Christmas Dinner in San Francisco

Where to Grab a 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 dinner in San Francisco

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Christmas Brunch & Lunch Ideas

Many restaurants are still finalizing their menus, so I'll add more as they are annouced. Here are just a few to get you started.

  • ANZU: Californian/Union Square

  • Benihana: Japanese/Japantown

  • Cliff House: Three options
    • The Bistro
    • Sutro's
    • Terrance Room

  • 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

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

  • Ruth's Chris Steak House: Steakhouse/Van Ness

  • The Stinking Rose: American/North Beach

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

  • Biscuits & Blues: A non-traditional dinner with Southern dishes, shows at 7pm and 9:30pm

  • 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

  • Osso Steakhouse: Steakhouse/Nob Hill

  • Parallel 37: 4-course meal with live music, Nob Hill

  • 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

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

Golden Gate BridgeThough 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 in SFChristmas 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 Volta.

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 DinnerNow 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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