Katz's Never Kloses, even on Christmas. Photo courtesy of Katz's Deli Houston
Katz's Never Kloses, even on Christmas. Photo courtesy of Katz's Deli Houston

Restaurants Open on Christmas Day in Houston for Takeout or Dine-in

Given the year we've all had, this Christmas it seems perfectly acceptable to spend a minimal amount of time in the kitchen. There's no shame in tucking away that KitchenAid; Houston has plenty of restaurants open on Christmas Day with both dine-in and take-out options. Because of the pandemic's rising cases in Texas, restaurant hours and policies may change; we encourage you to call ahead to get the latest information—and if in doubt, bring that delicious restaurant Christmas meal home to enjoy around the Christmas tree.

While you're here, don't forget to visit our holiday guide, which has been updated with plenty of socially distanced and virtual fun.

House of Pies is a Houston staple and is open 24 hours a day, even on Christmas

Restaurants Open for Dine-In and Takeout on Christmas

Black Bear Diner - Various locations

Enjoy breakfast all day long at Black Bear Diner which is also offering Family Meals to-go this holiday season starting at $19.99. You can go the breakfast route with bacon eggs and pancakes, or choose traditional meals like Roasted Turkey.

Luby's - Various locations

If you're looking for a relaxed family dining experience this Christmas Day, you'll want to take the family to Luby's. Guests can enjoy all of their standard buffet favorites as well as a few holiday specials, such as an apple cranberry pork chop and prime rib. Luby's is also offering holiday feasts to go for families wanting to dine at home without the stress of cooking for a crowd. Holiday hours vary by location, so be sure to call ahead to your local restaurant for holiday hours.

House of Pies - Various Locations

Enjoy home-cooked flavors 24 hours a day at this Houston landmark establishment. There are four locations around Houston. All breakfast, lunch, and dinner options will be available all-day on Christmas Day. For dessert, choose from one of the largest selections of pies and cakes in the area. Try a seasonal favorite like Pumpkin Cheesecake, or a southern staple like Texas Pecan Pie. Seating on Christmas Day is first come, first served.  

Fogo de Chao Westchase and The Woodlands

For a fun twist on traditional Christmas dinner fare, try dining churrasco-style at Fogo de Chao. The restaurant is offering unlimited servings of various cuts of different types of meat including beef, pork, chicken, and lamb. Also includes is a fresh salad bar and Brazilian side dishes like garlic mashed potatoes, caramelized bananas, and crispy polenta. Fogo has dine-in, delivery and curbside pickup options available.

Denny's - Various locations

When it comes to being kid-friendly, Denny's is a slam dunk in the restaurant arena. The laid-back atmosphere is perfect for a relaxing Christmas Day meal with the family, and the breakfast, lunch, and dinner options are sure to satisfy even the pickiest eaters. Christmas Day hours vary by location.

Waffle House - Various locations

Open 365 days a year, 24 hours a day, Waffle House will be serving up your favorites for breakfast, lunch, and dinner this Christmas. The kids' menu is sure to please with options like grilled cheese, burgers, and waffles- of course! 

Katz's Deli - Montrose, The Woodlands, and The Heights

Katz's never closes...even for Christmas! Enjoy some casual New York street-style fare to celebrate the holidays this year. With a wide variety of sandwiches, soups, salads, burgers, and pastas to choose from, Katz's Deli has something for everyone in your family. The kids' menu includes classic favorites such as cheese pizza and spaghetti and meatballs. Open 24 hours on Christmas day with regular menu pricing. 

The AquariumKemah and Downtown

The Aquarium will be open for regular service on Christmas Day, so you can enjoy a delicious meal as well as the attractions! Reservations are required.

Saltgrass Steakhouse - Various locations

Enjoy a special Christmas Day menu at Saltgrass Steakhouse complete with chicken and seafood selections, a variety of hearty steak options, and your choice of pecan pie or bread pudding for dessert. Reservations are recommended, but not required. Most locations will be open from 11 a.m.- 4 p.m., but the Kemah Boardwalk location will be open until 7 p.m. 

Rainforest Cafe - Galveston

5310 Seawall Boulevard, Galveston
On Christmas Day, have the ultimate kid-friendly experience at Rainforest Cafe in Galveston. Order classic favorites off of their regular menu while your kids take in the sights and sounds of the restaurant's signature rainforest decor.

Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. - Kemah

#5 Kemah Boardwalk, Kemah
Spend Christmas day taking in a seaside view when you dine at Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. on the Kemah Boardwalk. 

Romano's Macaroni Grill - The Woodlands

1155 Lake Woodlands Drive, Spring
Romano's Macaroni Grill in The Woodlands will be serving an authentic Italian feast from 11 a.m.- 9 p.m. on Christmas Day this year. Patrons can enjoy a three-course pre-set Christmas Day meal for $25 per person, but the full dinner menu will also be available. 

Houston Restaurants Open Only for Dine-In on Christmas

Hotel Galvez - Galveston

2024 Seawall Blvd., Galveston
Spend Christmas Day by the sea enjoying brunch at Hotel Galvez. Traditional brunch menu items will be available, as well as a selection of chef specials. Seating for brunch starts at 10:30 a.m. and continues every hour on the hour until 6:30 p.m. Reservations are required for 2020 due to the pandemic.

This post originally published in 2017.

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