15 Denver Restaurants That Have Christmas Dinner Covered
Let the pros do the cooking.
Yes, your holiday celebrations may be smaller and closer to home this year, but they can still be special. One way to up your Mile High Christmas? Give yourself a day off from cooking and let one of Denver’s talented restaurant teams take care of the heavy lifting. With no indoor dining, most restaurants are opting to close for the day, but there are tons of options for to-go meals of all kinds to make your holiday eating game totally stress-free. From traditional options like prime rib and a take-home version of the Feast of the Seven Fishes to take-and-bake lasagna, smoked brisket, and even a Jewish spin on Chinese takeout, the hardest part will be choosing where to order from. Just remember to plan ahead—most options have cut off dates for ordering, so don’t leave the decision for the last minute.
If you want to get out of the house for your Christmas day meal, then let this Union Station spot take care of you on their heated outdoor patio. Limited reservations are available, and along with their regular menu, they’re offering a three-course prix-fixe option with a variety of choices for first course, entree, and dessert. Options include dungeness crab gratin, dry aged smoked duck, and roasted scallops.
Cost: $75/person; make a reservation via OpenTable
Lou’s Italian Specialties
Build your own Italian Christmas dinner with a selection of to-go entrees. Every meal includes a charcuterie plate with a selection of cured meats and cheeses, choice of Caesar or garden salad, and a fresh baked baguette. Then pick your main event from options like baked ziti, lasagna (meat or veggies), and chicken parm.
Cost: $100; meals must be reserved online by Thursday, December 17 at 5 pm for pickup up December 23 or 24.
Rosenberg's Bagels & Delicatessen
The Stanley Marketplace location of Denver’s favorite spot for legit NY bagels is bringing back its popular Jewish Christmas Chinese Food dinner, to-go style. The menu serves two and features a Jewish spin on Chinese takeout favorites and includes smoked salmon rangoons, reuben spring rolls, matzo ball hot & sour soup, Taylor ham fried rice, Kung Pao pastrami, duck lo mein, matcha bread pudding, fortune cookies, and Sherry’s Soda Shoppe vanilla ice cream. There is also an optional cocktail package add-on.
Cost: $100; cocktail package is $60; orders must be placed online by Thursday, December 17 at 5 pm (while supplies last) for pickup at Rosenberg’s at Stanley Marketplace on Christmas Eve from 5 - 8 pm
Hickory & Ash
This Broomfield restaurant has you covered on a traditional holiday meal with their take-home meal kit. Options include herb crusted prime rib with au jus and creamy horseradish, a baby spinach salad with butternut squash, farro granola, goat cheese and spiced sherry vinaigrette, roasted Brussels sprouts with pecans, apples and country ham, French onion potato gratin with gruyere and rosemary, parker house rolls with honey cinnamon butter, and sticky toffee pudding with pears, rum caramel and white chocolate whip.
Cost: $60 per person with an options wine/cocktail add on and a kids meal for $8 each; call 720-390-4400 to order; kits will be available for pickup on from 12 - 8 pm on Christmas Eve
Mici Handcrafted Italian
With five locations around the Denver metro area, Mici is a favorite for family-friendly Italian. This year, they’re bringing back their popular pans of holiday lasagna, available baked and ready to eat or unbaked so you can keep it in the fridge or freezer for Christmas day.
Cost: $110 per tray (12 large pieces or 20 small); pre-order online with at least 24 hours notice or by calling 720-295-6109
In DTC at Belleview Station, this restaurant that specializes in French cuisine is offering a four-course Christmas Eve feast to-go that’s really going to up your holiday food game. Start with your choice of appetizer: a fromage board, charcuterie board, or Croustillant de Lapin (rabbit, foie gras, and beef feet wrapped in dough). Then choose a soup or salad, entree choices like duck leg confit in sauce champagne and either chocolate mousse or crêpe suzette for dessert.
Cost: $75/person; call 720-710-8963 to order by Tuesday, December 22 for pickup on Christmas Eve.
Ace Eat Serve
Upgrade your bird game this year with a peking duck feast from the Ace team. This deal includes a whole duck, mu-shu crepes, scallions, cucumber, apricot chili sauce, and hoisin plus vegetable fried rice, green bean casserole, saag paneer, and matcha tiramisu for dessert.
Cost: $149 (serves 4-6); order online by Wednesday, December 16 for pickup on December 23 or 24; you can also add on a next day ramen kit for $18 which includes fresh ramen noodles, poached eggs, bean sprouts, pickled ginger, spices, and directions on how to make duck bone broth.
Over at The Source, one of Denver’s best BBQ joints is serving up a meaty main event: smoked brisket. The meal is designed for reheating at home and includes about five pounds of on-site smoked brisket, truffle potato gratin, glazed carrots, and Smok’s Southern-inspired chocolate pudding pie with oreo crust for dessert. And if you think you’ll still be hungry after all of that, you can also add on anything from their regular menu, including full-sized pecan pies.
Cost: $120 (serves 6); call 720-452-2487 to order ahead by Sunday, December 20; pickup is available through 3 pm on Christmas Eve
This spot’s bringing in a guest chef for an epic Christmas feast to-go. Each seven-course meal includes Tender Belly ham, Parker House rolls, shaved Brussels sprout salad, roasted baby potatoes, creamed greens, candied carrots, and sticky toffee pudding with Steuben’s house made vanilla bean ice cream. All items can be reheated at home. You can also add on wine or Steuben’s spiked apple cider.
Cost: $200 (serves 4 - 6); order online by Thursday, December 17 for pickup on Christmas Eve at either Steuben’s Uptown or Steuben’s Arvada locations
Along with serving up Departure’s duck, LoDo’s Urban Farmer also has a trio of holiday meals available for pre-order. Options include their stuffed chicken paired with roasted squash, a local greens salad, cornbread; prime rib with roasted root vegetables, braised beet salad, and brioche dinner rolls; and porchetta with white bean cassoulet, kale salad, and Hawaiian style rolls.
Cost: The chicken meal is $90 (serves 4); the prime rib meal is $200 (serves 6 - 8); the porchetta meal is $175 (feeds 6-8); order online at least three days in advance for pickup at Urban Farmer on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, or New Year’s Eve
Located in the Halcyon in Cherry Creek, Local Jones is one of the few spots offering pickup of their full holiday meal on Christmas Day. Chef Josh Sutcliff’s at-home feast includes prime rib with horseradish cream and yorkshire pudding, sauteed kale, Caesar salad, mashed potatoes, and a chocolate whoopie pie with marshmallow crème filling for dessert.
Cost: $80 for two or $160 for four; order in advance via Resy for pickup on Christmas Eve from 12 - 5 pm or Christmas Day from 11 am - 4 pm.
Let Linda Hampsten Fox and her talented team take total care of the Christmas cooking this year with plentiful options that range from full take and bake meals in a variety of sizes for every family to cheese boards, baked goods and an assortment of whole holiday pies. Inspired by Hampstead Fox’s own travels and holiday traditions, take and bake options include spinach stuffed bone-in ribeye roast and holiday hams along with three styles of handmade tamales.
Cost: Family-size meals start at $74; pre-orders are available online until Sunday, December 20 at noon for pickup on December 22, 23, and 24
This favorite for seafood isn’t letting the weirdness of 2020 stop them from celebrating their 10th annual Feast of the Seven Fishes. While they can’t host you in house, Jax has put together the ultimate holiday seafood feast for home. You can opt for the complete six-course, finish-at-home feast, or choose some faves—all items are also available a la carte. You can also check out their three new holiday raw bar packages and also add on local wine packages from Attimo Wine.
Cost: The full six course feast for two is $125; order online before midnight on December 19 for pickup on December 23 or 24 from Jax Lodo or Jax Glendale
If you’re in South Denver you can still get a taste of Jax seafood for Christmas thanks to a Jax pop-up at The Post Rosedale. They’ll be offering favorites like cioppino for two and warm crab, plus you can pick up whole pies from local baskery Hinman Pie (must try: the salted maple).
Cost: Depends what you order; place your order online by midnight on December 19 for pickup on December 23, 3 - 5 pm
Lola Coastal Mexican
How about a holiday paella party? Lola’s bringing a to-go spin to their annual holiday celebration with sangria and Baja-style paella for two for pickup—just finish up the cooking at home. They’ll also have a limited number available for in person outdoor dining on Christmas Eve.
Cost: $55; order online before 4pm on December 22 for pickup on Christmas Eve, 3:15-8pm