21 Restaurants Open on Christmas in 2021

It used to be hard to find restaurants open on Christmas, but in 2021, things are different. Here's a look at the restaurants offering a Christmas menu for takeout, pickup or dine-in.

These are the restaurants open on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day (or both)—though we recommend you call in advance to be sure, as hours may vary for certain franchises. To make a night of it, watch one of these Christmas movies on Netflix, too. You should be able to find everything your family needs for a merry Christmas! If you’re still stuck—see what stores are open on Christmas Day.

Restaurants Open on Christmas Day 2021

Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse

Want to splurge on a steak dinner on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day? Here are the Ruth’s Chris Steakhouses that will be open. Simply click on the “Reservation” button and scroll down to the “Locations (Select a Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse)” menu. Ruth’s Chris is also offering a special Christmas Eve and Christmas Day menu for online ordering and pickup.

Sizzler

For a nice steak dinner, Sizzler offers a less pricey alternative than Ruth’s Chris, and many Sizzler locations are open on Christmas. Select locations also offer online ordering and curbside pickup.

Morton’s The Steakhouse

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Morton’s is open for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day dining. They also offer online ordering of their special Christmas dinner for delivery or curbside pickup.

Del Frisco’s Steakhouse

Del Frisco’s is open Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. If you would like to enjoy their prime rib Holiday Family Packs at home, orders must be placed by December 24. Then, take a look at some of these other holiday traditions to start this year.

Fogo de Chao Brazilian Steakhouse

All Fogo de Chao Brazilian Steakhouse locations in the United States will be open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day and will be offering a special holiday menu. While some locations are closed to in-restaurant dining, some are offering outdoor patio dining as well as delivery, carryout or curbside pickup. Check here to make sure your Fogo de Chao location is participating and for specific hours.

McCormick & Schmick’s

McCormicks & Schmicks will be serving a Holiday Prix-Fixe menu on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day alongside their regular menu. You can also pre-order a holiday feast to go featuring prime rib and all the fixings.

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 the holidays, but they also will cater your holidays at home.

Legal Seafoods

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Most Legal Seafoods locations are open on Christmas, but each location has its own Christmas hours.

Chart House

Chart House is open on Christmas Even and Christmas Day and will also have hot and ready-to-serve Christmas family meals available to pick up on both days as well.

IHOP

IHOP will be open on Christmas Eve and Christmas, though hours will vary by location. Make sure you know all about IHOP’s secret menu before you go!

Applebee’s

Most Applebee’s restaurants will be open both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Check your local restaurant for hours and participation.

Benihana

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If the traditional turkey or ham is not your thing, head over to your local Benihana restaurant for their sushi or freshly grilled hibachi offerings, as they will be open both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Marie Callender’s

All Marie Callender’s restaurants will be open Christmas Day. However, hours may vary by location. They are also offering Holiday Feasts to go. Check your local restaurant for their holiday menu selections.

Boston Market

“Join us Christmas Day at select locations for a traditional, delicious plated holiday meal,” Boston Market says on its website. You can also pick up a Heat & Serve meal, whole pies or hot side dishes. They’ll even deliver full meals to your door.

Panda Express

Most locations will be open on Christmas Day.

Starbucks

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Many locations will be open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, though they may have reduced hours. Check your local cafe before heading over.

Romano’s Macaroni Grill

Celebrate the Italian way at Romano’s Macaroni Grill this year. They will be open regular hours Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Denny’s

Denny’s will be open on Christmas (Eve and Day), just like every other day of the year. 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 original locations of famous chain restaurants.

Perkins Restaurant & Bakery

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Perkins is famous for its fluffy buttermilk pancakes, which are a tasty breakfast on December 25. As well as offering its famous breakfast menu on Christmas Day, Perkins will introduce a limited special menu that includes a turkey dinner with pie, with the option for seconds. Just make sure to call ahead for your location’s hours.

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Shoney’s

Shoney’s will be open for Christmas beginning at 11 a.m. with a Christmas Day buffet for dinner that is also available to go. Call ahead to your local restaurant to confirm its participation.

Restaurants Closed on Christmas Day 2021

Here are a few popular chains that will be closed on Christmas:

  • Bonefish Grill (open on Christmas Eve, though hours may vary)
  • Buca di Beppo (though open on Christmas in years past, this year they will only be open on Christmas Eve)
  • Capital Grille (open on Christmas Eve, though some locations close early)
  • Carraba’s Italian Grill (open on Christmas Eve)
  • Chili’s (open on Christmas Eve, though hours may vary)
  • Cracker Barrel (open on Christmas Eve until 2 p.m.; they also have Holiday Ham Heat & Serve meals you can pick up in advance)
  • Fleming’s Steakhouse (open from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Christmas Eve)
  • Olive Garden (most locations will be open on Christmas Eve, but hours may vary)
  • Outback Steakhouse (open on Christmas Eve until 8 p.m.)

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