Are you looking to have yourself a merry little Christmas this year by skipping the shopping, cooking and kitchen cleaning that’s part of preparing a traditional holiday meal?
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Kansas City on the Cheap has you covered with our list of restaurants in Kansas City are open on Christmas Day 2020. Some are serving a special menu, while others will offer their standard fare.
Reservations are always a good idea, especially if you’re splurging on a nice place. Speaking of nice places, you’ll notice some of our listings don’t exactly fit in with our usual cheap theme. Since it’s a special occasion and lots of places won’t be open, we’re trying to offer up as many options as possible.
We’ve also got a section for restaurants just offering holiday meal to-go options you can pick up and reheat at home. Who says you can’t put all the food in your fancy serving dishes and make everyone think you sweated it out for hours in the kitchen?
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Kansas City Restaurants Open Christmas Eve or Christmas Day 2020
These Kansas City restaurants are open on Christmas Eve and/or Christmas Day. Some of these restaurants, even upscale ones, are also offering take home meals for the holidays. Scroll down because we have a separate section below that includes those Kansas City businesses just offering to-go Christmas meals you can heat and eat at home.
Keep in mind, all these restaurants being open for dine-in or other services could change if additional health and safety mandates are issued by state or local entities.
88 at the Elms: Enjoy a plated menu on Christmas Day in Excelsior Springs. Adults are $29.95, kids are $12.95. Tax and a 21% gratuity are added to these prices. Reservations are required.
Affare:A holiday dinner is being served for dine-in on Dec. 25 from noon to 8 p.m. Cost is $80, wine pairing is additional. Reservations required. The regular menu will not be available on Christmas Day. Affare also has a curbside dinner to go option that feeds four people for $240. Wine and beer packages can be added.
Applebee’s:Hours and locations vary by location for Christmas Eve. Contact your local Applebee’s for more information.
Bravo Italian Kitchen: Both locations (Town Center Plaza – Leawood and Zona Rosa – Kansas City) are open for dine-in and carry out from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Dec. 24 and Dec. 25.
Bo Ling’s Chinese Restaurant: All six Bo Ling’s Chinese restaurants are open Dec. 24 from 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., but closed on Christmas Day. If you want to dine in on Dec. 24, reservations are recommended for parties of 6 or more. If you want carryout, it is suggested you call the restaurant ahead to place your order as they tend to get very busy.
Brio Italian Grille: Dine-in or carry out Italian favorites from this Country Club Plaza restaurant. They will be open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Dec. 24 and Dec. 25.
The Bristol: The dining room at the Leawood and Power & Light locations is open on Christmas Eve from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. The regular dinner menu is available. The Bristol is also offering carryout holiday kits that can be ordered until noon on Dec. 23. Feed 4-6 people starting at $95.
Buca di Beppo: Buca on the Country Club Plaza opens at 11 a.m. on Christmas Day and has delicious Italian dishes ready to serve you and your guests family style. Reservations recommended.
Buffalo Wild Wings: Participating locations will be open Christmas Day with standard menu items. Contact your local Buffalo Wild Wings for specific details.
Charlie Hooper’s: This Brookside favorite is open for dine-in on Dec. 24 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Delivery/to-go is available from 11 a.m. to midnight. On Christmas Day, you can dine in from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. or get delivery/to-go from 2 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Chaz on the Plaza: A five-course Christmas dinner is available for dine-in or carryout for $55 per person. Make reservations to dine in on Christmas Day from 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Carryout can be picked up Dec. 23 or 24.
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Denny’s: Christmas Day has been Denny’s busiest day of the year most of the last eight years as it takes away the hands-on hassle of preparing meals on Christmas Day. You can choose from breakfast standards like the Super Slam or go for the seasonal options on the Festive Flavors line-up. These include turkey and dressing, pumpkin spice pancakes, holiday turkey melts, pecan pie and more. Local Denny’s should be open 24 hours on both Dec. 24 and Dec. 25.
Domino’s:Add some green olives or peppers to your pie and you have a red (tomato sauce) and green delight. Most locations around the country will be open serving their local menu, but call your nearest store to verify.
Dunkin’: Most locations are open serving their usual menu, but verify with our closest store before you set you heart on these sweet treats for Christmas morning.
Fogo de Chao: The Country Club Plaza is filled with the Christmas spirit and you can enjoy Christmas dinner at Fogo de Chao. The restaurant is open from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Dec. 24 and from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Dec. 25. Reservations are highly recommended. You can also get a holiday celebration to-go package that comes cooked and ready to reheat at your home. A generous meal serving six people ranges from $130-$160, depending on your choice of meat and includes various sides and dessert. Must be pre-ordered at least 24 hours in advance.
Golden Corral: Open Christmas Day. Check with local Golden Corral restaurants for specific hours. You can also take your Golden Corral comfort food home for the holidays. The chain is offering cooked meals that serve 6-8 people with selections of turkey, ham or fried chicken, sides and pie.
Gordon Ramsay’s Steakhouse:Head to Harrah’s Casino for dining in at Gordon Ramsay’s Steakhouse on Christmas Day from 2 to 9 p.m. Reservations recommended.
Grand Street: Both Grand Street locations (Lenexa and Country Club Plaza) are accepting limited reservations for dining on Christmas Eve. The in-house menu is $49 per person for a three-course meal.
IHOP: The International House of Pancakes is open 24 hours every day of the week. Many locations will remain open on Christmas Day. Because individual locations are primarily owned and operated by franchisees, make sure to call ahead to your nearest IHOP in case they have special hours for the day.
J. Gilbert’s: Celebrate with dine-in service at J. Gilbert’s Wood Fired Steaks and Seafood on Christmas Eve from 3 to 9 p.m. Reservations required. The regular dinner menu is available. Closed on Christmas Day. They are also offering pick up holiday meal kits that must be ordered by noon on Dec. 23. These kits serve 4-6 people and range from $95 to $195, depending upon your entrée choice.
Kelly’s Westport Inn:This Westport favorite will be open from noon to 10 p.m. on Dec. 24 and from 5 to 10 p.m. on Dec. 25.
Kona Grill: Kansas City’s Kona Grill on the Country Club Plaza is open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day for dine-in, curbside pick up or delivery. Choices include surf & turf, roasted turkey, sides and dessert. Their full menu is also available. Pre-order or make reservations.
Lew’s Grill & Bar: Lew’s in Waldo will take care of your eating and drinking needs on Dec. 24 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. (dine-in). Delivery and to-go services will be available until midnight. Lew’s is also open on Dec. 25 from 2 to 10 p.m. for dine-in services. Delivery and to-go services are available until 2 a.m.
Limitless Brewing: In case you feel like a brew, the Lenexa-based brewery will be open from noon to 8 p.m. on Dec. 24 and from 3 to 10 p.m. on Christmas Day.
McCormick & Schmick’s: Dine in at the Country Club Plaza restaurant from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Dec. 24 and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Dec. 25. You can order off their regular menu or three-course prix-fixe. The seafood restaurant is also offering a prime rib feast serving 3-4 people for $135, plus tax. Must be ordered in advance.
McDonald’s: If you have a Big Mac attack this season, check in advance before heading to the nearest golden arches. Some McDonald’s will be open for Christmas, but it varies widely depending on the location.
Miyabi Japanese & Asian Bistro: They’ll be serving Japanese sushi and classic Asian cuisine on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Located in southern Overland Park.
Olathe Downtown Diner: The diner will be open for dining in from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Christmas Day. They are also offering pre-ordered smoked ham meals individually ($14.99), feeding up to 4 people ($50) or 8-10 people ($89.99).
Panda Express: The Chinese chain has most locations open on Christmas Day. Confirm with the location nearest you before heading out for your favorites.
RA Sushi Bar Restaurant: Dine in at this Leawood favorite on Dec. 24 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. or on Dec. 25 from 2 to 10 p.m. Reservations recommended, but not required.
Red Door Woodfired Grill: All Red Door Grills are open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Christmas Eve. Stop in at Leawood, Brookside, Overland Park, Liberty or the recently opened location in Lenexa.
Sawasdee Thai Cuisine:Serving temporary Thai cuisine during normal business hours on Christmas Day in Overland Park.
Starbucks:Starbucks will be open Christmas Eve and Christmas Day at select locations. Confirm before you head out for your holiday favorites.
Stock Hill: All the steakhouse favorites will be offered, as well as some special dishes on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Reservations are recommended.
Story:Dine in from a $55 per person prix fixe menu offered on Christmas Eve. Reservations recommended. The regular menu will not be offered. Story is also offering to-go dinners for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day for $55 and $60 per person, respectively.
Sullivan’s Steakhouse: Dine in on Christmas Day from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Taps on Main:The taps are flowing and food is being served at Taps On Main from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Christmas Eve and again from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Christmas Day.
Tavernonna Italian Kitchen: Enjoy dine in or carry out from at Tavernonna from 5 to 8 p.m. on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day.
Transport Brewery: Anyone looking to have beers on Christmas Day can visit Transport Brewery in downtown Shawnee from 5 to 11 p.m. They’ll be extra festive and giving away Christmas gifts from other local small businesses. They are also open Dec. 24 from noon to 7 p.m.
Waffle House: Waffle House is always open, even on Christmas Day! There are about a dozen Waffle House locations around Kansas City. Check here to find one near you.
Christmas Dinner 2020 To-Go Options in Kansas City
Just set out the good china and warm up the oven when you have one of these Kansas City restaurants or grocery stores prepare your Christmas meal.
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Chef J. BBQ: A full Chef J holiday dinner feeds six people for $20 person (six minimum) or you can choose from ala carte meats (turkey, brisket or ribs) or dessert. Order in advance and pick u between 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Dec. 24.
Cracker Barrel: The comfort food chain has Holiday Heat N’ Serve Meals that feed 4-6 for $64.99 or 8-10 people for $139.99. Featuring spiral sugar-cured ham, these meals are fully cooked, but need about three hours to be warm and ready to eat at home. You can also purchase ala carte sides and whole pies to round out your own home cooked meal if you prefer.
French Market: Order your Christmas dinner to go with a fully cooked meal from French Market in Prairie Village.
Hen House: This locally owned grocery store makes Christmas dinner easier with pre-ordered meats, Tippin’s pies, breads and rolls. They also have full heat-and-eat holiday dinners that start at $49 for two people. Meat options include turkey, ham and prime rib if you feel like going all out for your guests. Hen House grocery stores are open Dec. 24 from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. and closed on Dec. 25.
HyVee: Whether you want help with individual sides and desserts or the full spread, HyVee has a way to lend a hand. Whether you want help with individual sides and desserts or the full spread, HyVee has a way to lend a hand. Traditional turkey or ham dinners serving 2 people start at $29.99. Options go up from there and you can always spring for smoked meats or prime rib. The most economical option is one of the pasta party pack dinners starting at $64.99 for six people. They also have brunch options so you can have the easiest Christmas morning ever.
The Market at Meadowbrook: Celebrate at home with a fully-cooked meal from The Market, including entrees, desserts, and wine pairings.
Pierpont’s:Enjoy Pierpont’s Christmas curbside to go dinner. All menu option serve four people with the main course being filet mignon beef wellington for $89. Plenty of starters, sides and desserts you can add.
Price Chopper:Price Chopper grocery stores in Kansas City are offering a variety of fully cooked holiday meals you reheat at home. Holiday meals should be ordered at least 48 hours in advance. Dinners for two start at $29.99 and include choice of spiral ham or turkey; mashed potatoes and gravy; one side dish (corn or green beans); dinner rolls and choice of dessert (various flavors of cake or pie). Options and prices go up from there all the way to a family buffet that feeds 14-18 people for $199.99. All stores will close at 6 p.m. on Dec. 24 and be closed on Dec. 25.
Sandy’s Restaurant: Sandy’s will do the cooking for you with individual ham dinners for $9.99 per person or a group dinner that feeds 10 for $99.99. Homemade pies are extra and start at $15.99. Order in advance and pick up on Dec. 24 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Sinclair’s Restaurant: Let Sinclair’s take the work out Christmas Dinner. Pre Order your dinner today and pick it up on Wed, Dec 23 so you can reheat at home when you feel like eating. Dinner for two is $35, for four is $65. There are fees and taxes attached to these orders. They are also offering stand alone sides and desserts.
Stroud’s (Overland Park): This location is offering a special Christmas Carryout Box served hot and ready on December 23 and 24. Feed 4-5 people for $59.95. Includes assorted pan fried chicken, sides and cinnamon rolls. Must order in advance.
Succotash: Order you holiday meal at succotash for pick up on Dec. 24. Choose from a special holiday menu featuring dinner for $40 per person or $75 to feed two. They also offer ala carte sides and desserts.
Tabard’s Kitchen: Order a full prime rib Christmas dinner for two you can pick up before 6 p.m. on Dec. 24. Everything is made from scratch so quantities are limited.
Waldo Thai: Waldo Thai will be closed Dec. 24-27 so staff can enjoy some holiday time, but they are offering a Thai Style Christmas Eve To-Go meal to pick up on Dec. 24 between 4-6 p.m. Feed four for $110.
Whole Foods Market: Whole Foods stores in Kansas City, MO; Olathe and Overland Park, KS have full holiday dinners to go. A turkey breast dinner for four starts at $69.99 and options go up from there. There is an organic turkey dinner option for four priced at $99.99. They also have a vegan dinner for two for $39.99. Orders must be made at least 48 hours prior to pick-up time.