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If you don’t like the smell of chestnuts roasting over an open fire or simply don’t feel like cooking Christmas dinner, there are plenty of Atlanta restaurants serving dinner - from the traditional to the creative. So, make plans to dig in and rest assured knowing that a professional chef has got the cooking covered. Presents are another story - you're on your own for those! 

Ritz-Carlton—Atlanta 
Guest can feast on a four-course meal at the Atlanta Grill (pictured below). Start your evening with a mushroom soup, follow that up with local salad greens paired with a creamy vinaigrette, and choose between beef tenderloin, grilled North Atlantic swordfish, and grilled vegetable and goat cheese in brioche as your entree.  Cap off your meal with a choice of chocolate liqueur soufflé or dusted sugar and fresh raspberries. 
Dinner is from 5:30-10 p.m. Cost is $68 per adult, $90 per adult with wine pairing, $35 per child ages 5 to 12. 
Reservations are required. 
 404.221.6550
www.ritzcarlton.com/en/Properties/Atlanta/Default.htm

Ritz-Carlton—Buckhead
Served at The Café, this holiday smorgasbord is guaranteed to satisfy the whole family. Diners nosh on their choice of sausage, lamb, seafood, and a variety of meats. A variety of salads, soups, and hot vegetable dishes are also available. Dessert options include a plethora of cooked-while-you-wait crepes, Yule logs, and a variety of individual desserts.
Dinner is from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Cost is $99 per adult, $39 per child (excludes tax and gratuity). Reservations are required.
404.240.7035
www.ritzcarlton.com/en/Properties/Buckhead/Default.htm

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Park 75 at The Four Seasons
The Four Seasons’ Park 75 restaurant (pictured at right) will be serving a buffet on Christmas Day. Main dishes at the carving station range from Georgia white shrimp and grits to market fish of the day with fennel and pomegranate. For those who prefer a less traditional holiday meal, expect to find a pot pie, salad and antipasto, tapas, seafood, pasta, Asian, and dessert stations with plates to please every palate. 
The buffet is from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.  Cost is $82 per adults, $30 per child ages 6 to 12, and children 5 and under are free. 
404.253.3840
www.fourseasons.com/atlanta 

Atkins Park Restaurant—Virginia Highlands location  
Feast on classic holiday dishes at Atlanta's oldest continuously licensed tavern. Main dishes range from braised pork shoulder to big green egg smoked turkey breast. Sides include roasted garlic mashed potatoes and sweet potato biscuits. Finish your holiday meal with a slice of eggnog cheesecake or southern pecan pie. 
Restaurant opens at 6 p.m. Cost is $22 for adults, $17 per young adult, and $10 per child under 10. Reservations are recommended. 
404.876.7249
www.atkinspark.com

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The Melting Pot—Available at all four Atlanta locations 
This fondue-lovers haven is serving up their regular menu and their four-course specialty seasonal menu that includes apple cider Swiss cheese fondue, cherry blossom salad, and white chocolate pumpkin fondue.
The Melting Pot is open from 4 to 7 p.m. 
404.389.0099 
www.meltingpot.com/mid-town-atlanta/welcome 

Lobby at Twelve 
The Lobby at Twelve is offering up a Christmas buffet that is sure to please everyone. Entrees include turkey breast, sautéed trout, and Swedish meatballs. Round out your main dish with trimmings like cheese tortellini in roasted pumpkin sauce, and sausage and sourdough bread stuffing. Top off your meal with your choice of pecan bars, mini pumpkin cheesecake tarts, and more. Menu is subject to change. 
The buffet is available from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Cost is $49 per adult, $17 per child ages 5-17, and children under 5 are free. 
404.961.7370 
www.lobbyattwelve.com

ROOM at Twelve 
Guests at ROOM at Twelve will enjoy a modern, American buffet with a holiday twist. The buffet’s main features, roasted brined turkey with cranberry-apple relish, mustard and brown sugar glazed ham and prime rib of beef, accompanied by a variety of options including trimmings, salads, sushi, seafood, and desserts, are sure to satisfy even the pickiest eaters. Menu is subject to change.
Buffet will be served from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Cost is $49 per adult, $17 per child ages 5-17, and children under 5 are free. 
404.418.1250 
www.roomattwelve.com. 

Briza at Renaissance Atlanta Midtown Hotel Make your way over to Briza (pictured at right) to dine on a fixed menu that includes choice of an appetizer, a main dish, and dessert. Main plates include beef tenderloin served with crispy brussel sprouts and potatoes au gratin, as well as roasted duck breast, and seared scallops. Finish your night with a choice of figgy pudding, egg nog panna cotta or fruit cake. 
Dinner will be served from 5–8 p.m. Reservations are strongly recommended. Cost is $55 per person.  
678.41 2.2402
www.brizarestaurant.com

Compiled and written by Teresa Tobat. 

 


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