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Washington just about shuts down during Christmas.  But what if you’re visiting from out of town and can’t cook? Or a pair of empty nesters who don’t want to? Or just the opposite—faced with the thought of cooking for the entire family plus in-laws?

Here is an alphabetical list of restaurants open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day for lunch, brunch and dinner, which are offering special menus to ensure you have a stress-free holiday. Bibiana is hosting a Feast of the Seven Fishes, Poste is having a pig roast, J&G Steakhouse has a great holiday deal, and The Source is holding a Chinese banquet!

701 Restaurant – Three-course dinner available Christmas Eve for $55 per person from 5-10 pm.  Standouts include pan-roasted pheasant breast; black bass with crispy crab gnocchi, braised fennel; and ricotta and apple ravioli with black truffles.  Desserts include eggnog crème brulee; buche de Noel with meringue.  À la carte menu also available.  701 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington DC.  202.393.0701.

Againn – Traditional British Isle fare available from 5:30 pm to close on Christmas Eve. Menu includes seafood terrine served with scallop mousse; Loch Duart salmon, cod, shrimp, dill aioli, and mache; Christmas goose with Brussels sprouts, bacon lardons, and goose fat potatoes; and Christmas pudding.  $65 per person, $90 with wine pairings.  1099 New York Avenue NW, Washington, DC.  202.639.9830.

Bar Pilar – a neighborhood restaurant and bar with a fresh approach to dining and cocktails, will be open at 9 pm on Christmas Eve for bar service only. Before Santa makes his way over the city, DC-ites can stop by for a hearty glass of Sonoma red wine or try one of their inventive and Hemingway-inspired cocktails while sitting at the bar with friends.  1833 14th Street NW.  202-265-1751.

Bibiana Osteria-Enoteca will offer a traditional Feast of Seven Fishes from [5:30]-10:30 pm on Christmas Eve.  Priced at $75 per person, menu includes salt cod on grilled bread; shrimp, calamari, smelts, oysters, cauliflower and lemon; black spaghetti with Catalina Island sea urchin; and sponge cake with lemon cream. À la carte menu also available.  1100 New York Ave NW, Washington, DC.  202.216.9550.

Blue Duck Tavern –  A three-course, buffet-style Christmas Day brunch available 10:30 am – 3:30 pm, with starters set throughout the open kitchen, choice of entrée and side dishes, followed by desserts on display in the pastry pantry.  Brunch is $90 per person; $42.50 for children 6-12 years; under 6 are complimentary.  1201 24th Street NW, Washington DC. 202.419.6755

Bourbon Steak – Three-course prix fixe menu on Christmas Eve as well as Christmas Day lunch and dinner.  Standouts include brown butter-basted Maine lobster; roasted Hudson Valley foie gras; and glazed suckling pig ham. For dessert, choose Kabocha squash sticky toffee pudding; Satsuma tangerine tart; and bitter chocolate cake.  2800 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC.  202.944.2026.

Café Saint-Ex – Bar service only on Christmas at 9 pm. Cheer the night with a festive hot holiday cocktail, including the ChoCo Vine, their delicious take on spiked hot chocolate.  1847 14th Street NW.  202.265.7839.

Cork Wine Bar – Open from 5-11 pm on Christmas Eve. Serving freshly prepared food, cheese, and charcuterie, as well as a large selection of unique wines, Cork invites guests to fill their glasses with wines from around the world and enjoy a hearty meal of pan-roast organic chicken breast with prunes and olives; or lemon and black pepper dusted calamari and rock shrimp.  1720 14th Street NW.  202.265.2675.

Georgia Brown’s – Christmas Eve lunch from 11 am – 4 pm, including dishes like southern fried chicken marinated in sweet tea with smashed redskin potatoes and gravy; and fried turkey with a potato salad trio, grilled asparagus, creamy cabbage slaw and a turkey mole sauce. 950 15th Street NW.  202.393.4499.

J&G Steakhouse – For Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, special four-course prix fixe menu for $75 per person, including butternut squash soup with fall mushrooms; rice cracker crusted tuna in citrus-chili sauce; filet mignon with soy-caramel sauce and gingered mushrooms; and finally, green apple crisp with cinnamon ice cream.  515 15th Street NW, Washington DC. 202.661.2442.

J.Paul’s – Christmas Eve traditional holiday dishes like Christmas ham, turkey or prime rib complimented by flavorful mashed potatoes, stuffing, and sweet potatoes on the side. Christmas dishes are available in addition to J.Paul’s American dining and saloon-inspired menu from from 11 am – 3 am.  3218 M Street NW.  202.333.3450.

Kushi Izakaya & Sushi – Open from 5 pm – 1 am on Christmas Eve. Diners can ’tis the season with a twist with Kushi’s diverse and flavorful menu of charcoal grilled robata and kushiyaki cuisine and fresh sushi prepared by Japanese experts. Family and friends can then stay late and welcome Christmas Day with signature cocktails like the Saketini or Lychee Martini.  465 K Street NW.  202.682.3123.

Neyla – Lebanese Holiday Dinner on Christmas Eve from [5:00]-11:30 pm, with herbed roasted turkey, chic pea gravy, eggplant puree, cranberry chutney, and delicious truffle whipped mashed potatoes.  3206 N Street NW in Georgetown.  202.333.6353.

Poste Moderne Brassiere – Holiday Poste Roasts available for 8-12 guests through December.  Options include porchetta served with roasted heirloom apples, kale, choucroute ($55 per person); rib roast served with Yorkshire pudding, mushroom duxelle, horseradish, and roasted organic root vegetables ($75 per person). Contact Stacy Isabella for details at 202-449-7062.  555 8th Street NW, Washington DC.

Potenza – The traditional Feast of Seven Fishes from 5-9 pm on Christmas Eve.  Standouts include artichoke tart with house-made stracciatella; seared shrimp with orange sauce; and stuffed lobster with crab arreganata.  Finish with chocolate plazed pandoro with hazelnut sauce and gelato. Priced at $199 for a party of four and $99 for each additional couple.  1430 H Street NW, Washington, DC.  202.638.4444.

Restaurant 3 – Christmas Eve dinner from [5:00]-8:30 pm. Savory dishes include roasted pork loin wrapped in bacon and cornbread stuffing; and harvest risotto with acorn and butternut squash, sage, and thyme.  2950 Clarendon Boulevard, Arlington, VA.  703.524.4440.

The Source by Wolfgang Puck – Family-style Chinese banquet menu available December 20-30th for $55 per person.  A broad selection of Asian-inspired dishes such as six different types of dumplings—Lapsong sausage fried rice with pork belly; Shanghai noodles with braised short ribs; an assortment of house-made sorbets and ice cream.  575 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC.  202.637.6100.

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