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Where to eat on Christmas Eve in metro Atlanta

Have yourself a merry little Christmas Eve dinner with family and friends at the following four restaurants on Saturday, Dec. 24.

Empire State SouthFor guests saving their celebratory cooking for Christmas Day or others who prefer to dine out before evening services, this restaurant in Midtown will offer a seasonal three-course dinner with options such as prime strip loin, swordfish, risotto, eggnog brioche pudding, mocha crème brûlée and more. This festive dinner will be $60 - $80; seating reservations available until 8 p.m.

999 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta. 404-541-1105,

Biltong Bar: When you’re ready to refuel from last-minute shopping, head to this restaurant at Ponce City Market, which is known for its signature South African beef jerky and faves like a plate of oxtail and Boerewors hot dog, a beef sausage, bacon, sunny side egg and peri-peri aioli medley served on a roll. Biltong Bar serves lots of booze too.

675 Ponce de Leon Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 678-515-0620,

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101 Steak: Two special dishes will be offered on Christmas Eve: a whole lobster stuffed with crab, mushrooms and cream paired with sliced Chateaubriand steak as well as sea bass bouillabaisse with scallops, shrimp, calamari, mussels, crab and clams, which is a nod to the Feast of the Seven Fishes. The restaurant will open at 4 p.m. with complimentary bar snacks including potato latkas with sour cream and apple sauce, pimento cheese and more.

3621 Vinings Slope S.W., Atlanta. 770-805-8855,

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 il Giallo’s signature handmade pastas culminating into a three course menu of shrimp, anchovies, smoked trout and lump crab; lobster and scallop tagliatelle; and red snapper with and sautéed artichokes. The regular menu will also be available. A seat at the table will be $45 per person.

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

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