Though Nicollet Island Inn will be serving its regular menu on Christmas Eve and Day, those in search of a high-end deal should consider choosing from their special holiday five-course meal. The menu features a vegetarian option, which includes filling items like ricotta gnocchi with red peppers, cipolini onions, artichokes, and Parmesan broth. The meat-friendly menu includes treats like seared beef tenderloin and crab cakes with charred blood-orange aioli and watercress. The inn's historic structure was built in 1893, and the dining hall features gorgeous views of the north bank of the Mississippi River. $60. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. 95 Merriam St., Minneapolis; 612.331.1800.
Thu., Dec. 25, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., 2008