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Twenty Christmas Eve Dining Specials to Get the Holiday Started

From traditional Italian Feasts of the Seven Fishes to classic American red meat dinners

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For some, the holidays are best spent resting by a roaring fireplace, rather than sweltering over the kitchen stove. Those who prefer the former can thank these 20 Denver-area restaurants; all are offering some respite starting in the form of breakfast, lunch, or dinner specials on Christmas Eve. Their holiday eve meals range from a Southern-inspired brunch to a duck-centric supper.

Explore an Italian-American Christmas tradition at a Feast of the Seven Fishes at either Frasca Food & Wine, Jax Fish House, Il Posto, Chowder Room, Olive & Finch or Coperta. Or take a break for brunch at Jill’s Restaurant, Cru Wine Bar, The Preservery, or Low Country Kitchen. Finally, for meatier dinner options, head to The Fort, Citizen Rail, Urban Farmer, or Beast + Bottle. From Denver to Boulder to Fort Collins, these 20 restaurants are here to kick-start the holiday week.

Note: Map points are ordered geographically from West to East. Make sure to call the restaurants or check online for reservations.

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Jill's Restaurant

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The Boulder restaurant at the St. Julien hotel hosts both brunch and dinner service on Christmas Eve. Brunch seatings start at 10 a.m. and is priced at $55.95 per adult and $26.95 per child. Though the candlelight dinner service is currently fully booked, call Jill’s restaurant to reserve a spot at brunch.

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Pizzeria Locale

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Starting at 4:30 p.m. on December 24, find Pizzeria Locale in Boulder transformed for “Christmas Eve at Nonna’s.” Red checkered table cloths and old-school holiday tunes will set the scene for a family-style meal of Italian-American dishes.

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Pizzeria Locale in Boulder will prepare a dinner fit for your Italian grandma on Christmas Eve
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Frasca Food and Wine

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Go all-out Christmas Eve with a traditional Feast of the Seven Fishes dinner at Frasca. The set menu features upscale takes on holiday fare, including fluke fish poached with black truffles. The prix-fixe meal can be enjoyed for $200 per person or $350 with additional wine pairings. Reservations start at 4 p.m. To reserve, visit the restaurant's website.

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The Fort

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Spend Christmas Eve in Red Rocks country enjoying a Front Range-style, four-course dinner at The Fort. The meal begins with soup and salad and is rounded out by buffalo prime rib au jus and pecan pie.

Buffalo prime rib from The Fort Restaurant
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Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar

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The Fort Collins outpost of Jax Fish House will serve an eight-course meal complete with seven fresh seafood options and pistachio orange cake with poached figs and gelato for dessert. The menu costs $55 per person with bottomless house wine as an optional add-on. Reservations are encouraged.

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Jax is serving a Feast of the Seven Fishes in Fort Collins
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Low Country Kitchen

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From 10:30 a.m. till 2:30 p.m. on Christmas Eve, Denverites can dive into a Southern-style brunch complete with complimentary eggnog. Dishes include deviled eggs, quiche, shrimp and grits, and biscuits and gravy. Reservations are available online.

Shrimp and grits to be served at Christmas Eve brunch
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Citizen Rail

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For the holiday, the modern steakhouse at Hotel Born is offering a prix-fixe menu composed of selections from the chef’s dry-aged beef program along with specialty cocktails. Check the website for menu updates, and call the restaurant to reserve a table.

Selection of appetizers from the Citizen Rail kitchen
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Urban Farmer Denver

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The new restaurant at the Oxford Hotel hosts family-friendly seasonal service all day on Sunday. Dinner menu details are forthcoming, and reservations will start at 11 a.m.

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Crú Food & Wine Bar

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The food and wine bar toasts to the holiday with brunch and dinner services on Sunday, December 24. Course options include pumpkin mascarpone ravioli, filet mignon, and molten chocolate lava cake. The three-course fixed menu is available for $40; dishes are also available to order a la carte.

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Il Posto

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Il Posto’s take on Feast of the Seven Fishes starts at 5 p.m. on Christmas Eve and actually includes nine types of fish for $110 per person. Visit the restaurant’s website to reserve, and find updates on the Facebook event page.

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Coperta

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Over the week leading up to Christmas, Coperta will offer its three-course menu with seven seafood options to choose from. Find anchovy, octopus, salt cod, blue crab, mussels, eel, and a daily special catch, for $55 per person or $80 with wine pairings.

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Coperta will put on a Feast of the Seven Fishes Sunday, December 24
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The Preservery

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Get dolled up for an ugly sweater brunch at The Preservery on Christmas Eve. Deals for those in sweaters will include $3 off bottomless brunch drinks (hello, $12 bottomless mimosas) and $3 off Bear Creek Distillery cocktails. Patrons can also nibble on Christmas cookies throughout the day. Visit the Facebook event page for details.

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Beast + Bottle

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Duck the Halls at Beast + Bottle’s Christmas Eve dinner, with menu items such as duck liver mousse, honey-lacquered duck breast, and five spice-confit duck legs. The cost is $121 per couple and also includes three side dishes and a bottle of wine. Reservations must be made before December 21.

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Beast + Bottle will serve a duck-centric menu for Christmas Eve dinner
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Chowder Room

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Enjoy a seafood-centric Christmas Eve dinner at the Chowder Room’s Feast of Seven Fishes seven-course dinner. The extravagant reservation-only dinner features Pacific swordfish, risotto with scallops, lobster tail, and poached Atlantic cod. The cost is $59 per person; call or visit the restaurant to reserve a table.

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Olive and Finch

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Celebrate Christmas Eve weekend with a feast at Olive & Finch at both Uptown and Cherry Creek restaurant locations. From Dec. 22 through Dec. 24, diners can sit down for a casual three-course dinner complete with a garden salad, choice of entrees, and freshly baked pastries. Entree options include six-hour braised pork or pan-seared bistro filet steak. The meal costs $20 per adult, $10 per child 5 or older, and is free for children under 5.

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Chef Steve Redzikowski and bar pro Bryan Dayton combine forces on a special roast chicken and grilled short rib Sunday dinner, with chesnut soup, wine greens and roasted clementines on the side. The menu costs $88 per person plus an optional wine pairing. Find the full menu here, and call for reservations.

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Join Basta in Boulder for a Feast of the Seven Fishes running from 5 to 10 p.m. on Christmas Eve. The set meal costs $65 with optional alcohol pairings for $35; a regular dinner menu is also available. Call for reservations.

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Join Basta in Boulder for a Feast of the Seven Fishes on Christmas Eve
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Tag Restaurant

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Fluke crudo, lobster gnocchi, and crispy duck breast and a peppermint pavlova highlight the four-course Christmas Eve menu at this Larimer Square classic. Head to the website or call for details and reservations.

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Tag Restaurant in Larimer Square will serve a four-course Dec. 24 dinner
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Mister Tuna

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For $75, get a prime rib dinner for two, along with two sides and a bottle of wine on Christmas Eve. Head to the website or call to reserve.

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Mister Tuna is offering a Christmas Eve special for two
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MAX's Wine Dive Denver

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The wine bar with a Southern-influenced food menu is offerings specials on bottles of bubbles all day Christmas Eve. And customers who buy a bottle between 6 and 9 p.m. also receive an appetizer for free. Call for information.

Max’s Wine Dive is offering bubbly specials all day on Christmas Eve
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Jill's Restaurant

Jill’s Restaurant
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The Boulder restaurant at the St. Julien hotel hosts both brunch and dinner service on Christmas Eve. Brunch seatings start at 10 a.m. and is priced at $55.95 per adult and $26.95 per child. Though the candlelight dinner service is currently fully booked, call Jill’s restaurant to reserve a spot at brunch.

Jill’s Restaurant
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Pizzeria Locale

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Pizzeria Locale in Boulder will prepare a dinner fit for your Italian grandma on Christmas Eve
Pizzeria Locale

Starting at 4:30 p.m. on December 24, find Pizzeria Locale in Boulder transformed for “Christmas Eve at Nonna’s.” Red checkered table cloths and old-school holiday tunes will set the scene for a family-style meal of Italian-American dishes.

locale
Pizzeria Locale in Boulder will prepare a dinner fit for your Italian grandma on Christmas Eve
Pizzeria Locale

Frasca Food and Wine

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Go all-out Christmas Eve with a traditional Feast of the Seven Fishes dinner at Frasca. The set menu features upscale takes on holiday fare, including fluke fish poached with black truffles. The prix-fixe meal can be enjoyed for $200 per person or $350 with additional wine pairings. Reservations start at 4 p.m. To reserve, visit the restaurant's website.

Tortelloni
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The Fort

Buffalo prime rib from The Fort Restaurant
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Spend Christmas Eve in Red Rocks country enjoying a Front Range-style, four-course dinner at The Fort. The meal begins with soup and salad and is rounded out by buffalo prime rib au jus and pecan pie.

Buffalo prime rib from The Fort Restaurant
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Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar

Jax Fish House Fort Collins
Jax is serving a Feast of the Seven Fishes in Fort Collins
Jax Fish House

The Fort Collins outpost of Jax Fish House will serve an eight-course meal complete with seven fresh seafood options and pistachio orange cake with poached figs and gelato for dessert. The menu costs $55 per person with bottomless house wine as an optional add-on. Reservations are encouraged.

Jax Fish House Fort Collins
Jax is serving a Feast of the Seven Fishes in Fort Collins
Jax Fish House

Low Country Kitchen

Shrimp and grits to be served at Christmas Eve brunch
LOW Country Kitchen

From 10:30 a.m. till 2:30 p.m. on Christmas Eve, Denverites can dive into a Southern-style brunch complete with complimentary eggnog. Dishes include deviled eggs, quiche, shrimp and grits, and biscuits and gravy. Reservations are available online.

Shrimp and grits to be served at Christmas Eve brunch
LOW Country Kitchen

Citizen Rail

Selection of appetizers from the Citizen Rail kitchen
Citizen Rail

For the holiday, the modern steakhouse at Hotel Born is offering a prix-fixe menu composed of selections from the chef’s dry-aged beef program along with specialty cocktails. Check the website for menu updates, and call the restaurant to reserve a table.

Selection of appetizers from the Citizen Rail kitchen
Citizen Rail

Urban Farmer Denver

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The new restaurant at the Oxford Hotel hosts family-friendly seasonal service all day on Sunday. Dinner menu details are forthcoming, and reservations will start at 11 a.m.

Urban Farmer
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Crú Food & Wine Bar