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Thanksgiving Dinner in San Francisco 2021

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by Jill Loeffler  •

Updated: November 22, 2021

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

Dinner options for Thanksgiving 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. 

BAIA: Italian/Civic Center/Hayes Valley, Serving from their full menu along with a few seasona specials and a special menu option

Beach Chalet: Ocean Beach, 3-course prix-fixe menu, Book your reservations on their site

Buena Vista: Fisherman's Wharf, open 10 am to 10 pm with regular menu and traditional Thanksgiving Dinner with the fixings.

Fairmont's Laurel Court: Thanksgiving Buffet, $129 per person, serving from 4 pm to 6:30 pm, visit this page to make your reservation 

Fogo de Chao: SOMA, Traditional and non-traditional options, dinner pricing all day long

Garibaldi's on Presidio: Presidio Heights, $90 for a 3-course traditional Thanksgiving Day Dinner, seating from 2 pm to 7 pm

Hard Rock Cafe: Fisherman's Wharf on Pier 39, traditional Thanksgiving Day meal

Le Colonial SF: Downtown/Union Square, 3-course menu, $55 to $85 per person

Mathilde French Bistro: SOMA, 3-course menu at $95 per person, runs from 4 pm to 8:30 pm

Tommy's Joynt: Traditional dinner with turkey, stuffing, gravy and more, first come, first served, you can also pre-order for pick up which will be available on both Wednesday and Thursday

Zingari Ristorante and Jazz Bar: Downtown/Union Square at 501 Post Street, 3-course tasting menu for $90 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 two Thanksgiving Day cruises. The first is their annual dinner cruise and the second is a premier brunch cruise.

The dress code for both of these cruises is semi-formal. They will also both offer onboard live entertainment.

Thanksgiving Premier Dinner Cruise: 2.5-hour cruise, buffet dinner includes coffee, hot tea, iced tea or water, you can purchase cocktails at an additional price. Leaves from Pier 3 (along the Embarcadero at Washington Street). Boards at 3:30 pm and the cruise runs from 4 pm to 6:30 pm. 

Thanksgiving Premier Brunch Cruise: 2-hour cruise, buffet brunch with unlimited coffee, hot tea, iced tea and water, additional holiday cocktails, wine and beer available for purchase. Leaves from Pier 3. Boards at 10:30 am and the cruise lasts from 11 am to 1 pm.

>> Visit their site to book your cruise today

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 sporting events 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.

>> Tree lighting ceremonies in SF

Thanksgiving Dinner in San Francisco: My Top Restaurant Picks

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