These DC Restaurants Are Open For Takeout This Holiday Season
Give yourself the gift of not cooking.
Like many of you, restaurants have a holiday wish list this year—mainly, they need you to order some takeout food. It’s one of the best ways to support a local restaurant this holiday season, especially as COVID-19 cases surge locally and around the country. Also, if you’ve been slacking on gift-giving this year, fear not. The easiest way to support the restaurant industry is by purchasing gift cards for friends and family to use in 2021.
Aside from that, ordering in or dining out are other great options whether it’s for Hanukkah, Christmas Eve, or New Year’s Eve. There are several easy and accessible ways to do so in Washington DC. Just be sure to preorder, then sit back and enjoy the yule log—digital or real—and savor those endless hours of movie streaming in your PJs.
For a festive and fun five-course meal offered in either in-house dining, carryout, or delivery mode this Christmas hit up SABABA in Cleveland Park. Executive Chef Ryan Moore’s Israeli cuisine includes hummus tahini with pita and za’atar and jeweled rice with candied salmon. He’s also offering a variety of Chinese-inspired specials in addition to the full a-la-carte menu. Options include winter-spring rolls filled with parsnip, cabbage, and herbs, served with five-spice vinegar sauce, or sesame chicken, coated in sweet and spicy zhug, sesame, and honey sauce, served over rice and priced at $22.
How to order: For reservations, visit the website or place delivery options through Grubhub, Uber Eats, DoorDash, or Caviar.
Get wild on Christmas Day with an Ambar brunch. There are two locations on Capitol Hill and in Arlington, offering a fixed priced menu of unlimited small plates from their “Balkan without limits Brunch Experience.” Brunch at Ambar DC will be served from 10 am to 3:30 pm and is priced at $39 per person, while brunch at Ambar Clarendon will be served from 9:30 am to 3 pm and is priced at $34 per person, excluding tax and gratuity. Both menus boast an all-you-can-eat selection of mezze, soups, salads, sandwiches, egg dishes, pastry, and crepes. Ambar DC’s brunch menu is complemented by an endless supply of cocktails, such as the traditional mimosa or Bloody Mary, or peach lavender mimosa with Balkan sparkling wine. Either location is also open for dinner service on Christmas Day.
How to order: For reservations or additional information about ordering takeout visit the website.
Call Your Mother
Whether you need a dozen-ish bagels or golden brown latkes, Call Your Mother will be open for all your holiday breakfast needs. During Hanukkah, the shop will be serving classic potato latkes and jam-filled donuts in addition to bagel sandwiches, babkas, and s’mores lattes. And the shop plans to host holiday hours for Christmas, too.
How to order: Al la carte orders are accepted online via Toast.
Smoked meats and fishes are the name of the game at this Silver Spring pithouse on four wheels. Money Muscle is serving a pre-made holiday feast with simplified reheating instructions that will feed a family of four for $150, plus tax and tip. Choose a main dish, including honey-baked ham, smoked ribeye with horseradish cream, or seared salmon with dill cream cheese. Each feast comes with skillet cornbread, garlic string beans, Brussel sprouts, mashed potatoes, mac and cheese, and chocolate chip cookies (for you or Santa).
How to order: Orders are available for pickup on December 23 and 24 between 3-6 pm and delivery is available within a five-mile radius of downtown Silver Spring.
Chef Tim Ma’s latest enterprise is a pop-up restaurant called Lucky Danger. And for Christmas Day, he’s serving up a playful Chinese take-out menu as many might do as part of an annual tradition. The pop-up restaurant is located in Prather’s on the Alley and has an entire portion of the menu dedicated to Chinese-American dishes, such as broccoli beef, succulent pork belly served with a combination of preserved mustard greens; and crispy noodles with shrimp, flounder, cuttlefish, or fresh vegetables. Family-style, multi-course feasts serving two to three and four to five present a great option for groups, and don’t skip out on the cocktails, the Duck Sauce, with tequila, Sichuan peppercorn, peach, and lemon is a personal Ma favorite.
How to order: Orders available online.
For a French-style Christmas meal for one or two people, head to Bistro Cacao, which is offering smaller options to celebrate Christmas this season. The three-course, to-go meal features favorites like lobster bisque, chicken roulade, and beef bourguignon. For dessert, try a trio of Buche de Noëls—chocolate chiffon sponge cake, and espresso cream and black cocoa ganache. The meal is priced at $45 for one person or $85 for two people. It is available Monday, December 21 to Sunday, December 27, between noon and 8 pm. For those wishing to dine at the restaurant, a three-course dine-in menu is available on Christmas Eve from 4-9 pm. The menu is $55 per person.
How to order: Make a reservation via OpenTable.
Mount Rainier’s newest restaurant Pennyroyal Station is bringing the holidays home with a to-go sampler made by Chef Jesse Miller. Packages, which are $30 each, include a jar of apple butter, house-smoked bacon, candied pecans, chocolate chip cookies, and a jar of bacon jam. A vegetarian option for $25 includes a jar of apple butter, a jar of mushroom rillette, candied pecans, chocolate chip cookies, and a jar of onion jam. For some bubbly celebrations, guests can add on champagne for an additional charge.
How to order: Orders can be placed by calling the restaurant at 240-770-8579 and must be placed by December 18 for pick up between December 21-23.
Cheese lovers who want to celebrate over the holidays can do so by dining al-fresco at Stable DC on H Street. Warm cauldrons of Swiss fondue come served with sides of bread, charcuterie, or veggies to dip. This alpine-themed restaurant is open for special holiday hours in a Christmas light-lined parklet on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Stable will be open for dinner from 5-10 pm on Christmas Eve and brunch on Christmas Day from 10 am to 3 pm. The regular menus will be available during both dinner and brunch services.
How to order: Reservations are available via Resy.
Chef Harper McClure and the team at Mintwood Place are staying open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day by offering two deals. On Christmas Eve, the three-course, $50 menu includes a choose-your-own-adventure prix-fixe, as well as a special $55 holiday beef short rib package for takeout. In addition, Chef McClure will also offer a prime rib of beef special served with Yorkshire pudding and potato gratin for dining-in or carryout. On Christmas Day, from 11 am to 3 pm, McClure is serving a dine-in only brunch with festive dishes including steak and eggs with pommes frites and a duck confit hash with Yukon gold potatoes, a poached egg, and hollandaise sauce. The brunch specials will be served on Christmas Day in addition to Mintwood Place’s regular brunch menu.
How to order: Pre-orders for Christmas Eve packages are available until Monday, December 21 and you can book a table via Resy.
The Bombay Club
Got a craving for some spicy curry? The uber refined Bombay Club has a three-course, prix-fixe menu, available for carryout and delivery. Executive Chef Nilesh Singhvi, has prepared several appetizers, including Kerala-style lobster soup, smoked lamb fillet with Rajasthani spices, and crab masala with black pepper, fennel, and shallots. Choose from one of eight entrées too. A top-pick is the duck curry with apricot, yogurt, mace, and cashew. And for dessert, guests can select from graham marsala sticky pudding with nutmeg custard, spiced carrot pudding with pistachio cream, or a chocolate and pecan tart with cardamom ice cream.
How to order: The three-course, prix fixe menu is $55 per person and can be ordered online or via Uber Eats and DoorDash.
For the first time ever, The Dabney is offering a Christmas Eve and Christmas Day holiday all-in-one package for takeout. The spread includes several hors d’oeuvres on Christmas Eve followed by a complete Christmas Day feast for an at-home celebration priced at $125 per person. Each dish is accompanied by detailed reheating instructions, so you can bring Chef Jeremiah Langhorne's creations right to your kitchen.
How to order: Orders must be picked up and are available on Tock.
For a feast of the seven fishes spread, Chef Amy Brandwein’s ready-to-heat meal is the perfect excuse to skip spending an entire day cooking in the kitchen. The four-course, family-style meal serves up traditional Italian Christmas dishes with reheating and baking instructions included. The restaurant also sells a holiday cookie box perfect for gifting or eating by yourself at home.
How to order: You can pre-order the kit on Tock until December 20 and pick-up and delivery is available on Christmas Even from 9 am to noon.
In the lead up to the holidays, Chef Andrew Market is debuting his “12 Days of Christmas” specials at his Eastern Market pop-up located at Beuchert’s Saloon. Each day in December, there is a new special, and it culminates on December 12 with 12 drummers drumming—fried chicken loaded with collard greens, mac and cheese, and a homemade biscuit. Market is also offering menus for Christmas. His to-go holiday menu is designed to be a festive menu for two ($90) and four ($170) guests and includes an herb-roasted leg of lamb, rutabaga mash with crispy onions, roasted carrots, and eggnog cheesecake with chocolate ganache.
How to order: The holiday to-go menu can be ordered online or by calling the restaurant at 202-733-1384 for pick up on December 24.