Like Thanksgiving, Christmas won’t be quite the same as in previous years. With travel and indoor gatherings ill-advised by health officials due to the pandemic, many people plan to stick close to home for the holidays and seek new ways to celebrate on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
Restaurants and bakeries across Atlanta are again stepping up in a major way to help people celebrate at home, offering fully prepared ham and turkey dinners with all the trimmings, fresh-baked breads, plenty of holiday side dishes, and desserts. Below, Eater has compiled a guide to Christmas Eve and Christmas Day feasts and foods to order from Atlanta restaurants and bakeries.
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Christmas Eve and Feast of the Seven Fishes meals
The restaurant overlooking the links at Bobby Jones Golf Course features a Christmas Eve dinner to-go for two people with roast turkey, smoked spiral ham, mac and cheese, green bean casserole, cornbread dressing, and a choice of pies for dessert. Call 770-835-4267 to order for pick-up.
Both restaurants celebrate the Feast of the Seven Fishes this year with an a la carte menu featuring auppa di pesce, baked clams, seafood fra diavolo, tuna puttanesca, and tiramisu. Order by December 24. Call 770-272-0999 to order for pick-up in Vinings or 470-427-3826 for pick-up in Sandy Springs. Call 770-993-5922 to order for pick-up at Hugo’s Oyster Bar in Roswell.
The Howell Mill Road restaurant features a Christmas Eve standing rib roast dinner with sides like mashed potatoes, mac and cheese, and popovers. There’s orange and bitter chocolate panettone for dessert. Order online by December 23 for pick-up December 24. Masks required.
This year, the Emory Village Italian restaurant offers a Christmas Eve roasted lamb family meal featuring rosemary potatoes and haricot verts, with cherry chocolate challah pudding for dessert. Order online by December 23 for pick-up December 24. Masks required.
Order a Christmas Eve feast from chef Hugh Acheson’s Midtown restaurant this year. The menu includes an apple-arugula salad; aged prime rib; roast carrots; Brussels sprouts; pommes rosti; and sticky toffee pudding for dessert. Add wine from sommelier Steven Grubbs, too. Meals available for two, four, or six people. Simply reheat at home. Order online for pick-up. Masks required.
December sees the return of chef Jarrett Stieber’s popular Jewish Chinese Christmas dinners return from its Eat Me Speak Me pop-up days. There’s mapo matzo ball soup and everything egg drop soup, sweet potato and apple latkes, Manischevitz Chongqing chicken, dan dan kugel, an rutabaga knish pork buns on the menu this year. Make sure to add a hot drink, like the five-spice and satsuma orange mulled wine. Vegetarian dinners available. Feeds four people. Order online for pick-up. Masks required.
The Buckhead restaurant features individual three-course Christmas Eve meals to-go this year. Choose from appetizers like Scottish cured and smoked salmon or roasted beef bone marrow en croute, entrees such as pan-roasted grouper or filet mignon, and flourless chocolate cake or tiramisu for dessert. Call 404-205-8255 to order for pick-up December 24.
For those who celebrate the Feast of the Seven Fishes on Christmas Eve, the Marietta Italian restaurant offers a menu this year featuring everything from calamari stuffed with shrimp sausage and lobster stew to pan-roasted black bass and little neck clams. Call 770-425-9300 to order for pick-up.
All three Ray’s locations around Atlanta offer a special Christmas Eve takeout menu this year, including beef tenderloin family meals and ham dinners with all the trimmings. Call the restaurant of choice to order by December 21 for pick-up.
All Atlanta-area locations of Souper Jenny offer a Christmas Eve feast filled with stuffed lobster tails, herb-roasted beef tenderloin, and complementary side dishes. There’s sticky toffee pudding for dessert. Souper Jenny also offers a Christmas Day brunch menu, too. Order online by December 19 for pick-up. Masks required.
Chef Brian So’s Marietta Square restaurant this year offers a Christmas Eve feast to-go featuring Beef Wellington, pommes puree, glazed carrots, salad, and tarte tatin with vanilla ice cream for dessert. The meal kit comes with everything people need to finish cooking at home. Order online for pick-up December 24. Feeds up to six people. Masks required.
Christmas Day meals
The Kirkwood barbecue restaurant is offering its annual Christmas feast for takeout again this year. Choose from a smoked or fried turkey or smoked ham paired with Anna’s turkey dressing and sides like mac and cheese and collards. Take a look at the menu here. Order by December 17 for pick-up. Call 404-963-6976 to order. Masks required.
This year, the Buckhead fine dining restaurant features a holiday feast for takeout. Pimento cheese, butternut squash soup, roast sirloin, broccoli cheddar gratin, and pineapple coconut cake are among the dishes listed on the menu. Order online for curbside pick-up.
The Christmas Day takeout menu from this westside Atlanta restaurant features sides like roasted potatoes and Brussels sprouts and honey-glazed roast pork for the main course paired with bread pudding for dessert. Order by December 21 for pick-up December 24 for pick-up. Call 404-815-1399 to order. Masks required.
The Virginia-Highland barbecue restaurant is offering smoked turkeys, glazed hams, and beef tenderloin dinners with sides such as garlic mashed potatoes, roasted Brussels sprouts, and cranberry relish. Call 404-249-5010 to order by December 21 for pick-up. Masks required.
The Candler Park barbecue restaurant offers its annual takeout Christmas ham and turkey feasts again this year with holiday sides and the option to add the Fox family’s special Texas cheese log. Order online or by emailing or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org for pick-up. Masks required.
Chef Kevin Gillespie’s Glenwood Park restaurant offers a Christmas meal for up to four people featuring shrimp cocktail, duck, duck boudin, and other sides, along with desserts like eggnog crème brûlée and a swiss cake roll with chocolate ganache. There’s even a playlist to accompany the meal created by Gillespie’s chefs. Order online for pick-up December 24. Masks required.
Order Christmas Day dinner featuring standing rib roast, sausage and cranberry stuffing, sweet potato gratin, root vegetables, and chocolate mousse cake for dessert. The Cabbagetown restaurant also offers an all-day Christmas menu, starting with a morning meal for breakfast and ending with a feast for dinner. Order online for pick-up December 23. Masks required.
The East Lake barbecue restaurant offers a holiday menu featuring smoked turkey or coffee-rubbed smoked brisket with sides like mac and cheese, collards, and cranberry and citrus chutney. Order online by December 20 for pick-up December 24. Masks required.
The Decatur restaurant and bar offers a Christmas Eve or Day meal with smoked ham and sides like Duchesse potatoes, mushroom and gruyere bread pudding and chocolate almond cake for dessert. Order online by December 20 for pick-up. Masks required.
The Buckhead restaurant offers both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day feasts for takeout this year. Order a family meal for Christmas Eve or brunch or dinner kits for Christmas Day. Order online by December 22 for pick-up December 24.
Chef Craig Richards and his team at Lyla Lila in Midtown offer a Christmas Day feast that includes the restaurant’s decadent 13-layer duck lasagna and tiramisu for dessert. Order online by December 20 for pick-up December 23. Reheating instructions provided Masks required.
The Westside Provisions District steakhouse features a holiday meal kit with entrees such as the Marcel burger, a filet mignon, bone-in ribeye, or porterhouse steak paired with complementary sides. Call 404-665-4555 to order for pick-up. Masks required.
The Crabapple restaurant in Milton features a family-sized Christmas meal with a choice prime rib, spiral ham, or smoked turkey and all the trimmings. Order online by December 18 for pick-up December 23.
The Old Fourth Ward Puerto Rican restaurant at the Spindle run by chefs Luis Martinez and Monica Martinez offers family meals feeding up to five people this holiday season. The meal features starters like empanadas or maduros and entrees such as pastelón trays and arroz con gandules with pernil. Each meal comes with a choice of sides, including yuca al mojo and trifongo con mojo. Order desserts from La Dolce Madness, too. Message the restaurant on Instagram to order. Pick up between December 22 and December 26. Custom orders can also be arranged. Masks required.
Order elaborate festival sushi cakes for Christmas or New Year’s Eve this year from the Japanese restaurant institution on Cheshire Bridge Road. Order online for pick-up. Masks required.
Chef Nick Leahy’s Brady Avenue restaurant features a holiday feast this year that includes smoked pork butt or a Canadian bacon loin with sides like mac and cheese, black-eyed peas, collards, and fresh bread. Ham is also available at an additional cost. Order by emailing email@example.com or calling 770-838-3501 by December 20 for pick-up December 24. Mask required.
The Inman Park restaurant owned by chef Robert Phalen features a Christmas menu with rib roast and roasted carrots, spaghetti squash, and Yukon gold potatoes among the meal’s many sides dishes. Call 404-525-4479 to order for pick-up. Masks required.
Order a four-course Christmas dinner from the French restaurant on Clairmont Road. Each individually portioned meal comes with soup, salad, and an entree like turkey, glazed ham, or pan-seared salmon over tagliatelle, and dessert of choice such as white chocolate and raspberry bread pudding. Check out the full Christmas takeout menu here. Call 404-634-6268 to order by December 21 for pick-up December 23 or December 24. $39.95 per person. Masks required.
Chef Kevin Gillespie’s Southern restaurant in Decatur features a Christmas menu that includes a la carte herb-crusted prime rib or Cheerwine-glazed ham, and sides, like Revival’s popular mac and cheese, bacon and root vegetable gratin, a flourless Mexican chocolate torte for dessert. Order online for by December 17 for pick-up December 24. Masks required.
The Johns Creek Italian restaurant offers Christmas catering featuring lasagna, eggplant parmigiana, focaccia, and deconstructed salads. Call 770-772-6456 to order for pick-up December 24.
Serpas in the Old Fourth Ward features a three-course Christmas menu that includes she crab soup, braised short rib with sides like roasted fall squash and whipped potatoes, and chocolate cake with Chantilly cream for dessert. Order online by December 21 for pick-up December 23. Masks required.
The Cumming barbecue restaurant is offering whole smoked turkeys, brisket, and glazed hams for Christmas, paired with sides like squash casserole, collards, and roasted cream corn. Call 470-302-8383 to order or order online for pick-up. Masks required.
All three Atlanta-area locations offer a Southern-style a la carte Christmas menu this year featuring salads, take-and-bake entrees, sides, desserts, and all-day snacks. Call or email Buckhead, Midtown, or Vinings to order by December 19 for pick-up December 23. Masks required.
The restaurant turned neighborhood market on Edgewood Avenue offers Christmas meals featuring duck breast or Beef Wellington with a la carte sides like robuchon potatoes and celeriac and matsutake mushrooms. Desserts include a buche de noel, cookie boxes, and chocolate bon bons. Order online by December 19 for pick-up December 24. Masks required.
Chef Anne Quatrano’s Blandtown neighborhood market offers a Christmas menu this year featuring entrees like capon chicken, Rohan duck, rib roast, and steelhead salmon with a variety of sides and desserts. Order online by December 24 for pick-up. Masks required.
The Southern restaurant on Canton Street in Roswell offers a Christmas meal to-go featuring glazed ham, mac and cheese, Brussels sprouts, and collard greens and chocolate peppermint bundt cake for dessert. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to order by December 18 for pick-up. Masks required.
Chef Terry Koval and his team put together a Christmas feast which includes roast duck, sweet potatoes, roasted Brussels sprouts, turnips, and ember-roasted grapes and apples. Call 404-748-4617 to order by December 22 for pick-up at B-Side next door on December 24. Masks required.
The Sandy Springs restaurant offers a traditional French Christmas dinner featuring seared scallops or porcini and truffle soup, winter vegetables, turkey roulade, and bûche de Noël for dessert. Call 770-637-2240 to order for pick-up December 24.
Chef Deborah VanTrece and her team offer a five-course Christmas feast for takeout from the Huff Road restaurant. The meal kicks off with lobster or butternut squash bisque, a choice of salads, entrees like Cornish game hen or prime rib paired with sides, and dessert. Order for pick-up by emailing email@example.com. Masks required.
The upcoming Thai-food stall and Lawrenceville-based catering business, owned by Tana Bhamaraniyama, offers trays of its saku wraps, curry puffs, and plah talay (seafood salad) this year. TydeTate opens at northwest Atlanta food hall Chattahoochee Food Works early next year. Order by messaging on Instagram or emailing Tydetatekitchen@gmail.com by December 20. Deliveries take place December 24 and December 25.
Order a three-course meal from the Sandy Springs Mediterranean restaurant from a holiday menu featuring salad, patatas bravas and chicken skewers, and tagliatelle alla bolognese or paella. Feeds two people. Order online for pick-up or delivery.
The Summerhill barbecue restaurant features a la carte holiday catering this year which includes smoked turkey, glazed duck, or glazed ham and sides like roasted Brussels sprouts, creamed greens, and broccoli and cheese casserole. Order a Meyer lemon cheese pie or chocolate bourbon pecan pie for dessert. Call 404-522-3000 to order by December 16 for pick-up December 23. Masks required.
The Persian restaurant in Sandy Springs offers a Christmas meal this year featuring turkey, prime rib, or bisket with sides like fire-roasted vegetables, green beans almandine, and mashed red potatoes. There’s white chocolate apricot cake and dark chocolate mousse cake for dessert. Call 470-289-1728 to order by December 23 for pick-up December 23 or December 24.
Ham, turkey, roasts
The Edgewood neighborhood butcher and sundries shop features several holiday entree options for the dinner table, including prime rib, ham, and turkey. There’s even the option to order desserts and sides for the meal. Order online for pick-up. Masks required.
Located in Kirkwood, the butcher shop and bakery offers standing rib roasts, dry-aged steaks, lamb, ducks, and pork roasts for the holidays. Pick up a brioche holiday loaf made with warming spices, candied orange peels, and soaked, spiced raisins from the bakery. Email firstname.lastname@example.org by December 20 to order for pick-up. Masks required.
The Alpharetta barbecue restaurant offers whole smoked turkeys, brisket, and pork loins for Christmas this year. There’s also the option to add sides like garlic mashed potatoes and cornbread stuffing. Call 470-366-3221 or email email@example.com to orders by December 21 for pick-up December 24.
The Avondale Estates butcher shop sells turkeys, prime rib, racks of lamb, and ham for the holidays. There are side dishes and desserts for sale this year, too. Order online for pick-up. Masks required.
Order whole smoked turkeys, brisket, and hams and a la carte sides dishes, like mac and cheese, braised pork collards, cornbread stuffing, and pecan pie for dessert, from the Atlantic Station smokehouse. Email order form to firstname.lastname@example.org by December 17 for pick-up December 24. Masks required.
Baked goods and dessert
The Grant Park cookie company based at the Beacon complex offers preordering for in-store pick-up, delivery, and nationwide shipping of its cookies, including chocolate chunk Oreo, double chocolate chunk peppermint, and white chocolate chunk sprinkle. Vegan, keto, and gluten free options available. Order online for pick-up or delivery in Atlanta. Order online for nationwide shipping. Masks required in the store. No walk-ins.
The longtime Atlanta bakery offers a holiday menu filled with seasonal breads and desserts this year, including a traditional dark chocolate buche de noel. There’s also cheese boards and other holiday sides to order for a feast at home. Order online by December 22 for pick-up December 24. Masks required.
The bread delivery and subscription service owned by baker Sarah Dodge offers fresh-baked breads and pastries. Simply order online for delivery throughout the city of Atlanta. Dodge also plans to host a cinnamon roll pop-up out of the Queen of Cream takeout window on Elizabeth Street in Inman Park right before Christmas. Keep an eye on her Instagram for details. Order online.
The nonprofit bakery, which provides paid training, living wages, and works in partnership with resettled refugee communities, offers boxes of cookies, cinnamon rolls, cakes, and muffins for the holidays. Order online for pick-up or delivery December 22 or December 24.
The bakery pop-up offers a special menu filled with holiday confections like peppermint bark and snickerdoodles along with ice cream flavors such as rum raisin and coquito. DM on Instagram to order by December 23 for pick-up or delivery.
The Inman Park bakery features a chocolate hazelnut crunch cake, along with other seasonal baked good and treats, this year for the holiday season. Order online or email email@example.com for pick-up. Masks required.
The Dunwoody bakery and sandwich shop offers a holiday cupcake box, along with seasonal cakes like rum, chocolate peppermint, and an Alpine cake. Order online by December 23 for pick-up. Masks required.