Restaurants Open on Christmas in Atlanta

Few things are worse than being caught in a strange town on Christmas Day with no place to eat. As in many cities, most restaurants in Atlanta, Georgia shut down on Christmas, but fortunately there are a few very good restaurants that open on this holiday to provide food for those who aren't getting a home-cooked meal or simply don't wish to cook.
Waffle House

There are plenty of Waffle Houses spread across the Atlanta metro area. The Waffle House has regulars who show up every single day for breakfast, lunch or dinner and they aren't going to let a little thing like Christmas break their routine. The best part is that you can order off the breakfast, lunch or dinner menu 24 hours a day.

Atlanta Grill

The Atlanta Grill serves food, entertainment and ambiance inside the Ritz-Carlton Hotel. The menu includes such staples at steak and shrimp in a very high-class setting. A live band provides musical accompaniment that does not send you reaching for the earplugs or heading for the door. Enjoy a very relaxing social engagement on Christmas Day at the Atlanta Grill.

Atlanta Grill
181 Peachtree Street, NE
Atlanta, GA 30303
(404) 221-6550

Paces 88

Paces 88 is located inside the St. Regis Hotel in the Buckhead section of Atlanta. The menu is filled with haute cuisine offerings like rack of lamb with Vidalia onion grits, duck confit and ocean trout with bacon and corn ragout. While hardly cheap, the price for this high-style food is less than what it would cost at comparable restaurants. For a luxurious Christmas meal, Paces 88 is quite a gift.

Paces 88
88 West Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta, GA 30305
(404) 563-7968

Ruth's Chris Steak House

This difficult-to-pronounce smaller chain of steakhouse has quite the reputation for quality food, especially steak. Christmas dinner at Ruth's Chris is not intended to be easy on the wallet, but you get what you pay for. If you don't want to be loaded down with a juicy and tender steak, try the crab cakes, salmon or stuffed chicken. The atmosphere is elegant without being stifling and the dress is casual even on Christmas, making for a fantastic way to spend the evening.

Ruth's Chris Steak House
3285 Peachtree Rd
Atlanta, GA 30305
(404) 365-0660

Veni Vidi Vici

When that craving for Italian food comes over on Christmas Day in Atlanta, head to Veni Vidi Vici in midtown. The menu includes all the traditional Italian staples including pasta, chicken and veal. Dress appropriately for a higher class eating experience and enjoy the extensive wine collection. Like Ruth's Chris, Christmas dinner at Veni Vidi Vici is going to cost you significantly more than the Waffle House, but devotees of Italian food will enjoy it just as much as the most loyal Waffle House customers enjoy their pork chops and hash browns.

Veni Vidi Vici
41 Fourteenth Street
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 875-8424

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