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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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The 5 Point Cafe

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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.

Agrodolce

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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.

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.

Bastille Café & Bar

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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.

BOKA Restaurant + Bar

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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.

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.

Golden Beetle

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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.

Hattie's Hat Restaurant

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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?

Kedai Makan

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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.

Le Zinc

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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.

Local 360

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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.

Lost Lake Cafe & Lounge

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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.

Miller's Guild

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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.

Miyabi 45th

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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.

Palisade Restaurant

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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.

Poquitos

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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.

RockCreek

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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.

Rookies Sports Bar & Grill

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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.

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.

Sazerac

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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.

Skillet Diner

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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.

Stoneburner

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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.

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.

Tulio Ristorante

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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.

Von Trapp's

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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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The 5 Point Cafe

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.

Agrodolce

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.

Altura

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.

Bastille Café & Bar

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.

BOKA Restaurant + Bar

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.

Crush

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.

Golden Beetle

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.

Hattie's Hat Restaurant

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?

Kedai Makan

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.

Le Zinc

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.