Make Christmas more about time with family and friends and less about finding the perfect table setting. Here are 12 restaurants with open tables.
The Ritz-Carlton in downtown Atlanta welcomes locals and visitors alike with a lavish brunch from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Options include custom omelets, scallops and roasted cauliflower, and an Italian station with pastas made to order. Expect a dessert buffet, too. Cost is $95 for adults and $35 for children ages 5 to 12. 181 Peachtree St., 404-659-0400.
The Cafe at Linton’s in the Garden
Join Linton Hopkins in the Atlanta Botanical Gardens for this special, 3-course holiday prix-fixe menu (we’re eying the Sea Island red peas with duck confit and the red wine braised short ribs).Open December 24 (Christmas eve) and December 25 (Christmas day); $55, plus tax and gratuity for adults and $25 for children. 1345 Piedmont Ave., (404) 585-2061.
Just looking for a casual night out? For a real neighborhood spot, head to Einstein’s for a four-course meal for $40 per person. Served from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., the menu includes jumbo scallops over lobster risotto, citrus-brined turkey, sautéed haricot verts, and chicken sausage, apple, and sage-infused focaccia stuffing. 1077 Juniper St. NE, 404-876-7925.
Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta
Families and singles alike can indulge in a festive Christmas Day buffet from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Offerings include a low country, candied sweet potatoes, chestnut stuffing, and glazed ham. Cost is $95 for adults and $38 for children ages 6-12. 75 14th St NE, 404-881-9898.
Lobby at Twelve
This Atlantic Station restaurant is celebrating St. Nick’s arrival with a family-style feast from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Get ready for garlic butter green beans, whipped sweet potato with granola and toasted marshmallow, sage and thyme roasted turkey, apple almond tarts and more. Cost is $45 for adults and $19.50 for children ages 5 to 12. Twelve Atlantic Station Hotel, 361 17th St. NW, 404.961.7370.
Nan Thai Fine Dining
Located in Midtown’s Colony Square, chef Charlie Niyomkul will be serving her standard Thai menu, along a few holiday specials. 1350 Spring St., 404-870-9933.
With both a la carte and prix fixe options, the Palm will be serving a special menu that includes an appetizer, surf and turf, sides and dessert, from $79. Westin Buckhead, 3391 Peachtree Road, 404.814.1955.
Room is serving a three-course brunch for $45 for adults and $19.50 for children ages 13 and older. Offerings include ginger butternut squash soup, spinach-crusted Scottish salmon, gingerbread pancakes, “mistletoe” salad, and choice of sushi roll. 400 W. Peachtree St. NW, 404.418.1250.
Southern Art and Bourbon Bar
Art Smith’s restaurant in the InterContinental Buckhead will serve its annual Christmas day brunch buffet. Look for his signature pies and fried chicken.Seating starts at 11:30 a.m. $65 for adults. $32 for kids 6 and up. 3315 Peachtree Rd., 404-946-9070.
Southern classics are on the menu at this Hyatt Regency restaurant with buttermilk fried chicken with whipped potatoes, grass-fed ribeye with au gratin potatoes, shrimp and grits, and more, served a la carte. There’s even an all-you-can-eat pie bar from 5 p.m. to midnight for $9 per person. 265 Peachtree St., 404.460.6444,
Located in the W Atlanta-Midtown Hotel, this farm-to-table restaurant will serve a $36 Christmas feast with North Carolina trout, sautéed kale, wild mushroom ragout, fingerling potatoes, and pecan tart with cinnamon ice cream. W Atlanta Hotel, 188 14th St NE, 404.724.2550.
Tuk Tuk Thai Food Loft
Join chef DeeDee Niyomkul for Christmas dinner. She’ll be serving her Thai street food classics, along with several special dishes. 1745 Peachtree St., 678-539-6181.