Christmas Eve Dinner in San Francisco 2023

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by Jill Loeffler  •

Updated: November 15, 2023

You will find a variety of options for Christmas Eve dinner in San Francisco in 2023. A few dozen restaurants are offering special meals for the holiday. Others are open and allow you to order off their regular menu. 

You will find some of my top picks below. You will also find some other great ideas for an unforgettable day in SF.

Disclaimer: I receive a small commission from some of the links on this page.

Christmas Eve Dinner in San Francisco 

Christmas Eve Dinner in San Francisco

Here are a few of the best places to find Christmas Eve Dinner in San Francisco. Some are offering special meals and others are open and offer dinner off their regular menu. All prices are before tax, tip, and beverages.

54 Mint: Italian spot in the South of Market District

Amber India: Downtown/Union Square, Indian Cuisine

Bistro Boudin: Fisherman's Wharf, American Dishes

Cesario's: Union Square, Italian Restaurant

Corzetti: Financial District/Downtown, Italians Restaurant

Francisco Crab Restaurant: Fisherman's Wharf, Seafood

Harborview Restaurant & Bar: Along the Embarcadero, Chinese

Harris': Russian Hill Steakhouse

Historic John's Grill: Union Square, American, Seafood, Steak

HK Lounge Bistro: South of Market, Chinese

La Mar Cocina Peruana: Along the Embarcadero, Peruvian

Laurel Court Restaurant & Bar in the Fairmont: Nob Hill, Christmas Eve buffet for $169 per person, must prepay when booking

Montesacro SOMA: South of Market Pizzeria

Morton's The Steakhouse: Downtown/Union Square, Steaks

STK - San Francisco: Embarcadero, Steakhouse

Sushi Shio: Mission District, Japanese

Ula Restaurant & Taps Bar: Downtown, four course menu for $105 per person, $5 reservation fee required to book a table

Villon: Downtown/Union Square, Holiday Prix-Fixe Dinner, available from 4 pm to 9 pm, $145 per person with an optional wine pairing for $60, must prepay $25 upon reservations

Zingari Ristorante: Downtown, Italian, four course meal $105 per person, $5 reservation fee applies

Secure your spot early, by booking a table on 

Hornblower Christmas Eve Dinner Cruise: Spoil yourself and your loved ones on this special Christmas Eve Dinner Cruise. This 2.5-hour dinner cruise features a buffet dinner with items such as Turkey, Strip Loin, Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Quinoa Salad, and Three Cheese Baked Macaroni. End your meal with a tasty dessert or some seasonal fruits. The cruise leaves at 4 pm from Pier 3. Book your table on their site.

A Christmas Carol on Christmas Eve

The year, the largest event is A Christmas Carol at the Toni Rembe Theater (part of the American Conservatory Theater Company).

It's the classic story of Ebenezer Scrooge with his bad attitude toward Christmas. His late partner visits in the middle of the night warning him that he will be visited by three ghosts from the past, present, and future.

What happens is a magical story that is only on stage during the holiday season.

The show is at 1 pm.

More Top Events on Christmas Eve

  • SF Ballet's Nutcracker at 11 am and 4 pm
  • The Lion King at the Orpheum Theatre at 1 pm
  • Guys and Dolls at the San Francisco Playhouse at 2 pm
  • Potted Potter at the Palace of Fine Arts at 2 pm

Best Places to Stay

There are more than 300 hotels in San Francisco. You will also find plenty of apartment rental options.

If you are still looking to book your stay for Christmas Eve, check out these pages to learn more about where to stay, to find the best deals, and where you can find recent guest reviews to ensure the one you select is right for you.

Not sure which district is right for you? Check out my page that explains the pros and cons of staying in each district

More Fun Things to Do on Christmas in SF

Christmas lights in SF

Christmas is a very special time for many folks around the world, and spending it in San Francisco can make it so much more memorable. Although several attractions are closed on December 25, you'll still find plenty to do. 

You can sightsee on a fun tour of the Golden Gate Bridge or cruise the SF Bay, take a stroll in the one-of-a-kind Botanical Garden, share a nice meal at one of the city's best restaurants, and much more.

>> Fun ideas for spending Christmas in SF

Where to See Christmas Lights

Union Square Christmas Tree

At this time of year, San Francisco always comes aglow with warm, colorful Christmas lights and other decorations.

Whether you're surrounded by downtown buildings, in the residential neighborhoods, or by the waterfront, you can't help but notice the holiday cheer everywhere around you. 

However, there are a few places in particular whose displays are especially worth visiting, including Pier 39, Union Square, the SF Zoo, local favorite Tom & Jerry's, City Hall, and many others.

>> Insider tips for viewing SF's best holiday decorations

What Closes Early

Aquarium of the Bay jellyfish

While many San Francisco attractions will be closed on Christmas Day, most will be open on Christmas Eve, but some with shorter hours than usual. Several museums, like the Exploratorium and the Aquarium by the Bay, close a few hours early. (Many stores, on the other hand, stay open later on this day for last-minute shoppers.) 

Other attractions, like Lombard Street and the Palace of Fine Arts, are of course open to the public all day everyday, so you can enjoy them at your leisure. Be sure to check the holiday schedule before you make your plans!

>> Get the Christmas Eve and Day schedule for ALL the major attractions

Things to Do on New Year's Eve

NYE Fireworks

If you'll be sticking around to ring in the new year in San Francisco, you'll be thrilled by all your fun options for NYE.

You could head to the Embarcadero to watch the annual fireworks display over the bay, dance the night away at one of the many 21+ clubs or party boats, go out to an elegant dinner, or enjoy a comedy show, among other things. 

Check out the details for each of these options, and also find out how to get around safely that night.

>> Discover the best things to do on New Year's Eve in SF

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