Restaurants open on Christmas Eve 2016

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It's the night before Christmas, and there's no way that you're cooking. Before you grab that microwave meal, consider leaving the house and treating yourself to a restaurant meal to kick off Christmas Eve. Fast food is fine, if that's your thing. These restaurants will be ready to feed you come Dec. 24. 

The Melting Pot

Fondue at The Melting PotSource: TheMeltingPotRestaurants/Facebook
Fondue at The Melting Pot  TheMeltingPotRestaurants/Facebook

Treat yourself to some Christmas Eve fondue at The Melting Pot. Christmas Eve menus and hours change by location.

Waffle House

Waffle HouseSource: RIC FELD/AP
Waffle House  RIC FELD/AP

Open every day of the year at every hour, you can sneak in an extra smothered and covered pre-Christmas breakfast at Waffle House this Christmas Eve.  

IHOP

IHOPSource: Nick Ut/AP
IHOP  Nick Ut/AP

Open 24/7, it's never a bad time to stuff your face with seasonal dark chocolate peppermint pancakes. 

Olive Garden

Olive GardenSource: Elise Amendola/AP
Olive Garden  Elise Amendola/AP

If Christmas Eve makes you think soup, salad and unlimited breadsticks, head to Olive Garden for an Italian-style feast. Closing hours will vary by location.

Benihana

BenihanaSource: Benihana/Facebook
Benihana  Benihana/Facebook

America's chain hibachi restaurant, Benihana, will be open across the country on Christmas Eve. Check with your local restaurant for hours

Ruth's Chris Steak House

Ruth's Chris lobster mac and cheeseSource: Ruth's Chris Steak House/Facebook
Ruth's Chris lobster mac and cheese  Ruth's Chris Steak House/Facebook

Starting at 2 p.m., Ruth's Chris will be sizzling up steaks, sides and sweets for Christmas Eve. Make a reservation at your local steak house

Cheesecake Factory

Cheesecake FactorySource: AP
Cheesecake Factory  AP

In case you wanted to gorge on flavored cheesecake and Louisiana chicken pasta for Christmas Eve, Cheesecake Factory will be there for you. Hours will change by location, and a company representative recommends calling your local restaurant for hours. 

Chipotle

ChipotleSource: Joe Raedle/Getty Images
Chipotle  Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Sneak in one last carnitas burrito before Christmas starts — a Chipotle representative confirms that Chipotle restaurants will be open on December 24, but close at 3 p.m. in their respective time zones. Chipotle will be closed Christmas Day.

Red Lobster

Red Lobster's shrimpSource: Uncredited/AP
Red Lobster's shrimp  Uncredited/AP

A representative for Red Lobster confirmed that the restaurant will be open on Christmas Eve, but closed Christmas Day. Sneak out some extra cheddar biscuits to leave out for Santa. 

Starbucks 

Starbucks holiday drinksSource: Ted S. Warren/AP
Starbucks holiday drinks  Ted S. Warren/AP

Sip another Gingerbread latte to wait up for Santa; Starbucks stores will be open on Christmas Eve, with closing hours varying by location