What Time Does McDonald's Start Serving Lunch?

McDonald’s may serve breakfast all day, but what time does it start serving lunch?

You can get all-day McMuffins, but can you get all-day Big Macs?

There was much rejoicing earlier this year when McDonald’s decided to grace us with all-day breakfast, which just about everyone agrees is a very good thing. As long as a McDonald’s is open, you can walk in and get your Egg McMuffin or hash brown fix. But what if it’s 8 a.m. and you’re ready for a Big Mac? What time does McDonald’s start serving lunch?

The vast majority of McDonald’s locations are franchise-owned, meaning that the individual owners are able to set their own schedules based on what best suits their business. For this reason some locations are open 24 hours, and others open at 5 a.m. It’s important to remember that there’s a difference between the Breakfast Menu and the All-Day Breakfast Menu; the latter is more limited than the former, and during the hours that the full breakfast menu is being served (which is usually from 5 or 6 a.m. to about 10:30 a.m., the regular lunch menu isn’t yet available. Though it’s up to each franchise owner, most McDonald’s begin serving lunch at about 10:30 a.m.