Christmas Eve dinners seem fewer in number more this year, so if you're hoping on eating out tomorrow night, your best chance (fingers crossed) is to call RIGHT NOW, as reservations are in short supply. Three of the best holiday meals are detailed below.The white-tiled walls at Bastille are still shiny and new, and if you're a Francophile, this sleek venue is an obvious choice. A three-course Noël dinner features heirloom squash soup with spiced marshmallow, duck breast and chestnuts, braised pork shoulder, and a bûche de Noël (yule log cake). The menu offers two choices for each course, with veggie options as well. Thurs., Dec. 24, 5 p.m. $45, $60 with wine pairings (plus tax and tip). Reservations required: 453-5014 or here.
Union is the only one of Ethan Stowell's four restaurant to be open on Christmas Eve, and the chef himself will be in attendance. With its location just blocks away from the malls and Pike Place Market, this might be a perfect spot to collapse after a mad bout of last-minute shopping. The menu offers good reason to reserve a table: crab salad with avocado, seared scallops, beef tenderloin with celery root or king salmon with chanterelles. Dessert offers two options (as do all the courses): crème fraîche mousse with persimmon and pistachios or chocolate terrine with almond gelato. Thurs., Dec 24, 4:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. $100 plus tax and tip. Call to reserve: 838-8000.
Salty's on Alki doesn't have a special Christmas Eve menu, but they're open all day, which means you'll have to choose between a view-added seafood extravaganza or an over-the-top indulgent brunch, the latter of which might stall your shopping ambitions. This is a great spot to take out-of-town parents or grandparents. Sure, it's got a bit of touristy kitsch, but it boasts a stellar view of the Seattle skyline from Alki Beach, and your meal will not disappoint. Price varies. Thurs., Dec. 24, 8:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m. and 4-8 p.m. Call for reservations: 937-1600 or visit saltys.com/reservations/
For more food events like this plus restaurant gossip and date night ideas, check out our weekly, Big Bites e-newsletter sent out every Tuesday. Sign up here and we promise we won't send you a bunch of spam.