Restaurant options for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day in the DC area

WASHINGTON — A variety of restaurants are open for Christmas Eve dinner. Here are some of the most festive (and delicious) options.

Le Diplomate goes all out with holiday decorations with abundant fresh garlands, twinkling lights and a tree. The brasserie is open until 9 p.m. on Christmas Eve, making it a festive spot for cocktails or an early dinner.

Relax with loved ones and family at Kinship. Chef Eric Ziebold prepares a five-course meal that includes dishes such as chicken-fried sunchokes, Maine lobster french toast, Paupiette de veau and much more to choose from. It’s $125 per person.

At Equinox, there is a three-course tasting menu and dishes including za’atar-spiced New Zealand lamb with sweet potato polenta, black trumpet mushrooms, artichoke confit and more. End your night with sweet treats including bouche noël with orange génoise, coconut date cream and vanilla bean gelato. Also, Equinox is always vegetarian and vegan-friendly.

Blue Duck Tavern has breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner options for Christmas Day. (Courtesy Len De Pas)
Blue Duck Tavern has breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner options for Christmas Day. (Courtesy Len De Pas) (Courtesy Len De Pas)
 701 Photo Credit : Jessica van Dop DeJesus
At 701 Restaurant, customers can order from the seasonal a la carte menu or savor a three-course, prix-fixe holiday menu. (Courtesy Jessica van Dop DeJesus) (Courtesy Jessica van Dop DeJesus)
Sacha Cohen for Equinox Restaurant

At Equinox, there is a three-course tasting menu, drinks and desserts for Christmas Eve. (Courtesy Sacha Cohen for Equinox Restaurant)

At Kingbird, there’s a continental breakfast wrapping up at 10 a.m., followed up by a Christmas Day brunch. (Courtesy Ron Blunt)
At Kingbird, there’s a Christmas Day continental breakfast wrapping up at 10 a.m., followed up by a Christmas Day brunch. (Courtesy Ron Blunt) (Courtesy Ron Blunt)
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Blue Duck Tavern has breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner options for Christmas Day. (Courtesy Len De Pas)
 701 Photo Credit : Jessica van Dop DeJesus
Sacha Cohen for Equinox Restaurant
At Kingbird, there’s a continental breakfast wrapping up at 10 a.m., followed up by a Christmas Day brunch. (Courtesy Ron Blunt)

Republic has joined forces with Chef Russell Smith, from The Source, to create a family-style, Chinese menu for $50 per person (tax and tip not included).

Drink specials, a DJ and doing good — it’s all part of Christmas Eve at Hawthorne. At the “Falafel Frenzy” at 9 p.m., all proceeds will go the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington and its efforts to build a stronger Jewish future locally, in Israel and around the world. It’s $30 in advance and includes one drink ticket; at the door, it’s $35 with no drink ticket. Buy tickets here.

Maxwell Park, Shaw’s wine bar, will be throwing an ugly sweater party! The wine by the glass theme for the month will be wines that benefit from blending.

Don’t forget, there are also Feast of the Seven Fishes options around the region, too.

Christmas Day events

Just because Christmas falls on a Monday doesn’t mean there won’t be plenty of options to dine out to celebrate the holiday.

At Tiger Fork in D.C., Executive Chef Irvin Van Oordt plans to serve bao buns, dan dan noodles, and soy-soaked pork ribs from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. at a street food-centric Blagden Alley eatery.

At Kingbird, there’s a continental breakfast wrapping up at 10 a.m., followed up by a Christmas Day brunch ($110 per person) set to include a cold buffet, juice, coffee, tea or tisane, Harvest Virginia cider, bottomless mimosas, bloody mary and sangria. It’s half off ($55) for children ages 5 to 12. For dinner, there’s an a la carte or three- or four-course option for $110 and $150.

Blue Duck Tavern’s eatery and its lounge will offer an a la carte breakfast menu from 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. The restaurant will then host a three-course, all-day holiday meal from 12 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. There’s starters like seafood, seasonal salads, breads, meats and cheese, followed by plated entrées and family-style side dishes. The meal is priced at $125 per person for adults and $55 for children aged 6 to 12 (beverages, tax and gratuity not included). Kids under 6-years-old get in free.

At 701 Restaurant, customers can order from the seasonal a la carte menu or savor a three-course, prix fixe holiday menu. Newly appointed Executive Chef Bryan Moscatello will be preparing a variety of starters such as Lamb Neck Ravioli with chervil beurre fondue, Ossau-Iraty cheese and braised pearl onion and Foie Gras with huckleberry. Dinner is from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m. and tickets are priced at $60 per person and $30 for children 12 and under.

Don’t want to cook but don’t want to go out? No worries — some options bring the ingredients right to you.

Red Apron‘s holiday pre-order form is back this year, with a selection of Nate Anda’s charcuterie, tigelles, grass-fed Virginia beef rib roast, bone-in Berkshire pork from AWA North Carolina Hog Growers Association, stocks and more.

The Market at River Falls caters and offers soups, over-ready entrees, side dishes and desserts.

Black Salt takes orders for premade Christmas Eve and Christmas Day dinner dishes until Dec. 20. Offerings include oven-ready artisan meats and seafood. Starters, sides and desserts can also be purchased for a stress-free Christmas dinner.


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