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Where to Eat on Christmas Day in Nashville

These restaurants are open on December 25 for brunch and/or dinner

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With darkness at 4:30 p.m., twinkling Christmas lights, and festive holiday pop-ups providing some much-needed 2021 cheer, it’s impossible to miss that Nashville has reached that time of year. The Green Hills traffic is back to its all-time high and many homes have stacks of Amazon boxes piling on their doorsteps. (If you need more gift inspiration, however, Eater has its own guide for the food lover in your life.)

The year has been stressful enough, so give yourself and the family a break by heading out to dine at some of Nashville’s best. To give you some ideas, Eater Nashville rounded up a list of restaurants in town that open on Christmas Day (Saturday, December 25). This curated map isn’t an exhaustive list, so we encourage you to contact your favorite spot and inquire about their holiday celebration menus.

Health experts consider dining out to be a high-risk activity for the unvaccinated; the latest data about the delta variant indicates that it may pose a low-to-moderate risk for the vaccinated, especially in areas with substantial transmission. The latest CDC guidance is here; find a COVID-19 vaccination site here.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Two Ten Jack

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1900 Eastland Ave #105
Nashville, TN 37206
(615) 454-2731
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East Nashville’s comfy izakaya opens from 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. for dinner on Christmas Day, with plenty of piping hot bowls of ramen, sushi, yakitori, and spicy crab noodles.

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2. Mother's Ruin

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1239 6th Ave N
Nashville, TN 37208

Open (and serving food) every single day of the year until 2 a.m., Germantown’s neighborhood cocktail haunt Mother’s Ruin offers an escape from family in the form of frozen cocktails — oh, and Old Bay seasoned waffle fries.

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3. Von Elrod's Beer Hall & Kitchen

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1004 4th Ave N
Nashville, TN 37219
(615) 866-1620
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The Germantown beer hall will open from 5 p.m to 11 p.m. on Christmas Day, serving its hearty everyday menu of sausages, barbecued meats, and sandwiches.

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4. Ellington's

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401 Union St 4th Floor
Nashville, TN 37219
(615) 988-7333
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The classic American grill on the fourth floor of downtown’s swanky Fairlane Hotel will open for the holiday serving a Christmas Day three-course menu, priced at $69 per person. Reservations are available from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. 

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5. Bourbon Street Blues and Boogie Bar

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220 Printers Alley
Nashville, TN 37201
(615) 242-5837
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The Printers Alley essential bar is open on Christmas night from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. with live music, Cajun and Creole food, cold beer, and signature cocktails like the Big Easy hurricane.

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6. Makeready L&L

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200 4th Ave N
Nashville, TN 37219
(615) 610-7835
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Noelle’s downstairs restaurant will open from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Christmas Day.

7. Bowie’s Nashville

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174 3rd Ave N
Nashville, TN 37201
(615) 953-7155
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Downtown’s rock and roll den Bowie’s Nashville is open on Christmas night from 2 p.m. to 11 p.m. with live music, loaded waffle fries, burgers, and desserts.

8. Morton's The Steakhouse

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618 Church St
Nashville, TN 37219
(615) 259-4558
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Morton’s is open for dine-in and takeout from noon until 8 p.m. on Christmas Day.

 

9. Nashville Underground

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105 Broadway
Nashville, TN 37201
(615) 964-3000
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Boasting the highest, largest and only double-deck rooftop on Broadway, Nashville Underground will open at 11 a.m. on Christmas day, serving its menu of hot chicken, barbecue, burgers, and flatbread pizzas.

10. Trattoria Il Mulino

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144 5th Ave S
Nashville, TN 37203
(615) 620-3700
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The New York chic Italian restaurant will open regular hours, from 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., serving its every day a la carte pasta, pizza, and steak — or a special Christmas prix fixe menu.

11. Ella's on 2nd

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210 Molloy St
Nashville, TN 37201
(629) 248-9515
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Newly opened Ella’s on 2nd is open for Christmas Day brunch with traditional brunch fare alongside additional festive options and brunch cocktails aplenty. Make reservations on OpenTable or by calling 629-248-9515. Walk-ins are also welcome.

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12. Pinewood

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33 Peabody St
Nashville, TN 37210
(615) 751-8111
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The crowd-favorite SoBro gathering spot is opening up from 11 a.m to 11 p.m. on Christmas Day serving its usual menu of coffee, cocktails, brunch pastries toasts, and dinner classics from filling grain bowls and salads to burgers, steak, and fried chicken.

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13. Lou/na

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1000 Broadway
Nashville, TN 37203
(615) 622-1234
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The Grand Hyatt’s rooftop bar and lounge offers unparalleled views of Music City and beyond from the 25th floor. They’re open on Christmas Day from 3 p.m. to 10:30 p.m serving their regular menu of snacks like a charcuterie spread, curried carrot risotto, and pimento cheese with cornbread alongside beet carpaccio and a small selection of desserts.

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14. NashHouse Southern Spoon & Saloon

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114 8th Ave S
Nashville, TN 37203
(615) 649-8022
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Open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Christmas Day, POP Hospitality’s 8th Avenue live music venue and restaurant offers its regular menus for brunch and dinner with favorites from a pulled pork hash skillet and Oscar Benedict to a deviled egg flight, shrimp and grits, and meatloaf.

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15. Denim

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401 Korean Veterans Blvd Floor 21
Nashville, TN 37203
(615) 248-1990
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The Joseph’s ambient rooftop bar will open from 11 a.m.to 10:30 p.m. serving its regular menu of whipped ricotta, seasonal salads, a lobster roll, and a stand-out smash burger and fries.

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16. Yolan

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403 4th Ave S
Nashville, TN 37201
(615) 231-0405
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The Mantuanos’ Italian delight on the ground floor of the Joseph Hotel will open on Christmas Day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for a special holiday brunch. On the menu for the day: Yolan’s signature dishes like cacio e pepe, cotoletta alla Milanese alongside white truffle-topped omelets and gnocchi and breakfast favorites including eggs in purgatory, lemon-ricotta pancakes, and toffee crunch cinnamon rolls.

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17. Bourbon Steak by Michael Mina, a Nashville Steakhouse

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201 8th Ave S 34th floor
Nashville, TN 37203
(629) 208-8440
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Open from 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Christmas Day, Michael Mina’s sky-high steakhouse with stunning city views will offer its regular menu of over-the-top steak and seafood offerings.

18. JWB Grill Nashville

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425 Rep. John Lewis Way S 1st floor
Nashville, TN 37203
(629) 401-6346
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The namesake eatery of James (Jimmy) William Buffett sits on the bottom floor of SoBro’s Margaritaville Hotel. From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Christmas Day, they’ll be offering a special brunch for the holiday featuring specials like bourbon-coffee sweet rolls, lobster deviled eggs, short rib Benedict, and banana bread French toast with Tennessee whiskey maple syrup and key lime curd. Reservations are highly recommended.

19. Carne Mare

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300 12th Ave S
Nashville, TN 37203

James Beard Award-winning chef Andrew Carmellini’s highly anticipated Nashville outpost of the upscale New York-born Italian chophouse opened in November, and it’s spending its first holiday season in Nashville serving up a Christmas feast starting at 5 p.m. Expect, of course, plenty of land and sea options on the menu.

The interior of Carne Mare in Nashville. Sam Angel Photography/Eater Nashville

20. Marsh House

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401 11th Ave S
Nashville, TN 37203
(615) 262-6001
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Open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Christmas Day, the Thompson Hotel’s ground floor restaurant and go-to seafood restaurant offers a four-course prix fixe menu for the holiday. Make reservations on OpenTable.

21. STK Nashville

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700 12th Ave S
Nashville, TN 37203
(615) 619-3500
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The Gulch “vibe dining” destination will open Christmas Day with two special plated meals: a roasted prime rib with black truffle madeira sauce and roasted free-range turkey with cornbread and sage stuffing.

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22. Urban Grub

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2506 12th Ave S
Nashville, TN 37204
(615) 679-9342
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The 12 South neighborhood favorite will open from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., featuring a special three-course prix-fixe menu for the holiday.

23. M.L. Rose Craft Beer & Burgers - Melrose

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2535 8th Ave S #107
Nashville, TN 37204
(615) 712-8160
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All locations of M.L. Rose will open from 5 p.m. until 11 p.m. on Christmas Day, serving its popular burgers, pub fare, and plenty of craft beer.

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1. Two Ten Jack

1900 Eastland Ave #105, Nashville, TN 37206
Two Ten Jack Two Ten Jack

East Nashville’s comfy izakaya opens from 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. for dinner on Christmas Day, with plenty of piping hot bowls of ramen, sushi, yakitori, and spicy crab noodles.

1900 Eastland Ave #105
Nashville, TN 37206

2. Mother's Ruin

1239 6th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37208
Mother’s Ruin [Official Photo]

Open (and serving food) every single day of the year until 2 a.m., Germantown’s neighborhood cocktail haunt Mother’s Ruin offers an escape from family in the form of frozen cocktails — oh, and Old Bay seasoned waffle fries.

1239 6th Ave N
Nashville, TN 37208

3. Von Elrod's Beer Hall & Kitchen

1004 4th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37219
Von Elrod’s/Facebook

The Germantown beer hall will open from 5 p.m to 11 p.m. on Christmas Day, serving its hearty everyday menu of sausages, barbecued meats, and sandwiches.

1004 4th Ave N
Nashville, TN 37219

4. Ellington's

401 Union St 4th Floor, Nashville, TN 37219
Ellington’s/Facebook

The classic American grill on the fourth floor of downtown’s swanky Fairlane Hotel will open for the holiday serving a Christmas Day three-course menu, priced at $69 per person. Reservations are available from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. 

401 Union St 4th Floor
Nashville, TN 37219

5. Bourbon Street Blues and Boogie Bar

220 Printers Alley, Nashville, TN 37201
Bourbon Street Blues and Boogie Bar/Facebook

The Printers Alley essential bar is open on Christmas night from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. with live music, Cajun and Creole food, cold beer, and signature cocktails like the Big Easy hurricane.

220 Printers Alley
Nashville, TN 37201

6. Makeready L&L

200 4th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37219

Noelle’s downstairs restaurant will open from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Christmas Day.

200 4th Ave N
Nashville, TN 37219

7. Bowie’s Nashville

174 3rd Ave N, Nashville, TN 37201

Downtown’s rock and roll den Bowie’s Nashville is open on Christmas night from 2 p.m. to 11 p.m. with live music, loaded waffle fries, burgers, and desserts.

174 3rd Ave N
Nashville, TN 37201

8. Morton's The Steakhouse

618 Church St, Nashville, TN 37219

Morton’s is open for dine-in and takeout from noon until 8 p.m. on Christmas Day.

 

618 Church St
Nashville, TN 37219

9. Nashville Underground

105 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37201

Boasting the highest, largest and only double-deck rooftop on Broadway, Nashville Underground will open at 11 a.m. on Christmas day, serving its menu of hot chicken, barbecue, burgers, and flatbread pizzas.

105 Broadway
Nashville, TN 37201

10. Trattoria Il Mulino

144 5th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203

The New York chic Italian restaurant will open regular hours, from 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., serving its every day a la carte pasta, pizza, and steak — or a special Christmas prix fixe menu.

144 5th Ave S
Nashville, TN 37203

11. Ella's on 2nd

210 Molloy St, Nashville, TN 37201
Ella’s on 2nd/Facebook

Newly opened Ella’s on 2nd is open for Christmas Day brunch with traditional brunch fare alongside additional festive options and brunch cocktails aplenty. Make reservations on OpenTable or by calling 629-248-9515. Walk-ins are also welcome.

210 Molloy St
Nashville, TN 37201

12. Pinewood

33 Peabody St, Nashville, TN 37210
Pinewood Social Pinewood

The crowd-favorite SoBro gathering spot is opening up from 11 a.m to 11 p.m. on Christmas Day serving its usual menu of coffee, cocktails, brunch pastries toasts, and dinner classics from filling grain bowls and salads to burgers, steak, and fried chicken.

33 Peabody St
Nashville, TN 37210

13. Lou/na

1000 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37203
Lou/na

The Grand Hyatt’s rooftop bar and lounge offers unparalleled views of Music City and beyond from the 25th floor. They’re open on Christmas Day from 3 p.m. to 10:30 p.m serving their regular menu of snacks like a charcuterie spread, curried carrot risotto, and pimento cheese with cornbread alongside beet carpaccio and a small selection of desserts.

1000 Broadway
Nashville, TN 37203

14. NashHouse Southern Spoon & Saloon

114 8th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203
NashHouse/Facebook

Open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Christmas Day, POP Hospitality’s 8th Avenue live music venue and restaurant offers its regular menus for brunch and dinner with favorites from a pulled pork hash skillet and Oscar Benedict to a deviled egg flight, shrimp and grits, and meatloaf.

114 8th Ave S
Nashville, TN 37203

15. Denim

401 Korean Veterans Blvd Floor 21, Nashville, TN 37203
Delia Jo Ramsey/Eater Nashville

The Joseph’s ambient rooftop bar will open from 11 a.m.to 10:30 p.m. serving its regular menu of whipped ricotta, seasonal salads, a lobster roll, and a stand-out smash burger and fries.

401 Korean Veterans Blvd Floor 21
Nashville, TN 37203

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16. Yolan

403 4th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37201
The Joseph/Yolan

The Mantuanos’ Italian delight on the ground floor of the Joseph Hotel will open on Christmas Day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for a special holiday brunch. On the menu for the day: Yolan’s signature dishes like cacio e pepe, cotoletta alla Milanese alongside white truffle-topped omelets and gnocchi and breakfast favorites including eggs in purgatory, lemon-ricotta pancakes, and toffee crunch cinnamon rolls.

403 4th Ave S
Nashville, TN 37201

17. Bourbon Steak by Michael Mina, a Nashville Steakhouse

201 8th Ave S 34th floor, Nashville, TN 37203

Open from 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Christmas Day, Michael Mina’s sky-high steakhouse with stunning city views will offer its regular menu of over-the-top steak and seafood offerings.

201 8th Ave S 34th floor
Nashville, TN 37203

18. JWB Grill Nashville

425 Rep. John Lewis Way S 1st floor, Nashville, TN 37203

The namesake eatery of James (Jimmy) William Buffett sits on the bottom floor of SoBro’s Margaritaville Hotel. From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Christmas Day, they’ll be offering a special brunch for the holiday featuring specials like bourbon-coffee sweet rolls, lobster deviled eggs, short rib Benedict, and banana bread French toast with Tennessee whiskey maple syrup and key lime curd. Reservations are highly recommended.

425 Rep. John Lewis Way S 1st floor
Nashville, TN 37203

19. Carne Mare

300 12th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203
The interior of Carne Mare in Nashville. Sam Angel Photography/Eater Nashville

James Beard Award-winning chef Andrew Carmellini’s highly anticipated Nashville outpost of the upscale New York-born Italian chophouse opened in November, and it’s spending its first holiday season in Nashville serving up a Christmas feast starting at 5 p.m. Expect, of course, plenty of land and sea options on the menu.

300 12th Ave S
Nashville, TN 37203

20. Marsh House

401 11th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203

Open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Christmas Day, the Thompson Hotel’s ground floor restaurant and go-to seafood restaurant offers a four-course prix fixe menu for the holiday. Make reservations on OpenTable.

401 11th Ave S
Nashville, TN 37203

21. STK Nashville

700 12th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203
Sam Angel/Eater Nashville

The Gulch “vibe dining” destination will open Christmas Day with two special plated meals: a roasted prime rib with black truffle madeira sauce and roasted free-range turkey with cornbread and sage stuffing.

700 12th Ave S
Nashville, TN 37203

22. Urban Grub

2506 12th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37204

The 12 South neighborhood favorite will open from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., featuring a special three-course prix-fixe menu for the holiday.

2506 12th Ave S
Nashville, TN 37204

23. M.L. Rose Craft Beer & Burgers - Melrose

2535 8th Ave S #107, Nashville, TN 37204
ML Rose

All locations of M.L. Rose will open from 5 p.m. until 11 p.m. on Christmas Day, serving its popular burgers, pub fare, and plenty of craft beer.

2535 8th Ave S #107
Nashville, TN 37204

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