, and prime rib with Yukon gold mashed potatoes. Desserts include almond cherry pie and crème brulée. $69/person. Call 206-343-6156 for reservations or reserve online.

Salish Lodge, 2–8
Take in the roaring Snoqualmie Falls as you feast on four courses of hearty holiday fare. On the menu: lobster and Dungeness crab bisque, honey-glazed grilled salmon, herbed gnocchi, and Grand Marnier parfait. $95/adults; $25/children 6–12; free for children 5 and under. Call 1-800-2-SALISH to make reservations.

Urbane, 6:30am–10pm
Ultramodern Urbane will offer up three courses of American Christmas comforts alongside its regular menu from December 22 to the 25. Mains range from confit Cornish hen to field roast with whipped potatoes and mushroom gravy; among the merry desserts are apple cranberry crumble and eggnog ice cream. To book a table call 206-676-4600 or reserve online.

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