Posted by Liz and John Attaway
ATLANTA RESTAURANTS UNWRAP A HOLLY, JOLLY CHRISTMAS
Local Eateries Spread Joy with Meals and Special Hours on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day
The days are merry and bright this Christmas season, and Atlanta restaurants are spreading cheer with Christmas meals and special hours over Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Holiday diners can hang the stockings, put the presents under the tree and then head to a local Atlanta eatery for a special celebration. After gifts are unwrapped on Christmas Day, 10th & Piedmont, Gilbert’s, and Sankranti welcome diners back for a change of pace.
5Church Midtown invites guests for festive meals on Christmas Eve. The restaurant will be open from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and reopen from 5-11 p.m., serving its regular menu. Christmas Eve also is the last night to celebrate at the Rooftop Holiday Bar at Virtue Rooftop. Jolly guests will jingle the night away with a selection of holiday-themed cocktails, a menu of light bites from culinary director Rodney Smith Jr., a playlist of holiday tunes and festive décor, and twinkly lights. Drinks from Virtue Rooftop’s full cocktail menu also will be available. The Rooftop Holiday Bar will be open until 11 p.m. on Dec. 24 on a first-come, first-served basis for those 21 years old and over with no cover charge.
10th & Piedmont and Gilbert’s (aka G’s) invite guests to make Christmas memories in Midtown. The upbeat eateries will be open for Christmas Eve brunch from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and dinner from 5-10 p.m. with the bar staying open until midnight. After gifts are unwrapped, guests are invited back for a Sunday Funday Xmas sweater party from 5 p.m.-midnight and again for brunch from 11:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and dinner from 5-10 p.m. on Monday. The bar will stay open until midnight on Monday. Make reservations online.
Guests are invited to share the joy of the season at 5Church Buckhead on Christmas Eve. The restaurant will be open from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and reopen from 5-11 p.m., serving its regular menu.
For a classy night out, guests can head to Aria on Christmas Eve. The Buckhead fine-dining restaurant will be serving a tasting menu and an a la carte menu from 4:30-8:30 p.m. Make reservations online.
A spin on Johnny’s Hideaway’s dance floor is just what Santa ordered on Christmas Eve. Johnny’s is open regular hours on Dec. 24 for guests needing to break into the holiday hustle.
Guests can eat, drink and gear up for the festivities ahead at Postino WineCafe. The Buckhead eatery will be open until 4 p.m. on Christmas Eve serving its full menu of wine and cocktails along with bruschetta and charcuterie boards and “Snacky Things” such as meatballs and goat cheese, crispy cauliflower, and smoked salmon.
Your 3rd Spot, the new vibe-forward social dining experience in The Works development on Atlanta’s Upper Westside, invites guests to eat, drink, play and make new friends on Christmas Eve. Guests can make new connections and strengthen existing ones with the Match & Connect™ social meetup platform while enjoying more than 70 social games, upscale small plates, and craft beverages. Follow Your 3rd Spot on Instagram or Facebook for holiday hours.
Cozy Coop in Marietta, an innovative fast-food restaurant that celebrates authentic Southern flavors, will be open for Christmas Eve from 10:30 a.m-10 p.m. Diners can calm the hectic pace of the day while dining on mouthwatering fried chicken, chicken tenders, crispy chicken sandwich, baby-back pork ribs and sides such as mac and cheese, collard greens, candied yams, crispy okra, French fries, coleslaw, and cornbread. For those feeding a crowd, Cozy Coop specializes in large orders. Its catering menu features large trays of fried chicken, ribs, chicken tenders, sides, cornbread, and biscuits. Guests can place catering orders at least one hour in advance by calling 770-485-2503.
Sankranti in Johns Creek will be open during normal hours on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Guests are invited to relish in the holidays with Sankranti’s irresistible menu of Indian cuisine.
All locations of HOBNOB Neighborhood Tavern—Brookhaven, Dunwoody, Halcyon, and Atlantic Station—are open on Christmas Eve serving their regular menus for brunch and dinner. Reservations can be made at www.hobnobatlanta.com.
NaanStop in Atlantic Station will be open regular hours of 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m. on Christmas Eve serving its mouthwatering menu of naan wraps, rice bowls and fresh salads, and more. Weary shoppers can take a pause from the hustle and bustle and snuggle up near the fire pit or under the patio heaters to savor a hot chai tea brewed with milk, cinnamon, and cardamom. Guests are encouraged to park in the parking garage (two hours free). Follow the signs for Publix, and park near elevator #5.
Rreal Tacos in Midtown and West Midtown will be open regular hours of 11 a.m.-11 p.m. on Christmas Eve. Taco fans craving an authentic, high-energy Mexican street food experience can stop in for the eatery’s menu of tacos and other specialties from Mexico’s various regions. Taco highlights include asada from northeastern Monterrey, birria barbacoa from Guadalajara, and taco al pastor, one of Mexico City’s signature tacos—all complemented by a variety of desserts, sides, and refreshing margaritas.
For visions of chicken wings dancing in their heads, guests can head to Taco Mac on Christmas Eve. Georgia’s favorite neighborhood sports bar will be open 11 a.m.-7 p.m. serving fresh, never frozen, locally sourced chicken wings along with the most craft beers on draft and ultimate sports viewing at every location.
Guests are invited to put their own “twist” on the Christmas Eve meal at Twisted Kitchen. All locations—Midtown, Smyrna, and Marietta—will be open 11 a.m.-3 p.m. At Twisted Kitchen, guests start by choosing a pasta, salad, or wrap and then add ingredients from a kitchen full of fresh meats, cheeses, vegetables, and sauces.
Milton’s Cuisine and Cocktails, located in the Monte Vista Hotel in Black Mountain, North Carolina, will be holding an intimate candlelight Christmas Eve dinner from 5-9 p.m. The elevated four-course prix-fixe menu is $60 a person. Reservations are required and can be booked online. The restaurant also will be open on Christmas Day for a festive dining experience from 3-8 p.m. The meal is $65 for adults and $29 for children 12 and under, excluding tax and gratuity. Reservations for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day can be made online. Menus for both dinners will be released soon.
Hampton + Hudson’s Annual Santa Brunch & Doggie Mingle is this Sunday, December 11! Brunch will be served beginning at 10am with festive food and drink specials, Santa will make a special appearance from 10am-2pm, a DJ will play holiday favorites and holiday movies will be shown on TVs throughout the restaurant.
Juniper Cafe will be open on Christmas Eve and serve a special Chinese, family-style dinner menu for in-restaurant guests and takeout! Takeout orders can be picked up on December 24 between 3pm and 6pm, and must be placed here by midnight on Wednesday, December 21. Reservations for in-restaurant dining can be made here.
Atrium is hosting its inaugural Holiday Drag Queen Brunch on Sunday, December 18 from noon-4pm, featuring performances by Queens Tatyana Taylor Dickerson & Arrianna Paris with live music by DJ Ree De La Vegas.
Holiday Gift Boxes and Christmas & Hanukkah Specials from Fresh Harvest are Now Available! Give the gift of Fresh Harvest with their newly launched, themed holiday boxes, or add a festive spread of the season’s best bounty and treats to your next basket.
Sun., Dec. 11, 10am-3pm – Cocktails Under the Mistletoe Holiday Brunch at Taverna
The holidays are in full swing and Taverna is getting festive with a special holiday brunch this Sunday. The restaurant will be serving their brunch menu alongside chef-inspired specials and holiday cocktails. Reservations can be made here. Cocktail highlights include the following:
- One For Mariah – Ketel One Vodka, Bailey’s Irish Cream, strawberry & chai
- You’ll Shoot Your Eye Out – Bulleit Bourbon, fresh pineapple, lemon, honey, angostura & vanilla pepper
- Holi-Bae – Ketel One Vodka, cranberry, lime, spiced vanilla & champagne
- It’s Christmas, Theo – Bulleit Rye, homemade apple cider, honey, lemon & cinnamon
- Two Pies, MF – Ketel One Vodka, Baileys Almande & pumpkin puree
Wed., Dec. 14, 6-8pm – Williams Sonoma X Billy Reid Holiday CelebrationBilly Reid at Buckhead Village is hosting a holiday celebration in honor of the launch of the Williams Sonoma X Billy Reid Entertaining Collection. Guests can enjoy light bites, seasonal spirits and good company (including Billy himself!) while exploring the latest collection. Those interested can RSVP to email@example.com.
Atlas: Guests will experience an extraordinary eight-course tasting menu featuring caviar with otoro; beet salad with goat cheese and pear vinaigrette; mushrooms and consommé; aged parmesan gnocchi white truffle; Atlantic halibut; Westholme filet with black garlic; an exotic coconut-lime fruit cocktail; and a hazelnut chocolate sphere with raspberry and vanilla ice cream. $250 per person.
The Garden Room: The regular menu will be served, including share plates like fruits of the sea, including oysters, and tiger shrimp with spicy citrus butter; mains like Chilean sea bass, basil pesto gnocchi, miso-glazed pork ribs, and Westholme Wagyu striploin; and desserts like “Smash Me” featuring chocolate Cremieux, coconut ganache and dark chocolate mousse.
The Garden Room is also offering its signature cocktail creations menu, including the I Love Lychee with Belvedere, Giffard Lichi-Li liqueur, lychee, lemon, and egg white; and Boas and Coas with Del Maguey Vida Mezcal, Cointreau, Ancho Reyes Verde, jalapeno, lime, and served over pineapple ice cubes.
Atlas: Guests will delight in a pre-fixe menu, where they will be able to select one option from each course. $210 per person.
Starter options include beet salad with goat cheese and plum vinaigrette; artichoke and truffle soup; foie gras terrain with spiced apple compote; garden gems salad with porcini aioli, or white truffle gnocchi with parmesan cream.
Entrée options include Honey Baked ham with gruyere baked potatoes and wilted greens; Westholme wagyu filet and short rib; roast halibut with braised leeks; Sunchoke risotto with caramelized white chocolate, or beef and onion tart tatin.
For the dessert course, Black Forest Buche de Noel will be served.