15 SF Restaurants That Have Christmas Dinner Covered
Skip cooking and cleaning by dining in or taking out a holiday meal from one of San Francisco’s best restaurants.
You’ve probably spent all of December decking the halls (or at least your living room), finding the perfect presents to put under the tree, and making spirits bright at festive holiday events, so if you’re too tired to shop, cook, and clean on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, no one’s blaming you. Take a load off and let SF’s best restaurants do the heavy lifting. Whether you want to enjoy an elegant seafood dinner, an Italian feast, or just have a meal at home that only requires a little heating up and plating, there’s a restaurant on this list that will happily play Santa Claus for you. You can even find a few stellar pie shops to bake the treats you’ll be leaving out for him (aka eating yourself).
Wow your friends and family with Alexander’s take-and-bake prime rib feast ($475, serves six to eight). The meal includes a seven-pound Prime Rib that’s seasoned and par-cooked, so all you have to do is bring it to the desired temperature and pair it with a pint of au jus, a cup of creamed horseradish, plus mashed potatoes and haricot verts. Add on an Imperial Chocolate Bûche de Noël “Yule Log” dessert for $65.
How to order: Order online by December 20 for pickup or delivery on December 24.
If you’re not traveling over the holidays, you can still escape to Greece for Christmas Eve, courtesy of this Michael Mina spot that is offering a four-course prix-fixe menu ($165 per person) that starts with a tasting of spreads, Winter Fattoush, and Grilled Octopus for the table, followed by Manouri-Stuffed Egg Noodles with Spiced Lamb Ragu, a choice of Honey-Glazed Duck Breast, a Fisherman’s Feast, or a Wagyu Filet, and finishing with Loukoumades (fluffy sweet honey donuts). Drool over the entire menu online.
How to book: Make Christmas Eve dinner reservations via SevenRooms.
This vegetarian mainstay isn’t open on Christmas, but you can order for pickup from an a la carte menu, with dishes that serve between four and six people. A few of the options include Mushroom Wellington with porcini gravy; Maple and Ginger Glazed Carrots with spiced slivered almonds; a Holiday Grazing Platter with white bean and sage hummus, lavash crackers, fig mostarda, candied nuts, honeycomb, and housemade pickles, plus a Chocolate Ganache Tart with chocolate shortbread crust and holiday cookies by the dozen.
How to order: Order online by 9 am on December 16 for pickup December 23–24.
La Société Bar and Café
The recently opened modern brasserie in the newly expanded Hyatt Regency San Francisco is serving a stunning French-inspired feast for a memorable Christmas Eve. The four-course prix-fixe menu ($128 per person) includes a Dungeness Crab and Caviar Parfait, a Lobster and Chestnut Velouté, Roasted Venison with celeriac, chanterelle mushrooms, and sauce grand-veneu, and a Bûche de Noël for dessert.
How to reserve: Make a reservation online for dinner between 5 pm and 9:30 pm.
Maybeck’s got a sophisticated refresh earlier this year, and what better time to experience it for yourself than on Christmas Eve when you can enjoy a three-course prix-fixe menu ($125 per person) that includes options like Chestnut and Apple Soup, Roasted Goose with sweet and sour braised cabbage, and Gingerbread Bread Pudding with cranberry swirl ice cream. There will also be truffle and caviar supplements available.
One Market Restaurant
Take a stroll along the water and work up an appetite for One Market’s Christmas Eve dinner, a three-course a la carte menu with lots of options, including Chestnut Soup, Kampachi Crudo, Pan-Seared Red Snapper, Braised Lamb Shank, Spit-Roasted Prime Rib, Gingerbread Beignets, and Apple Hand Pie.
How to book: Reservations are available from 5 pm to 8 pm.
ROOH San Francisco
Have an indulgent Christmas Eve dinner at ROOH, a perfect option if your group has vegetarians and people who enjoy meat. The modern Indian restaurant will be serving a special five-course meal ($125 per person) with decadent choices like a local Caviar Cornet, Tandoori Mushroom Empanada, Pulled Chicken Pepper Fry Bao, Butternut Mawa Kofta, Laal Mass Lamb Chops, Tandoori Cornish Hen, and a Cashew and Mawa Cake.
How to order: Reserve indoor or outdoor dining on Tock.
Have a very Italian Christmas dinner with Che Fico’s take-home feast. The Braised Short Rib dinner ($300, feeds four) includes a Winter Salad with Burrata, Black Truffle Lasagna Bolognese, Potato Parmigiano Gratinato, Roasted Brussels Sprouts, and a bottle of red, white, or non-alcoholic sparkling wine. There’s also a vegetarian option ($275, feeds four) that swaps out the meat dishes with Polenta Fritti with roasted vegetables. Several dishes are also available a la carte, including a Citrus Almond Cake for dessert ($40). All meals are fully cooked and easily reheated. Che Fico is also offering a Hanukkah menu that’s still available, with a Brisket dinner ($250, feeds four) that includes 16 potato latkes with heirloom apple sauce and house-made sour cream, Braised Brisket alongside a winter salad, roasted carrots, sesame challah, gelt, and a bottle of Lambrusco or a N/A option.
How to order: Order Hanukkah dinner ASAP on Tock for pickup on Sunday, December 18. Order the Christmas dinner on Tock by December 18 for pickup on Friday, December 23.
This London-inspired brasserie is serving up a British-style Christmas Dinner with a four-course prix-fixe menu ($125 per person) with options like Herb-Crusted Lamb Ribs, Glazed Heritage Ham, Grilled Ribeye, Baked Potato Gratin, Pecan Pie, and Sticky Toffee Bread Pudding.
How to reserve: Reservations are available between 11:30 am and 7:30 pm.
This elegant restaurant inside of the InterContinental is an ideal option if you want to go all out for Christmas dinner, including a five-course meal ($150 per person) that includes a Winter Squash Raviolo, Quail with pomegranate, Venison with wild mushrooms and truffles in a port sauce, and a Sticky Toffee Pudding for dessert. If you prefer something more casual, you’ll find that at Bistro 888’s lavish buffet with chef stations serving omelets, dim sum, carving board favorites, and more ($110 per person).
How to reserve: Call 415-616-6566.
While you can’t outsource your entire Christmas Dinner at this pâtisserie, you can outsource the most important parts, namely the Buche de Nöel, a Yule "log" filled with layers of chocolate, hazelnut, and pear ($75, serves six to eight people). You can also order a holiday tea box ($95 and $115), gourmet gift baskets ($65 to $140), a quiche for Christmas morning ($85), and more.
How to order: Place your order online by December 22 for pickup on December 24 or 25.
Wow your family and friends with The Morris’ signature Smoked Duck with root vegetables, available for pickup. The restaurant is doing the heavy lifting—the duck will be brined, smoked, and air-dried before you pick it up. All you have to do is take it home and roast it according to the included instructions. You can get a half-duck ($45, feeds two), and you have the option to add on root vegetables, charcuterie, chocolate pudding, and more.
How to order: Place your order by December 13 for pickup on December 23 or 24.
Top of the Mark
A brunch at Top of the Mark at the Intercontinental Mark Hopkins San Francisco is a treat on any occasion, but on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, when it’s full of holiday decor and a pianist is playing your favorite carols, complete with endless views, it feels even more magical. If we tried to list the buffet offerings, we would still be typing come Christmas, but rest assured, it’s got everything you could want and then some—see for yourself. The buffet is $189 per adult (with unlimited bubbly) and $65 for kids.
How to reserve: Christmas Eve seatings are at 4:30 pm and 7 pm. Christmas Day seatings are at 11:30 am, 2:30 pm, and 5:30 pm. Call 415-616-6940 for reservations or email email@example.com.
Treat yourself to a proper Christmas Eve or Christmas dinner at Villon. The multi-course prix-fixe menu from chef Jason Fox promises to showcase traditional dishes with chef-driven touches, but exactly what he’ll serve remains a mystery (a very delicious mystery, we’re certain). It’s $145 per person, with an optional wine pairing for $65.
How to reserve: Christmas Eve and Christmas Day dinner are being served from 4 pm to 9 pm, but reservations are going fast.
Wise Sons Jewish Delicatessen
Wise Sons is serving its full menu of Jewish comfort food, including breakfast dishes like Corned Beef Hash and Challah French Toast, sandwiches like Classic Pastrami or Corned Beef, sliced hot and served on house-made double-baked rye, plus Potato Latkes, Pastrami Cheese Fries, and black and white cookies for dessert.
How to enjoy: Walk in or order online for delivery.