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Restaurants open on Christmas Day in Miami

Whether you’ve been naughty or nice, diners can cross a stress-free meal off their wish list. A number of restaurant chains will be open Christmas Day. Here are some low-cost and moderate-price options. As always, we urge you to call ahead and confirm, as some independently-operated franchises opt to close on Christmas or limit their hours.

  • Denny’s: Christmas is actually the diner chain’s busiest day of the year. Serves breakfast, lunch and dinner all 24-hours of Christmas Day.
  • IHOP: Open all day (24-hours restaurants will keep to schedule, hours may vary at other locations).
  • Golden Corral: Some locations are open but varies by restaurant. Call ahead to confirm.
  • RA Sushi: Serves its limited time seasonal menu on Christmas Day from 4-11 pm. There are 25 restaurants in California, Arizona, Nevada, Texas, Chicago, Baltimore, Atlanta, Kansas and Florida.
  • Waffle House: Waffle House is open on Christmas Day, also following their 24 hours a day, 7 days a week normal schedule.

These have limited openings:

  • Starbucks.: Most Starbucks are open on Christmas Day and you can pick up some breakfast, lunch, dinner, and of course coffee. Hours vary by location.
  • Boston Market: Some are open so check before you go.
  • Dunkin’ Donuts: Some are open and others have limited hours.
  • McDonald’s: The ones that are corporate-owned are open while franchises may be closed.
  • Not in the mood for standard fare such as turkey or ham? Look to your neighborhood ethnic restaurants. Many Chinese and Indian spots are open on Christmas for lunch and/or dinner.
  • Looking for a more formal dining experience? Check OpenTable. The online restaurant reservations site lists upscale restaurants (the kind that take reservations) open on Christmas Day. You can search by city.

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Josie Gulliksen

About Josie Gulliksen

Josie Gulliksen is a freelance writer and major arts advocate and enthusiast who loves everything cultural and is excited to live in such a thriving community as Miami. A Miami native, aside from Miami on the Cheap, she currently writes for Artburst Miami, Biscayne Times, Edible South FL and Miami Media Group. She worked for nearly a decade at Miami Today as Calendar Editor and arts writer and then worked for 13 years in public relations. She has her own blog Scene Around South FL.



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