Here are 13 restaurants open on Christmas Day in Tampa Bay. If you don’t want to have to fuss with cooking on Christmas Day read through the list. You could just veg out in your Christmas jammies watching Christmas Vacation for the millionth time (cousin Eddie never gets old) and then head to brunch or dinner.

The places will be open, but they may have abbreviated hours so check before making your plan. There is a little bit of everything on this list from fancy to delivery! Also, many of them may be offering special holiday menus and specials as well!

Check out this list of 13 restaurants open on Christmas Day in Tampa Bay!


  • The Columbia Restaurant Ybor City

    They will be open, however, the restaurant recommends making a reservation. Hello, 1905 Salad!

  • IHOP

    IHOP restaurants are open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day – just add syrup!

  • Rick's on the River

    With the weather forecast saying temps in Tampa Bay will be in the 70s on Christmas Day, an outdoor restaurant sounds like a great idea!

  • Del Frisco’s Grille

    They will have a special menu on Christmas Day!

  • Waffle House

    This place is never closed!

  • Denny’s

    Denny’s is open 24/7 on both Christmas Day and Christmas Eve. Grand Slam! 

  • Domino’s Pizza

    Channel your inner Kevin McAlister and order pizza on Christmas!

  • McDonald’s

    Hours may vary, so call before or check the app.

  • The Rusty Pelican

    This Tampa Bay classic with breathtaking water views will be open for breakfast starting at 10a and dinner starting at 5p. Reservations are recommended.

  • Ruth’s Chris Steak House

    Splurge a bit on a nice steak for the holidays!

  • Don Cesar

    Three of the hotel’s restaurants will be open on Christmas Day:

    • King Charles Christmas Brunch Buffet: $87.79 Adults, $29.08 Children 5-12 years old. Champagne included, parking not included.
    • Society Table and Rowe Bar Christmas Dinner: Pre-Fixe Menu $78, $27 Childre 5-12 years old. A’ La Carte Menu Available, parking not included.
    • Maritana Christmas Dinner: $88.70 for the Pre-Fixe Menu. A’ La Carte Menu Available, parking included.
  • Applebee’s

    You can get ‘Fancy Like’ Walker Hayes on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day!

  • Kona Grill

    The restaurant will be open on Christmas Eve and Day from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. with specials galore! 

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