Looking for a place to grab Christmas dinner in Charlotte, North Carolina? Check out some of the best places in Charlotte to get a meal on Christmas Day. These restaurants do have varying hours on Christmas, and most ask that you make a reservation in advance. Because the hours are different for each, it's best to call ahead to verify that they are open or have a table available.
Located in Ballantyne Village, the Blue Taj is an upscale casual restaurant in Charlotte serving gourmet Indian cuisine along with a wide selection of wines. It is usually a really popular spot for weekday lunch. Their best bets are the special lentil dish of the day, chicken tikka masala, or Kerala-style curry.
In the Pineville area, you can find Buca di Beppo, which is an American chain restaurant chain specializing in Italian-American food. The name roughly translates as "Joe's Basement," which is a reference to the food being served family style—each item is served à la carte and shared among the dining party.
From an old Victorian house, the Mayer House, formerly a boarding house, you can enjoy a contemporary Indian feast. It's few blocks off of Dilworth's restaurant row and can hang with the best of the best restaurants when it comes to robust flavor, food with flair, and a large dose of deliciousness.
This restaurant set in the Westin Charlotte Hotel features an annual Christmas brunch. You can enjoy chef-inspired omelets, seafood, leg of lamb, prime rib, brick-fired flatbreads and an extensive dessert display.
This upscale seafood restaurant has two locations and both are open on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve, and New Year's Day. For 40 years, this local restaurant chain offers fresh seafood and shellfish, aged steaks, and garden fresh salads. Menus reflect seafood from the Pacific Rim, Atlantic Ocean, and the Gulf of Mexico. They source products from local ranches, farms, and wineries to showcase regionally inspired dishes.
Major hotels usually try to keep their restaurants open to serve their out-of-town guests. BLT Steak at the Ritz Carlton of Charlotte is no exception. This American steakhouse with bistro ambiance offers prix fixe three-course meals on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Laurent Tourondel is the executive chef and a founding partner in the BLT "Bistro Laurent Tourondel" Restaurant Group.
The Rocky River Grille in the Embassy Suites by Hilton Charlotte Concord Golf Resort and Spa offers a regular menu and holiday menu of classic American cuisine. If anything on their menu stands out the most it's their vast selection of steaks. The menu has a nice variety of appetizers, salads, and other meats like three-bone pork chops, mountain trout, and low country shrimp and grits.
Most fast-food restaurants and big-name chain restaurants will also be open. Those include Denny's, IHOP, Starbucks, and Waffle House. Most McDonald's will stay open, and select Domino's, Dunkin Donuts, and Burger King restaurants are also open.