Give The Gift of a Relaxing Holiday: Christmas Eve and Christmas 2014 Dining Destinations + Bonus “To Go” Options

Where: Pinea
Highlights: Special menu items in addition to regular dinner menu including an additional appetizer, entree, and dessert. Feast of the Seven Fishes (appetizer), Duck Duck Goose (entree), and La Buche de Noel (dessert). Free valet parking available.
When: Christmas Eve regular hours, Christmas Day (Breakfast) 6:30-10:30am & (Dinner) 2-8pm.
Cost: Special dishes priced $10 to $32
Reservations: Opentable

Where: America Eats Tavern
Highlights: Brunch featuring signature brunch offerings, a savory special, and a hands-on cookie buffet. Jose will also feature a Roast Roseda Prime Rib served with mashed potatoes, Yorkshire pudding, cranberry Brussels sprouts and maple anchovy jus.
When: Christmas Day 7am-2:30pm.
Cost: Cookie Buffet $12, Roast Roseda Prime Rib $39
Reservations: (703) 744-3999

Where: Et Voila
Highlights: Festive holiday specials in addition to regular a la carte menu. Suggested dishes include Fois Gras Terrine, Veal Sweetbread Cromesqui, Lobster Cocktail, Muscovy Duck Breast, Dover Sole, and Buche de Noel.
When: Christmas Eve & Christmas Day (Lunch) 11:30am-2:30pm, (Dinner) 5-10pm
Cost: Special prices range from $10 to $28
Reservations: (202) 237-2300

Where: Sushiko Chevy Chase
Highlights: Non-traditional holiday meal including Seared Lobster & Scallop, Smoked Mussel Miso Soup, Brussel Sprouts, Beef Tenderloin Tataki, and Element Roll.
When: Christmas Eve & Christmas Day 12-10pm
Cost: Prices range from $3 to $40
Reservations: (301) 961-1644

Where: Legal Sea Foods
Highlights: Regular a la carte menu available in addition to a holiday special entree. Plus gift promotion: For every $200 purchased on gift cards, customers will receive a lobster dinner on the house.
When: Christmas Eve (7th St, DC) 12-9pm, (Tysons) 11am-9pm, (Crystal City) 11am-9pm, (National Hall Reagan Airport) 8am-9pm & Christmas (7th St, DC) 12-10pm, (Tysons) 12-9pm, (Crystal City) 12-9pm, National Hall Reagan Airport (8am-4pm)
Reservations: 7th St  (202) 347-0007, Tysons (703) 827-8900, Crystal City 703 415-1200, National Hall Reagan Airport (571) 551-5988

Where: 1789
Highlights: Festive holiday specials in addition to its seasonal a la carte menu. Dishes include Nantucket Bay Scallop Crudo, Foie Gras Torchon, Garganelli, Rack of Lam, Roast Duck Breast and Smoked & Roasted Sablefish.
When: Christmas Eve 4pm-10pm.
Cost: Prices range from $13-$48.
Reservations: Call (202) 965-1789

Where: Ardeo+Bardeo
Highlights: Modern American regular a la carte menu along with specials including Roasted Butternut Squash Soup, Crispy Brussels Sprout Salad, Berkshire Pork Chop and desserts including White Bavarian Mousse and Eggnog Creme Brulee.
When: Christmas Eve 5-9pm
Reservations: (202) 244-6750

Where: nopa Kitchen + Bar
Highlights: Seasonal a la carte menu with specials including Grilled Moulard Duck Breast and Pan Roasted Lamb Loin. Seasonal dessert offerings prepared by Pasty Chef Jemil Gadea. Valet parking available for $10. When: Christmas Eve 5:30-9pm
Reservations: (202) 347-4667

Where: Blue Duck Tavern
Highlights: Christmas Eve a la carte dinner. Christmas Day Executive Chef Ryan LaRoche & Chef de Cuisine Brad Deboy will offer a three-course Christmas Brunch. Standout dishes include Shrimp & Grits, and Roasted Black Bass.
When: Christmas Eve 5:30-10:30pm. Christmas Day 5:30-10:30pm.
Cost: $100 per person and $45 for children 6-12 years old. Children under 6 eat free.
Reservations: Call (202) 419-6755

Where: Lupo Verde
Highlights: Feast of the Seven Fishes. Meal will consist of fish and pasta following the Roman Catholic tradition of refraining from consumption of meat on holy days. Menu highlights include Fresh Swordfish Crudo, Breaded Cod, Squid Ink Ravioli, Almond-Honey-Herbs Crusted Halibut, Homemade Spaghetti, Farro & Fresh Gurnard Soup, and traditional Itialian Cuore de Panettone.
When: Christmas Eve 5-11pm.
Cost: $85 per person
Reservations: (202) 827-4752 

Where: Ulah Bistro
Highlights: Three-course prix fixe menu in addition to the regular a la carte menu. Prix fixe options include choice of Turkey-Barley Soup or Pear & Burrata Salad, Prime Rib Au Jus or Lobster Pot Pie, and Strawberry Tart or Apple Tart. Prix Fixe option also includes a complimentary glass of Champagne to toast the holiday season.
When: Christmas Eve 4pm-12am
Cost: $40 per person
Reservations: (202) 234-0123

Where: Station 4
Highlights: Three-course prix fixe menu that begins with an amuse of Foie Gras Tartalette, followed by a choice of starters including Crab Tartar, Burrata, or Cream of Butternut Squash Soup. Maine courses include Homemade Lobster Ravioli, Beef Tenerloin, or Butternut Squash Farro Risotto. For dessert guests can choose between the White Chocolate Bread Pudding or the Homemade Gelato Trio.
When: Christmas Eve 5-11pm
Cost: $40 per person
Reservations: (202) 488-0987

Where: Bibiana Osteria-Enoteca
Highlights: Feast of the Seven Fishes consisting of fish and pasta following the Roman Catholic tradition of refraining from the consumption of meat on holy days. Menu highlights include Grilled Eel, Fried Shrimp, Black Spaghetti, Seared Cod and Amalfi Coast Sponge Cake. A limited a la carte menu will also be available. Guests will receive $8 valet parking.
When: Christmas Eve 5-9:30pm
Cost: $65 per person (for the Feast of the Seven Fishes)
Reservations: (202) 216-9550

Where: Copperwood Tavern
Highlights: A la carte menu with seasonal American small plates prepared by Corporate Executive Chef Allan Javery. Dishes include Grilled or Chilled Chincoteaugue Oysters, Root Beer Braised Short Ribs, Frisee Salad, 12oz Grass Fed NY Strip, Red Quinoa Stuffed Peppers, and desserts including Black Mission Fig Creme Brulee, Apple Maple Bread Pudding and Stout Brownies.
When: Christmas Eve (Lunch) 11am-4pm, (Dinner) 5-10pm
Cost: Prices range from $6-$31
Reservations: (703) 552-8010

Where: Old Ebbitt Grill
Highlights: Festive holiday specials in addition to regular a la carte menu. Standout dishes include Carbonara Fettuccini, Roast Prime Rib of Beef, Pan Seared Duck Breast, Baked Farro Gratin, Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes, and Atlantic Salmon.
When: Christmas Eve 7am-2am
Cost: Entree prices range from $16.95 to $27.95
Reservations: (202) 347-4800

Where: The Hamilton
Highlights: Festive holiday specials in addition to seasonal a la carte menu. Preparations include Foie Gras Torchon, Lobster Bisque, Feast of Seven Fishes, Muscovy Duck Breast, Classic Prime Rib Roast, House-Made Christmas Ham plus malts and milkshake treats including Toasted Marshmallow, Cookies & Cream, Pumpkin Spice and the Root Beer Sinker.
When: Christmas Eve 11am-1am
Cost: Prices range $5-$59
Reservations: (202) 787-1000

Where: The Oval Room
Highlights: Prix Fixe holiday menu featuring Roasted Chestnut Soup, Crispy Veal Sweetbreads, Truffle Pasta, Butter Roasted Beef Strip, Butter Poached Maine Lobster and Beet Agnolotti. Desserts including Warm Pear Spoonbread, Buche de Noel, Chocolate Sweet Potato Panna Cotta or Warm Spice Cake.
When: Christmas Eve 5-9:30pm
Cost: $55 per person or $90 with wine pairings
Reservations: (202) 463-8700

Where: The Grille at Morrison House
Highlights: Christmas Eve Feast of Seven Fishes featuring dishes like Fruits de Mer and Grilled Georges Bank Swordfish. Christmas Day offering of all day brunch featuring Figgy Pudding Beignets, Reindeer “Blackbuck Antelope” Carpaccio, Buttermilk Huckleberry Pancakes and Corned Beef Hash & Local Farm Eggs.
Cost: Feast of Seven Fishes $85 per person. Christmas Brunch $50 per person.
Reservations: (703) 838-8000

Where: DBGB
Highlights: Three-course prixe tasting menu including new seasonal appetizers such as Squash Soup, and Pork & Chestnut Pate. Signature items include the Truite au Lard et Sauge and Roasted Duck Breast. Additional A la Carte menu to be offered at the bar.
When: Christmas Eve 5-10pm
Cost: $65 per person, $35 for children
Reservations: (202) 695-7660

Where: Marcel’s
Highlights: Offering regular tasting menu featuring signature dishes from Boudin Blanc to Seared Rare Ahi Tuna.
When: Christmas Eve
Cost: $90-$150 per person
Reservations: (202) 296-1166

Where: Plume
Highlights: Christmas Eve multi-course dinner including New England Sole Filet with Baby Brown Shrimp, Leek Fondu, Roasted Goose Breast, and Raspberry Chocolate Sable for dessert. See Full Menu.
Christmas Day multi-course meal including Lobster Bisque, New York Strip Steak, and Sicilian Pistachio Petit-Gateau. See Full Menu.
When: Christmas Eve 5-9pm, Christmas Day 11:30am-8:30pm
Cost: (Christmas Eve) $110 per person and $45 for children under 12, (Christmas Day) $98 per person and $45 for children under 12
Reservations: (202) 448-2300

Also open on Christmas Eve: Granville Moore’s, Barrel and starting at 6pm McClellan’s Retreat.

Bonus “To Go”:

Where: Acadiana
Highlights: Holiday dinner for 8 to go. Dinner protein options includes Prime Rib, Leg of Lamb, Glazed Ham, Roasted Turkey (or Salmon Fillet) with gravy choice, biscuits with peppery jelly, choice of six sides, and choice of Cranberry Chiffon, Sweet Potato or Pecan Pie. Served hot and ready to eat. See full menu.
When: Available for pickup between 12-4pm on Christmas Eve.
Cost: $150-$350
To Order: (202) 408-8848

Where: Bayou Bakery, Coffee Bar & Eatery
Highlights: Party bites, sides, and pies including Virginia Peanut, Classic Pecan, Roasted Sweet Potato, Andouille & Chicken Gumbo, Bacon & Blue Cheese Party Dip, Dirty Rice, Deviled Eggs. See full menu.
When: Must order by December 22 with final pickup Christmas Eve before 1pm
Cost: Prices range $8-$30
To Order: (703) 243-2410

Where: Blue Duck Tavern
Highlights: Dinner for 6-8 people includes 10-12 pound free-range roasted turkey from Earth N Eats Farm in Waynesboro, PA with two freshly baked breads, four traditional sides, and two seasonal pies.
When: Must order by December 20 at 5pm. Available for pick-up at the Pastry Pantry Christmas Eve from 1-5pm or Christmas Day 11am-2pm.
Cost: $350 (not including tax)
To Order:

Where: B Too
Highlights: Chef Bart Vandaele offers three varieties of Buche de Noel including Red Velvet, Hazelnut Praline and Dark Chocolate & Salted Caramel. See full menu & order form.
When: Orders must be placed 3 days before pickup. Available for pick up before 5pm daily.
Cost: $29.90 for 6 people and $49.90 for 10 people
To Order: (202) 627-2800 or email order form to

Rebekah (Editor)

About Rebekah (Editor)

Rebekah spent much of her childhood on the coast of Maine where she cultivated her affinity for local seafood. Her lust for traveling extended beyond her New England borders and so she spent time traveling to Nepal, Mexico, Canada, Puerto Rico, and various parts of the U.S. before taking up blogging and spawn rearing as her full time gig. A transplant into the DC Metro Area, she has a newfound enthusiasm for gastronomy, and finding the best indulgences in the District. Rebekah's photographs and writing have been published by various media outlets, however her love of adventure would find her constantly on the go exploring new places and cuisine.

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