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Restaurants Open On Christmas Day

When it comes to the holidays, there is nothing better than going out to eat with family and friends. However, finding restaurants open on Christmas Day can be quite challenging.

We have made it easier for you with this article and have compiled a list of as many restaurants open on Christmas Day in Orange County that we were able to find to make your life a little easier this holiday season.

Christmas Day will be celebrated next on Monday, December 25, 2023.

Find out what else is Open on Christmas Day.

Note: Reservations are recommended, availability and price may vary.

Restaurants Open Christmas Day

Nova Kitchen & Bar

12361 Chapman Ave., Garden Grove, CA 92840
714-696-0888

Nova Kitchen & Bar has quickly become one of the most celebrated restaurants in Garden Grove, and one visit there is all you need to know why. Their wide selection of sushi along with other gourmet options like wagyu filet, cajun ribeye and Korean short ribs make this a Christmas meal to remember.

Buca Di Beppo

1609 E Imperial Hwy., Brea, CA 92821
11757 Harbor Blvd., Garden Grove, CA 92840
7979 Center Street, Huntington Beach, CA 92647
Additional Locations Nationwide

Buca Di Beppo’s family style dining makes it perfect for a Christmas meal with family. Whether you go with the ever popular stuffed pasta, or more traditional options like lasagna or baked ziti, everyone is sure to find something they love.

Agora Churrascaria

1830 Main Street, Irvine, CA 92614
949-222-9910

Agora Churrascaria in Irvine is one of the best Brazilian Steakhouses in Orange County, and the perfect place for a Christmas dinner. With tableside service of 14 different delicious cuts of meat, you won’t leave until you’re as stuffed as you are after the best home-cooked meals.

Romano’s Macaroni Grill

13652 Jamboree Rd., Irvine, CA 92602
714-508-7990
Additional Locations Nationwide

While they may be most famous for their pasta, Romano’s Macaroni Grill has a host of other options for you to choose from as well. From steak and potatoes to Shrimp Portofino, their land and sea menu covers a wide array of entrees for the whole family to choose from.

Dave & Buster’s

661 Spectrum Center Drive, Irvine, CA 92618
20 City Blvd. West, Orange, CA 92868
Additional Locations Nationwide

If you want to have some fun along with your dinner, Dave & Buster’s is the perfect place to go. From classic pub food like burgers and fish and chips to fire-grilled Atlantic salmon or New York Strip steak, you have plenty to choose from to eat and to play.

Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.

321 W Katella Ave., Suite 101, Anaheim, CA 92802
714-635-4867
Additional Locations Nationwide

A restaurant famous for their shrimp and memorabilia from Forrest Gump, Bubba Gump’s is the perfect place if you are looking for a laid-back atmosphere for your dinner. With a menu spanning from seafood to burgers and pizza, there’s something for everyone here.

Orange Hill Restaurant

6410 East Chapman Ave., Orange, CA 92869
714-997-2910

This brunch buffet at Orange Hill offers a variety of delicious items for brunch, as well as a beautiful view of Southern California. The menu offers many options such as filet & eggs or lobster benedict which are hard to resist.

Nobu

3450 Via Oporto Suite 101, Newport Beach, CA 92663
949-429-4440
Additional Locations Nationwide

In case you are looking for a sophisticated dinner this Christmas, then Nobu will not disappoint. With locations all across the world, Nobu is one of the foremost names in the world of Japanese cuisine and high-end sushi restaurants. With dishes like squid ‘pasta’ with a light garlic sauce or black cod butter lettuce cups, you’ll feel absolutely spoiled.

Tangerine Room

1030 W Katella Ave., Anaheim, CA 92802
657-279-9786

With a lavish Christmas buffet on offer this year at Tangerine Room, there is plenty of food to indulge in, including a delicious carving station and a seafood display that will be sure to please anyone’s palate this Christmas. In addition to the delicious meal, you’ll also be treated to live entertainment throughout the evening.

BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse 

Multiple locations in Orange County plus additional locations nationwide

With several locations across Orange County, BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse is great if you’re looking for a good Christmas meal close by. With their wide variety of handcrafted drinks (both alcoholic and nonalcoholic) and a huge menu stretching from soups and salads to steaks and tacos, everyone is sure to find something to love.

The Capital Grille

3333 Bristol Street, Costa Mesa, CA 92626 
714-432-1140
Additional Locations Nationwide

If you’re looking for a familiar but high-quality upscale Christmas dinner, The Capital Grille in Costa Mesa is the perfect place for you. From appetizers like prosciutto-wrapped mozzarella and tuna tartare to entrees such as lamb rib chops and filet mignon, The Capital Grille is perfect for your upscale holiday fare.

Catal Restaurant

1580 Disneyland Drive, Anaheim, CA 92802
714-774-4442

Located at Downtown Disney in the Disneyland Resort, Catal Restaurant is known for the delicious Mediterranean cuisine. While they are open on Christmas, their breakfast with Santa the day before cannot be missed out on for both parents and kids alike.

El Torito 

Multiple locations in Orange County plus additional locations nationwide

For a less traditional Christmas meal, check out one of the many El Torito locations across Orange County. Their menu filled with Mexican cuisine like fajitas and enchiladas makes for a delicious meal any time of the year.

Pelican Grill

22800 S Pelican Hill Rd., Newport Coast, CA 92657
844-443-0022

Located at the Resort at Pelican Hill, the Pelican Grill is a local favorite that would make for a delicious Christmas dinner. Whether you’re looking for unique salads made from local ingredients or freshly grilled fish or steaks, the meal is sure to be one to remember.

Fogo de Chão

623 Spectrum Center Drive, Irvine, CA 92618
949-398-1500
Additional locations nationwide

Eating too much is a must at any Christmas dinner, and there’s no better place for that than Fogo de Chão Brazilian Steakhouse. Order their Churrasco Experience to have continuous service of their signature cuts of fire-roasted meats and side dishes so you can eat until you’re full – and then more!

Tanner’s at Pasea Hotel & Resort

21080 Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach, CA 92648
714-698-6130

Tanner’s at Pasea Hotel & Resort is perfect if you’re searching for a Christmas dinner with great food and great views. Here you can enjoy a floor-to-ceiling ocean view while feasting on everything from filet mignon to charred octopus.

McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood

321 W Katella Ave., Anaheim, CA 92802 
714-535-9000
Additional Locations Nationwide

For a great seafood Christmas dinner, head to McCormick & Schmick’s Grille. They have a menu filled with several varieties of oysters, both raw and grilled fish, and steaks all conveniently located near Disneyland and the Anaheim Convention Center.

View at Vea Newport Beach

900 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, CA 92660
949-640-4000

View at Vea Newport Beach is perfect for a California Christmas dinner. Featuring a number of dishes of California cuisine from Dungeness crab salad to Pan Roasted Halibut, View will be sure to satisfy anyone celebrating this special day.

Tocca Ferro Italian Chophouse

1775 S Clementine St., Anaheim, CA 92802
714-294-7800

Tocca Ferro’s ‘The Flavors of Joy Christmas Dinner’ is an experience that can’t be missed. Their three course meal offers the choice between a decadent ricotta gnocchi soup and roasted acorn squash salad to start, and the choice between sole that melts in your mouth and a grilled NY striploin for the main course!

Benihana 

Multiple locations in Orange County plus additional locations nationwide

If you’re looking for a meal with a show included, Benihana is a great place to visit on Christmas. With a large selection of sushi along with seafood and steaks seared before your eyes, it will make a meal to remember.

Ruth’s Chris Steak House 

2041 South Harbor Blvd., Anaheim, CA 92802 | 714-750-5466
2961 Michelson Drive, Irvine, CA 92612 | 949-252-8848
Additional Locations Nationwide

If you’re looking to treat your family to a nice meal for Christmas, stop by Ruth’s Chris Steak House. With their premium selection of steak cuts and signature side dishes, Ruth’s makes for an excellent Christmas present for the meat lover in your life.

The Cheesecake Factory 

Multiple locations in Orange County plus additional locations nationwide

If your family has diverse tastes, The Cheesecake Factory is a great place to visit for your Christmas dinner. With their legendary 21-page menu, your whole family can order whatever they want, ranging from pizzas and burgers to chicken and steak.

Black Angus Steakhouse

Multiple locations in Orange County plus additional locations nationwide

If you’re looking for a special winter-themed Christmas dinner, Black Angus Steakhouse has the perfect meal for you. With a seasonal menu featuring a steak, snow crab, and grilled shrimp special, you’re sure to get into the winter spirit here.

More Local Restaurants Open On Christmas Day

  • A + O Restaurant & Bar – Newport Beach
  • Balboa Bay Resort – Newport Beach
  • Bruno’s Italian Kitchen – Brea
  • Cruisers Pizza Bar Grill – Huntington Beach, Newport Beach
  • Habana – Costa Mesa, Irvine
  • Hacienda On The Lake – Rancho Santa Margarita
  • Hanagi – Anaheim
  • Henry’s Coastal Cuisine – Huntington Beach
  • Khan Saab Desi Craft Kitchen – Fullerton
  • Kobe Japanese Steakhouse – Seal Beach
  • Las Brisas – Laguna
  • Mastro’s – Newport Beach, Irvine
  • Malarkey’s – Newport Beach
  • Montage – Laguna Beach
  • Orange Hill – Orange
  • Pelican Hill Resort – Newport Beach
  • RA Sushi Bar – Tustin
  • Ritz Carlton – Laguna Niguel
  • RTE 22 Restaurant & Bar – Anaheim
  • Roy’s – Anaheim
  • Silver Trumpet Restaurant & Bar – Costa Mesa
  • Solita Tacos & Margaritas – Huntington Beach
  • Tanner’s at Pasea – Huntington Beach
  • Top Of The V – Anaheim
  • Wind & Sea Restaurant – Dana Point

Fast Food Restaurants Open on Christmas

Select locations may not be open, confirm before heading out.

More National Restaurants Open Christmas Day

Select locations may not be open, confirm before heading out.

  • Acapulco
  • Applebee’s
  • Boston Market
  • Chart House
  • Del Frisco’s Grille
  • Denny’s
  • Gyu-Kaku
  • IHOP
  • Kona Grill
  • Morton’s The Steakhouse
  • Shoney’s
  • SOL Mexican Cocina
  • Texas de Brazil
  • Waffle House

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Morgan Mulac is a freelance writer who has spent years on the road as a nomad and now has settled back in California with her family. Some of her favorite spots to travel to in California are in Orange County and the many beaches along the coast. She’s an avid writer about her journeys and enjoys sharing the beauty California has to offer.