Considering taking the stress out of the holidays by going out for Christmas dinner this year? You're in luck — plenty of restaurants open on Christmas Day.
After the presents are opened and the family starts getting hungry, you can indulge in the many Christmas food options served up by restaurants in your neighborhood. Between take-out and to-go, catering and delivery Christmas menu options, you can avoid the kitchen and still enjoy a delicious Christmas dinner.
Restaurants Open on Christmas Day Near Me
The following places are open on Christmas Day, but menu options, offerings and prices might vary by location. Also, many restaurants require reservations for dine-in service and pre-order for pickups on the holidays. Click through to see which restaurants offer affordable meals.
Many Boston Market locations nationwide will open on Christmas Day. Hand-carved ham, sliced roast turkey breast and half-signature rotisserie chicken dinners — all of which include sides and dessert — are $12.99 for both dine-in and carry-out options, which is appealing for the budget-conscious too.
There's also the $34.99 Market Feast for Three and a la carte sides if you choose. Pre-ordered heat-and-serve meals are available for pickup, or you can opt for catering or home delivery.
Buca di Beppo
Buca di Beppo is serving both lunch and dinner on Christmas starting at 11 a.m. Reservations are requested and can be made online. Call your neighborhood location for menu options and pricing, but you can expect traditional Italian fare.
The restaurant is also cooking its signature Christmas Family Meals, available for online order or local call-in between Dec. 23-25 only. The regular family meal contains a salad and pasta, and the deluxe family meal provides the same plus an entree. Call for pricing on both meals, which are each Buca Larges that serve up to five people.
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Claim Jumper is offering a full Christmas pre-order holiday menu. The Complete Holiday Turkey Meal is $45.99 for two people, $115.99 for four to six people and $225.99 for eight to 10 people. Each comes with rolls, salad and a variety of sides. You can also order just a turkey breast cooked with drippings for $40.99 and order sides a la carte.
Platters for parties of two are served hot, and meals for parties of four to 10 require an hour of reheating. Call your local store for ordering information.
Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week — including Christmas — Denny's is one of the best restaurants open late. Even better, you can now order online and request delivery provided that your location participates.
Although the restaurant isn't advertising a particular Christmas menu, Denny's has created a number of holiday-themed dishes, as well as a very Christmas-ey turkey and dressing dinner. Kids can create their own junior Frosty pancakes or opt for a Frosty junior shake, both of which are brand new.
The restaurant and brewpub is open on Christmas Day starting at 10 a.m., and reservations are available over the phone or online. The kid-friendly restaurant has created special holiday features with Christmas dinner ideas like chicken cordon bleu or a bratwurst burger specifically for the special menu. Call your neighborhood location for prices and specifics.
If your family is looking for a sweet stack of comfort this Christmas, look no further than your local IHOP. This late-night favorite eatery confirmed it will be open for Christmas, restaurant officials told GOBankingRates that it will be posting the IHOP Christmas menu to this link as soon as it is available.
Legal Sea Foods
Restaurants from the Deep South to New England are opening for Christmas in what Legal Sea Foods is calling a "ho-ho-holiday feast." Hours vary by location, but the Legal Sea Foods website maintains a list of participating restaurants by state. Menus and prices vary by location, but reservations are always recommended and private dining room reservations must be made in advance.
McCormick and Schmick’s
McCormick and Schmick's is not advertising a specific menu for Christmas dinner, but the restaurant is now accepting reservations for Comfort and Cheer, a special event they're hosting on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. Reserve your spot online and check your neighborhood location for details, pricing and menu options.
Morton's operates dozens of locations nationwide, and on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, it will be open for business. The chain hasn't announced a special menu, but the full regular Morton's menu will be available. Reservations are recommended, either online or by phone.
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Old Country Buffet
Are you looking for a fantastic buffet deal this holiday? The Old Country Buffet Holiday Feast includes 2.5 pounds of boneless, sliced turkey breast and another 2.5 pounds of boneless, sliced ham. There are also two quarts each of macaroni and cheese, green beans and dressing, along with turkey gravy, cranberry sauce, rolls and two pies. The cost is $89.99, and a 10-12 pound cooked turkey is also available. Order by Friday, Dec. 22.
Patina Restaurant Group
Patina Restaurant Group owns a massive string of restaurants that operate nationwide but have an especially large presence in New York City, Los Angeles and inside Disney resorts. Several — including The Sea Grill, 812, State Grill and Bar, Rock Center Cafe, Lincoln Ristorante and Cucina and Co. — will open on Christmas and serve special, pre-selected holiday menus.
Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse
The Ruth's Chris Steakhouse holiday motto is "the best gifts aren't found under the tree." That's because the upscale restaurant is serving a full menu on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Pricing and menu selections vary by location, and reservations can be made online through the steakhouse's website.
Smith & Wollensky
Smith & Wollensky is open for not just Christmas Eve and Christmas, but also for New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. Menu options and pricing vary by location, but each restaurant will offer a special winter menu that includes premium seafood, dry-aged steaks, wine pairings and a strong menu of homemade desserts. Private event space is available for holiday parties of 20 or more. Call your local restaurant for information.
According to Atlanta Magazine, Christmas is one of the busiest days of the year for Waffle House. Although there hasn't been an official menu announcement yet, Waffle House plans to reveal the Christmas menu sometime in December.