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Holiday Eats

Venues and catering for your holiday gatherings.


Family, friends, and valued coworkers. Voluminous laughter. A toast and the clink of glassware. Expertly done hors d'oeuvres and a splendid spread. Such are the elements of a great holiday party. For some ideas to push your party over the top, read on ...

India Palace

1720 Poplar (278-1199)

Neighborhood: Midtown

Attire: Casual

Open For: Lunch and dinner

Cuisine Type/s: Indian

The palak paneer, vegetable samosas, and the tandoori chicken are true crowd-pleasers, and India Palace offers a private dining room for those special gatherings.

Riko's Kickin' Chicken

1329 Madison (726-5347)

Neighborhood: Midtown

Open For: Lunch

Cuisine Type/s: American

Riko's, a popular food truck, turned into an instantly popular restaurant when it opened last spring. Sure-fire selections include the hot wing platter, the Kickin' fries (topped with chicken!), and the famous shrimpburger. The holidays are here, and Riko's has deep-fried 14 to 16-pound turkeys, $49.99. Catering is also available. Stop by for more details.

Pearl's Oyster House

299 S. Main (522-9070)

8106 Cordova Center near Germantown Pkwy. (425-4797)

Neighborhood: Midtown and Cordova

Attire: Casual

Open For: Lunch and dinner

Cuisine Type/s: Cajun/Creole

The char-grilled oysters are tadiefor, and the staff expertly takes care of parties large and small. Both locations have large or small private dining options for holiday gatherings.


2166 Central (231-5043)

Neighborhood: Cooper-Young/Lenox

Attire: Casual

Open For: Lunch, dinner, late-night Tuesdays, and Saturday and Sunday brunch

Cuisine Type/s: New American

It isn't a holiday party until somebody puts out the grub! Choose from our set menus or we'll put together something just for your event plus select from several different space options both inside and out.

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Mulan Asian Bistro

2149 Young (347-3965)

4698 Spottswood (609-8680)

2059 S. Houston Levee (850-5288)

Neighborhood: Midtown, East Memphis, Collierville

Attire: Casual

Open For: Lunch and dinner

Cuisine Type/s: Chinese, sushi

Come to Mulan Asian Bistro for your holiday party. Book our private room at the Cooper-Young location that comfortably seats 35 to 40 people or our East Memphis location that seats 30 to 35. There is karaoke or HD video hook-up available, and you may choose from a la carte dining or catered buffet-style service.

Molly's La Casita

2006 Madison (726-1873)

Neighborhood: Midtown

Attire: Casual

Open For: Lunch and dinner

Cuisine Type/s: Mexican

Molly's La Casita will be 35 on December 12th!! We will be having specials the entire month of December. Enjoy the holidays and our 35th birthday with us.

Kooky Canuck

87 S. 2nd (578-9800)

1250 N Germantown Pkwy. (800-2453)

Neighborhood: Downtown and Cordova

Attire: Casual

Open For: Lunch and dinner

Cuisine Type/s: American and Canadian

Custom-made for big appetites. The Kooky Burgers are fine indeed, ditto for the inventive BBQ Egg Rolls, and nothing's more fun than the tabletop s'mores.

Next Door Eatery

1350 Concourse (779-1512)

Neighborhood: Crosstown

Attire: Casual

Open For: Lunch and dinner

Cuisine Type/s: New American

Serving real food from American farmers, Next Door has a high-energy, urban vibe, making it a great place to gather with friends and family for the holidays. Open seven days a week at 11 a.m., the menu features a variety of shared plates, fresh salads, sandwiches, burgers (don't miss the 50/50 Burger!), and bowls. Next Door offers kegged wine, craft beer, and cocktails. Visit us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @nextdooreatery.

Half Shell

688 S. Mendenhall (682-3966)

7825 Winchester (737-6755)

Neighborhood: East Memphis and Southwind

Attire: Casual

Open For: Lunch, dinner, and brunch

Cuisine Type/s: Seafood

Now accepting holiday party reservations for our private rooms at both locations. Our Mendenhall room seats 15 to 24; Southwind seats 20 to 30. For more information, call 682-3966 (Mendenhall) or 737-6755 (Southwind).


135 S. Main (528-1010)

Neightborhood: Downtown /South Main

Attire: Casual

Open For: Lunch and dinner

Cuisine Type/s: Sushi, hibachi, and Korean

Sleek setting, wide, eclectic menu with sushi, Korean tacos, hibachi, Philly Cheese Steak (!), fried rice, and more.

Caiman Authentic Venequelan Cuisine and Bakery

4509 Summer, just west of Perkins (746-8666)

Neighborhood: Summer/Berclair

Attire: Casual

Open For: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Cuisine Type/s: Latin American

Taste the delicious, authentic Venezuelan dishes at Caiman, such as carna asadas, arepas, and cachapas. Call for details on savory or sweet party platters for your next event.

Peabody Hotel (Corner Bar, Lobby Bar, Peabody Deli, Capriccio Grill, Chez Philippe)

149 Union (529-4000)

Neighborhood: Downtown

Attire: Casual to dressy

Open For: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Cuisine Type/s: American/Italian/French

Celebrate the holiday season with private parties at The Peabody. Impress the office or your best friends with a party customized just for you. From historic banquet rooms, to Capriccio Grill and Chez Philippe, The Peabody has the perfect venue with unique menus for your event. For more information, call Leslie Potter, 529-3675.

The Kitchen, American Bistro

415 Great View Drive East, Ste. 101


Neighborhood: Shelby Farms Park

Attire: Casual to dressy

Open For: Lunch, dinner, and brunch on Saturday and Sunday

Cuisine Type/s: New American

High energy restaurant and bar serving seasonal food and drinks in a relaxed and sophisticated setting. Now booking holiday events for 30 to 35 in our private dining room.

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