Christmas Dinner in San Francisco
Where to Grab a Traditional and Non-Traditional Meal with Family
You will find plenty of options for Christmas Dinner in San Francisco. My recommendations include everything from traditional meals to those serving off their regular menu.
Since this holiday is always extra busy, I recommend booking your table early.
In addition to my recommendations, you will also find some other fun things to do with your entire family all day long.
Christmas Brunch & Lunch Ideas
- Cliff House: Three options
- The Bistro: Walk in only, no reservations, 8:30am to 1:30pm, serving breakfast and lunch
- Sutro's: Christmas menu from 11am to 9:30pm, call for reservations at 415-386-3330
- Terrance Room: Champagne brunch, 11am to 6:45pm with four seatings that day at 11am, 1pm, 3pm, & 5pm, call for reservations 415-386-3330
- Fairmont Hotel: Two options for Christmas Brunch, contact them at 415-772-5144 for reservations
- Crown Room, seatings at 10am, 12:30pm, and 3pm, $149 for adults and $89 for children
- Laurel Court, buffet from 10am to 2pm, $79 for adults, $49 for children
- Luce at the InterContinental: Brunch for $85 per person with unlimited bubble, dim sum, kids 4-12 $45 each
- Palace Hotel: Brunch served from 10:30am to 4:30pm in The Garden Court and Grand Ballroom includes a variety of items from pastries and fruit to prime rib and seafood, starts at $145 for each adult, $75 for kids 5-12
- Scala's Bistro: Breakfast served starting at 8am, brunch/lunch served from 11:30am to 3pm
Christmas Dinner in San Francisco
There are dozens of restaurants open for Christmas Dinner in San Francisco. These are a few of my top picks this holiday season.
- 1300 on Fillmore: 3 seatings for Christmas Dinner in San Francisco, 2pm, 4:30pm, & 7pm, $79 per person
- 750 Restaurant & Bar: Prix fixe from 4pm to 10pm, $75 for adults, $25 for kids (under 12)
- Americano Restaurant: 3-course holiday dinner from 2pm-7pm, $70 per guest, children 5 and under $35
- Brasserie S&P at Loews San Francisco Hotel: Prix fixe menu from 4pm to 9pm, $75 per person
- Campton Place: Multiple choice 5 course tasting menu for $158 per person
- Eclipse Kitchen & Bar: Special holiday meal for just $25 per person
- L'Olivier: 4-course dinner at $60++ per person, serving from 3pm to 10pm
- Morton's Steakhouse: Open from 4pm to 9pm, steak dinner
- Palio d'Asti: Prix fixe dinner with seasonal favorites, $85 per person with a special children's menu (under 10) for $25
- Roy's: 3-course holiday menu served from 12pm to 8pm, $59.95 per person, kids menu is also available
- The Waterfront Restaurant & Cafe: Serving from 12pm to 9pm on Christmas Day
- Zingari Ristorante: 3 course menu for $75 per person, serving from 1pm to 10pm, children's menu available too
Make sure you book a table as soon as possible, as restaurants fill up quickly. The easiest way to book your table is through OpenTable.com.
Half-Priced Christmas Day Tours & Activities
Make sure to explore the city either before or after your Christmas Dinner in San Francisco. Here are a few options that are available at up to 50% off that day.
- Chinatown Food Tour: Sample Chinese cuisines at up to 5 local places in Chinatown, learn about traditional Chinese foods and dishes, tour starts at 10am, Full price $60, Goldstar $39*
- Mission District Food Tour: Sample a variety of foods from pizza to Mexican dishes on this food tour of the Mission, tour starts at 11am, Full price $60, Goldstar $39*
- Mittens & Mistletoe: A Winter Circus Cabaret, 2pm show at the Dance Mission Theater, Full price $18-$25, Goldstar $9-$12.50*
*Small service fee at checkout.
Other Christmas Day Tours
Though some attractions may be closed on Christmas Day, you can still do plenty of exploring by taking a tour. Pick from several different San Francisco adventures offered that day. Just imagine, your holiday will be especially memorable if you cycle across the Golden Gate Bridge, take a cruise out on the beautiful bay waters, or soar over the city in a helicopter.
Attractions Open on Christmas Day
Though December 25 is a federal holiday, many attractions are still open on Christmas Day, so do not hesitate to get out and see the sights! You can take a stroll in the lovely SF Botanical Gardens or the Japanese Tea Garden. You can also tour the Golden Gate Bridge, visit Pier 39 or the SF Zoo.
Other options include a chance to wander around the open attractions like crooked Lombard Street, the Painted Ladies of Alamo Square, or the Palace of Fine Arts. Make sure to click the link below to confirm any special holiday schedules for an attraction you are interested in before making plans.
>> See the full list of attractions that are open or closed for Christmas
Christmas in San Francisco
Christmas is a lovely time to be in San Francisco, as nothing closes due to snow; rather, it is usually sunny but crisp out, and perfect for a stroll around town. Take in the holiday decorations as you explore the Mission district's murals or the shops at Pier 39. Up until Christmas Eve, you could also catch a holiday show like The Nutcracker ballet, Irving Berlin's White Christmas musical, or Santaland Diaries by David Sedaris.
Click below for many more ideas on where to eat and what tours to take.
>> More ideas for how to spend Christmas in San Francisco
Christmas Eve Dinner
Now that you've seen my recommendations for Christmas dinner in San Francisco, check out another set of restaurants and special menus that will be offered the day before.
Many folks are busy doing Christmas shopping up until December 24, so it's a nice treat to take a break and go out for a Christmas Eve dinner. Many stores and restaurants will still be open until the last minute, so you have a great variety to choose from.
>> More ideas for Christmas Eve Dinner
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