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Celebrate Feast of the Seven Fishes in D.C.

Check out these dinners, seafood-lovers.

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The holiday season is full of excuses to gather around the dinner table for a big meal with friends. Among these is Feast of the Seven Fishes, an Italian-American Christmas Eve dining tradition that's catching on in D.C.

It's an excellent opportunity for seafood-loving chefs to showcase all manner of fish, crustaceans, and mollusks. This year, popular dishes among participating restaurants include crudos, mussels, seafood pastas, and hearty fish.

This year's prix-fixe menus range in price from a modest $45 all the way up to an extravagant $150 tasting menu. Plus, there's no pressure to choose just one— several restaurants are offering the annual feast on multiple nights in addition to Christmas Eve.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Al Dente

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3201 New Mexico Ave NW, Ste E
Washington, D.C. 20016
(202) 244-2223
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Just down the road from American University, Al Dente’s Seven Fishes menu runs from November 27 to December 24. The seven-course dinner costs $44.95 per person, and a special $80 wine pairing dinner is scheduled for December 13. Dishes range from fried cod to shrimp gnocchi and branzino filet.

2. Bar Civita

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2609 24th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20008
(202) 588-1211
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Head to Woodley Park for chef Liam LaCivita’s $50 family-style menu. The restaurant will feature dishes like spaghetti with fried smelts, clams with a tomato fennel sauce, and roasted haddock with lemon breadcrumbs. The feast is offered from December 4 through December 23, and there's a two-person minimum.

3. Bibiana Osteria & Enoteca

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1100 New York Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20005
(202) 216-9550
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Bibiana will serve its Feast of the Seven Fishes on Christmas Eve only. A crudo tasting, lobster ravioli, and grilled giant prawns will all make an appearance on the $65 five-course menu.

4. Cafe Milano

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3251 Prospect St NW
Washington, D.C. 20007
(202) 333-6183
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This Georgetown institution is sure to be a place to “see and be seen” this Christmas Eve. The $95 tasting menu features salad with roasted octopus, homemade spaghetti with seafood ragout, and roasted grouper.

5. Del Campo

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777 I St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

Meat lovers rejoice with chef Victor Albisu's unique take on the tradition. "Feast of the Seven Beasts" promises a menu packed with meaty dishes like venison ceviche, lamb shank and prosciutto, and uni and scallop panzanella.

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6. Dino's Grotto

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1914 9th ST NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 686-2966
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This cozy Shaw spot will celebrate the feast from December 16 through 24. The five-course menu is inspired by travels along Italy’s Amalfi coast, where the food is known for bright flavors, fresh fish, and vegetables. Expect dishes like monkfish sausage, shrimp cannelloni, and swordfish. The meal costs $49 for adults ($59 on Christmas Eve) and $19 for children. Beverage pairings will also be available.

7. Fiola da Fabio Trabocchi

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678 Indiana Avenue NW
Washington, D.C. 20004
(202) 628-2888
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Chef Fabio is pulling out all the stops on Christmas Eve. For $150, his includes four courses and a dessert. The high price comes from ingredients like Shigoku oysters, Maine lobster, and Alaskan king crab risotto.

8. G by Mike Isabella

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2201 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 234-5015
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Stop by G for the seven-course meal offered December 21 through 24 and again on December 27. For $65, expect selections like oysters, snapper crudo, and snow crab Arrabbiata. Beverage pairings are an additional $35 per person.

9. Iron Gate

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1734 N St NW
Washington, D.C. 20036
(202) 737-1371
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Iron Gate's feast returns from December 16 through December 23. The six-course menu is priced at $125 and features dishes like crudo of local fluke and a an Atlantic snapper for two wrapped in a whole grape leaf.

10. Lupo Verde

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1401 T St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 827-4726
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The Christmas Eve menu is $65 per person and includes seven courses and dessert. It starts with tuna carpaccio and seared baby octopus and progresses with dishes like lobster ravioli, tagliolini pasta with mussels and tomatoes, and seared monkfish.

11. Masseria

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1340 4th St NE
Washington, D.C. 20002
(202) 608-5959
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Located just around the corner from Union Market, chef Nick Stefanelli's new Italian spot is celebrating Christmas Eve with a feast for $95 per person. Dishes include a curried seafood pasta dish, poached cod, and mixed fried seafood.

12. Osteria Marzano

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6361 Walker Ln
Alexandria, VA 22310
(703) 313-9700
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This Alexandria restaurant is planning a five-course seafood dinner for $60 from December 18 through Christmas Eve. The meal starts with assorted seafood antipasti and moves to black ink spaghetti with shrimp, clams and broccolini, and homemade ravioli stuffed with lobster and spinach.

13. Urbana

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2121 P St NW
Washington, D.C. 20037
(202) 956-6650
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Highlights from this five-course feast (plus dessert) include Nantucket bay scallops, grilled eel with Romesco and salsa verde, and squid ink bucatini. The menu is $65 and available now through Christmas Eve.

1. Al Dente

3201 New Mexico Ave NW, Ste E, Washington, D.C. 20016

Just down the road from American University, Al Dente’s Seven Fishes menu runs from November 27 to December 24. The seven-course dinner costs $44.95 per person, and a special $80 wine pairing dinner is scheduled for December 13. Dishes range from fried cod to shrimp gnocchi and branzino filet.

3201 New Mexico Ave NW, Ste E
Washington, D.C. 20016

2. Bar Civita

2609 24th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20008

Head to Woodley Park for chef Liam LaCivita’s $50 family-style menu. The restaurant will feature dishes like spaghetti with fried smelts, clams with a tomato fennel sauce, and roasted haddock with lemon breadcrumbs. The feast is offered from December 4 through December 23, and there's a two-person minimum.

2609 24th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20008

3. Bibiana Osteria & Enoteca

1100 New York Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20005

Bibiana will serve its Feast of the Seven Fishes on Christmas Eve only. A crudo tasting, lobster ravioli, and grilled giant prawns will all make an appearance on the $65 five-course menu.

1100 New York Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20005

4. Cafe Milano

3251 Prospect St NW, Washington, D.C. 20007

This Georgetown institution is sure to be a place to “see and be seen” this Christmas Eve. The $95 tasting menu features salad with roasted octopus, homemade spaghetti with seafood ragout, and roasted grouper.

3251 Prospect St NW
Washington, D.C. 20007

5. Del Campo

777 I St NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Gerry Suchy/Eater.com

Meat lovers rejoice with chef Victor Albisu's unique take on the tradition. "Feast of the Seven Beasts" promises a menu packed with meaty dishes like venison ceviche, lamb shank and prosciutto, and uni and scallop panzanella.

777 I St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

6. Dino's Grotto

1914 9th ST NW, Washington, D.C. 20001

This cozy Shaw spot will celebrate the feast from December 16 through 24. The five-course menu is inspired by travels along Italy’s Amalfi coast, where the food is known for bright flavors, fresh fish, and vegetables. Expect dishes like monkfish sausage, shrimp cannelloni, and swordfish. The meal costs $49 for adults ($59 on Christmas Eve) and $19 for children. Beverage pairings will also be available.

1914 9th ST NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

7. Fiola da Fabio Trabocchi

678 Indiana Avenue NW, Washington, D.C. 20004

Chef Fabio is pulling out all the stops on Christmas Eve. For $150, his includes four courses and a dessert. The high price comes from ingredients like Shigoku oysters, Maine lobster, and Alaskan king crab risotto.

678 Indiana Avenue NW
Washington, D.C. 20004

8. G by Mike Isabella

2201 14th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20009

Stop by G for the seven-course meal offered December 21 through 24 and again on December 27. For $65, expect selections like oysters, snapper crudo, and snow crab Arrabbiata. Beverage pairings are an additional $35 per person.

2201 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

9. Iron Gate

1734 N St NW, Washington, D.C. 20036

Iron Gate's feast returns from December 16 through December 23. The six-course menu is priced at $125 and features dishes like crudo of local fluke and a an Atlantic snapper for two wrapped in a whole grape leaf.

1734 N St NW
Washington, D.C. 20036

10. Lupo Verde

1401 T St NW, Washington, D.C. 20009

The Christmas Eve menu is $65 per person and includes seven courses and dessert. It starts with tuna carpaccio and seared baby octopus and progresses with dishes like lobster ravioli, tagliolini pasta with mussels and tomatoes, and seared monkfish.

1401 T St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

11. Masseria

1340 4th St NE, Washington, D.C. 20002

Located just around the corner from Union Market, chef Nick Stefanelli's new Italian spot is celebrating Christmas Eve with a feast for $95 per person. Dishes include a curried seafood pasta dish, poached cod, and mixed fried seafood.

1340 4th St NE
Washington, D.C. 20002

12. Osteria Marzano

6361 Walker Ln, Alexandria, VA 22310

This Alexandria restaurant is planning a five-course seafood dinner for $60 from December 18 through Christmas Eve. The meal starts with assorted seafood antipasti and moves to black ink spaghetti with shrimp, clams and broccolini, and homemade ravioli stuffed with lobster and spinach.

6361 Walker Ln
Alexandria, VA 22310

13. Urbana

2121 P St NW, Washington, D.C. 20037

Highlights from this five-course feast (plus dessert) include Nantucket bay scallops, grilled eel with Romesco and salsa verde, and squid ink bucatini. The menu is $65 and available now through Christmas Eve.

2121 P St NW
Washington, D.C. 20037

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