If you're not up for cooking yourself, Memphis has a variety of restaurants open on Christmas Day with festive meals planned. Whether you want to go all out with a meal at a renowned hotel or keep things simple, you have more options than you may realize.
Capriccio Grill at the Peabody Hotel
The Capriccio Grill, located in the Peabody Hotel downtown offers a special dinner on Christmas Day from 12 to 10 p.m. In the past, the three-course meal has offered choices of soup or salad, roasted turkey or glazed ham steak, and Buche de Noel or cranberry apple streusel pie for dessert. It's recommended you make your reservations well in advance.
Paulette's serves special meals on Christmas Eve and on Christmas Day. On Christmas Eve, from 5 to 9 p.m. you can enjoy a three-course dinner. Past entree choices have included grilled filet mignon, twin Maine lobster tails, rack of New Zealand lamb, or crab au gratin. On Christmas Day, breakfast is generally served from 7 to 10 a.m. and lunch from 11 a.m to 3 p.m has a special three-course menu. The restaurant closes in the evening.
Peabody Brunch on the Mezzanine
The Peabody Hotel offers an extravagant Christmas Day brunch from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The brunch includes hundreds of items, including breakfast dishes, seasonal entrees, salads, seafood, side dishes, a carving station, plus a 32-foot-long dessert table.
Chez Philippe at the Peabody
End your Christmas celebrations with an elegant, four-course dinner in the Peabody Hotel's classic French restaurant Chez Philippe. From 3 to 8 p.m. on Christmas Day, you can enjoy a Memphis Christmas dinner with a three-courses of French cuisine, plus dessert.
The Memphis area has nine IHOP locations, all of which are open 24 hours a day, even on Christmas. You can fill your plate with pancakes, french toast, bacon, hash browns, and all the coffee you can handle on Christmas Day at this classic national chain.