Whether they’ve been naughty or nice, diners can cross a delicious, stress-free meal off their Christmas wish list. Several area restaurants, both chains and independents will be open Christmas Day. If you know of any we have missed, send an email to email@example.com and we’ll do our best to add to the list. Here are some low-cost and moderate-price options:
♦ Boston Market — Open for dine-in and take-out at the Aurora (14110 E. Iliff Ave., 303-755-4032) and Wheat Ridge (3820 N. Wadsworth Blvd., 303-420-3444) locations. Individual Christmas Meals (choice of hand-carved ham, roasted turkey breast or half signature roasted chicken) served with two sides, dinner roll and a slice of apple or pumpkin pie are $12.99. Market Feast for 3 (ham, turkey or chicken with three large sides, three dinner rolls and a whole apple or pumpkin pie) is $34.99. Hours are typically 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., but call to confirm.
♦ Denny’s — Christmas is actually the diner chain’s busiest day of the year. Serves breakfast, lunch and dinner all 24-hours of Christmas Day.
♦ IHOP — Open all day (24-hours restaurants will keep to schedule, hours may vary at other locations).
♦ Perkins Restaurant & Bakery — All four Denver locations, plus Longmont and Loveland, open at 8 a.m. on Christmas Day.
♦ Starbucks — Select locations open. Limited hours.
♦ Village Inn — Open all day (though hours may vary by location). Be sure to get a slice of Candy Cane pie.
♦ Waffle House — Open all day.
♦ Buca di Beppo Italian Restaurant in Broomfield – Open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. for dine in or to go. 615 Flatiron Market Place Dr., 303-464-7673.
♦ Damascus Grill — Authentic Middle Eastern cuisine. Open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. 703 Wilcox St., Castle Rock, 303-688-4441.
♦ Golden Shanghai — Open noon to 9 p.m. Limited menu. 1412 S. Parker Rd., A-134, Denver, 303-743-7666.
♦ Great Scotts Eatery — Denver location open until to 2 p.m. Broomfield location open 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.
♦ Hard Rock Cafe — Open 11 a.m. to midnight. 500 16th St., Denver, 303-623-3191.
♦ Hong Kong Cafe — Open 10:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. 10890 E Dartmouth Ave. Unit C, Denver, 303-696-6688.
♦ Jerusalem Restaurant. — Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner from 9 a.m. to 4 a.m. (that’s not a typo, it is a.m.) Near DU campus. 1890 Evans, Denver, 303-777-8828.
♦ Kachina Cantina — Open 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Regular menu, plus special Lechon Asado Holiday Dinner. Reservations suggested. 1890 Wazee St., Denver, 720-460-2728.
♦ Romano’s Macaroni Grill — Open noon to 8 p.m. Locations in Greenwood Village (7979 E. Arapahoe Rd.) and Westminster (10411 Town Center Dr.). Reservations suggested.
♦ New York Deli News — Open 364 days a year including Christmas Day, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. 7105 E. Hampden Ave., Denver.
♦ ViewHouse Ballpark — Open for lunch and dinner. Normal business hours. Full menu available. Special Christmas menu includes spiral sliced ham, garlic mashed potatoes, haricot-vert, arugula & dried cherry salad for $20. Reservations recommended. 2015 Market St., Denver, 720-878-2015.
♦ Zaidy’s Deli in Cherry Creek — Open from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. 121 Adams St., Denver, 303-333-5336.
A number of pricier restaurants will also be open on Christmas Day. They include Bridgewater Grill in Golden (Christmas Dinner Special for $32), Elway’s Downtown, range, STK-Denver, Fogo de Chao, Edge Restaurant, The Corner Office, Tony Roma and McCormick and Schmick’s. The easiest way to check availability is to use OpenTable. Type in December 25, the time you want to dine, and the site will pull up a list of available restaurants and allow you to make a reservation.