Still recovering from the Thanksgiving cooking marathon? Relax. Let one of these restaurants do the cooking and cleaning for your Christmas Day meal. Reservations are essential, and the sooner the better.
2800 Campus Walk Ave., in the Millennium Hotel, Durham
Buffet, noon-2 p.m.
317 W. Morgan St., Raleigh
À la carte, 4 p.m.-2 a.m. (regular menu and specials)
211 Pittsboro St., in The Carolina Inn, Chapel Hill
Buffet, 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Cedar Fork Bistro
151 Tatum Drive, in the Hotel Indigo, Durham
4500 Marriott Dr., in the Marriott Raleigh Crabtree Valley, Raleigh
Buffet, 4-8 p.m.
3001 Cameron Blvd., in The Washington Duke Inn, Durham
Buffet, seatings at noon, 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.
2000 Fearrington Village Center, Pittsboro
Prix fixe, noon-3 p.m.
4100 Main at North Hills St., in the Renaissance Raleigh North Hills Hotel, Raleigh
À la carte, 4-9 p.m.
421 S. Salisbury St., in the Sheraton Raleigh Hotel, Raleigh
À la carte, 7-11 a.m (breakfast), noon-10 p.m. (limited menu)
100 Woodland Pond Drive, in The Umstead Hotel, Cary
Prix fixe, seatings start at 5:30 p.m.
1505 E. Franklin St., in the Siena Hotel, Chapel Hill
Prix fixe, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. and 5:30-10 p.m.
901 W. Morgan St., Raleigh
À la carte, noon-9 p.m.
McCormick & Schmick’s
4325 Glenwood Ave., at Crabtree Valley Mall, Raleigh
À la carte, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. (serving the regular menu).
8450-B100 Honeycutt Road, in Lafayette Village, Raleigh
Buffet, 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Piney Point Grill
2515 Meridian Pkwy., in the DoubleTree Suites, Durham
Prix fixe, 2-8 p. m.
Posta Tuscan Grille
500 Fayetteville St., in the Marriott City Center, Raleigh
Buffet, 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.; à la carte, 5-10 p.m.
1 Europa Drive, in the Sheraton Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill
À la carte, 5-10 p.m. (serving the regular menu).
311 W. Franklin St., in the Franklin Hotel, Chapel Hill
À la carte, 7-11 a.m. (serving breakfast only).