December 12, 2022


Growing up my family always went out to the same classic Italian restaurant on Christmas Eve, then we drove around looking at the lights in the neighborhood. It was festive and fun. If you are looking for a lovely holiday dinner this year for Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, here is a list of restaurants that have special menus. Washington, Virginia and Maryland have been decorated since before Thanksgiving - make sure you enjoy the lights before or after, its never too late to start a new tradition. 

1. Brasserie Liberte - 3251 Prospect St, NW, Washington

Located in the heart of Georgetown, this modern French restaurant is casual and laid back. They have a special menu for the 24th & 25th.

2. Dolce Vita - 1610 14th St, NW, Washington

Opened just a month ago in trendy Logan Circle. This restaurant melds the cuisines of Italy, Morocco, Spain and Greece and will be open the 24th & 25th.

3. Sababa - 3311 Connecticut Ave, NW, Washington 

For the third consecutive year, this Cleveland Park restaurant will offer its Middle Eastern-influenced Chinese menu it has dubbed “Jew-ish Christmas.” Only offered on the 24th. PRO TIP: Check out the lights at the zoo.

4. L'Auberge Chez Francois - 332 Springvale Rd, Great Falls

This classic French inn is decorated to the hilt. Enjoy a seven-course dinner with three seatings on Christmas Eve. PRO TIP: Pere Noel makes an appearance at every seating.

5.  Roberto's Ristorante Italiano - 144 Church St. NW, Vienna

Visit renowned chef, Roberto Donna 's famed Italian restaurant to experience an authentic Feast of the Seven Fishes on the 24th.

6. The Red Fox Inn and Tavern - 2 East Washington St, Middleburg

This 18th century inn will host a five-course “game & seafood dinner” on the 24th. PRO TIP: try the wine pairings.

7. The Chart House - 1 Cameron St, Alexandria

Located on the Old Town Alexandria waterfront, this traditional seafood restaurant has a special menu on the 25th and is perfect for large gatherings.

8. Kings Contrivance - 10150 Shaker Drive, Columbia

This restaurant is considered Howard County's finest restaurant. It is housed inside a stately Federal style mansion on a 360-acre farm and is decorated top to bottom and left to right. PRO TIP: wine list is outstanding. 

9. La Ferme - 7101 Brookville Dr, Chevy Chase

Cozy French restaurant located in the heart of Chevy Chase Village, is serving a fixe prix dinner on Christmas Eve with an abundance of choices. PRO TIP: ask to be seated near the huge stone fireplace or heated, covered patio. If there are just 2 of you - the Juliette balcony is very romantic.

If you have visited any of these restaurants or have your own personal favorite - we would love to hear from you. Personal recommendations are the best - and its great getting pro tips! 

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