Restaurants Open on Christmas Day
By: Sara Skirboll, shopping & trends expert for RetailMeNot
Benihana is open for both lunch and dinner on Christmas Day. Get your teppanyaki fix in and celebrate the holidays Benihana Christmas style!
Holidays are Boston Market’s speciality, and this year, they’re making it even easier for you to get a great meal. While you can dine at select participating locations, Boston Market also has order pickups and meal deliveries available. Choose from their massive à la carte menu, or opt for your choice of prime rib, turkey or ham. Plus, if you place your order early enough, they’ll even deliver to your house.
If you’re craving wings this holiday, you’re in luck! Some locations will have reduced holiday hours, so be sure to check with your local restaurant so you don’t miss out.
Buca opens at 11 a.m. on Christmas Day with Italian dishes galore for you and your guests. They also have catering offerings. On Christmas Eve, they close at 10 p.m. and on Christmas Day at 9 p.m., but you should make reservations now!
Start a new holiday tradition of devouring plates of flavor-packed buffalo wings! The wild restaurant will be open on Christmas Day this year, but hours may vary by location. So be sure to check with your local restaurant first. Enjoy!
All Chart House locations are open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, but check with your local location for specifics. They also have Christas prime rib family packs available to go, but you must pre-order by December 20.
Celebrate Christmas with Cracker Barrel’s heat-and-serve meals. You can order online and pick up a day or two before Christmas Day. NOTE: Cracker Barrel closes at 2 p.m. on Christmas Eve and isn’t open on Christmas Day. Pick up is between 12/21–12/28, while supplies last. And a 24-hour notice is required for orders. Holiday meals come complete with ham, delicious sides and your choice of pie. Yummy!
Head to Del Frisco’s Grille for a Christmas Day feast, and choose from filet, lobster tail and more. You can also order your meal to-go with food prepared for two to four people (meals start at $200), six to eight people (meals start at $399) or up to 12 people (meals start at $750). Learn more and make reservations.
Del Taco will be open for all of your taco needs on Christmas day, but be sure to check the hours at your local restaurant.
Want breakfast for Christmas dinner this year? Denny’s is open 24/7 on both Christmas Day and Christmas Eve. Choose between “Denny’s on Demand,” a holiday to-go meal or dine-in options. You can expect holiday menu items like turkey and dressing and pies. Also, get free delivery on all orders now through December 20.
If you’re craving pizza this holiday, no shade! The popular pizzeria will be open and ready for pickup or delivery, proving there’s never a bad time for pizza. Plus, we’re all about those Home Alone cheese pizza vibes!
No matter if you like your coffee hot or cold, you can pick it up at your local store on December 24 and December 25. Hours may vary, so check with your local spot. Plus, they have a delightful holiday menu with a Signature Peppermint Mocha Latte, Signature Gingerbread Latte and more!
Celebrate the season at Fleming’s Steakhouse! Their four-course Hall Wine Dinner Experience will let you enjoy exquisite pairings at your personal table in restaurant or
virtually at home this season. Fleming’s is closed on Christmas Day but open on Christmas Eve at 4 p.m. local time—though curbside pickup is available starting at 12 p.m. Be sure to call ahead and make a reservation or order online.
The popular Brazilian restaurant is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Christmas Day. Enjoy their signature Dry Aged Long Bone Ribeye special for groups of four or more, or opt for the full Churrasco Experience. Either way, you’re sure to enjoy an extravagant Christmas feast at Fogo de Chão—but be sure to make a reservation!
Amp up your Christmas Day with some rock and roll! Most will be open until 9 p.m. on December 25, but check your local Hard Rock Cafe to make sure.
Huddle House will be open this Christmas so you can indulge in all of your breakfast faves.
Let pancakes, bacon and drip coffee give you the energy to get through the day! IHOP restaurants are open Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. But hours may vary by restaurant location, so check with your local store first. They have pumpkin spice pancakes and milk ‘n’ cookies pancakes, which look amazing. They’re buttermilk pancakes filled with OREO cookie pieces, topped with sweet milk mousse, vanilla sauce drizzle, more cookie pieces, a flurry of powdered sugar and festive sprinkles. Whoa.
Open! They will have adjusted hours, but most locations will be open this year.
Enjoy multiple-course meals and “take and bake” meals. Macaroni Grill is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, but make reservations!
If you want seafood or surf and turf this year, McCormick & Schmick’s is the place to go! Make sure to get a reservation. Along with their regular dinner menu, the restaurant is serving an exclusive three-course prix-fixe all day December 24 and 25. You can also order a holiday prime rib feast to go.
McDonald’s will be open on Christmas for your side-of-fries needs or full-meal munchies, but give them a call first to make sure you know the hours at your local store.
Savor the holidays at Morton’s The Steakhouse! They are open and serving up delicious food this Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Make sure you make a reservation, as seating will be limited due to limited capacity from COVID-19 restriction. You can also order to-go. We suggest ordering one of their famous sparkling cocktails!
Chinese food on Christmas = yass! Most Panda Express locations are open on December 25, but not all, so you should check with your closest location.
All Perkins locations are open on Christmas Eve, and most will be open on Christmas Day varying by location, so call ahead to your local restaurant. Perkins offers a special Christmas menu with a delicious Turkey Dinner deal that’s sure to delight!
Pieology Pizza is open on Christmas Eve but closed on Christmas Day. They’re cheersing the season with daily specials for those with the Pie Life Rewards App. See the “PIE-OLIDAYS” specials below:
Day 1 – 12/19 Two Cookies for $4.00
Day 2 – 12/20 Premium Crust Upgrade
Day 3 – 12/21 A Surprise & Delight
Day 4 – 12/22 $2 off any Custom Pizza
Day 5 – 12/23 $5 off $25 Purchase
Day 6 – 12/24 BOGO
Plus, if you order ahead for pickup, you get 10% off when using promo code “10OFF” at checkout.
Celebrate with a steak dinner! Restaurant hours vary by location, but most Ruth’s Chris Steak Houses will be open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Choose from a three-course seasonal special or the “Holiday Surf & Turf.” Celebrating at home? Make your dinner preparation easy and elegant with full meals to-go and Ruth’s Sides To Go menu. Order now.
Smith & Wollensky promises to “make your holiday memorable” with their signature winter menu that features hearty seasonal flavors, such as prime dry-aged steaks, fresh seafood and exceptional bar fare. But don’t miss out on their special “Holiday Wine by the Glass” list of wines that are usually only available by the bottle. Cheers to that! Reserve a table now.
Get those slushes, tater tots and Chili Cheese Coney hot dogs! Most Sonic locations are open for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. But be sure to check prior to pulling up.
Stay caffeinated on Christmas Day with a latte or Americano from your favorite coffee chain: Starbucks! The popular restaurant will be open all day long (check with your local shop to ensure). To make it even better, Starbucks will likely have some sort of sale during the holidays, whether it’s BOGO drinks or limited-edition Frappuccinos. Java good time!
Not surprising from a restaurant that’s known for never closing, Waffle House will be open 24/7 on Christmas Day. So stop by anytime you like for your breakfast-food fix. Don’t forget to pour on lots of syrup!
About the Author
Sara is the resident Shopping & Trends expert for savings destination RetailMeNot. Based in-house at the RetailMeNot headquarters in Austin, Texas, Sara also splits her time between NYC and Los Angeles on a monthly basis.
With more than a decade of experience working within the retail, fashion and beauty arenas, Sara often speaks to shopping habits, trends, statistics and spending habits in both the online and brick & mortar landscapes.
She has her finger on the pulse of the latest trends in retail, pop culture and consumer behavior and is passionate about what’s new now and how to shop to get the best deals possible on everything from apparel and food to electronics and travel.
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