D.C. Restaurants Open On Christmas 2016

Skip the Chinese takeout or preparing your own Feast of the Seven Fishes

The tree is trimmed, your stockings are stuffed and all the gifts are wrapped (or the movie showtimes have been selected, if that's more your style). And now you're exhausted. With all of the travel, shopping and prep of the holidays, no one would blame you if you wanted to skip cooking a Christmas feast. Whether you're looking for a way to cut down on your holiday workload or just need somewhere to grab dinner after your annual trip to the theater, here are our top recommendations for restaurants that are open on either Christmas Eve or Christmas Day—or both—in Washington, D.C.


Settle in for a cozy Christmas at Mike Isabella's Italian restaurant in Chinatown. It also offers take-home pizza kits for those day-after hunger pangs.

Blue Duck Tavern

There will be a special three-course meal on Christmas Day from noon to 8:30 p.m., and the kitchen is also offering a holiday feast to go if you prefer to eat at home in your pj's.


This Italian restaurant is serving the Feast of the Seven Fishes on Christmas Eve.


Eric Ziebold and team are hosting a five-course Christmas Eve dinner with items like crispy pork jowl confit and steak Diane.


It's a weeklong celebration at this restaurant in Fairfax, which is throwing a traditional French feast for Le Réveillon de Noël.

Check out the full list of recommendations here.

Also, if you're planning to eat out during the holiday, be sure to call ahead for a reservation so you won't be wandering the cold streets acting like a hangry Scrooge.