Where to eat in Des Moines on Christmas Eve

Mulberry Street Tavern’s grilled chicken is one of several entree options, including cauliflower steak. Photo: Duane Tinkey

Those having a big meal on Saturday may want to take it easy before a full day of cooking. Here are three restaurants we recommend that are open Christmas Eve:

1. Anna Dolce Ristorante: Take holiday visitors out for a classic yet elevated Italian meal at Anna Dolce in West Des Moines. Find creative takes on pastas (lobster ravioli, vodka rigatoni) and pizzas (the Pollo Bianco with chicken, roasted garlic, pancetta and balsamic glaze) as well as a selection of other entrees. Open 3 p.m. to midnight. Reserve a table online

2. 
Mulberry Street Tavern: Enjoy downtown views at this window-clad restaurant located inside the Surety Hotel. The remarkably juicy half chicken, with grilled romaine, red onion and aji amarillo sauce, is divine (read more about the dish here). You also won’t go wrong with the beef and curry vegetable pot pie or the Skuna Bay salmon (miso beurre blanc, baby bok chop, black pearl king mushrooms). Get the ricotta gnudi as an appetizer. Open 5-10 p.m. Reserve a table online

3. 
Splash Seafood Bar & Grill: This downtown mainstay is offering a special menu in honor of the 129th anniversary of the Homestead building in addition to everything on its regular menu. Take your seafood-loving guests there or have a meal before they get into town. Open 4-8 p.m. Reserve a table online.

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