While most restaurants will close for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, some plan to be open and welcome in those holiday guests looking for an alternative to cooking at home.
Denny's – Christmas has been Denny's busiest day of the year for seven consecutive years, according to the company. In 2016, it served nearly 1.5 million guests on Christmas Day alone.
Don't expect to be seated right away on Christmas Eve or on Christmas Day like that scene in The Santa Clause. Expect to wait and for the place to be very busy.
Fogo de Chao – The restaurant has special holiday hours with San Antonio's location opening at 11 a.m. on Christmas Eve and on Christmas Day.
IHOP – Most IHOP locations will be open on Christmas.
McDonald's – Some locations will be open, but that will vary by franchise, as will the Christmas and Christmas Eve hours.
Macaroni Grill – Enjoy an Italian feast on Christmas. Reservations strongly encouraged. We confirmed with the location at The Forum in Selma that they will be open at from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Christmas Eve and 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Christmas Day.
Panda Express – Some Panda Express locations will be open on Christmas Day. Be sure to call ahead to see if one of the many San Antonio locations is open.
Ruth's Chris Steakhouse – All Ruth's Chris locations in San Antonio will be open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The La Cantera and Concord Plaza locations will be open from 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Christmas Eve and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Christmas Day. The River Walk location will be open at its regular hours from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Reservations required. Menu will vary by location.
Shoney's – Shoney's is typically open on Christmas Day and Christmas Eve. San Antonio's location on the northeast side will be open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Christmas Eve and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Christmas Day.
Starbucks – Some Starbucks locations will be open to offer up your caffeine boost to start the day.
Fair warning, hours may vary by location so be sure to check with your local restaurant before making your holiday plans.