Christmas is the busiest time of the year, and that means after a hectic morning of opening presents and serving up cocoa to our relatives, we don't always feel like cooking up a feast and dealing with the dishes too. And for those who don't celebrate Christmas, it can be kind of frustrating that everything seems to a halt on Dec. 25. Luckily, these restaurants are open on Christmas Day. Whether you're avoiding cooking for a crowd or just looking for a yummy meal when most places are closed, these eateries are here to save the day.
Some Applebee's restaurants will be open on Christmas Day, but hours vary by location. Call your local restaurant to find out if it's open.
2. Boston Market
Many Boston Market locations are open on Christmas Day. You can dine in or pick up a family feast for three and whole pies to bring home. See a list of restaurants that will be open on Christmas Day here.
3. Buca di Beppo
Buca di Beppo is open on Christmas Day for lunch and dinner. You can share a family-style meal with your nearest and dearest. You can make a reservation here. Or you can order a family meal for takeout to enjoy at home in front of the tree.
Most Denny's restaurants will be open on Christmas. They have three new flavors of holiday pancakes to celebrate: pumpkin cream, cranberry-orange and white chocolate raspberry. They'll also have the full regular menu available. And if you place a mobile or online order of $20 or more on Christmas Day, you can get a free whole pie using the code FREEPIE.
5. Chart House
Most Chart House locations will be open on Christmas, but make sure you call ahead to reserve a table — they can get quite busy.
6. Golden Corral
Many Golden Corral buffets are open on Christmas Day, though the hours might be different than usual. Check with your local restaurant for details.
7. Hometown Buffet
Hometown Buffet is open from 11a.m. to 6 p.m. on Christmas Day.
Almost all IHOPs are open Christmas Day. They'll be serving up their new menu items like fluffy snowman pancakes and cheesecake-stuffed French toast. Call ahead to check local hours.
9. McCormick & Schmick's
McCormick & Schmick's will be open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Make a reservation here.
10. Old Country Buffet
Most Old Country Buffet restaurants will be open on Christmas Day. You can also order a take-home holiday feast for pickup on the 25th that includes turkey, ham, sides and two whole pies, all for $89.99.
11. Ruth's Chris Steak House
You can enjoy the full menu of steaks, entrées and other side dishes at Ruth's Chris on Christmas Day — make a reservation here.
12. Smith & Wollensky
Enjoy something from Smith & Wollensky's winter menu, featuring steak, fish and other decadent entrées, on Christmas Day. Reservations are recommended.
13. Waffle House
As always, all Waffle House locations will be open 24 hours on Christmas Day. Celebrate with a triple-size platter of hash browns "all the way."
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