Just in case the dog gets to the turkey, ham, or prime rib before you do – or even if you just want to skip preparing the big holiday meal – it’s good to know you have some alternatives. For whatever reason, if you want to go out on the town to eat December 25, here are restaurants that will be open on Christmas Day.
A number of chain restaurants are included, which offer moderate and low-cost 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.
Going to be out of town? For a bigger list of national and regional restaurant chains open on Christmas day, visit Living on the Cheap’s list here.
Wichita Restaurants Open Christmas Day
(Note: check back on this post between now and Christmas, as new restaurants may be added as they announce their Christmas plans.)
Saigon Oriental Restaurant on North Broadway will also be open their regular hours.
Buffet City Inc will be open on Christmas with their regular hours of 11 am to 10 pm.
Cafe Asia: Looking for an alternative to the buffet-style options? Cafe Asia will be open for business from 11:00 AM to 8:00 PM on Christmas Day. They are offering a special menu for that day that includes $3 soup and $5 appetizers, find more info here. Just keep in mind if you decide on Asian cuisine that Cafe Asia is carry-out only and does not offer dine-in.
China Star Super Buffet: China Star Super Buffet will be open from 11 am to 9 pm on Christmas.
Great Wall: Great Wall has several locations in Wichita which are normally open on Christmas day. Call your nearest Great Wall to confirm.
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.
McDonald’s: Some participating locations are open. Call ahead to confirm.
Panda Express: Open Christmas Day. They aren’t doing dine-in, but will be offering take-out and delivery.
IHOP: The International House of Pancakes is open 24 hours per day, and many of their locations will remain open on Christmas Day as well. Because individual locations are primarily owned and operated by franchisees, make sure to call ahead to your nearest IHOP in case their hours are reduced.
Siena Tuscan Steakhouse: Siena Tuscan Steakhouse will be open on Christmas day from 11 am to 4 pm.
Village Inn: Open all day (though hours may vary by location). Be sure to get a slice of Candy Cane pie.
Norton’s Brewing Company: Their bar will be open from 5 pm to 11 pm, Christmas day.
Tuptim Thai Restaurant: Their restaurant will be open on Christmas day from 11 am to 9 pm.
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.
Where are you planning to feast this Christmas? At grandmother’s house, at one of these restaurants open on Christmas day, or at home?
We will keep updating this post as we get more info. If you know of any restaurants open on Christmas let us know in the comments!
Restaurants open in the past
We are still waiting on confirmation for these restaurants.
Golden Corral: Some locations in the chain are open and our Wichita location will be among them, according to an employee who answered the phone. Their hours will be 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Many Asian restaurants report they’ll be open on December 25. Tuptim Thai posted an announcement on Facebook. Regular business hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., so drop in for some pad Thai or sweet chili noodles.(dk)
Harvest Kitchen Bar at the Hyatt Regency: You’ll want to make reservations for this year’s Christmas Day Brunch at the Hyatt Regency. From 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM, you can enjoy everything from made-to-order omelets to pasta, and from bacon and sausage links to pot roast and chicken breast. The carving stations will be serving up herb crusted prime rib and deep smoked country ham and you can wrap up with a wide-ranging dessert station. Prices are $32.95 for adults, $14 for children (5-12 years), and FREE for children aged 4 years or younger.
Applebee’s: Seems as though the Wichita-area locations will be closed, but on the Applebee’s website it says the South Broadway store will be open from 11 a.m. to midnight. It would be wise to call ahead and confirm. (dk)
Note: Some Wichita breweries and bars will be open in the evening for drinks. Scroll down the list to see the ones we’ve found.
Augustino Brewing on N. Tyler Road will be open from 4-9 p.m. for drinks only (no food). Get a free glass growler if you fill it with a regular price beer refill (limit 1 per person).