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.
Restaurant Guide: Christmas Eve and Christmas

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

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Anna Spiegel
Food Editor

Anna Spiegel covers the dining and drinking scene in her native DC. Prior to joining Washingtonian in 2010, she attended the French Culinary Institute and Columbia University’s MFA program in New York, and held various cooking and writing positions in NYC and in St. John, US Virgin Islands.