While on Christmas day many of us plan dinner at home with family and friends or gather with friends who cook on Christmas, some prefer to go out for their holiday meal.  We enjoy ordering from the menus and being waited on!  And, for those not celebrating Christ's birth, December 25th is just another day of the week.

If you want to dine out on Christmas day or night here is a list of restaurants open on Christmas in the Tampa Bay area. Click the name of the restaurant for additional information:

WTR Pool & Grill  

Open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

One of Tampa's wonderful waterfront restaurants and a prime spot to catch a sunset with a great meal Christmas day! The restaurant is a 20,000-square-foot indoor/outdoor venue with a modern nautical theme.  If good food and a good time are on your Christmas list, this is the place!

Capital Grille

Open 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. 

Enjoy an elegant dining experience on Christmas Eve at Captial Grille. Select from high-quality steaks and seafood. 

Elevage @ The Epicurean Hotel 

Open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Deck the halls with favorites like the Porterhouse Steak and Bouillabaisse and family style sides to please any appetite. Élevage presents an Epicurean Christmas Dinner unlike any other. Call for reservations.

Del Frisco's Grille | Tampa

Open Christmas Eve 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. 

Start celebrating early at Del Frisco's on Christmas Eve. Their steaks are a must-try! Reservations are recommended. 

Columbia Restaurant 

Open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Authentic Cuban and Latin dining in the heart of Ybor City. Located on 7th Ave, the Columbia Restaurant has grown to become one of Tampa's world-class restaurants.

Mitchell's Fish Market 

Open from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Enjoy special Chef's Features and our main menu on Christmas Day. Reservations are highly recommended.

Rise Kitchen & Bakery

Rise Kitchen & Bakery is located inside the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino will have a special Christmas Day Menu.

Fresh Harvest

Tampa’s legendary live-action dining experience. An all-you-can-eat buffet experience featuring seven kitchens with entertaining chefs preparing food from around the world, right before your eyes.

Council Oak Steaks & Seafood

Council Oak Steaks & Seafood will present special menus on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve.

Jackson's Bistro Bar & Sushi 

Open Noon to 7:30 p.m. Christmas Day

Jackson's Bistro Bar & Sushi opened on Harbour Island in 1997 and is a waterfront venue in Tampa.

Ruth's Chris Steak House 

Open Noon to 8:30 p.m.

It’s Christmas and Ruth always believed the more the merrier so get together for a meal in keeping with Ruth’s high holiday standards. Call for reservations.

Rusty Pelican 

Open Christmas Day from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

Champagne Buffet with Breakfast Items, Roasted Turkey, Prime Rib, Crab Legs & more available ALL day! Plus, A Specialty Bloody Mary station!

Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina

Celebrate Christmas Waterside at the Tampa Marriott in fine style with an amazing buffet featuring Glazed Ham, Prime Rib, Shrimp Etouffee and many more amazing dishes.

Fountain Mediterranean Restaurant & Sushi Bar 

Open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Christmas Day  
Fountain Mediterranean Restaurant & Bar is the premier dining and nightlife destination on Davis Islands. Serving recipes from several countries you can get it all here!


Open on Christmas Day from 6 a.m. - 10 p.m.

Taking inspiration from water in every sense, Aqua is a unique, modern dining experience that won't be forgotten this Christmas Day! If fresh seafood is on your list of things you love, Aqua is for you!

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa is the premier entertainment destination in Central Florida and the place where celebrities love to stay and play. They're a perfect spot to celebrate some holiday fun! 

Yummy House China Bistro

Open on Christmas Day from 11 a.m.-2:45 p.m. 

If you are looking for authentic Chinese food that is reasonably priced, look no further. You will get large portions of excellent Chinese food that is served quickly. On Christmas, all locations are open! 

Press Box Sports Emporium

Known to many locals as the original South Tampa sports bar, the Press Box features everything from broadcasting your favorite sporting events, darts, pool, video games & even an internet kiosk. Open at 3 p.m. until close! 

Rick's on the River

The ultimate outdoor party experience including three bars, outdoor dining, marina, live music every day, an oyster bar, full dining menu and an outdoor party pavilion. Open at noon until close on Christmas! 

Bizou Brasserie

Stop by Bizou Brasserie on Christmas day from 3 p.m. - 8p.m. for a delicious meal in Downtown Tampa!

Zydeco Brew Works

Zydeco Brew Works is open on Christmas day after 4 p.m. and they're offering a southern taste on your favorite holiday so stop by and try something different. 

We will continue to add to this list as we become aware of more places...please let us know if your Tampa Bay area restaurant is open on Christmas day!
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