This year has been a lot, so why not take advantage of the fact that restaurants are back and go out for dinner this Thanksgiving?
San Francisco offers some truly gold-star eateries, and there are more than a few enviable options for holiday meals throughout the city and around the Bay Area. From Michelin-starred digs to international flavors, these are the best restaurants in San Francisco offering special Thanksgiving menus this Thursday, Nov. 25.
301 Mission St. / Website
From the mind of Chefs Michael Mina and Ayesha Curry, International Smoke is serving a Thanksgiving buffet with all the trimmings. Enjoy roasted cauliflower with tahini, pomegranate and pistachio; cedar-smoked salmon; wagyu prime rib with smoked beef jus and horseradish cream; or the classic smoked turkey with cranberry and truffle gravy. Desert offers apple cobbler, pumpkin “Its Its,” Inga’s pecan pie and more. That’s just scratching the surface of the menu, and there will be special plates for kids, too. The Thanksgiving buffet will be open Thursday, Nov. 25, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., at a price point of $89 per adult and $39 per child 12 years old or younger. Reservations are encouraged.
603 Bush St.
Give your Thanksgiving day meal a French twist at this beloved small-plate spot. The $75 prix-fix menu includes butternut squash soup with spiced pumpkin seeds and creme fraiche cappuccino; mixed green salad; roasted turkey "La Dinde" with broccolini, parsnip puree, wild mushroom gravy and homemade cornbread with whipped sea-salt butter; and pecan pie for dessert. Served from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 25, but you should make your reservation today.
Turntable at Lord Stanley
2065 Polk St.
From 3 to 7 p.m., this Michelin-starred modern European restaurant will serve a menu curated by Argentinian chef Mercedes Solis. Dish details are currently unlisted, but this chef’s table presentation is sure to inspire.
919 Cortland Ave. / Website
This Michelin recognized New American eatery is doing Thanksgiving right with a three-course prix-fix menu full of traditional delights. Start with your choice of spaghetti squash, cream of potato and cauliflower, and a seven-layer salad. Next is a main course option of herb-roasted Diestel turkey, roasted rib of beef or casarecci pasta. Desert is bourbon pecan pie, pumpkin pie with whipped cream, gluten-free chocolate pecan pie or banana cream pie. The price tag is $98 for adults, $49 for children 12 or younger and $59 for an optional wine pairing.
Zingari Ristorante & Jazz Room
501 Post St. / Website
Dinner comes with a side of music at this fine Italian eatery and jazz room—if you want it to. Enjoy a three-course menu for $90 per person, including traditional turkey as well as Italian takes on familiar favorites. Children eat a la carte, and should you opt for music with your meal, you can reserve a spot at one of the piano room’s two dinner seatings at either 6 or 9 p.m. Musical dinner reservations require an additional $25 “support live music” ticket.
1 Market St. / Website
Get in the holiday mood with this upscale Thanksgiving experience from One Market. For $85 per adult and $49 per child 10 years old or younger, you can enjoy a three-course meal including appetizers of white bean soup, caramelized pear and arugula salad or baby beet salad; a main course of raosted willie bird turkey, spit-roasted berkshire pork loin or pan-seared king salmon; and a dessert option of mini krapfen duos, apple hand pie or pumpkin tart.
3321 Steiner St.
Popular for its weekend brunch, Boho gets into the holiday spirit with a divine Thanksgiving menu. Burrata salad, followed by butternut squash soup. For an entree, enjoy your choice of traditional turkey entree, non-traditional beef-lovers brisket, Chilean sea bass for pescetarians or a vegan option with cauliflower steak. Sides include mashed potatoes, grilled asparagus, butternut squash gnocchi and poached lobster tail. Dessert is pumpkin pie with vanilla ice cream or chocolate mousse with candied oranges and toasted pistachio. Boho’s beloved pavlova with fresh berries is also up for grabs. All this for $58 per person. Reservations are required.
360 Jessie St. / Website
This London-inspired Brasserie embraces American traditions with a four-course prix-fixe menu on Thanksgiving day. Savor a spread of amuse bouches, appetizers and entrees including heritage turkey breast and grilled angus ribeye. Caviar service is available upon request, as are fall cocktails and wine pairings.
Mathilde French Bistro
315 5th St.
This luxurious three-course meal will warm your to the bones for $95 per person. The meal starts with your choice of roasted butternut squash soup, warmed St. Maure goat cheese and baked apple, or endive and radicchio salad with roquefort cheese. Next is a filet mignon, pan-seared Chilean sea bass or roasted turkey entree, all served with chestnut and dried cherry stuffing, roasted brussel sprouts, sweet potato mask and cranberry sauce. Dessert is an apple tart, semi-sweet chocolate mousse or vanilla ice cream. Dinner is served from 4 to 8:45 p.m., so be sure to make a reservation.
5200 Mowry Avenue Suite M, Fremont / Website
Family-owned and operated Italian eatery Massimo’s will open its doors for a three-course dining experience. start with your choice of Massiso house salad butternut squash ravioli or clam chowder. From there, choose an entree of traditional roasted turkey, braised short rib, herb crusted corvina sea bass or pasta ratatouille. Dessert is a choice of pumpkin pie, tiramisu, sorbet trio or pumpkin creme brulee. There's a kid's menu for the little ones, too. Dinner is served from 1 to 7 p.m.
Vista Collina Resort/The Meritage Resort and Spa
850 Bordeaux Way; 875 Bordeaux Way, Napa / Website
Head up to wine country to enjoy a Thanksgiving buffet among the sprawling hills of Napa. Inside the sumptuous ballroom of The Meritage, you and your family can have your fill of truffle turkey breast and crusted prime rib alongside an array of seasonal appetizers and deserts. Available from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., this holiday brunch is $95 for adults, $40 for children ages 4 to 13 and complimentary for children younger 3 and younger.