These Restaurants Are Open on Christmas Day 2019

December 24, 2019, 9:00 PM UTC
An IHOP is decorated with one string of Christmas lights. You can see through the window to see people eating.
WHEATON, MD- DEC 22: (12:30am) Edgar Alvarado and his girlfriend (back to camera) Ashley Moore, enjoy a late night/early morning breakfast at the iHop Restaurant on University Blvd. in Wheaton. They both had finished a long day as it was their last day of finals at the University of Maryland where they are students. They are eating at the exact moment of the time that marks the Winter Solstice. (Photo by Michael Williamson/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

When the last gift is opened and the stockings are empty, it can sometimes be overwhelming to think about having to make a full Christmas dinner.

The traditional alternative is to seek out the nearest Chinese restaurant. And that’s still a pretty good bet. Many major chain restaurants are closed on Christmas (though, since they’re often franchised, the owners of some locations could decide to welcome customers). There are some other dining options, though. And maybe even more than you expect.

Hours may vary and some municipalities have laws prohibiting major stores from opening on Christmas. And not every location follows the company’s suggested hours. It’s always a good idea to call first.

Restaurants open on Christmas Day 2019

Boston Market

Buca de Beppo

Buffalo Wild Wings

Chart House

Country Buffet (11am-6pm)


Dunkin’ Donuts

Flemings Steakhouse (Select locations)

Fogo de Chao

Home Town Buffet (11am-6pm)

Huddle House


Legal Sea Foods

Marie Callender’s

McCormick & Schmick

Morton’s Steak House

Old Country Buffet (11am-6pm)

Perkins Restaurant & Bakery

Romano’s Macaroni Grill

Ruth’s Chris Steak House

Ryan’s (11am-6pm)

Smith & Wollensky


Waffle House

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