Season's Eatings

Christmas Eve Dinners

A sampling of festive feasts at restaurants around Seattle.

By Emily Dhatt December 13, 2011

Celebrate Christmas Eve at Johnathan Sundstrom’s Lark.

Anchovies and Olives, 4:30–9
Ethan Stowell’s Capitol Hill joint offers The Feast of the Seven Fishes, his take on the ostensibly southern Italian tradition of eating seafood on Christmas Eve. Entrees include tagliarini pasta with sea urchin and pangrattato and grilled branzino with roasted Yukon potatoes and salsa verde. To place reservations call 206-838-8080 or reserve online.

Art Restaurant and Lounge, 5–9
Art’s à la carte menu ranges in price from $10 to $42 a plate, and includes such holiday specials as beef short rib soup, shaved smoked duck breast, roasted tom turkey, and plum pudding. Call 206-749-7070 for reservations.

Barking Frog, 5–9
The seasonal menu celebrates holiday flavors with selections like buttermilk fried quail, steak tartare, oven roasted black cod, grilled pork chop, and rack of lamb. For dessert nibble on a pecan tartlet or Guinness gingerbread cake with oatmeal stout ice cream. Plates range from $8 to $48. Make your reservation online or by telephone at 425-424-2999.

Crush, 5–10
Mod bistro Crush will prepare an exotic take on Christmas comfort food: its menu includes hamachi crudo, lamb with coca syrah sauce and smoked olives, and seared sea scallops with black trumpet mushrooms and dates. Also: figgy pudding with toffee ice cream and port wine gel. $88/person. Reserve a table online or call 206-302-7874.

Lark, 5–8
Grab a table at Lark on Capitol Hill for a Nordic-inspired three-course supper. Entrees include bacon-wrapped cod with razor clams, apple vinegar-glazed pork belly, Wagyu shortribs, and farro with red wine salsify. $60/person; wine pairing available. To make a reservation call 206-323-5275.

Metropolitan Grill, 2–11
The Met opens early to serve standard steakhouse fare and seasonal accompaniments like Kurobata bacon with bourbon caramel glaze and four cheese macaroni. But if you’d rather bundle up fireside at home, you can order the Holiday Chateau Dinner Package, a mini-feast for two complete with pre-seasoned chateaubriand, roasted root veggies, mushroom caps, mashed potatoes, and cooking instructions. The dinner package is $95; add wine for an additional $54. Book a table online or call 206-624-3287. To order and arrange delivery of the dinner package call 206-957-3216.

Tilth, 5–10
Tilth is offering up an elegant four-course feast this Eve. Menu highlights include seared Alaskan sablefish garnished with sturgeon caviar, fennel-laden leg of lamb and polenta, and oven-roasted capon with sweet potato puree. End the meal on a sweet note with eggnog panna cotta or bourbon pecan pie. $85/person; wine pairing available for an additional $50. Call 206-633-0801 or reserve a table online.

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