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 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:


Elevage @ The Epicurean Hotel

Deck the halls with filet mignon, fried chicken, turkey and ham. Family style sides to please any appetite. Élevage presents an Epicurean Christmas Dinner unlike any other. Call for reservations.

1207 South Howard Avenue, Tampa Fl Phone 813-999-8726

Columbia Restaurant Open 11 am to 11 pm

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 featuring multiple dining rooms and

2117 E 7th Ave., Tampa FL Phone 813-248-4961

Mitchell's Fish Market Open from 11 am to 9 pm

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

204 Westshore Blvd, Tampa FL Phone 8132893663

Beef O' Brady's | Adamo  - Open at 5 PM Christmas day

Hungry for a great burger, some fish and chips or wings, Beef's has got you covered Christmas Day in Tampa!

9331 E Adamo Dr , Tampa FL Phone 813-621-7675

At the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel you have several choices if you are looking for someplace great to eat on Christmas Day Tampa:

Rise Kitchen & Bakery

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

5223 North Orient Road, Tampa FL Phone 813-627-7625

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.

5223 North Orient Rd, Tampa FL Phone 866-502-7529

Council Oak Steaks & Seafood

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

5224 Orient Road, Tampa FL Phone 813-627-7628

Jackson's Bistro Bar & Sushi Open Noon to 7 pm Christmas Day

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

601 S Harbour Island Blvd, Tampa FL Phone 813-277-0112

Gaspar's Grotto Open 2 pm to 2 am the kitchen closes at 10 pm

Gaspar's Grotto is a pirate themed watering hole in Ybor City that is world renowned for its maddness, mahem and fun. Artists, politicians, celebrities, and more frequent the Grotto.

1805 E 7th Ave., Tampa FL Phone 813-248-5900

Ruth's Chris Steak House

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.

1700 N. Westshore Blvd., Tampa FL Phone 888-722-4319

The Brass Tap Carrollwood Open 7 pm to 12 midnight

The Brass Tap is a prime, upscale craft beer bar offering over 40 craft beers on tap,more than 300 varieties of imports, local, and craft beers, as well as premium wines, cigars, and great food!

10019 N. Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa FL Phone 813-226-2333

Rusty Pelican Christmas Day - Limited seating call today.

Champagne Buffet with Breakfast Items (Until 2:30pm), Roasted Turkey, Prime Rib, Crab Legs & more available ALL day! Plus, A Specialty Bloody Mary station! $59 | $22.95 kids

2425 N. Rocky Pt. Dr., Tampa FL Phone 813.281.1943

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.

700 South Florida Avenue, Tampa FL Phone 813-221-4900

Fountain Mediterranean Restaurant & Sushi Bar Open 4 pm to midnight 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!

238 East Davis Boulevard, Tampa FL Phone 813-251-4600

We will 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!