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Where to Order Christmas Dinner Around D.C.

A guide to local restaurants offering the holiday meal

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It’s truly the most wonderful time of the year, when restaurants across the DMV fully embrace the holidays with themed pop-ups and cocktails to commemorate the season. They’ve also raised the stakes by developing full-fledged Christmas spreads fit for dine-in or takeout service. Various portions, menu options, and price ranges meet all sorts of preferences for couples, families, and friends alike.

With less than two weeks to go until Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, leave the festive feast to one of the restaurants ahead by pre-ordering or making a reservation now.

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Equinox on 19th

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Chef Todd Gray’s super-seasonal mainstay, around since 1999, relocated to bigger downtown digs this month. Celebrate its first holiday in the new space with a Christmas Eve brunch from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. ($48) or dinner from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ($110); reserve a seat here. The meal comes on the same week its first winter black truffles of the season have started to arrive from Périgord, France.

Amparo Fondita

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Dupont’s modern Mexican newcomer offers to-go meals suited for two to three people ($325). The ample order includes an ensalada Navidad, a vibrant mix of oranges, beets, jicama, avocado, and candied sunflower seeds; spinach fettuccine with roasted poblano sauce, Chihuahua cheese, and crema; roasted pork loin infused with white wine and herbed butter; and desserts like spiced poached apples. Add a bottle of Alma 4 Blanc de Blancs 2019 from Argentina or margaritas by the liter. Tamales by the dozen ($75) are also a good way to go. Place orders via Toast for pickup on December 23 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Both Julii and sister spot Melina will be open for brunch on Christmas Eve and a shortened dinner service with the last seating at 8 p.m.

City Perch Kitchen + Bar

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Though its holiday menu of seafood, lamb shank, and cookies is served from December 22 to 26, City Perch is open for brunch on Christmas Eve from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. for dinner. On Christmas Day, head to brunch from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. and between 4 p.m. and 9 p.m. for dinner.

On Christmas Eve, chef Colin McClimans will offer a family-style tasting menu at the seafood-centric hit in Chevy Chase. Highlights include crispy artichoke alla Romana with garlic confit, crispy parsley and romesco, Maine lobster ravioli with tarragon, bouillabaisse, garlic and labneh, roasted rack of lamb with winter spinach, onion puree, glazed carrots, For dessert, salivate over caramelized pineapple and crispy bunuelos with rum caramel and vanilla ice cream. The family-style menu costs $90 per diner.

Gravitas

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Enjoy a Michelin-starred dinner surrounded by loved ones. A three-course dinner is served on Christmas Eve for $90 per person from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. During dinner, chef Matt Baker also has a four-course dinner from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. for $145 a person and a six-course feast for $195. Wine pairings are an additional $75 and $125 respectively.

Le Diplomate

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On Christmas Eve, guests can enjoy a la carte dinner service from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. along with seasonal, special plates. Those looking to take home a piece of Parisian holiday stateside can place pre-order pick-ups for bûche de noël between December 22 to December 23. On Christmas Day, Le Diplomate will keep the holiday spirit alive from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. with a similar all-day menu and specialty plates.

Ambar Shaw (Multiple locations)

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Ambar Capitol Hill, Clarendon, and Shaw will all offer a Christmas grab-and-go menu derived from its Balkan dining-without-limits theme. Priced at $79 per couple, the menu consists of lamb pate; shrimp buzara with grits, tomato, white wine and onions; veal roulade; a Balkan salad; Balkan pita and cornbread. The meal concludes with sticky and sweet baklava. Orders must be placed by 3 p.m. on Decemeber 23, with pickup available on Christmas Eve from 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Ambar Capitol Hill and Ambar Shaw and from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Ambar Clarendon. 

St. Anselm

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The American tavern in the heart of the Union Market neighborhood will offer its a la carte menu along with some holiday specials on Christmas Eve. Wash it down with a glass of their house Madeira or holiday-centric cocktail.

Brasserie Beck

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Brasserie Beck’s chef Brian McBride offers a three-course menu for Christmas Eve ($75 per person) from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Highlights include beef Wellington with haricot verte, potato puree and horseradish. Other offerings include chestnut and foie gras soup; a classic bouillabaisse with rouille, prawns, clams, mussels, scallops, and a fin fish; and bûche de noël for dessert.

Chang Chang

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Chef Peter Chang is offering a special menu for the holidays centered around his award-winning peking duck. The holiday menu is available for preorder now, with pick-up available on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The Peter Chang holiday package feeds four as a complete meal (or 8 to 10 as appetizers and side dishes). In addition to the duck, there’s also dry pot spicy potatoes, green beans with ya cai, and spicy hand-ripped cabbage. Chang Chang’s holiday package is $148 and can be pre-ordered now via Tock. For guests looking to supplement traditional sides, the bird is available a la carte for $80.

Unconventional Diner

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Chef David Deshaies holiday menu isn’t just limited to Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. His three-course take-home holiday menu consists of soup, beef Wellington with sides, and dessert. It’s priced at $75 per person and pickup is from December 15 to New Year’s Eve (excluding Christmas Day).

Blue Duck Tavern

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Blue Duck Tavern will offer its seasonal a la carte dinner menu created by newly appointed executive chef Andrew Cleverdon from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Christmas Eve. On Christmas Day, they’ll offer its a la carte breakfast menu from 6:30 a.m. to 10 a.m., followed by a prix fixe holiday feast, which will be available from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. Guests opting for the prix fixe menu can look forward to mushroom soup, jumbo lump crab cake, shaved and roasted Brussels sprouts, duck pâté en croute, slow roasted prime rib, poached halibut, and more. The pre-paid holiday menu is priced at $165 per person for adults and $55 for children from six to twelve years old. Children under six eat free. Reserve here.

Nobu Washington D.C.

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Deviate from tradition and opt for a sushi feast on both Christmas Eve and Day at the globally recognized fine dining spot.

BOURBON STEAK

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Let newly named executive chef Quentin Welch handle the cooking on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The posh steakhouse inside the Four Seasons hotel will offer a unique a la carte menu, with offerings including a seafood tower, short rib Wellington, and potato and leek soup.

Philotimo

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Recently reopened Philotimo, chef Nicholas Stefanelli’s homage to Greek cuisine, celebrates its first holiday season with a three-course, family-style Christmas Eve dinner ($95 per person) that features a whole suckling pig.

The Ritz-Carlton Georgetown, Washington, D.C.

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Available on Christmas Eve between 5 to 10 p.m., guests are invited to enjoy a special holiday feast consisting of a four-course menu priced at $144 per person.

In the spirit of the holiday season, Hiraya will be hosting a “Hiraya Christmas Fiesta Feast Pick-Up” that will feature a whole roasted cochinillo (suckling pig) priced at $350 and a half-dozen Hiraya doughnut kit ($35) that includes flavors like makulay (coconut), chocnut, and yema. Pickup will be available on Christmas from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Pre-order here.

Smokecraft Modern Barbecue

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Smokecraft Modern Barbecue has a customizable holiday feast in store. Some of the most popular dishes include smoked prime rib and smoked whole duck with sides like bourbon sweet mashed potatoes, roasted and infused with a hint of maple syrup and topped with marshmallows or candied pecans and its award-winning mac and cheese. Desserts are available as well, and include eggnog bread pudding, which features eggnog and milk chocolate-soaked brioche and rum-soaked cranberries, smoked with cherry wood, and served with a white chocolate ganache. Pre-order online by 12 p.m. on Wednesday, December 20 for Christmas.

ilili Restaurant

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On Christmas Eve at ilili, diners will enjoy a selection of hot and cold mezza followed by family style entrees including roasted acorn squash and carob glazed lamb ribs. For dessert, there’s a selection of plates including dark cherry bûche de Noël and arak raisin pudding. Reservations are available from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. and tickets are $115 for adults and $50 for children under 12. Reservations can be made here

Osteria Morini

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At Navy Yard’s Italian mainstay, start with an antipasto platter of tartine di manzo, (a blend of prime beef, shallots, capers, lemon, and egg yolk) before moving to entrees like tagliolini adorned with lobster and shrimp, as well as the opulent griglia mista featuring Maine lobster, gulf shrimp, and scallop over couscous and garlic herb butter drizzle. Conclude your festive feast on a sweet note with Osteria Morini’s dolce masterpiece: budino di riso (vanilla rice pudding, chestnut cremeux, and chestnut crumble).

Vola’s Dockside Grill and Hi-Tide Lounge

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Vola’s Dockside Grill invites diners to indulge in a special three-course prix fixe menu, available for $49 per person. Dishes include beef Wellington and Chilean seabass, among others. On Christmas Eve, Vola’s will open from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. and on Christmas Day, Vola’s will open from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Ada's on the River

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Ada’s on the River will offer a three-course prix fixe spread in addition to the a la carte menu on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Highlights include wood fired prime rib and a chocolate hazelnut cheesecake. Priced at $79 per person (and $29 for kids) from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Christmas Even and from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Christmas Day.

BARCA Pier & Wine Bar

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Situated on the Potomac, BARCA Pier is inviting guests to enjoy two festive specials in addition to its a la carte menu on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Featured specials include lamb chops, and pan con persimmons y jamón — salted persimmons and jamón iberico. BARCA will open on Christmas Eve from 12:30 to 11 p.m. and 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Christmas Day.

Equinox on 19th

Chef Todd Gray’s super-seasonal mainstay, around since 1999, relocated to bigger downtown digs this month. Celebrate its first holiday in the new space with a Christmas Eve brunch from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. ($48) or dinner from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ($110); reserve a seat here. The meal comes on the same week its first winter black truffles of the season have started to arrive from Périgord, France.

Amparo Fondita

Dupont’s modern Mexican newcomer offers to-go meals suited for two to three people ($325). The ample order includes an ensalada Navidad, a vibrant mix of oranges, beets, jicama, avocado, and candied sunflower seeds; spinach fettuccine with roasted poblano sauce, Chihuahua cheese, and crema; roasted pork loin infused with white wine and herbed butter; and desserts like spiced poached apples. Add a bottle of Alma 4 Blanc de Blancs 2019 from Argentina or margaritas by the liter. Tamales by the dozen ($75) are also a good way to go. Place orders via Toast for pickup on December 23 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Julii

Both Julii and sister spot Melina will be open for brunch on Christmas Eve and a shortened dinner service with the last seating at 8 p.m.

City Perch Kitchen + Bar

Though its holiday menu of seafood, lamb shank, and cookies is served from December 22 to 26, City Perch is open for brunch on Christmas Eve from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. for dinner. On Christmas Day, head to brunch from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. and between 4 p.m. and 9 p.m. for dinner.

Opal

On Christmas Eve, chef Colin McClimans will offer a family-style tasting menu at the seafood-centric hit in Chevy Chase. Highlights include crispy artichoke alla Romana with garlic confit, crispy parsley and romesco, Maine lobster ravioli with tarragon, bouillabaisse, garlic and labneh, roasted rack of lamb with winter spinach, onion puree, glazed carrots, For dessert, salivate over caramelized pineapple and crispy bunuelos with rum caramel and vanilla ice cream. The family-style menu costs $90 per diner.

Gravitas

Enjoy a Michelin-starred dinner surrounded by loved ones. A three-course dinner is served on Christmas Eve for $90 per person from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. During dinner, chef Matt Baker also has a four-course dinner from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. for $145 a person and a six-course feast for $195. Wine pairings are an additional $75 and $125 respectively.

Le Diplomate

On Christmas Eve, guests can enjoy a la carte dinner service from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. along with seasonal, special plates. Those looking to take home a piece of Parisian holiday stateside can place pre-order pick-ups for bûche de noël between December 22 to December 23. On Christmas Day, Le Diplomate will keep the holiday spirit alive from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. with a similar all-day menu and specialty plates.

Ambar Shaw (Multiple locations)

Ambar Capitol Hill, Clarendon, and Shaw will all offer a Christmas grab-and-go menu derived from its Balkan dining-without-limits theme. Priced at $79 per couple, the menu consists of lamb pate; shrimp buzara with grits, tomato, white wine and onions; veal roulade; a Balkan salad; Balkan pita and cornbread. The meal concludes with sticky and sweet baklava. Orders must be placed by 3 p.m. on Decemeber 23, with pickup available on Christmas Eve from 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Ambar Capitol Hill and Ambar Shaw and from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Ambar Clarendon. 

St. Anselm

The American tavern in the heart of the Union Market neighborhood will offer its a la carte menu along with some holiday specials on Christmas Eve. Wash it down with a glass of their house Madeira or holiday-centric cocktail.

Brasserie Beck

Brasserie Beck’s chef Brian McBride offers a three-course menu for Christmas Eve ($75 per person) from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Highlights include beef Wellington with haricot verte, potato puree and horseradish. Other offerings include chestnut and foie gras soup; a classic bouillabaisse with rouille, prawns, clams, mussels, scallops, and a fin fish; and bûche de noël for dessert.

Chang Chang

Chef Peter Chang is offering a special menu for the holidays centered around his award-winning peking duck. The holiday menu is available for preorder now, with pick-up available on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The Peter Chang holiday package feeds four as a complete meal (or 8 to 10 as appetizers and side dishes). In addition to the duck, there’s also dry pot spicy potatoes, green beans with ya cai, and spicy hand-ripped cabbage. Chang Chang’s holiday package is $148 and can be pre-ordered now via Tock. For guests looking to supplement traditional sides, the bird is available a la carte for $80.

Unconventional Diner

Chef David Deshaies holiday menu isn’t just limited to Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. His three-course take-home holiday menu consists of soup, beef Wellington with sides, and dessert. It’s priced at $75 per person and pickup is from December 15 to New Year’s Eve (excluding Christmas Day).

Blue Duck Tavern

Blue Duck Tavern will offer its seasonal a la carte dinner menu created by newly appointed executive chef Andrew Cleverdon from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Christmas Eve. On Christmas Day, they’ll offer its a la carte breakfast menu from 6:30 a.m. to 10 a.m., followed by a prix fixe holiday feast, which will be available from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. Guests opting for the prix fixe menu can look forward to mushroom soup, jumbo lump crab cake, shaved and roasted Brussels sprouts, duck pâté en croute, slow roasted prime rib, poached halibut, and more. The pre-paid holiday menu is priced at $165 per person for adults and $55 for children from six to twelve years old. Children under six eat free. Reserve here.

Nobu Washington D.C.

Deviate from tradition and opt for a sushi feast on both Christmas Eve and Day at the globally recognized fine dining spot.

BOURBON STEAK

Let newly named executive chef Quentin Welch handle the cooking on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The posh steakhouse inside the Four Seasons hotel will offer a unique a la carte menu, with offerings including a seafood tower, short rib Wellington, and potato and leek soup.

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Philotimo

Recently reopened Philotimo, chef Nicholas Stefanelli’s homage to Greek cuisine, celebrates its first holiday season with a three-course, family-style Christmas Eve dinner ($95 per person) that features a whole suckling pig.

The Ritz-Carlton Georgetown, Washington, D.C.

Available on Christmas Eve between 5 to 10 p.m., guests are invited to enjoy a special holiday feast consisting of a four-course menu priced at $144 per person.

Hiraya

In the spirit of the holiday season, Hiraya will be hosting a “Hiraya Christmas Fiesta Feast Pick-Up” that will feature a whole roasted cochinillo (suckling pig) priced at $350 and a half-dozen Hiraya doughnut kit ($35) that includes flavors like makulay (coconut), chocnut, and yema. Pickup will be available on Christmas from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Pre-order here.

Smokecraft Modern Barbecue

Smokecraft Modern Barbecue has a customizable holiday feast in store. Some of the most popular dishes include smoked prime rib and smoked whole duck with sides like bourbon sweet mashed potatoes, roasted and infused with a hint of maple syrup and topped with marshmallows or candied pecans and its award-winning mac and cheese. Desserts are available as well, and include eggnog bread pudding, which features eggnog and milk chocolate-soaked brioche and rum-soaked cranberries, smoked with cherry wood, and served with a white chocolate ganache. Pre-order online by 12 p.m. on Wednesday, December 20 for Christmas.

ilili Restaurant

On Christmas Eve at ilili, diners will enjoy a selection of hot and cold mezza followed by family style entrees including roasted acorn squash and carob glazed lamb ribs. For dessert, there’s a selection of plates including dark cherry bûche de Noël and arak raisin pudding. Reservations are available from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. and tickets are $115 for adults and $50 for children under 12. Reservations can be made here

Osteria Morini

At Navy Yard’s Italian mainstay, start with an antipasto platter of tartine di manzo, (a blend of prime beef, shallots, capers, lemon, and egg yolk) before moving to entrees like tagliolini adorned with lobster and shrimp, as well as the opulent griglia mista featuring Maine lobster, gulf shrimp, and scallop over couscous and garlic herb butter drizzle. Conclude your festive feast on a sweet note with Osteria Morini’s dolce masterpiece: budino di riso (vanilla rice pudding, chestnut cremeux, and chestnut crumble).

Vola’s Dockside Grill and Hi-Tide Lounge

Vola’s Dockside Grill invites diners to indulge in a special three-course prix fixe menu, available for $49 per person. Dishes include beef Wellington and Chilean seabass, among others. On Christmas Eve, Vola’s will open from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. and on Christmas Day, Vola’s will open from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Ada's on the River

Ada’s on the River will offer a three-course prix fixe spread in addition to the a la carte menu on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Highlights include wood fired prime rib and a chocolate hazelnut cheesecake. Priced at $79 per person (and $29 for kids) from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Christmas Even and from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Christmas Day.

BARCA Pier & Wine Bar

Situated on the Potomac, BARCA Pier is inviting guests to enjoy two festive specials in addition to its a la carte menu on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Featured specials include lamb chops, and pan con persimmons y jamón — salted persimmons and jamón iberico. BARCA will open on Christmas Eve from 12:30 to 11 p.m. and 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Christmas Day.

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