Restaurants Open On Christmas 2020 In Sarasota

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SARASOTA, FL — The coronavirus crisis is prompting many Americans to skip large, family-filled holiday celebrations this year. As some choose to alter their Christmas traditions, others might be opting to let someone else take care of the festivities entirely.

Among these is cooking, and if that’s the route you’re going this Christmas, we certainly wouldn’t blame you. Luckily, there are several local and chain restaurants in Sarasota planning to be open on Christmas Day.

In case you need a recommendation of where to eat out on Christmas, Patch compiled a roundup of local and national restaurants slated to be open that day.

An important note: As the number of daily coronavirus cases continues to surge, states each day are imposing new restrictions on businesses. Business hours can also vary by location. Patch encourages you to call any restaurant on this list in advance to double-check hours on Christmas Day.

Here are the local restaurants planning to be open:

Also, here are the chain restaurants expected to be open Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, according to a list compiled by Food & Wine magazine.

Applebee’s: 5550 Fruitville Road, 3255 University Parkway and 5490 Clark Road, Sarasota

Bonefish Grill: Open Christmas Eve; closed Christmas Day. 3971 S Tamiami Trail and 8101 Cooper Creek Blvd., Sarasota; and 1681 US Highway 41 Bypass South, Venice

Boston Market: 5002 Cortez West, Bradenton

Buca di Beppo: 8860 N Tamiami Trail, Naples

Buffalo Wild Wings: 5235 University Pkwy, University Park

Carrabba's Italian Grill: Open Christmas Eve; closed Christmas Day. 1940 Stickney Point Road and 5425 University Pkwy., Sarasota; 2106 Cortez West, Bradenton

Chart House: 201 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key

Chili’s: Open Christmas Eve; closed Christmas Day. 5851 Bee Ridge Road and 4131 S Tamiami Trail, Sarasota (Check the Chili’s website for additional South Florida locations.)

Cracker Barrel: Open Christmas Eve until 2 p.m.; closed Christmas Day. 445 Commercial Court, Venice; 2203 Cortez Road West and 636 67th Street Circle East, Bradenton

Denny’s: 3701 Bee Ridge Road, Sarasota

Domino’s: 3692 Webber Street, 1100 N Tuttle Ave., 4080 Cattlemen Road, 5808 S Tamiami Trail, 1400 Dr. Martin Luther King Way, 7610 Lockwood Ridge Road and 8539 S Tamiami Trail, Sarasota

Dunkin’: 300 Washington Blvd. N., 2525 N Tamiami Trail, 3824 S Tuttle Ave., 2525 University Parkway, 7942 N Tamiami Trail, 6285 S Tamiami, Trail, 5871 Fruitville Road, 5761 Bee Ridge Road and 5641 Clark Road, Sarasota

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse: Open Christmas Eve; closed Christmas Day. 2001 Siesta Drive, Sarasota

IHOP: 4000 S Tamiami Trail and 1199 N Washington Blvd., Sarasota

Perkins Restaurant & Bakery: 5921 Fruitville Road, Sarasota; 6023 14th Street W, Bradenton; 1331 S 41 Bypass, Venice; 6001 S Salford Blvd., North Port;

McDonald’s: 787 Washington Blvd., 3511 Fruitville Road, 4301 N Washington Blvd., 3875 S Tamiami Trail, 3828 Bee Ridge Road, 8494 Lockwood Ridge Road, 5554 Fruitville Road, 8164 N Tamiami Trail

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Olive Garden: Open Christmas Eve; closed Christmas Day. 4900 S Tamiami Trail, Sarasota; 4420 W 14th Street, Bradenton

Outback Steakhouse: Open Christmas Eve until 8 p.m.; closed Christmas Day. 6390 N Lockwood Ridge Road and 7207 S Tamiami Trail, Sarasota; 4402 W Cortez Road and 4510 State Road 64 East, Bradenton; and 4220 S Tamiami Trail, Venice

Panda Express: 4201 Tamiami Trail, Venice

Ruth's Chris Steak House: 6700 S Tamiami Trail, Sarasota

Starbucks: 1375 S Tamiamia Trail; 1401 1st Street; 4972 S Tamiami Trail; 3571 Bee Ridge Road; 2455 N Tamiami Trail; 443 John Ringling Blvd.; and 3604 84th Ave Circle East in Sarasota (Check the Starbucks website for additional Sarasota area locations.)

Sonic: 3704 84th Ave. Circle East, Sarasota; 6008 14th Street West, Bradenton

Waffle House: 5737 Clark Road, Sarasota

Again, hours can vary by location. Always call ahead to make sure your local restaurant of choice is open Christmas Eve or Christmas Day.

Are we missing a restaurant? If you know a Sarasota-area restaurant is open on Christmas Day and should be added to this list, email

This article originally appeared on the Sarasota Patch