Restaurants Open in Memphis on Christmas Day

If you’re going to be in Memphis on Christmas Day, then you’ll want to know where the best restaurants are. Here are some places that will be open on this special day:




Another restaurant that is open on Christmas Day is Shoney’s. They have a buffet and are open from 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Their special menu includes roast turkey, ham and dressing, fried chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans with bacon bits, macaroni & cheese casserole, fresh breads including honey wheat rolls and dinner rolls along with seasonal fruit baskets for an additional cost of $4 per person or $7 per couple – no charge for children under 5 years old!

Golden Corral

If you’d like to take your family out for a nice sit-down meal on Christmas Day, you’ll probably be disappointed. Many of Memphis’ restaurants are closed or only open for limited hours on December 25th. If your family is missing some traditional holiday meals, Golden Corral might have what you’re looking for.

Golden Corral is a buffet restaurant that offers diners an unlimited selection of food choices at one low price per person. The buffet features American classics such as meatloaf, fried chicken and mashed potatoes alongside more exotic options like sushi and Asian barbecue ribs. On top of the main course items, guests can also enjoy side dishes such as macaroni and cheese or cornbread stuffing with sausage gravy; fresh fruit smoothies; soups including seafood chowder and split pea soup; breads including saltine crackers; desserts including carrot cake slices with cream cheese frosting and other seasonal favorites made from scratch daily by our own award-winning bakery staff members in accordance with allergen-free guidelines set forth by our franchisee company’s nationwide commitment toward food safety practices (which is why we never use artificial preservatives in any foods)



Hours of operation: Open regular hours, from 6 a.m.–11 p.m., on Christmas Day (closed on Thanksgiving).

Address: 4046 Austin Peay Hwy, Memphis, TN 38128

Phone number: 901-386-4000

Menu items: Prices start at $2.99 for the classic Grand Slam breakfast and go up to $8.99 for the Loaded Broiled Bacon & Cheese Club Sandwich with fries and a drink.


If you’re looking to enjoy a nice breakfast, lunch, or dinner on Christmas Day and prefer a more casual restaurant setting, IHOP is the place for you. The restaurant will be open from 7 a.m.-10 p.m. so that anyone who wants breakfast can get it in time for their families’ Christmas morning celebrations! You can make reservations online or over the phone at (901) 514-4238 by calling before December 22nd.

The menu at IHOP is always changing; however, there are certain dishes that are classics year after year like pancakes and waffles! They also serve sandwiches and salads if those are more up your alley than giant stacks of fluffy pancakes. For those who want to stick with some traditional holiday foods but don’t want an entire meal at one sitting, IHOP also offers smaller items like fruit parfaits or eggs benedict on English muffins for less than $6 each!

Waffle House

Waffle House is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. It’s the perfect option for those who need to eat on Christmas Day but can’t find anywhere else that’s serving food at all. Waffle House has more than 2,100 restaurants in 25 states and Puerto Rico, including locations in Missouri and Arkansas—so no matter where you go in Memphis, there should be one nearby!

If you want to eat at Waffle House on Christmas Day, there are two ways: You can walk into any location (they all have drive-thrus) and order some waffles or hash browns or whatever else you want; or you can preorder your food ahead of time via their website. To do this, just select “Order Food” from their homepage and choose your restaurant from the dropdown menu; then pick which day(s) between December 11th and 25th when you want them to cook everything up for pickup. You’ll receive an email confirmation within 48 hours with instructions on what they’ll make for you exactly—it’s as simple as that!

Cracker Barrel

Cracker Barrel is a good place to eat on Christmas Day. The restaurant is open from 6 am to 10 pm, so there’s no reason you can’t enjoy some of their delicious food long after other restaurants have closed for the evening. There are plenty of options on the menu, including sandwiches and breakfast items like eggs, bacon and hash browns; dinner selections include fried chicken, meatloaf and pot roast; and dessert choices abound in the form of apple turnovers or bread pudding with rum sauce.

Cracker Barrel also has an extensive kids’ menu which makes it ideal for those who want to take their children out for dinner during one of the most important holidays in America but don’t want to deal with trying to find an open restaurant that caters specifically towards kids.

Sonic Drive-In

If you’re looking for a drive-in fast food restaurant, Sonic Drive-In is your best bet. They’re one of the only restaurants open on Christmas Day that serves breakfast all day long—and their menu includes everything from burgers and hot dogs to chicken wings. The price range is a bit higher than other fast food options (most items are $4-$5), but it’s worth it for the convenience and selection!

Address: 220 N Bellevue Blvd, Memphis, TN 38104

Phone number: (901) 788-8165


Memphis Goodwill Community Service Center

The Memphis Goodwill Community Service Center is open on Christmas Day from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm for a holiday meal. The meal includes unlimited soup, salad, bread and coffee. The cost is only $7 per person!

The Memphis Goodwill Community Service Center is located at 1770 Union Avenue.

Here are some restaurants that will be open in Memphis on Christmas Day.

Here are some restaurants that will be open in Memphis on Christmas Day.

  • Gus’s Restaurant, 486 S. Main St., Memphis
  • Huey’s New Orleans Bistro & Bar, 2830 Poplar Ave., Cordova
  • Jackson Avenue Grill, 734 W. Jackson Ave., Collierville (open for breakfast)
  • The Green Beetle is a tavern with a large beer selection and live music. They’re located at 1017 Mississippi Ave #1, Memphis (open until 3 p.m.)


We hope this list helps you with your holiday plans! If you’re looking for more information about restaurants and grocery stores that are open on Christmas Day, check out our guide to Thanksgiving.