Still recovering from the Thanksgiving cooking marathon? Relax. Let one of these restaurants do the cooking and cleaning for your Christmas Day meal. By popular request, we’re also including a select list of Chinese restaurants open on Christmas Day.
Reservations are essential in most cases – the sooner the better.
201 Foster St., in the Durham Marriott City Center, Durham
Serving the regular menu: breakfast buffet 6:30 a.m-10 a.m., lunch 10 a.m.-2 p.m., dinner 3 -11 p.m.
2800 Campus Walk Ave., in the Millennium Hotel, Durham
Serving the regular menu: breakfast 7-11 a.m., lunch 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
3800 Hillsborough Road, in the Durham Hilton, Durham
Serving the regular menu, 7 a.m-11 p.m.
Braise Contemporary Southern
4500 Marriott Dr., in the Marriott Raleigh Crabtree Valley, Raleigh
Breakfast buffet, 7-11 a.m., prix fixe dinner, 5-10 p.m.
One Europa Dr., in the Sheraton Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill
Serving the regular menu, 4-9 p.m.
Cedar Fork Bistro
151 Tatum Dr., in the Hotel Indigo, Durham
Serving the regular menu, 5 p.m.-midnight.
Cleveland Draft House (two locations)
6101 NC Hwy. 42 W., Garner; 461 Shotwell Road, Clayton
919-771-2337 (Garner), 919-550-3723 (Clayton)
Serving the regular menu, tentative plans for holiday meal, open 6 p.m-2 a.m.
The Corner Tavern & Grill
1301 NW Maynard Road, Cary
Serving the regular menu, 11 a.m.-2 a.m.
Crossroads Chapel Hill
211 Pittsboro St., in The Carolina Inn, Chapel Hill
Brunch buffet, 11 a.m.-3 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
Buffet, 1-2 p.m.; additional seating for large parties available in the inner terrace
100 Woodland Pond Dr., in The Umstead Hotel, Cary
A la carte brunch, 7 a.m-1 p.m.; prix fixe dinner beginning at 5:30 p.m.
1505 E. Franklin St., in the Siena Hotel, Chapel Hill
Prix fixe, noon-7 p.m.
901 W. Morgan St., Raleigh
A la carte, noon-8 p.m.
Jimmy V’s Osteria + Bar
420 Fayetteville St., in the Sheraton Raleigh Hotel, Raleigh
Serving the regular menu 7 a.m.-11 p.m, tentative plans for a special holiday menu
McCormick & Schmick’s
4325 Glenwood Ave., at Crabtree Valley Mall, Raleigh
Serving a limited menu, tentative plans for a holiday surf and turf special, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
301-100 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh
Special holiday menu, noon-7 p.m.
Rye Bar & Southern Kitchen
500 Fayetteville St., in the Marriott City Center, Raleigh
Buffet, noon-7 p.m.
456 W. Franklin St., Chapel Hill
Serving the regular menu and daily specials, 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m.
Village Draft House
428 Daniels St., in Cameron Village, Raleigh
Serving a limited menu, 6 p.m-midnight.
Washington Duke Inn
3001 Cameron Blvd., Durham
Buffet, seatings at noon, 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.
1026 Ryan Road, Cary
Open 11 a.m-9:30 p.m.
C & T Wok
130 Morrisville Square Way, Morrisville
Open 4:30-9:45 p.m.
5210 Garrett Road, Durham
Open 11 a.m-2:30 p.m. , 4:30-10 p.m.
100 Maynard Crossing Ct., Cary
Open 4-9 p.m.
301 E. Main St., Carrboro
Open noon-3 p.m., 4:30-9:30 p.m.
2505 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd., Durham
Open noon-10 p.m.
6602-1 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh
Open 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. (dim sum), 4:30-9:30 p.m. (regular menu)
4015 University Dr., Durham
Open 4-9:30 p.m.
239 S. Elliott Road, Chapel Hill
Open 4-9:30 p.m.
1401-L SE Maynard Road, Cary
Open 10:30 a.m.- 9:30 p.m.
10285-300 Chapel Hill Road, Morrisville
Open 11 a.m.-3 p.m., 4:30-9:30 p.m.
121 E. Chatham St., Cary
Open 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m.