Holidays

Tempe area restaurants open on Christmas Day

In a year when everything is different, we still want to celebrate the holiday season. And, since you probably aren’t visit family or hosting a large gathering for Christmas this year, maybe eating out or getting food to go is exactly what you need to bring Christmas cheer in the most convenient, and delicious, way.  So, which restaurants will be open on Christmas Day, you ask?

We did some research and found the below restaurants in the Tempe area that are going to be open on Christmas Day. Be sure to call ahead for reservations or contact each place directly with any questions about takeout, delivery or curbside pickup options.  

Alter Ego 

108 E. University Dr., Tempe, AZ 85281 | (602) 612-7871 
If you haven’t tried Alter Ego at the newly opened Canopy by Hilton Tempe Downtown, you have a couple of options for Christmas Day. Order a to-go meal for four up to 48 hours in advance, starring Brown Sugar Ham with Pineapple and Pomegranate Marmalade, side dishes and Sticky Toffee Pull Apart Bread for $135 plus tax. As a bonus, anyone who orders the family meal to-go will receive a $25 gift card for a future visit.  

On Christmas Day from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., you can order a three-course meal for dine-in or take out for $42 per person. You’ll have your choice of appetizers, entrees, either Mole Braised Short Rib or Pan Roasted Striped Bass, and one of their tasty desserts. View all of their holiday menu options on their website. 

Chompie’s

1160 E. University Dr., Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 557-0700 
Celebrate Chrismukkah, a mashup of Christmas and Chanukah, at Chompie’s. From December 10-January 1, enjoy a special holiday menu served from 11 a.m. to closing. Just like the rest of the menu, holiday items are also available to-go or via curbside pick-up. You’ll have your choice of starters, an entrée, turkey, beef brisket or stuffed cabbage rolls, two sides and dessert. All meals all served with challah rolls with butter and a pickle tray. The holiday menu is $22.99 for adults and $10.49 for children under 10.  

Top of the Rock 

2000 W. Westcourt Way, Tempe, AZ 85282 | (602) 431-2370
Along with gorgeous views of the valley from their mountaintop location, enjoy a delicious four course meal at Top of the Rock on Christmas Day. They will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Guests will have an amuse bouche, choice of soup or salad and choice of entrees: Slow Roasted Prime Rib, Maine Lobster Mac & Cheese, Nordic Blu Salmon or Vegan Ragu alla Bolognese. The meal finishes with a duo dessert plate of Carrot Cake Trifle and Choclat Buche de Noel. View the menu details on their Instagram page.  

Top of the Rock in Tempe at sunset

Rustler’s Rooste

8383 S. 48th St., Phoenix, AZ 85044 | (602) 431-6474 
Give your holiday a little Western flair at Rustler’s Rooste. Open on Christmas Day from noon to 8 p.m., guests can choose from a special holiday menu including favorites like Prime Rib, Turkey and Salmon served with delicious sides: house salad, candied yams and corn on the cob. They also have lots of kids’ menu options too. Call (602) 431-6474 to make reservations or pre-order a feast to go.  

Rustlers Rooste

Kabuki Restaurants

2000 E. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 350-9160
Kabuki Restaurants’ fan favorite Spicy Veggie Ramen and the hearty Spicy Chicken Ramen for an unbeatable price of $5.95 and $6.95. They’re open on Christmas Eve 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m. and Christmas Day 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Nothing sounds more cozy than hot world cuisine. Look for the red mask at Tempe Marketplace!

Are you a Tempe restaurant open for Christmas Day? Let us know! You can contact [email protected] to let us know your hours.

Written Toni Smith

An Arizona native, Toni Smith loves to dine out, conquer hiking trails, go to concerts and survive hot yoga classes. She has also never met a dog she didn’t love instantly. She lives in Tempe with her husband and daughter.