Take in stunning 360-degree views of the city from this iconic restaurant on the top of the Mark Hopkins Hotel known for its robust buffet that is even better on Christmas when the team really pulls out all the stops, including a live pianist and unlimited bubbly. Buffet stations include prime rib, roasted goose, crab bisque, a seafood station with caviar, cheese and charcuterie, a selection of salads, short ribs, lobster macaroni and cheese, dim sum, and bananas foster. If you’re going during brunch hours, there will also be breakfast items like an omelette and waffle station, and if you’re going for dinner, you’ll find a risotto station. See the full menu here. If you’re looking for something equally as delicious, but with less options and less walking around, the Nob Hill Club inside of the hotel is serving a three-course dinner featuring seared salmon with saffron fennel cream and grilled asparagus tips, rosemary lamb loin, and a Christmas figgy pudding with eggnog crème anglaise for dessert.
Cost: Top of the Mark buffet: $150 per adult and $65 per child; Nob Hill Club: $79 per adult ($109 with wine pairing) and $49 per child; call the holiday desk at 415-616-6941 for reservations
Hanukkah and Christmas overlap this year, and Wise Sons’ flagship deli on 24th Street and its cafe inside of the Contemporary Jewish Museum are making it easy to celebrate both since they will be serving Jewish comfort food until 2pm and 3:30pm, respectively, on Christmas Day. At the 24th Street location, choose from breakfast dishes like corned beef hash and challah French toast, sandwiches galore, including classic pastrami or corned beef sliced hot and served on a housemade double-baked rye, potato latkes, pastrami cheese fries, and a black and white cookie for dessert. The cafe has a more limited menu, but you can still get your fix of sandwiches, bagels, and babkas.
Cost: A pastrami sandwich is $14.50; walk-ins only
For many people, it’s not Christmas if there isn’t Chinese food involved. Get your dim sum fix at both Yank Sing locations (Rincon and Stevenson) from 10am to 4pm where you can order as many dumplings, pork buns, and peking duck as your heart desires.
Cost: An order of dumplings averages around $7; reserve online