MILLBURN, NJ — In 2020, many Essex County residents opted for small, low-key holiday celebrations as coronavirus cases soared nationwide and public health experts urged social distancing.
We weren’t used to Christmas without the trimmings; however, while the situation was not ideal, many of us realized large, stressful holiday gatherings aren’t all they’re cracked up to be. This year, many may again opt to keep Christmas simple and unhurried.
Doing so could mean letting someone else take care of the holiday festivities entirely. This includes the cooking.
If that’s the route you’re going this Christmas, we certainly won’t blame you. Luckily, several local and chain restaurants in the area plan 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. Be sure to make reservations early, as available times are likely to fill up fast.
An important note: Business hours can vary by location. Patch encourages you to call any restaurant on this list in advance to double-check hours before heading over.
Among area restaurants, several are open Christmas Eve. Sweet Basil's Cafe and Grill in Livingston is open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Christmas Eve, closed Christmas Day. Read more about that here.
Restaurant Hours On Christmas Eve And Christmas Day
Chili’s: Open Christmas Eve; closed Christmas Day.
Cracker Barrel: Open Christmas Eve until 2 p.m.; closed Christmas Day.
Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse Open Christmas Eve; closed Christmas Day.
Olive Garden Open Christmas Eve; closed Christmas Day.
Outback Steakhouse Open Christmas Eve until 8 p.m.; closed Christmas Day.
Again, hours can vary by location. Always call to confirm before heading over.
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