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A Dozen Places to Dine on Christmas

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Blue Duck Tavern
| Photo: R. Lopez

Eating with cherished friends and family is what the holidays are all about. Battling the crowds at the grocery stores, catering to everyone's unique food allergies, and doing the massive pile of dishes after the meal — not so much. To have the best of both worlds, here are some places to have a delicious Christmas meal where the culinary burden doesn't fall on your shoulders. From the pricey to the affordable, there are options in the city and the suburbs. But make sure to call or email quickly to reserve a spot for Christmas and breathe easy for the holiday.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Bistro Vivant

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1394 Chain Bridge Rd
McLean, VA 22101
(703) 356-1700
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For a Christmas meal in McLean, Bistro Vivant will have a $59 per person lunch and dinner menu for its patrons. Call to score a reservation.

2. Blue Duck Tavern

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1201 24th St NW
Washington, DC 20037
(202) 419-6755
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A favorite for Thanksgiving dining, Blue Duck Tavern will be hosting a Christmas brunch feast from 1030am-330pm for $95 per person. Call the restaurant or visit its website to make a reservation.

3. Bourbon Steak Washington DC

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2800 Pennsylvania Ave
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 944-2026
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For a meaty meal on Christmas Day, head to the Georgetown destination for steak, bourbon, and so much more.

4. Cafe Dupont

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1500 New Hampshire Ave NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 483-6000
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Open from 7am-230pm, Cafe Dupont will be serving up a Christmas brunch. Call (202) 797-0169 or check out OpenTable to lock down a reservation.

5. Corduroy

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1122 9th St NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 589-0699
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Christmas at Corduroy is $55 per person with several selections per course. The offerings run from the traditional to the modern and contemporary.

6. Founding Farmers

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1924 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20006
(202) 822-8783
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The downtown destination will be serving its full regular menu on Christmas Day from 12-8pm. Farmers Fishers Bakers and the Montgomery County restaurant will also be open.

7. Legal Sea Foods

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2001 International Dr
McLean, VA 22102
(703) 827-8900
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Legal will be open on Christmas, as will the Crystal City and downtown locations, and will be serving up its a la carte menu.

8. Piola Washington DC

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2208 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 986-8729
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Brunch it up at Piola from 11am-11pm (the restaurant does unlimited pizza). Don't forget to add a brunch cocktail or two.

9. Rosa Mexicano

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5225 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20015
(202) 777-9959
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At both the Chevy Chase and Penn Quarter spots, Rosa Mexicano is offering a $35 prix fixe menu from 12-9pm.

10. Vinifera Wine Bar & Bistro

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11750 Sunrise Valley Dr
Reston, VA 20191
(703) 234-3550
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A respite in the suburbs, Vinifera will be having a 4-course for $55 per person. The dining room will be open from 5-10pm. Call for reservations.

11. The Goodstone Inn & Estate

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36205 Snake Hill Road
Middleburg, VA 20117
(540) 687-4645
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For a bit of a retreat, Middleburg's Goodstone Inn has a special holiday menu being served on both Christmas Eve and Christmas day. For $85 per person (multiple courses) choose from such dishes as roast duck breast and prime rib.

12. The Grille At Morrison House

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116 S Alfred St
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 838-8000
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The Grille at Morrison House will serve a special Christmas Day Brunch ($55 per person, $25 for kids, free of charge for children under 5.) There will be holiday items, the restaurant's regular duck-press brunch items, beignets and more.

1. Bistro Vivant

1394 Chain Bridge Rd, McLean, VA 22101

For a Christmas meal in McLean, Bistro Vivant will have a $59 per person lunch and dinner menu for its patrons. Call to score a reservation.

1394 Chain Bridge Rd
McLean, VA 22101

2. Blue Duck Tavern

1201 24th St NW, Washington, DC 20037

A favorite for Thanksgiving dining, Blue Duck Tavern will be hosting a Christmas brunch feast from 1030am-330pm for $95 per person. Call the restaurant or visit its website to make a reservation.

1201 24th St NW
Washington, DC 20037

3. Bourbon Steak Washington DC

2800 Pennsylvania Ave, Washington, DC 20007

For a meaty meal on Christmas Day, head to the Georgetown destination for steak, bourbon, and so much more.

2800 Pennsylvania Ave
Washington, DC 20007

4. Cafe Dupont

1500 New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036

Open from 7am-230pm, Cafe Dupont will be serving up a Christmas brunch. Call (202) 797-0169 or check out OpenTable to lock down a reservation.

1500 New Hampshire Ave NW
Washington, DC 20036

5. Corduroy

1122 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

Christmas at Corduroy is $55 per person with several selections per course. The offerings run from the traditional to the modern and contemporary.

1122 9th St NW
Washington, DC 20001

6. Founding Farmers

1924 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20006

The downtown destination will be serving its full regular menu on Christmas Day from 12-8pm. Farmers Fishers Bakers and the Montgomery County restaurant will also be open.

1924 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20006

7. Legal Sea Foods

2001 International Dr, McLean, VA 22102

Legal will be open on Christmas, as will the Crystal City and downtown locations, and will be serving up its a la carte menu.

2001 International Dr
McLean, VA 22102

8. Piola Washington DC

2208 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

Brunch it up at Piola from 11am-11pm (the restaurant does unlimited pizza). Don't forget to add a brunch cocktail or two.

2208 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009

9. Rosa Mexicano

5225 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20015

At both the Chevy Chase and Penn Quarter spots, Rosa Mexicano is offering a $35 prix fixe menu from 12-9pm.

5225 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20015

10. Vinifera Wine Bar & Bistro

11750 Sunrise Valley Dr, Reston, VA 20191

A respite in the suburbs, Vinifera will be having a 4-course for $55 per person. The dining room will be open from 5-10pm. Call for reservations.

11750 Sunrise Valley Dr
Reston, VA 20191

11. The Goodstone Inn & Estate

36205 Snake Hill Road, Middleburg, VA 20117

For a bit of a retreat, Middleburg's Goodstone Inn has a special holiday menu being served on both Christmas Eve and Christmas day. For $85 per person (multiple courses) choose from such dishes as roast duck breast and prime rib.

36205 Snake Hill Road
Middleburg, VA 20117

12. The Grille At Morrison House

116 S Alfred St, Alexandria, VA 22314

The Grille at Morrison House will serve a special Christmas Day Brunch ($55 per person, $25 for kids, free of charge for children under 5.) There will be holiday items, the restaurant's regular duck-press brunch items, beignets and more.

116 S Alfred St
Alexandria, VA 22314

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