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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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Two Ten Jack

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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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Mother's Ruin

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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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Von Elrod's Beer Hall & Kitchen

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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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Ellington's

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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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Bourbon Street Blues and Boogie Bar

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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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Makeready L&L

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

Bowie’s Nashville

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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.

Morton's The Steakhouse

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

 

Nashville Underground

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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.

Trattoria Il Mulino

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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.

Ella's on 2nd

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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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Pinewood

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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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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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NashHouse Southern Spoon & Saloon

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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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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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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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Bourbon Steak by Michael Mina, a Nashville Steakhouse

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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.

JWB Grill Nashville

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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.

Carne Mare

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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

Marsh House

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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.

STK Nashville

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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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Urban Grub

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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.

M.L. Rose Craft Beer & Burgers - Melrose

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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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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.

Two Ten Jack Two Ten Jack

Mother's Ruin

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.

Mother’s Ruin [Official Photo]

Von Elrod's Beer Hall & Kitchen

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.

Von Elrod’s/Facebook

Ellington's

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. 

Ellington’s/Facebook

Bourbon Street Blues and Boogie Bar

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.

Bourbon Street Blues and Boogie Bar/Facebook

Makeready L&L

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

Bowie’s Nashville

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.

Morton's The Steakhouse

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

 

Nashville Underground

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.

Trattoria Il Mulino

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.

Ella's on 2nd

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.

Ella’s on 2nd/Facebook

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.

Pinewood Social Pinewood

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.

Lou/na

NashHouse Southern Spoon & Saloon

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.

NashHouse/Facebook

Denim

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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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.

The Joseph/Yolan

Bourbon Steak by Michael Mina, a Nashville Steakhouse

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.

JWB Grill Nashville

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.

Carne Mare

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

Marsh House

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.

STK 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.

Sam Angel/Eater Nashville

Urban Grub

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.

M.L. Rose Craft Beer & Burgers - Melrose

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.

ML Rose

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