We’re all well aware that Christmas is a time for joy and family and sweet baby jesus, though the shining beacon of light through the family drama, the awkward conversation with those cousins you’ve never actually met is, let’s face it, FOOD. (Gifts run a close second.)
So whether you’re too exhausted from holiday drama or your mom just burned the kitchen down with that turducken, we’ve compiled D.C.’s best dining options for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. And because out favorite meal of the week just so happens to be brunch, we’ve gone ahead and included your best seasonal brunch options too. Because hey, no one wants to be cold and hungry and across the city at that one restaurant you could have sworn would be open….
(in no particular order)
- Bourbon Steak
- Christmas Eve and Christmas Day dinner from 5:30 – 10:00 PM.
- Expect: Special three-course prix fixe dinner menus with starter options like Miso-cured foie gras terrine with charred scallion and sour plum, and Seared Nantucket bay scallops with kaffir lime chili sauce, pomelo and toasted cashews and entree items such as Roasted Leaping Waters goose l’orange with sautéed foie gras and kumquats, Seared big eye tuna with black trumpet mushrooms and braised pigs tail and Triple seared dry aged NY pave with golden beet and bone marrow vinaigrette.
- Christmas Eve/person: $110. Christmas Day/person: $135.
- Roof Terrace Restaurant atop the Kennedy Center
- Christmas Day
- Expect: An a la carte menue, an extensive wine list and complementary dessert.
- Christmas Eve
- Expect: a traditional Italian Feast of the Seven Fishes (an eight-course meal). Start with a classic Venetian baccala before moving on to Maine belon oyster with prosecco zabaglione and caviar. Other seafood delights will include Ahi tuna with Hudson Valley foie gras carpaccio and Nova Scotia lobster with chestnut “cappuccino.” For dessert, Pastry Chef Tom Wellings will feature a Tronchetto di Natale or traditional Yule log made with rich chocolate cream and vanilla meringue.
- Guests can also enjoy a three-course prix-fixe menu for $135 per person with a wide selection of choices within each course. Children under the age of 12 can enjoy a special Christmas Eve dinner for $20 per child.
- The Grille at Morrison House
- Christmas Eve
- Expect: a traditional Feast of Seven Fishes with an amuse bouche of abalone with tempura crumble, followed by a Yellowtail Tataki with ginger, scallions, cilantro and shrimp toast; a Fruits de Mer with lobster, cuttlefish, baby octopus, mussels and bay scallops; New England Salt Cod with eggplant, pappardelle and Parmesan; Mackerel with lemon supremes, capers, Arbequina olives, Malabar spinach and beurre noisette; an intermezzo of honeycomb; and a Tasting of Scottish Salmon featuring salmon tartare cone, crème fraîche and American caviar, house cured gravlax, pumpernickel tuile and sauce gribiche, pan seared salmon, white Alba truffle and pomme purée. Top it off with a selection of petit fours including a burnt almond panna cotta, gingerbread, squid ink lemon gelée, and Valrhona truffle.
- Assaggi Mozzarella Bar
- Christmas Eve, 11:30am-10:00pm. (Open on Christmas Day 11:30am-10:00pm sans fish feast)
- Expect: a traditional Feast of Seven Fishes with menu highlights like Swordfish Carpaccio with tomato, capers and black olive tapenade; Crispy Codfish and Potato Croquette over Neapolitan pickled vegetables and anchovy oil; Octopus and Fingerling Potato Salad with garlic bread and arugula; Spaghetti Pasta with manila clams and oven dried cherry tomatoes; Paccheri Pasta with swordfish ragu “Puttanesca”; Stewed Codfish Fillet with pearl onion mussels and broccolini, as well as Roasted Sea Bass with escarole, black olives, pine nuts and golden raisins. For dessert there is the Falanghina Brut Mousse with crispy panettone and caramelized grapes.
- The Source
- Thursday, December 20 – Saturday, December 29
- Expect: A family-style dinner with choice of Whole Roasted Peking Duck or Holiday Goose as well as a selection of seasonal sides such as drunken noodles and stir-fried Brussels Sprouts. End your meal with the restaurant’s signature 15-layer carrot cake.
- $55/person for Duck menu. $65/person for goose menu.
- Blue Duck Tavern
- Christmas Eve and Christmas Night, 6:00pm-10:30pm
- Expect: their seasonal a la carte menu including a special addition of Roasted Chicken with black truffle stuffing, glazed chestnuts, brioche butter, black trumpet and dandelions, a nod to Archambault’s native holiday dish from Périgord, France.
- Christmas Day, 11:30 a.m.-10:00 p.m.
- Expect: traditional Italian fare. You can also order a special offering of rack of lamb (serves 6 -8 people) for $75.50.
- Brunch with Santa @ Roof Terrace Restaurant atop the Kennedy Center
- Open Christmas Day
- Expect: A grand kitchen brunch buffet while kids share their Christmas lists with Santa (real! There in person!)
- Adults: $39.95. Children 3-11: $20.
- The Grille at Morrison House
- Christmas Day, served from 11:00am-3:00pm
- Expect: a festive prix fixe Christmas Day Brunch menu featuring three courses of holiday fare. For the first course, enjoy a choice of: Figgy Pudding Beignets; Farm Salad with Weaving Run farm greens, crispy shallots, roasted beets, pickled vegetables, Pipe Dreams fromage, sherry vinaigrette; Belgian Endive & Chicory Salad with Cashel blue cheese, walnuts, heirloom apples, creamy banyuls vinaigrette; Reindeer Carpaccio made of South Texas antelope, juniper aioli, elderberry jam, crostini; Escargot with herbgarlic butter, toasted baguette. Second Course includes a choice of: Apple Jack Pancakes with warm Virginia maple syrup and vanilla butter; Classic Eggs Benedict with Virginia ham, English muffin, hollandaise, herb roasted bliss potatoes; Corned Beef Hash with house corned brisket, over easy eggs, rye toast; Pan Perdue with brioche, fresh berries, Virginia maple syrup; Eggs Hussarde made with soft poached eggs, hollandaise, house made linguiça, marchand de vin, crispy russet potatoes; Pan Seared Scottish Salmon with potato latkes, crème fraîche, apple butter, watercress. Dessert includes a choice of: Valrhona Chocolate Cheesecake with chipotle cream, cherry purée; Apricot Pudding Cake with crème fraîche, apricot purée, balsamic reduction, walnut powder; Profiteroles with an ice cream trio and warm chocolate sauce.
- $50/person. $30/children 12 and under (two courses).
- Blue Duck Tavern
- Christmas Day, 10:30m-3:30pm
- Expect: a three-course buffet-style brunch including first course, entrée with sides and dessert. Brunch begins with a variety of starters set throughout the open kitchen including seasonal salads, cheeses, meats, breads and smoked fish, followed by choice of plated entrée and side dishes representing produce from regional farms. Tempting desserts, created by Pastry Chef Peter Brett and his team, will be served from the Pastry Pantry to complete the Christmas feast. Standouts include Apple Cider Glazed Ham with quince streusel & gravy; Pumpkin Ravioli with sage & beurre blanc; Wood Oven Roasted Maine Scallops with tomato relish, pickled mushrooms & bacon powder, as well as Creamy Field Mushrooms with hen egg, frisee, Benton’s bacon lardon & red wine vinegar.
- $95/Adult. $45/child aged 6-12. Children under 6 are complimentary guests.
- Cafe Bonaparte
- Christmas Eve, 9:00am-4:00pm
- Expect: items from their popular menu including their well known crepes and delicious breakfast items such as Omelets, Eggs Benedict and various pastries. In addition to their usual brunch cocktails, Café Bonaparte will be featuring their special Holiday Cocktails including a Hot Apple Toddy, Spiked Hazelnut Hot Chocolate and a Hot Buttered Apple Rum cocktail.
- Napoleon Bistro
- Christmas Eve, 10:00am-4:00pm
- Expect: items from their brunch menu like Buckwheat Waffles, Smoked Salmon Benedict, and Croque Monsieur. Napoloen’s Brunch cocktails include Blood Orange Mimosa’s, Peach Bellini’s and Bloody Mary’s
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