Restaurant Guide: Christmas Eve and Christmas

Don’t feel like cooking this year? These restaurants are offering special menus and dishes for a hassle-free holiday.

By: Anna Spiegel

Againn does Christmas dinner, gastropub style. Photograph by Chris Leaman

CHRISTMAS EVE

Adour
The St. Regis offers a set French menu with dishes like foie gras torchon and a scallop tian with Champagne in addition to its regular à-la-carte offerings.
Price: Set menu, $95 per person; $45 for children
Availability: 5:30 to 10:30 PM
Menu(s): Five-course menu and à-la-carte dinner

Againn
Celebrate Christmas in simple, homey gastropub style with soup, whole roasted fish, and banoffee pie.
Price: Set menu, $58 per person; $87 with wine pairing
Availability: 5:30 to 10 PM
Menu(s): Three-course menu

Bibiana
Chef Nick Stefanelli offers his fine dining interpretation of “feast of the seven fishes.”
Price: $65 per person
Availability: 5:30 to 10:30 PM
Menu(s): Five-course menu

Blue Duck Tavern
In addition to a special Christmas brunch, Blue Duck serves its regular à-la-carte dinner on Christmas Eve and Day.
Availability: Christmas Eve and Day, 5:30 to 10:30 PM
Menu(s): À-la-carte dinner menu

Bourbon Steak
Chef Adam Sobel serves the same festive seasonal dinner menu on Christmas Eve and Day, with options for each course.
Price: $90 per person
Availability: Christmas Eve and Day, 5:30 to 10 PM
Menu(s):
Three-course dinner menu

Casa Nonna
Chef Amy Branwein takes on the “feast of the seven fishes.”
Price: $42 per person
Availability: 5:30 to 11:30 PM
Menu(s): Four-course menu

Dino
The family-style seafood feast includes as many fish as possible from the market.
Price: $49 per person; $84 with wine pairing; $20 per child
Availability: Thursday, December 15, through Saturday, December 24 (opening for dinner at 4:30 on Christmas Eve)
Menu(s): Five-course menu

Fiola
Chef Fabbio Trabocchi prepares a seafood tour de force in an eight-course “feast of the seven fishes,” plus a regular dinner menu.
Price: Set menu, $125 per person
Availability: 5 to 11:30 PM
Menu(s): Eight-course menu or à-la-carte dinner

701
Chef Ed Witt’s celebratory menu includes seasonal items like seared scallops in truffle butter and smoked venison with chestnuts. A jazz pianist and a bassist will play during the meal.
Price: $58 per person; $85 with wine pairing
Availability: 5 to 10:30 PM
Menu(s): Four-course menu

The Source
Chef Scott Drewno prepares roast Peking duck, seasonal sides, and his famous 15-layer carrot cake. Reservations must be made for the prix fixe specifically.
Price: $49 per person
Availability: Thursday, December 22, through Christmas Eve

2941 Restaurant
A festive lineup from chef Bertrand Chemel includes all the holiday indulgence—oysters, foie gras, lobster, and even buche de noel.
Price: $65 per person
Availability: 4 to 10 PM
Menu(s): Three-course menu

Westend Bistro
Celebrate at chef Eric Ripert’s DC bistro with dishes like foie gras with figs and Sauternes, and lobster pot pie topped with shaved black truffles.
Price: Set menu, $75 per person
Availability: 5:30 to 11 PM
Menu(s): Three-course menu and à-la-carte dinner

CHRISTMAS DAY

Adour
In addition to Christmas Eve menus, the St. Regis hotel restaurant offers a Christmas Day service with a variety of options, such as lobster salad, braised bass, and a yule log.
Price: Set menu, $95 per person; $45 for children
Availability: Noon to 7:30
Menu(s): Four-course menu

Bourbon Steak
In addition to Christmas Eve and Day dinner, you can stop in for brunch items like bacon-and-onion tart with truffled vinaigrette, pumpkin French toast, and Christmas pudding.
Price: Brunch, $80 per person; $40 for children 12 and under; dinner, $90 per personThree-course brunch and three-course dinner menu
Availability: Brunch, Sunday, December 25, from 11:30 to 3; dinner, Saturday, December 24, and Sunday, December 25, 5:30 to 10

Blue Duck Tavern
Buffet brunch appetizers and desserts, plated entrées (regular à-la-carte on Christmas Eve and Day)
Regular entrées like slow-roasted rib eye with horseradish are bookended by buffets: a spread of chilled shellfish, cheeses, and salads to start, and a dessert spread at the end.
Price: $90 per person; $42 for children six to 12
Availability: Christmas Day brunch, 10:30 to 3:30; Christmas Eve and Day dinner, 5:30 to 10:30
Menu(s): À la carte dinner menu

J&G Steakhouse
 Opt for a set lineup that includes butternut squash soup and grilled filet, or pick from a variety of à-la-carte options.
Price: $75 per person for the set menu; à la carte varies
Availability: Noon to 9 PM
Menu(s): Four-course menu or à la carte

Plume at the Jefferson Hotel
A French-inspired Christmas feast in an elegant setting includes dishes like lobster bisque and prime rib.
Price: $90 per person; $40 for children 12 and under
Availability: 11 AM to 6 PM
Menu(s): Three-course menu