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What do you want for Christmas? If your answer is “All of 2020 and a good chunk of 2019 back,” we’re with you — even if your sister keeps complaining that that’s not a good gift idea. But as we get closer to welcoming in 2021 (which has to be better, right? Right???), there are still plenty of restaurants around town that we’d be thrilled to unwrap holiday meals from. Here are dozens of Denver and Boulder eateries, listed in alphabetical order (not by date), that are offering Christmas Eve and Christmas Day specials.
Ace Eat Serve
501 East 17th Avenue
Skip the turkey and opt for Peking duck and a pan-Asian spread instead. Ace is serving a takeout feast for $149 with a whole duck (plus mu shu crepes, scallions, cucumbers, hoisin and apricot chile sauce), fried rice, green bean casserole, saag paneer and matcha tiramisu. Order on Ace’s website (where you can also add on booze, sides and a kit for making duck ramen out of the carcass the next day) by December 16 and pick up your meal on Wednesday, December 23, or Thursday, December 24.
4132 West 38th Avenue
Highland eatery American Elm is not only providing a Christmas Eve meal to go, it’s also donating $10 for every meal sold to the nonprofit Food Bank of the Rockies. Order the $135 dinner for two and choose between main dish entrees of maple and brown sugar ham, turkey breast or prime rib (the beef is an upcharge of $15 per person); you’ll also get smoked mac and cheese, mashed potatoes and gravy, Brussels sprouts and Christmas cookies. Order on the restaurant’s online storefront by 5 p.m. on Sunday, December 20, for pick-up between noon and 6 p.m. on Wednesday, December 23, or Thursday, December 24.
Barolo Grill’s dining room is currently shuttered, but you can still do takeout.
3030 East Sixth Avenue
Order Barolo’s Christmas feast on Tock by Saturday, December 19, for pick-up on Tuesday, December 22, or Wednesday, December 23, between 4 and 8:30 p.m. Each meal kit is $80 per person and includes a braised veal shank (there’s a salmon substitution for pescatarians), lobster salad, roasted tri-color cauliflower with Calabrian chiles, truffled potato gratin, creamed spinach and kale, and a gingerbread spice cake with blood orange compote.
3601 Arapahoe Avenue, Boulder
The Boulder restaurant is offering an Italian-American tradition on Christmas Eve: the Feast of the Seven Fishes. Menu details aren’t yet available, but you can visit Tock to book the last remaining seats for a party of two in Basta’s private greenhouse at 7:15 p.m. on Christmas Eve ($85 per person), or order the spread for takeout for $95 (serves two). The ordering deadline is Monday, December 21, with pick-up on Christmas Eve.
3503 East Colfax Avenue
Let this old-school steakhouse take care of you on Christmas Eve. Call by Sunday, December 20, to order a family-style spread of prime rib, garlic and cheddar mashed potatoes, gravy, veggies, jus, horseradish (raw or creamy) and coconut cream pie, all for $40 per person. You can add on a bottle of wine for a mere $15. Pick up the goods after noon on Christmas Eve.
Beast & Bottle and Coperta
719 East 17th Avenue, 303-623-3223
400 East 20th Avenue, 720-749-4666
The two sister kitchens are turning out prime rib meals for four ($200) that include a roast, potatoes au gratin with horseradish, creamed kale and mushroom conserva, and a fluffy butternut soufflé. For dessert, keep your cookie cutters in the back of the drawer and opt for a plate of 24 chocolate and pistachio sables, ginger snaps, hazelnut-mocha biscotti, iced sugar cookies, lemon shortbread and raspberry linzer, all for $30. Order on Beast + Bottle or Coperta by Monday, December 21, for pick-up on Thursday, December 24. Details are on the restaurants’ individual Instagram pages.
1817 Central Street
Our favorite Highland brunch spot has put together a quartet of gift baskets perfect for last-minute gift giving (and gift keeping). They range from the expansive Whole Kitchen box (includes the Bindery’s cookbook, a professional chef’s knife, Italian holiday cookies and nougat, coffee, jam, maple syrup and sea salt mix) to a wine and cheese spread (two bottles of wine, eight cheeses, crackers, mostarda and fig jam) to Just the Wine (…just wine). There are also family-style meals to feed two to eight; choose from spinach-stuffed rib eye, salmon en papillote and brown sugar bourbon ham, all with sides. Visit Tock to order these and other holiday packages. The ordering deadline is noon on Sunday, December 20; pick-up is Tuesday, December 22, through Thursday, December 24.
1964 13th Street, Boulder
The Boulder bistro is offering an $80-per-person menu with choices so enticing you’ll have trouble choosing between lobster bisque and cassoulet for apps and local beef in hunter’s sauce, morel and potato gratin and Colorado striped bass with celeriac for the entree. Luckily, you don’t have to choose between desserts; the meal finishes with both a bûche de Noël and Christmas cookies. Order on Black Cat’s website and pick up the meal on Wednesday, December 23, between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Black Sky Brewery
490 Santa Fe Drive
Cheesecake is metal as fuck. Thank Satan (er, Santa) you can get your holiday cheesecakes along with your beer for the holidays. Black Sky is selling three flavors — chocolate-peppermint with Rumple Minze, bourbon-eggnog, or blood orange and hibiscus, each for $30. Call to order by Sunday, December 20, for pick-up on Wednesday, December 23, or Thursday, December 24. See the brewery’s Instagram page for details.
This rib rack isn’t standing, but it gives you an idea of the quality of meat you can expect from Blackbelly Butcher.
1606 Conestoga Street, Boulder
Blackbelly is selling luxe 35-day dry-aged standing rib roasts for Christmas dinner. The cut-to-order roasts have about two pounds of meat per bone; each bone serves two to four people. The cost ($39.99 per pound) includes chef Hosea Rosenberg’s cooking tips. Pre-order by emailing [email protected]; you can pick up the roast until 4 p.m. on Thursday, December 24.
1028 South Gaylord Street
The Wash Park bistro is cooking up both carnivorous and vegan spreads for takeout on Wednesday, December 23 (4 to 8 p.m.), and Thursday, December 24 (noon to 4 p.m.). Choose from pot roast or a vegan steak with mushroom gravy, plus regular and plant-based versions of mac and cheese, mashed potatoes, glazed root veggies, dinner rolls and sticky toffee pudding ($50 per person). Visit Charcoal’s website to see the full menu, then call to place your order.
Chef Zorba’s has a hearty Christmas feast you can order by the plate or for a group.
Courtesy of Chef Zorba’s
2626 East 12th Avenue
Whether you’re looking to feed just one or a crowd (of people from your own household, that is), this Congress Park diner has you covered. You can order individual dinners for $17.95 apiece, or a feast that serves eight to ten for $129.95. Each includes ham, scalloped potatoes, roasted vegetables, pineapple bread pudding, cranberry, walnut and feta salad and dinner rolls. Zorba’s is also selling whole pies (apple, apple-cranberry or pumpkin) for $19.95 and a dessert tray of baklava, brownies, raspberry bars and wedding cookies ($24.95). You must order on Zorba’s website by Sunday, December 20; collect your meal on Thursday, December 24, from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
3264 Larimer Street
If you want a Christmas Eve meal that’s not as heavy as the traditional roast hunk o’ meat, order Dio Mio’s light-as-air pasta meal on Tock no later than 3 p.m. on Monday, December 21. For $100, you’ll get spinach-ricotta cannelloni, a salumi plate, Hasselback squash, garlic bread, sticky toffee pudding and a bottle of wine with a packet of mulling spice. (Okay, maybe it’s not a light meal. So what? This year blows; eat lots of carbs.) Pick up your order from 3 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, December 23.
Fox Run Cafe
3550 East Colfax Avenue
The cute Fox Run Cafe is offering a trio of not-so-traditional holiday pies for a not-so-traditional (read: horrible, just awful) year. Choose from banana cream, chocolate or bourbon-apple (made with Laws whiskey). Pre-order the pastries ($35 to $40) on Fox Run’s online storefront by Sunday, December 20, for pick-up between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Christmas Eve.
19192 Highway 8, Morrison
Call the Morrison institution to order one of three holiday meals: a bison prime rib half roast with sides (serves four to six, $125); a ham glazed with mustard, brown sugar and sherry with sides (serves six to eight, $145); or
a full bison prime rib roast with fixings (serves twelve to fourteen, $350). Orders must be placed by Friday, December 18, and you can add a pecan pie or chile chocolate bourbon cake to each meal for just $35 (though this bumps up the ordering deadline to Sunday, December 13). Pick up your meal at the Fort between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Christmas Eve.
1738 Pearl Street, Boulder
Frasca’s Feast of the Seven Fishes is just three courses this year, but it still includes the requisite seven sea creatures. Order on Tock by Sunday, December 20, and for $195, you’ll get a traditional Italian fish stew called cacciucco, fresh-baked bread and a whole branzino (black bass) to cook in your home kitchen (with plenty of guidance from Frasca staff, of course). Boulder residents can pick up the meal kit from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, December 23, at Frasca; those in Denver can secure their spread from 2 to 3 p.m. the same day at Tavernetta, 1889 16th Street.
Guard and Grace
1801 California Street
TAG Restaurant Group is putting together a handful of holiday boxes that you won’t have to wait until Christmas to open. A meal kit of just the sides (everybody’s fave) costs $119 and includes cornbread stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans and carrots, salad, dinner rolls, chocolate cookies and chocolate-peppermint pie. Add on proteins like pork loin, prime rib, beef tenderloin or ham for an additional $80 to $126. Visit the steakhouse’s website to order no later than noon on Monday, December 21, then pick up your goods between noon and 5 p.m. Tuesday, December 22, or Wednesday, December 23.
Hank’s Texas Barbecue
5410 East Colfax Avenue
Hank’s is offering barbecue dinners with all the fixings that serve six to eight people and range from $160 to $292 depending on whether you opt for smoked turkey breast, ham, brisket or prime rib; whole smoked meats are also available without the sides. Orders must be placed by Friday, December 18; call or email [email protected] to order. See Hank’s Instagram page for details (and adorable photos of Hank the dachshund himself).
Local Jones is sold out on Christmas Eve, but still has Christmas Day meals available.
Hickory & Ash
8001 Arista Place, Broomfield
Take out an oh-so-traditional Christmas meal from Hickory & Ash, which includes prime rib au poivre, potatoes gratin, an autumnal salad with butternut squash and goat cheese, Parker House rolls, sticky toffee pudding and more ($60 per person). Kids’ meals of mac and cheese are also available for $8, along with bottles of wine starting at $20. Visit the eatery’s Instagram page for menu details, then call Hickory & Ash no later than Thursday, December 22, to pick up your order between noon and 8 p.m. on Thursday, December 24.
Jax Fish House
1539 17th Street, 202-292-5767
650 Colorado Boulevard, Glendale, 303-756-6449
This year, Jax’s Feast of the Seven Fishes is only available as a takeout, finish-at-home feast. But the six-course meal still includes all seven varieties of seafood, and at $125 for two people, it’s a great deal. Pick up the kit (which includes dishes like clams in bechamel and parmesan, salt-baked Alamosa bass and frutti di mare with squid, shrimp, octopus and scallops) from 2 to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, December 23, or Thursday, December 24, at Jax’s LoDo and Glendale locations; the order deadline is Saturday, December 19, on Tock.
900 Walnut Street, Boulder
The Boulder spot known for catering to vegans is offering both vegan and non-vegan menus for two on Christmas Eve. Each meal costs $98 and comes with a bottle of wine as well as all the sides (not just two or three — all of them)! Take a look at the full menu, then call Jill’s between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on weekdays or visit the restaurant’s website to order no later than Friday, December 18. You’ll be able to pick up your meal between 10:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Thursday, December 24.
1890 Wazee Street
Kachina is serving its regular all-day menu from noon to 7 p.m. on Christmas Day, but it’s also offering a prime rib special with mushroom demi, Yukon Gold whipped potatoes and sage Brussels sprouts for $25. Pre-order takeout on Tock.
Katherine’s French Bakery & Cafe
728 South University Boulevard
Call Katherine’s to order elaborate holiday pastries, including beautiful bûches de Noël (Yule logs) in flavors like vanilla with vanilla syrup and chocolate buttercream; rum syrup with coffee buttercream; or Grand Marnier syrup with orange buttercream. You can also get treats like Christmas sable cookies, gingerbread men, and more than a dozen savory quiches and pies (fruit, pecan, walnut-cranberry, Key lime and coconut-pineapple). Order no later than noon on Friday, December 18, for pick-up between Monday, December 21, and Thursday, December 24.
299 St. Paul Street
The fancy French kitchen is turning out three-course prix fixe menus for diners at home and on its own heated patio. For $85, you can choose from entrees like black truffle risotto, venison tenderloin or Cajun lamb; wine pairings are an additional $65. Book a table between 11:30 a.m. and 8 p.m. Christmas Eve and 2 to 8 p.m. on Christmas Day on Open Table, or order the meal for takeout on Le Bilboquet’s website.
4901 South Newport Street
Pretend your independently wealthy partner has whisked you off to Paris for Christmas with a four-course takeout menu from this south Denver bakery and restaurant. For $75 per person, diners can choose from options like French onion or pumpkin soup or beet and berry salad; confit duck leg, gniiri (creamed cornmeal with peanuts, black-eyed peas, roasted cremini mushrooms and carrots, fried shallots and basil, pine nuts and truffle oil); and chocolate mousse or crêpes Suzettes. Even more luxe entrees (like filet mignon with foie gras sauce) are available as an upgrade. Call or order online by 2 p.m. on Tuesday, December 22, for Christmas Eve pick-up.
249 Columbine Street
Local Jones still has a few Christmas Day meals available for takeout (Christmas Eve spreads have already sold out). Visit Resy to order a feast for four ($160) or two ($80) that includes prime rib, mashed potatoes, greens and whoopie pie. You can elect to receive the meal served hot or cold for reheating (instructions will be included).
Get all this good stuff from Lola when you pre-order by December 22.
Lola Coastal Mexican
Lola Coastal Mexican
1575 Boulder Street
Celebrate in south-of-the-border style by ordering Baja-style paella from Lola; the Christmas Eve kit will run you $55 and includes a pan of saffron rice, mussels, shrimp, crab, chorizo and chicken to finish at home. Order on Tock by 4 p.m. on Tuesday, December 22, and pick up between 3:15 and 8 p.m. on Thursday, December 24.
Lou’s Italian Specialties
3357 Downing Street
Order a spread sturdy enough to feed an Italian family of four from Lou’s catering menu no later than 5 p.m. on Thursday, December 17; pick-up will be at the Five Points delicatessen between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. Wednesday, December 23, or Thursday, December 24. For $100, you’ll get a cheese-and-meat plate, salad and your choice of entree (chicken, meatball or eggplant parm, vodka penne or veggie or meat lasagna) plus a fresh baguette.
2501 Dallas Street, Aurora (inside Stanley Marketplace)
Opt for enchiladas this Christmas with a family-sized meal for four that includes sixteen red or green (or Christmas, naturally) enchiladas, plus refritos, Spanish rice, lime crema, onions and cilantro. You can add on margs, additional sides and dessert when you call in or order on the market’s website, plus choose breakfast dishes like green chile quiche and French toast bake. The order deadline is Sunday, December 20, for pick-up on Wednesday, December 23, or Thursday, December 24.
1600 15th Street
Choose a French Christmas Eve or Christmas by picking up Morin’s holiday meal or having it delivered to your home on Wednesday, December 23, or Thursday, December 24. Meal kits include potato gratin, mushroom and truffle fricassee, fresh brioche, your choice of short rib sauvignon or citrus-glazed duck breast, and Paris-Brest for dessert, all of which are available for $55 per person for parties of two, four or six diners only. Order on Tock.
Oak at Fourteenth
1400 Pearl Street, Boulder
If you order from Oak’s Christmas Eve menu (which includes king crab legs with tarragon butter, red wine braised lamb shank and mushroom and spinach cannelloni), you can opt to take out your meal to reheat at home, or hot for gobbling right from the to-go containers (make sure you make note of this when you place your order). Order by phone no later than Sunday, December 20, for pick-up on Christmas Eve between 1 and 5:30 p.m. You can see the full menu on Oak’s website.
290 South Downing Street
This Wash Park pasta purveyor is offering a luscious takeout menu for pick-up on Wednesday, December 23, or Thursday, December 24. Choose from sweet or savory pies, with brown-butter pumpkin, caramel apple or malted chocolate-pecan on the sweet side, and beef bourguignon or Christmas ham on the savory. Meal kits for two or four include lasagna or the aforementioned pies, flavored eggnogs and plenty of delectable sides. Order on Tock ASAP; only a limited amount of each dish will be available.
2826 Larimer Street
Santa Claus is showing up with some of our favorite ’cue in town this year. Pre-order for Christmas Eve pick-up on Owlbear’s online storefont, where you can choose from smoked prime rib, lamb, turkey breast, brisket, rack of ribs and Krampuswurst (mulled wine sausage), plus sides. Find details on Owlbear’s Instagram page.
Panzano’s Pizza di Bruxelles comes with garlic, bacon, pistachios, apples, Brussels sprouts and an apple cider reduction.
909 17th Street
Panzano has a different spin on holiday pies, as it’s introducing three new pizzas as part of a Pizza for Santa campaign (the old guy is really, really sick of milk and cookies). Call to order pesto pizza (pesto, confit tomatoes and parm), pizza di Bruxelles (garlic, bacon, pistachios, apples and…stay with us here…Brussels sprouts) and pizza dolce (a dessert flatbread topped with amaretto custard, espresso honey and ladyfinger-cocoa crumble). Pies start at $16.
4401 Tennyson Street
The Italian restaurant is offering its Christmas Eve Feast of the Seven Fishes for both dine-in (under its parking lot tent) as well as to go — with the caveat that it only recommends ordering to go if you live within ten miles of the restaurant so you aren’t faced with a plate of cold clam linguine when you get home. Visit Parisi’s Facebook page for full info about the four-course feast that includes the aforementioned clams, seafood salad, baccala (salt cod) and peppermint-chocolate mousse, for $55 per person. Parisi is also offering a Christmas Day meal for four of lasagna, beef Wellington, mashed sweet potatoes and Italian Christmas cake, for $140. Call to place your orders, then pick up both meals on Thursday, December 24.
The Pig & the Sprout
1900 Chestnut Place
Call or email [email protected] by Sunday, December 20, to order one of the eatery’s meal kits ($85, includes roast carrots and Brussels sprouts, butternut squash with candied walnuts, potatoes au gratin and your choice of smoked brisket or turkey breast). The kitchen will also be turning out meat and vegetarian quiches and mimosa kits for brunch. See the restaurant’s Instagram page for updates.
Queen City Collective Coffee
305 West First Avenue
2962 Welton Street
We all know the answer to the question “What’s the best Christmas movie ever?”: It’s the 1988 Bruce Willis classic Die Hard. To celebrate that fact, Denver roaster Queen City has a special bag of Christmas morning cheer called Yippee Ki-Yay, Motherf*****, a medium-roast blend of two lots from Nicaraguan grower Finca Los Pinos. Get yours for $16 for a twelve-ounce bag on the coffee company’s website. And if you’re in the vicinity of either the Baker or Five Points coffee shops before December 25, grab yourself an eggnog latte. Come out to Queen City! We’ll get together, have a few laughs!
1431 Larimer Street
Rioja is offering a prix fixe, $53 Christmas Eve meal that includes your choice of app, entree and dessert. Choose from chestnut bisque or pomegranate and fennel salad; truffle braised short ribs, Berkshire ham or mushroom and bean ragout (all with sides of cheesy potato purée and green beans); and gingerbread cake or bourbon pecan pie. Visit Tock to see the full menu with upgrades and cocktails, and place your order either online or by phone.
Root Down’s holiday spread comes with something for everyone.
1600 West 33rd Avenue
Visit Tock to nab one of Root Down’s ready-to-heat feasts. Choose from two options: a $65-per-person meal (choose from short ribs, turkey or ham) with sides, or the $180 spread that serves two and includes eggnog, a bottle of wine and pastries to nibble on while you wait for the oven to heat up (entrees are the same). Most of the meals are entirely gluten-free, and you can pick them up at the restaurant on Wednesday, December 23, or Thursday, December 24. There’s even a delivery option on Wednesday. Order no later than Sunday, December 20.
1200 Miramonte Street, Broomfield
Pre-order on Tock before 2 p.m. on Tuesday, December 22 to get your hands on one of three Christmas meals — one of them vegan. For $140 for four or $40 per person, opt for the meat (charcuterie, salad, orange-rosemary chicken, roasted veggies and a Yule log) or vegan (salad, sweet and savory stuffed peppers, roasted veggies and holiday cookies) menu. Upgrade to a beef entree with a few extra bites for $200 for four or $55 per person. You can schedule pick-up on Wednesday, December 23, or Thursday, December 24. And if you’d rather dine in, the restaurant is offering private igloos for Christmas Eve dining for parties of two to eight.
Fried rice, hot-and-sour matzo ball soup and duck lo mein from Rosenberg’s Jewish Christmas.
2501 Dallas Street, Aurora
Rosenberg’s famously puts on a “Jewish Christmas” Chinese food spread every Christmas Eve; while the in-person gathering isn’t taking place this year, you can still order the feast of smoked salmon rangoon, Reuben spring rolls, matzo ball hot-and-sour soup, Taylor ham fried rice, kung pao pastrami and more to devour at home. The meal is priced at $100 for two ($160 with beverage pairings). Reserve yours online by 5 p.m. on Thursday December 17 (or until supplies last) for pick-up at the bagelry’s Stanley Market outpost from 5 to 8 p.m. on Christmas Eve.
Savory Cuisines Catering
5741 Arapahoe Avenue, Boulder
The Boulder-based caterer is launching a holiday meal for two ($70) or four ($120); the menu includes winter or pear salad; your choice of prime rib, roasted leg of lamb or salmon with honey-dijon sauce; and three sides (options include a savory bread pudding, seared risotto cakes, roasted potatoes or root veggies, haricots verts or glazed carrots). Call Savory or email [email protected] no later than noon on Friday, December 18, to place your order, and keep an eye on Savory’s Facebook and Instagram pages for the full menu.
3300 Brighton Boulevard
Call to order Smok’s Southern-style spread — five pounds of smoked brisket, truffled potato gratin, glazed carrots and chocolate pudding pie with an Oreo crust for $120 — no later than Sunday, December 20. You can also order anything from the barbecue joint’s regular menu (plus pecan pies!) as an add-on and pick up the whole kit and caboodle on Wednesday, December 23, between 2 and 6 p.m. Visit Smok’s Instagram page for details and mouthwatering pics.
52 East 17th Avenue, 303-830-1001
7355 Ralston Road, Arvada, 303-830-1001
Steuben’s Arvada has finally reopened — it’s a Christmas miracle! Both locations of the comfort-food eatery are selling seven-course takeout meals for pick-up on Christmas Eve between 10 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. The $200 meal serves six hungry holiday diners and includes Tender Belly ham, Parker house rolls, Brussels sprouts, roasted potatoes, creamed greens, candied carrots and sticky toffee pudding with housemade vanilla ice cream. Order on Tock, where you can also nab drinks like boozy apple cider and bottles of the late, great Vesta house red and white wines. The ordering deadline is Thursday, December 17.
Stoic & Genuine
1701 Wynkoop Street
Call or visit Tock to order from the seafood house’s Christmas Eve menu, which includes your choice of a starter, entree and dessert with options like crab bisque, “surf in turf” (ahi tuna wrapped in New York strip steak), lobster thermidor, mushroom and celeriac ravioli, chocolate cake (with chocolate frosting, naturally) and a Hoosier sugar cream pie. Depending on entree choice, a meal for one ranges from $49 to $83. You can also snag sides like salmon rillettes, oysters Rockefeller, a whole lobster(!) and more. You’ll be able to schedule pick-up of your food between Tuesday, December 22, and Thursday, December 24.
If you’ve got $500 burning a hole in your pocket, Tavernetta’s your best bet for Christmas Eve dinner.
1889 16th Street
If you’re looking to flex on your Christmas rguests, Tavernetta’s $500 spread is for you. For that price, you get prime rib for six (plus a roasting pan — we hope it’s platinum plated), salad, potatoes gratin, truffle jus, onion agrodolce and a chocolate tart. The meal kit doesn’t include booze, but when you order on Tock you can also add bottles of wine (from $32 to $90) or cocktails ($60 for a 750-mL bottle). The ordering deadline is Friday, December 18; pick-up is Wednesday, December 23, and Thursday, December 24.
1410 Gilpin Street
This caterer’s spreads run $70 per person; choose from six meaty entrees (prime rib, salmon, Colorado lamb, roast chicken, brisket and maple-chile ham) plus a vegan option, more sides than you can shake a stick at and desserts that include salted caramel bread pudding and ginger-carrot-pumpkin cheesecake. Add-ons include additional sides (brie in puff pastry — yes, please!) and, of course, booze from beer to eggnog to cocktails to mulled wine. Order on TBD’s website for pick-up from Tuesday, December 22, through Thursday, December 24.
1701 Wynkoop Street
Union Station’s Ultreia is turning out a pair of feasts for takeout on Christmas Eve: a tapas feast, which includes chile-butter shrimp, foie gras-stuffed dates, meatballs in black truffle cream sauce, tiramisu, a pintxo (snacks) platter and more; and Jessica’s feast, a bottle of cava paired with three seafood tins, chips, aioli, salt and lemons. Both are $100 for two diners and can be ordered on Tock — along with tasty add-ons like Moorish spiced ribs, jamon croquettes and smoked duck legs — for Christmas Eve pick-up.
1659 Wazee Street
Urban Farmer is offering four holiday specials: stuffed chicken (feeds four, $90); prime rib (feeds six to eight, $200); porchetta (feeds six to eight, $175); and Peking duck (feeds six to eight, $105). The Peking duck kit is based on the shuttered Departure’s duck recipe and must be ordered at least three days before pick-up to allow for air curing. All options come with sides and can be picked up on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day; visit the Sage Restaurants website for complete menu details and to pre-order.
Multiple Denver and Boulder locations
This mini-chain is turning out a robust vegan Christmas menu, with items available both à la carte and packaged as a spread. Choose from lasagna, meatballs in cranberry sauce, kale gratin, winter squash pilaf, Yule log, maple pecan bread pudding, eggnog and more, or opt for the whole shebang with the Meal for One (and Then Some) for $54 per person. Orders must be placed on Whole Sol’s website by 8 a.m. on Monday, December 21, for pick-up on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day.
The Wolf’s Tailor
4058 Tejon Street
The Sunnyside wood-fired eatery is offering an Italian-American tradition on Christmas Eve: the Feast of the Seven Fishes. While menu details aren’t yet available, we expect more than a few Asian touches (one of Wolf’s Tailor’s themes) to the seafood dishes you’ll be enjoying in the restaurant’s cute and cozy single-group heated tents. Parties of four to six people can reserve a seat now for $150 per person (beverage pairings range from $45 for a mixed pairing to $175 for bottle service) on Tock; seatings are available at 5 and 7:30 p.m. NOTE: Outdoor seating is now fully booked, but you can order the meal to go for $95 (serves two). Ordering deadline is Monday, December 21 with pick up on Christmas Eve.
1999 Chestnut Place
Call or email [email protected] no later than December 21 to order the restaurant’s Christmas Eve menu. The $175 meal feeds four to six and includes prime rib, scalloped potatoes, Brussels sprouts, kale salad, from-scratch biscuits and Key lime pie. Pick up the spread on Christmas Eve; visit the eatery’s Instagram page for more details.
Updated December 17, 2020. Do you know of any other restaurants or businesses offering Christmas Eve or Christmas Day dinners or other food specials? Let us know at [email protected]
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