Hotels are often likely to stay open, what with their mission of hospitality to travelers. Indian and Chinese restaurants are also a popular option. Another tip: Some neighborhood bars open in the evening to welcome refugees escaping too much family time. If you have a favorite in any of these categories, give them a call. In fact calling ahead is always a good idea; hours can change at the last minute.
Here are some restaurants planning to open on Christmas Day.
• Fleet Street Pub (615-200-0782). The friendly English-inspired pub in Printers Alley will be open 2 p.m. to midnight, so you can toast the occasion with a pint of ale and good cheer.
• Suzy Wong’s House of Yum (615-329-2913). Arnold’s Myint’s Church Street outpost of Asian-inspired cuisine and chic revelry will operate 5 to 11 p.m. with the regular menu and $5 cocktails.
• The Capitol Grille at the Hermitage Hotel (615-345-7116). Chef Tyler Brown and his team present a splendiferous brunch buffet (including beef sirloin from the hotel’s own herd of cows) and an alluring three-course prix-fixe dinner. Brunch 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., $47.50 for adults and $27.50 for children under 12. Dinner 5 to 10 p.m., $52.50 for adults and $27.50 for children under 12.
• Mason’s, the newly revived restaurant at Loews Vanderbilt Hotel (615-321-1990), has moved its traditional Christmas Day buffet to Christmas Eve (11 a.m. to 3 p.m., $30). But Mason’s will also be open Christmas Day, serving regular brunch and dinner offerings — chef Brandon Frohne just unveiled new seasonal menus this week.
• Another venerable Nashville Christmas spot: Sperry’s on Harding Pike (615-353-0809) and in Cool Springs (615-778-9950).
• Chinatown (269-3275). Definitely call before you go; this popular Green Hills eatery sometimes has a full house Christmas Day.
• Lucky Bamboo (615-760-5930), Chinatown’s new sister restaurant on Charlotte Pike, will also be open on Christmas, serving its menu of Chinese-American fare, which includes dim sum and hot pot dishes.
• An Indian buffet warms a wintry heart: Bombay Palace (615-321-6140), Shalimar (615-269-8577), Sitar (615-321-8889) and vegetarian counterpart Woodlands (615-463-3005).