Thanksgiving Dinner in San Francisco 2020

My Top Picks for Traditional & Non-Traditional Meals

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Thanksgiving Dinner in San Francisco in 2020 will be quite a bit different. Right now, restaurants are only allowed to have outdoor seating and take out. No indoor dining is allowed.

This means there will be limited offerings for this year unless they are take out.

2020 Options

These are just a few options for 2020. Make sure to call in advance to book your table or to set up take-out or delivery in advance.

Buena Vista Cafe: They will be offering outdoor seating and takeaway on Thanksgiving Day. They are located in Fisherman's Wharf.

Pier 39: You will find a couple of outdoor options on Thanksgiving Day on Pier 39.

Park Chalet: They are offering both delivery and take out on Thanksgiving Day. Visit their site to pre-order for you and your family.

Zingari Ristorante & Rooftop: Outdoor dining available for Thanksgiving. They will serve up a three course meal for $85 per person.

Mathilde French Bistro: They will be doing an outdoor only seating for Thanksgiving. It's a three course meal that is $80 per person.

BAIA: They will be serving their regular menu alongside some seasonal specials.

Fogo de Chao: They will serve a traditional Thanksgiving Day meal. You can either make a reservation for a table outdoor or call in advance for a To-Go package.

Bouche: They are serving up a traditional Thanksgiving Day meal for $70 per person.

Palio: They will offer up an Italian Thanksgiving Day meal. You must call in advance to place your order for pick up on Thanksgiving Day.

Boho: Outdoors and take-home options available. They will offer up a special meal. Make a reservation or call ahead for your to-go order before the holiday.

2021 and Beyond

This is a list of options from 2019. If you plan to visit for Thanksgiving in 2021 and beyond, this is what you will typically find available.

Dozens of local restaurants are open for Thanksgiving dinner in San Francisco. You will find that most serve a traditional meal with turkey, mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie, and all of the fixings. Many of these offer their meals at a prix-fixe price, so you know exactly what you get and what it will cost.

In addition, you will find a few still offer meals off their menu or a non-traditional meal. My top picks below include a variety of options, so you can be sure to find the right fit for your family's holiday meal. You will also find a few recommendations for other fun things to do on this holiday in SF.

Thanksgiving Dinner in San Francisco: My Top Restaurant Picks

Thanksgiving Dinner in San Francisco

If you are looking for a tasty Thanksgiving Dinner in San Francisco, then this is the list of you. I've included my top picks for this holiday meal.

Some of them are offering a traditional Thanksgiving Day meal and others are offering their standard menu. Make sure you book early as many of these places fill up quickly.

  • Beach Chalet: Ocean Beach, Book your reservations on their site

  • Big 4 Restaurant: Nob Hill at 1075 California Street, visit their site for reservations

  • Boho: Marina/Cow Hollow District, open all day from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., serving two options, traditional meal for $58 per person or a 5-course for $75

  • Cliff House: 3 options
    • The Bistro: 9am to 1:30pm - Breakfast and lunch off menu; 2:30pm to 9:30pm - Thanksgiving dinner (walk in only, no reservations)
    • Sutro's at the Cliff House: 11am to 9pm, Thanksgiving dinner, call for reservations (415-386-3330)
    • Terrace Room Champagne Buffet: 10:30pm to 6:30pm, call for reservations (415-386-3330)
    • You can also book online here

    Cocotte: Russian Hill/Serving a 3-course meal for $75 with a special kids menu, open all day from Noon to 9 p.m.

  • Fairmont in Nob Hill:
  • Hard Rock Cafe: Fisherman's Wharf on Pier 39, traditional Thanksgiving Day meal

  • International Smoke: SoMa/Offering $79 buffet per person, vegetarian and vegan options available also

  • Le Colonial SF: Downtown/Union Square, A la carte menu and Chef's specials, opens at 3:45 p.m.

  • One Market Restaurant: Downtown/Embarcadero at 1 Market Street, 4-course meal for $89 per person, $49 for kids 10 and under, open from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.

  • Presidio Social Club: Presidio/Open from Noon until 7pm with a three-course Thanksgiving Day meal

  • Roy's: Offering a traditional 3-course dinner, open from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m.

  • Tommy's Joynt: Traditional dinner with turkey, stuffing, gravy and more, they open at 10am and serve until around 8pm, first come, first served

  • Zingari Ristorante and Jazz Bar: Downtown/Union Square at 501 Post Street, 3-course tasting menu for $85 per person

I always recommend booking early. I know I've already said this before, but I want to make sure you get that perfect spot for your Thanksgiving dinner in San Francisco.

Many of the options above can be booked through OpenTable.com. You can also contact the restaurants directly to reserve your spot.

Hornblower Thanksgiving Buffet Dinner Cruise

Head out on the SF Bay this Thanksgiving Day with Hornblower Cruises. They currently are offering a cruise with Thanksgiving Dinner in San Francisco.

You can step aboard their buffet dinner cruise for an afternoon of fun on the water. The dress code for this cruise is upscale to business casual.

High-end buffet on the San Francisco Belle, boarding begins at 2:30 pm, leaves at 3:30pm and returns around 6:30 pm

This cruise picks up at Pier 3 on the Embarcadero near Washington Street and next door to the Ferry Building.

>> Details about this cruise here

More Top Hornblower Cruises for Thanksgiving

Premier Thanksgiving Cruise: This 3-hour cruise offers a 4-course dinner menu with selections such as red wine braises beef short ribs, blackened prawns and a dessert buffet bar. The hosted bar features wine, beer, cocktails, coffee and soft drinks. Relax as you watch the gorgeous views pass by and you listen to the live background music. The cruise departs at 2:30pm with boarding starting at 2pm. Visit Hornblower for more details and to check for availability.

Thanksgiving Seated Dinner: On this 3-hour cruise, you will enjoy a 3-course seated dinner which is followed up with a dessert buffet bar. Your ticket includes complimentary soda, iced tea, coffee, water and hot tea. Soak in the views around the SF Bay as you cruise by top San Francisco attractions including Alcatraz, the Golden Gate Bridge, and the northern waterfront. The cruise boards at 2:15pm and departs at 3pm sharp. Visit the Hornblower site for more details and to check for availability.

Additional Fun Things to Do on Thanksgiving Day Weekend

Combine your plans for Thanksgiving dinner in San Francisco with one of these fun events. This year, you will find plenty of things to do from performances of Cirque du Soleil to shows by the SF Opera.

>> Click here to visit the Thanksgiving Day and Weekend page with a full list of things to do this holiday

Holiday Attraction Schedule

Before or after your Thanksgiving dinner in San Francisco, make sure to visit some of our top attractions. Several are open on this holiday, but with slightly different schedules. Click the links below for a list of places open and the hours they plan to be open that day.

>> Holiday attraction schedule for Thanksgiving Day

Tree Lighting Ceremonies

While your Thanksgiving dinner in San Francisco might be a highlight of your stay, you might also enjoy some of the tree lighting ceremonies this weekend. The link below includes details on all of the tree lighting celebrations this year including those for Union Square, Pier 39, and more.

>> Tree lighting ceremonies in SF

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