Christmas restaurants open 2021: Starbucks, McDonald’s, IHOP, Dunkin ‘


If you’re looking for a bite to eat or a cup of coffee this Christmas, be prepared to find limited options on Saturday.

Major national restaurant chains like Olive Garden, Outback Steakhouse, Chili’s, Taco Bell, and Chipotle are closed for the holidays. With Christmas falling on a Saturday, this means that Chick-fil-A will be closed two days in a row since its restaurants are traditionally closed on Sundays.

But plenty of Starbucks, McDonald’s, and Dunkin ‘stores will be open over Christmas, along with IHOP, Denny’s, and Waffle House.

You may also be able to order pizza from Pizza Hut, Domino’s, or Papa John’s, but not all locations will be open or deliver.

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It’s often a franchise decision to open a restaurant on holidays, so check with the nearest location before you go.

You can also check OpenTable for restaurants that accept vacation reservations, like Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse and Texas de Brazil.

Christmas has historically been a slow day for the restaurant industry, small business software provider Womply told USA TODAY. With the exception of Chinese restaurants known to be open on Christmas, many local restaurants will also be closed, according to Womply’s analysis.

Many stores will also be closed for Christmas. (Here is the list of pharmacies, convenience stores and open grocery stores.)

Restaurants open Christmas 2021

The following restaurant chains have selected locations open. Check with your nearest location before you go as not all locations are open. Some restaurant websites don’t have updated vacation hours, so call ahead or check the apps for more information.

Applebee’s: Some restaurants nationwide will be open on Christmas Day, but hours may be reduced.

Louie Bar: Open from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m.

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Buffalo Wild Wings: A few select sports bars are open and hours vary by location.

Chinese Restaurants: It is a tradition for Chinese restaurants to be open at Christmas. Check in with your favorite for hours.


Domino’s: Many locations are closed, but the store locator includes Christmas hours for some locations.

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Golden Corral


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Panda Express: Some restaurants open.

Papa John’s: Some locations are open.

Perkins Restaurant and Bakery

Pizza Hut: The majority of locations are closed, but a few restaurants open in the late afternoon over Christmas, the company told USA TODAY.

Ruth’s Chris Steak House


Texas from Brazil

TGI Fridays: Varies, but some locations open from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Waffle restaurant

More restaurants: Some local and regional restaurant chains will also be open at Christmas and restaurants located in hotels are often open on public holidays.

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Dunkin ‘and Starbucks open Christmas

Many Dunkin ‘and Starbucks stores will be open for the holidays, but hours will be limited.

Christmas fast food: Select McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Subway

Not all locations will be open. Fast food chain apps let you order ahead, get discounts, and check schedules.

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Sonic Drive-In

Metro: Restaurants are individually owned and operated, so hours may vary by location.

Wendy’s: Varies, but the fast food chain told USA TODAY that most locations operate on their regular hours.

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