Restaurants Open on Holidays in the U.S.

Restaurants Open on Holidays in the US

There seems to be a common misconception that few restaurants are open on public holidays and that the answer to the question of, “What restaurants are open on US holidays?” is a disappointing “none of them”. That’s not true. The majority are closed on the main holidays, but that doesn’t account for all of them, as we will prove in this article.

In this guide we will answer all of your questions concerning restaurants open on holidays in the United States. These include:

  • What Restaurants Are Open on Easter?
  • What Restaurants Are Open on Christmas?
  • Is McDonalds Open on Christmas?
  • What Restaurants Are Open on Christmas Eve?
  • What Restaurants Are Open on Christmas Day?
  • Is KFC Open at Easter?
  • What Restaurants Are Open on New Years?

Many of the restaurants mentioned can be found here on Secret Menus and we have linked to a number of them. So, feel free to checkout the links mentioned and learn more about them.

What Restaurants Are Open on Easter?

Restaurants Open on Easter in the US

The fact that Easter Sunday is, well, Sunday, doesn’t make things any easier. Many restaurants reduce their hours on Sunday and some of them shut altogether. When they do open then the hours, in many cases, reflect the traditional Sunday opening times of the restaurant:

Here is a list of the restaurants that are open during Easter Sunday in the United States:

  • Applebees: One of the few chains that just doesn’t seem to close.
  • Bob Evans: The Bob Evans Menu is available for most of the year.
  • Carrabba’s: There are discounts for holidays on the Carrabba’s menu.
  • Char Steakhouse: Usual hours.
  • Cheesecake Factory: A great destination for a family Easter treat. Check our Cheesecake Factory Nutrition Info to avoid too many calories.
  • Cracker Barrel: Opens throughout most of the day.
  • Denny’s: Opens throughout most of the day.
  • Dunkin Donuts: Opens until early evening.
  • Fleming’s Steakhouse: Opens until late.
  • Golden Corral: More or less the usual hours.
  • Houlihan’s: More or less the usual hours.
  • IHOP: Although they are typically open all day, these are franchised restaurants that are allowed to set their own hours. So, they can differ. Give your local IHOP a ring in advance to make sure.
  • Joe’s Crab Shack: Open for most of the day.
  • McCormick & Schmick’s: Majority of locations are open.
  • Morton’s Steakhouse: Some limited times, but most are open.
  • Panera Bread: A popular choice. Panera Bread is a great destination for an Easter treat.
  • Red Lobster: Apparently popular with Beyonce and a new generation of seafood fans, the Red Lobster menu is one of the hottest out there right now and you can enjoy it on Easter Sunday.
  • Ruby Tuesday: Perfect for anyone looking to drown their sorrows. Checkout our Ruby Tuesday Menu for available drinks and snacks.
  • Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse: Most of the day.
  • Seasons 52: Most of the day.
  • Shoney’s: Most of the day.
  • Waffle House: Open all day. See the Waffle House Menu here, and take your pick of the holidays.

What Restaurants Are Open on Memorial Day?

Most restaurants are open on Memorial Day. They typically don’t close their doors on this US public holiday. Banks do, and some shops might follow suit, but fast food chains, casual dining locations and many retailers remain open throughout the day.

There’s no need to list any chains here simply because it would be a list that would encompass the vast majority of chains in the United States.

What Restaurants Are Open on Thanksgiving?

Restaurants Open on Thanksgiving in the US

For many of us, Thanksgiving is a time for family feasts and not eating out. It’s not a time when we want to know which restaurants are open. However, there are many for whom Thanksgiving means a treat at their favorite chain. And if you’re eating alone, if you can’t or don’t want to cook a big traditional feast, or if you just want something different, then you’ll want to know which chains are open.

So, with that in mind, let’s take a look at which fast food restaurants are open on Thanksgiving in the US:

  • AppleBee’s: Anytime of year is good for AB.
  • Burger King: It may not be traditional, but who cares. The Burger King menu is yours for most of this US holiday.
  • Denny’s: Most are open 24/7.
  • IHOP: Some locations are open. Check in advance.
  • Jack in the Box: The best time to enjoy Jack in the Box is anytime. But Thanksgiving is good as well…
  • McDonald’s: Most locations.
  • Papa John’s: Pizza on Thanksgiving? Sure, why not.
  • Pizza Hut: Get some turkey on that pizza.
  • Popeyes: Friday chicken is great for any meal and any season. And it’s as close to turkey as you can get without, you know, actually eating turkey.
  • Qdoba: Turkey burritos anyone?
  • Sonic: Drive-thru Thanksgiving,
  • Starbucks: Getting read for the holiday drinks.
  • White Castle: H & K struggled, but you shouldn’t have an issue finding an open White Castle on Thanksgiving.

What Restaurants Are Open on Christmas?

Restaurants Open on Christmas in the US

There are some restaurants that are open throughout the Christmas season, some that are only open on Christmas Day or Christmas Eve. We have separated these two days below to make it easier for you to see which is which and to avoid any confusion.

Most restaurants are open again the day after Christmas Day and the day before Christmas Eve. In fact, other than these two days everything is pretty much “as is” as far as Christmas goes.

What Restaurants Are Open on Christmas Eve?

Restaurants Open on Christmas Eve in the US

You might think that there are more restaurants open on Christmas Eve than Christmas Day, but they are roughly the same. In fact, some close on Christmas Eve and open on Christmas Day.

So, let’s take a look at which restaurants are open in the United States on Christmas Eve:

  • Applebee’s: Most locations are open late.
  • Buffalo Wild Wings: Open until 6 in the evening.
    Burger King: Open until midnight.
  • Denny’s: Most are open 24/7.
  • IHOP: Some locations are open. Check in advance.
  • Domino’s: Open until the early hours of Christmas Day.
  • Dunkin’ Donuts: Open until early evening.
  • Golden Corral: Hours will vary by location.
  • IHOP: 24/7
  • Jack in the Box: Normal hours.
  • McDonald’s: Most locations open until late.
  • Outback Steakhouse: The Outback Steakhouse menu is yours until late.
  • Papa Johns: Open, but shuts a few hours sooner than usual.
  • Panda Express: Open until late.
  • Perkins: Open until 2 in the morning.
  • Pizza Hut: “The Hut” is open until 8 p.m, with some specialist Pizza Hut Menu items for the season.
  • Ruby Tuesday: Most Ruby Tuesday locations are open. Hours vary.
  • Starbucks: Location hours vary, but most are open at some point. Checkout the Starbucks Holidays Drinks Menu to see what new options are available for the season.
  • Steak and Shake: Open all day.
  • Subway: The top sub chain is until 10 p.m.
  • Taco Bell: The famous Taco Bell menu is all yours on Christmas eve, but there are restricted hours in many locations.
  • Texas Roadhouse: Open until 9pm.
  • Waffle House: All day and most of the year.

What Restaurants Are Open on Christmas Day?

Restaurants Open on Christmas Day in the US

Very few restaurants are open on Christmas Day in the United States. This is a day for family, a day when we are either too hungover or too drunk to leave the house. But, there are many people who like to get out and about on Christmas Day, enjoying meals at their favorite restaurants and taking the whole family with them.

All of the following chains open to cater for them on Christmas Day:

  • Applebee’s: Although most locations are closed, the one in Times Square is open during usual hours. The same applies to a small number of other Applebee’s in key locations
  • Burger King: Some locations are open.
  • Denny’s: Most are open 24/7.
  • Dunkin’ Donuts: Many locations are open, but with restricted hours.
  • IHOP: Some locations are open. Check in advance.
  • McDonalds: Some locations are open.
  • Papa John’s: Open from Noon to Night.
  • Steak n’ Shake: Get steak burgers off the Steak n’ Shake menu from 11:am on Christmas day.
  • TGI Friday’s: The TGI Friday’s menu is yours to explore for most of the day.
  • Waffle House: All day.

What Restaurants Are Open on New Years?

Restaurants Open on New Years in the US

As many people as there are hungover on Christmas Day, there are a good ten times more hungover on New Years. But this is a day when we are less inclined to want to stay at home with family. It’s a day when we want to go out, to eat and drink that headache and that overindulgence away (hair of the dog, an’ all that).

Luckily, there are many places open. So, let’s take a look at what restaurants are open on New Years:

  • Applebee’s: Normal business hours. Very little stops Applebee’s.
  • Burger King: Most locations are open all day. Some, however, are not.
  • Denny’s: Most are open 24/7.
  • IHOP: Some locations are open. Check in advance.
  • KFC: Grab your favorite fried chicken from the KFC menu throughout New Years day.
  • McDonald’s: Most locations open.
  • Olive Garden: Normal business hours.
  • Papa John’s: Normal business hours.
  • Pizza Hut: Normal business hours.
  • Ruby Tuesday: Open from morning until night for drinkers seeking their alcoholic cures.
  • Starbucks: Many locations are closed, but not all. The Starbucks menu may still have some of those holiday drinks as well.
  • TGI Friday’s: Normal business hours.
  • Waffle House: Of course it’s open!