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Ernest Loves Agnes opened on 600 and 602 19th Ave. E in the former location of The Kingfish Cafe. Ernest Loves Agnes is a Ernest Hemingway themed Italian restaurant with hand-made pizzas, pastas with seasonal sides and entrees accompanied by an always rotating cocktail and wine menu. (Joshua Lewis / Seattle Refined)

A Complete Guide to Eating Out This Holiday Season

Welcome to the season of eating! If the holidays provide one thing, it's an excuse to treat yourself to some of the best food and drinks there are to offer and as the season kicks into high gear, restaurants around the city are bringing joy to the table all month long. We know how hard it can be trying to keep track of every event, so we have created a guide to ensure that you don't miss one, single bite.

Lark's Christmas Eve Celebration. This year join Chef John Sundstrom and the Lark family at their annual Christmas Eve dinner featuring three mouth-watering courses. Options range from Stellar Bay Oysters with aji Amarillo mignonette and pickled apple, Wagyu Hanger Steak, and Potato Gnocchi. But don't forget dessert! Lark offers your choice of Marscapone Cheesecake and Theo Dark Chocolate Panna Cotta to Bartlett Pear Tarte Tatin and Pomegranate Sorbet. Make your reservations now, available on Thursday, December 24 from 5 to 8pm.


952 E Seneca S

Seattle, WA 98122

Price: $75/person

Christmas Day at Ray's Boathouse & Café. On both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, Ray's Boathouse and Café are open and ready to bring some Northwest spirit to your holiday season. Both days from 3 to 8pm, the Boathouse is serving their regular menu alongside a special holiday three-course dinner. Spots will fill up quickly so be sure to make your reservations today! On Christmas Eve, the café will be open from 11:30am to 8pm serving their regular menu filled with all the favorites we have come to love including Alaskan King Crab Legs and Pan Seared Sea Scallops. The next day, the café is open from 12 to 8pm serving their signature Christmas Day buffet featuring everything under the sea including House Smoked Northwest Salmon, prawns, oysters and more! Reservations are highly encouraged for this holiday favorite.

Ray's Boathouse & Café

6049 Seaview Ave NW

Seattle, WA 98107

Holiday Happy Hour at Golden Beetle. On Christmas Eve, head to the Golden Beetle for special happy hour pricing from 4:30pm to close with menu items starting as low as $3! This month only, they have added a variety of house made, holiday inspired specialties to their cocktail menu including Hot Buttered Rum and their own twist on the classic Mulled Wine.

Golden Beetle

1744 NW Market St

Seattle, WA 98107

Christmas Eve at Bell + Whete European Kitchen + Lounge. This Christmas Eve, make your way to the place where the old world meets new and where European tradition meets you! From 4 to 9pm, Bell + Whete is serving a special four-course meal hand selected just for you. The meal starts out with a warm and spicy Red Lentil Soup and continues with a Granny Smith Apple Truffle Salad followed by Whole Roasted Lamb and finished off with Baked Meringue made with pomegranate cream and kumquats. Make your reservations today and transport yourself Europe this holiday season!

Bell + Whete European Kitchen + Lounge

200 Bell St

Seattle, WA 98121

Price: $55 per person with optional beverage pairings for an additional $25.

Celebrate with Sushi at Shiro's. Who says it's required to eat ham or turkey on Christmas Eve? Change things up this year and celebrate the holidays with Sushi from Shiro's! Join more than 20 years of rich tradition featuring seafood from both local waters and straight from Japan. Call ahead for dining room reservations to enjoy a variety of the freshest flavors and textures with as many courses as your desire!

Shiro's Sushi

2401 2nd Ave

Seattle, WA 98121

Cozy, Organic Christmas at Tilth. If you are looking for a warm and intimate setting to celebrate with those closest to you, head to Tilth on Christmas Eve for a holiday themed four-course meal made from only the best organic and seasonal ingredients. Highlights from the menu include Kumamoto Oysters, Slow Cooked Duck Egg, Porcini Ash-Crusted Venison, and Cashew Cheesecake amongst others. Tilth also offers the opportunity for wine pairing and the chance to take your meal to the next level with an optional sommelier. Treat yourself this year and make your reservation today!


1411 N 45th St

Seattle, WA 98103

Price: Four-Course Meal, $80 per person

Wine Pairing $50; Sommelier $70

Feast of the Seven Fishes at Agrodolce. If you're Italian, or if you wish you were, make your way to Agrodolce this Christmas Eve to celebrate the Feast of the Seven Fishes! With dishes ranging from Grilled Octopus to Black Cod and Prawns, there is surely something for everyone. Agrodolce is offering three levels of this traditional feast including a Feast of Three Fishes, Five Fishes, or the classic Feast of Seven Fishes. Make your reservation today and find updates on social media using #fishfeast.


709 N 35th St

Seattle, WA 98103

Price: Three Fish - $35; Five Fish - $55; Seven Fish - $75

Local 360 Café & Bar Christmas Eve Feast. If you have a large family and are looking to avoid the dishes, Local 360 is open this Christmas Eve and is offering many accommodations for large parties! Alongside their regular menu, Local 360 is serving a special three-course tasting menu featuring everything from Shigoku Oysters and Dungeness crab to Smoked Eye of Ribeye. Call or go online to reserve your spot today!

Local 360 Café & Bar

2234 1st Ave

Seattle, WA 98121

Price: $50 per person

Hot Cakes for the Holidays. Still looking for some last minute gifts? Hot Cakes carries a variety of chocolate and caramel sauces, baking kits, and now even wool blankets that would be the perfect topper for your holiday season. Visit either the Ballard or Capitol Hill location now through Christmas Eve at 4pm to sweeten up the holidays for you and the ones you love!

Hot Cakes


5427 Ballard Ave NW

Seattle, WA 98107

Capitol Hill

1650 E Olive Way

Seattle, WA 98102

Christmas Eve Feast at Ernest Loves Agnes. On Christmas Eve, head to Ernest Loves Agnes for their annual three-course feast. This delightful Italian restaurant is offering a holiday inspired menu including Cheese Cappaletti, Roasted Christmas Goose, and Peppermint Chiffon Pie. Pair your meal with a Hot Buttered Rum or their signature cocktail #Blessed made with tequila, cranberry, lime, old fashioned syrup and ardbeg.

Ernest Loves Agnes

602 19th Ave E

Seattle, WA 98112

Christmas at the Lake. No matter the hour, you can always count on the Lost Lake Café & Lounge to be open and this Christmas is no different! Lost Lake will be open all day on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day and from 10am to 9pm on both days, they will be serving a special holiday menu. They will have everything from the classic Honey Roasted Pit Ham to Prime Rib and even Veggie Bastilla made with Tofu. Also featured on their menu is a variety of holiday milkshakes and cocktails that you won't want to miss including the Peppermint Dream shake and the Sleigh Driver cocktail.

Lost Lake Café & Lounge

1505 10th Ave

Seattle, WA 98122

Merry Krampus at Big Mario's New York Style Pizza. This year Big Mario's wants to wish "Pizza for all and to all a good night" keeping their doors open from 6pm to 2am on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. They are featuring special holiday inspired pies including the Mistletoe and The Grinch, made with pesto, pepperoni, and jalapenos! Alongside these unique and delicious pies, order yourself a holiday classic like Hot Buttered Rum or a Hennessey Hot Toddy.

Big Mario's New York Style Pizza

Capitol Hill

1009 E Pike St

Seattle, WA 98122

Queen Anne

815 5th Ave N

Seattle, WA 98109