Which Restaurants Are Open on New Year's Day 2019? McDonald's, Buffalo Wild Wings, Chick-fil-A, and More

A credit card scanner sits on the counter of a McDonald's restaurant located inside the new corporate headquarters on June 4, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. Scott Olson/Getty Images

Tomorrow, many Americans will wake up late and bleary-eyed after celebrating the end of 2018—and their first thoughts of the New Year may well turn to food.

But if you're feeling hungry and are not in the right state to be cooking for yourself, or you simply want to enjoy a meal with loved-ones, be sure to note that not all restaurants will be open for business.

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We've put together a handy list of food chains which will have stores open on the 1st, although it's always worth checking in with the specific restaurant you plan on visiting as locations are sometimes independently operated.

Buffalo Wild Wings

Most Buffalo Wild Wings locations will be open during normal business hours on New Year's Day

Carl's Jr.

Many Car's Jr. fast food restaurants will be open on the 1st but this will vary depending on the specific location, as will the opening hours.

Chili's Grill & Bar

If you're in the mood for Tex-Mex, you'll be glad to hear that most Chili's restaurants will be open regular hours, but check with the location you plan on visiting.


Most Chick-fil-A fast food joints will be open on New Year's Day.

Cracker Barrel

The Southern-themed Cracker Barrel chain of restaurants will be open regular hours.


Craving a pizza? Many Domino's outlets will be open, however, this will likely vary depending on the location.


Denny's will be open 24/7 on January 1.

Dunkin' Donuts

Dunkin' Donuts outlets will be open, although store business hours may vary.

Krispy Kreme

Sticking with the donut theme, if you need to take donuts to any New Year's Day festivities, rest assured that most Krispy Kreme outlets will also be open.


Most KFC restaurants will be open, although, because it is a franchise, locations will vary with regards to opening hours, so make sure to check in with your local.


Hardee's fast food chain will have many restaurants open but hours will vary.


Most McDonald's outlets are independently owned so New Year's Day openings and hours will differ depending on the location.

Morton's The Steakhouse

Some Morton's The Steakhouse locations will be open on New Year's Day.

Olive Garden

If you fancy an Italian, Olive Garden restaurants will be open on the 1st.

Panda Express

Most Panda Express Chinese restaurants will be open regular hours.

Panera Bread

Craving a pastry and a coffee? Head over to a Panera café, many of which will be serving on New Year's Day.

Sonic Drive-In

Many Sonic locations will be open, but check with your local store for New Year's Day business hours.


Most Starbucks locations will be serving on the 1st and will be on hand to provide you with a much needed caffeine injection.

Smith & Wollensky

Most Smith & Wollensky steakhouses will be open, although hours may vary depending on the location.

Taco Bell

Most Taco Bell's will be open New Year's Day.

Texas Roadhouse

Many Western-themed Texas Roadhouse restaurants will be serving on January 1.

Waffle House

Waffle House is open 24/7, 365 days a year.

Whole Foods

While not strictly a restaurant, Whole Foods organic supermarket will also be open on New Year's Day.


Most Wahlburger's will be open on January 1.