As the last gifts are unwrapped on Christmas Day, we turn to the next order of business: satisfying our rumbling stomachs. If you prefer to dine out during the holidays, Nashville’s fabulous culinary scene offers plenty of options. Here are 20 local restaurants serving up the goods on December 25 so you and your loved ones can sit back, relax, and enjoy the day to its fullest.
SB TIP: We recommend making reservations as soon as possible, as many of these restaurants fill up fast!
*Listed in alphabetical order
710 Demonbreun St., Nashville, TN 37203 • (615) 510-0400
Christmas Day Hours: 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Indulge in sustainable, seasonal fare at 1 Hotel by gathering around the table at 1 Kitchen. For $99 per person, you can feast on local leg of lamb, wild mushroom polenta, Hummingbird Bread Pudding, and more. Plus, sip on something festive and give back while you do it — 1 Kitchen has a selection of holiday giveback cocktails like 182 Seconds or Giving Tree Negroni, with proceeds going to charitable partners. Reservations can be made HERE.
1799 Kitchen & Cocktails
130 2nd Ave. N., Franklin, TN 37064 • (615) 786-0840
Christmas Day Hours: brunch, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; dinner, 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
The Harpeth Hotel is a beautiful retreat no matter the season, but Christmas is downright magical, thanks to its in-house restaurant concept, 1799 Kitchen & Cocktails. On Christmas Day, you can look forward to the traditional menu, which was recently updated with delicious new seasonal items such as Simpson’s Farms beef short rib, grass-fed beef tartare, squash and cornbread, cornish hen, Simpson’s Farm grass-fed beef tenderloin, and more. The menu also features several specialty dishes for the holiday. Make reservations HERE.
1620 West End Ave., Nashville, TN 37203 • (615) 327-8000
Christmas Day Hours: 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Though the complete list of holiday specials has not yet been announced, one thing is for sure: Blue Aster is slated to serve up something fabulous. Modern cuisine infused with plenty of local and regional flavor, the restaurant and lounge is located in the Conrad Hotel, and it’s a comfortable place to enjoy elevated, seafood-centric dining with everything from scallop ceviche and oysters Rockefeller to entrées like pan-seared salmon or prime rib. Make your reservation HERE.
201 8th Ave. S. 34th floor, Nashville, TN 37203 • (629) 208-8440
Christmas Day Hours: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
It’s JW Marriott to the rescue, thanks to Bourbon Steak. Check out the beautiful skyline views as you dine on everything from oysters and Wagyu steak tartare to Maine lobster or filet mignon. In addition to the typical Bourbon Steak menu, the restaurant serves beef wellington for the holiday. You can make reservations HERE.
300 12th Ave. S., Nashville, TN 37203 • (615) 379-9000
Christmas Day Hours: 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Housed in the W Hotel, Carne Mare is a contemporary Italian chophouse from James Beard Award-winning Chef Andrew Carmellini that will leave you full and fantastically satisfied. Fortunately, Carne Mare is opening early for dining on Christmas Day, with a regular à la carte menu as well as holiday specials that are sure to wow. You can make reservations HERE.
1 Music Square W., Nashville, TN 37203 • (615) 808-8888
Christmas Day Hours: Noon to 6 p.m.
Commons Club at Virgin Hotels Nashville has you covered for Christmas Day dine-in. For $75, enjoy a curated pre-fixe feast featuring tomato bisque, sliced honey glazed ham, garlic mashed potatoes, Southern green beans, housemade cornbread stuffing, and even a delicious Derby pie for dessert. Vegetarians are also in luck with a gnocchi Pomodoro entrée. Make your reservation HERE.
The Countrypolitan Bar & Kitchen
301 Union St., Nashville, TN 37201 • (615) 891-6000
Christmas Day Hours: Breakfast, 7 a.m. to 11 a.m.; lunch, noon to 3 p.m.; dinner, 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.
A brand new restaurant, bar, and hotel in Printer’s Alley, The Countrypolitan, is coming through on Christmas Day in a big way. You can enjoy an all-day Christmas brunch and a traditional dinner inside the 1970s-inspired lounge. The rich, rustic, music history-inspired decor will have you singing Patsy Cline (not to mention Christmas carols) in no time!
Drusie & Darr
231 6th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37219 • (615) 244-3121
Christmas Day Hours: Noon through dinner service.
Drusie and Darr, The Hermitage Hotel’s fine-dining destination from famed Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, is helping us celebrate Christmas Day in style. You can anticipate an exquisite, prix fixe menu for $128 per person or $65 for children 12 and under. For an appetizer, choose between housemade ricotta with crushed cranberries, olive oil, and grilled sourdough or mushroom risotto with lemon and herbs. For an entrée, indulge in soy garlic-glazed beef rib cap white truffle and glazed pearl onions or roasted black sea bass with cabbage, seaweed butter, and black truffles. Finally, dessert is a choice between a classic chocolate yule log or citrus Pavlova with blood orange sorbet and tarragon. You can make reservations HERE.
300 12th Ave. S., Nashville, TN 37203 • (615) 379-9000
Christmas Day Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Chef Andrew Carmellini is a busy man, and he’s certainly doing his best to keep us relaxed and well-fed this Christmas! As if the incredible menu at Carne Mare weren’t enough, you can head to his second restaurant at the W Nashville, The Dutch, for breakfast or brunch. You can make reservations HERE.
401 Union St. 4th Floor, Nashville, TN 37219 • (615) 988-7333
Christmas Day Hours: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
All is merry and bright at Ellington’s, where you can enjoy a three-course Christmas Day feast for $75 per person. You’re in for a treat — from starters like the crispy duck and spinach or tomato-basil soup with herbed crème fraiche to entrées such as brandy-braised short rib or ratatouille. Plus, indulge in the chocolate mousse cake or peppermint cheesecake for dessert! You can make dining reservations HERE.
2023 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37203 • (615) 340-6378
Christmas Day Hours: Seatings are available from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; the buffet closes at 6 p.m.
A modern American brasserie in Midtown, Henley offers a Christmas Day buffet this year, complete with a cookie bar that will knock your socks off. For $70 per person (not including alcohol) or $37 for kids 12 and under (kids 3 and under eat free), you can expect a selection including rosemary and garlic-roasted leg of lamb, brown sugar and bourbon-glazed ham carving stations, eggplant and sage lasagna, twice-baked sweet potatoes, and much more! You can make reservations HERE.
200 4th Ave. N., Nashville, TN 37219
Christmas Day Hours: 5 p.m. to midnight
The Noelle Hotel is ready to treat you to a Christmas Day filled with spirited, festive fun, courtesy of its “Holiday Vacation” pop-up at Hidden Bar. A nod to National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, you can enjoy drinks and dishes with kitschy names from one of the funniest holiday movies of all time. Sip on “It’s Christmas, and We’re All in Misery” (charcoal-infused black rum, cold brew, Kahlua, crème de cacao, and Ancho Reyes) or “Squirrel!” (pear-infused Don Fulano Reposado, lime, green chartreuse, and agave). Plus, you can snack on bites like a citrus panna cotta with eggnog whip or braised short rib “sliders” with pickled veggies. (Note: Hidden Bar does not accept reservations.)
200 4th Ave. N., Nashville, TN 37219 • (615) 610-7835
Christmas Day Hours: 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Makeready L&L is open for Christmas Day brunch at the Noelle Hotel, serving its regular menu of everything from lighter options like avocado toast or overnight oats to heartier dishes such as benedicts or the Noelle Burger. The restaurant is closed for dinner, but you can visit Hidden Bar’s Holiday Vacation pop-up or grab a cocktail at the lobby bar Trade Room. Make your reservation HERE.
401 11th Ave. S., Nashville, TN 37203 • (615) 262-6001
Christmas Day Hours: Noon to 7 p.m.
Dine at Marsh House on Christmas Day with a four-course prix fixe menu and an optional wine pairing. Get ready for appetizer choices like shrimp toast, venison poppers, deviled eggs, burrata, or wild mushroom arancini, then move into second courses like seafood gumbo, butternut squash soup, or winter greens salad. For your main course, choose between elevated dishes like beef wellington and butternut squash Cavatelli, then satisfy your sweet tooth with seasonal desserts. Make reservations HERE.
McGavock’s Coffee Bar & Provisions
130 2nd Ave. N., Franklin, TN 37064 • (615) 786-0841
Christmas Day Hours: 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
A more casual offering from the Harpeth Hotel, McGavock’s Coffee & Provisions provides a relaxing space to kick back, sip on a cup of coffee or a cocktail, and indulge in some eats — from fresh-baked pastries and biscuits and gravy to sandwiches and salads.
Mimo Restaurant & Bar
100 Demonbreun St., Nashville, TN 37201 • (615) 610-6990
Christmas Day Hours: brunch, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.; dinner, 5 p.m. to. 9 p.m.
A chef-driven dining concept at the brand new Four Seasons Hotel and Private Residences, Mimo Restaurant & Bar offers a seafood-centric menu from Michelin-starred Chef Aniello “Nello” Turco. Get into the Christmas spirit with Mimo favorites like blueberry lemon ricotta pancakes or benedict with parma ham. Additionally, you can order from the specials menu, which includes an Alaskan king crab omelet, homemade spaghetti with Osetra caviar, traditional panettone with Tahitian vanilla Chantilly, steak and eggs with tomato confit, and Alaskan crab eggs benedict. For dinner, look forward to a four-course prix fixe meal ($160 per adult and $45 per child under 12) featuring pasta choices like truffle and mushroom risotto and entrées such as grilled Maine lobster cured in bacon, Swiss chard, and coffee emulsion. For dessert, Mimo’s tiramisu simply wows! Make reservations HERE.
210 4th Ave. N., Nashville, TN 37219
Christmas Day Hours: Noon to 8 p.m.
Head to Dream Hotel’s Parlour Bar for festive Christmas cocktails. The popular downtown bar features colorful scenery and a menu of seasonal cocktails, including the Angry Elf and Mistletoe Mule, along with small bites.
33 Peabody St., Nashville, TN 37210 • (615) 751-8111
Christmas Day Hours: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Christmas Day bites and bowling? We’re in! Pinewood Social hosts a fun-filled dining experience complete with Chinese food specials! Stay warm with Wonton soup, and indulge in General Tso’s chicken with fried rice, red and yellow bell peppers, onions, and string beans. Make reservations HERE.
700 12th Ave. S., Nashville, TN 37203 • (615) 619-3500
Christmas Day Hours: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
STK Steakhouse handles all of the tough stuff on Christmas Day and leaves the eating to us. Kick off your Christmas morning with a steakhouse-style brunch, including lobster and eggs benedict or a selection of Japanese Wagyu. Add an extra level of festive cheer with 90 minutes of mimosas or bloody Marys for $30. You can enjoy dinner for $79 per person — roasted prime rib, fingerling potatoes, green beans, port wine shallots, and black truffle Madeira sauce. You can make your reservations HERE.
403 4th Ave. S., Nashville, TN 37201 • (615) 231-0405
Christmas Day Hours: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
For a genuinely divine Christmas feast and an authentic fine dining experience, Yolan is the place to be. Enjoy an exclusive Christmas Day brunch that’s sure to be memorable. The menu features quite a few of Yolan’s signature dishes, such as Bistecca e Uove (a 12-ounce dry-aged steak with black garlic, potato hash, and eggs), Risotto alla Carbonara, and other elevated dishes, such as white truffle-topped omelets, gnocchi, and breakfast favorites like lemon-ricotta pancakes. You can make your reservation HERE.
Merry Christmas and happy dining!
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