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Nov 19, 2010 06:40 AM

Christmas in Seattle

We will be spending three nights in Seattle over Christmas. Given the Holiday, I expect we will need to eat at least one breakfast and maybe one lunch in the hotel restaurant. Any recommendations for hotels with good food?

Also, I would appreciate any recommendations for restaurants that may be open on Christmas and Christmas eve. I am thinking this may be our opportunity for some really good Chinese (there is not much of that here in Portland, Oregon) or other asian food.

Is anyone aware of any lists compiling restaurants that are open over the Holiday?


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  1. The Sazerac restaurant in the Hotel Monaco offers a creole influenced menu that is very tasty. (Great Bloody Marys!) It is also walking distance to Pike Place Market, Pioneer Square and Westlake Center. For Asian, I highly recommend the Szechuan crab at Seven Stars restaurant in the International District. (One of the best seafood dishes the city has to offer.) Also in the ID district is Hing Loon. This place looks like your 5th grade lunchroom, but don't let looks deceive you. Excellent shrimp won-ton soup and salt & pepper ribs. Check the holiday schedule for Tamarind Tree and Green Leaf--both are local Chowhound destinations. If you have a car, see if you can fit Toulouse Petit in your schedule. (It is at the base of Queen Anne hill.) It will be crowded but worth the wait.

    Pike Place Market
    1501 Pike Pl, Seattle, WA 98101

    Tamarind Tree
    1036 S Jackson St, Seattle, WA 98104

    Hing Loon Restaurant
    628 S Weller St, Seattle, WA 98104

    Queen Anne Cafe
    2121 Queen Anne Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109

    1. I was in SEA last month...and we liked the Hotel Andra, which is adjacent to Tom Douglas' Lola which is great for b'fast (I loved their Tom's Big B'fast), but less so for lunch & dinner. Though I prefer Fairmonts, Andra was just 3-4 blocks from Pike Place Market and across the street from another of Tom Douglas' restaurant Serious Pie (go during Happy Hour for $5 individual pizzas). While Dahlia was also across the street, we didn't have time to venture there.

      Our other considerations for lodging included a B&B steps away from the Market; the good thing about B&Bs is that they often serve a hot b'fast that is included in the price of a night's stay. While pricey, the Inn at the Market was another consideration b/c we loved dining & shopping in the immediate area.

      Pike Place Market
      1501 Pike Pl, Seattle, WA 98101

      Serious Pie
      316 Virginia St, Seattle, WA 98101

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      1. re: OCAnn

        Lola is definitely the best "hotel restaurant" in town, by a wide margin.

        1. re: terrier

          Oh, I don't agree! Sazerac has Lola beat by a mile! Tulio's is much better as well.

          1100 5th Ave., Seattle, WA 98101

      2. The Fairmont Olympic has The Georgian, which is a FABULOUS restaurant and it is open Christmas -- that would be VERY festive.

        1. The Georgian at the Fairmont has both a Christmas Eve and Christmas day dinner.
 They are very nice and well worth attending.

          Hing Loon is also good. Most of the ID dining places will be open over the holidays and it is close to downtown. Any of the Tom Douglas places are worth trying.

          Hing Loon Restaurant
          628 S Weller St, Seattle, WA 98104

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          1. re: PaqpIn

            I like the Georgian Room idea. It is dressy. Not sure what you will be packing.
            Canlis is a terrific option for Christmas Eve. Special place. Dressy as well. They are not open Christmas Day. Here is their site:
            Crush is also doing a Christmas Eve 5 pm seating. Here is the info:

            And here is an article in Seattle Mag about the doings at the 4 Seasons and their "ART" restaurant:

            Sorrento Hotel is doing what looks to be a lovely Christmas day dinner with some traditional elements at their Hunt Club. here is the menu:

            And finally here is a rundown of other places (all worthy) that are open those days A couple of their suggestions are not Seattle proper. Salish Lodge would be an amazing stay and dine. That did not immediately pop into mind, but it is so lovely there and the food/ambiance is top notch.

            Hopefully one of those looks good. Bring an umbrella. Enjoy your trip and Christmas!

            Canlis Restaurant
            2576 Aurora Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109

            Sorrento Hotel
            900 Madison St, Seattle, WA

            The Hunt Club
            900 Madison, Seattle, WA 98104

            1. re: Sal Vanilla

              Correction - the Seattle PI article is out of date - but I imagine the places will still be open and serving - but prob a diff menu!


          2. If you're in the North Seattle area, I highly recommend Chiang's Gourmet. The owners are from Taiwan, but they serve food from many of China's regions, including Sichuan, Cantonese, Shanghai and Beijing. Order off the Chinese menu.

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            1. re: Teknotic

              Thanks to everyone for the info. And Sal Vanilla, umbrellas are for wimps. I grew up in Hoquiam, where it really rains.

              1. re: mcarms

                I don't use one either, but I notice people on vacation get fussy with a wet head and seem to be averse to wearing hats. I am out near Joyce. It is RAINING right now. I know! What?