The holidays are synonymous with stress — the shopping rush, social obligations, and getting your holiday cards out on time — but your holiday meal doesn’t have to be. So, if you’re not feeling particularly inspired to cook after weeks of running around, take heart. Nashville’s best and brightest restaurants have come to the rescue with festive meals that can be enjoyed in-house or taken home for a cozy dinner party with family and friends.Read More
Where to Eat on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day in Nashville
Your official guide to all of the dine-in and takeout options around the city.
The 404 Kitchen
Blending time-honored Southern heritage cooking with a modern European sensibility, the 404 Kitchen will offer a Christmas Eve buffet from 3 to 8 p.m. Selections include whole smoked fried chicken, roasted NY strip, and warm baked cornbread. Prices are $58 for adults (alcohol not included) and $38 for children ages 5-12. Reservations can be made here, or by calling 615-251-1404.
Mediterranean flavors infuse Sadie’s Christmas Eve dinner, available from 5 to 10 p.m. On the menu: whipped feta with honeycomb and peppercorn, whole fried branzino, and slow-cooked lamb shank on a bed of polenta with charred corn succotash. Reservations can be made online, or by calling 615-988-1200.
Putting their wood-burning ovens and grills to good use, the seasonal menu at Adele’s will be available during their Christmas Eve buffet, from 3 to 8 p.m. Expect roasted chicken with salsa verde, whole roasted fish cooked with Calabrian chili, and kale salad with pecorino. Adults are $58 (alcohol not included) and children ages 5-12 are $38. Reservations can be made online.
Ella's on 2nd
Introducing a menu of West Coast-Italian fare, Ella’s on 2nd is serving up a Christmas Eve brunch from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. featuring items such as spicy Italian sausage, mascarpone whipped polenta, and a build-your-own pancake bar. Adults are $42 (alcohol not included) and children ages 5-12 are $21 each. For dinner, Ella’s will be open on both Christmas Eve (5 to 10 p.m.) and Christmas Day (4 to 8 p.m.), with an a la carte menu that includes venison loin, mini country ham, and branzino a la plancha. Reservations can be made online.
Emmy Squared Pizza
Detroit-style pizza and burger restaurant Emmy Squared Pizza will keep its doors open this Christmas Eve with regular hours of operation in Germantown, East Nashville, Green Hills, and The Gulch. Reservations can be made online.
For those who prefer to deck the halls at home, Emmy’s is offering party packs that include appetizers, salads, pizzas, and sandwiches ranging from $150 to $275. The deadline for orders is December 22. Order your party packs here.
Italian chophouse Carne Mare will be open from 5 to 11 p.m. on Christmas Eve with its regular menu, plus a few holiday specials. It’ll also open its doors on Christmas Day from 4 to 9 p.m., with its regular a la carte menu. Reservations can be made online.
Puckett's Restaurant - Downtown Nashville
All locations of Puckett’s will be open on Christmas Eve with their regular menu of Southern-style favorites from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Leave the cooking to Puckett’s this year with a takeout menu that’s available to order now through December 17. Choose a la carte dishes such as turkey, spiral ham, brisket, cornbread dressing, cobbler, and several other holiday staples. Orders can be placed online.
Greys Fine Cheese and Entertaining
Nashville’s very first cut-to-order cheese shop is offering cheese and charcuterie boards for your holiday festivities. Cheese boards range from small ($75 serves four) up to extra large ($350 serves up to 20). Charcuterie boards come in small ($75 serves four) and medium ($140 serves eight). The shop is also offering a special cheese wreath for $59.95 that serves four. All boards include wooden serving utensils and can be picked up or delivered. Order your board online or call 615-900-4239 at least 24 hours before pickup or delivery.
Avoid the holiday food coma and opt for a healthy Christmas Eve brunch at Two Hands from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Australian-inspired menu features light dishes including the Two Hands seasonal scramble, a salmon quinoa bowl, a miso mushroom bowl, and crispy Brussels sprouts. Reservations can be made online.
Looking for a true farm-to-table feast this Christmas Eve? Elevate your evening with a three-course prix fixe menu at 1 Kitchen from 5 to 10 p.m. The restaurant’s festive menu includes local leg of lamb, wild mushroom polenta, and hummingbird bread pudding. For extra holiday spirit, try one of their giveback cocktails like 182 Seconds with rum and charred pineapple, or the Giving Tree Negroni, with proceeds going to charitable partners. Cost for the prix fixe menus is $99 per person (not including alcohol). Reservations can be made online.
Church and Union Nashville
Downtown’s Church & Union will be offering a three-course prix fixe menu on Christmas Eve from noon to 9 p.m. featuring NOLA shrimp, honeynut squash, braised beef, and eggnog panna cotta. Cost is $75 for adults and $30 for kids 12 and under. Reservations can be made online.
Dine-In and Takeout
Kick off Christmas morning with a steakhouse-style brunch in The Gulch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at STK. Menu highlights include lobster and eggs Benedict or a selection of Japanese wagyu. Add an extra level of festive cheer with 90 minutes of bottomless mimosas or bloody Marys for $30. For the evening menu, from 3 to 10 p.m. on Christmas Eve and Day, STK will be offering a traditionally-inspired dinner featuring roasted prime rib, accompanied by a side of fingerling potatoes, green beans, port wine shallots, and black truffle Madeira sauce. Cost is $154 for two ($74 per additional serving) or $79 for a single serving. Reservations can be made online, or place an order for pickup starting December 15.
The Countrypolitan Bar and Kitchen
The newly opened restaurant, bar, and hotel in the heart of Printer’s Alley is serving Southern-style breakfast, lunch, and dinner on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. On the menu: Nashville hot cauliflower, shrimp and grits, blackened grouper, and bourbon banana pudding. Breakfast is available from 7 to 11 a.m., lunch from noon to 3 p.m., and dinner will be served from 4 to 10 p.m. on Saturday and from 3 to 9 p.m. on Sunday. Reservations can be made online.
Blue Aster will be open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. with blueberry pie pancakes, pan roll French toast, and a Southern benny with oak-smoked porchetta. Then, from 5 to 10 p.m., they’ll be serving a holiday prix fixe menu with seasonal highlights like truffle potato soup, sweet potato fritters, prime rib, roasted carrots and squash, and “the wreath” dessert with cream cheese icing, ginger cremeux, and candied walnuts. Reservations can be made online.
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Open from 5 to 10:30 p.m. on Christmas Eve, E3 Chophouse will be offering a special chef’s holiday tasting menu featuring whipped ricotta toast, orange and cranberry salad, bucatini, pecan-crusted chicken, and a holiday yule log. The chef’s holiday menu is $110 per person or $160 with a wine pairing. Reservations can be made online.
Music Row’s vibrant eatery will be open from noon to 6 p.m. on Christmas Day, offering a curated prix fixe holiday feast for $75 per person for dine-in guests. The menu features tomato bisque, sliced honey glazed ham, roasted garlic mashed potatoes, Southern green beans, housemade cornbread stuffing, and Derby pie for dessert. Christmas reservations are recommended and can be booked online.
Commons Club is also offering a Holiday Feast To-Go package for $200 that feeds a party of four (add $55 for individual meals). The feast includes honey-glazed ham and savory sliced turkey with all the fixings, including roasted garlic mashed potatoes, Southern green beans, housemade cornbread stuffing, warm dinner rolls with honey butter, a charcuterie platter, and a New York-style cheesecake for dessert. Online pre-orders for pickup on Christmas Day are now available — all orders must be placed by December 21.
Celebrate Christmas Eve and Day at Marsh House, located in The Gulch’s Thompson Nashville. The restaurant will be featuring a four-course prix fixe menu (from $68 to $85) with an optional wine pairing for $60 per person. Menu choices include shrimp toast, venison poppers, butternut squash soup, beef Wellington, black cod, and a selection of desserts. The restaurant will be open from 5 to 9 p.m. on Christmas Eve and from noon to 7 p.m. on Christmas Day. Reservations are available online.
Henley will be open Christmas Eve and serving its full dinner menu from 4 to 7 p.m. Along with their regular a la carte items, the restaurant will be featuring holiday specials like roast leg of lamb, red potatoes with herb demi-glace, bourbon and brown sugar glazed ham with sweet potato, and gingerbread with brown butter cream cheese icing. On Christmas Day, Henley is pulling out all the stops with a holiday buffet complete with carving stations, eggplant and sage lasagna, twice-baked sweet potatoes, and a cookie bar from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost is $70 per person (alcohol not included) and $37 for kids 12 and under (children under three eat free). Reservations are available online.
Butcher & Bee
Celebrate Hanukkah at Butcher & Bee now through December 26 (the restaurant will be closed on Christmas Day). The prix fixe menu features the restaurant’s take on traditional holiday dishes such as labneh dip with gefilte fish, latkes, braised lamb stew, sufganiyot, walnut cake, and cocktails including a sufganiyot bramble, mulled Manischewitz, and hot “gelted” chocolate. Cost is $45 per person (not including alcohol). Reservations can be made online.
Martin's Bar-B-Que Joint
Let Martin’s do the heavy lifting this season with packages (ranging from $129.99 to $284.99) and a la carte selections from their holiday menu, including a prime rib supper, half-smoked ham, whole smoked turkey, and a selection of seasonal Southern sides and pies. All items come with easy-to-follow warming instructions. Orders can be placed online now through December 19 at 3 p.m. The restaurant is also donating $5 from every Christmas meal (prime rib supper, major feast, and small gathering) to local charitable organizations dedicated to fighting hunger.
Sylvan Park’s French bistro is cooking up a holiday feast available only for pickup. Marinated olives, chicken liver mousse, and sorghum braised greens can be purchased by the pint or quart and paired with housemade lasagna and a berry-topped pavlova (prices range from $10-$60). Orders can be placed online now through December 21 at noon for pickup on December 23 between noon and 5 p.m.
Drusie & Darr by Jean-Georges
Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s outpost at the Hermitage Hotel will be open Christmas Eve and Christmas Day from noon to 10 p.m. with a prix fixe holiday menu. Menu standouts include a winter greens black truffle Caesar salad, mushroom risotto, roasted duck breast, and black sea bass. Cost is $128 per person and $65 per child 12 and under. Reservations can be made online.
Celebrate the Italian Feast of the Seven Fishes at Yolan this Christmas Eve from 5 to 9 p.m. The eight-course menu features spaghetti alle vongole with clams and shaved bottarga and risotto nero for $195 per person or $355 with wine pairings. Reservations can be made here. On Christmas Day, enjoy a hearty brunch with a la carte menu items such as white truffle-topped omelets, lemon ricotta pancakes, and risotto alla carbonara from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Reservations can be made here.
Mimo Restaurant and Bar
The Four Seasons’ Mimo will be open Christmas Eve and Christmas Day for brunch (7 a.m. to 3 p.m.) and dinner (5 to 10 p.m.). A prix fixe dinner menu featuring cacio e pepe with tiger prawn and a grilled strip loin will be available for $160 per person and $45 for children under 12. Mimo will be offering its regular menu during brunch service. Reservations can be made online or by calling 615-610-6990.