These Atlanta eateries are open Christmas Eve, Christmas Day

Botica blends Mediterranean flavors in its eggplant empanadas. Courtesy of Botica
Courtesy of Botica

Editor’s Note: This story was updated on Dec. 22 to correct holiday operating hours at Varuni-Napoli that were due to an editing error.

With Christmas just days away, have you thought about what meal you’d like to eat yet? Maybe you don’t celebrate Christmas, and you’re just interested in making dinner reservations. Atlanta’s blooming food scene has much to offer, with all sorts of diverse cuisines bursting with unique flavors. However, sometimes it can be a little difficult to find a place that is open on Christmas. Whether you’re not in the mood to cook and simply want to indulge in some delicious takeout or share a memorable meal out with family, we’ve got you covered with a great variety of Atlanta eateries that are open on Christmas Eve and Day.

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Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse

If you’re in the mood for exquisite steak, then head on over to Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse in Dunwoody, as they’ll be open both Christmas Eve and Day. While their regular menu will be available, they will also offer a special Christmas dinner menu featured on both days that includes a 20-ounce prime rib served with horseradish cream, red wine au jus and chateau mashed potatoes.

Location: Dunwoody - 236 Perimeter Center Pkwy. NE, Suite 120; Website:; Contact: 770-274-0309

Hard Rock Cafe

Head to the iconic Hard Rock Cafe in downtown Atlanta for tasty nachos, hearty burgers and their signature cocktails for a rockin’ Christmas meal. They are open on both days and will offer their usual menu as well as festival specials.

Location: Downtown - 215 Peachtree St. NE; Website:; Contact: 404-688-7625

Nakato Japanese Restaurant

The oldest Japanese eatery in Atlanta, Nakato, is located on Cheshire Bridge Road and, fortunately, is open on Christmas Day. They provide a fantastic assortment, whether you’re looking for classic sushi, takoyaki or an exciting hibachi experience! If you’d like to make reservations for their sushi room, a hibachi table or their garden dining room, be sure to give them a call.

Location: Northeast - 1776 Cheshire Bridge Rd. NE; Website:; Contact: 404-873-6582


Nestled in Virginia-Highland, Truva is a quaint little Turkish gem offering delicious traditional dishes. Stop by here for your Christmas meal to try their babaganoush, stuffed grape leaves, zucchini pancake, shakshuka, falafel and many other items that will have you wanting more.

Location: East Atlanta - 842 North Highland Ave. NE; Website:; Contact: 404-228-1007

97 Estoria

You’re probably eager to meet up with friends and have a few drinks after spending some time with family. If so, you’re covered because 97 Estoria in Cabbagetown will be open on Christmas Day from 8 p.m. to midnight. Your favorite snacks and drinks are available at this well-liked hangout spot, making it the perfect way to wrap up your holiday.

Location: East Atlanta - 727 Wylie St. SE; Website:; Contact: 678-974-7919

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One thing’s for sure: you can never go wrong with pizza, especially when it’s from Varuni-Napoli. The Varuni Krog location is open from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Christmas Eve, giving you the opportunity to enjoy their delectable pizzas, from the classic Margherita to the Oro Bianco. If you want to try something a little different and fun, check out their At-Home Kits like the Margherita Pizza Kit, the Cannoli Kit, or the all-in-one Varuni At-Home Bundle, which includes a 6-pack of to-go cocktails. Note: You must order the kits at least 24 hours in advance.

Location: Two locations (ONLY Krog Street Market location open on Christmas Eve); Website:


Make a reservation for your Christmas Day dinner at Pasha, one of Miami Circle’s trendiest restaurants. With flavorful Mediterranean dishes and amazing cocktails, this is a terrific place to continue your Christmas celebration. They feature an incredible atmosphere with a live DJ every night from Tuesday through Sunday.

Location: Buckhead - 631 Miami Cir. NE, Suite 27; Website:; Contact: 404-963-1610

Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q

Even during the holidays, barbecue is a necessity in the South, and Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q will be open on Christmas Eve despite being closed on Christmas Day. Enjoy their traditional fare, which includes brisket that melts in your mouth, ribs, pulled pork, and excellent sides like collard greens and baked beans. For your Christmas dinner, consider one of their 2022 holiday catering packages, like their whole smoked ham for $85 that serves 8–10 guests.

Location: Multiple locations; Website:

Poor Hendrix

If you’re looking for a laid-back place to meet up with friends, Poor Hendrix, which is open on Christmas Eve from 4 p.m. to midnight, is a great option. A full bar and a limited food menu will be accessible on Christmas Day from 8 p.m. to midnight. They provide a great selection of cocktails, beer and cider.

Location: East Atlanta - 2371 Hosea L Williams Dr. SE; Website:; Contact: 404-549-8756


Brunch, margaritas, tacos and mimosas? Say less. On Christmas Day, Botica will be open and serving its regular menu of delightful brunch and lunch dishes as well as tasty cocktails. This is the ideal place to stay warm and enjoy a Christmas brunch with your loved ones, even though it might be a little too cold to sit out on the patio.

Location: Buckhead - 1820 Peachtree Rd. NW; Website:; Contact: 404-228-6358

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