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The Ultimate Atlanta Christmas Dining Guide

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'Tis the season for eggnog, (possibly forced) family togetherness, and non-stop eating. Whether you're looking to skip out on the family madness or leave the cooking to someone else altogether, there's a spot here for you. Christmas Eve and Christmas Day dining options range from neighborhood bars with brews to breakfast buffets and multi-course meals with wine pairings, so there's something suitable for every taste and budget. Happy holidays.
Laura Scholz


Update: These restaurants are also open.
· Sister Louisa's Church on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day
· Steinbeck's from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Christmas Eve
· G's Midtown for dinner and drinks on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day
· Condesa Coffee from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Christmas
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Both: The Porter Beer Bar

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Need a beer (or two) to prep for that visit from your crazy uncle or your annoying in-laws? Stop by the Porter Beer Bar, which will be open from 11:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. Christmas Eve and 5 p.m. to midnight on Christmas Day. [Photo]

Both: The Albert

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This Inman Park watering hole will keep regular hours on Christmas Eve and open again at 6 p.m. on Christmas Day for post-gift opening and post-family gathering libations.

Both: Cypress Street Pint & Plate

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This popular Midtown watering hole will be open Christmas Eve from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Christmas Day from 6 p.m. to 12 a.m.

Both: Rumi's Kitchen

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For those with a hankering for Persian food, Rumi's Kitchen will be open for regular hours on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day— 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. [Photo]

Both: The Highlander

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Midtown's The Highlander will be open regular hours on Christmas Eve and Christmas for those who want pitchers of tater tots, burgers, and beer. 21+.

Both: Cook Hall

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Cook Hall will be open from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. on Christmas Eve and again from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Christmas Day, with morning brunch options and holiday-inspired specials throughout the day.

Both: RA Sushi

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Sushi for Christmas? Why not. RA Sushi is open on Christmas Eve from 11 a.m. to 7p.m. and Christmas Day from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m., with the bar open until midnight or later with a wide variety of beer, wine, and signature cocktails ranging from $3 to $7.

Eve: The Pinewood Tippling Room

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Get your Whiskey Wednesday on early at the Pinewood Tippling Room, which will be open on Christmas Eve from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. and mixing up Boilermakers (Bitter American beer and a pour of Four Roses) for $7 in addition to its regular drink and food menu.

Eve: Common Quarter

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The new East Cobb hotspot will be open on Christmas Eve for both lunch (11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.) and dinner (4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.). Don't skimp on the Old Fashioneds.

Eve: South City Kitchen

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Let South City Kitchen do the cooking for you on Christmas Eve. Order from the restaurant's three-course prix fixe menu between the hours of 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. and finish the meal off with Southern chocolate pecan pie. Cost is $45 for adults and $22.50 for children under 12. Reservations are recommended.

Eve: Ecco

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Eat fried goat cheese to your heart's content at Ecco, which will be open from 5:30 to 9:00 p.m. on Christmas Eve.

Eve: Seed Kitchen & Bar

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Seed will be open during normal operating hours on Christmas Eve. Offerings include the East Cobb restaurant's regular menu plus holiday-themed specials.

Eve: Ray's on the River

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Get your Christmas Eve dinner with a view at Ray's on the River, which will be open and serving its regular menu from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. that evening.

Eve: Aqua Blue

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Aqua Blue will be offering a special three course menu for $29 in addition to its regular a la carte menu from 4 to 9 p.m. on Christmas Eve.

Eve: Empire State South

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Empire State South will be celebrating Christmas Eve with a four-course meal from chef Josh Hopkins. The menu will include a special braised lamb and a milk and cookies dessert from pastry chef Melanie Durant. The meal is served family style and costs $60/person with wine pairings for an additional $25. Reservations are required.

Day: Atkins Park Tavern

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Atlanta's oldest restaurant and bar will continue that tradition with a special dinner menu on Christmas Day. The feast begins at 6 p.m. and includes Big Green Egg-smoked turkey breast, bourbon glazed ham, green been casserole, sweet potato biscuits, plus other sides and desserts. The cost is $28 for adults, $18 for young adults ages 11 to 18, and $10 for children under 10.

Day: Park 75 Restaurant

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You don't have to stay at the Four Seasons to eat like you are. Check out the Christmas brunch buffet, which will be served from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Christmas Day. The cost is $88 per adult and $35 per child (ages 6-12).

Day: Lobby Bar and Bistro

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Leave the cooking to the Lobby Bar and Bistro, which will be offering a Christmas Day buffet from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The feast includes a sushi station, dessert doughnuts, and a charcuterie table. Price is $55 for adults, $22 for children 5-17, and free for children under 5. Reservations are recommended.

Day: Southern Art

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Southern Art will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Christmas Day for brunch, which includes carving stations, artisanal ham and charcuterie, seafood selections, and more of chef Art Smith’s favorite holiday dishes. Reservations are $65 each for adults and $32 for children and can be made by calling (404) 946-9070.

Both: The Porter Beer Bar

Need a beer (or two) to prep for that visit from your crazy uncle or your annoying in-laws? Stop by the Porter Beer Bar, which will be open from 11:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. Christmas Eve and 5 p.m. to midnight on Christmas Day. [Photo]

Both: The Albert

This Inman Park watering hole will keep regular hours on Christmas Eve and open again at 6 p.m. on Christmas Day for post-gift opening and post-family gathering libations.

Both: Cypress Street Pint & Plate

This popular Midtown watering hole will be open Christmas Eve from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Christmas Day from 6 p.m. to 12 a.m.

Both: Rumi's Kitchen

For those with a hankering for Persian food, Rumi's Kitchen will be open for regular hours on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day— 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. [Photo]

Both: The Highlander

Midtown's The Highlander will be open regular hours on Christmas Eve and Christmas for those who want pitchers of tater tots, burgers, and beer. 21+.

Both: Cook Hall

Cook Hall will be open from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. on Christmas Eve and again from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Christmas Day, with morning brunch options and holiday-inspired specials throughout the day.

Both: RA Sushi

Sushi for Christmas? Why not. RA Sushi is open on Christmas Eve from 11 a.m. to 7p.m. and Christmas Day from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m., with the bar open until midnight or later with a wide variety of beer, wine, and signature cocktails ranging from $3 to $7.

Eve: The Pinewood Tippling Room

Get your Whiskey Wednesday on early at the Pinewood Tippling Room, which will be open on Christmas Eve from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. and mixing up Boilermakers (Bitter American beer and a pour of Four Roses) for $7 in addition to its regular drink and food menu.

Eve: Common Quarter

The new East Cobb hotspot will be open on Christmas Eve for both lunch (11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.) and dinner (4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.). Don't skimp on the Old Fashioneds.

Eve: South City Kitchen

Let South City Kitchen do the cooking for you on Christmas Eve. Order from the restaurant's three-course prix fixe menu between the hours of 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. and finish the meal off with Southern chocolate pecan pie. Cost is $45 for adults and $22.50 for children under 12. Reservations are recommended.

Eve: Ecco

Eat fried goat cheese to your heart's content at Ecco, which will be open from 5:30 to 9:00 p.m. on Christmas Eve.

Eve: Seed Kitchen & Bar