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UPDATED: Where to Eat in Seattle on Christmas Eve & Christmas Day

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Christmas time is here, and it's a great season for food, drink, merry-making, and finally admitting that you can't actually cook. But no one should miss out on a special holiday meal just because you don't know leaf lard from lanolin.

Don't fret: There are tons of restaurants and bars open for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day to help you make the merry without making a mess of your kitchen.

Here now, an alphabetized round-up of some go-to spots to take the pressure off.

*This list will continuously be updated as we hear about new openings.


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. The 5 Point Cafe

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415 Cedar St
Seattle, WA 98121
(206) 448-9991
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Open all day and night over the holidays, the restaurant will be serving their entire menu in addition to a special Christmas dinner from 10 am to 10 pm Xmas day. The holiday special includes prime rib or ham, sides and pie for $22.

2. Agrodolce

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709 N 35th St
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 547-9707
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Agrodolce is offering a 4-course Christmas Eve dinner featuring things like Italian chestnut soup, ricotta cavatelli, seafood risotto and chocolate cannoli. Cost is $70, $110 with wine pairings. Call the restaurant to make a reservation.

3. Altura

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617 Broadway E
Seattle, WA 98102
(206) 402-6749
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A six-course meal with wine pairings will certainly make the season bright, especially on Christmas Eve. Altura’s incredible line-up includes matsutake ravioli, risotto with braised tongue, chestnut soup, goose three ways, truffle-roasted venison, and countless other decadent treats. $136 per person with $84 wine pairing.

4. Bastille Café & Bar

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5307 Ballard Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107
(206) 453-5014
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If you can’t french under the mistletoe with someone sexy this Christmas, at least you can French food with family and friends at this Ballard destination. Open Christmas Eve 4-8 p.m.

5. BOKA Restaurant + Bar

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1010 1st Ave
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 357-9000
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Peter Birk's super solid Christmas Eve and Christmas Day menu is chock full of locally sourced tuna, chicken, pork, seafood, and pasta. After gorging on stars like ribeye with mushrooms and albacore from the F/V St. Jude, you'll definitely settle down for a long winter's nap.

6. Crush

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2319 E Madison St
Seattle, WA 98112
(206) 302-7874
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Chef Jason Wilson has prepared a fancy multi-course Christmas Eve menu, (check it out online). Cost is $88 per person. Extra for wine pairings. Call the restaurant to reserve your spot.

7. Golden Beetle

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1744 NW Market St
Seattle, WA 98107
(206) 706-2977
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Maria Hines’ Mediterranean resto is inviting people in on Christmas Eve for all night happy hour (5 to 10 pm), and they’ll be serving it up in the whole restaurant so kids can join. The menu includes chickpea and lemon stew, chicken wings, and all sorts of snacks. No reservations.

8. Hattie's Hat Restaurant

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5231 Ballard Ave. NW
Seattle, WA 98107
(206) 784-0175
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This Ballard dive bar (and so much more) will be open Christmas Eve and Christmas Day starting at 10 a.m., as usual. Who loves you if not your local watering hole?

9. Kedai Makan

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1510 E Olive Way
Seattle, WA 98122
If you haven’t headed into Kedai yet, you’re missing out. The Malaysian walk-up on the Hill is offering a limited menu on Christmas Eve, so if you wanna enjoy dinner on your own couch, but don’t want a billion dishes to clean, this is the place for you. They’ll be featuring their biryani, among other favorites, and are closed on Christmas Day.

10. Le Zinc

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1449 E Pine St
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 257-4151
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The five-course Christmas Eve meal at this Capitol Hill newbie is rich and rad, with parsnip gnocchi, foie torchon and brioche, seared scallops, duck and mushrooms, and more. We could go on, but do we really have to? $55/person, $20 optional wine pairing. Two seatings. Call for reservations.

11. Local 360

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2234 1st Ave
Seattle, WA 98121
(206) 441-9360
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Foie gras, goose, and pudding — sorry, not the figgy kind — are getting the full 360 on Christmas Eve at the Belltown joint. $50/person with optional wine pairing for $15. Call the restaurant or email reservations@local360.org.

12. Lost Lake Cafe & Lounge

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1505 10th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 323-5678
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Everyone has that picky cousin with the uber specific eating habits. Get thee to Lost Lake and enjoy a prime rib dinner with amazing sides, like Brussels sprouts with bacon and beans and such for $14.95, plus family style sides. The whole menu is available as well, with the special holiday dinner running both December 24 and 25, starting at 5 pm Christmas Eve until midnight Christmas Day.

13. Miller's Guild

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620 Stewart St
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 443-3363
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Less than two weeks after opening, this new restaurant inside Hotel Max (where the giant wood-fueled Inferno grill is king) will be offering its regular dinner menu on Christmas Eve.

14. Miyabi 45th

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2208 N 45th St
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 632-4545
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Prix fixe menus around the holidays are a dime a dozen, but none are quite like Miyabi’s. The popular soba destination will be giving a little different take on the six-courser, with monkfisth liver, foie gras, sea urchin, and the signature soba they’ve become known for. Dinner begins at 7 pm and reservations can be made by calling the restaurant. $65/person with optional $35 wine and sake pairing.

15. Palisade Restaurant

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2601 W Marina Pl
Seattle, WA 98199
(206) 285-1000
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Get a touch of Hawaiian with a hearty helping of steak or seafood at the Magnolia resto. They’re open noon to 9 pm on Christmas to take the pressure off the range-phobic rangers among us.

16. Poquitos

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1000 E Pike St
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 453-4216
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Nothing says Feliz Navidad like a plate of fried grasshoppers. Want a little more meat and a little less bugs in your mouth? Their full menu will be available until 10 pm on Christmas Eve.

17. RockCreek

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4300 Fremont Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 557-7532
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In the Italian tradition of the festa dei setti pesce, or Feast of Seven Fishes, the new seafood hotspot will be celebrating Christmas Eve in a major way. The menu is yet to be set, since they want the freshest and bestest seafood available, but it's certainly going to be special. $85. One seating at 3:30 pm. Call for reservations.

18. Rookies Sports Bar & Grill

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3820 S Ferdinand St, Ste 101
Seattle, WA 98118
(206) 722-0301
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If a sports bar is more of your chosen holiday haunt, Columbia City's Rookies Sports Bar will be open on Christmas Eve and 11-8 on Christmas Day.

19. Rumba

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1112 Pike St
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 583-7177
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Evan Leichtling, whose resume boasts major stints at Lark and La Bête, will be stopping by Rumba on Christmas Eve to blow your mind. The meat-loving chef is serving up venison, suckling pig, rabbit, fernet ice cream, and plenty more. Hot boozy drinks will get slinged as normal, with doors open at 7 pm Reservations accepted for parties of all sizes.

20. Sazerac

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1101 4th Ave
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 624-7755
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Sazerac has you covered on Christmas Eve for breakfast, lunch, and dinner (5-8 pm) with their normal menu, and Christmas Day for brunch from 8 am to 2:30 pm.

21. Skillet Diner

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1400 E Union St.
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 420-7297
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We know how the story goes, but we're pretty sure Santa would be stoked with a belly full of bacon jam on the night before Christmas. Luckily, the gussied-up diners (Capitol Hill and Ballard) are open for you (and Kris Kringle) until 3 pm so you can pick up last minute gifts and gorge yourself on poutine.

22. Stoneburner

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5214 Ballard Ave. NW
Seattle, WA 98107
(206) 695-2051
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If you have family in town, and you’re smart about it, chances are they’re not staying with you. Dine in style at Stoneburner with your guests and then fake a yawn and send ‘em upstairs to the hotel while you finish up your Christmas Eve elsewhere, once the resto closes at 8 pm.

23. Tilth

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1411 N 45th St
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 633-0801
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For a dinner that feels like you're eating at home (or at least someone else's) Tilth will be offering a four-course dinner on Xmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. With local oysters, celery root soup, spot prawn consomme, rabbit rillette, grilled venison loin, heirloom bean cassoulet, and pie on the menu, it’ll be one holiday moment you won’t want to drink away. Well, except maybe with the optional wine pairing. $95/person.

24. Tulio Ristorante

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1100 5th Ave
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 624-5500
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Celebrating the Italian tradition of the Feast of Seven Fishes, Tulio will be seafooding it up Christmas Eve, with crab arancini, stuffed clams, and more available a la carte. a limited dinner menu available as well, all a la carte.

25. Von Trapp's

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912 12th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 325-5409
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It just wouldn’t be a party without sausage, right guys? Well, VT’s has more brats than your family party, and they’re sharing! On Christmas Eve, they’re putting the “zel” in pretzel (it’s like slang, from Europe) and inviting all the restaurant industry pals and civilian orphans to hop on by starting at 4 pm for some yuletide fun.

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1. The 5 Point Cafe

415 Cedar St, Seattle, WA 98121
Open all day and night over the holidays, the restaurant will be serving their entire menu in addition to a special Christmas dinner from 10 am to 10 pm Xmas day. The holiday special includes prime rib or ham, sides and pie for $22.
415 Cedar St
Seattle, WA 98121

2. Agrodolce

709 N 35th St, Seattle, WA 98103
Agrodolce is offering a 4-course Christmas Eve dinner featuring things like Italian chestnut soup, ricotta cavatelli, seafood risotto and chocolate cannoli. Cost is $70, $110 with wine pairings. Call the restaurant to make a reservation.
709 N 35th St
Seattle, WA 98103

3. Altura

617 Broadway E, Seattle, WA 98102
A six-course meal with wine pairings will certainly make the season bright, especially on Christmas Eve. Altura’s incredible line-up includes matsutake ravioli, risotto with braised tongue, chestnut soup, goose three ways, truffle-roasted venison, and countless other decadent treats. $136 per person with $84 wine pairing.
617 Broadway E
Seattle, WA 98102

4. Bastille Café & Bar

5307 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107
If you can’t french under the mistletoe with someone sexy this Christmas, at least you can French food with family and friends at this Ballard destination. Open Christmas Eve 4-8 p.m.
5307 Ballard Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107

5. BOKA Restaurant + Bar

1010 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98104
Peter Birk's super solid Christmas Eve and Christmas Day menu is chock full of locally sourced tuna, chicken, pork, seafood, and pasta. After gorging on stars like ribeye with mushrooms and albacore from the F/V St. Jude, you'll definitely settle down for a long winter's nap.
1010 1st Ave
Seattle, WA 98104

6. Crush

2319 E Madison St, Seattle, WA 98112
Chef Jason Wilson has prepared a fancy multi-course Christmas Eve menu, (check it out online). Cost is $88 per person. Extra for wine pairings. Call the restaurant to reserve your spot.
2319 E Madison St
Seattle, WA 98112

7. Golden Beetle

1744 NW Market St, Seattle, WA 98107
Maria Hines’ Mediterranean resto is inviting people in on Christmas Eve for all night happy hour (5 to 10 pm), and they’ll be serving it up in the whole restaurant so kids can join. The menu includes chickpea and lemon stew, chicken wings, and all sorts of snacks. No reservations.
1744 NW Market St
Seattle, WA 98107

8. Hattie's Hat Restaurant

5231 Ballard Ave. NW, Seattle, WA 98107
This Ballard dive bar (and so much more) will be open Christmas Eve and Christmas Day starting at 10 a.m., as usual. Who loves you if not your local watering hole?
5231 Ballard Ave. NW
Seattle, WA 98107

9. Kedai Makan

1510 E Olive Way, Seattle, WA 98122
If you haven’t headed into Kedai yet, you’re missing out. The Malaysian walk-up on the Hill is offering a limited menu on Christmas Eve, so if you wanna enjoy dinner on your own couch, but don’t want a billion dishes to clean, this is the place for you. They’ll be featuring their biryani, among other favorites, and are closed on Christmas Day.
1510 E Olive Way
Seattle, WA 98122

10. Le Zinc

1449 E Pine St, Seattle, WA 98122
The five-course Christmas Eve meal at this Capitol Hill newbie is rich and rad, with parsnip gnocchi, foie torchon and brioche, seared scallops, duck and mushrooms, and more. We could go on, but do we really have to? $55/person, $20 optional wine pairing. Two seatings. Call for reservations.
1449 E Pine St
Seattle, WA 98122

11. Local 360

2234 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98121
Foie gras, goose, and pudding — sorry, not the figgy kind — are getting the full 360 on Christmas Eve at the Belltown joint. $50/person with optional wine pairing for $15. Call the restaurant or email reservations@local360.org.
2234 1st Ave
Seattle, WA 98121

12. Lost Lake Cafe & Lounge

1505 10th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122
Everyone has that picky cousin with the uber specific eating habits. Get thee to Lost Lake and enjoy a prime rib dinner with amazing sides, like Brussels sprouts with bacon and beans and such for $14.95, plus family style sides. The whole menu is available as well, with the special holiday dinner running both December 24 and 25, starting at 5 pm Christmas Eve until midnight Christmas Day.
1505 10th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122

13. Miller's Guild

620 Stewart St, Seattle, WA 98101
Less than two weeks after opening, this new restaurant inside Hotel Max (where the giant wood-fueled Inferno grill is king) will be offering its regular dinner menu on Christmas Eve.
620 Stewart St
Seattle, WA 98101

14. Miyabi 45th

2208 N 45th St, Seattle, WA 98103
Prix fixe menus around the holidays are a dime a dozen, but none are quite like Miyabi’s. The popular soba destination will be giving a little different take on the six-courser, with monkfisth liver, foie gras, sea urchin, and the signature soba they’ve become known for. Dinner begins at 7 pm and reservations can be made by calling the restaurant. $65/person with optional $35 wine and sake pairing.
2208 N 45th St
Seattle, WA 98103

15. Palisade Restaurant

2601 W Marina Pl, Seattle, WA 98199
Get a touch of Hawaiian with a hearty helping of steak or seafood at the Magnolia resto. They’re open noon to 9 pm on Christmas to take the pressure off the range-phobic rangers among us.
2601 W Marina Pl
Seattle, WA 98199

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16. Poquitos

1000 E Pike St, Seattle, WA 98122
Nothing says Feliz Navidad like a plate of fried grasshoppers. Want a little more meat and a little less bugs in your mouth? Their full menu will be available until 10 pm on Christmas Eve.
1000 E Pike St
Seattle, WA 98122

17. RockCreek

4300 Fremont Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103
In the Italian tradition of the festa dei setti pesce, or Feast of Seven Fishes, the new seafood hotspot will be celebrating Christmas Eve in a major way. The menu is yet to be set, since they want the freshest and bestest seafood available, but it's certainly going to be special. $85. One seating at 3:30 pm. Call for reservations.
4300 Fremont Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103

18. Rookies Sports Bar & Grill

3820 S Ferdinand St, Ste 101, Seattle, WA 98118
If a sports bar is more of your chosen holiday haunt, Columbia City's Rookies Sports Bar will be open on Christmas Eve and 11-8 on Christmas Day.
3820 S Ferdinand St, Ste 101
Seattle, WA 98118

19. Rumba

1112 Pike St, Seattle, WA 98101
Evan Leichtling, whose resume boasts major stints at Lark and La Bête, will be stopping by Rumba on Christmas Eve to blow your mind. The meat-loving chef is serving up venison, suckling pig, rabbit, fernet ice cream, and plenty more. Hot boozy drinks will get slinged as normal, with doors open at 7 pm Reservations accepted for parties of all sizes.
1112 Pike St
Seattle, WA 98101

20. Sazerac

1101 4th Ave, Seattle, WA 98101
Sazerac has you covered on Christmas Eve for breakfast, lunch, and dinner (5-8 pm) with their normal menu, and Christmas Day for brunch from 8 am to 2:30 pm.
1101 4th Ave
Seattle, WA 98101

21. Skillet Diner

1400 E Union St., Seattle, WA 98122
We know how the story goes, but we're pretty sure Santa would be stoked with a belly full of bacon jam on the night before Christmas. Luckily, the gussied-up diners (Capitol Hill and Ballard) are open for you (and Kris Kringle) until 3 pm so you can pick up last minute gifts and gorge yourself on poutine.
1400 E Union St.
Seattle, WA 98122

22. Stoneburner

5214 Ballard Ave. NW, Seattle, WA 98107
If you have family in town, and you’re smart about it, chances are they’re not staying with you. Dine in style at Stoneburner with your guests and then fake a yawn and send ‘em upstairs to the hotel while you finish up your Christmas Eve elsewhere, once the resto closes at 8 pm.
5214 Ballard Ave. NW
Seattle, WA 98107

23. Tilth

1411 N 45th St, Seattle, WA 98103