Wednesday, December 19, 2018 / by Hunter Habib
If you're looking to outsource some of that work and dine out on Christmas, or if Dec. 25
Scroll down to find your city and a list of national chains at the bottom.
Common-sense disclaimer: Hours and prices may vary. Please call to confirm.
Fort Myers area
Courtney's Continental Cuisine: Open 4-8 p.m. Christmas Eve and noon-5:30 p.m. Christmas Day. Call for reservations and menu details. (20351 Summerlin Road #111, south Fort Myers; 239-466-4646; courtneyscontinentalcuisine.com)
Kumo Japanese Steak House: Open Christmas
Minerva's Bar & Grill: Open Christmas Day with a special holiday menu. Call for hours and details. (15880 Summerlin Road # 101, south Fort Myers; 239-415-0202; minervasfortmyers.com)
Nick & Stella's Family Sports Pub: Open 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Christmas Eve and noon-2 a.m. Christmas Day. Serving a prime rib special along with the everyday menu on Christmas Day. (15271 McGregor Blvd. # 14, south Fort Myers; 239-466-9493; nickandstellas.com)
Prawnbroker: Open Christmas Eve 4-8 p.m. and Christmas Day 2-8 p.m. (13451-16 McGregor Blvd., south Fort Myers; 239-489-2226; prawnbrokerfortmyers.com)
Stevie Tomato’s Sports Page: Open noon-9 p.m. Christmas Day with holiday menu specials including ham, turkey and prime ribber dinners. (9510 Marketplace Road, Fort Myers; 239-939-7211; stevietomato.com)
Tung Hing: Open regular hours Christmas Day. (3605 Fowler St., Fort Myers; 239-278-0006)
Twisted Vine Bistro: Christmas Day buffet featuring carving stations, traditional sides, desserts and more. Call for hours and prices. (2214 Bay St., Fort Myers; 239-226-1687; twistedvinebistro.com)
BackStreets: Open Christmas Eve 11 a.m.-7 p.m. and Christmas Day 4 p.m.-2 a.m. (915 SE 47th Terrace, Cape Coral; 239-945-7555; backstreetssportsbar.com)
Ichiyummy Sushi & Hibachi: Open and serving on Christmas Day noon-9 p.m. (3922 Del Prado Blvd., Cape Coral; 239-984-5316; find it on Facebook)
Stevie Tomato’s Sports Page: Open noon-9 p.m. Christmas Day with holiday menu specials including ham, turkey and prime rib dinners. (814 Pine Island Road, Cape Coral; 239-573-7877; stevietomato.com)
Thai Nawa: Open 3-8 p.m. Christmas Day. (814 SW Pine Island Road #312, Cape Coral; 239-574-2610; thainawa.com)
Umi Sushi House: Open 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Christmas Day. (106 Hancock Bridge Parkway West, Cape Coral; 239-772-1609; umisushicapecoral.com)
Angelina’s Ristorante: Open 4-8 p.m. Christmas Eve, closed Christmas Day. Call for reservations and menu details. (24041 S. Tamiami Trail, Bonita Springs; 239-390-3187; angelinasofbonitasprings.com)
Chops City Grill: Serving its regular dinner menu 4:30 p.m.-close on Christmas Eve, closed Christmas Day. (8200 Health Center Blvd, Bonita Springs; 239-992-4677; chopsbonita.com)
Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort: Serving a grand Christmas Day buffet 12:30-7:30 p.m. featuring carving stations, seafood, hot entrees, desserts and more. Live music. Adults $95, children $45, kids younger than 5 free. (5001 Coconut Road, Bonita Springs; 239-390-4398; coconutpoint.place.hyatt.com)
Ristorante Farfalla: Open 2-9:45 p.m. Christmas Day and serving an a la carte holiday menu. (21301 S Tamiami Trail, Estero; 239-495-9912; ristorantefarfalla.com)
Roy’s: Open Christmas Day noon-9 p.m. Guests can choose from a special three-course Christmas dinner menu featuring a slow-roasted chateaubriand starting at $59.95 per person or Roy’s classic prix-fixe menu starting at $49 per person. (26831 South Bay Drive,
Ruth’s Chris Steak House: Open Christmas Eve and Christmas Day with a special holiday menu. Call for details and reservations. (Coconut Point, 23151 Village Shops Way #101, Estero; 239-948-8888; ruthschris.com)
The Saloon: Serving its regular dinner menu 4:30 p.m.-close on Christmas Eve, closed Christmas Day. (Coconut Point, 23151 Village Shops Way, #109; 239-949-2583; thesaloon.net)
South Fork Grille: Open for lunch and dinner Christmas Eve. (Coconut Point, 23161 Village Shops Way #113, Estero; 239-992-5040; southforkgrille.com)
Wasabi Japanese Steakhouse: Open regular hours Christmas Day. (Miromar Outlets, 10801 Corkscrew Road #51, Estero; 239-949-9886; wasabiestero.com)
Fort Myers Beach, Sanibel, Captiva
Bayfront Bistro: Open noon-8 p.m. Christmas Day; open for lunch and dinner Christmas Eve. (4761 Estero Blvd, Fort Myers Beach; 239-463-3663; bayfrontbistro.com)
Bubble Room: Open regular hours Christmas Eve, closed Christmas Day. (15001 Captiva Drive, Captiva; 239-472-5558; bubbleroomrestaurant.com)
Cabbage Key: Open Christmas Eve and Christmas Day with many regular menu items plus special holiday dishes like slow-roasted prime rib and house-made butternut squash soup. (Cabbage Key; 239-283-2278; cabbagekey.com)
Lani Kai Island Resort: Offering an all-inclusive Christmas Day buffet at its Island View restaurant. Seatings from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. (1400 Estero Blvd., Fort Myers Beach; 239-463-3111; lanikaiislandresort.com)
Pinchers on Estero Island: Offering a Christmas Day buffet ($29 per person, $14 for children 12 and younger) noon-7 p.m. Appetizers include peel-and-eat shrimp as well as a full salad bar, sliced roast beef, honey-glazed ham
Tarpon Lodge: Open Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. On Christmas Day, the restaurant will offer traditional dishes such as rack of lamb and bourbon-honey glazed ham as well as seafood dishes including
Thistle Lodge: Open and serving Christmas Day 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Call for details and reservations. (2255 W. Gulf Dr, Sanibel; 239-472-9200; casaybelresort.com)
Tween Waters Inn: The Captiva House and Crow's Nest restaurants will be open Christmas Day. Call for details. (15951 Captiva Drive, Captiva; 239-472-5161; tween-waters.com)
Naples and Marco Island
1500 SOUTH: Christmas Day buffet brunch 11 a.m.-3 p.m. featuring a carving station and sides including bourbon-glazed pit ham, pear pudding, fresh biscuits and pastries, cast-iron
Agave Naples: Open 4-8 p.m. Christmas Eve. (2380 Vanderbilt Beach Road, North Naples; 239-598-3473;
Alexander's Restaurant: Open at 4 p.m. Christmas Eve, offering
Bayside Seafood Grill & Bar: Open Christmas Day noon-8 p.m. with a special menu of starters, salads, entrees
Bistro La Baguette: Open 5-10 p.m. for a Christmas Eve a la carte dinner. Open 10 a.m.-1:15 p.m. Christmas Day for a brunch buffet with Champagne or wine (one bottle per couple). $69.95 per person. Open 5-9 p.m. Christmas Day for a la carte dinner. (3560 U.S. 41 E., East Naples; 239-403-7861; bistrolabaguette.com)
Chops City Grill: Open 4:30-10 p.m. Christmas Eve and Christmas Day with an a la carte dinner featuring dry-aged steaks with corn creme brulee; teriyaki-glazed sea bass with lobster, pineapple sweet and sour, coconut rice cakes and bok choy; and Kurobuta pork chop glazed with an apricot-whole grain mustard and served with sautéed spinach, gouda, potato mash and an apple jack-caramelized onion jus. (837 5th Avenue South, Naples; 239-262-4677; chopscitygrill.com)
D'Amico & Sons: The Italian Christmas Eve tradition of Feast of the Seven Fishes with a special-edition menu will be available 4-9 p.m. Christmas Eve. The menu will feature seafood dishes in addition to regular menu items that fit the holiday, including mussels fra
M Waterfront Grille: Serving lunch Christmas Eve 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and a special holiday dinner menu 4:30-9 p.m. A special holiday menu available noon-9 p.m. Christmas Day. (4300 Gulf Shore Blvd. N., Naples; 239-263-4421; mwaterfrontgrille.com)
Noodles Italian Cafe & Sushi Bar: Open noon-9 p.m. Christmas Eve and 3-9 p.m. Christmas Day. (1585 Pine Ridge Road, North Naples; 239-592-0050; noodlescafe.com)
Ocean Prime: Open Christmas Day for lunch 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. and dinner until 9 p.m. In addition to its regular dinner menu, Ocean Prime will offer a special holiday fixed-price menu featuring three courses along with a featured rib eye entree for $85. Fixed-price menus range from $45 to $55, including butternut squash soup, a prime rib with herb-roasted fingerling potatoes and pumpkin cheesecake. (699 Fifth Ave. S., downtown Naples; 239-430-0404; ocean-prime.com)
Parmesan Pete's: Open at 4 p.m. Christmas Eve, offering a three-course menu including a choice of appetizer, entree
Pazzo! Cucina Italiana: Open 4:30-9:30 p.m. Christmas Eve with an a la carte dinner featuring pear and pecorino agnolotti with pear
Pelican Larry’s Raw Bar & Grill: Open 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Christmas Eve and 5 p.m.-2 a.m. Christmas Day. (multiple locations; pelicanlarrys.com)
Real Seafood Co.: Open 4-8 p.m. Christmas Eve, serving regular dinner menu. (8960 Fontana Del Sol Way, North Naples; 239-591-3232; realseafoodconaples.com)
Ridgway Bar & Grill: Open noon-9 p.m. Christmas Day with a special holiday menu, including soups, small plates, entrees
Ristorante Ciao: Christmas Eve dinner starting at 4:30 p.m., featuring regular menu and chef's specials. Reservations required. (835 Fourth Ave. S., downtown Naples; 239- 263-3889; ristoranteciao.com)
Stevie Tomato's Sports Page: Open noon-9 p.m. Christmas Day offering a ham or turkey dinner for $12.99 with purchase of a beverage, and a prime rib dinner for $14.99 with purchase of a beverage. (15215 Collier Blvd. #303, Naples; 239-352-4233; stevietomato.com)
Yabba Island Grill: Open 4:30-9:30 p.m. Christmas Eve with an a la carte, island-style dinner. Menus
ZAZA Kitchen: Open 4-9 p.m. Christmas Day. Each table will receive a free churros dessert. (1095 Bald Eagle Drive, Marco Island; 239-970-5205; eatatzaza.com)
Zen Asian BBQ: Open 11:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Christmas Day. All diners will receive a complimentary glass of champagne to toast the holiday. (10823 U.S. 41 N., North Naples; 239-260-7037; eatatzen.com)
Bob Evans: Open for Christmas Eve dining, but most locations are closed on Christmas Day. Check your local restaurant to confirm; bobevans.com.
Boston Market: Select locations will be open and serving a traditional plated meal on Christmas. Call your local Boston Market for more information; bostonmarket.com.
Denny’s: The diner's promise to be open 24 hours, 365 days a year extends to Christmas. It will be serving up its regular menu on
IHOP: Most 24-hour locations will be open on Christmas Day; ihop.com.
McDonald’s: Some locations will be open, but expect hours to vary by franchise; mcdonalds.com.
Panda Express: Some, but not all, Panda Express locations will be open on Christmas Day. This varies by restaurant, so call ahead; pandaexpress.com.
Starbucks: For those who need a caffeine fix on Christmas Day, Starbucks will be open at participating locations. Call for your store's hours; starbucks.com.
Waffle House: Waffle House is open 24 hours 365 days a year, and that includes Christmas; wafflehouse.com.