The holiday, shop-until-your-wallet-bleeds season is ending. That means you'll be rewarded with presents while visiting with relatives who like to talk about politics and those darn Millennials at the dinner table as they sling back spiked eggnog and cheap Merlot. If you're looking for a quick getaway after the relative overload, a place to dine without the hassle of cooking, or just celebrating a day off from the old 9 to 5, this north-to-south map offers 14 of the best places to get your indulge in some holiday cheer on Christmas Day.Read More
Where to Eat on Christmas Day in Atlanta
1. Johnny's Hideaway
Dancing, dining, cocktails — happy holidays include all of these things. Group text your friends and tell them to meet you at the legendary Buckhead joint beginning at 7 p.m. Christmas night.
2. Cook Hall
Whether you’re in the mood for a full-on holiday brunch with the whole crew or just want to nibble on charcuterie while imbibing on a cocktail after the family frenzy is over, you can do it all at Cook Hall. Brunch served from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. A la carte menu with holiday specials served from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m.
3. Southern Art & Bourbon Bar
Get dressed in your Sunday best and head out for a Southern-style Christmas brunch extravaganza, complete with omelette and meat-carving stations, tables full of side dishes, desserts, and of course, one of the city’s finest bourbon selections. 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. $65 per adult. $32 kids 6 to 12. Kids 5 and under eat free.
4. Red Pepper Taqueria
Patio weather in December? Whether you’re stoked about the spring-like temps or want to drown your sorrows while you mourn the lack of sweater weather, there will be $3 Tecates, $6 house margaritas, and $7 dozens of oysters waiting for you. Open 4 p.m. to 2 a.m.
5. Tuk Tuk Thai Food Loft
Tired of turkey? Grab the family and head out for Thai (and cocktails.) Chef Dee Dee Niyomkul will be serving up special dishes alongside her regular dinner menu starting at 5 p.m. Dine al fresco for a stunning view of Atlanta’s evening skyline.
Celebrate the season with a four-course, prix fixe meal that includes holiday fare like citrus-brined turkey, sage-infused focaccia stuffing, sautéed haricots verts, and jumbo scallop over lobster risotto. $40 per person.
7. Joe's on Juniper
It’s been a long year, y’all. Toast to one week left in 2015 with spiced rum or bourbon eggnog and a traditional holiday ham dinner with all your favorite sides. Noon to 11 p.m.
8. Saltwood Charcuterie & Bar
You want the traditional Christmas dinner with your brood but don’t want to cook? Reserve your table for 10 and enjoy a family-style holiday meal while you relax with a drink from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. $65 per person.
9. Cypress Street Pint & Plate
Skip dessert and that dreaded after-dinner game of Christmas charades for a pint of beer, a bowl game on the telly, and a chocolate stout brownie. Open at 5 p.m. with a limited menu.
10. Diesel Filling Station
You’ve survived another family holiday. Reward yourself with beer while binge-watching Christmas movies at a dive bar starting at 6 p.m. until the staff kicks you to the curb.
11. Atkins Park Tavern
Atkins Park in Virginia-Highland will be serving up a traditional Christmas dinner featuring smoked turkey with sage stuffing, braised pork shoulder, green bean casserole, mashed potatoes, and your choice of pecan pie or peppermint cheesecake for dessert. Open at 6 p.m. $28 per adult. $18 for young adults. $10 for kids 10 and under. Reservations encouraged.
12. The Porter Beer Bar
It’s like coming home to family. The best kind of family — with pages of beer to choose from, bourbon, whisky, and scotch, and crazy delicious popcorn to nosh on while you wait for your kraut and brats. Decompress Christmas night with fine folks and good cheer from 5 p.m. to midnight. Regular dinner menu only.
13. Sun Dial Restaurant, Bar & View
Looking to do something fancy pants for Christmas dinner? Book your table 723 feet above the Atlanta city streets and dine in the clouds with breathtaking views of the evening skyline via this rotating restaurant. The three-course meal includes selections such as shrimp and escargot, warm boursin cheese, roast chicken, New York strip, and a special dessert. Reservations encouraged. $65 per person.
14. Hudson Grille
Christmas Day means back-to-back bowl games. Hudson Grille wants to help you take in the action properly with a three-course ham and turkey dinner, heaping side dishes, dessert, and beer. All locations open noon to midnight. $22.95 per adult. $7.95 kids 10 and under. Kids 4 and under eat free.