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Which Restaurants Are Open On Christmas?

A Denny's sign is against a blue, cloudy sky.

You don’t want it to happen, but Christmas dinner got burned. Maybe you don’t celebrate Christmas and want to head out to eat. All understandable reasons for heading out on Christmas for a bite.

Which restaurants are open on Christmas Day?

As it turns out, there are several major chains that will be open. Large scale restaurants like Denny’s will be open across the country, and chains like McDonald’s will feature many open drive-thru lines. With some places, however—like McDonald’s—you’ll still want to check your local store. Many of these chains are franchise-based and independent owners could have still decided to close.

Whether you’re planning to eat out for Christmas, make an oops and burn the ham, or just don’t celebrate, here are some restaurants with open locations on Christmas Day:

  • Denny’s
  • Benihana
  • Domino’s
  • Dunkin’
  • Buca di Beppo
  • Starbucks
  • Golden Corral
  • IHOP
  • Del Taco
  • Waffle House
  • Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse
  • Fogo de Chao
  • Wendy’s
  • Applebee’s
  • McDonald’s
  • Boston Market
  • Panda Express
  • Romano’s Macaroni Grill
  • Shoney’s

Whether you end up craving a burger, a steak, some waffles, or Italian food, this Christmas Day, you can head into one of these restaurants to find it. You might even be able to get your hands on 2021’s most ordered food.

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Shea Simmons is the Assignments Editor at LifeSavvy. Previously, she worked as a freelance writer with a focus on beauty and lifestyle content. Her work has appeared in Bustle, Allure, and Hello Giggles. Read Full Bio »
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