CRU Food & Wine Bar will offer a bevy of Christmas Eve dinner options including braised short rib.
Photo: Robert Yu
Photo: Robert Yu

Where to dine on Christmas Eve in metro Atlanta

Saltwood Charcuterie & Bar. The restaurant inside Loews Atlanta Hotel is offering a full dinner with dishes including she crab soup; a choice of roasted Brussels sprout salad or duck confit roll; choice of smoked prime rib or roasted halibut; and a Bouche de Noel for dessert. Cost is $65 per person and $28 for children 12 and under (not including tax and gratuity). Seating is available from 5:30pm to 10pm and reservations are strongly recommended.

1065 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta. 404-745-5745, saltwoodatlanta.com/

The Farmhouse Restaurant at Serenbe: Enjoy a three-course farmhouse dinner featuring roasted squash bisque, duck breast and more from 4-6 p.m. A seat at this holiday table will be $85 and $18 for children 12 years old and under. For diners who want to stay later, the bar will be open until 10 p.m.

10950 Hutchesons Ferry Road, Palmetto. 770-463-2622, serenbefarmhouse.com.

Donetto: Ho-ho-hop over to this West Midtown restaurant which, in addition to dinner, will offer guests spiked hot chocolate and DIY s’mores on the patio beginning at 5 p.m. As a bonus, guests will be able to add $2 to their bill to pull an ornament from Donetto’s Christmas tree, each of which comes filled with a surprise like a complimentary appetizer, dessert or percent off the bill for use on a return visit. 

976 Brady Ave. NW, Atlanta. 404-445-6867, donettoatlanta.com

CRU Food & Wine Bar: For a three-course holiday menu, head to this restaurant which has locations in Atlanta and Alpharetta. Food options will include pumpkin mascarpone ravioli, lobster and shrimp potstickers, filet mignon, chicken piccata, braised short rib and dessert beginning at 4 p.m. The prix fixe dinner will be $42 and $21 for children 12 years old and under. Diners may also order a la carte.

2200 1st St., Alpharetta. 678-248-5181, cruawinebar.com.

The Battery, 915 Battery Ave. SE, Atlanta. 770-485-9463.

Johnny’s Hideaway: Eat, drink and roll right into a merry Christmas since this Atlanta staple will be open until 2 a.m. Christmas morning. The regular menu, inclusive of shrimp cocktail, egg rolls, cheeseburger sliders, a variety of salads and chicken sandwiches, will be available a la carte.

3771 Roswell Road NE, Atlanta. 404-233-8026, johnnyshideaway.com.

Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse: The Feast of the Seven Fishes, known as La Festa dei Sette Pesci, is a deeply rooted Italian Christmas Eve tradition, originating in Southern Italy and honoring the vigil prior to a religious holiday when no meat was served. This Buckhead restaurant will celebrate the occasion with a three-course prix fixe menu featuring poached lobster tail and jumbo lump crab; spaghettini, rock shrimp and mussels; and slow braised halibut, scallops and clams from 5-10 p.m. A seat at the table will be $75. Reservations recommended. 

3500 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta. 404-844-4810, davios.com.

Southern Art: This Buckhead restaurant will offer the regular menu plus specials including a winter bourbon roasted chestnut soup, Christmas wreath salad with kale and butternut squash and brown sugar butter basted pork tenderloin beginning at 5:30 p.m. 

Intercontinental Buckhead Atlanta, 3315 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta. 404-946-9070, southernart.com.

Le BilboquetBefore stuffing your stockings, fill your belly with a special French menu — with a twist — inclusive of king crab salad, faro butternut squash risotto, roasted lobster tail and rich vanilla crème brulèe beginning 5 p.m. Dinner will be $85. 

3027 Bolling Way NE, Atlanta. 404-869-9944, lebilboquetatlanta.com. 

il Giallo Osteria & Bar: To celebrate the Italian tradition of the Feast of the Seven Fishes, chef Jamie Adams will intertwine fresh seafood specialties along with restaurant’s signature handmade pastas, culminating into a three-course menu of cozze e vongole – mussels, clams, anchovies, fennel, concentrated tomato broth and grilled ciabatta; ravioli d’aragosta e granzeola – lobster, scallop and mascarpone ravioli with a creamy lobster broth; and rombo ripieno – flounder stuffed with crab artichokes, capers, lemon and roasted tomatoes. A seat at the table will be $45. Seatings will start at 5:30 p.m.

5920 Roswell Road, Sandy Springs. 404-709-2148, ilgialloatl.com.

EccoBoth locations will offer holiday-centric specials, perfect for pairing with a bottle from the restaurant’s extensive wine selection.

Buckhead, 3586 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta. 404-347-9558, ecco-atlanta.com.

Midtown, 40 7th St. NE, Atlanta. 404-347-9555.

The Big Ketch: Spend Christmas Eve at this beach-themed restaurant in Roswell which will offer its regular menu a la carte beginning 11:30 a.m.

1105 Canton St., Roswell. 770-993-5749, www.thebigketch.com

Read the 2018 AJC Fall Dining Guide: Dining on Buford Highway 

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