The holidays can be a stressful time. If you're looking to take one thing off of your plate on Christmas and let someone else do the cooking for the family, many hotel restaurants around Austin have your back, serving brunch, buffets and dinner specials.
Backyard at Waller Creek. 701 E. 11th St. 512-478-1111, backyardbaraustin.com. Three-course prix fixe menu served from 1 to 8 p.m. features options like bake French onion soup, garlic-roasted prime rib and honey-roasted Alaskan salmon. Cost is $42.
Brix and Ale. 1101 Woodlawn Ave. Georgetown. 737-444-2700, sheratongeorgetowntexas.com. Buffet served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. includes carving station, turducken and omelet station. Cost is $55 and $27.50 for children.
Ciclo at the Four Seasons. 98 San Jacinto Blvd. 512-685- 8300, cicloatx.com. The restaurant hosts seatings from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., with the ballroom serving from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The buffet spread includes pumpkin seed mole-crusted lamb, build-your-own-paella and chocolate-hazelnut crème brûlée. Cost is $90 for adults and $40 for children ages six to 11.
Cannon and Belle. 500 E. Fourth St. 512-493-4900, cannonandbelle.com. The restaurant at the Hilton downtown serves a buffet from 11 a.m. to 7p .m. with options like kale Caesar salad, smoked corn and tomato chowder and a carving station. Cost is $64 and $26 for children ages six to 12.
Driskill Grill. 604 Brazos St. 512-391-7162, driskillgrill.com. Service runs from 2 to 7 p.m. and includes bacon-wrapped scallops and garlic-crusted beef tenderloin. Cost is $130 and $65 for children ages six to 12.
Fairmont Austin. 101 Red River St. 512-600-2000, fairmont.com/austin. The casual Revue will serve a brunch buffet from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. with options like gingerbread French toast, bone-in ham with pineapple and brioche stuffing. Cost is $65 and $19 for children under 13. The restaurant reopens from 4 to 8 p.m. for dinner that includes standing rib roast, roasted turkey and Yorkshire pudding. Cost is $85 and $19 for children under 13. Five dollars from every brunch and dinner sold will benefit Dell Children’s Medical Center.
Mattie’s at Green Pastures. 811 W. Live Oak St. 512-444-1888, mattiesaustin.com. Brunch seatings at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. will feature a raw bar and carving station. Cost for adults is $85, which includes a cocktail, and $40 for children ages six to 12.
Second Bar + Kitchen at Domain. 3121 Palm Way #101. 737-300-4800, secondbarkitchen.com. Buffet that runs from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. includes family-style plates, carving stations and dessert bites. Cost is $65 and $32.50 for children ages six t0 12.
Stagecoach Inn. 416 S. Main St. 254-947-5111, stagecoachsalado.com. Brunch buffet at historic hotel runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and includes shrimp cocktail, maple-rosemary-glazed porchetta and two pastas. Cost is $44 per person and $22 for children ages six to 12.