Filling Festivities

The Seattle Guide to Christmas (Eve) Dining

From takeout to dine-in, dinner to brunch—festive options for December 24 and 25.

By Malia Alexander November 30, 2021

The restaurants on this list are serving meals either Christmas Eve or Christmas Day (some intrepid kitchens will tackle both). Takeout options are included here too. We will continue to update this list through December, and will make each restaurant’s particular mix of options clear.

A few logistical notes: Most of these places also have a kids menu option, and don’t forget the current vaccination or negative Covid test policy. Now…bring on the takeout snacks, the fried chicken spreads, and copious amounts of prime rib.



For Christmas Eve dine-in service, Shaun McCrain’s fine dining kitchen embraces buttermilk-brined fried chicken and sides (no other entrees that night, not that you’d need them). Make a reservation on Tock.

The Corson Building


The restaurant’s carryout program makes a return cameo for Christmas week. Order snacks, festive beverages, centerpieces, or a full-on holiday meal to pick up December 23. Orders go live on the restaurant’s website December 1 (make one before the cutoff on the 17th).


Capitol Hill

On Christmas Eve, both the chef’s counter and the slender dining room will serve a $195 (that includes tax, etc.) multicourse menu. One that celebrates the season in both the “holiday spirit” and “Pacific Northwest wintertime brassicas” senses. The antique angel that overlooks the restaurant feels especially fitting this time of year.  Reserve online.

Cutters Crabhouse

Pike Place Market

Crab has the spotlight year-round, but you can make a reservation for both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day here. The normal menu is available for take out on the 24th and 25th.


Pike Place Market

A traditional French dinner ($100-$125 per person) comes to our shores for Christmas Eve, and includes seared striped bass and a roasted beef tenderloin. A yule log chocolate cake also makes an appearance. Non-refundable, pre-paid reservations are available on Resy, with optional wine paring ($40).

Bourbon Steak


Michael Mina’s sanctuary of steak is planning a prime rib special for  Christmas Eve—a spruce tip salted wagyu prime rib, to be exact. The restaurant will also serve its regular menu for dine in that night, and assemble a to-go version of Christmas Eve dinner centered on a 48-ounce prime rib roast. The entire to-go menu feeds four. Also of note: Bourbon Steak will run its regularly scheduled happy hour that night, for anyone who’d like to kick off the festivities (or fortify themselves pre-family gathering) with a few cocktails and snacks.

Ben Paris

Downtown/Pike Place Market

On Christmas Eve, chef Quinton Stewart prepares a day-aged prime rib menu that includes whipped potatoes, kale gratin, and yorkshire pudding. On Christmas Day, the restaurant highlights specials from its regular menu including a duck leg confit or Penn Cove mussels and clams. Snag a spot at OpenTable.


First Hill

Hotel Sorrento’s holiday dinners spotlight $33 dishes like a squid ink risotto (Christmas Eve) and a braised beef short rib (Christmas Day) by chef Carolynn Spence. Reservations can be made on OpenTable.

Spice Waala

Ballard, Capitol Hill

For its second year, the kitchen’s Hariyali chicken is available for pick up to bake in your own oven. Pre-orders ($25) should happen before December 24 by calling the either the Ballard or Capitol Hill location. 



Truffle fries, a charcuterie board, and an herb crusted prime rib are just a few of the dishes that Motif’s restaurant will serve on Christmas Eve and Chritmas Day. The holiday drink menu includes Mrs. Claus’s Cookie (aka an espresso martini). Book on Resy.

STK Steakhouse


The newish beef palace in the center of downtown Bellevue will serve dinner Christmas Eve and Christmas Day with special menus centered on turkey or prime rib ($59 or $75 per person). They’re available for takeout or delivery, too. Details online.



Christmas (or Christmas Eve) dinner prepared by a Jewish deli? That actually sounds...perfect. A two-person $60 package includes roast beef, roasted parsnips and another roasted veg medley, plus a pair of parker house rolls. Add on some pie (whole or by the slice) or investigate the vegetarian Christmas dinner menu, which swaps in a jackfruit pot roast. Reserve on Tock.



A special $60 four-course menu served only on Christmas Eve includes a choice of main courses, from prime rib eye to linguini with seafood or fresh chanterelles. Reserve online.


Capitol Hill

Four courses include lots of choices among a rustic Italian lineup of antipasti, pasta, and entrees ($125 per person). Nathan Lockwood’s second restaurant has parked its cart service in the name of Covid safety, but its Christmas Eve dinner is one of just two nights of the year when the staff will have Alba white truffles to shave over dishes as a supplement (vegetarian, pescatarian, and gluten-free options available, too). Reserve here.

Ray’s Cafe and Ray’s Boathouse


The venerable waterfront destination for pristine seafood and even better views will serve holiday menus on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The more upscale Boathouse (on the first floor) has a three-course $70 menu with plenty of options available both days. The more casual upstairs cafe runs a regular menu on the 24th, but on Christmas Day serves a mix of seasonal specials and some classic dishes. TL;DR: Reserve online for either the cafe or the boathouse.

The Goldfinch Tavern


Ethan Stowell’s Four Seasons restaurant has all sorts of Christmas plans: A $75 Christmas weekend brunch December 25 or 26, a three-course Christmas Eve dinner, and a $135 Christmas dinner that begins with fancy shared snacks and moves on to your choice of salad, entree, and dessert.



Chef David Mitchel’s kitchen offers both dine-in and take-home options this year. The dining room’s $65 three course Christmas Day feast includes multiple options for starters, entrees, and desserts, from chicken roulade to caramelized parsnip soup. Meanwhile a ready-to-reheat takeout menu ($55 per person) includes chicken roulade and smoked ham with all sorts of trimmings. Preorder takeout before December 23 for pickup on the 24th and 25th. Reserve either option by calling the restaurant, or hit up OpenTable for dine-in.

Damoori Kitchen


Tired of the usual prime rib and mashed potatoes? Take-home meal kits with more than 20 Levantine inspired entrees, appetizers and desserts, are available for pre-order until December 21. Pickup happens December 23.

The Woodmark Hotel


Both venues at Kirkland’s waterfront hotel offers its own take on Christmas dinner. At Carillon, the to-go menu ($85 per person) revolves around prime rib, surrounded by sides like sugar pie pumpkin bisque and roasted sweet potatoes, with a double chocolate yule log to finish. Beach Cafe’s three-course meal ($95 per person) comes with choices like dungeness crab cake and butternut squash cannelloni, even an eggnog creme brulee. Kids even have their own menu ($35). To-go orders must be placed by December 18 and dine-in reservations can be made through OpenTable.

Water’s Table


Dinner with a view of Lake Washington is always lovely. What’s lovelier? Dinner with a  view during the holidays. The four-course meal ($90 per person) comes with entree options like lamb and a cauliflower steak. It’s available for both Christmas Eve and Christmas dinner. Make a reservation here.

Cedar and Elm


The $65 a person, family style Christmas Eve dinner leans into holiday classics like salmon and prime rib alongside a roasted-tree fruit salad and pecan pie. Cellist Gretchen Yanover will add some melodies to the magic. Reserve on Tock.

Hound and Bottle


Chef Alan Davis’s four-course Christmas Eve dinner ($110 for two) comes equipped with a honey pot and a paella pan for you to keep. Also included? A chicory salad, sesame gougeres, and a cheesecake with rye whiskey caramel. Call the restaurant or send an email ([email protected]) to place an order for pickup on December 24.

The Lakehouse


Jason Wilson’s restaurant at the W Hotel will pack up a four-course $68 dinner to take home and heat, or set a table for Christmas Eve dine-in. (The restaurant is closed on Christmas Day.) The tableside options include entree choices at various price points (rib roast, bouillabaisse,  or roasted squash) with some shared starters and salads. Reservations can be made by calling the restaurant or online. Takeout preorder can be placed here with pickup on Christmas Eve. (They even have to-go cocktails.)

Shiro’s Sushi


The sushi stalwart packs a  celebratory platter with copious amounts of nigiri including akami (tuna), buri (yellowtail), and kanpachi (amberjack) along with a shrimp tempura roll with jalapeños and cream cheese and an avocado salmon roll also includes shrimp tempura. The $150 platter is available for pickup before Christmas Day and orders should be placed 24 hours in advance by calling ahead.

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