These Nashville Restaurants Are Open For Takeout This Holiday Season

Give yourself the gift of not cooking.

It’s looking more like this year during the holidays, gathering in smaller groups (if at all) will be de rigueur. It’s hard to get motivated to prepare an entire holiday feast for just a few folks, but fortunately there are plenty of dining opportunities available in Nashville to either host your small party or put together the Who hash, the Who pudding, and the roast beast. Whether you’re taking your quaranteam out to celebrate or bringing home the bacon, we’ve got you covered with this lineup of options that’s longer than Santa’s 2020 naughty list.

Butcher & Bee

East Nashville

Hanukkah falls pretty early in December this year, so you shouldn't have much difficulty finding an open restaurant if you want to dine out. But if you want a meal that really focuses on some of the traditional dishes of the Festival of Lights, count on Butcher & Bee to bring the goods. Through December 18, they’re offering a special à la carte menu of delicacies like cauliflower latke with sumac labneh, apple and radish, smoked trout dip topped with dill and a sprinkling of everything bagel chips, a trifecta of “gelt” which is certain to be a treasure and babka made with chocolate and tahini.
How to order: Order via Resy.

Meet Noodles

Hillsboro Village

You can always count on Asian restaurants to be there for you on Christmas Eve and Day, and Nashville has some excellent options if you’re looking to recreate the Parker family holiday meal after the Bumpus Hounds stole their Christmas turkey in A Christmas Story. Meet Noodles specializes in modern translations of ancient Chinese dishes, and they’re not afraid to bring the heat to warm you up like a crackling fire.
How to order: Order online.

Hot pot is a convivial way of sharing a meal around a common cooking vessel; like fondue without all the Scandanavian hygge. Sichuan Hot Pot & Asian Cuisine offers much more than the typical Americanized Chinese fare, so be bold and order an app of jellyfish, chicken feet or pork lungs in chili sauce if you're feeling brave. Or you can stay in your comfort zone and order your standard General Tso’s or Mongolian beef. Sharing a fire pot meal is the power play, though.
How to order: Order online.

Lucky Bamboo

West Nashville

Lucky Bamboo is about as close to traditional dim sum service as you’ll find in Music City, and they’re best known for their delicate dumplings and buns. They also offer a pan-Asian variety of noodle dishes that range from sweet to spicy enough to break a serious sweat on your brow. For the holidays, may we suggest you treat yourself to a whole roasted five-spice duck? Well, we just did.
How to order: Order online.

Sunda

Gulch

The sexy and sultry dining room at Sunda New Asian will be closed on Christmas Day, which is a shame because Friday nights are usually hoppin’ in there. However, they’ll be serving Filipino takes on holiday flavors on Christmas Eve, so you can try inventive dishes like Brussels sprouts with shrimp nuoc cham vinaigrette and sweet chili cranberry sauce, available to-go or dining in for a twist on the traditional holiday table.
How to order: Make a reservation or order takeout through Tock.

Don’t forget about South Asia for your holiday dining needs, because Sitar has been a favorite for Indian food in Nashville since the mid-’90s. While their popular buffet is on hiatus, you can still order à la carte from their menu of modern interpretations of classic Indian dishes made using fresh ingredients. Splurge on one of their special combination dinners for a real feast.
How to order: Order online.

Since they have to take care of their lodging guests, hotels are always a good bet for a Christmas Eve/Day dining option, and they try even harder than usual to make everyone feel at home since they know many folks would rather be snug in their own beds to enjoy those visions of sugarplums. Gray & Dudley at the modern 21C Museum Hotel has already been offering a secret holiday cocktail menu throughout the month (follow along on Instagram or politely beg the bartender for the weekly password) and for the holidays they’re putting out a menu of Southern-inspired, actually, just plain inspired, food for dining in or carrying out.
How to order: Make reservations or order takeout online.

Yolan

SoBro

Even though they’ve only been open for a few months, Chef Tony Mantuano and his wife Cathy have quickly made a big impact on downtown dining with their upscale Italian restaurant in the Joseph Hotel. On Christmas Eve, Yolan is creating an intimate version of the famous Italian-American traditional holiday meal The Feast of the Seven Fishes. From a delicate crudo opener to a crispy fritto misto as a second salvo continuing all the way through the rest of the courses featuring seafood sausage, risotto, and pasta dishes, it will be a delightful way to welcome in the holiday. On Christmas Day, Yolan will host a special brunch offering treats like Sambuca french toast.
How to order: $225 for the eight-course dinner plus optional wine pairings, brunch a la carte; reserve online.

This West Nashville favorite also draws on the tradition of the Feast of Seven Fishes for a special carryout menu planned for the holidays, plus they’ll offer dinner from their regular menu on Christmas Eve if you’re looking for a spot to take a break from wrapping last-minute presents.
How to order: Order a la carte; order online and call 615-678-4289 for reservations

Mangia

Melrose

Mangia has hosted festive Italian dinner parties for years, and they probably have the longest-running streak of Seven Fishes feasts in town. Mangia is hosting their feast on December 23, and they promise eating, drinking, singing, and dancing, socially distanced, of course. 
How to order: $60 plus alcohol; book a table through Resy.

Miel

Sylvan Park

This lovely west side upscale stalwart will be closed to dining in on Christmas Eve and Day, but they will be accepting carryout orders for their brand of deeply flavorful farm-to-table fare. Where else are you going to be able to order port wine-braised short ribs with sweet potato mash and candied shallots packaged in a to-go box? 
How to order: Order a la carte; order via Tock.

Urban Grub

12 South

The cavernous 12 South eatery, Urban Grub, is accepting reservations for Christmas Day, and it’s also making at-home dining even easier with a few holiday meal packs that will make you look like a master in the kitchen. Choose between a whole smoked turkey, sorghum cured ham, or an herb-crusted rib roast with all the fixins to pick up on December 24, and you can take all the credit on the big day.
How to order: Order a la carte or purchase holiday packages for $175-225; order via Tock or make reservations online.

Henley

Midtown

Henley is the resident restaurant at the tony Kimpton Aertson across from the Vanderbilt campus, and they’ll be feeding their guests and any intelligent locals from their contemporary brasserie menu for carryout and dining room service, including during Christmas. Dishes to focus on include a half smoked chicken and a locally sourced skirt steak with onion caramel and rosemary glaze, pickled shallots plus french fries.
How to order: Order a la carte; order via Uber Eats or make reservations via OpenTable.

Makeready

Downtown

Makeready is a fun spot in the Noelle Hotel on Printer’s Alley, and they’re offering a special dinner for four for dining in or carrying out on both Christmas Eve and Day. Place your to-go order by the 21st for a full meal deal of apple and parsnip soup, roasted goose breast, sirloin with whipped sweet potatoes, and a pecan tart for dessert.
How to order: $240; email crivera@noelle-nashville.com for carryout or make reservations online.

Ellington's

Downtown

Named after a former Tennessee governor, Ellington’s is also a leader in hotel dining at the hip art deco Fairlane Hotel downtown. It’s offering to-go dining options for the holidays from their menu of elevated retro-Americana cuisine or you can join them in their dining room for a meal that will make you feel like a character from Mad Men.
How to order: Order a la carte; make reservations online.

Sperry's Restaurant

Multiple locations

Sperry’s has been home to decent people looking for a nice piece of steak and old school sides for generations. The two locations are now seeing the grandchildren of original patrons bringing in their own kids to enjoy a salad with green goddess dressing and the most iconic slab of prime rib in town. Best of all, they’re open for full service over the holidays at their Cool Springs location.
How to order: Order a la carte; make reservations online.

The Sutler

Melrose

While bar crawls aren’t necessarily the safest undertaking right now, The Sutler offers the opportunity to visit three bars without having to leave the building. In addition to the saloon vibe of the main bar and restaurant upstairs, there are two subterranean options connected by a secret door so you can spelunk your way from bar to bar. Rambler is a swanky cocktail lounge that’s perfect for an after-dinner drink to help digest the soulful Southern food you enjoyed upstairs. Melrose Billiard Parlor is the classic dive next door and serves one of the best prototypical bar burgers around. All three will be open on Christmas night and available for carryout ordering.
How to order: Order a la carte; order via ChowNow.

It’s not like the Brits don’t celebrate Christmas. They just don’t close the bars for it, so it makes sense that Nashville’s most authentic English pub stays open over the holidays. Drop in for a pint and some classic British fare like bangers and mash, shepherd’s pie, curry, and Nashville’s most legit fish and chips.
How to order: Order a la carte; no reservations necessary...it’s a pub!

When Mother’s Ruin says that it’s open daily, it means every day, including over the holidays. This neighborhood fave knows that you probably need a break from the family, so they’ll be serving their killer cocktails, cheap beers, and some of Nashville’s most delectable wings slathered in Cholula/honey sauce at the bar and for carryout. 
How to order: Order a la carte; order via ChowNow.

Located on the ground floor of the Thompson Hotel in the Gulch, Marsh House brings a taste of Louisiana to Music CIty, including over the holidays. They have a special four-course dinner planned for Christmas Eve, and while they’re still working out the details, you can be sure it’ll be filled with Pelican State flair and plenty of great seafood.
How to order: Make reservations via OpenTable.

For the best chance to spot Santa riding into town, there’s no better vantage point than Bourbon Steak, perched high above the JW Marriott hotel just off of Broadway. They’ll be serving their full menu of premium aged steaks and succulent seafood on Christmas night, and the view of Nashville’s twinkling lights from above will be unparalleled. It ain’t cheap, but a meal at Bourbon Steak makes for a wonderful gift to someone you love or hope to impress.
How to order: Order à la carte; make reservations online.

Adele's

Gulch

Chef Jonathan Waxman’s soulful restaurant will be serving their regular menu of upscale downhome classics on Christmas Eve, but if you’d prefer to dine at home, they can help out with that, too. Order by December 19 for special packages sized to feed a couple. Choose from chicken, salmon or smoked prime rib for your entree along with a cornucopia of side dishes and coconut cake for dessert. They’re also offering cocktails to go by the pint to help lubricate the table conversation.
How to order: $86-96 for two diners; email info@adelesnashville.com for carryout or make reservations online.

The 404 Kitchen

North Gulch

Adele’s sister restaurant, The 404 Kitchen, is offering a similar deal to their sibling, with the same cut-off date for ordering and dinner served until the end of the night on Christmas Eve. Their carryout Christmas menu features a green salad plus diners’ choice of honey-baked ham, bourbon/pecan-glazed salmon or prime rib (with an upcharge) plus five sides and two choices for dessert.
How to order: $96 and up for two diners; email events@the404nashville.com for carryout or make reservations online.

If you thought that Hard Rock Cafe was full of tourists, well, ordinarily you’d be correct. But over the holidays, they’d love to welcome in the locals as well on December 24-25. Check out all the musical memorabilia while dining from their special holiday two- and three-course menu. Choose from salad or bruschetta as an app, burgers, ribs, chicken sandwiches, salmon, or steak for a main course, and either a brownie or espresso martini for dessert, depending on whether you need a little pick-me-up or knock-you-down.
How to order: Two-course: $33.95 or three-course: $38.95; make reservations via Tock.

While you might normally only think about a German-inspired beer hall during Oktoberfest, those Bavarians sure do know how to celebrate Christmas, too! At Von Elrod’s, they shut down for Christmas Eve so that the employees can take a little time off, but come 5 pm on Christmas night, they’d better be well-rested because the doors will be open for guests to take advantage of their menu of toothsome pretzels, spicy sausages, sandwiches, barbecue, and wings plus a well-curated menu of craft beers flowing from 36 taps.
How to order: Order a la carte; order via ChowNow.

Amerigo Italian Restaurant

Multiple locations

You can’t beat a big platter of pasta when it comes to feeding the whole “fam damily” over the holidays. Amerigo is standing by to help out with their family meal packs for 4-6. Order by December 22 to pick up by Christmas Eve, and you’ll get your choice of salad, entree, and homemade focaccia bread for an amazingly affordable price. Optional appetizers, sides, and pans of Tiramisu are available to add on. Best of all, no meal prep and minimal cleanup!
How to order: $55-65; order online.

While they’ll be closed on Christmas Eve, the M.L. Rose locations in Melrose, West Nashville, and Capitol Heights know you might need a place to decompress after the family Christmas Day gathering, so they’ll be open from 5:00 pm until whenever the city tells them to close. If you didn’t get enough to eat at your own table, grab one of the city’s best cheeseburgers or order carryout from their menu of fantastic sandwiches, burgers, and elevated bar food.
How to order: Order à la carte; order via ChowNow.

Char

Green Hills

Char is a fantastic steakhouse, but that’s not all they’re good at. Unlike some other beef emporiums that specialize in just expense account-toting diners looking for the priciest ribeye in town, Char understands that some people are just looking for great food at a good value. For the holidays, they’re here to help with a range of family meals packaged for four people or available per person for larger groups. Prices range from $40 for chicken tenders, fried catfish, salmon, or hamburger steak, including your choice of two sides plus cornbread.
How to order: $40-144 for four; order online.

High-end chophouse STK will be open throughout the holidays, and to entice you in for your Christmas dinner, they’ve put together an excellent prime rib special available for dine-in, delivery and curbside pickup. For $69, diners will receive a slab of premium prime rib from the nationally-renowned butchers at Linz, plus confit fingerling potatoes and port wine shallots with black truffle madeira sauce. Kick in a little more for extravagant add-ons like foie gras butter or shaved truffle because you deserve it and because 2020 was a lot.
How to order: Holiday special for $69 plus add-ons, or order a la carte; order via ChowNow or make reservations online.

One of Nashville’s most beloved barbecue joints, Peg Leg Porker will be closed on December 24-25 to give their work family some time to spend at home. The good news is that barbecue keeps and reheats well, so that makes Peg Leg an excellent option for ordering in advance to feed your own family. The family meal could feed the recommended group size of eight people with enough leftovers for a whole other meal for just $150 and includes a whole smoked turkey, two half sheet pans of your choice of side dishes (get the mac and cheese and the smoked green beans!) plus your choice of an apple, pecan, or pumpkin pie. Think of the time you’ll save and the credit you can claim.
How to order: $150 (feeds 12-15); email your order to Dianne at catering@peglegporker.com.