Thanksgiving is all about good company, indulgent food, delicious desserts, and... doing the dishes? Ugh. If cooking and cleaning aren’t your thing, or you can’t find an extra seat at a friend’s Thanksgiving table, why not skip the hassle and leave it up to the pros. Fourteen of SF’s best restaurants are preparing decadent Thanksgiving meals you can enjoy without lifting a finger... well, except to make the reservation, which, if you want to get into these spots, you’ll definitely need. Gobble gobble!
1300 on Fillmore is serving up a three-course Thanksgiving menu with serious Southern flavor. Choose from options like buttermilk fried quail or BBQ shrimp and grits as a starter, oven roasted turkey with gravy, mashed potatoes, sage cornbread stuffing, and cranberry relish or maple syrup braised beef short rib as the main, and apple cobbler or a “Thanksgiving sampler platter” for dessert. Sides like bourbon macaroni 'n’ cheese and braised collard greens are an additional $10.
Price: $79/person; $32/child under 12
Hours: Seatings at 2pm, 4:30pm, and 7pm; reservations can be made here.
Take in the gorgeous Bay Bridge views at Americano while also taking in the three-course dinner. Menu options include a crispy pork belly starter, prime rib with gorgonzola bread pudding and creamed spinach for a main, and pumpkin pie tartlets or apple fritters and bourbon ice cream for dessert. And yes, you can also order turkey with sausage stuffing, glazed carrots, cranberry sauce, turkey leg confit, and gravy.
Price: $70/person, $105 with wine pairings
Hours: Seatings are available from 2 to 7pm; reservations can be made online or by calling 415-278-3777.
Bluestem Brasserie is celebrating Turkey Day with a four-course meal that may just be better than anything your mom ever made. Dinner includes a spice roasted red kuri squash soup, harvest salad, choices of slow-roasted BN Ranch Heritage turkey with all of the fixin's, arctic char, or roasted filet mignon, and a chocolate chestnut truffle torte for desert. We bet the floor-to-ceiling windows and big leather chairs are better than mom’s place, too.
Price: $75/person; $30/children
Hours: Reservations are available between 2 and 8pm and can be made online or by calling 415-547-1111.
If you’re going to need a few cocktails to survive your family, take them to Burritt Room + Tavern inside the Mystic Hotel. You can get there early and hang out at the bar so you’ll be in a great mood by the time your three-course family-style dinner arrives. Feast on a spice brined Mary’s Farm turkey and cranberry stuffed pork loin, as well as classic side dishes and pumpkin, pecan, or banana cream pie for dessert.
Price: $62/person; $25/child under $12
Hours: 2 to 8:30pm; call 415-400-0561 for reservations.
Cafe de la Presse will be open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner on Thanksgiving, but it’s only during the latter that you’ll be able to get a limited version of the regular menu and a three-course prix fixe Thanksgiving dinner. For the main course, choose between roasted turkey with apple, pecan, and corn bread stuffing, haricots verts (that’s French for green beans!), mashed potatoes, gravy, and cranberry sauce or sea bass with mashed potatoes, haricots verts, and sauce vierge.
Hours: Thanksgiving dinner is available from 5:30 to 9pm; make reservations here or by calling 415-398-2680.
The Cavalier will be serving up a decadent three-course prix-fixe dinner with four choices for each course that will leave you wanting more (except not because you’ll be too full). Appetizer choices include seared lamb loin and wild mushroom bisque; you can order a classic turkey dinner for your entree or opt for a grilled pork chop or pan seared salmon. Desserts include pumpkin-steamed pudding, chocolate fudge cake, and apple cinnamon bread pudding. Traditional sides with an English twist are also available at an additional cost.
Price: $80/person with $50 wine pairing available.
Hours: 11:30am to 7:30pm; reservations can be made by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 415-872-9982 ext 3.
Lower Pacific Heights
If one of your dining companions has no desire for traditional Thanksgiving food but does have a hankering for New Orleans-style dishes like deviled eggs, shrimp cocktail, fried chicken, duck gumbo, and crawfish etoufee, then head to Elite Cafe on Thanksgiving day. Don’t worry -- you can still get your Thanksgiving feast on. Elite Cafe will have a special turkey dinner that includes roasted turkey breast with giblet gravy, grilled Brussels sprouts, maple roasted baby carrots, and a choice of yukon mashed potatoes, cornbread stuffing, or oyster tasso dressing. And for dessert: pecan pie.
Hours: Dinner starts at 5pm and the bar stays open until 2am.
Le P'tit Laurent will be serving their regular a la carte menu on Thanksgiving. If you aren’t in the mood for French cuisine there will also be a three-course prix-fixe menu that includes butternut squash soup, roasted turkey with the traditional sides, and pumpkin pie with vanilla ice cream and whipped cream.
Hours: 1 to 7:30pm; make reservations here or by calling 415-334-3235.
When the pilgrims and Native Americans sat down to the first-ever Thanksgiving meal, no one was thinking about Michelin stars. But this is 2016, so you should definitely experience a Michelin-star Thanksgiving dinner. Luce’s three-course prix-fixe menu includes dishes like a velouté of butternut squash, coffee-mascarpone, and cocoa nib crumble; roasted breast of turkey, leg “presse,” Brussels sprouts, and truffle jus; and a fall squash and chocolate tartlet with salted brown butter ice cream. There are also traditional sides, like potato puree and wild mushrooms and heirloom spinach for an extra $12.
Price: $89/person; $45 for kids (4-12 years old); $40 for the beverage pairing
Hours: 11am to 2:30pm and 4 to 9pm; make reservations here or by calling 415-616-6566.
Even if you’re eating out, you don’t want to leave Thanksgiving dinner until you’re totally full. Michael Mina understands that and has you covered. The four-course meal comes with three options for each course, like an ahi tuna tartare or white truffle pasta to start, a Nantucket Bay scallop or Maine lobster as a “middle,” roast turkey or King salmon as an entree, and a pumpkin brown butter cake for dessert. You also get three sides (chestnut stuffing, yukon gold potato puree, and sweet potatoes) and you can add alba white truffle to any course for $25/gram.
Price: $155/person; beverage pairings are $95/person
Hours: 3 to 8:30pm; reservations can be made here or by calling 415-397-9222.
The talented team at One Market is pulling out all of the stops for Thanksgiving dinner. The three-course (plus an amuse bouche) prix-fixe menu will feature seasonal holiday dishes. One Market will offer butternut squash soup or pumpkin risotto to start, a traditional turkey dinner or pork loin or a wild mushroom pappardelle pasta for the veggies, and pumpkin pie cheesecake, apple cobbler, or chocolate caramel pecan tart for dessert. Pair dinner with November’s “Flight of the Month” or pick something special from the extensive wine list.
Price: $78/person; $35/child under 10
Hours: 1 to 8pm; reservations can be made here or by calling 415-777-5577.
If you have a large group, consider heading to Presidio Social Club. They’ll be serving a classic Thanksgiving dinner with roast turkey, wild mushroom and sage stuffing, cranberry sauce, Brussels sprouts, mashed potatoes, smoked ham hock gravy, pea bacon salad, and Challah dinner rolls. You’ll also get a choice of a fall greens salad or a butternut squash soup. For dessert, enjoy slices of bourbon chocolate pecan pie and classic pumpkin pie. For a little extra, you can also add deviled eggs, steamed Dungeness crab with warmed butter and chile, or chilled oysters on the half shell.
Hours: Noon to 6pm; reservations can be made here or by calling 415-885-1888.
RN74 is going all out for Thanksgiving with a three-course menu that has plenty of options for even the pickiest eater. Hors d’oeuvres choices include a warm pear salad, parsnip and apple veloute, and sugar pumpkin gnocchi. There is a turkey option for the main, but it’s going to be hard to resist the grilled rib or Maine lobster thermidor (a $30 supplement). For dessert, you’ll pick from pumpkin spice cake, a chocolate pot de creme, and apple marshmallow streusel. There are also a few extras for the table, including roasted foie gras ($60) and a pumpkin risotto ($45).
Price: $85/person; additional $65/person for wine pairings
Hours: 1 to 7pm; reservations can be made here or by calling 415-543-7474.
First, the most important thing: There will be a petting zoo in the lobby of the InterContinental Mark Hopkins from noon to 4pm on Thanksgiving. OK, now that you’re sold, you should also know that Thanksgiving at Top of the Mark is a serious feast. It’s the only Thanksgiving meal on this list that is a buffet, but Thanksgiving is about abundance and if stuffing yourself until you’re about to burst is your thing, then a buffet is really the only way to go. There will be a raw bar, antipastos, salads, soups, apple stuffed pork loin, roasted turkey, green bean casserole, roasted chestnut cornbread stuffing, dim sum (!), a pasta station, and so very many desserts. Enjoy it all while also listening to live piano and taking in the amazing views.
Price: $135/adult; $65/child (4 to 12 years old)
Hours: 10:30am to 8pm with breakfast selections from 10:30am to 1:30pm); call 415-616-6941 for reservations.
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1. 13001300 Fillmore, San Francisco
2. Americano Restaurant & Bar8 Mission St, San Francisco
3. Bluestem Brasserie1 Yerba Buena Ln, San Francisco
4. Burritt Room + Tavern417 Stockton St, San Francisco
5. Café de la Presse352 Grant Ave, San Francisco
6. The Cavalier360 Jesse St, San Francisco
7. Elite Cafe2049 Fillmore St, San Francisco
8. Le P'tit Laurent699 Chenery St, San Francisco
9. Luce888 Howard St., San Francisco
10. Michael Mina252 California St, San Francisco
11. One Market Restaurant1 Market St, San Francisco
12. Presidio Social ClubBldg 563 Ruger St, San Francisco
13. RN74301 Mission St, San Francisco
14. Top of the Mark999 California St, San Francisco
Paying homage to the 40s-era Fillmore Jazz District, 1300's decked out with wood paneling, leather club chairs and b&w photos of neighborhood legends that'll make you pine for a time you never knew existed.
Inside the boutique Hotel Vitale, Americano is an upscale Italian restaurant whose waterfront locale on the Embarcadero is as much of a lure as its pork & beef meatball appetizer. The all-day service peaks at happy hour, when sunset views over the Bay Bridge complement a menu featuring the aforementioned meatballs, charred individual pizzas with house-made mozzarella, and coriander-spiced fries. Though Italian in flavor and influence, the food is by no means heavy, and most of the ingredients are sourced from local California producers.
Downtown's Bluestem Brasserie has a sleek vibe that's reminiscent of LA, which is exactly why it's so unique in the city by the bay. Floor-to-ceiling windows, big leather chairs, private booths, and a second-floor balcony create an upscale, power meal vibe that matches the menu of solid American food. Bluestem has the best brunch in the neighborhood, probably because it serves a special brunch-only burger that's topped with hash browns, breakfast sausage, bacon, house-made American cheese, and a fried egg. Hello, heaven.
Located inside the Mystic Hotel, this place serves up handcrafted cocktails in a true speakeasy-style setting. The adjoining Burritt Tavern has a menu loaded with gourmet American cuisine, and there are special areas to accommodate both small and large parties, so go in with a group and prepare to be impressed.
You needn’t be a journalist to enjoy this French restaurant in Union Square, which was designed to look like a 1930s bistro with horseshoe-shaped bar, period light fixtures and vintage posters. Stop by for a croque madame or Benedict for brunch, enjoy duck Leg confit for dinner and be sure to check out the newsstand’s 500 international titles.
An upscale pub-style joint in Soma from the folks behind Park Tavern, Marlowe, and S&R Lounge, The Cav serves a British-themed menu with hearty standouts like venison tartare; a bacon, caramelized onion, and cheddar burger; and Shepherd's pie.
Nestled into Fillmore Street in Pacific Heights, the handsome, wood-laden Elite Cafe is beloved for its New Orleans-inspired brunch and dinner menus, which feature dishes like breakfast biscuits with fried ham, chicken jambalaya with squash and turnips, crawfish etouffee, and duck gumbo. Make sure you save room for the bacchus, a giant bananas foster sundae with crème fraiche ice cream, chocolate pearls, toasted coconut, and walnuts. In addition to Creole classics, there are exceptional cocktail standbys like a Hurricane, a Sazerac, and (of course) Bloody Marys at brunch.
Though Glen Park isn’t exactly famous for its buzzy restaurant scene, this picturesque neighborhood is hiding exceptional French cuisine at Le P'tit Laurent, a tiny bistro with a warm and cozy ambiance ideal for date night. Chef Laurent Legendre, who was born and raised in Paris, is at the helm, crafting traditional plates like his standout cassoulet (beans, duck leg confit, pork, toulouse sausage), braised lamb shank, and classic steak frites. The best way to end your meal here is with the luscious crème brûlée and a glass of French dessert wine.
Luce, located inside SOMA's InterContinental, is fine, fine dining. The Michelin-starred restaurant has all-day à la carte dining, but the tasting menu, available with wine pairings, showcases the best of chef Daniel Corey's handiwork. It changes seasonally but know that there will be foie gras.
Renowned chef Michael Mina’s Michelin-starred namesake restaurant in the Financial District has an elegant, mirrored candlelit dining room befitting the artfully prepared cuisine. As you'd expect of a place that offers caviar service, this is not a budget bet, but when it comes to special occasions you could do much worse than the trios prix fixe menu, which features an ingredient in a progression of three variations, usually prepared with Japanese and French influences.
Did you know that the $2 bill, which was discontinued from 1966-1976, is currently the least produced US bank note, accounting for just under 1% of all new billsproduced? Did you also know that if you have one of those (or, um, two $1 bills), and you order a main course at One Market, you can exchange it for a martini?? And that if you have another one of those (or, um, two more $1 bills), you can exchange those for a second martini???
PSC's brunch slings specialty cocktails like the absinth/Champagne "Death in the Afternoon", before fortifying your stomach with action like "GI Jose's Special" (chilequiles w/eggs any style), or the poached-egg-abetted.
Michael Mina's Mission Street French restaurant is a francophile's dream. The menu serves à la carte French dishes like steak tartare and lobster Thermidor, and also offers an eight-course tasting menu. The classiest thing about RN74 is its decor, which is styled like a Parisian train station. The permanent wine list is heavy on Burgundy pours, and the market wines are displayed on the wall like a train schedule.
If you like your stunning view with a side of martini, this is your booze-soaked huckleberry. In addition to having a hella classy mid-Century vibe, Top of the Mark boasts a “100 Martini Menu,” the best of which can be found on page one. The namesake martini is a straight-up, straightforward blend of Ketel One, vermouth, and two olives -- shaken, not stirred, Mr. Bond. Don’t be afraid to show up in a tux. And, don’t be surprised if you see at least three proposals.