15 SF Restaurants That Have Thanksgiving Dinner Covered
Traditional turkey dinners to fully vegan options.
If there's ever been a year when you deserve to not spend hours in the kitchen on Thanksgiving Day, it's 2020. Granted, dining out options are pretty limited since SF isn’t offering indoor dining right now, but there are a ton of amazing takeout and delivery options, including everything from traditional turkey dinners to prime rib feasts to a fully vegan option. Plus, not only does ordering Thanksgiving dinner from a restaurant give you a break from cooking, it’s also a small way to support a local restaurant that needs your business way more than your local grocery store. Here are a bunch of restaurants serving Thanksgiving meals, as well as “order by” dates so you don’t miss out.
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It won’t come as a surprise to most that Alexander’s Thanksgiving specials include a lot of prime rib, but there is also a wagyu feast and a traditional turkey dinner that comes with a whole turkey, wagyu sausage stuffing, mashed potatoes, haricots vert, cranberry sauce, a whole pumpkin pie, and a bottle of wine. If you’re more into prime rib, that feast includes 7 pounds of Prime Rib, a pint of au jus and a pint of horseradish sauce, mashed potatoes, haricot vert, and a bottle of Cab. All of those options are available to be picked up or delivered. If you want to dine on the patio, the chef will create a tasting menu curated based on a conversation you’ll have ahead of time.
Order by: Ordering instructions vary based on the meal type and delivery/pick up options; reservations for the custom tasting menu experience are available from 5:30 pm to 9 pm on November 25, 26 (Thanksgiving Day), and 27.
This SF institution has Thanksgiving feasts for all types of diners this year featuring Thanksgiving classics and a few Balboa favorites. If you’re eating at home, there’s a four-course feast that includes butternut squash soup; rum-brined turkey breast with gravy; a slew if sides, including ratatouille, vadouvan pommes puree, bacon and sourdough stuffing, cranberry and candied orange preserves, dinner rolls; and maple bourbon and pecan pie for dessert. If you prefer to choose from several options, there’s also a three-course prix fixe menu with options including blue crab cakes, slow-cooked short ribs, and pumpkin swirl cheesecake. Feel like dining out? Balboa is also taking reservations for outdoor dining in its heated parklet, but you’ll want to make yours soon as tables are sure to fill up quickly.
Order by: The deadline to order Balboa Cafe’s Thanksgiving feasts for pick-up or delivery through Feastin is Friday, November 20.
Cost: Four-course holiday classics: $195 (feeds four people); three course prix fixe: $75 per person/$39 per child.
Canela Bistro & Wine Bar
From turkey and ham to classic sides to apple-walnut-cranberry pie, Canela has almost everything you need for a successful Thanksgiving. You can even get festive napkins, pillar candles, and other decorations, as well as hostess gifts. That being said, the dish we’re most excited about is the rolled, stuffed turkey breast that comes half-cooked, so you can finish it at home.
Order by: Everything is available for pick up or delivery starting November 15, but you need to order three days in advance.
Cost: Half-turkey: $75; holiday ham: $45; pies: $35 to $59
Che Fico Alimentari
The Italian hot spot is cooking up a full turkey dinner for four that includes brined and roasted free range, organic turkey breast with gravy, confit turkey leg casserole, stuffing, mashed potatoes, roasted kabocha squash, roasted brussels sprouts, radicchio salad, and Parker House rolls. There’s also a vegetarian option in lieu of turkey as well as desserts, like a deep-dish apple cranberry crostata and a chocolate walnut torta, although those are sold separately.
Order by: Friday, November 20. Meals must be picked up at Che Fico Alimentari on Wednesday, November 25 between 12 pm and 6 pm.
Cost: $250 for four people; desserts are between $38 and $45
Chef Michael Tusk is putting an Italian twist on a Thanksgiving meal inspired by one he first pulled together when he was studying abroad. The meal is prepared to be reheated at home and includes turkey cooked four ways (brined and roasted, grilled, al forno, and as a broth), wild mushroom stuffing, and Basilicata-style bread for leftover turkey sandwiches. Not a fan of turkey and/or want another protein on the table? Prime rib is also available and for those who want to add a little fancy to their meal, truffles and caviar are also available.
Order by: Place your order by Sunday, November 22. Pickup is on Wednesday, November 25 at Cotogna. Delivery is available to Pacific Heights, Nob Hill, Russian Hill, North Beach, and the Financial District.
Cost: Serves 2-4 guests: $400, plus tax, and 3% processing fee; serves 6-8 guests: $1,000, plus tax and 3% processing fee; trio of Wines: $110
Want a Thanksgiving meal “cooked” by Ayesha Curry? Then order from International Smoke. To be fair, she won’t actually be cooking your meal, but the restaurant collab between Curry and Chef Michael Mina is offering a very meat-centric Thanksgiving dinner that includes smoked turkey breast, smoked BBQ ribs, quinoa and kale salad, cheddar mac, chestnut stuffing, whipped potatoes with mushroom gravy, cornbread, and a pumpkin pie. Everything comes packaged to be reheated and there’s a selection of beer, wine, and cocktails as well.
Order by: 5 pm on Tuesday, November 24. Orders can be picked up or delivered on Wednesday, November 25 or Thursday, November 26.
Cost: $110 for two
The Argentienian steakhouse is going a little American for the day with a whole or half-turkey (brined, seasoned, and ready-to-roast), plus a bunch of sides that just need to be warmed up, like a chorizo stuffing, mashed potatoes, brussels sprouts with bacon, and a pumpkin tres leches for dessert.
Order by: ASAP as there’s a high likelihood they will sell out. Pickup is on Wednesday, November 25 at Lolinda. Order via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cost: Half-turkey dinner for 2-3 people: $130; whole turkey dinner for 4-6 people: $200
Are you in charge of dessert? Let this delightful French pâtisserie, viennoiserie, and salon de thé handle all of your Thanksgiving desserts. Special for the holiday, you can get a full-sized patisserie (for six to eight people). Options include a lemon tart, a Valrhona chocolate tart, a Paris-San Francisco (their take on the iconic Paris-Brest with a light hazelnut mousse), and an apple cake with apricot mousse and coulis. If you need a gift for your host, there’s also an option to add on a basket of sweet treats that will delight any person who spent all day cooking when all you had to do was order a pie to be delivered.
Order by: Pickup orders must be placed at least 48 hours in advance. To have your order delivered on the morning of Thanksgiving, place your order on Sunday, November 22 or Monday, November 23.
Cost: Grand pâtisserie: $40 each (serves 4 to 6 people)
Mina Test Kitchen - Diane's Bloody Mary Bar
Chef Michael Mina is offering a decadent “Tasting Feast” this year that serves four to six people and includes a whole brined turkey that’s ready to be cooked (and comes with instructions), butternut squash soup, jalapeno cornbread, apple and sage stuffing, green bean casserole, pumpkin pie, and that’s just part of it. You can also add on a white truffle risotto, apple tarts, and an autumn cocktail kit, amongst other things.
Order by: Orders will be accepted until November 19. You can pick up your meal on Wednesday, November 25 (the turkey will be brined and ready to be cooked at home) or on Thanksgiving Day from 9 am to 12 pm (the turkey will be cooked and ready to serve). To order, call 415.722.2138 or email: email@example.com.
Cost: Thanksgiving Feast for 4-6 people: $295
Chef Mark Dommen’s four-course Thanksgiving menu features a choice of roasted turkey, pan seared King salmon, or roasted cauliflower steak, alongside a few other dishes, like duck liver mousse and pickled vegetables, butternut squash soup, and a choice of pumpkin “pie” tart or chocolate pot de creme for dessert. The meal comes chilled to heat and serve at home. Wine and cocktails also available.
Order by: Friday, November 20 at 8 pm. Pick-up and delivery is available on Wednesday, November 25 from 12 pm to 8 pm and pick-up only is available on Thanksgiving Day from 8 am to noon.
Cost: $65 per person
Park Chalet Garden Restaurant
This casual spot at the beach-side edge of Golden Gate Park is serving Thanksgiving dinner on its patio and lawn. Usually, Park Chalet does a huge buffet-style meal, but this year it’s offering a three-course meal that includes several choices, like autumn squash bisque, roasted fresh turkey with all of the fixin's, and pumpkin white chocolate pie for dessert. There are also a couple of a la carte starters: deviled eggs with Dungeness crab, grilled bread with burrata, fritto miso, and baked oysters, as well as a full bar.
Hours: 11am to 8pm; make your reservation ASAP while there are still tables available.
Cost: Three-course dinner: $69
Presidio Social Club
The Presidio Social Club has been reborn as the Presidio Exchange, but it's still offering up the same delicious Thanksgiving dinner as it has in previous years. This year, you’ll just need to pick it up to enjoy at home. The menu includes turkeys (for two to six) brined and ready-to-roast or fully prepared, as well as a la carte options, like a vegetable torte, bone-in standing rib, and classic fixin's from breads and brussels to twists like challah and mushroom stuffing and turducken gravy. There‘s also pumpkin pie, chocolate bourbon pecan pie, apple pie, and pineapple cinnamon rolls, as well as barrel-aged cocktails and wines.
Order by: ASAP. Orders can be picked up on Tuesday, November 24 and Wednesday, November 24 between 10 am and 5 pm. If you are ordering hot food items, you’ll have to pick up your meal between 10:30 am and 2:30 pm on Thanksgiving Day.
Cost: Ready-to-roast turkey feast with all of the sides and a pie: $145
Michelin-starred Chef Jason Fox has curated a four-course menu to be enjoyed on Villon’s newly tented patio. The three-course prix-fixe menu includes options like a chestnut and celery root soup, roasted turkey with all of the traditional fixings, and pumpkin cheesecake. There are also a couple of specialty Thanksgiving cocktails from the Bon Vivants team, like an autumn Old Fashioned and a November Negroni.
Hours: Reservations are available between 12:30 pm and 9 pm. Reservations can be made on Open Table or by calling 415-735-7777.
Cost: $85 per person; optional $40 wine pairing
We typically think of Thanksgiving dinner as turkey and stuffing and everything with lots and lots of butter, but if you prefer to avoid the food coma and eat a plant-based meal instead, Wildseed is your best bet. Wildseed’s ready-to-bake dinner for four is full of Thanksgiving classics, like a Beyond Meat meatloaf with mushroom gravy, autumn salad, braised kale, mashed potatoes, baked yams, and pumpkin pie. All made with NorCal’s freshest produce and all totally vegan. In charge of dessert? You can also pick up a “just” pumpkin pie.
Order by: Sunday, November 22 at 10 pm. To reserve your Thanksgiving meal or pumpkin pie, please email your order to firstname.lastname@example.org and a team member will respond within 24 hours. Orders will be available for pickup on Wednesday, November 25.
Cost: $200 (feeds four)
The popular bistro in Cole Valley is putting a French-inspired twist on Thanksgiving classics. The family-style supper (you can order for one person or up to 12 people) includes a salade printemps, slow-roasted brined turkey (white and dark meat), green beans à la orange, mashed potatoes with mushroom pan gravy, traditional brioche stuffing, Zazie’s famous house rolls with whipped butter, and pumpkin brioche bread pudding. Every meal comes with a complimentary bottle of Beaujolais Villages and there’s also an option to add on more bottles.
Order by: Monday November 23. Pickup is between 2 pm and 4 pm on Thursday, November 26.
Cost: $59 per person