Estiatorio Ornos, a Michael Mina Restaurant
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.
They don’t celebrate Thanksgiving in Greece but if you’re curious about what those feasts would look like if they did, check out this Greek Isle-inspired Michael Mina restaurant where the three-course, prix-fixe menu will feature a mix of flavorful Greek dishes and traditional favorites. A tasting of spreads like hummus and tzatziki served with warm pita will get your meal started, followed by options like Grilled Octopus and Cured Yellowtail for the first course; Roasted Heritage Turkey and Phyllo-Crusted Sole as mains; and Rice Pudding or Crema Skolata for dessert. There is also an optional caviar supplement and you can add black truffle to any dish for $35. And don’t worry—no matter what you order, the entire table will get traditional sides, including Cretan-style potatoes, Pork Sausage and Chestnut Stuffing, Crispy Brussels Sprouts, and Roasted Baby Carrots.
Cost: $135 per person
How to reserve: Reservations can be made via SevenRooms.
Transport yourself to the Greek Isles for an evening of warm hospitality, Mediterranean vibes, and flavorful seafood dishes at this Michael Mina spot that is one of very few reasons to actually head to the Financial District these days. You’ll find all kinds of delicious seafood on the shared plates menu, including marinated big-eye tuna, sea urchin, hamachi, grilled octopus, smelts, and an oh-so-fancy caviar service, as well as fish that’s flown in daily and prepared by the chef to best showcase its “unique qualities and characteristics.” Even if you know exactly what you want, ask to speak to SF’s only Fish Sommelier, who operates a roving cart showcasing each of the dishes to your table and explaining them to you in the most delightful manner.
How to book: Reserve your table on the Estiatorio Ornos website.
If you can’t run away with your date to the Greek Isles for the weekend, a visit to this new-ish Michael Mina restaurant is the next best thing. A beachy Mediterranean ambiance bathed in stark whites, flowing curtains, and large chandeliers beneath high ceilings is paired with truly delicious classic Greek and seafood-focused shared plates (some of which can be selected with the help of a fish sommelier) and friendly, but attentive service that is all very much fine dining no matter how playful the decor. There is also a tasting menu, but for your first visit or two, it’s more fun to explore the menu with the help of the server.
How to book: Reserve a table online.