Top Ten Places to Eat (and Drink) on Christmas Eve

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By now the family is all here and the cooking for tomorrow has began -- which means that tonight is a perfect time to go out, sit back and let someone else do the cooking for you. Restaurants and bars across town will be serving up special holiday menus and fare this evening. Here are the ten top places to enjoy some pre-Christmas cheer.

See also: The Top Ten Dishes in Denver for 2014

Elway's Downtown will be open and serving a three-course, prix fixe twist on the traditional Christmas dinner. The special menu, which is priced at $75 per person, will be offered from 5 to 10 p.m. on Christmas Eve and from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Christmas day. For reservations, call Elway's at 303-312-3107.

SALT Bistro will be celebrating Christmas Eve all day long with seasonal specials, including coal-roasted Monroe Farm onion soup and Alaskan king crab legs. For more information, call 303-444-7258 or go to here.

The Fort Restaurant is getting all decked out and lit up for Christmas Eve, when it will be serving a four-course holiday menu with choice of wine. For more details, visit thefort.com.

Colterra Food & Wine will be offering three festive and season-appropriate courses on its Christmas Eve menu. Dinner will run from 5 to 9 p.m. and the three-course menu is set at $65 per person. To view the menu, visit colterra.com.

Chefs Simon, Zachary and team will showcase a Christmas Eve menu, paired with wines from Sommelier Rob Davis, featuring an entrée special for $55 at EDGE Restaurant and Bar tonight from 5 to 10 p.m. Call the restaurant at 303-389-3343 for reservations and more information.

Join Tamayo for a special $30 holiday menu until 9:00 p.m. that includes a grilled eight-ounce baseball cut filet mignon with truffled-mashed potatoes, grilled asparagus, chile-morita demi glaze and Oaxaca cheese. The restaurant will also offer its regular menu. Call 720-946-1433 for reservations.

Enjoy the Feast of the Seven Fishes at Jax Fish House in Fort Collins before Midnight Mass tonight. This candlelit, traditional Italian meal will feature several different kinds of seafood, served family-style. Wine is included and a kid's feast is also available. Call 970-682-2275 for reservations.

Celebrate with a traditional, family-style paella and caesar salad dinner followed by milk and cookies at Lola tonight from 5 to 9 p.m. The cost is $16 per person; Lola will also be offering half- price bottles of wine as well as its regular and happy hour menus. For reservations and more information, call Lola at 720-570-8686.

Opus Restaurant will be serving up a seven-course Christmas Eve meal in addition to its regular and a al carte menus tonight. The seven-course meal is $85 per person or $115 with optional wine pairings. Reservations are being accepted from 5 to 10 p.m.; call 303-555-5853 to make yours.

Argyll Whisky Beer will be offering a $35 prix fixe three-course meal featuring dishes such as butternut soup with chorizo apple compote, mussels with saffron broth, a traditional roast and cauliflower curry. A limited selection of regular menu items will be available in addition to the special menu, and the bar will be open until 2 a.m. Call 303-847-0850 for reservations.

For information on dozens of culinary events around town, visit our online Food & Drink listings -- and if you have information for a culinary event you'd like included in our online calendar, send it to cafe@westword.com.

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