These 25+ Restaurants Are Expected to Be Open on Christmas Day 2023

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Eat, drink, and be merry at these restaurants that may be open on Christmas Day!

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While many families look forward to enjoying a big, homemade dinner on Christmas Day, that’s not the case for everyone – especially the person doing all the cooking!

If you’d like to celebrate Christmas 2023 by taking a day off from the kitchen, there’s a good chance you’ll have several other options available to you. Historically, many restaurants are open on Christmas Day, and this practice is likely to continue in 2023!

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You may remember a time when virtually everything was closed on Christmas, but these days you can almost always find somewhere to eat on December 25th. Even if you’re planning to prepare a Christmas feast at home, you may want to keep this list handy, just in case.

If Christmas movies have taught us anything, it’s that holiday dinners can be fraught with peril. The Grinch might stop by and empty your fridge, Cousin Eddie’s wife may burn the turkey, or the Bumpus hounds could run through your kitchen at any moment and steal Christmas dinner right off the table. You never know! 😉

family at Benihana hibachi grill

Whether you’re looking for a place to go for a nice sit-down meal or you’re just hoping to grab a cup of coffee on your way to Grandma’s house, here are the restaurants that are expected to be open on Christmas in 2023.

Keep in mind that you may want to call ahead to the location nearest you, as hours may vary across some chains.

Applebee's restaurant under Santa and his reindeer

Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar was open on Christmas 2022.

Most Applebee’s restaurants are open on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Contact your local restaurant for their hours and participation.

Benihana served up freshly grilled food from the hibachi on Christmas 2022.

If you want to enjoy something other than traditional turkey or ham on Christmas, Benihana is always open on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day for sushi and freshly grilled hibachi meals.

Ben’s Kosher Deli is open for dine-in and catering on Christmas.

Ben’s Kosher Deli maintains regular hours over Christmas and throughout the holidays, and they will also cater any holiday gathering in your home.

ham dinner on table

Select Boston Market locations serve Christmas dinner.

On Christmas Day, select Boston Market locations will be open and serving traditional holiday meals. They also have Heat & Serve meals, hot sides, and whole pies for both pick-up and delivery.

Chart House is always open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Chart House will offer holiday meals on Christmas, or you can also pick up one of the restaurant’s hot and ready-to-serve Christmas To Go family packs instead.

Del Frisco’s Steakhouse should be open, too.

Del Frisco’s normally has a special Christmas dinner menu available for dine-in on December 24th and 25th. Their regular dinner menu is expected to be available, too!

plate of pancakes with milk in a glass

Denny’s is open every day of the year, including Christmas.

Once upon a time, COVID forced some Denny’s locations to cut back on their normal 24-hour-a-day operating hours. Now, they’re back to their regular hours of operation, which included both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day in 2022.

You can wine, dine, and shine at Del Frisco’s on Christmas.

Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse is open on Christmas with its usual menu of steak, lobster, prime rib, and more. The restaurant also serves up a special prime rib holiday dinner on December 24th and 25th.

Many Dunkin’ locations are open on Christmas Day.

Select Dunkin’ locations were open for business on Christmas in 2022, and we expect that practice to continue in 2023. Since Dunkin’ store hours do vary by location, you should contact your local Dunkin’ to verify their Christmas hours or check the Dunkin’ Mobile App before visiting on Christmas Day.

Fogo de Chão Brazilian Steakhouse will be open on Christmas, too.

All Fogo de Chão Brazilian Steakhouse locations in the US will be open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day with a special holiday menu.

Select Golden Corral Restaurants will be open on Christmas Day.

While holiday hours do vary from one location to the next, some Golden Corral Restaurants will be open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Head on over here and enter your Zip Code to find the location nearest you.

many Santas at IHOP

Check with your local IHOP for their Christmas hours.

IHOP will be open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, although hours will vary by location.

Kona Grill is expected to be open on Christmas 2023, but you’ll need a reservation.

In the past, Kona Grill has been open on Christmas Day, with reservations strongly recommended. You can expect them to start booking reservations for Christmas 2023 in December. Check their online reservation system for available times at participating locations.

Most Legal Sea Foods are expected to be open on Christmas Day.

Last year, most Legal Sea Foods locations were open on Christmas Day, but each location set its own hours. This year, we’re expecting more of the same, so check in with your favorite location before making plans for a seafood Christmas dinner!

Some Marie Callender’s will offer dine-in and carry-out options on Christmas.

Select Marie Callender’s restaurants will be open on Christmas Day, but some will be offering take-out options only. Contact your local restaurant for their holiday hours, special menu offerings, and to find out whether their dining room will be open on Christmas.

McDonalds Sign

Many McDonald’s restaurants will be open on Christmas Day.

If you have a picky eater who’s not a fan of fussy Christmas dinners, you can often swing through the McDonald’s drive-thru for a Happy Meal on the way home from grandma’s house.

Not all McDonald’s restaurants were open on Christmas 2022, though so be sure to check with your local franchise before heading out in 2023.

McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood & Steaks will be serving a special Christmas dinner.

In addition to its regular menu, McCormick & Schmicks usually offers a special Holiday Prix-Fixe menu on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day, too. Watch their website for a special holiday menu and a link to book a reservation online.

Morton’s The Steakhouse will be open for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day dining.

In 2022, Morton’s hosted a special 3-course Chateaubriand Holiday Dinner, which you could order in-restaurant, take to go, or have delivered. Take a look at the menu for this special dining event!

Chinese food left out for Santa

Some Panda Express locations may be open on Christmas. 

Some Panda Express locations were open on Christmas Day 2022, but this is a decision made locally by each restaurant. If you’re craving Chinese food on Christmas, be sure to call ahead to see if your local Panda Express will be open!

Perkins serves three meals a day on Christmas.

Not only is Perkins normally open on December 25, but they also offered a special menu in 2022 that included a turkey dinner with pie and the option for seconds. They often close early on Christmas Eve, so be sure to call ahead for your location’s holiday hours.

Romano’s Macaroni Grill will be open for lunch and dinner on Christmas Eve & Christmas Day.

Romano’s Macaroni Grill is expected to be open again this year on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The restaurant will be serving its full menu for dine-in, pick-up, or delivery!

steak and champagne on table

Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse will be open for dine-in and takeout on Christmas Day.

Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse locations take reservations for Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, and New Year’s Day. The restaurant also offers seasonal takeout options for online ordering and pickup.

Shoney’s will serve up a Christmas Day feast on December 25.

Shoney’s is expected to open on Christmas beginning at 11 AM, so you can enjoy all your holiday favorites from the restaurant’s All You Care to Eat Freshly Prepared Food Bar. Shoney’s Christmas Dinner is available for Dine-In or To-Go.

Many Sizzler locations are open on Christmas.

Select Sizzer locations are open on Christmas Day, and some will offer online ordering and curbside pickup, too! Check out the list of participating restaurants.

Some Sonic Drive-Ins may be open on Christmas Day.

Most Sonic locations are owned by independent franchisees, and some do remain open on Christmas. Be sure to contact your local Sonic before heading out to the Drive-In on Christmas Day!

man holding a starbucks holiday cup

Some Starbucks locations were open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day in 2022.

Select Starbucks locations will be open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, although hours do vary by location and may be reduced at some cafés. Contact your local café before heading out for that Peppermint Mocha!

Many Village Inn locations will operate on Christmas will modified hours.

Most Village Inn locations are open for your Christmas Day celebration, but many will be operating under reduced hours. Be sure to call your favorite location before heading out on Christmas!

Waffle House is always open!

Waffle House is open 24/7, and Christmas Day is no exception. Where else would Santa go to satisfy his late-night waffle cravings?!

Keep the kids busy over break with a fun Christmas activity!

About the writer:

Emily obtained her Bachelor's degrees from Clarkson University with 5 years of content writing experience specializing in health, beauty, fashion, home, & living frugally.

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