Christmas Day has arrived in Indianapolis, and you're hungry but you don't want to cook. Spend time with your family and celebrate Christmas at a restaurant instead. Indy has plenty of great eateries open on Christmas Day to unshackle you from kitchen and cleanup duties.
Just be sure to call ahead; some of the restaurants require reservations, and other eateries suggest that you check before you come to dine.
Try the 1913 Restaurant in the Omni Severin Hotel. Named after the year the hotel was built, 1913 offers a locally sourced menu of modern takes on recipes that were favorites in the 1900s. Signature dishes include Miller Farms half chicken, root beer-cured pork chop, sugar cream pie and, of course, Indiana onion pie.
Benihana Japanese Cuisine
At Benihana, you and your group will be seated at communal tableswhere your personal chef will perform the ancient art of "teppanyaki," a style of Japanese cuisine that uses an iron griddle to cook food. You and your guests will watch as a knife-wielding chef slices and dices, preparing your meal. You can choose steak, chicken, or seafood and also enjoy sushi prepared by a sushi chef paired with a specialty cocktail.
Akira Japanese Hibachi Steakhouse
If you prefer a smaller chain for Japanese cuisine, and you don't mind driving about 30 minutes out of Indianapolis to Plainfield, try Akira Japanese Hibachi Steakhouse, where you can eat sushi spider rolls with soft-shell crab or even volcano sushi rolls—a tasty alternative for your Christmas meal.
Bucca de Bepo
The restaurant chain serves up recipes handed down by generations of Italian immigrants, and most of their dishes are meant to be eaten family-style, meaning you'll share with the entire table—a perfect setup for a meal with your friends and family for the holiday.
Buca di Bepo also offers order ahead take-out meals in many locations.
The Capital Grille
The Capital Grille serves dry, aged steaks, seafood and international wines. If you prefer seafood, order jumbo shrimp cocktails, lobster and crab cakes, fresh oysters on the half shell, and pan-fried calamari.
Steak n' Shake
There are nearly 45 Steak n' Shake restaurants in Indianapolis and the surrounding area—all open on Christmas. Choosing this option will be easy on your budget, too; the eatery boasts 24 meals under $4, including the steak burger, footlong hot dog, and specialty meals.
Denny's has 10 locations in Indianapolis and the surrounding area, so for your Christmas meal, you can have breakfast, lunch, or dinner; build your own Grand Slam for your morning meal, with sausage, eggs, and pancakes; have a turkey—sandwich for lunch; or try a skillet steak skewer, fish and chips, or pot roast for dinner, among the many choices at the popular coffee shop.
High Velocity, a sports bar in downtown Indianapolis, has access to hundreds of premium channels on its plasma and flat-screen HDTVs.
The establishment serves such sports-bar standards as jumbo chicken wings, spinach artichoke dip, chicken quesadillas, loaded fries, and fish tacos.
Mitchell's Fish Market
Mitchell's Fish Market in Carmel, about 16 miles from Indianapolis, offers such fish fare as its ultimate shellfish combo, featuring king crab, clams, mussels, shrimp, grilled bread, and sweet chili miso butter. Some of the restaurant's special holiday dishes include lobster and shrimp-stuffed bass and holiday surf and turf.