Any night at Il Posto is a celebration.
2601 Larimer Street
Il Posto moved into bigger and better digs earlier this year, and the beloved Italian restaurant is taking advantage of its sparkling, shimmering new building to expand its annual Feast of the Seven Fishes dinner. On Sunday, December 24, chef Andrea Frizzi will prepare nine — count ’em, nine — seafood dishes in the sexiest and swankiest space in town for $110 per person. Reservations for the night begin at 5 p.m., and if you're lucky enough to nab that second-floor table overlooking downtown (the best seat in the city, hands down), you'd have to be a real Grinch not to admit it's worth every penne. Call the restaurant for reservations.
Lola Coastal Mexican
Get cozy for Christmas Eve at Lola.
1575 Boulder Street
If Italian tradition, shlocky Santas or a game of Duck, Duck, Goose aren't the right fit for your Christmas Eve, try Lola Coastal Mexican
's lighter and more eclectic dinner. From 5 to 9 p.m., the south-of-the-border fish house will be serving a family-style dinner for just $16 per person: Caesar salad, Mexican paella, milk and cookies, half-price bottles of wine, and Mexican egg nog specials. Because after all, isn't gathering with friends and family over the obligatory salad in an attempt to compensate for weeks of overeating and the preponderance of carbs, comfort food and cheap booze what the holidays are all about? We thought so. Don't miss out on the true spirit of Christmas Eve — call Lola to book your dinner.
Punch Bowl Social
The DIY Bloody Mary bar at Punch Bowl Social.
Amber Boutwell, Punch Bowl Social
3120 Uinta Street
Christmas Eve falls on Sunday this year, and what does every self-respecting Denverite do on Sunday? That's right: brunch. (Is it a verb or a noun? It's the holiday season; as our gift to you, we won't judge you harshly for your answer.) This year, Punch Bowl Social has two locations to help make your holiday merry and bright: Both the original on Broadway and the gorgeous Stapleton outpost are ready and waiting for you to come by between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m., order a special holiday punch and indulge in some better-than-homestyle brunch fare. Reservations aren't required, but they are encouraged, because there's never enough $11 avocado toast to go around.
Miracle on Little Raven at Wayward
It's all Christmas, all the time at Miracle on Little Raven.
1610 Little Raven Street
After eating Twelve Days of Calories on Christmas Eve, you'll need a digestif to settle your stomach and fortify yourself for the night of wrapping presents, stomping around on the roof like Rudolph and baking cookies for Santa. Drop in to Miracle on Little Raven for the Christmas-themed pop-up bar's final night of operation. Down a Muletide (mezcal, allspice, sherry, ginger, lemon), or perhaps a Yippee Ki Yay Mother F****r! (rum, cachaca, more rum, orgeat, pineapple) if all that holiday cheer has awakened your homicidal urges. Doors open at 6 p.m., and with a two-hour wait and no reservations, we suggest you get there early.
Chef Nic Lebas welcomes guests to Panzano for the holidays.
909 174th Street
The end is nigh: Nation is rising against nation, earthquakes are rampant, and now, for the first time in its history, Panzano is serving Christmas Day dinner. From 2:30 to 9 p.m., the granddaddy of Denver's hotel restaurant scene will be serving its regular (but definitely not ordinary) dinner menu; among the Northern Italian dishes on offer are red wine risotto, rabbit cacciatore, bison short rib with rosemary and sage polenta, and the best Brussels sprouts in town. Diners will also leave with a surprise treat at the end of their meal — Panzano's very own stocking stuffer to you. There's no better way to celebrate the Apocalypse (er...Christmas).