Whether you need a last-minute pie or a fully involved Christmas dinner, these restaurants are still serving up meals on Christmas Day.
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Have you ever watched a Christmas movie or series episode and wondered if the restaurants the characters are eating at are actually open on Christmas Day? You know, what if there's a Santa Clause-level turkey disaster and you have to head to Denny's? Or maybe you seriously just don't want to cook this Christmas (we understand that feeling too). While some of your favorite chain restaurants may be closed this Christmas, there are still plenty of options if you want to leave the cooking to somebody else.

Most fast food restaurants will remain open if you want to swing through the drive-thru on your way to your relative's house. Some restaurants are even offering special Christmas Day menus so you'll still have the traditional feast. Or, you can take advantage of carry-out options so you will just have to reheat the meals and serve them — put them on a fancy plate, and no one will even know you didn't make the ham.

Whether you're craving some crispy French fries or want a fully loaded Christmas meal, these restaurants can help you out on Christmas Day.

Restaurants Open on Christmas Day 2021

Applebee's: Some locations will be open regular hours, while some will be closed or have reduced hours. Call your local restaurant for full hours and information.

Arby's: Hours of operation will vary per location, so some restaurants may be open while others are closed. You should contact your local Arby's for full hours and information.

Benihana: Most locations will be open, but may be operating on reduced hours; you can call your local restaurant for full hours and information and to make a reservation.

Boston Market: Select locations will be open and offering a special Christmas Day Menu; you can call your local restaurant for hours. You can also order one of their premade holiday meals for pickup or delivery.

Buffalo Wild Wings: Select locations will be open, but most Buffalo Wild Wings will be closed; you should call your local restaurant for full hours and information.

Burger King: Hours of operation vary per franchise, so some Burger King locations may be open while others may not, and some might have reduced hours. You should call your local restaurant for full hours and information.

Denny's: All locations will be open but may be operating on reduced hours; you should call your local restaurant for full hours and information.

Domino's: Many locations will be open, but hours of operation will vary by location. You should call your local restaurant for full hours and information.

Dunkin': Most locations will be open, but the hours of operation can vary by location. You should call your local restaurant or check the Dunkin' mobile app for more information.

Golden Corral: The buffet will be open and will offer a special Christmas Day buffet complete with all the holiday favorites. Some locations may have reduced holiday hours; you can call your local restaurant for full hours and information. Or, if you prefer to dine at home, Golden Corral is offering Holiday Meals To Go for a limited time.

IHOP: Most locations will be open, but you should call your local restaurant for full hours and information. You can also order IHOP's Holiday Celebrations Family Feast to-go for an easy holiday breakfast.

McDonald's: Most locations will remain open, but you should contact your local restaurant for hours and information.

Panda Express: Hours of operation vary per franchise, so some Panda Express locations may be open while others may not, and some might have reduced hours. You should call your local restaurant for full hours and information.

Papa John's: Hours of operation will vary by location; you should contact your local restaurant or check the Papa John's website for full hours and information.

Popeyes: Hours of operation vary per franchise, so some Popeyes locations may be open while others may not, and some might have reduced hours. You should call your local restaurant for full hours and information.

Sonic: Some locations will be open, but franchise-owned locations may be closed or have reduced hours. You should call your local restaurant for full hours and information.

Starbucks: All locations will be open (except those located within Target), but the hours of operation may vary per location, and stores may adjust their hours based on customer needs. You should call your local store or check the Starbucks mobile app for full hours and information.

Subway: Hours of operation vary per franchise, so some Subway locations may be open while others may not, and some might have reduced hours. You should call your local restaurant for full hours and information.

TGI Fridays: Some locations may be open, but it will vary per franchise. You should call your local restaurant for full hours and information.

Tim Hortons: Hours of operation vary per franchise, so some Tim Hortons locations may be open while others may not, and some might have reduced hours. You should call your local restaurant for full hours and information.

Waffle House: All Waffle House locations are open 24/7, which includes Christmas Day. Because of course Waffle House is open.

Wendy's: Most locations will be open, but you should call your local restaurant for full hours and information.

Restaurants Closed on Christmas Day 2021

  • Bahama Breeze Island Grille
  • BJ's Restaurant and Brewhouse
  • Bob Evans: Although you can order their Farmhouse Feast for a ready-to-heat holiday meal and pick it up on December 24.
  • Bonefish Grill
  • Buca di Beppo: Although you can order one of their Christmas Family Meals for an Italian Christmas dinner.
  • Carrabba's Italian Grill
  • The Cheesecake Factory
  • Chick-fil-A
  • Chili's
  • Chipotle
  • Cracker Barrel: Although you can pre-order one of their holiday Heat N' Serve meals now and pick it up between December 21 and December 28.
  • Longhorn Steakhouse
  • Olive Garden
  • Outback Steakhouse
  • P.F. Chang's
  • Pizza Hut
  • Red Lobster
  • Red Robin
  • Ruby Tuesday
  • Texas Roadhouse

This story originally appeared on allrecipes.com