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A holiday-themed pop-up takes over Belltown’s Rob Roy all month, including Dec. 25.
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Where to Eat and Drink in Seattle on Christmas Day 2019

Presents unwrapped? Time to hit the town

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A holiday-themed pop-up takes over Belltown’s Rob Roy all month, including Dec. 25.
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While many of Seattle's restaurants will be closed on Christmas Day, there are still plenty of restaurants that don't want customers to go hungry, including but certainly not limited to the city's hotel-attached spots. If cooking and staying in on Wednesday, December 25 is off the table, here's a list of places, from holiday-themed pop-ups at cocktail bars to fine-dining dens to Chinese noodle destinations, that will satisfy any holiday cravings. In this cheery (sometimes dreary) city of transplants and transients, there's no better way to fit in.

Note: These places are listed geographically from north to south, not ranked by preference. If you think we missed a spot, send us a tip.

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1. Ray's Boathouse and Cafe

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6049 Seaview Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107
(206) 789-3770
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This Ballard waterfront classic has two options for a holiday dinner. The Boathouse will accompany its regular dinner menu with a three-course alternative for $60, with soup or salad, an entree, and dessert. In the cafe from noon to 8 p.m. there will be a la carte items, such as crab cakes, salmon, and burgers. Both sections require reservations, and both feature a full kids' menu.

2. Xi'an Noodles

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5259 University Way
Seattle, WA 98105
(206) 522-8888
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One of Eater 38’s essential Seattle restaurants, this unassuming Chinese food restaurant in the U District delivers comfort food all year round. The real draw are bowls of hand-pulled, wide biang biang noodles, made from scratch every day. Must-try dishes include the spicy cumin lamb or simply the hot chili oil offering, which showcases the noodles’ texture the best.

A closeup view of a bowl filled with lamb cumin noodles and herbs, pulled with chopsticks.
Spicy lamb cumin noodles.
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3. Hattie's Hat Restaurant

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5231 Ballard Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107
(206) 784-0175
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Ballard’s legendary bar (which has been operating for over a century) is known for its laid-back vibe and excellent drinks list, including nine different types of bloody marys. There will be a limited menu on Christmas, but starting at 3 p.m., the taps will be flowing.

4. Big Mario's Pizza

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815 5th Ave N
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 453-5841
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This New York-style big-slice, low-maintenance pizzeria has become a Seattle Christmas Day tradition for those looking for a late-night greasy snack escape. Starting at 9 p.m., every location has seasonal pie specials — including, in the past, “The Grinch,” a pesto-based pie with pepperoni and jalapenos. The Queen Anne outpost is usually especially chill.

5. The Lakehouse

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10455 NE 5th Pl
Bellevue, WA 98004
(425) 454-7076
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Jason Wilson's stark modern-industrial farmhouse restaurant in Bellevue will be hosting both brunch (from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.) and dinner (from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.) on Christmas Day. The three-course menu costs $74 for adults and choices such as pumpkin soup, Niman Ranch prime rib, a vegetable pot pie with chanterelle mushrooms, and a roasted caramel apple cake.

The stark white and dark wood dining room at the Lakehouse in Bellevue.
The Lakehouse in Bellevue in near the neighborhood’s arts museum.
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6. Rob Roy

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2332 2nd Ave
Seattle, WA 98121
(206) 956-8423
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The now third-annual “Miracle on 2nd” pop-up at Rob Roy will be in full force on Christmas Day. Revelers can expect plenty of kitschy, seasonal décor and themed drinks, such as the Bad Santa (served hot, with rum, black chai tea, and date infused oat milk), the Snowball Old Fashioned (with caramelized pecan bourbon), and the Yippie Ki Yay Mother F****r (with rum, cachaça, and purple yam and coconut orgeat). 

7. Currant Bistro

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2120 4th Ave
Seattle, WA 98121
(206) 441-7456
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Bright, modern Currant Bistro, on the ground floor of Belltown’s newish Sound Hotel, has been quietly impressing with its cocktails, as well as astounding dips, flatbreads, and charcuterie plates. Chef de cuisine Leif Thornquist is also doing incredible things with his soups, which should be on the menu served from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 4 to 8 p.m. on Christmas.

8. Lost Lake Cafe and Lounge

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1505 10th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 323-5678
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This retro 24-hour diner on Capitol Hill is the perfect place for a low-key holiday. The regular menu of American classics is available all day on Christmas and a special holiday menu — featuring crab bisque, a classic turkey dinner, mulled wine spiked with brandy, and more — served from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. After, those with stamina to spare can sneak through the back to sibling Comet Tavern, which has similar menu specials.

9. Urbane

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1639 8th Ave
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 676-4600
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Northwest cuisine in a relaxed setting Downtown should be a good Christmas Day bet for out-of-towners and locals hosting guests. The $68 price fixe menu reflects the restaurant's passion for regional ingredients, including a roasted local squash salad, a pan-seared bistro filet with grilled celery root puree and a local red wine demi-glace, and chocolate cake with ganache, peppermint bark, and whipped vanilla crème fraiche.

The bright interior or Urbane’s dining room, with dark wood accents, a chandelier, and a hardwood floor.
Urbane is located at the Hyatt at Olive 8 hotel Downtown.
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10. Patagōn

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1610 2nd Ave
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 256-7520
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The Charter Hotel’s Patagon features Argentine flavors with Pacific Northwest ingredients in a sleek dining room overlooking the Great Wheel. On Christmas, there’s a $65 price fixe menu with dishes such as duck confit croquetas, asado oysters, parrilla smoked prime rib, and cresta de gallo with Washington black truffle and parmesan fondue. Wine pairing is $35 extra.

A giant metal rack of vegetables roasting over a fire, with two chefs on either side.
Patagon is an Argentinian restaurant near Pike Place.
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11. Cutters Crabhouse

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2001 Western Ave
Seattle, WA 98121
(206) 448-4884
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On Christmas Day, this upscale, but relaxed institution at Pike Place Market is rolling out a robust menu of its popular seafood items, from crab-stuffed prawns to grilled salmon to seared scallops with yam risotto and braised leeks. For those with a really big appetite, there’s also a 14-ounce slow-roasted prime rib with potatoes, Brussels sprouts, and a blue cheese Yorkshire pudding. Hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

A chef holds a white plate with seared scallops, greens, and a starchy side.
Seared scallops at Cutters.
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12. Harbor City Restaurant

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707 S King St
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 621-2228
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The International District is a great place to venture on the 25th, with many restaurants open and ready for business. No-frills dim sum spot Harbor City stands out in the crowd with some of the best Peking duck in Seattle (a Christmas tradition thanks in part to little Ralphie Parker), along with practically every other Chinese dish imaginable.

Peking duck with dipping sauce and other garnishes.
Peking duck.
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1. Ray's Boathouse and Cafe

6049 Seaview Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107

This Ballard waterfront classic has two options for a holiday dinner. The Boathouse will accompany its regular dinner menu with a three-course alternative for $60, with soup or salad, an entree, and dessert. In the cafe from noon to 8 p.m. there will be a la carte items, such as crab cakes, salmon, and burgers. Both sections require reservations, and both feature a full kids' menu.

6049 Seaview Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107

2. Xi'an Noodles

5259 University Way, Seattle, WA 98105
A closeup view of a bowl filled with lamb cumin noodles and herbs, pulled with chopsticks.
Spicy lamb cumin noodles.
Gabe Guarente for Eater

One of Eater 38’s essential Seattle restaurants, this unassuming Chinese food restaurant in the U District delivers comfort food all year round. The real draw are bowls of hand-pulled, wide biang biang noodles, made from scratch every day. Must-try dishes include the spicy cumin lamb or simply the hot chili oil offering, which showcases the noodles’ texture the best.

5259 University Way
Seattle, WA 98105

3. Hattie's Hat Restaurant

5231 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107

Ballard’s legendary bar (which has been operating for over a century) is known for its laid-back vibe and excellent drinks list, including nine different types of bloody marys. There will be a limited menu on Christmas, but starting at 3 p.m., the taps will be flowing.

5231 Ballard Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107

4. Big Mario's Pizza

815 5th Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109

This New York-style big-slice, low-maintenance pizzeria has become a Seattle Christmas Day tradition for those looking for a late-night greasy snack escape. Starting at 9 p.m., every location has seasonal pie specials — including, in the past, “The Grinch,” a pesto-based pie with pepperoni and jalapenos. The Queen Anne outpost is usually especially chill.

815 5th Ave N
Seattle, WA 98109

5. The Lakehouse

10455 NE 5th Pl, Bellevue, WA 98004
The stark white and dark wood dining room at the Lakehouse in Bellevue.
The Lakehouse in Bellevue in near the neighborhood’s arts museum.
Suzi Pratt for Eater

Jason Wilson's stark modern-industrial farmhouse restaurant in Bellevue will be hosting both brunch (from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.) and dinner (from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.) on Christmas Day. The three-course menu costs $74 for adults and choices such as pumpkin soup, Niman Ranch prime rib, a vegetable pot pie with chanterelle mushrooms, and a roasted caramel apple cake.

10455 NE 5th Pl
Bellevue, WA 98004

6. Rob Roy

2332 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98121

The now third-annual “Miracle on 2nd” pop-up at Rob Roy will be in full force on Christmas Day. Revelers can expect plenty of kitschy, seasonal décor and themed drinks, such as the Bad Santa (served hot, with rum, black chai tea, and date infused oat milk), the Snowball Old Fashioned (with caramelized pecan bourbon), and the Yippie Ki Yay Mother F****r (with rum, cachaça, and purple yam and coconut orgeat). 

2332 2nd Ave
Seattle, WA 98121

7. Currant Bistro

2120 4th Ave, Seattle, WA 98121

Bright, modern Currant Bistro, on the ground floor of Belltown’s newish Sound Hotel, has been quietly impressing with its cocktails, as well as astounding dips, flatbreads, and charcuterie plates. Chef de cuisine Leif Thornquist is also doing incredible things with his soups, which should be on the menu served from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 4 to 8 p.m. on Christmas.

2120 4th Ave
Seattle, WA 98121

8. Lost Lake Cafe and Lounge

1505 10th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122

This retro 24-hour diner on Capitol Hill is the perfect place for a low-key holiday. The regular menu of American classics is available all day on Christmas and a special holiday menu — featuring crab bisque, a classic turkey dinner, mulled wine spiked with brandy, and more — served from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. After, those with stamina to spare can sneak through the back to sibling Comet Tavern, which has similar menu specials.

1505 10th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122

9. Urbane

1639 8th Ave, Seattle, WA 98101
The bright interior or Urbane’s dining room, with dark wood accents, a chandelier, and a hardwood floor.
Urbane is located at the Hyatt at Olive 8 hotel Downtown.
Urbane/Facebook

Northwest cuisine in a relaxed setting Downtown should be a good Christmas Day bet for out-of-towners and locals hosting guests. The $68 price fixe menu reflects the restaurant's passion for regional ingredients, including a roasted local squash salad, a pan-seared bistro filet with grilled celery root puree and a local red wine demi-glace, and chocolate cake with ganache, peppermint bark, and whipped vanilla crème fraiche.

1639 8th Ave
Seattle, WA 98101

10. Patagōn

1610 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98101
A giant metal rack of vegetables roasting over a fire, with two chefs on either side.
Patagon is an Argentinian restaurant near Pike Place.
Morgen Schuler for Eater

The Charter Hotel’s Patagon features Argentine flavors with Pacific Northwest ingredients in a sleek dining room overlooking the Great Wheel. On Christmas, there’s a $65 price fixe menu with dishes such as duck confit croquetas, asado oysters, parrilla smoked prime rib, and cresta de gallo with Washington black truffle and parmesan fondue. Wine pairing is $35 extra.

1610 2nd Ave
Seattle, WA 98101

11. Cutters Crabhouse

2001 Western Ave, Seattle, WA 98121
A chef holds a white plate with seared scallops, greens, and a starchy side.
Seared scallops at Cutters.
Cutters/Facebook

On Christmas Day, this upscale, but relaxed institution at Pike Place Market is rolling out a robust menu of its popular seafood items, from crab-stuffed prawns to grilled salmon to seared scallops with yam risotto and braised leeks. For those with a really big appetite, there’s also a 14-ounce slow-roasted prime rib with potatoes, Brussels sprouts, and a blue cheese Yorkshire pudding. Hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

2001 Western Ave
Seattle, WA 98121

12. Harbor City Restaurant

707 S King St, Seattle, WA 98104
Peking duck with dipping sauce and other garnishes.
Peking duck.
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The International District is a great place to venture on the 25th, with many restaurants open and ready for business. No-frills dim sum spot Harbor City stands out in the crowd with some of the best Peking duck in Seattle (a Christmas tradition thanks in part to little Ralphie Parker), along with practically every other Chinese dish imaginable.

707 S King St
Seattle, WA 98104

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