20 restaurants open for Christmas 2021

There’s a lot to do at Christmas, including shopping for gifts, decorating, baking cookies, and watching Christmas movies. It can be very harsh on a person. Ask Santa Claus! So if you don’t want to have this year’s five-course Christmas menu, we have one. To help you, we are rounding up all the restaurants open on Christmas Day to give you the most solemn and least frustrating December 25th. Think of it as a gift for you!

Open: Ruth’s Chris Steak House

Hours vary from location to location, but most Ruth’s Chris Steak Houses are open on Christmas Eve, Boxing Day and New Year’s Eve.

Open: Village Inn

Please give me another cake! If you need salads, sandwiches and, of course, one of the classic breakfast or dinner options, Village Inn is open on Christmas Day.

Open: Huddle House

Huddle House is famous for its slogan, “Eat anytime, anytime”, and I understand why. The restaurant serves typical “Big House” dishes 24 hours a day on Christmas day.

Waffle House

Head over to Waffle House this Christmas, as your favorite breakfast chain will be open on December 24 and 25. Nothing sounds better than a pile of pancakes after opening gifts!


Hungry for something good in the neighborhood this Christmas? Enjoy a Christmas Eve or Day meal at Applebee’s, as most will be open. You’ll want to call ahead to confirm your local branch’s hours (which you can find here).


Skip the Christmas turkey or ham this year and enjoy sushi or hibachi instead! Benihana will be open for you to put a new spin on your Christmas Eve and Christmas Day feasts.

Bonefish Grill

Celebrate the season with an amazing seafood dinner at Bonefish Grill. They’ll be closed for Christmas Day, but you can swing by on December 24 for an amazing Christmas Eve meal. Check with the location near you to find their holiday hours.

Boston Market

Boston Market will not only be open for dining in on December 24 and 25, but it also will be offering its annual heat-and-serve dinners. Choose à la carte if you just want to grab some sides or have them cook your entire holiday feast!

Buca di Beppo

Craving some pasta this year instead of a Christmas turkey? You can head over to your local Buca di Beppo on Christmas Day (or Eve!) starting at 11 a.m. Enjoy a hearty holiday lunch or dinner with your family—just make sure to book a reservation first!

Buffalo Wild Wings

The famous wing restaurant will have select sports bars open on Christmas Day with varying hours. You’ll want to check in advance if the one near you will be open using their store locator. If you’re looking for some wing action on Christmas Eve, a representative confirmed that most locations should be open.

Carrabba’s Italian Grill

You can enjoy a bounteous Italian feast this Christmas at Carrabba’s. You’ll want to stop by on December 24, however, because the restaurant will be closed on Christmas Day. Find the exact hours of operation by contacting your local branch.

Chart House

Not only can you order a fabulous holiday dinner to-go from Chart House, you can also add a bottle of Veuve Clicquot to your order to make it extra fancy. With this offer, you can get a family-sized prime rib feast along with apps, sides, and dessert.


Although Chili’s will be closed on Christmas Day, you should be able to stop by for lunch or dinner on Christmas Eve. Just check with your local restaurant to first to see if they have special holiday hours.

Cracker Barrel

Your favorite country-style restaurant will be closed on Christmas Day, but are welcoming guests on Christmas Eve until 2 p.m. However, you can still enjoy their delicious food on December 25 by participating in their heat-and-serve holiday meals. Pick it up the day before and heat when you’re ready to feast!

Del Frisco’s Grille

Del Frisco’s Grille will be open for a special holiday meal, including offerings like steamed lobster tails and prime rib. You can also order a delicious meal to bring home and enjoy with your household. This dinner pack includes a full 3-course meal, complete with prime rib, sides, and holiday pies.

Del Taco

Can you enjoy some tasty tacos on Christmas? You sure can at Del Taco! Just double check with your local branch for their holiday hours.


Your favorite diner chain will remain open for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, but hours may vary depending on the location (find your nearest one here!). Denny’s is also offering family-sized Turkey Packs that you can order in advance and enjoy at home.


You may be able to pick up a pizza on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day this year, as each store is independently owned and determines their own hours. Use the store locator and call ahead to ask for their holiday hours.

Dunkin’ Donuts

Pick up a box of coffee or a dozen doughnuts this Christmas. Dunkin’ will be open on December 24 and 25, but hours may vary. Call your local store first to find out what their holiday hours will be.