25 Restaurants Open on Memorial Day in 2022

Don't feel like cooking or cleaning up during the long holiday weekend? Check out these restaurants open on Memorial Day—they'll take care of the grub for you.

Memorial Day falls on Monday, May 30 this year, and some people may already be planning their Memorial Day activities for the holiday weekend. A popular tradition for the long weekend, which many consider the unofficial start to summer, is throwing some scrumptious steaks, burgers, and hot dogs on the grill for a delicious barbecue. Let’s be real, though. There’s a ton of prep and cleanup that comes with grilling, and some people may be over it before they even light the grill. If you’re in that boat, don’t worry—you can make things easier by checking out one of these restaurants open on Memorial Day.

These restaurants open on Memorial Day are perfect for people wanting to pick up a family meal to go, eat in a nice restaurant, or simply need an on-the-go pick-me-up throughout the day. Check if your favorite restaurant made the list. Then, see which stores are open for Memorial Day (they may have some great Memorial Day sales running!)

Restaurants open on Memorial Day

Applebee’s: Most Applebee’s locations will be open, meaning you can eat good in the neighborhood during the long holiday weekend.

Bonefish Grill: Great news if you’re craving some delicious seafood on Memorial Day: Bonefish Grill locations are open. Order curbside or takeout for the whole family!

Boston Market: Most Boston Market locations are open on Memorial Day. Grab a rotisserie chicken, some chicken pot pie, or ribs for a delicious meal with minimal cleanup.

Burger King: Typically, Burger King locations are open, but it’s best to call your local restaurant and confirm its hours.

Carrabba’s Italian Grill: If you want an Italian dinner during Memorial Day weekend, stop by Carrabba’s Italian Grill; locations will be open for dine in and takeout.

Chick-fil-A: Chick-fil-A locations were open on Memorial Day last year, and there’s nothing indicating locations will be closed this year. Call your local restaurant to confirm hours, as some locations may adjust their hours.

Chili’s: Chili’s is open on Memorial Day, so feel free to stop in and get some scrumptious baby back ribs.

Chipotle: Most Chipotle locations should be open during regular hours on Memorial Day.

Cracker Barrel: You can stop in to Cracker Barrel (or order takeout) on Memorial Day. The Chicken n’ Dumplins are calling!

Dairy Queen: Most Dairy Queen locations will be open for Memorial Day. The Blizzards await!

Denny’s: Grab breakfast, lunch, or dinner for the whole family from Denny’s; most locations will be open on Memorial Day.

Dunkin’: Many Dunkin’ locations will be open on Memorial Day, but call your local Dunkin’ to confirm its hours.

Five Guys Burgers and Fries: Hankering for a burger, but don’t want to light up the grill? Head to Five Guys Burgers and Fries; most locations will be open for the holiday.

IHOP: Most IHOP locations will be open for Memorial Day (great news for flapjack enthusiasts), but it’s best to give your local IHOP a call to confirm its hours.

KFC: Most KFC locations will be open—the fried chicken and mashed potatoes are already calling!

Longhorn Steakhouse: Give your grill a break and pick up some Memorial Day steaks from Longhorn Steakhouse.

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McDonald’s: Most McDonald’s locations are open on Memorial Day.

Olive Garden: If you’re craving those Olive Garden breadsticks during the holiday weekend, good news: most locations are open on Memorial Day.

Outback Steakhouse: Steak lovers, rejoice: most Outback Steakhouse locations are open on Memorial Day.

Red Lobster: Most Red Lobster locations will be open on Memorial Day, but give your local restaurant a call to confirm its hours.

Starbucks: Those needing a little caffeine boost on Memorial Day can head to Starbucks, as most locations will remain open during normal hours.

Taco Bell: Taco Bell locations are expected to be open during normal hours on Memorial Day. Hit the drive-thru for a Doritos Locos Taco (or two).

The Cheesecake Factory: Most Cheesecake Factory locations will be open for normal hours on Memorial Day.

Waffle House: Expect Waffle House locations to be open on Memorial Day.

Wendy’s: Wendy’s locations are expected to be open during normal hours on Memorial Day. Good news for anyone looking to cap the day off with a sweet Frosty!

Next, check out these Memorial Day getaways you won’t want to miss this year.

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Kelly Kuehn
Kelly Kuehn is an associate editor for Reader’s Digest covering entertainment, trivia, and history. When she’s not writing you can find her watching the latest and greatest movies, listening to a true crime podcast (or two), blasting ‘90s music, and hiking with her dog, Ryker, throughout New England.