Although most restaurants are closed in Oklahoma City on Christmas Day, there are still a few places you can go around town that are open. This is especially true for restaurants located in hotels, Chinese-food places, and chain standards like IHOP and Denny's. However, there are also a few local eateries that will be open Christmas Day in Oklahoma City this year. Wherever you go, confirm with the restaurant beforehand to inquire if reservations are needed and if special holiday hours are in effect.
Park Avenue Grill at the Skirvin Hilton
The Park Avenue Grill is an upscale restaurant inside Oklahoma City's historic Skirvin Hotel that hosts a Christmas Day brunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Start off your holiday festivities dining at this elegant hotel located near the Bricktown district in downtown Oklahoma City.
The Flint is an upscale casual dining restaurant featuring contemporary American cuisine and entrees that highlight steak and seafood. Flint offers a kid-friendly menu, take-out, and a hip vibe. It is located inside the Colcord Hotel downtown and is open year-round, including Christmas Day, for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Popular menu items include fried green tomatoes, traditional eggs benedict, and the Flint Hash for brunch as well as Masa batter-fried Mississippi catfish, duck confit, and No Name Ranch pot roast for dinner.
Bricktown Brewery at Remington Park
The Bricktown Brewery, located at the Remington Park horse racing track, has a Christmas buffet each year, but you must be 18 or older to enter the premises. While Bricktown Brewery's primary focus is certainly crafting beer, the food is also a special treat any time of year. They claim "twisted comfort food" as their motto, and some of their offerings include green chile and chicken mac and cheese as well as avocado fries, which are fried, beer-battered avocado fingers served with a habanero mango aioli.
If you're in a pinch and looking for a meal you can trust on Christmas Day, Denny's has several locations in Oklahoma City that are open 24 hours a day all year long. Denny's is a casual, national chain diner that is known for its breakfast food, but it also serves burgers, sandwiches, soups, and a variety of entrees. The easiest Denny's to access from Downtown is located off I-35 South at 3030 South I-35 Service Road, but you there are five other locations within a few miles in any direction of the city, too.
Furr's is a long-time cafeteria chain that used to have several locations in the state, but the restaurant in Moore (just south of OKC on Interstate 35) is the last one left in Oklahoma. Some of the usual selections on the buffet-style service include chopped steak au jus with mushrooms, baked cod almondine, salads, a variety of vegetables, and a variety of desserts. Since Furr's is open year-round, it serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner on Christmas Day each year during its normal business hours.
On a cold Christmas Day, a steaming bowl of pho or a mountain of rice vermicelli topped with beef or shrimp might be just the thing to warm you up. Head to the Golden Phoenix, which bills itself as a Chinese barbecue and Vietnamese restaurant, in Oklahoma City's Asian District for a different kind of holiday meal.
Gopuram Taste of India
Gopuram Taste of India is one of the best spots for Indian cuisine in the metropolitan Oklahoma City region. The restaurant features northern and southern Indian cuisine like curries and dosas and has a vast list of vegetarian options served in themed dining areas that offer a unique experience. The restaurant has two locations: its newer location at 412 South Meridian Avenue and another location on Memorial Road, which will be closed on Christmas Day.
Grand House Asian Bistro
At the Grand House Asian Bistro, the Chinese dishes are the favorites, but there's also a huge variety of pan-Asian entrees and sides like sushi rolls that locals seem to love and the 76-dish dim sum, which is only served on the weekends. This restaurant is located in the Oklahoma City's Asian district and is open during regular hours on Christmas Day.
The Iron Skillet at Petro Truck Stop is not exactly fine dining, but its convenient location just off Interstate 40 makes it an easy spot to stop for dinner on Christmas Day. It's a casual, comfortable diner featuring skillet and griddle specials, a buffet and salad bar, and a full menu that includes steak, pasta, fried chicken, and seafood, served up 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
The International House of Pancake (IHOP), is another 24-hour national breakfast food chain with multiple locations in Oklahoma City. The restaurant serves pancakes all day long as well as burgers, sandwiches, and entrees such as fried steak and a turkey dinner. The easiest locations to access from downtown Oklahoma City are at 701 South Meridian Avenue off Interstate 40 West or at 401 East California Avenue near the junction of Interstate 235 and I-40 east of the city.
Mary Eddy's Kitchen x Lounge
Mary Eddy's Kitchen x Lounge is located inside of the 21c Museum Hotel, which was formerly the Ford Motor Company assembly plant. Mary Eddy's serves American cuisine in a nice setting, including brunch, a bar menu, and cocktails, too. Eclectic choices include the meat and cheese plate called the Toolbox, a cast-iron skillet lasagna, and a s'mores Dutch baby for dessert.
Nic's Place and Nic's Grill
Nic's Place has two locations, Nic's Place Diner & Lounge and Nic's Grill, both of which offer their own take on diner classics and American favorites. The original location, Nic's Place Diner & Lounge, is home to perhaps the best burger in the metro area. The menu features the Jojo signature burger, which is topped with bacon, egg, and smoked gouda cheese. However, the location in Automobile Alley, known as Nic's Grill, is the place to go on Christmas Day. The historic, upscale district is festooned in Christmas lights and decorations that embrace the spirit of the holiday.
Saltgrass Steakhouse, part of the Landry's family of chain restaurants, has two locations in Oklahoma City with modified hours on Christmas Day. The steakhouse serves its Angus-certified steaks topped with fresh garlic butter and seasoned with Saltgrass' signature seven-spice mixture. In addition to steak, the restaurant has fresh seafood, poultry, barbecue baby back ribs, pork chops, burgers, sandwiches, and salads. Other fan favorites include the two-fork cheesecake and homemade beer bread served warm with honey butter.