25 Restaurants Open on Labor Day 2022

Don't stress over a mess during your long weekend—instead, order out from one of these restaurants open on Labor Day

Ah, Labor Day weekend—the last hurrah of summer. Soon, it’ll be time to cover up the boat, pack up those white clothes and embrace everything fall has to offer. Many celebrate Labor Day weekend (which is happening September 3 through September 5 this year) by planning a relaxing getaway, whereas others light up the grill for one last summer barbecue. Let’s be real, though—while barbecues are great, the mess they leave behind isn’t. Don’t feel like celebrating the end of summer with a pile of dishes? No worries—just order food from one of these restaurants open on Labor Day instead.

The restaurants below have a little something for everyone, whether you’re craving a scrumptious seafood meal or a juicy prime cut steak. Dine in or order takeout to focus less on the mess and more on enjoying your long weekend (which may include heading to stores for those great Labor Day sales). One important note: While these restaurants are typically open on Labor Day, it’s still a good idea to call ahead of time and ask if their hours are limited due to the holiday.

What restaurants are open on Labor Day 2022?

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Applebee’s: Most locations will be open if you’re craving something good in the neighborhood, but hours may be limited.

Bob Evans: Bob Evans locations will be open on Labor Day.

Bonefish Grill: If you’re craving seafood during Labor Day weekend, you’re in luck, as Bonefish Grill locations will be open.

Boston Market: Boston Market locations will be open on Labor Day.

Buffalo Wild Wings: Most Buffalo Wild Wings locations will be open on Labor Day, but some restaurants may have reduced hours.

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Burger King: Whopper enthusiasts, rejoice! Burger King locations will be open on Labor Day.

Chick-fil-A: Chick-fil-A locations are open on Labor Day, but some restaurants may have limited hours.

Chili’s: Most Chili’s locations will be open on Labor Day.

Denny’s: Denny’s locations will be open through Labor Day weekend.

Dunkin’: Craving an iced coffee and donut on Labor Day? Stop by Dunkin’, as most locations should be open. Hit the drive-thru before shopping those Labor Day mattress sales and furniture sales.

IHOP: IHOP locations will be open on Labor Day—stop in to conclude a great Labor Day weekend with a yummy stack of flapjacks.

KFC: Hankering for some fried chicken on Labor Day? Good news: You can snag a delicious bucket at KFC, as locations will be open on Labor Day.

McDonald’s: Most McDonald’s locations will be open on Labor Day, but some store hours may be reduced.

Olive Garden: You can stop in at Olive Garden on Labor Day, but the hours for some locations may be limited.

Outback Steakhouse: Craving a good steak on Labor Day? Stop at an Outback Steakhouse to get a ribeye—just note that some locations may have reduced hours.

Panera Bread: Most Panera Bread restaurants will be open on Labor Day.

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Red Lobster: Red Lobster locations will be open on Labor Day, so feel free to stop in for a seafood entrée.

Ruby Tuesday: Ruby Tuesday restaurants are typically open on Labor Day.

Starbucks: Don’t worry, you can get your caffeine fill on Labor Day. Starbucks locations will be open on Labor Day, but some spots may have limited hours.

Taco Bell: Live Mas on Labor Day! Taco Bell restaurants will be open on the holiday.

Texas Roadhouse: Texas Roadhouse locations will be open on Labor Day—great news for those craving their delicious rolls.

The Cheesecake Factory: Satisfy that sweet tooth with a little cheesecake on Labor Day, as Cheesecake Factory locations will be open.

Tim Hortons: Looking to snag some Timbits for the road? Most Tim Hortons locations are open on Labor Day, although some restaurants may have reduced hours.

Waffle House: Waffle House locations are open on Labor Day.

Wendy’s: Wendy’s locations are open on Labor Day, meaning you can hit the drive-thru for a Frosty or Baconator.

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Kelly Kuehn
Kelly Kuehn is an associate editor for Reader’s Digest covering entertainment, trivia, and history. When she’s not writing you can find her watching the latest and greatest movies, listening to a true crime podcast (or two), blasting ‘90s music, and hiking with her dog, Ryker, throughout New England.