Even though some might believe that it’s best to spend the night at home on New Year’s Eve, there’s nothing like getting out of the house for a festive dinner to kick that celebratory spirit into overdrive. And lucky you: All of these chain restaurants will be open and serving dinner on New Year’s Eve.
While several of these restaurants are staying open until midnight to ring in the new year (we’ve made note when this is the case), many are closing before then, so you can still watch the ball (or potato) drop from the comfort of your own home. And just like with Thanksgiving and Christmas, we suggest you call ahead to confirm that the location nearest to you is open before heading out, and make a reservation in advance if possible.
All locations of Outback Steakhouse, one of America’s best casual steakhouse chains, will be open on New Year’s Eve.
Carrabba’s Italian Grill/Yelp
Carrabba’s will be open and serving its full menu on New Year’s Eve.
Bonefish Grill will also be open on New Year’s Eve.
Fleming’s will be open during normal hours on New Year’s Eve.
All locations of P.F. Chang’s will be open.
If you want your last meal of 2019 to be a loaded burger, Red Robin locations nationwide will be open for business on New Year’s Eve.
If you’re craving wings, some locations of B-Dubs will be open until at least 10 p.m. on New Year’s Eve.
Bahama Breeze will be open and serving classic Tiki-inspired cocktails for just $2.50 from 9 p.m. until close. Call ahead to confirm participation.
All Olive Garden locations will be open during regular hours on New Year’s Eve. The Times Square location, which has a front-row view of the ball drop, will host a massive party to celebrate, but tickets cost $400 per person.
All Yard House locations will be open regular hours, but select locations will have a celebratory midnight beer toast.
All Cheesecake Factory locations will be open on New Year’s Eve, and some will stay open past midnight with a complimentary Champagne toast.
Dickey’s will serve up barbecue during regular hours on New Year’s Eve.
All locations of Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen will be open on New Year’s Eve during regular operating hours.
Ruth’s Chris will be open on New Year’s Eve, and select locations will be offering a three-course meal starting at $45.95 as well as a holiday surf and turf special starting at $49.95.
All Perkins locations will be open on New Year’s Eve.
All Applebee’s locations will be open on New Year’s Eve, but because each restaurant is individually owned and operated, hours may vary.
The Oceanaire Seafood Room/Yelp
The Oceanaire will be open on New Year’s Eve from 11:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m., and if you come back on New Year’s Day, you can gorge on $1 oysters at the bar.
Fogo de Chao Brazilian Steakhouse/Yelp
Fogo de Chão locations will be open on New Year’s Eve from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., serving their full Brazilian steakhouse menu as well as a handful of seasonal specials including wagyu New York strip, cauliflower steak and chocolate brigadeiros for dessert.
Hard Rock Cafe will be open during normal business hours on New Year’s Eve.
Almost all Tony Roma's locations will be open on Christmas. Call ahead to check the specific hours.
A company representative confirmed that all Waffle House locations will be open and serving their full menu on New Year’s Eve.
IHOP locations will be open on New Year’s Eve, but guests are encouraged to call their local franchise to double-check.
All locations of Morton’s will be open from 4 p.m. until midnight on New Year’s Eve, in case you’re in the mood to ring in the new year with a steak and some bubbly from one of the country’s best high-end chain steakhouses.
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