If it were up to us, every holiday meal would take place at a restaurant. Think about it. Eating out instead of hosting at home means there's no stressing out about overcooking the turkey, no need to mediate between family members who prefer pecan pie over pumpkin, and, most importantly, no cleaning up afterward.

Over the top

Nothing's more indulgent than spending the holidays at a high-end steakhouse

Story by Shelley Mann // Photos by Will Shilling // Styling by Elizabeth Solinger

If it were up to us, every holiday meal would take place at a restaurant. Think about it. Eating out instead of hosting at home means there's no stressing out about overcooking the turkey, no need to mediate between family members who prefer pecan pie over pumpkin, and, most importantly, no cleaning up afterward.

And office holiday parties held at a restaurant trump the same old office potluck in every way.

So go ahead and indulge in some holiday fine dining this season, whether it's booking your own private party or patronizing the handful of places that stay open on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.

Or steal our idea and throw a retro Christmas party at The Top in Bexley.

Retro Christmas at The Top

The Top started serving charbroiled steaks, jumbo lobster tails and oversized sides in 1955, and little has changed since.

The look (low lights, wood paneling, sumptuous black Naugahyde booths) and the feel (swinging '60s supper club) are the same, and the steakhouse even still includes potatoes and salads in the entree price as a throwback to the good old days.

So it's fitting to celebrate at this Columbus icon "Mad Men"-style: in vintage cocktail dresses and with plenty of cocktails in hand. Leave the rest up to The Top--it already feels festive in there, thanks to live Rat-Pack-era standards at the piano bar and constantly flowing, extra-stiff drinks.

The restaurant's not open on Christmas Day, but they do accept reservations for private holiday parties and offer a cozy private dining room that can seat up to 14 people.

We've got ideas on how to celebrate the season in every corner of the Bexley landmark.

Our Menu Here's how to do it up at The Top Starter: Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail: Impossibly plump, perfectly cooked pink shrimp dangle seductively from the edge of a bowl of old-school tangy cocktail sauce. Mains: Filet Mignon: The holidays demand the most magnificent cuts of meat, like towering, buttery filet mignon. The Top's superlative steak comes capped with an onion ring and served with two sides. Jumbo Lobster Tail: Surf-and-Turf was once the epitome of fine dining. And it doesn't get better than the Top's filet paired with its famed gigantic lobster tail (served with plenty of melted butter, of course). Sides: Baked Potatoes: The skin's fantastically crisp and salty, and the fluffy potato innards soak up the Top's signature ice-cream-scoop-worth serving of butter and sour cream. Au Gratin Potatoes: It's Christmas! Go for double potato side dishes. Served in a mini casserole dish, these potatoes come out extra-cheesy and still bubbly. Roasted Asparagus: Pretend to be healthy by ordering a green vegetable! (Also just pretend it's not covered in creamy hollandaise.) Desserts: The Top doesn't mess with the classics. Split a towering slice of rich New York Cheesecake or a triple-layer Chocolate Cake. After-dinner treats: Top Cappuccinos: Dessert's long gone, but it's nowhere near time to head home. Huddle near the fireplace with mugs of Top Cappuccinos. But don't expect these espresso drinks to sober you up--they aren't your typical cappuccinos. It's coffee kicked up a notch with five different liquors. Bar Burger: An evening of gin and vodka demands a late-night snack. The Top's Bar Burger will do the trick. It's six ounces of juicy ground steak on a buttered and charred Kaiser roll. The Top Steak House 2891 E. Main St., Bexley 614-231-8238 thetopsteakhouse.com Hours: 5-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 5-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 5-9 p.m. Sunday