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  • Celebrate the Holidays at Seattle area Restaurants! 12.05.18

     

    This December local restaurants are offering holiday menus and festive events! Read on to learn more about Christmas Eve and Christmas Day dining, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day dining, plus seasonal events, champagne toasts and more. Enjoy the holiday season and make your reservations for these great events and festive feasts today!

     

    DECEMBER EVENTS

     

    Holiday Champagne Fete at RN74 Dec. 1-31, Tasting Dec. 8

    Holiday-goers are invited to pop the cork at RN74 all month long with a list of unique champagnes offered by the glass and as flights. On Saturday, December 8, 1:30-3:30 p.m., guests will sample some of the restaurant’s best champagnes from their recently expanded cellar, as well as special bottles brought in for the holidays. Guests will enjoy hors d’oeuvres, a flight of unique top champagnes, and champagne-focused discussion with RN74’s award-winning sommelier Jeff Lindsay-Thorsen and Paul Swanson.

     

    The holiday festivities kick off December 1 with eight champagnes available nightly by the glass and as flights (four glass flights and an eight-glass flight) during dinner service for the full month, including New Year’s Eve. The champagnes are hand selected by the restaurant’s sommelier team, focusing on bottles that are not often available by the glass, allowing for tasting rare bubbles.

     

    Champagne highlights include:

    – Louis Roederer Cristal 2008

    – Bruno Paillard Nec Plus Ultra 1999

    – Charles Heidsieck Blanc des Millénaires 1999

    – Marc Hebrart Special Club 2012

     

    Champagne Fete on December 8 is $95 per person. Reservations for December 8 are extremely limited and required. For more information and to reserve for dinner or for December 8 call 206.456.7474 or visit michaelmina.net. RN74 is located in downtown Seattle at 1433 4th Ave in downtown Seattle.

     

    Ray’s Café Gingerbread House Decorating Party and Drive Dec. 9

    Locals are invited to join Ray’s Café on Sunday, December 9 for an all-ages Gingerbread House Decorating event and drive benefitting Mary’s Place to help local families in need.

     

    The $12 price includes the gingerbread house building kit and supplies including icing and festive candy plus complimentary hot chocolate. Each guest does not need to purchase a kit to participate, they can be shared within a party.

     

    The event will take place on the Café’s heated and covered patio and participants should dress warm. Food and drinks will be available for purchase.

     

    Reservations are required, and two time slots are available: 11:30 a.m. or 1:45 p.m. Guests can call 206.789.3770 to reserve.

     

    Ray’s is asking participants to bring twin blankets and/or baby formula to the event. These are two high-needs items at Mary’s Place that will make a huge difference in the lives of struggling families.

     

    For more information visit the Ray’s blog. Ray’s Café is located on 6049 Seaview Ave NW in Ballard.

     

    The Holly and the Ivy at The Herbfarm

    The Herbfarm invites guests to join in the merriment of the season with a beautiful nine-course dinner with wine pairings hand selected from their 26,000-bottle cellar. The fire will crackle, and the dining room will be dressed from head to toe in festive décor.

     

    Dinner ranges from $225-$285 per person depending on the date and will be served from November 30-December 23 with date exclusions. Reservations are required. For more information on available dates and times, and to reserve call 425.485.5300 or visit theherbfarm.com. The Herbfarm is located at 14590 NE 145th St in Woodinville.

     

    Nine-Course Holiday Dinner at Shiro’s Sushi Dec 21-24

    Diners who are looking for something outside the traditional holiday offerings are invited to partake in a special nine-course holiday sushi dinner prepared by the experienced sushi chefs at Shiro’s Sushi from December 21-24.

     

    Menu highlights include:

    – Filefish Sashimi, fish liver and ponzu

    – Sea Chicken Salad, sesame soy dressing

    – Hokkaido Scallop Hand Roll

    – Wild Yellowtail, boiled Japanese daikon radish with Sukiyaki Style

    – Chef’s Selection Nigiri Sushi

     

    Shiro’s Sushi is offering its nine-course holiday dinner December 21-24 for $100 per person with reservations available 5:30-10:30 p.m. Reservations are required and must be made by December 20. Any reservations cancelled within 72-hours will result in a $50 fee per person. For more information and to reserve call 206.443.9844 or visit shiros.com. Shiro’s Sushi is located at 2401 2nd Ave in Belltown.

     

    CHRISTMAS EVE DINING

     

    Three-Course Christmas Eve Dinner at Ray’s Boathouse

    Ray’s Boathouse will be open on Christmas Eve from 2-8 p.m. and will be serving a special holiday-inspired three-course menu including salad, entrée, and dessert for $60. The regular dinner menu will also be available and includes dishes such as Alaskan King Crab Legs, Dungeness Crab Toast, Sablefish, delicious house-made desserts and more.

     

    The Boathouse and the bar will be open from 2-8 p.m. on Christmas Eve. Reservations for the dining room are strongly encouraged. Reservations available at 206.789.3770 or rays.com/boathouse. Ray’s Boathouse is located on 6049 Seaview Ave NW in Ballard.

     

    Seafood Favorites at Ray’s Café

    Ray’s Café is offering its regular lunch and dinner menu on Christmas Eve from 11:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Menu items include Dungeness Crab Cakes, Seared Sea Scallops, Clam Chowder and much more. The full children’s menu will also be available.

     

    Ray’s Café dining room and bar will be open 11:30 a.m.-8 p.m. on Christmas Eve. Reservations strongly encouraged. For more information or to reserve call 206.789.3770 or rays.com/cafe. Ray’s Boathouse is located on 6049 Seaview Ave NW in Ballard.

     

    Four-Course Local, Organic Dinner at Tilth

    James Beard award-winning Chef Maria Hines and Tilth Executive Chef Joel Panlilio bring a delicious four-course dinner with organic emphasis to the holiday table this Christmas Eve.

     

    Menu highlights include:

    – Celery Root Soup, truffle cream, apple crisp

    – Squash Cannelloni, king crab, brown butter, pine nut

    – Roasted Oregon Lamb Loin, turnip, black garlic, rosemary powder

    – Brioche Pudding, pecan, bourbon anglaise

     

    Christmas Eve hours are 4:30-8:30 p.m. Tilth’s four-course dinner is $110 per person with the option to add wine pairings for an additional $55. Reservations are required. For more information and to reserve call 206.633.0801 or visit tilthrestaurant.com. Tilth is located in Wallingford at 1411 N 45th St.

     

    Three-Course French Feast at RN74

    RN74 brings a French-inspired feast to Christmas Eve dinner this holiday season. Guests will enjoy a three-course menu with choice of appetizer, entrée and dessert with the option to add wine pairings from the restaurant’s award-winning cellar to complement each decadent course.

     

    Menu highlights include:

    – Winter Chestnut Velouté, foie gras, Yakima apple, sage, brown sugar streusel

    – Roasted Prime Rib, pommes duchess, port wine au jus, creamed spinach

    – Pot au feu de la Mer, lobster, prawns, truffle brioche, sea beans, sunchoke, asparagus

    – Mouse au Chocolat, crème Chantilly, cocoa nib, crème de cacao

     

    Three-course Christmas Eve dinner is $80 per person (excluding tax and service charge) and includes choice of one appetizer, entrée, and dessert. Option to add wine pairings for $45 or premier wine pairings for $65. Reservations available 4:30-9 p.m. on Christmas Eve. For more information or to reserve call 206.456.7474 or visit michaelmina.net. RN74 is located downtown at 1433 4th Ave in downtown Seattle.

     

    CHRISTMAS DAY DINING

     

    Three-Course Christmas Day Dinner at Ray’s Boathouse

    Ray’s Boathouse is offering a delicious seasonally-inspired three-course menu on Christmas Day. The meal includes soup or salad, choice of entrée, and dessert for $60 per person (beverages, tax, and gratuity not included). Guests will enjoy sweeping views of the Puget Sound as they feast on this festive menu. The Boathouse bar will be open with the three-course menu available, no reservations taken.

     

    Ray’s Boathouse reservations are available from 2-8 p.m. on Tuesday, December 25. Reservations strongly encouraged. For more information or to reserve call 206.789.3770 rays.com/boathouse. Ray’s Boathouse is located on 6049 Seaview Ave NW in Ballard.

     

    Ray’s Café’s Greatest Hits

    On Christmas Day Ray’s Café will be serving the greatest hits from the Café menu along with seasonally inspired a la carte specials. Guests will enjoy local seafood, festive décor, and gorgeous waterfront views.

     

    Café reservations are available from 12-8 p.m. on Tuesday, December 25. For more information or to reserve call 206.782.0094 or rays.com/cafe. Ray’s Café is located on 6049 Seaview Ave NW in Ballard.

     

    NEW YEAR’S EVE DINING

     

    The Moon and The Stars at The Herbfarm

    The holiday season reaches a peak with ‘The Moon and The Stars’ at The Herbfarm. Luxurious foods will be showcased alongside fine wines from the 26,000-bottle cellar in a festive end-of-the-year setting! Diners will welcome in the new year with an extravagant dinner celebration at the Northwest’s original farm-to-table restaurant.

     

    Price varies $245-$395 per person depending on the date and will be available December 28-31. Reservations are required. For more information on available dates and times, and to reserve call 425.485.5300 or visit theherbfarm.com. The Herbfarm is located at 14590 NE 145th St in Woodinville.

     

    New Year’s Eve Surf and Turf at Ray’s Boathouse

    Ray’s Boathouse is serving a festive menu featuring surf and turf specials served alongside the Boathouse menu this New Year’s Eve. The Boathouse will also be offering a selection of sparkling wines by the glass or bottle to cheers to the new year.

     

    Ray’s Boathouse reservations are available on New Year’s Eve 5-9 p.m. For more information or to reserve call 206.789.3770 or rays.com/boathouse. Ray’s Boathouse is located on 6049 Seaview Ave NW in Ballard.

     

    New Year’s Eve Festive Specials at Ray’s Café

    Diners are invited to bid farewell to 2018 and welcome 2019 with a New Year’s Eve dinner menu including surf and turf specials served at Ray’s Café, alongside the regular Café menu.

    Café reservations are available on New Year’s Eve 11:30 a.m.-8 p.m. For more information or to reserve call 206.789.3770 or rays.com/cafe. Ray’s Café is located on 6049 Seaview Ave NW in Ballard.

     

    Four-Course New Year’s Eve Dinner at Tilth

    This New Year’s Eve Tilth brings an elegant four-course pre-fixe menu full of local and organic ingredients. James Beard award-winning Chef Maria Hines and Executive Chef Joel Panlilio invite guests to usher in the New Year at Tilth.

     

    Menu highlights include:

    – Baby Root Vegetables

    – Duck Liver Mousse

    – Smoked Heirloom Bean Cassoulet

    – Theo Chocolate Ganache Cake

     

    New Year’s Eve hours are 5-10 p.m. Tilth’s four-course dinner is $110 per person with the option to add wine pairings for an additional $55. Reservations are required. For more information and to reserve call 206.633.0801 or visit tilthrestaurant.com. Tilth is located in Wallingford at 1411 N 45th St.

     

    New Year’s Eve at RN74

    Holiday diners can ring in 2019 at RN74 with an elegant five-course French-influenced tasting menu this New Year’s Eve. Guests will delight in the festive menu with the option to enhance dinner with two different wine pairings.

     

    Menu highlights include:

    – Mishima Ranch Wagyu Beef Tartare, truffled egg yolk, capers, crispy shallot, baguette crostini

    – Tian of Alaskan King Crab and Avocado, sugar pie pumpkin granola, ancient grains, pickled radish, jalapeno schug

    – Maine Lobster Agnolotti, sunchoke, black trumpet mushrooms, lemon-basil beuree fonduta

    – Maple Leaf Farms Duck Breast, salt-roasted celeriac, heirloom beets, sauce l’orange

    – Chocolate Charlotte Royale, passion fruit, caramel ganache, chiffon crumble, brown butter meringue

     

    RN74 is taking reservations 5-10 p.m. on New Year’s Eve. Five-course tasting menu is $120 per person with the Grande wine pairing for $79 or sparkling wine pairing for $99. For more information and to reserve call 206.456.7474 or visit michaelmina.net. RN74 is located in downtown Seattle at 1433 4th Ave.

     

    NEW YEAR’S DAY DINING

     

    Celebratory New Year’s Day Dinner at Ray’s Boathouse

    Guests can enjoy a celebratory New Year’s dinner with a spectacular waterfront view at Ray’s Boathouse. Dishes include House-Smoked Sablefish, Pan-Seared Halibut, Alaskan King Crab Legs, Filet Mignon and more. The Boathouse also offers a selection of sparkling wines to toast to 2019.

     

    Ray’s Boathouse reservations are available on New Year’s Day from 5-9 p.m. For more information or to reserve call 206.789.3770 or rays.com/boathouse. Ray’s Boathouse is located on 6049 Seaview Ave NW in Ballard.

     

    Rest and Refuel at Ray’s Café

    Locals can recover from all the New Year’s Eve festivities with Ray’s Café’s famous Bloody Mary alongside a variety of house-made cocktails and local draft beers. While the comfort of Clam Chowder, Fish and Chips, Dungeness Crab Cakes, Ray’s Classic Burger and more will nurse the hangover away.

     

    Ray’s Café is open New Year’s Day from 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m. For more information or to reserve call 206.789.3770 or rays.com/cafe. Ray’s Café is located on 6049 Seaview Ave NW in Ballard.

     

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  • Eat, Drink + Be Merry at Seattle Restaurants 12.10.15

    There is no better way to celebrate the holidays than surrounded by friends, family, and delicious food. Whether you are looking grab a festive cocktail with friends, enjoy a Christmas feast with your family or host a holiday cooking class, there’s something for everyone to enjoy in Seattle this month.

    HANUKKAH HAPPENINGS: Now through 14

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    Celebrate with Hanukkah favorites at Golden Beetle

    James-Beard Award-winning Chief Maria Hines uses her culinary skills and local ingredients to thoughtfully craft Hanukkah dishes with exceptional flair at Golden Beetle this holiday season. The menu includes Potato Latkes with house made apple sauce, crème fraiche and green onion; Matzo Ball Soup with smoked chicken, carrot and parsley; Roasted Root Vegetables with parsnip, rutabaga and fingerling potato; and Stuffed Donuts, with persimmon filling and powdered sugar. Golden Beetle will also offer two types of Barkan Kosher Wine: a Cabernet Sauvignon and a Chardonnay. These special dishes start at $5 and are available anytime during Hanukkah.

    For more information or reservations, call 206.706.2977 or visit Golden-Beetle.com. Golden Beetle is located in Ballard at 1744 Northwest Market Street, Seattle.

    WINTER WARMERS

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    House Made Mulled Wine and Hot Buttered Rum at Golden Beetle

    Golden Beetle’s craft cocktail bar is ready to keep you warm this winter. Warm up with house made specialties: Mulled Wine and Hot Buttered Rum. Golden Beetle takes traditional mulled wine, fruit of the vine enhanced with the warm essence of spices, fruit, brandy, and takes it to the next level by adding the citrus element of sumac, a spicy kick of pink peppercorn, and even sea salt for a modern twist, just $9. House made hot buttered rum is a rich, delicious warmer for $11. Both are offered throughout December.

    For more information or reservations, call 206.706.2977 or visit Golden-Beetle.com. Golden Beetle is located in Ballard at 1744 Northwest Market Street, Seattle.

    HOLIDAY COOKING AND EVENTS

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    Cook-offs and Cooking for a Cause at Blue Ribbon Cooking

    Blue Ribbon Cooking on Lake Union provides companies, friends, groups and families a unique and exciting array of holiday party experiences. Book an Iron Chef cooking competition and compete in teams to create the best dishes of the night, then sit down at a lakeside table to enjoy a meal together while watching the Christmas ships. Or book a Cooking For A Cause event and prepare a meal for a local shelter that Blue Ribbon delivers while guests sit down to dinner. Blue Ribbon also caters any event big or small and prepares custom, seasonal menus, cocktail competitions and more at their waterfront venue, or at a venue or home of the guest’s choice!

    Blue Ribbon is located at 2501 Fairview Avenue E. Seattle, 98102. They operate venues in Lake Union, Capitol Hill, Fremont, University District and Auburn, as well as provide offsite catering. Call 206.328.2442 or visit blueribboncooking.com to book an event.

    HOLIDAY GIFT IDEAS

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    If you’re looking for unique holiday gift ideas then look no further then EthnicSeattle.com. Ethnic Seattle has procured some unique gift ideas, all from local, ethnic-owned businesses. You’ll gift something truly unique while also supporting local small businesses. Check out the gift ideas here.

     

    CHRISTMAS EVE: December 24

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    Show off Seattle’s best views and fresh seafood at Ray’s Boathouse and Café

    Ray’s Boathouse and Café is the perfect spot to show out-of-town guest how beautiful the Pacific Northwest is. On Christmas Eve, enjoy the freshest seafood alongside breathtaking views of the Puget Sound and Olympic Mountains.

    Ray’s Boathouse will be open from 3 – 8 p.m. serving their regular menu as well as a special holiday inspired three-course dinner for $45, including a starter, choice of entrée, and dessert. Reservations are strongly recommended and can be made at 206.789.3770 or online here. The Boathouse Bar will be open 3 – 8 p.m. serving their regular menu, excluding happy hour. No reservation is necessary for the Boathouse Bar.

    Ray’s Café will be open from 11:30 a.m. – 8 p.m. serving their regular menu, including local favorites such as Pan Seared Sea Scallops and Alaskan King Crab Legs. Reservations are strongly recommended and can by made at 206.782.0094 or online here. The Café Bar will be open from 11:30 a.m. – 8 p.m. serving their regular menu and happy hour drink and food specials such as Moscow Mules, Salmon Sliders, and Crispy Calamari. No reservation is necessary for the Café Bar.

    For more information, visit rays.com. Ray’s Boathouse and Café are located in Ballard at 6049 Seaview Ave NW, Seattle.

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    Holiday Happy Hour all night at Golden Beetle

    Golden Beetle helps locals celebrate Christmas Eve with special happy hour pricing from 4:30 p.m. – close. It’s a perfect opportunity to celebrate with friends and family with small plates and specially crafted cocktails before diving into holiday festivities. The happy hour menu starts at $3 and includes Spicy Hummus and Pita Chips, Fire and Honey Chicken Wings, Mini Roasted Squash Pizza and Spiced Donuts. View the full happy hour menu online.

    For more information or reservations, call 206.706.2977 or visit Golden-Beetle.com. Golden Beetle is located in Ballard at 1744 Northwest Market Street, Seattle.

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    Old world meets new at Bell + Whete European Kitchen + Lounge

    Bell + Whete European Kitchen + Lounge will be serving a special, four-course, holiday meal on Christmas Eve. Start with a serving of warm and spicy Red Lentil Soup made with Aleppo pepper and brown butter. Continue with a Granny Smith Apple Truffle Salad with arugula and goat cheese. For the main course, enjoy a Whole Roasted Lamb with a winter squash and pomegranate gratin, alongside braised endive. Finally, for dessert, indulge in a Baked Meringue with pomegranate cream and kumquats. Bring extra flavor to the meal with special beverage pairings for an additional $25.

    This four-course meal is available from 4 – 9 p.m. Christmas Eve and is $55 per person with optional beverage pairings for an additional $25. Full menu is available here. For more information or to reserve, call 206.538.0180 or visit bellandwhete.com. Bell + Whete is located in Belltown at 200 Bell Street, Seattle.

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    Celebrate with Sushi at Shiro’s

    Break tradition (or make a new one) and replace the usual ham, Christmas goose or turkey with sushi at Shiro’s Sushi this Christmas Eve. Steeped in a tradition over 20 years, Shiro’s offers a variety of fresh seafood from local waters and around the globe. They source much of their seafood directly from the prized waters of Japan, specifically the Tsukiji Market, ordering several times a week for the best fish for their award-winning sushi. Order a menu of your own or leave it in the hands of Shiro’s chefs with an omakase menu. The chefs will take you on a pleasurable flavor and texture journey of 5, 10, 20 or any number of courses you choose.

    For dining room reservations, call 206.443.9844 and for more information, visit shiros.com. Shiro’s Sushi is located in Belltown at 2401 2nd Ave, Seattle.

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    Enjoy a cozy, organic meal at Tilth

    Tilth’s cozy Wallingford restaurant, housed in a craftsman home, is a great place for an intimate evening with close friends and family this Christmas Eve. Once named a New York Times “Best New Restaurant,” Tilth’s four-course special menu for $80 is comprised of delicious organic and seasonal ingredients including apple, hazelnut, cranberry and walnut. The menu includes Kumamoto Oysters on Half Shell, Celeriac Soup, Slow Cooked Duck Egg, Smoked Heirloom Bean Cassoulet, Cashew Cheesecake, and more. Tilth also offers two levels of wine pairings, a regular Wine Pairing for $50 and a special, Sommelier Pairing for $70. The full menu can be viewed online here .

    To reserve, call 206.633.0801 or visit their website. For more information, visit tilthrestaurant.com. Tilth is located in Wallingford at 1411 N 45th St, Seattle.

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    Feast of the Seven Fishes at Agrodolce

    Agrodolce channels their Italian roots, celebrating the Feast of the Seven Fishes, the Italian’s take on Christmas Eve. The #fishfeast menu offers three options of the traditional feast: a Feast of Three Fishes for $35, a Feast of Five fishes for $55 and a Feast of Seven Fishes for $75. Each feast has its own optional wine pairing and offers a variety of fresh seafood with an Italian twist. Notable seafood dishes include Grilled Octopus with sultana and caper salsa verde; Black Cod and Tomato Stew with fried couscous, fennel and wild mushroom; Black Nile Barley Spaghetti and Clams with pickled chili, castelvetrano olive and fresh mint; and Sylver Fishing Spot Prawns with vanilla squash puree, persimmon and pomegranate. View the full menu online here.

    To reserve, visit Agrodolcerestaurant.net or call 206.547.9707. For updates and to join the conversation, follow #fishfeast on social media. Agrodolce is located in Fremont at 709 North 35th Street, Seattle.

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    Feast locally with friends and family at Local 360 Café & Bar

    This Christmas Eve bring out the whole family for a special three-course tasting menu! Local 360 offers many accommodations for large parties and is a great option for holiday family dinners. The three-course menu is $50 per person, and their regular a la carte menu will also be available.

    Choose from a starter of Shigoku Oysters with tamarind granita and coriander, or Newaukumn Valley Farms Sunchoke Bisque with wild black trumpets and vadouvan. The main event includes choice of Arctic Char with Dungeness crab salad, butternut and heirloom apple salsa, or Smoked Eye of Ribeye with beef fat popover, blue cheese whipped potatoes, Brussels and syrah. End with a sweet choice of Hazelnut Carrot Cake with Christmas spiced rum raisins and cream cheese, or Flourless Chocolate Torte with huckleberry, amaro, and ginger ice cream.

    For more information and reservations, call 206.650.2577 or visit local360.org. Local 360 is located in Belltown at 2234 1st Avenue, Seattle.

    CHRISTMAS DAY: December 25

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    Feast with the family at Ray’s Boathouse and Café

    Celebrate Christmas Day without the stress of preparing a grand holiday meal. Ray’s Boathouse and Café will be open and offering a variety of delicious, seasonal dishes for everyone to enjoy.

    Ray’s Boathouse will be open from 3 – 8 p.m., offering a three-course A La Carte menu and regular dinner menus. The first course includes options such as Creamy Parsnip Soup with toasted pepitas, cayenne and paprika, and Dungeness Crab Cocktail with roasted tomato and cocktail sauce. Entrée options include seafood favorites Grilled King Salmon and Pan Seared Halibut, and holiday classics, Oven Roasted Turkey and Spice Rubbed Prime Rib of Beef. For dessert, Pumpkin Pie topped with Olympic Mountain vanilla ice cream. The menu is $45 for adults and $22.50 for children ages 5 to 11 (children under 5 are free). Reservations are strongly recommended and can be made at 206.789.3770 or online here. The Boathouse Bar will be open from 4 – 8 p.m. offering their normal menu, excluding happy hour. Reservations are not needed for the Boathouse Bar.

    Ray’s Café will be open from 12 – 8 p.m., offering their signature Christmas Day buffet. The buffet offers a grand variety of dishes from House Smoked NW Salmon with apple-pear chutney, Spice Rubbed Prime Rib of Beef to Baked Polenta with Wild Mushrooms and a Shucking Bar with Alaskan Snow Crab, Peel & Eat Prawns and Half Shell Oysters with mignonette, cocktail and lemons. Other notable dishes include Ray’s Antipasto comprised of cured meats, marinated mozzarella olives, and grilled vegetables; creamy Bay Shrimp Mac and Cheese, as well as cold salads, roasted vegetables, a dessert table filled with your favorite treats, and more. The buffet is $45 for adults and $20 for children ages 5 to 11 (children under 5 are free). Reservations for the Café are required and can be made at 206.782.0094 or online here. The Café Bar will be closed.

    View the full menus online here. For more information, visit rays.com. Ray’s Boathouse and Café are located in Ballard at 6049 Seaview Ave NW, Seattle.

    NEW YEAR’S EVE: December 31

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    Countdown to 2016 at Eden Hill

    Ring in the New Year at Eden Hill with a special, celebratory seven-course tasting menu full of intriguing combinations of simple flavors from Chef-owner Maximillian Petty. He will create a menu with Northwest ingredients alongside prized, special ingredients including Foie Gras, Lobster Tail and savory Crepe in Bone Broth. Increase the tasting pleasure with specially selected French and Pacific Northwest wine pairings.

    Chef Maximillian saves one of his best for last – A Chocolate Ball Drop inspired by the New Years Eve ball that drops in Time Square. Diners can break the hollow chocolate ball on their plate, releasing edible glitter reminiscent of a New Years Eve fireworks show.

    The tasting menu is $100 and option wine pairing is $60. Reservations are required for New Year’s Eve dinner. To reserve, call 206.708.6836 or reserve online here. Eden Hill is located in Queen Anne at 2209 Queen Anne Ave, Seattle.

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    Vegetarian New Year specials at Cafe Flora

    Beloved vegetarian restaurant, Cafe Flora celebrates the New Year with special menu items. In addition to their regular dinner menu, they will offer new dishes made from fresh, seasonal ingredients including cranberry, walnuts and winter vegetables. Festive starter offerings include Thyme and Port Poached Pear served with grilled raddichio, bleu cheese, walnuts and dried cranberry; Salad with ginger-rum braised beets, feta, walnuts, cranberry, kumquats and topped with spiced honey vinaigrette; and Fried Avocado with trio of dipping sauces. Entrée selections include Winter Vegetable Gratin; Eggplant Moussaka served with a Jerusalem salad of bell pepper, onion, cucumbers, tomatoes, capers dill and lemon vinaigrette; and Stuffed Baked Polenta with black trumpet mushrooms, tarragon béchamel and a parsnip and celeriac mash.

    Reservations are required for parties of six or more. To reserve, call 206.325.9100 ext. three and for more information, visit CafeFlora.com. Cafe Flora is located in Madison Valley at 2901 East Madison Street, Seattle.

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    Try something new for the New Year at Shiro’s

    The beginning of the year is the perfect time to try something new. Why not start erly on the New Year’s resolution to “be more adventurous” with a special Chef-selected omakase menu at Shiro’s Sushi. The Shiro’s Omakase includes an appetizer, sashimi, sushi entrees, soup and dessert for $65 and Premium Sushi Omakase includes seventeen pieces and seasonal soup for $75. Guests at the sushi counter can order the Open-Ended Omakase and put themselves fully in the hands of Shiro’s chefs. The restaurant has been creating relationships with fish markets for 20 years and diners will see the evidence of their fish sourcing in approximately 30 types of seafood a night. For dinners who know what they like, Shiro’s Sushi also has full A La Carte and Sushi and Sashimi menus filled with choice fresh seafood dishes such as Salmon Kama, Black Throat Sea Perch, and Blue Fin Tuna.

    For dining room reservations, call 206.443.9844 and for more information, visit shiros.com. Shiro’s Sushi is located in Belltown at 2401 2nd Ave, Seattle.

    Bell + Whete Ale

    Toast the New Year at Bell + Whete European Kitchen + Lounge

    Bell + Whete European Kitchen + Lounge shows off their adaptations of timeless recipes and vast beer and cocktail selection this New Year’s Eve. They will offer a three-course tasting menu for $35, which includes a glass of champagne to toast the New Year, a starter of Baked Oysters with pork belly, kale and trout caviar; a main dish of Duck Leg Confit with persimmon tortelloni, dates and almonds; and a finisher of White Chocolate Bombe with candied hazelnuts, persimmon and citrus. They will also offer a menu of select pints for $5 each, half-off select bottled beers, and featured specialty cocktails.

    Bell + Whete will be open from 4 p.m. – 12 a.m. New Year’s Eve. For more information or to reserve, call 206.538.0180 or visit bellandwhete.com. Full menu is available here. Bell + Whete is located in Belltown at 200 Bell Street, Seattle.

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    Mediterranean favorites at Golden Beetle

    Golden Beetle offers a specially crafted, organic four-course meal on New Year’s Eve. The meal is $50 and includes Mediterranean classics such as Goat Cheese Stuffed Medjool Dates with Meyer lemon gastrique; Dolmas Shrimp Briouats made with phyllo dough, chard, fire and honey; Roasted Root Vegetable Tagine served with barley risotto; and Black Walnut Baklava topped with crème fraiche. An optional wine pairing is also available for $25 and includes wines from local wineries in Columbia and Yakima Valleys to imported bottles from Spain, France and Portugal.

    For more information or reservations, call 206.706.2977 or visit Golden-Beetle.com. Golden Beetle is located in Ballard at 1744 Northwest Market Street, Seattle.

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    Ring in the New Year at Tilth

    Award-winning Chef Maria Hines has created a special organic menu for Tilth on New Year’s Eve with two levels of wine pairings: a regular Wine Pairing for $50 and an expert Sommelier Pairing for $70.
    The special four-course meal includes options such as Skagit River Ranch Beef Tongue with house pickle, frisee and apple mustard; Sylvia’s Spot Prawns with bouillabaisse foam, cippolini and fennel; Porcini Ash-Crusted Venison with swiss chard Anson Mills corn polenta and cranberry; and Theo Chocolate Ganache Cake topped with cocoa cream. Full menu online here .

    To reserve, call 206.633.0801 or visit their website. For more information, visit tilthrestaurant.com. Tilth is located in Wallingford at 1411 N 45th St, Seattle.

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    Intimate New Year’s celebration at Agrodolce

    Agrodolce hosts an Italian-inspired four-course New Year’s Eve celebration for those looking for a memorable and intimate celebration. Start off with a choice of Dungeness Crab Salad, Red Beet Tartare, or Pork Rillettes. For the second course, choose among options such as Black Nile Barley Spaghetti and Ricotta Cavatelli. Entrée dishes include Lamb with parsnip and beet, grilled frisee and pomegranate; Sylver Fishing Spot Prawns with shaved Brussels sprouts, chestnut puree, pine nut and preserved citrus gremolata; and Slow Cooked Arzak Egg with celery root, grilled treviso and caper salsa verde. Then ring in the New Year with one of three sweet treats: Theo Chocolate Budino, Poached Washington Pear or L’alveare Sheep’s Milk Cheese. The four-course meal is $70 and each dish has two optional wine pairings, a regular Wine Pairing for $35 and a Sommelier Pairing for $55. View the full menu online here .

    To reserve, visit Agrodolcerestaurant.net or call 206.547.9707. Agrodolce is located in Fremont at 709 North 35th Street, Seattle.

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    Celebrate the end of a great year on the waterfront at Ray’s Boathouse and Café

    Ray’s Boathouse will offer its regular menu full of the freshest seafood, including Crispy Washington Razor Clams, Dungeness Crab Cakes, Crispy Garlic Prawns and more. Toast to the New Year with a hand crafted cocktail, such as a White Peach Cosmo or a Champs Élysées, or red, white or sparkling wine by the glass. Or celebrate with a sweet treat, such as a Milk Chocolate Mousse or a Deconstructed Washington Apple Pie.

    Ray’s Café will feature its regular menus, offering local lunch and dinner favorites, such as Sautéed Tiger Prawns, Pacific NW Sablefish in Sake Kasu and Grilled Northwest King Salmon.

    Boathouse reservations can be made at 206.789.3770 or online here. Café reservations can be made at 206.782.0094 or online here. The Boathouse and Café Bars will also be open, but reservations are not required. For more information, visit rays.com. Ray’s Boathouse and Café are located in Ballard at 6049 Seaview Ave NW, Seattle.

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    Start the New Year on a high note with brunch at Cafe Flora

    Cafe Flora will host its annual vegetarian brunch buffet on New Year’s Day to help diners start their year on the right foot by eating less meat, or just helping them recover from New Year’s Eve shenanigans. Buffet options include Deep Fried French Toast, Chick Pea and Okra Fritter, Savory Mushroom Crepe, Poblano and Yam Tamales and more. Cafe Flora also offers libations to help fight hangovers, including the Garden Flora, their take on a Bloody Mary made with house pickled vegetables, or Mimosas made from a variety of juices such as grapefruit, rosemary lemonade and classic orange. The brunch buffet is available from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. and is $25 for adults and $12.50 for children.

    Reservations are required for parties of six or more. To reserve, call 206.325.9100 ext. three and for more information, visit CafeFlora.com. Cafe Flora is located in Madison Valley at 2901 East Madison Street, Seattle.

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    Hangover Bloody Mary’s At Ray’s Café

    Recover from New Year’s Eve festivities at Ray’s Cafe with a famous Ray’s Bloody Mary or an adult Cup of Joe made with Kraken spiced rum, Kahlua, dark crème de cocoa, Caffé Vita coffee and cinnamon sprinkle. Top it off with Ray’s Hot Wings Trio, Crispy Calamari or Painted Hills Ground Chuck Burger. Or kick off your New Year cleanse with Ray’s Café Seafood Salad with Alaskan Bay shrimp, house smoked salmon, house smoked scallops, artichoke hearts, cherry tomatoes and more.

    Café reservations can be made at 206.782.0094 or online here. The Café Bar will be open and reservations are not required. For more information, visit rays.com. Ray’s Boathouse and Café are located in Ballard at 6049 Seaview Ave NW, Seattle.

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