Food & Drink

Eat, Drink, and Be Merry

These local restaurants are serving up stress-free Christmas meals  

By Stephanie Russell December 18, 2023


This article originally appeared in the March/April 2024 issue of Seattle magazine.

If you want to skip the prep, cleanup and chaos of holiday cooking, head to one of these restaurants for Christmas brunch or dinner. You won’t be alone trying to escape the cooking mess — studies show that 63% of adults will eat out this holiday season. Be sure to secure your reservation soon.



Stop by Elliot’s Oyster House in Seattle to enjoy waterfront views while munching on a variety of fresh seafood. 

11 a.m.-8 p.m., Dec. 24 



Reservations are required at Hotel Sorrento’s Christmas and Christmas Eve feast. The three-course menu features braised lamb shank with creamy polenta, porcini mushrooms, and braised sofrito. 

2 p.m, 5 p.m, and 8 p.m., Dec. 24 and Dec. 25




Copperleaf at Cedarbrook Lodge in South Seattle hosts a festive holiday prix fixe menu featuring locally sourced ingredients and carefully crafted holiday dishes.  

5 p.m.- 10 p.m., Dec. 24 and Dec. 25 |$95/person



Christmas Eve brunch at Maximilien in downtown Seattle showcases a variety of French inspired dishes.

11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Dec. 24 |$69/person



Six Seven Restaurant & Lounge in Belltown hosts a festive four-course dinner with savory bread pudding, prime rib, and gingerbread apple crisp. 

3 p.m.-8 p.m., Dec. 25 |$110/person



Enjoy the waterfront views at Lobster Shop in Tacoma while feasting on seafood and sipping a candy crush cocktail. 

3 p.m.- 10 p.m., Dec. 24



Goldfinch Tavern in downtown Seattle hosts a three-course Christmas dinner. Try the beet and crab salad, turkey, and chocolate cake. Reservations are required. 

5 p.m., Dec. 24 | $140/person

11 a.m.-7 p.m., Dec. 25 | $165/adult, $70/child



Hyatt Regency Lake Washington in Renton hosts Christmas brunch and dinner. Take in Lake Washington views with a special holiday feast.  

8 a.m.-3 p.m., Dec. 24 and 25 

5 p.m.-10 p.m., Dec. 24 and 25



Enjoy a four-course dinner at The Lakehouse in Bellevue, highlighting the winter menu which features prime rib. 

4 p.m- 9 p.m., Dec. 24 and Dec. 25 |$95/adult, $35/child



In Ballard, Ray’s Boathouse offers a three-course meal of holiday favorites and seasonal specials. 

2 p.m.-8 p.m., Dec. 24 and Dec. 25 |$75/person



The Dining Room at Salish Lodge and Spa in Snoqualmie offers an iconic three course feast. Enjoy stunning views of Snoqualmie falls while you dine. 

5 p.m.- 9 p.m., Dec. 24 and Dec. 25 |$150/adult, $40/child



Taking a Waterways Cruise on South Lake Union is a stellar way to head into the holiday festivities. You’ll enjoy a 2.5 hour cruise around Lake Union and Lake Washington with drinks and a buffet at your fingertips. 

6 p.m., Dec. 24|$128/adult, $63/child


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