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.
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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
There are dozens of restaurants open for Christmas Dinner in San Francisco. These are a few of my top picks this holiday season.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.