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Restaurants open on Christmas

christmastreeLooking to go out on Christmas day? You’ll generally have good luck in both hotels and Asian restaurants.

Also check out these places:

Molly Gunn, one of the owners of The Porter Beer Bar in Little Five Points says she plans to open with a limited menu.

The Virginia-Highland location of Atkins Park Tavern will serve its traditional Christmas dinner, starting at $20 for adults and going down in price with age.

Au Pied de Cochon will serve French brasserie fare all day.

The three area Benihana restaurants will be open. Chop, chop!

Here are a few more places that will be open with their words about what they’ll be serving:

Ruth’s Chris Steak House

Four Atlanta Locations – Buckhead, Centennial Park, Sandy Springs, Kennesaw

Ruth’s Chris Steak House invites Atlantans to enjoy a delicious steak lunch or dinner from the restaurant’s award-winning menu on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Instead of slaving in the kitchen, relax and enjoy Ruth’s Chris’ signature sizzling steaks, succulent sides and indulgent desserts that will delight any Christmas palate. Each restaurant has special holiday hours, and reservations are available online at or by calling the restaurants directly:

• Buckhead: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. 404.365.0660

• Centennial Park: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Christmas Eve and 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. Christmas Day. 404.223.6500

• Sandy Springs: 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. 404.255.0035

• Kennesaw: 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Christmas Eve and 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. Christmas Day. 770.420.1985


1065 Peachtree Street NE
Atlanta, GA 30309

Savor exceptional cuisine and the festive atmosphere of a Christmas dinner prepared by our chef, Olivier Gaupin. Local producers, seasonal products and organic produce find their way to the innovative menu.

On Friday, December 24, 2010 from 6pm to 11pm enjoy the traditional eleven menu. Christmas Night, Saturday, December 25 from 6pm to10pm dine on a three-course dinner for $32 or a four-course dinner for $39.

MARKET Buckhead

Start a new holiday tradition and enjoy Christmas with the global flavors from internationally acclaimed chef Jean-Georges. Relax and take advantage of MARKET Buckhead’s special four-course tasting menu offered on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day for $55 per person. The best part is that you can relax this Christmas and leave the cooking to MARKET! Seating is limited. Call today to make your reservation.

First Course
Butternut Squash Soup with Fall Mushrooms
Second Course
Bacon Wrapped Shrimp
Third Course
Strip Steak, Gingered Shiitakes, Soy Caramel Sauce
Cheesecake, Cherry Compote Sour Cherry Sorbet

The Melting Pot

Atlanta area locations

All I want for Christmas is Fondue! Experience an unforgettable holiday season with loved ones and join us at The Melting Pot now open for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. In addition to the traditional menu, they will offer a featured $40 per person four course holiday menu! Begin with an apple cider Swiss cheese fondue followed by a crisp Cherry Blossom Salad. The delectable entrée of filet mignon, orange-apricot shrimp, peppercorn-crusted NY strip, rosemary chicken, duck a l’orange & goat cheese ravioli accompanied by a featured cranberry sauce, a variety of homemade dipping sauces, and an array of fresh vegetables will leave you full of holiday spirit, Finally, you will end the evening perfectly while enjoying white chocolate pumpkin fondue served with a variety of fresh Fruits and cakes. Have yourself a merry little Christmas and join us at The Melting Pot!

Ri Ra Atlanta

1080 Peachtree Street
Atlanta, GA 30309

Need a location for Christmas libations? Unwind from the holidays at Ri Ra, Midtown’s popular Irish watering hole. The pub will open at 6 p.m. and serve a limited menu of American and Irish favorites alongside an expansive beer list and signature cocktails.

Also be sure to check out the list on

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Big Papi

December 16th, 2010
9:27 pm

What about Christmas Eve? Any suggestions for a nice Christmas Eve dinner? I would like to try the Italian Feast of the 7 Fishes.

Mike M

December 16th, 2010
11:17 pm

Mirage Persian restaurant in Sandy Springs is open both Christmas Eve and Christmas day.

Me Hongry

December 17th, 2010
12:41 am

Two words: WAFFLE HOUSE…..

Dixie Cybill Presley

December 17th, 2010
2:14 am

Golden Corral locations will be open on Christmas Day from 10-8. Better choice than Waffle House or Asian.


December 17th, 2010
9:38 am

Last year a friend and I made reservations for the Christmas dinner at Atkins Park. It was great! We both left very happy and I would recommend it highly.


December 17th, 2010
11:47 am

Try the Feed Store, Main Street, College Park across from the College Park Station. That’s where friends and I are going. They will be open until 8:00 pm on Christmas Eve. Don’t know about Christmas Day. Enjoy where you end up at.


December 17th, 2010
12:09 pm

Chinese turkey is a tradition in my family!


December 17th, 2010
1:18 pm

Don’t forget Park 75 at Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta
Dec. 24th-Dinner: 6-10 p.m.
Dec. 25th-Brunch: 11a-3p.m.
$75 adults; $30 children; free for those younger than 5.


December 17th, 2010
5:34 pm

What’s Chinese turkey? Is it good? I don’t think I have ever had it?


December 17th, 2010
5:45 pm

In the movie A Christmas Story, Chinese turkey was Duck!


December 17th, 2010
6:42 pm

I think it is terrible to have people working on certain holidays. I am pro business, so I support the choice to open, but I hope no one is having to work that is not fully willing, whether it be they are agnostic, dont have family, or just want to work. I just dont like people working on Thanksgiving or Christmas, should just be emergency personnel on the clock at these times. Make your money on the other 363 days a year. Happy Holidays all!

Lighten up and laugh

December 17th, 2010
6:46 pm

Dunwoody Guy, I agree. I always thought it was terrible to have people working on Christmas and Thanksgiving. They deserve to be with their loved ones, too.


December 17th, 2010
6:52 pm

If Waffle House is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, & 365 days out of the year then why are there locks on the doors?

Yes, a Chinese turkey is a duck (roasted whole, including head) – taken from the movie “A Christmas Story”, but as a kid who lived in Taiwan, we had Chinese turkey back then (65 – 67) and it is sort of a family tradition since.


December 17th, 2010
7:16 pm

Having college-graduate kids that can only get server jobs right now, this is what I ask of anyone dining out at any time, but especially on a holiday. Servers make well below minimum wage and rely on tips to pay rent, keep the heat on and put food on their tables. They also have to share their tips with the bartender, busboy, host, etc. On top of that, they miss out on sharing the holiday with their family.

So please keep this in mind as you dine out, especially during special holiday times.

Toren Anderson

December 17th, 2010
8:28 pm

Fabulous classic C&S Seafood & Oyster Bar in Vinings is open Christmas day from 5 to 10 p.m. Parisian American Seafood and Steak along with inventive cuisine and the finest seafood in Atlanta. Voted by AJC best Seafood in Atlanta. Professional servers, we had our family Christmas there last year and it was wonderful to not have to cook and to be pampered like a fine NY eatery.

W House Kid

December 18th, 2010
7:21 am

They lock the doors on the third shift so they can get some sleep


December 18th, 2010
8:05 am

The Majestic will be open as well.


December 18th, 2010
8:09 am

Will NEW YORK PRIME be open?…very good steakhouse also


December 18th, 2010
2:12 pm

We’re going to Bhojanic!

Just saying

December 18th, 2010
3:07 pm

Marietta Diner is open!


December 18th, 2010
9:37 pm

Marietta Diner!


December 19th, 2010
1:46 am

@DunwoodyGuy, sorry to state the obvious, but not everyone celebrates Christmas (i.e. are Christians) so they don’t mind working on Christmas day. Our Jewish staff members frequent swap out days with the Christian staff members around the holiday season.


December 19th, 2010
7:18 am

@Susie I totally understand, but Christmas has become more than a christian holiday, it is a time when families get together, something often missing in our society. Like I said, I am pro business and support choice. With that said, I just hope you dont have 1 employee working that would rather be with their family, especially if they have kids, on Christmas day. I am of the same opinion RE thanksgiving. Have a great holiday season, I hope all your servers make lots of money!! I worked in restaurants for years.


December 19th, 2010
3:51 pm

Cafe Sababa – Mediterranean Grill, in Dunwoody, is open 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. on Christmas Eve, and 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. on Christmas Day. Goodbye, Chow Mein; Hello, Shawarma!! Their dinner special is Moroccan-style brisket.

Got to be kidding

December 19th, 2010
10:22 pm

Waffle House all day, every day….


December 20th, 2010
1:08 am

Gotta have my scaterred, smothered and covered hashbrowns with black coffee (and Sweet-and-Low) on Christmas. Ain’t nothin’ better, nowhere. Best service, too, if ya don’t mind the toothless waitress. Good food, fast–WH.

Adam N.

December 20th, 2010
5:46 am

Talia’s Steakhouse & bar located at 668 Amsterdam Avenue (92nd -93rd Streets) is open both Christmas Eve and Christmas day.

Talia’s is a glatt kosher restaurant provides a combination of affordable, delectable American / Middle Eastern cuisines.

Talia’s will offer a pre-paid prix fixe Friday night Shabbat dinner on December 24. Two options: $38 per person and $49 per person will be available. Our regular menu will not be available due to the Shabbat observance.

Talia’s will offer both our special prix fixe $59 per person menu and our regular menu on Saturday night, December 25. Two sittings will be available: The first seating will begin at 6:15 pm and the second seating will begin at 8:45 pm (flexible). There will be live music with no cover charge and we are open all night.


December 20th, 2010
6:08 am

Christmas isn’t a Christian holiday. It started as the celebration of winter. Constantine made it the birth of Jesus so that Christianity would be accepted in a society that had many different religions. Jesus was born under the sign of Taurus – April/May.


December 21st, 2010
5:30 am

Piccadilly Cafeteria on Peachtree Industrial Blvd. in Chamblee will be open for a short period of time. I believe the hours on Christmas day are 10:30 am to 3:00 pm, but I may be off by a half hour. Call to confirm just to be sure. I’m not sure if all the Piccadilly locations will be open and whether or not the hours will be the same. They also have food and meals to go.


December 22nd, 2010
9:22 pm

Being Jewish, I always loved working as a teenager on Christmas, and the older employees/family people loved having me there, so they could have the day off, or at least part of a day off. I worked in a 365 day a year family-run pharmacy, and people needed their medicines. It was back in the 1960s. They delivered! Even a pack of chewing gum, but rarely did anyone have the nerve, except for the very elderly, and they wanted a newspaper too. My family lived in town, so it was no special day other than one on which I could get some more work. I needed the money for college expenses during the rest of the year, and even worked in high school to buy my own clothes. so did my husband. in another state! And he was Christian! Still needed the money! Work never hurt anyone.


December 23rd, 2010
3:16 pm

DunwoodyGuy.I’d be glad to take the job of anyone that i’snt willing to work on holidays.


December 23rd, 2010
3:23 pm

I’m with the Waffle House folks. I can feed my whole family breakfast Christmas morning for $20.00. LOL!!

I just don’t see myself giving $100.00 for a meal. Sorry!!


December 23rd, 2010
3:35 pm

The Inn at Stone Mountain Park has a good Christmas Buffet (lunch and dinner).