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
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Buffet, noon to 2 p.m.
317 W. Morgan St., Raleigh
À la carte, 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. (regular menu and special holiday menu)
One Europa Drive, in the Sheraton Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill
Serving the regular menu, 4 p.m to p.m.
211 Pittsboro St., in The Carolina Inn, Chapel Hill
Brunch buffet, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Cedar Fork Bistro
151 Tatum Drive, in the Hotel Indigo, Durham
Serving the regular menu, 5 p.m. to midnight.
4500 Marriott Dr., in the Marriott Raleigh Crabtree Valley, Raleigh
Buffet, 4 to 8 p.m.
2000 Fearrington Village Center, Pittsboro
Prix fixe, noon to 3 p.m.
4100 Main at North Hills St., in the Renaissance Raleigh North Hills Hotel, Raleigh
Prix fixe, 1 to 8 p.m.
100 Woodland Pond Drive, in The Umstead Hotel, Cary
Prix fixe, seatings start at 5:30 p.m.
1505 East Franklin St., in the Siena Hotel, Chapel Hill
Prix fixe, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 to 9 p.m.
901 W. Morgan St., Raleigh
À la carte, noon to 8 p.m.
Jimmy V’s Osteria + Bar
420 Fayetteville St., in the Sheraton Raleigh Hotel, Raleigh
Serving the regular menu, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
McCormick & Schmick’s
4325 Glenwood Ave., at Crabtree Valley Mall, Raleigh
Serving the regular menu, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
8450-B100 Honeycutt Road, in Lafayette Village, Raleigh
Brunch buffet, 10:30 a.m to 3 p.m.
Posta Tuscan Grille
500 Fayetteville St., in the Marriott City Center, Raleigh
Buffet, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; à la carte menu, 4 to 10 p.m., served in the bar.
Washington Duke Inn
3001 Cameron Blvd., Durham
Buffet, seatings at noon, 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. in the President’s Ballroom.
311 W. Franklin St., in the Franklin Hotel, Chapel Hill
À la carte, 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. (serving breakfast only).