When you think of Christmas, you probably think of digging fork first into a massive spread of home cooked feast. But, if you’d rather spend your time with loved ones instead of being stuck in the kitchen, or if you don’t find yourself at home for the holiday, we’ve listed 20 chain restaurants that will be open Christmas Day.

Regardless of where you end up dining out, remember that these employees are stuck working away from their own families on the biggest holiday of the year. So don’t be a Scrooge. Tip well!


Many Applebee’s locations will be open on Christmas Day, but it is best to call you local Applebee’s ahead of time since individual franchisees may opt out.

Boston Market

Boston Market locations will be open on Christmas so you can enjoy a traditional holiday meal for just $12.99. Also, if you’re going to be home, but don’t want to cook — or clean up all of those dishes — Boston Market also sells family meals.

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Buca di Beppo

Go out for an Italian Christmas lunch or dinner at Buca. You can order traditional holiday food and get a healthy helping of pasta or other Italian favorites if your idea of a Christmas celebration includes sauce.


Buffalo Wild Wings

If Christmas cheer to you comes in the form of a big pile of wings and some cold brews, B-Dubs could be your answer. Some locations will be open on Christmas. Call ahead.

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Chart House

Take the family out — or even just yourself! — for a fancier meal to celebrate Dec. 25. All Chart House locations will be open except those in Cincinnati and San Francisco. The casual upscale restaurant will also be serving some special dishes just for the holiday.


You can always count on Denny’s. Christmas is actually Denny’s busiest day of the year. In 2015 alone, 1.6 million people dined there on Dec. 25. All locations will be open on Christmas Day.

Golden Corral

Most Golden Corral locations will be open on Christmas. Call ahead just to make sure.

The Hard Rock Cafe

Rock Around the Christmas Tree at Hard Rock Cafe. Most locations will be open.

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Most IHOP restaurants will be open on Dec. 25 whether you want a holiday dinner or just to get the family out of the house while you cook on Christmas afternoon.

Legal Sea Foods

Legal Sea Foods will be open on Christmas but hours may vary by restaurant. Order from their standard menu or ask for holiday specials.

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McCormick and Schmick’s

Delicious seafood and steaks without the dirty dishes — now that’s sure to bring holiday cheer. All locations will be open and serving their usual menu.

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Morton’s The Steakhouse

Morton’s will be open on Christmas and serving a full menu. Reservations are recommended if you don’t want to be left out in the cold.

Panda Express

If you need a serving of your favorite orange chicken, most locations of Panda Express will be open.


Most Perkins will be open for business on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse

All locations will be open on Christmas (many from noon to 8), but individual restaurant hours may vary.


For the past 70 years, Shoney’s has made it a tradition to be open on Christmas Day. Enjoy a Christmas Day buffet full with all of the traditional holiday fare.


Because early Christmas mornings run on Starbucks. Check with your location for specific hours.

Waffle House

Keeping it’s promise of 24/7, 365, Waffle House will be open whenever you need it to be.

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Meghan is a full-time writer exploring the fun facts behind food. She lives a healthy lifestyle but lives for breakfast, dessert and anything with marinara. She’s thrown away just as many meals as she’s proud of.