If you are visiting Memphis for the holidays or if you just don't want to deal with preparing (and cleaning up after) a big Christmas meal, you might be in search of a local restaurant that is open on Christmas Day. While there aren't a whole lot, there are enough to give you a nice variety from which to choose.
Updated by Holly Whitfield November 2017.
Address149 Union Ave, Memphis, TN 38103, USA
The Capriccio Grill, located in the Peabody Hotel downtown will be offering a special dinner on Christmas Day from 11:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. The three-course meal offers choices of soup or salad, roasted turkey or baked ham, and buche de Noel or eggnog cheesecake for dessert. The cost for the meal is $45 per person--tax and gratuity are extra. Reservations can be made by calling 901-529-4000.
Address50 Harbor Town Square, Memphis, TN 38103-8918, USA
Paulette's will serve a special three-course meal on Christmas Eve from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and on Christmas Day from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Choices include filet mignon, rack of lamb, shrimp and grits, and more. The cost ranges from $49.95 to $69.95 and tax and gratuity are extra. Call 901-260-3300 for reservations.
The Peabody Hotel will be offering a special Christmas Day brunch from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The brunch will include hundreds of items, including traditional holiday fare. Cost is $76 per adult and $28 per child (ages 5-12)--this does not include tax or gratuity. Visit the Peabody's reservations site for details.
For casual way to spend your Christmas night, head downtown to Bardog Tavern, which will be open from 5 p.m. to 3 a.m. This neighborhood favorite will serve its signature mix of gastropub fare and Italian favorites - everything from sliders to hot dogs to soup, steak, and meatballs. Plus, a selection of local drafts on tap and a jukebox in case you're tired of holiday tunes by then.
Address2119 Madison Ave, Memphis, TN 38104, USA
Take your holiday cheer to Overton Square on Christmas Day starting at 4 p.m. at Lafayette's Music Room. You can expect good food and drinks, and live music from local favorites.
Address964 Cooper St, Memphis, TN 38104, USA
If a proper holiday throwdown is what you require, head to Bar DKDC to rock your way through the evening of December 25th. The intimate venue will host a Christmas night show featuring Jack O. and The Sheiks with special guest Michael Donahue as musical guest. The show begins at 10 p.m., but the bar will open earlier in the evening.
Address2060 Union Ave, Memphis, TN 38104-4138, USA
Memphis has nine area IHOP locations, all of which are open 24 hours a day, including Christmas Day. Fill your plate with pancakes, French toast, bacon, hashbrowns, and all the coffee you can handle on Christmas Day at this classic chain.