Are any restaurants open on Christmas Day? If you are hoping to dine out on December 25 at some of the popular chain restaurants like Cracker Barrel, Denny's, Old Country Buffet, Boston Market, Bob Evans, Golden Corral, Hometown Buffet, Buca di Beppo, check out the list below to find out what's open and what's closed on Christmas.
Many people choose to eat out on the holiday because they don't want to cook a big meal. Dining out at a local restaurant is also a welcome break for those who spend Christmas Day alone.
There aren't as many restaurants open on Christmas as there were on Thanksgiving, but there are enough to choose from that you can opt for dinner out instead of a frozen meal if you're not up to cooking.
From fast-food to sit down to buffet style dining, many restaurants close their doors on Christmas so they can enjoy the holiday with their friends and family. Here are the restaurants that are going to stay open for those who want to eat their Christmas dinner out:
Restaurants Open on Christmas Day 2013
- Boston Market - Select locations will be open and will offer a $10.99 buffet that includes ham, two sides, cornbread and a slice of pie. Carry-out items will also be available.
- Benihana will be open both on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
- Buca di Beppo - Open at 11 a.m. on Wednesday. Both dine-in meals and to-go meals will be available.
- Buffalo Wild Wings - some locations will be open on Wednesday for eat-in and take out.
- Denny’s - open for breakfast, lunch and dinner for 24-hours on Christmas.
- Golden Corral - Open on Christmas. Hours vary by location. More information here.
- HomeTown Buffet: Open from Noon to 6 p.m. with a full holiday buffet available.
- iHop - open on December 25. Call ahead - hours vary.
- Old Country Buffet - open from Noon until 6 p.m. at select locations. Call ahead to make sure the location near you is open.
- Shoney's - Open. This restaurant features a full Christmas Day Buffet starting at $10.99. Kids 4 and Under eat free with an adult buffet purchase.
For those who are hoping Cracker Barrel will be open on Christmas, the popular restaurant will close at 2 pm. on Christmas Eve and remain closed all day on December 25.
If you're craving fast food, you're out of luck. Most McDonald's, Burger King and Wendy's restaurants will be closed on Christmas.