Seven Dishes of Fishes


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Feasting on Fish — Let’s do Christmas Eve, Italian-style. Start a new tradition or update an old one this Christmas Eve and treat the family to the Italian-style Feast of Seven Fishes. While not necessarily a tradition in Italy, there is a tradition of eating fish on Christmas Eve that hails back to the Roman Catholics abstaining from meat on the eve of certain holidays, like Christmas. Regardless, feasting on seven fish is delicious and you can get in on all of the goodness too. You know the drill as we receive more information, we will pass it on to you:

Carmine's: Carmine’s, the Penn Quarter family-style Italian eatery, will offer their Feast of Seven Fishes on Sunday, December 24th. The dine-in only special menu will be a seven-course dinner that includes a choice of appetizers,  pasta courses and two seafood entrees. Some highlights include Shrimp Cocktail, Pasta with Clam Sauce, Salmon Oreganata, and more. The menu is priced at $350 and serves 6-8 guests; 202.737.7770. 425 7th Street NW. To make a reservation, click here.

Centrolina: Spend your Christmas Eve at Centrolina delighting in five-time James Beard Nominee Chef Amy Brandwein’s famous Feast of the Seven Fishes. Enjoy seven courses and an optional wine pairing; 202.898.2426. 974 Palmer Alley Way NW. To make a reservation, click here.

Davio's Northern Italian Steakhouse: Join Davio's on Sunday, December 24th to celebrate the Feast of Seven of Fishes. The three-course menu prepared by Executive Chef Israel Pacheco, will feature unique and delectable seafood courses in addition to the a la carte menu. Some menu highlights include Lump Crab, Swordfish, Lobster, and more. The menu will be available from 4:00 - 10:00 p.m. and is priced at $85 per person; 888.995.4810. 1902 Reston Metro Plaza, Reston, VA. To make a reservation, click here.

Iron Gate: Chef Tony Chittum’s Feast of the Seven Fishes is back for Christmas Eve. Priced at $120 per person, this annual celebration celebrates Italian-American fare. They also will be offering optional wine pairings to complement the dining experience. Some menu highlights include Poached Maine Lobster Salad, Red Snapper Crudo, Smoked Baccala Mantecato, and more; 202.524.5202. 1734 N Street NW. To make a reservation, click here.

L’Ardente: L’Ardente will be offering their Feast of the Seven Fishes during dinner service from Sunday, December 17th - Sunday, December 24th. The experience begins with two glasses of bubbly and moves into a blend of L’Ardente classics, as well as a few specials created for the holiday week. The menu is priced at $250 for two people; 202.448.0450. 200 Massachusetts Avenue NW. To make a reservation, click here.

Modena: Modena will offer a seven-course prix fixe Feast of the Seven fishes on Christmas Eve. The menu will consist of fish and pasta and is priced at $110 per person. Some menu highlights from Executive Chef Benjamin Lambert include Smoked Hamachi Crudo, Grilled Mediterranean Octopus, Roasted Skrei Cod, and more. The feast will be available from 5:00 - 10:30 p.m.; 202.216.9550. 1100 New York Avenue NW. For more information, click here.

Nina May: For the 5th year in a row, Chef Colin McClimans will be serving a special Feast of the Seven Fishes on Christmas Eve at Nina May. Some menu highlights include Sea Scallop Rosette Crudo, New England Monkfish Piccata, Squid Ink Sorpresine, and more. The feast is served family style and is priced at $90 per person; 202.518.3609. 1337 11th Street NW. To make a reservation, click here.

RPM Italian: On Christmas Eve from 3:00 - 9:00 p.m. RPM Italian will be serving their Feast of the Seven Fishes. The menu is 6-courses and is priced at $125 per guest, with an optional wine pairing available for an additional $65. Some menu highlights include King Crab Tortelli, Seafood Risotto, Maine Scallops, and more; 202.204.4480. 650 K Street NW. To make a reservation, click here.

*NEW* Salt Line Ballston: On Friday, December 22nd and Saturday, December 23rd, The Salt Line Ballston is offering a four-course, family-style menu to ring in the holiday season. Some menu highlights include Roasted Oyster, Hamachi Crudo, Curried Mussels, and more. Beverage and additional a la carte options will also be available for purchase. The menu is priced at $85 per person; 703.566.2075. 4040 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA. To make a reservation, click here.