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Places to Dine Out on Christmas Day in DC

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For many D.C. restaurants, Christmas is one of the few days a year that the doors stay closed. But if you are planning on an indulgent three-course dinner or a festive post-gift-unwrapping brunch — or just trying to get out of the house on December 25, there are some options. Here now is a guide to some of the city's restaurants open on Christmas Day, so you can lock in reservations for your holiday feast.
—Adele Chapin


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Blue Duck Tavern

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1201 24th St NW
Washington, DC 20037
(202) 419-6755
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Blue Duck Tavern's three-course, buffet-style holiday brunch includes dishes like apple cider glazed ham and pumpkin ravioli, and Christmas-y desserts like dark chocolate cupcakes with peppermint icing, egg nog panna cotta, and raspberry cranberry linzer torte. Brunch is available between 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. and is priced at $95 for adults and $42 for children between the ages of six and 12. The restaurant is also open for Christmas day dinner from 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., serving Blue Duck Tavern's regular a la carte menu and a special dish from chef Sebastien Archambault: a roasted chicken with black truffle stuffing, glazed chestnuts, and brioche butter.

2. Bourbon Steak

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2800 Pennsylvania Ave
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 944-2026
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Christmas goose l'orange is one of the main course options at Bourbon Steak's lavish three-course prix fixe Christmas dinner. Seared big eye tuna and dry-aged NY pavé with golden beet and bone marrow vinaigrette also make the menu, which is priced at $135 per person and will be served between 5:30 p.m. and 10 p.m.

3. The Grille At Morrison House

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116 S Alfred St
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 838-8000
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Try figgy pudding beignets and "raindeer" carpaccio at The Grille at Morrison House's three-course Christmas day brunch. It's not all figgy pudding though, you'll find traditional brunch items like eggs Benedict and apple jack pancakes here too. The $50 per person ($30 per child ages 12 and under) meal runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

4. Plume

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1200 16th St. NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 448-2322
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The refined Plume at the Jefferson Hotel's three course, prix fixe Christmas dinner runs $89 per adult and $45 for children ages 12 and under, including an amuse bouche of gougeres stuffed with truffled bechamel, then appetizers, entrees like prime rib and stuffed sole filet, and polished off with carrot cake, orange cranberry cobbler or chocolate brownies for dessert.

5. J&G Steakhouse

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515 15th Street NW
Washington, District of Columbia 20004
(202) 661-2440
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From noon to 9 p.m. on Christmas day, J&G Steakhouse will host a $72-per-person four-course tasting menu including rice cracker crusted tuna, butternut squash soup, and filet mignon with gingered mushroom. The steakhouse's regular a la carte menu will also be available.

6. Sou'Wester

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1330 Maryland Ave. SW
Washington, DC 20024
(202) 787-6140
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The Sou'Wester's a la carte Christmas day brunch features live jazz entertainment. The multi-course dinner at the Mandarin Oriental's restaurant is priced at $65 per adult and $35 per child.

7. Masala Art

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4441 Wisconsin Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20016
(202) 362-4441
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Tenleytown's convivial neighborhood Indian spot will be open as usual on Christmas day for lunch and dinner.

8. Mala Tang

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3434 Washington Blvd
Arlington, VA 22201
(703) 243-2381
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Chinese food on Christmas day gets a unique spin at Mala Tang, an Arlington restaurant that specializes in Sichuan hot pot entrees. Mala Tang will be open for lunch and dinner on December 25.

9. Farmers Fishers Bakers

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3000 K St NW
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 298-8783
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This new restaurant from the Founding Farmers team will be open as normal on Christmas Day from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., although the sushi bar will only be open from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Maybe burn some calories after your meal at the new Washington Harbour ice skating rink, located right next to Farmers Fishers Bakers.

10. The Fairmont Washington, D.C.

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2401 M Street, NW
Washington, DC 20037
(202) 429-2400
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The Fairmont's Christmas Day buffet brunch is an annual tradition, boasting unlimited Moet Champagne for $97 per person. The brunch runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., while Juniper, the hotel's restaurant, serves a four-course prix fixe traditional dinner meal for $49 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

11. Rosa Mexicano

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575 7th St NW
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 783-5522
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Rosa Mexicano's three locations are serving up a $45 prix fixe menu (plus a la carte options) beginning at noon, with dishes such as duck noodle soup and pumpkin creme brulee featured.

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1. Blue Duck Tavern

1201 24th St NW, Washington, DC 20037
Blue Duck Tavern's three-course, buffet-style holiday brunch includes dishes like apple cider glazed ham and pumpkin ravioli, and Christmas-y desserts like dark chocolate cupcakes with peppermint icing, egg nog panna cotta, and raspberry cranberry linzer torte. Brunch is available between 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. and is priced at $95 for adults and $42 for children between the ages of six and 12. The restaurant is also open for Christmas day dinner from 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., serving Blue Duck Tavern's regular a la carte menu and a special dish from chef Sebastien Archambault: a roasted chicken with black truffle stuffing, glazed chestnuts, and brioche butter.
1201 24th St NW
Washington, DC 20037

2. Bourbon Steak

2800 Pennsylvania Ave, Washington, DC 20007
Christmas goose l'orange is one of the main course options at Bourbon Steak's lavish three-course prix fixe Christmas dinner. Seared big eye tuna and dry-aged NY pavé with golden beet and bone marrow vinaigrette also make the menu, which is priced at $135 per person and will be served between 5:30 p.m. and 10 p.m.
2800 Pennsylvania Ave
Washington, DC 20007

3. The Grille At Morrison House

116 S Alfred St, Alexandria, VA 22314
Try figgy pudding beignets and "raindeer" carpaccio at The Grille at Morrison House's three-course Christmas day brunch. It's not all figgy pudding though, you'll find traditional brunch items like eggs Benedict and apple jack pancakes here too. The $50 per person ($30 per child ages 12 and under) meal runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
116 S Alfred St
Alexandria, VA 22314

4. Plume

1200 16th St. NW, Washington, DC 20036
The refined Plume at the Jefferson Hotel's three course, prix fixe Christmas dinner runs $89 per adult and $45 for children ages 12 and under, including an amuse bouche of gougeres stuffed with truffled bechamel, then appetizers, entrees like prime rib and stuffed sole filet, and polished off with carrot cake, orange cranberry cobbler or chocolate brownies for dessert.
1200 16th St. NW
Washington, DC 20036

5. J&G Steakhouse

515 15th Street NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20004
From noon to 9 p.m. on Christmas day, J&G Steakhouse will host a $72-per-person four-course tasting menu including rice cracker crusted tuna, butternut squash soup, and filet mignon with gingered mushroom. The steakhouse's regular a la carte menu will also be available.
515 15th Street NW
Washington, District of Columbia 20004

6. Sou'Wester

1330 Maryland Ave. SW, Washington, DC 20024
The Sou'Wester's a la carte Christmas day brunch features live jazz entertainment. The multi-course dinner at the Mandarin Oriental's restaurant is priced at $65 per adult and $35 per child.
1330 Maryland Ave. SW
Washington, DC 20024

7. Masala Art

4441 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20016
Tenleytown's convivial neighborhood Indian spot will be open as usual on Christmas day for lunch and dinner.
4441 Wisconsin Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20016

8. Mala Tang

3434 Washington Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201
Chinese food on Christmas day gets a unique spin at Mala Tang, an Arlington restaurant that specializes in Sichuan hot pot entrees. Mala Tang will be open for lunch and dinner on December 25.
3434 Washington Blvd
Arlington, VA 22201

9. Farmers Fishers Bakers

3000 K St NW, Washington, DC 20007
This new restaurant from the Founding Farmers team will be open as normal on Christmas Day from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., although the sushi bar will only be open from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Maybe burn some calories after your meal at the new Washington Harbour ice skating rink, located right next to Farmers Fishers Bakers.
3000 K St NW
Washington, DC 20007

10. The Fairmont Washington, D.C.

2401 M Street, NW, Washington, DC 20037
The Fairmont's Christmas Day buffet brunch is an annual tradition, boasting unlimited Moet Champagne for $97 per person. The brunch runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., while Juniper, the hotel's restaurant, serves a four-course prix fixe traditional dinner meal for $49 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
2401 M Street, NW
Washington, DC 20037

11. Rosa Mexicano

575 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20004
Rosa Mexicano's three locations are serving up a $45 prix fixe menu (plus a la carte options) beginning at noon, with dishes such as duck noodle soup and pumpkin creme brulee featured.
575 7th St NW
Washington, DC 20004

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