Presents Have Been Opened, Now It’s Time to Eat


Ho Ho Ho ... So Santa has left the building and reams of torn-up gift wrap and holiday bows are littered all over the floor. Now, what does everyone want to do? Help clean! Yea, right. It's time to EAT. Now is the time to get your Christmas day plans in order. Brunch, lunch, or dinner — holiday eggs to Christmas goose and for those who indulge in the annual dim sum and a movie tradition we got you do but!   — get those plans in motion. You can clean up later ~ Ho Ho Ho     
**REMINDER - Please call ahead to confirm status of event or offer**

Dine-in This Christmas

Ada's on the River: Ada's on the River will offer a three-course prix fixe menu in addition to the a la carte menu on Christmas Day. Highlights include Wood Fired Prime Rib and a Chocolate Hazelnut Cheesecake. The menu is priced at $79 per adult and $29 for children. Ada's on the River will be open from 11:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.; 703.638.1400. 3 Pioneer Mill Way, Alexandria, VA. To make a reservation, click here

Ambar: On Christmas Day, all Ambar locations (Capitol Hill, Clarendon, and Shaw) will be offering the fixed price brunch menus of unlimited small plates from its Balkan Without Limits Brunch Experience. All three menus boast an all-you-can-eat selection of mezze, soups, sliders, salads, and more. Some menu highlights include Shrimp Omelet, Salmon Benedict, Sudzuk Beef Flatbread, and more. Price and times are dependent on location. At all locations, guests can add on an endless supply of featured cocktails for an additional $12.99 per person; Multiple Locations. For more information, click here

BARCA Pier & Wine Bar: Situated on the Potomac, BARCA Pier is inviting guests to enjoy festive specials and the signature a la carte menu on Christmas Day. Featured specials include Lamb Chops and Pan con Persimmons y Jamón. BARCA Pier & Wine Bar will be open on Christmas Day from 11:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.; 703.638.1100. 2 Pioneer Mill Way, Alexandria, VA. For more information, click here.

Blue Duck Tavern: On Christmas Day, Blue Duck Tavern will be offering its a la carte breakfast menu from 6:30 - 10:00 a.m., followed by a prix fixe holiday feast, which will be available from 12:00 - 8:00 p.m. Menu highlights from the Christmas feast include Mushroom Soup, Roasted Duck, Poached Halibut, and much more. Pastry Chef Colleen Murphy has also created a variety of tempting desserts for guests to enjoy. The feast is priced at $165 per adult and $55 per child ages 6 - 12 years of age; 202.419.6755. 1201 24th Street NW. To make a reservation, click here.

Blue Rock Inn: Chef Bin Lu will be serving a special five-course tasting menu ($135 per person) with an optional wine pairing ($89 per person) to celebrate Christmas. Some menu highlights include Spiraled Truffle Raviolo and Dry Aged Duck; 540.987.3388. 12567 Lee Highway, Washington, VA. To make a reservation, click here

Cure Bar & Bistro: Let Cure Bar & Bistro handle your holiday dining experience on Christmas Day with a specially curated three-course menu available a la carte or prix-fixe. Some menu highlights include Maine Scallops, Rohan Duck, Buche De Noël, and more. Optional wine pairings are also available; 202.637.4906. 1000 H Street NW. To make a reservation, click here.

*NEW* The Darcy: Guests can enjoy a 3-course Christmas dinner with menu items including Roasted Winter Vegetable Salad, Braised Short Ribs with red wine reduction, fava bean wild mushroom risotto, and pumpkin spice creme brûlée. Reservations begin at 2:00 p.m. The menu is priced at $65 per person; 202.521.7171. 1515 Rhode Island Avenue NW. To make a reservation, click here.

dLeña: dLeña will extend its bottomless brunch service for Christmas Eve. From 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., dLeña brunch guests will choose between ordering bottomless food and drinks ($65 per person) or bottomless food ($40 per person) and drinks a la carte. A la carte pricing is also available for food. The last seating for bottomless brunch is at 2:00 p.m.; 202.560.5999. 476 K Street NW. For more information, click here.

*NEW* El Secreto de Rosita: El Secreto de Rosita has unveiled a limited holiday tasting menu that will transport guests to a Christmas dinner in the Andean Mountains. Featuring dishes from Sweet Plantain, Anticucho de Corazon, Ecuador Style Pasta, Fava Beans, Adobo Risotto, and Panna Cotta de Lacuma, this five-course menu aims to transport diners on a culinary journey with carefully curated dishes, savoring the flavors from Ecuador, Sur America, Bolivia, Fruta Andina, Columbia, and Peru; 202.234.8400. 1624 U Street NW. For more information, click here.

*NEW* Estuary: Start your holiday at Estuary for a sumptuous brunch buffet amid the tunes of a live harpist. Brunch menu highlights include a carving station with succulent roasted turkey and rib eye, a MYO mimosa bar, and a dessert bar. The brunch is served from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. and is priced at $139 per adult with alcohol, $109 per adult without alcohol, and $50 for children 10 and under. Later in the night, enjoy a three-course family-style dinner accompanied by the tunes of a live violinist. Menu highlights include carrot ginger soup, warm lentil salad, dry-aged ribeye, braised lamb shoulder,  and dessert bar. Complimentary sparkling wine or cider will be offered to guests upon arrival. The dinner menu is priced at $130 per adult and $190 per person with the optional wine pairing. The dinner menu is available from 4:00 - 9:00 p.m.; 202.844.5895. 950 New York Avenue NW. To make a reservation for the brunch, click here. To make a reservation for the dinner, click here.

Fairmont DC: Fairmont DC is offering its annual Christmas Day Buffet Brunch with Santa in the renowned Colonnade on Monday, December 25th. The first seating begins at 11:00 a.m. and the second seating is at 2:30 p.m. Santa will stop by each table for a visit, and an electric violinist will play holiday favorites. Executive Chef Jordi Gallardo, Executive Sous Chef Jason Rowley and their culinary team will prepare: a pancake and waffle station, an omelet station, a carving station, a seafood station, and much more. Executive Pastry Chef Claus Olsen’s decadent dessert buffet will offer treats for all ages. The Christmas Day Buffet Brunch is priced at $169 per adult and $69 for children ages 5 -12; 202.457.5020. 2401 M Street NW. To make a reservation, email [email protected].

*NEW* Founding Farmers: All of Founding Farmers locations are open on Christmas Day, and depending on location, we will be offering an all-day Christmas Day buffet or their regular A La Carte menus for breakfast, lunch & dinner. Their all-day Christmas Day buffet is available at Founding Farmers & Distillers DC, Founding Farmers Tysons, Founding Farmers Reston Station, Founding Farmers King of Prussia, and Farmers Fishers Bakers DC. Their regular breakfast, lunch & dinner menus are available at Founding Farmers DC and MoCo’s Founding Farmers on Christmas Day; Multiple Locations. For more information, click here.

The Greenhouse: Celebrate Christmas Day at The Greenhouse with their special holiday dinner. Menu highlights include Apulia Burrata, Black Angus Roseda Farm Fillet, Grilled Ora King Salmon, and more. A variety of dessert options are also available to finish out the meal. The dinner is priced at $165 per adult and $65 per child 12 and under; 202.448.2300. 1200 16th Street NW. To make a reservation, click here.

The Hay-Adams: The Hay-Adams will be offering a Christmas Brunch, featuring menu highlights such as Seared Red Snapper and Bouillabaisse Jus, as well as a stunning array of house-made desserts. There will also be a Hot Chocolate/Eggnog Station. Reservations are required and must be made up to 48 hours prior. The dinner is priced at $175 per adult including a glass of Champagne upon arrival. Children ages 4 - 12 years of age are priced at $65 per child; 202.638.6600. 800 16th Street NW. For more information, click here.

The Majestic: On Christmas Day, The Majestic will offer a special four-course prix fixe menu. Menu highlights include Her Roasted Turkey Breast, Slow Roasted Leg of Lamb, Apple Pie, and more. The menu is priced at $79 per adult and $29 per child; 703.837.9117. 911 King Street, Alexandria, VA. For more information, click here.

Mia's Italian Kitchen: Gather your loved ones and savor the flavor of the season at Mia's Italian Kitchen with a special three-course prix-fixe menu priced at $49 per person. The a la carte menu will also be available, offering a range of Italian classics and specialties; 703.997.5300. 100 King Street, Alexandria, VA. To make a reservation, click here.

Palette 22: This Christmas, Palette 22 invites guests to savor a Bottomless Christmas Day Brunch, served from 11:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Later in the day, enjoy Palette 22’s a la carte dinner from 3:00 - 9:00 p.m., featuring an array of culinary delights to make your Christmas celebration memorable; 703.746.9007. 4053 Campbell Avenue, Alexandria, VA. For more information, click here.

*NEW* Stable DC: Join Stable DC this Christmas for their Christmas Day Brunch. For $140 per person, enjoy a family style brunch with an appetizer spread, unlimited brunch beverages, and more; 202.733.4604. 1324 H Street NE. To make a reservation, click here.

Teddy & The Bully Bar: On Christmas Day from 11:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m., Teddy & The Bully Bar will be hosting their 11th annual Christmas Dinner. Portions of proceeds from the dinner will be donated to the Washington Tennis & Education Foundation. Some menu highlights include Yukon Gold Potato Soup, Roasted Turkey, Cedar Plank Salmon, and more. The dinner is priced at $75 per adult and $35 per child 12 and under; 202.872.8700. 1200 19th Street NW. To make a reservation, click here.

Theismann’s Restaurant and Bar: Celebrate the joy of Christmas with a feast at Theismann's Restaurant. Indulge in a sumptuous Christmas Day Buffet, available from 11:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. The buffet features a Carving Station, a Salad Table, a Bread and Dessert Table, and a Hot Table. The buffet is priced at $59 per adult and $19 per child. This festive buffet promises a delectable spread to satisfy every palate; 703.739.0777. 1800A Diagonal Road, Alexandria, VA. To make a reservation, click here.

Tiger Fork: For those who love Chinese food on Christmas Day, Blagden Alley’s Cantonese restaurant Tiger Fork will be open for the 7th year in a row. The Hong Kong-inspired restaurant will offer its regular a la carte menu, with a special additional menu of holiday creations. Some highlights include Crispy Soy Chicken and BBQ Ibérico Pork Secreto  Steak. Tiger Fork is open from 1:00 - 7:00 p.m. on Christmas Day; 202.733.1152. 922 N Street NW. To make a reservation, click here.

Vola's Dockside Grill: Spend Christmas Day at Vola's Dockside Grill as they invite guests to enjoy a special three-course prix fixe menu priced at $49 per person, or opt for a more personalized experience with their a la carte offerings. Highlights include Beef Wellington and Chilean Seabass. On Christmas Eve, Vola's will be open from 11:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m; 703.935.8890. 101 North union Street, Alexandria, VA. To make a reservation, click here.

At Home for The Holidays

All Set Restaurant & Bar, Fryer's Roadside, & Money Muscle BBQ: Available for preorder until Monday, December 18th, All Set Restaurant & Bar, Money Muscle BBQ, and Fryer’s Roadside are offering guests a special holiday dinner for four to-go, featuring their choice of main dish with several hearty sides included in each meal. Guests can choose between a Honey Baked Ham ($195), Grilled Salmon with Dill Cream Sauce ($195), or Smoked Ribeye with Horseradish Cream ($245) for their main and enjoy Skillet Cornbread, Mac & Cheese, Parkerhouse Rolls, Garlic String Beans, Mashed Potatoes, Brussels Sprouts, and Chocolate Chip Cookies on the side. All Orders are available for pick-up on Sunday, December 24th at All Set or Fryer’s Roadside; To place an order, click here.

Amparo Fondita: Transport your taste buds to Mexico and infuse your holiday gathering with a delightful twist. Amparo Fondita's Holiday catering menus for 2-3 people are priced at $325 and offer a traditional Mexican dinner experience that's sure to wow your guests. Highlights include Ensalada Navidad, Tallarines Verdes, Papitas  a la Mantequilla, and more. Elevate your celebrations by adding a bottle of Alma 4 Blanc de Blancs or a liter of their House Maragrita in Tequila or Mezcal options. Orders can be picked up on Saturday, December 23rd from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.; 202.621.8166. 2002 P Street NW. To place an order, click here.

*NEW* Bisnonna Bakeshop: Steeped in tradition and family recipes, Bisnonna Bakeshop celebrates the season with authentic Italian pastry. Bisnonna, which means “great-grandmother” in Italian, is Northern Virginia’s only dedicated pastry shop, where every sweet bites is made by-hand and from-scratch in their Fairfax City shop. From iconic, authentic pastries like pignoli, sfogliatelle, and tiramisu to the Chef’s festive twists like gingerbread butterscotch cannoli and prugna dolci (sugar plums), you’ll find the perfect compliment to your feast of the seven fishes (or any holiday spread) this Christmas; 703.831.7815. 10782-D Fairfax Boulevard, Fairfax, VA. To place an order, click here.

CMB at Home: Let CMB at Home provide warmth and comfort within your home by lifting the stresses that often accompany the Holiday season. Allow them to curate personalized packages and à la carte options for whatever your celebration you are having. From show stopping centerpieces to cozying soups and decadent desserts, their menus feature organic, seasonal fares crafted with skill and intent to delight every palate.
Guests can choose to have orders picked up or delivered from Friday, December 15th - Sunday, December 31st. Orders must be placed by Saturday, December 30th at midnight. Pick-up is available at Michele's (1201 K Street NW) or Baker's Daughter Georgetown (1605 Wisconsin Avenue NW); To place an order, click here.

*NEW* Ivy City Smokehouse: Order a Holiday Platter from Ivy City Smokehouse for your Christmas celebrations. There are two sizes: 3-ounce fish with sides ($50) or 6-ounce fish with sides ($100). Order 48 hours in advance and schedule your pick-up date and time; 202.529.3300. 1356 Okie Street NE. To place an order, click here.

Ambar: All Ambar locations will be offering a Christmas-inspired grab-and-go menu derived from its Balkan Without Limits concept. The menu will feature Christmas-inspired specials, prepared with a Balkan twist, with enough food to feast for days. Some menu highlights include Lamb Pâté, Balkan Salad, Veal Roulade, and more. The menu is priced at $79 per couple. Orders must be placed by 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 23rd, with pick-up available on Sunday, December 24th from 4:30 - 9:00 p.m.; Multiple Locations. To place an order, click here.

Any Day Now: Any Day Now's homemade pies and cakes are the perfect addition to any holiday celebration. Current flavors include Ube Pie and Coconut Cake. Each dessert serves up to 20 people; 771.200.7362. 2 I Street SE. To place an order, email [email protected] .

Bayou Bakery, Coffee Bar, & Eatery: Stock the fridge for Christmas from Bayou Bakery's Holiday Catering. Guests can pick-up ready-to-geaux home-style dishes, platters, pies, sweets, and more. Some highlights include Blackened Turkey Mini Meatballs, Spinach Madeline, Buttermilk Biscuits, and more. For every dozen pies sold, Chef Guas is donating a pie to Path Forward in Arlington. Orders must be placed by Monday, December 18th for pick-up from Wednesday, December 20th - Sunday, December 24th; 703.243.2410. 1515 N. Courthouse Road, Arlington, VA. To place an order, click here.

Cranes: Throughout December, Chef Pepe Moncayo will be offering a special holiday menu featuring dishes like Crispy Roast Suckling Pig or Braised Lamb Shank “Santi Santamaria” with seasonal sides priced at $150 for 2 people, which will include Pastry Chef Anna Glockl’s Basque Cheesecake or their classic Tocino de Cielo; 202.525.4900. 724 9th Street NW. For more information, click here.

The Duck & The Peach: From Friday, December 22nd - Saturday, December 23rd, The Duck & The Peach's Pastry Chef Rochelle Cooper is offering build-your-own Buche de Noel kits. The kits are priced at $75 each and come complete with pre-made logs, frosting in piping bags, and garnish decorations. Cinnamon Roll 6-packs are also available for $30; 202.431.1913. 300 7th Street SE. To place an order, click here.

*NEW* Founding Farmers: For guests looking to enjoy a delectable feast around their own tables, Founding Farmers' Heat & Eat Christmas at Home menu has it all. From the full Christmas dinner for four to brunch favorites and handcrafted chocolate & treats for the entire holiday weekend, this is a menu that’ll make the holiday hassle-free. Their Heat & Eat menu is started in their kitchens, ready to be finished at home with easy step-by-step cooking & reheating instructions. Ordering is open now through Tuesday, December 19th at 12:00 p.m.; Multiple Locations. To place an order, click here.

Gravitas: This Christmas, pre-purchase Chef Aisha Montgomery's Holiday Cookie Box, Chef's Savory Quiche, Judy Elahi's Holiday Egg Nog and Rye Kit; 1401 Okie Street NE. 202.763.7942. For more information, click here.

*NEW* Moon Rabbit: Chef Kevin Tien of Moon Rabbit is offering an Asian-American twist on Christmas classics. The menu is priced at $250 (for 3-4 people) and additional a la carte sides, and beverage pairings are available to add-on. Some highlights include Duck Fat Popovers, Corn Pudding, Roasted Sweet Potatoes, and more. Orders must be placed by Wednesday, December 20th at 5:00 p.m. Pick-up orders at Bryant Street Market; 670 Rhode Island Avenue NE. To place an order, click here.

Queen's English: Embark on a festive culinary journey with Queen's English this Christmas. The feast for 2 or 4 people is priced at $75 per person. Some menu highlights include Numbing Egg Salad, Moo Shoo Duck Leg Confit, Dry Aged Peppercorn Beef Rib, and more. Optional add-ons are also available to add to orders. Orders must be placed by Saturday, December 16th at Noon for pick-up on Saturday, December 23rd; 202.751.3958. 3410 11th Street NW. To place an order, click here.