We all know the feeling. The holiday season is reaching its peak, and the weeks worth of last minute shopping and preparation has taken its toll. Take a break from the kitchen. Dozens of restaurants in the area will serve a taste of home cooking with everything from high-end, all-you-can-eat buffets to simple holiday cheer for both Christmas and New Year’s holidays. We’ll add to this list at austin360.com; email your restaurant listing to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Café Josie (1200 B W. 6th St., 322-9226): Four-course, prix fixe New Year’s Eve menu featuring Café Josie favorites. $50 a person. 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
The Carillon (1900 University Ave., 404-3655): Special three-course dinner of fresh, local and seasonal ingredients. $29 a person. 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday through December. A seven-course New Year’s Eve dinner will be served between 5:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. $125 a person ($85 a person for wine pairing). Reservations are required for the New Year’s Eve dinner.
Foreign & Domestic Food and Drink (306 E. 53rd St., 459-1010): "Wild Foods, Wild Nights," a special New Year’s Eve dinner of wild and foraged food, including trout roe, Virginia partridge and French wood pigeon. $125 a person. 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. seatings.
Hillside Farmacy (1209 E. 11th St., 628-0168): Christmas Eve prix fixe dinner including oysters Rockefeller, surf and turf, stumptown tiramisu and a glass of cava. $45 a person. 8 a.m. to 12 a.m.
Hyatt Regency Austin (208 Barton Springs Road, 477-1234): Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve buffets, as well as $3 mimosas and a $5 bloody mary bar. $42 a person over the age of 12 for both events. $21 a child age 5 to 12 for the Christmas buffet and $15 a child for the New Year’s Eve buffet. Children under 5 are free. The Christmas buffet will be available from 11:30 a.m. until 4 p.m.; the New Year’s Eve buffet will be open from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
J. Black’s Feel Good Kitchen and Lounge (710-B W. 6th, 433-6954): $40 gets you VIP access, a menu item and a Champagne toast. Reserve a table for four for $500 and receive four VIP entries, four menu items, personalized Belvedere bottle service and a bottle of Moet & Chandon Imperial Champagne. Doors open at 7 p.m.
Jezebel (800 W. 6th St., 436-9643): Five-course, prix fixe New Year’s Eve meal including Berkshire pork tenderloin, Colorado lamb and Chilean sea bass. $100 a person. 5:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. seatings.
La Condesa (400 W. 2nd St., 499 -0300) New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day brunch featuring regularly priced brunch menu items. Open from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Liberty Tavern (500 E. 4th St., 493-4901): New Year’s Day steak and egg buffet with a selection of fruits, cereals, yogurts and fresh baked breakfast breads. $22.50 a person. $17.50 for buffet without steak. 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Max’s Wine Dive (207 San Jacinto Blvd., 904-0111): Five-course New Year’s Eve dinner including cured salmon, hot dog terrine, house beef tongue pastrami and veal tenderloin. $65 a person. 11 a.m. to 12 a.m.
Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille (114 W. 7th St., 474-6300): Three-course New Year’s Eve dinner followed by a Champagne toast at midnight. Choose from a selection of Perry’s signature items for each course. $54.95 a person before 5:30 p.m. $74.95 a person after 6 p.m.
Snack Bar (1224 S. Congress Ave., 445-2626) Christmas Eve and Christmas Day specials featuring local produce, meat and rolls, as well as mulled wine and hot sake cider. Call for reservations. $25 a person. 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Sway (1417 S. First St., 326-1999): New Year’s Eve thai feast, open bar all night and a dancing with music by DJ Honeycomb. $150 a person. 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Trace (200 Lavaca St., 542-3660): Christmas Eve and Christmas Day family style dining featuring a three-course meal with sides and dessert. $55 a person, $15 for children under 12. 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. New Year’s Eve taster’s delight includes one starter, three small plates, sweets, Champagne and live music by Twilight Trio. $85 a person. 9 p.m. to midnight.
Trio at Four Seasons Hotel (98 San Jacinto Blvd., 685-8300): Five-course, prix fixe New Year’s Eve dinner. $95 a person. 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.