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Where to Eat on Christmas Eve 2019 in Portland

Hotel restaurants, old guard favorites, and everything in between

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A meal at King Tide Fish & Shell
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While Christmas Day has no shortage of dining options this year, Christmas Eve is another popular night to get out of the house and have someone else do the cooking. And while there are plenty of bars open serving their usual wares, a number of Portland establishments have prepared something special for the season, from feasts of the seven fishes to festive desserts like bûche de noël. Here’s where to find the best Christmas Eve events for 2019. This map has been updated to remove restaurants that no longer have reservations, but keep in mind that some may have sold out after publication.

As usual, this map is organized geographically, not by rank.

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Daisy Bar + Cafe

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Chef Johnny Nunn’s sunny, cheerful diner Daisy Bar and Cafe will have a four-course dinner with rolls and an amuse bouche for $50 per person. Course one is a celery root soup, while the rest have options for each, including vegetarian selections like a charred radicchio salad and potato gnocchi, as well as meatier options like buttermilk-fried quail, trio of California duck, and creole-rubbed prime rib, with an option of chocolate pot de creme or pineapple tart tatin with dark rum ice cream for dessert. Additional starters for purchase include oysters on the half shell and ahi tuna tartare. Diners can make reservations by visiting the website. 

Verdigris

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The cozy, pastoral bistro Verdigris will serve a family-style dinner on Christmas Eve. For $60 per person, dinner starts with a cauliflower soup before moving to a shared spread with charcuterie, scallops, and salad. The main feast sees prime rib, roasted chicken, wild rice, roasted beets, and more, with an assorted dessert platter to finish. Reservations are available on the website. 

The Waiting Room

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This cozy Southern restaurant will be open on Christmas Eve with its regular hours of 4 to 9 p.m., but will be serving happy hour the whole time. Diners looking to get out of the house before the holiday will find discounted drinks and specials like hushpuppies, po’ boys, and poutine.

The sleek, two-story bistro 23Hoyt will offer a three-course Christmas Eve dinner this year. The $65 dinner offers a number of selections at each course with Pacific Northwestern flair, like venison tartare, roasted chestnut soup, Oregon steelhead with ricotta risotto, roasted porchetta, and milk and cookies to finish. Dinner is offered from 5 to 10 p.m., with vegetarian options and reservations available at the website. 

Dóttir

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Dóttir, the Kex Hotel’s restaurant and bar with sleek, Scandinavian vibes, will throw a “KEXMas Eve Bash,” with Jenny Don’t and the Spurs along with Christa Buckland and the Broken Hearted. Along with the show (which is free), Dóttir will have some holiday specials including pate en croute with pork, duck, foie gras, raisins, and hazelnuts; spiced duck with wilted greens, citrus, and pomegranates; and skate wing with white truffle, roasted black trumpet mushrooms, cauliflower, and chicken jus. For dessert, diners will find Icelandic rice pudding with vanilla whipped cream and cinnamon, in addition to the other menu items. Call for reservations.

Saucebox

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The stylish downtown restaurant and cocktail bar Saucebox will serve a special four-course dinner with Southeast Asian touches and selections at each course on Christmas Eve. For $49 per person, diners can choose from dishes like tofu poke, duck confit spring rolls, crispy Brussels sprouts, butternut squash curry, roast duck with wok-fried green beans and scallion mashed potatoes, caramelized pear rangoon, and chocolate tart. There will also be a number of seasonal cocktail specials, and reservations are available at OpenTable

Imperial

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Chef Vitaly Paley’s bustling steakhouse and grill will be closed on Christmas, but the restaurant will be open on Christmas Eve from 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. From 4 p.m. to close, diners can find an à la carte holiday menu that includes dishes like duck-fat-fried latkes, foie gras torchon, Dungeness crab cioppino, and a roast of smoked prime rib with potato puree and a smoky au jus. Reservations can be made on OpenTable or by phone. 

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The chic, minimalist restaurant at the Hi-Lo Hotel will feature its happy hour menu all day, from 1 to 11 p.m. with items like a $7 bacon cheeseburger and snacks from $4 to $6. In addition, the restaurant will also offer a holiday menu with more robust dishes from 5 to 11 p.m, including meatloaf with whipped potatoes and kale, and a winter squash soup. Reservations can be made via OpenTable.

King Tide Fish & Shell

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In addition to a limited regular menu, the upscale King Tide Fish & Shell will offer a Christmas Eve prix fixe dinner for $65 from 4 to 8 p.m. Dishes will include endive salad with Roquefort cheese, hazelnuts, and citrus; a choice between seared diver scallops with celeriac mousseline, truffles, and caviar beurre blanc or spiced duck breast with caramelized fennel puree, turnip, compressed apple and duck jus; and dark chocolate cremeux with cocoa shortbread and peppermint snow. Reservations can be made by phone or OpenTable.

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Daisy Bar + Cafe

Chef Johnny Nunn’s sunny, cheerful diner Daisy Bar and Cafe will have a four-course dinner with rolls and an amuse bouche for $50 per person. Course one is a celery root soup, while the rest have options for each, including vegetarian selections like a charred radicchio salad and potato gnocchi, as well as meatier options like buttermilk-fried quail, trio of California duck, and creole-rubbed prime rib, with an option of chocolate pot de creme or pineapple tart tatin with dark rum ice cream for dessert. Additional starters for purchase include oysters on the half shell and ahi tuna tartare. Diners can make reservations by visiting the website. 

Verdigris

The cozy, pastoral bistro Verdigris will serve a family-style dinner on Christmas Eve. For $60 per person, dinner starts with a cauliflower soup before moving to a shared spread with charcuterie, scallops, and salad. The main feast sees prime rib, roasted chicken, wild rice, roasted beets, and more, with an assorted dessert platter to finish. Reservations are available on the website. 

The Waiting Room

This cozy Southern restaurant will be open on Christmas Eve with its regular hours of 4 to 9 p.m., but will be serving happy hour the whole time. Diners looking to get out of the house before the holiday will find discounted drinks and specials like hushpuppies, po’ boys, and poutine.

23Hoyt

The sleek, two-story bistro 23Hoyt will offer a three-course Christmas Eve dinner this year. The $65 dinner offers a number of selections at each course with Pacific Northwestern flair, like venison tartare, roasted chestnut soup, Oregon steelhead with ricotta risotto, roasted porchetta, and milk and cookies to finish. Dinner is offered from 5 to 10 p.m., with vegetarian options and reservations available at the website. 

Dóttir

Dóttir, the Kex Hotel’s restaurant and bar with sleek, Scandinavian vibes, will throw a “KEXMas Eve Bash,” with Jenny Don’t and the Spurs along with Christa Buckland and the Broken Hearted. Along with the show (which is free), Dóttir will have some holiday specials including pate en croute with pork, duck, foie gras, raisins, and hazelnuts; spiced duck with wilted greens, citrus, and pomegranates; and skate wing with white truffle, roasted black trumpet mushrooms, cauliflower, and chicken jus. For dessert, diners will find Icelandic rice pudding with vanilla whipped cream and cinnamon, in addition to the other menu items. Call for reservations.

Saucebox

The stylish downtown restaurant and cocktail bar Saucebox will serve a special four-course dinner with Southeast Asian touches and selections at each course on Christmas Eve. For $49 per person, diners can choose from dishes like tofu poke, duck confit spring rolls, crispy Brussels sprouts, butternut squash curry, roast duck with wok-fried green beans and scallion mashed potatoes, caramelized pear rangoon, and chocolate tart. There will also be a number of seasonal cocktail specials, and reservations are available at OpenTable

Imperial

Chef Vitaly Paley’s bustling steakhouse and grill will be closed on Christmas, but the restaurant will be open on Christmas Eve from 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. From 4 p.m. to close, diners can find an à la carte holiday menu that includes dishes like duck-fat-fried latkes, foie gras torchon, Dungeness crab cioppino, and a roast of smoked prime rib with potato puree and a smoky au jus. Reservations can be made on OpenTable or by phone. 

CRAFTpdx

The chic, minimalist restaurant at the Hi-Lo Hotel will feature its happy hour menu all day, from 1 to 11 p.m. with items like a $7 bacon cheeseburger and snacks from $4 to $6. In addition, the restaurant will also offer a holiday menu with more robust dishes from 5 to 11 p.m, including meatloaf with whipped potatoes and kale, and a winter squash soup. Reservations can be made via OpenTable.

King Tide Fish & Shell

In addition to a limited regular menu, the upscale King Tide Fish & Shell will offer a Christmas Eve prix fixe dinner for $65 from 4 to 8 p.m. Dishes will include endive salad with Roquefort cheese, hazelnuts, and citrus; a choice between seared diver scallops with celeriac mousseline, truffles, and caviar beurre blanc or spiced duck breast with caramelized fennel puree, turnip, compressed apple and duck jus; and dark chocolate cremeux with cocoa shortbread and peppermint snow. Reservations can be made by phone or OpenTable.

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