Southern ArtHow about having Christmas, Oprah style? Southern Art, run by Oprah's former chef Art Smith, will be serving up a Christmas meal in Buckhead. On Christmas Day the restaurant will serve brunch from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Brunch is $65 for adults, $25 for ages 6 to 12 and free for kids under 6. The restaurant will spread holiday cheer with a complimentary cocktail for each guest. Southern Art is located in the Intercontinental Hotel, but has plenty of character and doesn't feel like a typical hotel restaurant.
Atlanta GrillUp the swank-factor a few notches with Christmas dinner at the Ritz Carlton. Atlanta Grill, located in the heart of downtown, will serve a holiday brunch from 11 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. ($75) and then a more formal holiday dinner from 5:30 - 10 p.m. ($70).
Atkins ParkAtkins Park is serving Christmas dinner at both the Virginia Highland and the Smyrna locations. The menus are different at each location. Virginia Highland will feature a limited menu with pork shoulder and turkey cooked on the Big Green Egg. Smyrna takes things in a decidedly Southern direction with deep fried turkey, Dr. Pepper spiral sliced ham, and squash casserole.
Melting PotWhat is it about fondue that feels a little bit fancy? The Melting Pot is always a crowd pleaser, with a fun, social dining experience. Four Atlanta locations (Midtown, Kennesaw, Roswell, and Duluth) will be open from 4 p.m. - 9 p.m. on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. What better way to keep warm than with a big pot of melty chocolate?
BenihanaIf you want to eschew holiday tradition completely, enjoy the hibachi experience at Benihana. The Buckhead, downtown and Alpharetta locations will all be open with skilled chefs waiting to entertain you on the flattop. Get ready for an onion volcano!
Outside of Atlanta
No big plans for Christmas? Why not head out of town and take a short getaway?
The North Georgia Mountains are just an hour outside Atlanta and snuggling up in a mountain cabin can be fun in the winter time. Think bonfire fun and hot tub fun. Lake Rabun Hotel and Restaurant will serve a Christmas brunch buffet with holiday favorites like prime rib.
Another nearby spot for an easy trip is Callaway Gardens. They do it up right with their Fantasy in Lights event, featuring more than eight million Christmas lights, and they also have a Christmas Day buffet with a seafood display and a carving station.
How about a coastal Christmas? The historic Jekyll Island Hotel Club will host Christmas brunch and a traditional, four-course holiday dinner. The week before Christmas they will have holiday cookie making (Wednesday and Thursday) and a Christmas bagpiper each evening (Wednesday - Christmas Eve).