With a city devoid of traffic and restaurants on break, Christmas in Washington is traditionally a blissfully quiet time. But during a pandemic when residents are encouraged to hunker down, many more locals will be staying put and looking for reliable holiday takeout to support the struggling restaurants they love.
Whether that means grabbing a Filipino holiday dinner at the Game, stocking up on traditional Bûche de Noël log cakes at Et Voila, or sampling bottomless Balkan small plates and drinks at Ambar, there are plenty of favorites keeping their doors open for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day and/or offering takeout and delivery packages.
Here’s a curated list of 20 places to find a Christmas feast in D.C.
A number of D.C. area restaurants have resumed dine-in service. The level of service offered is indicated on each map point. However, this should not be taken as endorsement for dining in, as there are still safety concerns. The Washington Post is tracking coronavirus cases and deaths in D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. More information can be found at coronavirus.dc.gov. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.Read More