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Christmas Dinner in San Francisco 2019

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 dinner in San Francisco

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Christmas Brunch & Lunch Ideas 

ANZU: Traditional Christmas buffet starting in the morning

Cafe de la Presse: Open for Breakfast and Brunch from 9am to 4pm with dinner from 5:30pm to 9pm

Crab House at Pier 39: Seafood/Fisherman's Wharf

Fairmont Hotel: Two options for Christmas Brunch Crown Room: Christmas brunch with seatings at 10am, 12:30pm, and 3pm; $155 per person, $89 for kids

Laurel Court: Christmas buffet with seatings at 11am, 1:30pm, 4:00pm, and 6:30pm, $109 per person, $59 for kids, Visit their site to book your table

Fogo de Chao Brazilian: Open for a special meal for both lunch and dinner

Luce at the InterContinental: Buffet served from 11am to 2pm for $95 per person (4-12 is $47.50)

Roy's: 3-course prix fixed menu with signature dishes including "Misoyaki Butterfish" and Roy's Original Hawaiian Blackedn Island Ahi.

Zingari Ristorante + Jazz Bar: 3-course tasting menu for $85 per person

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.

  • ANZU: Californian/Union Square
  • Big 4 at The Scarlet Huntington: Nob Hill
  • Cafe de la Presse: Dinner will be served from 5:30pm to 9pm
  • Eclipse Kitchen and Bar: Christmas dinner from 5pm to 11pm, $28 for a traditional turkey dinner
  • Fogo de Chao Brazilian Steakhouse: Steakhouse/South of Market
  • Luce at the InterContinential: Dinner is a 3-course meal for $105 per person (4-12 for $50)
  • McCormick & Kuleto's Seafood Restaurant: Seafood/Fisherman's Wharf
  • Park Chalet Coastal Beer Garden: Open all day for lunch and dinner
  • Ruth's Chris Steak House: Steakhouse on Van Ness
  • The Old Clam House: Seafood/Mission Bay
  • Zingari Ristorante & Jazz Bar: 3-course meal for $85 per person, children's menu, gluten free, and vegan options available

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. 

Hornblower Christmas Supper Cruise: You can also head off on the San Francisco Bay with Hornblower Cruises for a special Christmas Day adventure. This 3-hour cruise includes a buffet supper and wonderful views around the bay. It's the perfect way to spend some time with your loved ones.

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.

More Christmas Dinner Options Around the SF Bay Area

East Bay

Trader Vic's (Emeryville): Special Christmas Eve dinner

Galeto Brazilian Steakhouse (Oakland): Up to 14 cuts of meat plus dozens of dishes on their gourmet bar

Akemi (Berkeley): Traditional Japanese dishes, open on Christmas Eve

Massimo's (Fremont): 4-course meal plus a special kids menu

Incontro (Danville): Prix-fixe dinner for Christmas Eve

Peninsula & South Bay

Left Bank (Menlo Park & Santana Row): 3-course meal for dinner with the last seating at 9pm

Zola (Palo Alto): Special Christmas Eve dinner

LB Steak (San Jose): Special Christmas Eve 4-course dinner all day long

The Voya (Mountain View): Open for dinner on Christmas Eve

North Bay

Insalata's (San Anselmo): 3-course prix-fixe menu

Left Bank (Larkspur): 3-course meal last seating at 9pm

Marche aux Fleurs (Ross): 3-course menu with options for each course

Piazza D'Angelo (Mill Valley): Christmas Eve special dinner with last seating at 8pm

Attractions Open on Christmas Day

Golden Gate Bridge

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 . 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 lights in SF

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, A Christmas Carol, or Cirque du Soleil's Amaluna.

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

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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