Christmas dinner at Denver restaurants: Where to eat for the holidays

Deciding whether and just how much to cook for the rest of the holiday season? First, take a look at these menus from 10 Denver-area restaurants that will do the prep work for you on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Some are offering multi-course meals and special seatings, others are packing it all up for you to go. From seven courses of seafood to prix-fixes ending in cheese plates, these chefs’ menus should sway you in one direction or another. Happy feasting.

American Elm has a take-home feast for six that you can just pop in the oven on Christmas Day. Meat options include maple brown sugar ham, turkey breast or prime rib; while sides span mashed potatoes with brown butter gravy to green chile cornbread. A family-size egg nog costs extra. Starting at $300, 

Bar Dough‘s chef Russell Stippich is making his own Italian-American Feast of The Seven Fishes on Christmas Eve. You’ll get a four-course tasting menu that includes calamari, shrimp scampi, squid ink tagliarini and more. $75 per person,

Le Bilboquet offers a Christmas Eve three-course menu that includes oysters, foie gras torchon, wild boar tenderloin, Alaskan halibut, Bûche de Noël, cheese plates and more. The Cherry Creek restaurant will be open for lunch and dinner on Dec. 24. $105 per person, optional $75 wine pairings and a $30 kids menu,

The Bindery is planning a Christmastime lineup starting on Dec. 23 with its Feast of the Seven Fishes featuring geoduck clam dip, smoked salmon salad, clam chowder, scallops, branzino and more. Revelers can also order rib roast, holiday ham and tamale meals on Christmas Eve to take home. $150 per person for the Feast and $30+ for meals to go,

Bruto chef Michael Diaz de Leon is cooking up a seven-course whole porchetta dinner with beverage pairings on Christmas Eve. The restaurant will fill two seatings at 5:30 and 8 p.m. $150 per person,

Le French bakery and cafe is serving a special four-course menu on Christmas Eve. Options range from escargot with garlic-parsley butter, to French onion soup, lobster Thermidor with cognac cream sauce and pomegranate-orange pavlova for dessert. The restaurant will offer its regular menu alongside the special. $85 per person,

Of a Kind‘s three-course Christmas Eve menu at the Clayton hotel comes with options like bay scallop crudo, chai tea-braised lamb neck and ricotta and chocolate hazelnut cheesecake. $69 per person with optional $35 wine pairings,

Panzano‘s Italian offerings downtown include four-course and regular dinner menus on both Christmas Eve and Day. Choose from specials like chicory salad, local mushroom ravioli, braised bison short rib and arancini dolci. Menu items from $12-$42,

Il Posto chef Andrea Frizzi does a Christmas Eve Feast of the Seven Fishes with oysters on the half-shell, frutti di mare, bagna cauda salad, squid ink fusilli, swordfish and panettone. $80 per person plus optional $40 wine pairings,

Woodie Fisher will have both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day brunch with options of ham Benedicts and steak & eggs. The restaurant at the Hilton Garden Inn Union Station will also offer prime rib dinner to go on both nights, with scalloped potatoes and apple pie for dessert. $150 for two for dinner, 

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