Seasonal Sustenance

Holiday Dining 2016: Christmas Eve (and Christmas) Dinner in Seattle

'Tis the season to make a reservation.

By Seattle Met Staff December 8, 2016

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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

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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.


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


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.


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


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...)


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


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)


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 


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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