29 Chain Restaurants Open on Christmas Day

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starbucksIf you'd like to eat out on Christmas day, you actually have a lot of options. Your favorite restaurant may not be open, but several chain restaurants are open for business on December 25. The following restaurants have confirmed that most of their locations are open, but it's always a good idea to call ahead just to be sure. 

Applebee’s: At select locations; Hours may vary. 

Boston Market: Select restaurants open on Christmas Day. 

Brick House Tavern and Tap: Select locations open at 4 or 5 PM. Akron and Amherst will be closed.

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Buca di Beppo Italian Restaurants: Open at 11 am Christmas Day for dine in or to go. 

Buffalo Wild Wings: Open at participating locations.

Chompie’s: Open 7 AM to 9 PM.

Del Taco: Many locations open, hours vary.

Denny’s: Open 24 hours.

Domino’s Pizza: Some franchise locations open on Christmas Day. Hours vary.

El Torito: Open at some locations.

Fire Mountain: Open from noon until 6 PM.

Golden Corral: Some locations open.

HomeTown Buffet: Open from noon until 6 PM at some locations. 

Hooters: Open, but hours and locations vary. 

IHOP: Open at some locations. 

Jack in the Box: Open, though some locations will have limited hours.

Legal Sea Foods: Open, hours vary.

McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood & Steaks: Open at some locations.

Mitchell’s Fish Market: Open from 12 PM until 10 PM.

Old Country Buffet: Open from noon until 6 PM on Christmas Day at some locations. 

Ruby Tuesday: Open at some locations.

Ruth’s Chris Steak House: Open, hours vary. 

Ryan’s: Open from noon until 6 PM at some locations.

Sarpino’s Pizzeria: Open regular hours.

Shoney’s: Open. 

Sizzler: Open at some locations. 

Smith & Wollensky: Open.

Starbucks: Open.

Steak ‘n Shake: Open at 11:00 AM.

Do you ever eat out on Christmas day?


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there... theresaphilly

I jogged two miles to my Starbucks and purchased Frappucinos for the family and caught the bus back holding 8 cups of cheer. Merry Christmas.

nonmember avatar Casey

was so excited when I read Starbucks was open, sent my husband out only to get a grumpy call from the road. they were not open.

Lane-... Lane-Moja

Never for Christmas, but we did for Thanksgiving when we were remodleing our kitchen.

Sarah... SarahHall58

So lemme get this straight. Everyone freaks out over places being open on thanksgiving but it's perfectly fine for them to be open on Christmas????

Wolfg... WolfgangsMom

We eat out on Christmas sometimes or go to the movies, but like over 20% of people in the US, I'm not Christian.

Thanksgiving is a secular, national holiday - Christmas is a religious holiday that is treated as a national holiday, which I think does make it different.  I don't work or shop or eat out on Thanksgiving but try to not freak out of companies want to stay open, provided they can staff the day with those that want to work.

Alexa... AlexaAdams

I agree with wolfgang. Not everyone is Christian and therefore not everyone celebrates Christmas.

Bobbie Scherzer

We go out for Christmas dinner, especially if the i laws are in town.  My kitchen and kitchen are table can barely fit that four of us during the year, so squeezing in extra at Christmas is next to impossible.  We tip the server extra well, and go to a fancy buffet meal so the server doesn't have to work as hard.  


As a Christian I have no problem with places being open on Christmas.  It does get boring being stuck at home after awhile with the same boring Christmas movies playing nonstop.  Some people need a break from the family togetherness.  If people didn't want to go out on Christmas, these places wouldn't be open.

nonmember avatar VERA SEVERTSON

" It does get boring being stuck at home after awhile with the same boring Christmas movies playing nonstop. Some people need a break from the family togetherness." It must be nice to need to escape your family. As a person who has to WORK on every holiday, it would be nice just to be able to SEE mine... But, no, the self-absorbed will always demand to be satisfied... every second of the year...

nonmember avatar visser-love

Excellent article...mainly due to the fact that I am at home only with my best friend Shasta (orange tabby) and I am running low on groceries...and I am hungry.

Ha! The "self-absorbed" comment is hilariously absurd .

hello... hellokd87

I was sooo relieved that Christmas was open for the fact that I was able to get a couple last minute gifts for my dad!! I'm surprised that many national chains are open, but I guess someone's gotta make money on Christmas!!

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