By Jeffrey Totey

Sometimes it’s good to break away from tradition, even on Christmas. The holidays are a wonderful time, but they can also come with a lot of extra stress. Celebrating the family meal can be just as special at restaurant. Sure, it will be probably be more expensive, but on the plus side, there is nothing to prepare for your guests, you’ll get a delicious meal and no dishes to clean. Just be sure to give your waiter an extra nice tip. Here are five of the best locations creating specials meals for the special occasion and all are taking reservations now:

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BluWater Bistro
102 Lakeside Ave.
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 328-2233

The BluWater Bistro will be decorated for Christmas like you’d like your home to be decorated if you had time with trees, special lighting and a warm fireplace. Relax in the high back booths and comfortable surroundings. The bistro will be open from noon to 9 p.m. on Christmas and features a three course set holiday meal menu that includes salad or soup, a choice of two of prime rib, turkey or holiday ham with all the trimmings and of course, pumpkin pie for dessert. If that doesn’t suit you, they are also offering a limited dinner menu as well.

BOKA Restaurant + Bar
1010 First Ave.
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 957-1000

Located in downtown at the Hotel 1000, The BOKA Restaurant and Bar with its contemporary design will be serving up Christmas menu this year that promises to be as special as the day. As always, it will feature fresh ingredients from local fisherman, farmers and ranchers prepared into some fantastic Northwest cuisine. “We strive to create, through food, beverage and service, an unforgettable experience in a beautifully designed, cozy and comfortable atmosphere,” says BOKA.

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1639 8th Ave.
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 676-4600

While the weather outside might be frightful, you can expect everything to be delightful at Urbane this Christmas who will be serving both a Christmas brunch and dinner offerings featuring the best Northwest cuisine complimented by specialty one-of-a-kind cocktails. At the time of this writing the offering on the holiday menu remains a surprise, but be rest assured that whatever Executive Chef Brian Pusztai and Chef de Cuisine Nate Parnel come up with will be worth the trip.

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Jimmy’s on First
1046 1st Ave. S.
Seattle, WA 98134
(206) 204-9700

In addition to a fantastic Christmas dinner, Jimmy’s on First is also offering a spectacular Christmas breakfast menu served from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the special day. From 3 to 10 p.m., two 3 course dinner specials will be offered in addition to Jimmy’s regular menu, which will also be available as early as 1:00 p.m. Located in the Silver Cloud Hotel, Jimmy’s is also known for its Pacific Northwest menu options including steaks, seafood and some of the best burgers you’ll find anywhere.

Il Bistro
93A Pike St.
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 682-3049

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This year, why not special a couple of hours this Christmas in Italy? Just follow the narrow cobblestone walkway to Il Bistro located in the Pike Place Market. The Il Bistro chef is preparing a festive holiday feast including a three course prix fixe dinner made from the freshest ingredients and paired with best wines highlighted by warm candlelight and frosty windows. For 30 years now, Il Bistro has been delivering authentic Italian meals that have delighted many.

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