Dining Out on Christmas Day

Don't want to cook on Christmas Day? Here are five places to go around town for a holiday meal without all the fuss.

Several restaurants will be open to serve hungry residents looking for a good Christmas Day meal without all the preparations—and cleanup. Sometimes, when there are just two or three in a family, it's cheaper to eat out than to buy all the "trimmings."

Patch found five local eateries to choose from:

  • Want to eat Chinese on Christmas Day? (ala "A Christmas Story"). Then head over to on Cobb Parkway in Acworth for all your favorite Chinese dishes. Hours are Christmas Eve from 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. and Christmas Day from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. They will be serving their dinner menu all day on both days. Call 770-917-0688 for more info.
  • Ruth's Chris Steak House in the Embassy Suites on Chastain Road in Kennesaw is serving their regular menu items on Christmas Day from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. For more information or to make reservations, call 770-420-1985.
  • Want something totally different on Christmas Day? Why not try the Melting Pot Fondue Restaurant just off Barrett Parkway in Kennesaw? The popular gathering place will serve its regular menu of tasty fondue treats from 4 to 9 p.m. Call 770-425-1411 for reservations and more info.
  • Golden Corral on Barrett Parkway in Kennesaw is serving their buffet for holiday diners on Christmas Day from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Prices are $12.99 for adults, $11.99 for senior citizens, and $5.99 for children ages 3 to 12. For more information, call 770-428-6770.
  • And there is always These folks pride themselves on being open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. There are several locations in both and , and nothing says love like "smothered and covered."

Have you ever gone to a restaurant for Christmas Day dinner? Do you plan to this year? Why or why not? Tell us in the comments!

Joe Bozeman December 19, 2011 at 11:58 AM
The only place mentioned here that I would even think about eating a nice "Christmas" dinner is very expensive, Ruth' Chris. In my opinion, the rest mentioned here would not be much more appealing than the Hosea Williams soup line. I can't imagine having family Christmas dinner at the Waffle House with the sound of banging dishes and the juke box blareing in the background. I will enjoy Christmas with my family.
Gaetana Pipia December 19, 2011 at 01:35 PM
Hi Joe. I agree that Christmas is best spent with family for a home-cooked meal. What foods do you look forward to for Christmas dinner? I know I'm looking forward to my mom's lumpia (bite-sized Filipino egg rolls filled with pork and minced veggies and served with sweet chili sauce). I'd love to hear from people who regularly eat out for Christmas Day. Where do you usually go, and why do you choose to eat out rather than in? Also, if anyone knows of other restaurants open on Christmas Day, please let us know in our comments section. We'll add them to the list.
Clayton Gibson December 19, 2011 at 10:25 PM
Apparently you have never been to the Melting Pot Joe. That place runs circles around Ruth's Chris.
Joe Bozeman December 19, 2011 at 10:54 PM
Clayton , is it good? I will give it a try, but not on Christmas Day. I was fondued out in the 70s, but I wlll take your advice and give it a try. Thanks, and I hope you have a wonderful Christmas. Joe


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