20 Restaurants Open on Christmas 2019

It used to be hard to find restaurants open on Christmas, but this year there are more than ever! Find out where you can dine out on December 24 and 25.

Eating out on December 25

Foregoing all the hustle and bustle this Christmas? Or maybe you don’t celebrate the holiday. Whatever the case, you don’t have to stay in. In fact, you can find a good handful of restaurants open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day that are open on one or the other or both—though we recommend you call in advance just to be sure. To make a night of it, watch one of these anything-but-traditional holiday movies we love when you’re done.

Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse

Want to splurge on a nice steak dinner on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day? All these Ruth’s Chris Steakhouses will be open. Simply click on the “Reservation” button and scroll down to the “Locations (Select a Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse)” menu. Find out what people around the world eat for Christmas dinner.

Sizzler

For a nice steak dinner, Sizzler offers a less pricey alternative than Ruth’s Chris, and many Sizzler locations are open on Christmas.

Morton’s The Steakhouse

Morton’s is already taking reservations for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day right here on its website. Ever wonder why wagyu steak is so darned expensive? We’ve got the scoop.

Del Frisco’s Steakhouse

“Out of all restaurants open on Christmas, Del Frisco’s is the only one to combine chef-driven cuisine, impeccable wines, and exceptional hospitality to give you and your family an unparalleled holiday experience,” per its website. Del Frisco’s Christmas Day hours are 3 to 8 p.m. Find out some unusual Christmas-related laws around the world.

Fogo de Chao Brazilian Steakhouse

Many of the 32 Fogo de Chao Brazilian Steakhouse restaurant locations located in the United States will be open on Christmas Eve and Christmas and will be offering a special holiday menu. Check here to make sure your location is participating and for specific hours.

Ben’s Kosher Deli

Ben’s Kosher Deli has locations all around New York and Florida, and good news: they’re not only open throughout all the holidays, but they also will cater your holidays at home.

Legal Seafoods

Many, if not most, Legal Seafoods locations are open on Christmas, and each of the locations has its Christmas hours. Reservations are strongly recommended. Find out where the 12 days of Christmas first came from.

Golden Corral

Golden Corral is open for Christmas, but the hours at the specific locations vary. So, make sure to look up your local branch to learn the details before planning your Corral Christmas. If it’s closed, corral your family together for a round of fun games–these Christmas toys and games will make your holidays full of joy.

IHOP

IHOP has not yet announced that its locations will be open on Christmas 2019. However, IHOP has been open on Christmas in previous years, with the caveat that the decision to stay open (including the hours of operation) are up to the individual franchisees. Make sure you know all about IHOP’s secret menu before you go.

Marie Callendar’s

A message on the Marie Callendar’s website notes, “most of our restaurants are open on Christmas Day.” However, you should check your local venue for hours, prices, and participation. Find out what the Royal Family eats on Christmas.

Buca di Beppo

Buca di Beppo Italian Restaurants open at 11 a.m. on Christmas Day. Enjoying seafood on Christmas Eve is one of the Christmas traditions from around the world you’ll want to steal.

Boston Market

“Join us Christmas Day at select locations for a traditional, delicious plated holiday meal,” Boston Market says on its website. They’ll also deliver full meals to your door on Christmas if you order by December 19.

Denny’s

Denny’s will be open on Christmas (Eve and Day), just like every other day of the year. In addition, they are offering free delivery through Dennys.com beginning Monday, December 9 through Sunday, December 22, 2019. Find out what the first Denny’s was called when it opened.

Waffle House

Like Denny’s, Waffle House is always open. With a 24/7/365 operating hours policy, you can count on Waffle House for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day meals. Check out these first locations of all these famous chain restaurants.

Perkins Restaurant and Bakery

Perkins is famous for its fluffy buttermilk pancakes, which are a tasty breakfast year-round and especially on December 25. As well as its famous breakfast menu, on Christmas Day, Perkins will introduce a limited special menu that will include a turkey dinner with pie, with the option for seconds. Just make sure to call ahead for your location’s hours. Inspired to make your own pancakes? This recipe has been viewed over 200,000 times!

Sonic Drive-In

Sonic Drive-In’s hours and days of operation are set by its individual franchise owners. However, many will be open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, according to Country Living. Find out if Sonic made the cut for our “most convenient” fast-food restaurants.

Applebee’s

Most Applebee’s locations will be open on Christmas Eve, and a handful may be open on Christmas Day, but you’ll need to call your local location to know for sure. Learn why these 15 restaurants (including Applebee’s) changed their names.

Shoney’s

According to TripSavvy, Shoney’s, which has locations in 17 states, will be open for Christmas and offering a Christmas Day buffet for dinner. Call ahead to your local venue to confirm its participation. Back home, these Christmas decorations are cheap and easy to make. 

Cracker Barrel

Many Cracker Barrel locations are open on Christmas Eve, but most will be closed on Christmas Day. So just be sure to check your desired venue before heading out for your meal. Order one of their secret milkshakes for a special Christmas Eve treat.

Capital Grille

Most Capital Grille locations are open on Christmas Eve, but they may close early so check with your location for hours. Capital Grille is closed on Christmas Day. Next, read on to find out the best non-Christmas-y things to do on Christmas Day.

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