22 Nashville Restaurants That Have Christmas Dinner Covered
Let the pros do the work.
Wait, wasn’t Thanksgiving just like last Thursday? Like your car’s rear-view mirror, dates on the calendar are closer than they appear. Christmas is coming, but note that Nashvillians might be a little jumpy on that particular day, as it’s the first anniversary of the traumatic downtown bombing that took out several buildings on 2nd Avenue, so be gentle with friends and family. Maybe even consider taking them out for dinner or bring something home on Christmas Day so that nobody has to stress in the kitchen. Here are some fine options for your yuletide repast.
The kitchen at Answer has been offering carryout meals for a while now, so they’re experts at packaging to-go food. In a nice touch, they’ve got both a Christmas dinner and a breakfast you can pre-order. The $200 dinner feeds four with a whole beef tenderloin plus sides, and for $30 you can take home a spinach and mushroom strada and maple brioche bread pudding to enjoy in the morning after ripping open presents.
How to order: Place your order by December 12 by calling the restaurant at 615-942-0866 or by emailing Victoria at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Celebrity chef Johnathan Waxman’s team at Adele’s will set out a huge holiday buffet for Christmas Eve featuring carving stations, seasonal sides, and decadent desserts. Wine pairings and specialty holiday cocktails will also be flowing.
How to order: To make reservations, visit adelesnashville.com to book via OpenTable or call 615-988-9700.
If your holiday meal doesn’t require adding an extra leaf to the dining room table, Logan’s has a convenient offering to feed four to six folks. Choose from a 4-pound Prime Rib or Turkey Breast meal for $99.99, complete with a family-sized salad, your choice of two sides and a dozen rolls plus dessert. Stay out of the kitchen and spend more time with the family.
How to order: Order online between now and January 2.
Church & Union
If you plan to go to church on Christmas Eve, why not go one step further and also go to Church & Union for a three-course prix fixe feast that night? Pick from three choices of appetizers, main courses and desserts for just $60 for adults and half that for kids 12 and under.
How to order: Make reservations on OpenTable.
Dine in or out from Christmas Eve until Boxing Day at this elegant Gulch steakhouse. STK is offering prime rib or roast turkey packages with all the fixin’s to go, or you can enjoy them in the dining room along with some elegant holiday menu options like wagyu beef and caviar. You’re worth it.
How to order: Make reservations online.
This upscale Italian restaurant at The Joseph Hotel has a couple of different holiday offerings for you. Christmas Eve features the traditional Feast of Seven Fishes, and they’re actually adding an eighth course, because really who wants a fishy dessert? Along the way, you’ll experience the bounty of the sea with dishes laden with caviar and uni like the show-stopping Spaghetti ai Ricci di Mare. On Christmas Day, Yolan will host a holiday brunch on Christmas Day with signature plates such as Cacio e Pepe plus brunch favorites like Eggs in Purgatory.
How to order: Book online in advance.
They’re pulling out all the stops for a four-course holiday feast on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day (Evening) at Marsh House. Tale a little trip to the bayous of Louisiana with appetizers like shrimp toast or venison poppers, gumbo for your second course, main dishes such as Flounder en Papillote or Garlic Clove Shrimp and chocolate bacon cake with Tennessee whiskey for dessert.
How to order: Make reservations at Marsh House’s website. To place a carryout order, choose one item from each course from the menu and email email@example.com.
This popular Melrose saloon has become a favorite destination for fans of bluegrass music, especially during their boozy bluegrass brunches scheduled for December 26, 29, 30 & 31, and January 1 - 2. They’ll also be picking and grinning on Christmas night from 5 pm until close with their full menu of comfort food.
How to order: Walk right in, sit right down, baby let your hair hang down.
Nicky's Coal Fired
For the holidays, Nicky’s has put on a winter coat to turn into St. Nicky’s, a festive riot of holiday decor. While the decor might be a little over-the-top, they’re dead serious about their annual Feast of the Seven Fishes on December 23 with two seatings intentionally limited to keep the atmosphere intimate. Fans of clams, mussels, cod, squid and lobster need to make sure they grab a table for one of those two seatings!
How to order: Make reservations via Tock.
Ella's on 2nd
If you can wait until the afternoon of Christmas Day to open presents, start your day with a festive holiday brunch at this airy downtown hotel cafe. Expect plenty of the usual brunchy subjects along with some special dishes offered just for the big day. Oh, and there will be booze available!
How to order: Visit ellason2nd.com to book via OpenTable or call (629) 248-9515. Walk-ins welcome.
If you’re not feeling up to cooking a whole roast beast for your clan of Whos, let Dickey’s do the work. You can preorder meals to feed eight - 10 or 10 - 12 guests with your choice of protein (Spiral Cut Ham, Smoked Turkey, Cajun Fried Turkey, Peppercorn Garlic Prime Rib or traditional Prime Rib) plus rolls, gravy and side dishes. Then, it’s just heat and eat!
How to order: Place your order online in advance.
The 404 Kitchen
The 404 Kitchen puts aside its usual à la carte menu for the evening on Christmas Eve to set up a buffet of elevated holiday fare. You’ll have plenty of options for main courses ranging from ham to steak to fish, or heck share them all. Top it off with a cup of bourbon eggnog to get fully in the holiday spirit.
How to order: To make reservations, visit the404nashville.com to book via OpenTable or call 615-251-1404.
Von Elrod’s Beer Hall and Kitchen
Von Elrod’s is the wurst place to spend Christmas evening. No, really, this convivial modern beer hall serves some of the best sausages in town, and they’ll be open from 5 pm until 11 pm with 36 taps of craft beers to help take the edge off of a couple days with the family.
How to order: No reservations needed. Just grab a seat at one of the long Viking tables.
Two Ten Jack
The closest thing Nashville has to a real deal Japanese izakaya, Two Ten Jack has been delighting fans for years with fantastic grilled meats on skewers, Japanese fried chicken, deeply flavorful bowls of ramen, sushi and inventive cocktails. They’ll be offering the full menu on Christmas night, so have an international feast.
How to order: Make reservations on Resy.
You can dine in or take it home from Urban Grub for Christmas dinner thanks to their three-course prix fixe menu of traditional holiday dishes. Choose from sorghum ham, roast turkey or herb-crusted prime rib along with four side dish options plus dessert. Picking might be difficult, but there’s not a wrong choice.
How to order: Make reservations for their prix fixe Christmas menu online.
How about a little Continental Christmas this year? Dine on a menu of French classics from 11 am until 10 pm on Christmas Day at this stalwart Gallic grill on West End. While the food is a little fancy, the attitude is casual, so come as you are.
How to order: Make reservations via OpenTable.
M.L.Rose Craft Beer & Burgers
While they’ll be closed on Christmas Eve, your friends at all of the four M.L. Rose locations in Melrose, West Nashville. Mt. Juliet and Capitol Heights know you might need a place to decompress after the family Christmas Day gathering, so they’ll be open from 5 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; online ordering
Enjoy a Parrothead Christmas at the first restaurant named after James William Buffett, the king of the island vibe. The centerpiece restaurant of his downtown Margaritaville Hotel will be laying out a special holiday brunch on Christmas Day from 10 am until 6 pm, and reservations are strongly suggested. You wouldn’t want to miss out on that cheeseburger in paradise, would you?
How to order: Make reservations for indoor or outdoor dining on Resy.
If you’re looking for a little privacy for your Christmas dinner, consider grabbing up one of the cabanas at this Hillsboro Village eatery. In truth, they’re really more like booths, but you can draw the curtain for some alone time while you feast on Southern comfort cuisine.
How to order: Reserve your seat on OpenTable.
Lucky Bamboo China Bistro
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.
Cost: Order à la carte; online ordering
Fleet Street Pub
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 & mash, shepherd’s pie, curry, and Nashville’s most legit fish & chips.
Cost: Order à la carte; no reservations necessary… it’s a pub!
When Mother’s Ruin says that they’re open daily, they mean 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. Have a happy holiday!
Cost: Order à la carte; online ordering