Published 2017

Do thoughts of going out to eat on Christmas Day conjure up memories of A Christmas Story, where the family goes to a Chinese restaurant after the next door neighbor’s pack of dogs eat their turkey dinner?

Just in case this happens to you, or if you just want to leave the cooking in someone else’s hands, we have canvassed the Louisville area to see which restaurants are open on Christmas Day. Note to diners: Most of these restaurants say that they are actually quite busy on Christmas Day and that it is wise to get reservations ahead of time … as in, right now.

These Louisville Restaurants are OPEN Christmas Day

The Christmas meal experience in A Christmas Story Screen capture. © 1983 Metro Goldwyn Mayer/United Artists Entertainment. Credit: © 1983 MGM/UA/Flickr/Courtesy Pikturz

10 Louisville Restaurants Open on Christmas Day

BRUNCH

The Brown Hotel, J. Graham’s Cafe

335 West Broadway, Louisville, KY 40202 • (502) 583-1234
Christmas Day Hours: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Open up all your gifts from Santa and then head down to the beautiful Brown Hotel for brunch, where they have the “Miracle of Fourth Street” Christmas buffet at J. Graham’s Cafe. Along with custom omelets, crepes, Belgian waffles and breakfast casseroles, there will also be holiday favorites such as turkey and dressing and prime rib. Of course, there will be a large selection of sweets and patisserie treats. Seatings are scheduled for 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. For reservations, call (502) 583-1234 or click here.

J. Graham's Cafe at The Brown Hotel | Image: The Brown Hotel

J. Graham’s Cafe at The Brown Hotel | Image: The Brown Hotel

The Marriott Downtown, BLU Italian Grille

280 W. Jefferson St., Louisville, KY 40202 • (502) 627-5045
Christmas Day Hours: Noon to 4 p.m.

The Marriott Louisville Downtown will host its annual Christmas brunch buffet at BLU Italian Grille from noon to 4 p.m. on Christmas Day. Holiday favorites plus brunch favorites will all be available with everything from eggs Benedict to a pasta bar. This kid-friendly brunch also has live music. The cost is $39 per person, and children ages 4 to 12 eat for $19. Call (502) 627-5045 to make a reservation.

BLU Italian Grille at the Marriott Downtown | Image: Marriott

BLU Italian Grille at the Marriott Downtown | Image: Marriott

The Seelbach Hilton Hotel, The Oakroom

500 S. Fourth St., Louisville, KY 40202 • (502) 585-3200
Christmas Day Hours: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Seelbach is offering its “Royal Brunch” at The Oakroom, which is a classic brunch buffet with all the holiday favorites. This brunch is indeed royal, with a fresh seafood bar, omelets, bacon, eggs and other delectable dishes. Desserts are renowned here, and it is hard to slow down on the buffet long enough to remember to leave room for dessert. For reservations, call (502) 585-3200 or click here.

**At press time, this brunch is sold out. However, you can put your name on a waitlist by calling.**

Dishes from The Oakroom at The Seelbach Hilton Hotel | Image: The Oakroom

Dishes from The Oakroom at The Seelbach Hilton Hotel | Image: The Oakroom

LUNCH/DINNER

The Brown Hotel, The English Grill

335 West Broadway, Louisville, KY 40202 • (502) 583-1234
Christmas Day Hours: Noon to 4 p.m.

The Brown Hotel serves its diners both at their more casual cafe, J. Graham’s for brunch, as well as their award-winning fine dining restaurant The English Grill for a Christmas meal. First tastes are a seafood bar with oysters Rockefeller, shrimp and crab claws along with their signature Hot Brown served as a canape. Entrée choices are rack of lamb, beef filet and halibut accompanied by seasonal sides. There is a table of Viennese desserts of all sorts at the end of the meal. This meal is $69 per person (not including tax or gratuity), $22 for children ages 4 to 12 and complimentary for children younger than 4. Seating times are noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. For reservations, call (502) 583-1234 or click here.

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Mitchell’s Fish Market

4031 Summit Plaza Drive, Louisville, KY 40241 • (502) 412-1818
Christmas Day Hours: Noon to 9 p.m.

Mitchell’s Fish Market, located in the Paddock Shops (formerly known as the Summit) will be open for lunch and dinner, serving their regular menu. There will be no special Christmas meal offered, but with seasonal specials and a wide selection of fresh fish, there is something for everyone here. Diners love the soups to start — either the lobster bisque or the clam chowder — as well as the fresh oysters and many varieties of shrimp appetizers. Diners also love the mussels and the crab cakes. For reservations, call (502) 412-1818 or click here.

Morton’s The Steakhouse

626 West Main St., Louisville, KY 40202  • (502) 584-0421
Christmas Day Hours: 2 p.m. to 9 p.m.

It’s business as usual at Morton’s, where they will be serving their regular menu from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Christmas Day. If you don’t want a steak, be sure to try their lobster, which is currently on a promotion for $55 for a six-ounce tail. Seafood is just as big of a headliner as the steaks here, but we could make a meal of their incredible sides such as their asparagus, twice-baked au gratin potatoes and Brussels sprouts. The manager here told us they are usually quite busy, so it would be wise to make a reservation soon. Call (502) 584-0421 or click here to make a reservation.

A mouthwatering surf and turf spread | Image: Morton's The Steakhouse

A mouthwatering surf and turf spread | Image: Morton’s The Steakhouse

A picture-perfect lobster cocktail | Image: Morton's The Steakhouse

A picture-perfect lobster cocktail | Image: Morton’s The Steakhouse

Ruth’s Chris Steak House

6100 Dutchmans Lane, Kaden Tower – 16th Floor, Louisville, KY 40205 • (502) 479-0026
Christmas Day Hours: Noon to 8 p.m.

Ruth’s Chris will be open Christmas Day from noon to 8 p.m. at their Louisville location on top of the Kaden Tower. There will be a full menu available as well as a special Christmas meal, which includes turkey dinner with dressing, cranberry, potatoes, salad and pumpkin cheesecake for dessert. The Christmas meal is $39.95 per person. To make a reservation, call (502) 479-0026 or click here.

Turkey dinner for Christmas at Ruth's Chris | Image: Ruth's Chris Steak House

Turkey dinner for Christmas at Ruth’s Chris | Image: Ruth’s Chris Steak House

Shalimar

1850 S. Hurstbourne Pkwy., Ste. 125, Louisville, KY 40220 • (502) 493-8899
Christmas Day Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Shalimar is open regular hours on Christmas Day, with their same format of lunch buffet from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., followed by full a la carte dinner service from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. This traditional northern Indian cuisine is a Louisville favorite with homemade naan, chicken masala and many vegetarian options as well. This is a good place for a large group as they have a private dining room you can reserve at no extra charge. Call (502) 493-8899 or click here for a reservation.

Warm naan served at Shalimar | Image: Shalimar

Warm naan served at Shalimar | Image: Shalimar

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Spicy and savory Indian food is a flavorful way to celebrate the season! Image: Shalimar

Spicy and savory Indian food is a flavorful way to celebrate the season! Image: Shalimar

DakShin

4742 Bardstown Road, Louisville, KY 40218 • (502) 491-7412
Christmas Day Hours: 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m

Christmas Day is just a regular day at DakShin, a wonderful Indian restaurant serving southern Indian cuisine. With both carnivore and vegetarian options and what seems like a million yummy condiments and dipping sauces, DakShin is a delight to the palate. Call (502) 491-7412 to make a reservation.

**Update 12/21/17: DakShin has decided to close on Christmas day. They will be open for lunch on Christmas Eve, but closed for dinner on Christmas Eve.**

Oriental House

4302 Shelbyville Road, St. Matthews, KY 40207 • (502) 897-1017
Christmas Day Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Oriental House is a traditional Chinese restaurant with both American and Chinese menus. Time and time again, people refer to this restaurant as one of their favorite restaurants in Louisville. We love their dim sum as well as all the Sichuan and Hunan specials. They also serve versions of Asian street food that are divine. Call (502) 897-1017 to make a reservation.

So, if a pack of hungry dogs commandeers your family’s feast, head out to one of these restaurants that are open on Christmas Day. And have a happy, healthy and satisfying holiday season!

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