Christmas Day Dining in Atlanta

Sure, Christmas Day is one of those holidays where it's generally assumed, and even expected, that you'll be dining on a home-cooked meal. Whether that meal is by your own hands or a family member or friend, eating anything other than food prepared by someone close to you and eaten at their home or yours is frowned upon. Well times have changed and these days, due to irregular work hours, travel times and a desire to spice up the traditional holiday routine, more and more people are opting to dine out for the Christmas holiday.

To accommodate this growing trend, more of Atlanta's upscale restaurants have decided to open their doors on Christmas Day and give diners a chance to feast on some of their delicious cuisine. Below are some of the restaurants opening and what they're serving. Southern Art 3315 Peachtree Road NE Atlanta, GA 30326 Take a break from the kitchen and enjoy time with family and friends this Christmas at Southern Art. For $65 per adult, $25 per child ages six to 12 and free for children under six, guests can savor a delectable Christmas Day buffet from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. complete with a soup station, seafood display, charcuterie and cheese station, salad bar, breakfast buffet, carving station, sides and mouthwatering desserts! For more information or to make your reservation, please call 404.946.9070 or visit .

CineBistro at Town Brookhaven 1004 Town Blvd Atlanta, GA 30319 After a hearty Christmas feast, don't be afraid to loosen the belt a notch and relax in CineBistro at Town Brookhaven's comfy leather seating. The theatre is open throughout the holidays, including Christmas Day, and features this season's best holiday films. Guests can also enjoy a selection from the chef-driven menu for an alternative Christmas dinner. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit or call 404.333.0740 . Eleven Loews Atlanta Hotel 1065 Peachtree Street NE Atlanta, GA 30309 404.745.5745 Indulge in unique holiday-inspired dishes at Restaurant eleven this December. Several dining times are offered to accommodate your Christmas celebration preference.

Restaurant eleven will be open on both Christmas Eve, December 24, and Christmas Day, December 25, from 6 to 10 p.m. to offer a four-course menu available for $55 per person, exclusive of tax and gratuity. Menu highlights include lobster bisque with thyme biscotti , cider-braised pork belly with stone ground smoked Gouda cheese grits and bacon jus and pan-seared halibut with roasted spaghetti squash . On Christmas Day, December 25, a three-course lunch menu will be offered from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The menu is $40 per person, exclusive of tax and gratuity, and features festive selections such as a duo of Georgia shrimp and Florida stone crab claws and roasted jumbo sea scallops .

Dessert options include eggnog cheesecake and warm white chocolate bread pudding with butterscotch sauce . The Melting Pot Four Atlanta locations Baby it's cold outside, but things are heating up at The Melting Pot around the fondue pot! Get into the holiday cheer at The Melting Pot on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day with the family and enjoy seasonal favorite fondues all day. Adults can enjoy warm fall drink cocktails and the kids can indulge in delicious seasonal drinks. For more information about the author, Danielle Jennings, please visit my Google+ profile page.