Is this a cheeky verse to classic carol or an overly-demanding chant from the people gathered around your dining room table? Seriously? You’ve shopped till you dropped. Decked till you’re wrecked. Baked till you ache. Hosted and toasted until you feel roasted. Perhaps it’s time to give yourself a break and make the most glorious call of the season — dinner reservations. Release a bit of the seasonal stress. Set aside your Norman Rockwell delusions, and avoid the possibility of a mealtime meltdown (remember the Bumpus’ hounds from A Christmas Story?). Embrace the opportunity to relax and raise a glass in celebration of these fine metro restaurants serving up a Christmas treat.
Astor Court at The St. Regis Hotel
Holiday traditions abound at The St. Regis Hotel — turning the pool piazza into a glamorous skating rink with hot cocoa bar, regular afternoon teas with Santa, even a pastry chef who builds a life-size gingerbread house for the hotel lobby. Your entire family will swoon over the sumptuous Christmas Day Buffet, served from 11:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. Call (404) 565-7797 for reservations or visit www.stregisatlanta.com for more details; Adults $125 per person, Children $59 per person.
Atlanta Grill at The Ritz-Carlton Atlanta
Known as one of Atlanta’s finest steakhouse and a hallmark of Southern cuisine, Atlanta Grill at The Ritz brings on the bling for holidays. Seatings for Christmas Dinner are available from 5:30 – 10 p.m. and can be reserved online at www.ritzcarlton.com, or by phone at (404) 659-0400.
Cassis at The Grand Hyatt
Few Atlanta restaurants are as innovative as Cassis, which serves a contemporary menu with a modern American flair. The Christmas meal, served from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m., will features specialties available as a set menu or a la carte. For reservations call (404) 364-3933 or www.grandatlanta.hyatt.com.
McCormick & Schmick’s
Located right in the heart of downtown Atlanta, McCormick & Schmicks gives some extra-special attention to holiday service. Call (404) 521-1236 or visit www.mccormickandschmicks.com.
The Palm Restaurant at The Westin Buckhead
This classic surf-and-turf venue draws regular crowds for it’s consistent excellence. Open Christmas night from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., The Palm Restaurant offers its full regular menu. For reservations, visit www.thepalm.com or call (404) 814-1955.
Park 75 at The Four Seasons
The annual Christmas Holiday Brunch Buffet at Park 75 presents a bountiful and tantalizing assortment for your enjoyment. Served from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., reservations can be made online at www.fourseasons.com or by calling (404)881-9898; Adults $92, Children $35.
The Sundial Restaurant at The Westin Peachtree
For the ultimate in twinkling lights, reserve a table at The Sundial high atop The Westin Peachtree and enjoy full panoramic city views in Atlanta’s only revolving restaurant. Call (404) 589-7506 or visit www.sundialrestaurant.com for reservations.
Southern Art and Bourbon Bar at The InterContinental Hotel
Chef Art Smith loves to celebrate the season and invites you to join the merriment. The Christmas Day event at Southern Art and Bourbon Bar showcases the best of their much-acclaimed menu, as well as specialties created just for the occasion. For reservations, visit www.southernart.com or call (404) 946-9070; Adults $65, Children $32, no charge for children under age 6.
Most of these lovely selections are located within some of our most luxurious local hotels, all beautifully decorated for the holidays. Call as soon as possible to save your seat. For added convenience, many of these restaurants can be reserved through OpenTable.com or UrbanSpoon.com. Have yourself a very, merry meal!