Atlanta Guide 2014 – Where to eat on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

Don’t want to cook?  Well you can’t very well just eat chocolate chip cookies and drink milk, (because only Santa does that).

 Here are 23 restaurants open on Christmas Eve and/or Christmas this year. From quick and casual to prix fixe and reservations-only, here’s where to eat as you celebrate the holidays. 


Also check out and  who both have some of their own recommendations. 

Atlanta Grill at the Ritz-Carlton, Downtown

Not far from the holiday lights at Centennial Olympic Park, Atlanta Grill is serving a three-course special with optional wine pairings on Christmas Eve. The menu includes roasted pheasant and chestnut soup with poached pheasant breast and black truffle, and hickory-smoked bone-in short rib with sweet and sour shallots and horseradish. A la carte offerings will also be available. On Christmas Day, the 100-plus-item brunch menu will focus on rich, Italian flavors in addition to traditional holiday favorites. There will be an omelet station, pasta station, and “Willy Wonka Christmas” dessert table. $80 per adult, $35 per child. Call 404-221-6550 for reservations.


For those who want a more casual celebration, Diesel is open on Christmas Eve for business as usual. On Christmas Day, it opens at 6 p.m. and will offer its usual menu of burgers and hot dogs while showing movies like Bad Santa and the Star Wars holiday special all night long. No reservations necessary.

Eleven at the Loews Hotel

For Christmas Eve, chef Olivier Gaupin has created a three-course prix fixe menu with a choice of fried turkey, Porterhouse, or sea bass, and decadent sides including lobster mac ‘n’ cheese and sweet potato soufflé. $65 for adults, $30 for kids. 

Christmas Day brunch is a more casual, a la carte affair. Offerings include white chocolate French toast, duck confit, and smoked salmon benedict. Call 404-745-5745 for reservations.

Fuji Hana Thai Peppers

This OTP Asian spot is open until 10 p.m. on Christmas Eve and from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Christmas Day.  be serving signature dishes like pad Thai, red curry chicken, and Langosta rolls (hibachi lobster tail with cucumber, scallions, mango, avocado, tobiko, and wasabi aioli). Call 770-419-9500 for reservations.

G’s Midtown

On Christmas Eve, G’s is serving its regular menu which includes fish tacos, a Caribbean burger, and blackened mahi-mahi. On Christmas Day, options are limited to the bar menu. Reservations are available but not required. Call 404-872-8012.

Livingston Restaurant + Bar

This classic spot in the Georgian Terrace isn’t doing anything different for Christmas (Eve or Day), but offerings include tasso and corn chowder and carrot cake “Twinkies.” Reservations are recommended. Call 404-897-5000.


Located in the Hyatt Regency, Sway’s menu includes buttermilk fried chicken with whipped potatoes, Georgia white shrimp and grits with Logan Turnpike stone ground grits and Andouille sausage, and deviled eggs topped with Benton’s bacon, crab or micro greens. There’s even an unlimited pie bar. Reservations are not necessary for Christmas or Christmas Eve.


Christmas Eve only

Better Half

PushStart supperclub founders Zach and Christina Meloy are serving Christmas Eve dinner with five courses (with wine pairings) for $75. The menu includes roasted lamb with caramelized winter vegetables, carrot sorbet with black cocoa, and more. Call 404-695-4547 for reservations.


Open for business as usual. Reservations are required. Call 404-432-2663.

Cibo e Beve

Seafood lovers can celebrate the holiday with the Feast of the Seven Fishes. Served a la carte, options include the seafood pan roast (lobster, scallops, oysters, and shrimp in a lobster tomato cream), branzino with truffle butter and creamy leek and potato pan roast, and spicy clam and bean stew. Reservations are required. Call 404-250-8988.


In addition to serving the regular a la carte menu, Davio’s is celebrating the Feast of the Seven Fishes with a prix fixe menu for $48 per person. The menu includes lobster bisque with brandy cream, and braised branzino with scallops, leeks, and sunchokes in clam broth. Reservations are required. Call 404-844-4810.

Food 101

Serving the regular menu until 10 p.m., Food 101 offers Georges Bank scallops, smoked ham hoc, fried chicken, and more. Reservations are not required but can be made by calling 404-497-9700.


Kevin Gillespie is hosting an exclusive feast for $75 per person (including one drink). Limited to forty guests, reservations are required. Call 404-380-1886.

Horseradish Grill

Serving its usual Southern fare, Horseradish Grill offers pimento cheese and grit fritters, wood-grilled pork chop, blackened shrimp, and more. Reservations are recommended. Call 404-255-7277.

Republic Social House

If Oakland Cemetery is your holiday spot, you can grab a table or stool at Republic Social House starting at 4 p.m. There won’t be any holiday specials, and reservations aren’t necessary.


Located in a former Masonic lodge, this Chamblee spot will serve its regular menu from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Reservations are recommended. Call 678-580-65579.

South City Kitchen

This Southern spot will offer a special three-course menu for $45 per person (half-off for children). Expect she-crab soup with cream and sherry, pan-seared scallops with boiled peanut puree, roasted turkey breast with cornbread dressing, pan-roasted hake with lady pea hoppin’ John, and Southern chocolate pecan pie. Call 404-873-7358 for reservations in Midtown and 770-435-0700 to reserve a table in Vinings.

10th & Piedmont

Serving its normal menu, 10th & Piedmont offers lamb sliders, tomato bisque, pork tenderloin, and more. Reservations are available but not required. Call 404-602-5510.


Christmas Day only

Atkins Park

This Virginia-Highland restaurant and bar opens at 6 p.m. for a Christmas dinner complete with smoked turkey breast, caramelized apple and sage stuffing, green bean casserole, roasted garlic mashed potatoes, sweet potato biscuits, and more. Cost is $28 for adults, $18 for age 11 to 16 and $10 for ages 10 and under, plus tax and gratuity. Wine pairings will also available. Reservations are recommended. Call 404-876-7249.

Southern Art

Executive chef Art Smith’s sit-down Buckhead spot is going buffet-style for Christmas brunch. Offerings will include Holeman & Finch breads, charcuterie and cheese boards, seafood, baked turkey with cranberry jam, butternut squash, and duck fat fried fingerling potatoes. Cost is $67 for adults and $32 for children. Call 404-946-9070 for reservations.

The Cafe at the Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead

Dig into 100+ brunch selections (plus a separate kids’ buffet) while listening to caroling by the Dickens Singers. Children will enjoy a visit from Santa, too. Cost is $109 per adult and $59 per child. Call 404-237-2700 for reservations.

Twelve Hotels (Lobby and Room)

Lobby at Twelve in Atlantic Station and Room at Twelve Centennial Park are both offering buffets from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Both restaurants charge $55 for adults, $22 for children 12 and under, and will feed children 5 and under for free. At Lobby, the menu includes pumpkin bisque, oven-roasted ham with Coca-Cola glaze, and pistachio-crusted cod. At Room, options range from sushi and ginger salad to charcuterie and cheeses, plus spiced and poached shrimp and Caesar salad. Call 404-961-7370 for reservations at Lobby and 404-418-1250 for reservations at Room.


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